Herne Bay, Auckland

6 hours ago

Does your partner work at the border or in an MIQ facility?

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours, Are you the partner of a border or MIQ worker but don't live with them? If so, have you been offered the Covid-19 vaccine? If you haven't, does this cause you concern? If this sounds like you, please email me at caroline.williams@stuff.co.nz

6 hours ago

Covid-19: Auckland city Sky Bus patronage down 80pc post-pandemic

Caroline Williams Reporter from Central Leader

Passenger numbers on a bus between Auckland city and the airport are still down 80 per cent compared to before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sky Bus was forced to suspend its Auckland City Express and North Harbour Express services in March 2020 following the Government-imposed border restrictions and … View more
Passenger numbers on a bus between Auckland city and the airport are still down 80 per cent compared to before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sky Bus was forced to suspend its Auckland City Express and North Harbour Express services in March 2020 following the Government-imposed border restrictions and first Covid-19 lockdown.

The Sky Bus Auckland City Express, which departs downtown Auckland and travels to the airport via the northwestern motorway, resumed in July with a limited timetable.

However, current patronage for the 40-minute service is down 80 per cent compared to before the Covid-19 pandemic, Kinetic head of New Zealand operations Calum Haslop, who manages Sky Bus, said.

Meanwhile, the Sky Bus North Harbour Express service, which was north Aucklanders’ only direct link to the airport, is yet to resume.

Click 'read more' for our full story.

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8 hours ago

Electrical cable falls on motorway, diversions in place

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

UPDATE
May 12
3.15pm

Waka Kotahi (NZTA) has reported that all lanes on the Upper Harbour highway are open. Expect delays as traffic eases.
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Auckland motorists are told to expect delays to their afternoon commute after … View more
UPDATE
May 12
3.15pm

Waka Kotahi (NZTA) has reported that all lanes on the Upper Harbour highway are open. Expect delays as traffic eases.
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Auckland motorists are told to expect delays to their afternoon commute after electrical cabling fell on the motorway.

The southbound Upper Harbour highway off-ramp is currently closed as contractors work to clear the blockage. Police have reported that this is currently impacting city-bound traffic and diversions are currently in place.

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10 hours ago

Covid 19 coronavirus Mexican style

Andrea from Morningside

How bizarre....To calm Mexico City's elderly, who were arriving "really scared" at vaccination sites, officials cued up the bands and masked wrestlers. Lucha Libre, yoga, dancing - welcome to Mexico City's vaccination sites

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1 day ago

Auckland Transport gives car transporters loading bays after years of illegal parking

Caroline Williams Reporter from Central Leader

Car transporters have been thrown a lifeline by Auckland Transport, which plans to provide four new loading zones on a busy arterial road in attempt to put an end to illegal parking.

The organisation has been unable to clamp down on car transporters, which currently load and offload vehicles into … View more
Car transporters have been thrown a lifeline by Auckland Transport, which plans to provide four new loading zones on a busy arterial road in attempt to put an end to illegal parking.

The organisation has been unable to clamp down on car transporters, which currently load and offload vehicles into oncoming traffic while parked on the roadside and flush medians of Great North Rd in Grey Lynn.

Tickets and fines have not been effective in deterring the illegal parking.

Auckland Transport is proposing to fix the issue as part of its recently announced Great North Rd improvements, which aim to make a section of the road between Crummer and Ponsonby roads “safer for all road users, especially people walking and on bikes”.

The project, estimated to cost between $15 and $19 million, will see four new loading bays suitable for car transporters.

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2 days ago

Million-dollar dumps: The Auckland car park worth $82.5 million

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Downtown Auckland is going through huge transformation with its various streetscape and transport projects. But in stark contrast, several plots of land worth hundreds of millions of dollars have sat as car parks since buildings were knocked down in the 1980s.

The Elliott St car park sits on a … View more
Downtown Auckland is going through huge transformation with its various streetscape and transport projects. But in stark contrast, several plots of land worth hundreds of millions of dollars have sat as car parks since buildings were knocked down in the 1980s.

The Elliott St car park sits on a 4417 square metre plot of land, valued at $82.5 million.

The land has sat undeveloped as a car park - where an hour will cost you $19 - since the Royal International Hotel was demolished in 1987.

It was purchased by Singapore company NDG Asia Pacific (NZ) Limited for $53m in 2012, and in 2017 the company was given approval by the Overseas Investment Office to build and operate a 52-storey, five- star Ritz-Carlton Hotel, with 300 guest rooms, four floors for hotel facilities, six for retail and five for car parking.

The development is expected to cost $350m, with the start of construction dependent on the completion of City Rail Link. However, the resource consent for the tower is due to expire in October.

Click 'read more' for our full story.

2 days ago

Queen St redesign: Businesses lose court bid to halt council redevelopment work

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

A group of downtown Auckland businesses