Devonport, Auckland

17 hours ago

Fears northern pathway will damage precious native bush

Te Waha Nui, AUT Student Journalism

A walking and cycling pathway planned for Auckland’s North Shore could damage an ancient piece of native bush, locals fear.

They worry Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA) plans for a pathway along Auckland’s Northern motorway may encroach into Smiths Bush, home to native trees that … View more
A walking and cycling pathway planned for Auckland’s North Shore could damage an ancient piece of native bush, locals fear.

They worry Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA) plans for a pathway along Auckland’s Northern motorway may encroach into Smiths Bush, home to native trees that are hundreds of years old.

Smiths Bush borders the Northcote section of the motorway and sits in the Akoranga to Constellation section of Waka Kotahi’s greater cycleway project, which would link the North Shore into the city’s cycle networks.

Earlier this month, Waka Kotahi opened an online public consultation for this section of the Northern Pathway.

A Waka Kotahi spokesperson says the consultation, which closed on Sunday, was an important step before finalising designs.

Among more than 70 concerned comments on the potential impact on the bush, one local posted: “Smiths Bush is one of the six ancient forests to explore in Auckland. Nothing against the cycle way, but definitely it should 'respect' the forest.”

Another wrote: “Please save Smiths Bush. It’s already been decimated in the past.”

Many have posted to urge Waka Kotahi to consider re-routeing the section of the cycleway to avoid damaging the bush.

Deputy chairperson of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board George Wood agrees.

The 73-year-old former mayor of North Shore City says the cycleway should be done in a way that doesn’t impact Smiths Bush.

“It would be a travesty if NZTA decided to hack into this bush as happened in the 1960s,” he says, recalling the construction of the motorway that cut through the bush.

Forest and Bird North Shore committee member Richard Hursthouse says the organisation is opposed to any encroachment on Smiths Bush, including the small trees lining the edge of the motorway.

“They form an edge to the bush and protect the inner bush . . . if you remove those small trees, then the bush is exposed.”

He says Forest and Bird supports cycleways, but not at the expense of the environment.

Chairperson of the Kaipātiki Local Board John Gillon says now is a good chance to raise environmental concerns so they can be dealt with earlier, rather than later.

Leader of Bike Auckland Duncan Laidlaw says the group is interested in the transport connections and health benefits that the cycleway would offer, but also wouldn’t want to see trees removed in the process.

Mr Laidlaw says cycleways are important as a low-cost travel option.

“[They] provide people with transport sources when their social-economic circumstances doesn’t allow other forms of transport.”

A Waka Kotahi spokesperson says community feedback will be taken into account, and that attitudes towards balancing infrastructure and environmental needs have changed since the building of the motorway in the 1950s.

“Waka Kotahi is concerned to protect local environment. Our approach is to leave the place in a better state than where we started . . . it’s certainly the way we approach things these days.”

According to Waka Kotahi, public consultation for the Northern Pathway’s Westhaven to Akoranga section that happened during lockdown showed 78% positive responses.

Lucy Xia - AUT

11 days ago

Ko te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau e tautoko ana i Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

The Team from Auckland Council

While COVID-19 has had a big impact on plans for this year, we still have some fantastic opportunities for you to practice your reo (language) this Māori Language Week. Find out how by clicking on 'Read More' below.

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1 day ago

Have Your Say - Regional Parks Management Plan Review

The Team from Auckland Council

Arohaina ōu papa whenua ā-rohe? Kōrerotia āu whakaaro i mua atu 12 o Whiringa-a-Nuku 2020 👇
Love your regional parks? Have your say before 12 October 2020 👇
📷 Waitākere Ranges Regional Park

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10 hours ago

What's On: Auckland Herb Society Spring Seminar

Kirstie from West Harbour

Jane Wigglesworth will talk on improving your sleep. Tracey Sunderland will talk on natural flavours. Members $5, Visitors $10 includes morning tea. No eftpos. Plant sales. No bookings required. ph:0274161047
Auckland Herb Society Spring Seminar
  • Horticulture Centre
1 day ago

Coronavirus is more of a reason to sort out the stadium

Todd Niall Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi Neighbours, It's easy to say things shouldn't be done because we need to focus on Covid-19 elimination, but maybe that's more of an argument to sort out the stadium plan. Read the story below.

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3 days ago

Willing to work as a volunteer in a rest home or Hospice

Karl from Northcote

Hello my lovely neighbours,

Currently I am working as a support worker and I hope to give something to society from me. So I would like to work in a rest home, elderly care centre or a Hospice as a volunteer. I can work either Fridays or Saturdays as I am working other days. If you see any … View more
Hello my lovely neighbours,

Currently I am working as a support worker and I hope to give something to society from me. So I would like to work in a rest home, elderly care centre or a Hospice as a volunteer. I can work either Fridays or Saturdays as I am working other days. If you see any opportunity out there please message me. 02041489355. Thanks.

1 day ago

Winter Fun Preschool Play sessions starting again on Friday 25 Sept!

Promotions Coordinator from Devonport Peninsula Trust

Belmont/Bayswater Winter Fun Preschool Play sessions will resume at Alert Level 2 on Friday 25 Sept with additional health and safety precautions.

Winter Fun Preschool Play mornings held at The Rose Centre in Belmont are currently running on Friday mornings, 9:30am-11am until 30 October 2020 … View more
Belmont/Bayswater Winter Fun Preschool Play sessions will resume at Alert Level 2 on Friday 25 Sept with additional health and safety precautions.

Winter Fun Preschool Play mornings held at The Rose Centre in Belmont are currently running on Friday mornings, 9:30am-11am until 30 October 2020 (including the September/October school holidays).
The free, casual attendance sessions are the perfect way to keep little ones active and socialised during the colder, wetter months. Caregiver supervision is required, and extra precaution is being taken at Covid-19 Alert Level 1 and 2. Please visit our website for more details.

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1 day ago

What's On: MIlford Crystal Visions Holistic Market

Michelle from Beach Haven

*Nurturing Body, Mind & Spirit*. Sat 26th Sept 10am till 3pm Covid19 Level 2 Regulations as advised by MBIE. Readers, Healers, Crystals, Jewellery, product & More. www.crystalvisions.co.nz
MIlford Crystal Visions Holistic Market
  • Milford Senior Citizens Club Hall
12 days ago

CANCELLED - Book Fair

Service Centre Coordinator from Red Cross Auckland

We are very sad to announce the cancellation of our Pop-Up Book Fair - Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September at Rangitoto College.

We are so sorry for any disappointment.

As soon as circumstances allow us to re-schedule the Fair, we will let you know!

Thank you

1 day ago

Looking for Nannying Work

Sophia from Hauraki

Hi!

I am a 22 year old Victoria University Commerce graduate looking to line up some work for the summer holidays. I am currently living in Wellington but will be returning to Auckland in November.

I have previous experience in both babysitting and nannying, having worked for 5 different families… View more
Hi!

I am a 22 year old Victoria University Commerce graduate looking to line up some work for the summer holidays. I am currently living in Wellington but will be returning to Auckland in November.

I have previous experience in both babysitting and nannying, having worked for 5 different families during my time at university. I have looked after children a range of ages from 3 to 10. I also have my full drivers license and access to a car.

I am available to start work once my studies finish in November, and I am flexible to any hours and happy to work full time over the school holidays.

Feel free to contact me with any enquires on sophia.reinenhamill@gmail.com or 0212070231 if you are interested and I will be happy to send through my CV with references.

Thanks!
Sophia

1 day ago

Devonport home sells for $3.2 million

Property Sale Alert from homes.co.nz

A home at 1 Macky Avenue in Devonport has sold for $3.2 million. That's well above the median capital value in the suburb of $1.6 million.

At 180sqm, it is bigger than most homes in Devonport, where the median home is 170sqm. This home sold on June 4, 2020.

This information is courtesy of … View more
A home at 1 Macky Avenue in Devonport has sold for $3.2 million. That's well above the median capital value in the suburb of $1.6 million.

At 180sqm, it is bigger than most homes in Devonport, where the median home is 170sqm. This home sold on June 4, 2020.

This information is courtesy of homes.co.nz. It becomes available as soon the sale is processed by the local council. This can sometimes take up to three months.

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1 day ago

FREE 3 seater and 2 seater fabric sofa SET.

Pam from Northcote

FREE 3 seater and 2 seater fabric sofa set. Must pick up and carry by Saturday 26 September, no later. 3 seater: 1970mm wide x 810mm deep. 2 seater: 1590mm wide x 810mm deep. Dark green fabric. Comes from a house with a cat.

Thin fabric liner underside is no longer there. Couch still is nice and … View more
FREE 3 seater and 2 seater fabric sofa set. Must pick up and carry by Saturday 26 September, no later. 3 seater: 1970mm wide x 810mm deep. 2 seater: 1590mm wide x 810mm deep. Dark green fabric. Comes from a house with a cat.

Thin fabric liner underside is no longer there. Couch still is nice and comfy apart from sun fading at the top of the back rest and some minor cat scratches on 2 seater right sofa arm.

Currently housed in our living room on the first floor. Can be carried out by the range sliders and down a short flight of deck stairs. You'll need to have 2 people to carry and load the sofas yourselves.

In light of current covid restrictions, please wear a mask before entering our home, and hand Sanitiser will be offered. We have an elderly person living with us.

Suits those flatting/ needing to furnish a rental.

Call Pam on 022 0856608

Free

1 day ago

Pioneering retirement for a trailblazing generation

Ryman Healthcare Limited

There is a new generation of New Zealander, seeking a new way to live in retirement. They are living their lives with passion and purpose, striving to push further, to create better, to go beyond the ordinary.

A new generation of Kiwis are not retiring from life; they’re finding a new way to … View more
There is a new generation of New Zealander, seeking a new way to live in retirement. They are living their lives with passion and purpose, striving to push further, to create better, to go beyond the ordinary.

A new generation of Kiwis are not retiring from life; they’re finding a new way to live. One with flexibility, certainty, and the ability to dial care up and down as you need it.
Learn more

4 days ago

Poll: Do you want to see more car parks at the Albany and Constellation park and rides?

Caroline Williams Reporter from North Shore Times

Transport authorities hope Auckland's fast-filling park and ride facilities will become more like “kiss and rides”, where partners drop their spouses off and seal it with a kiss, rather than needing to park.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford made the comment when asked if there were enough … View more
Transport authorities hope Auckland's fast-filling park and ride facilities will become more like “kiss and rides”, where partners drop their spouses off and seal it with a kiss, rather than needing to park.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford made the comment when asked if there were enough car parks at the Albany park and ride to cope with increased patronage as a result of the northern busway extension, due to be completed about 2022.

“If you rely solely on park and rides, then you just actually increase congestion around the stations. Ultimately, in some stations you’ll see ‘kiss and rides’, where spouses will drop their partner off at drop off zones.”

Would you like to see more car parks built at the Albany and Constellation park and rides?

Read more here: www.stuff.co.nz...

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Do you want to see more car parks at the Albany and Constellation park and rides?
  • 94.8% Yes - What's the point of park and rides if you can't PARK and ride?
    94.8% Complete
  • 3.7% No - Local bus services are frequent enough that I don't need to drive
    3.7% Complete
  • 1.5% Other - Tell us in the comments
    1.5% Complete
134 votes
4 days ago

Auckland Museum translates online war records into te reo Māori

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours,

An online military database has been translated into te reo to honour Māori servicemen and women.

Auckland War Memorial Museum has introduced the changes to the user interfaces of its online cenotaph and collections in time for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week.… View more
Hi neighbours,

An online military database has been translated into te reo to honour Māori servicemen and women.

Auckland War Memorial Museum has introduced the changes to the user interfaces of its online cenotaph and collections in time for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week.

The initiative was funded by a $15,000 grant from InternetNZ, a lobby group that aims to support digital inclusion.

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5 days ago

Accommodation Needed

Robyn from Northcote

URGENT ACCOMMODATION NEEDED: North Shore Auckland.
(I'm posting this on behalf of female friend who does not have internet access.)
Long term unfurnished ACCOMMODATION NEEDED - (or possibly temporary: 6 months to 1 year, unfurnished or not)
for semi-retired teacher, 1-2 bedrooms, house/flat, … View more
URGENT ACCOMMODATION NEEDED: North Shore Auckland.
(I'm posting this on behalf of female friend who does not have internet access.)
Long term unfurnished ACCOMMODATION NEEDED - (or possibly temporary: 6 months to 1 year, unfurnished or not)
for semi-retired teacher, 1-2 bedrooms, house/flat, free standing, clean insulated, with some garden, in quiet area, or possibly 1-2 rooms as flatmate.
RENT: $300 to $500 depending on space & sharing or not. Open to suggestions.
Please text your details, if no phone reply:
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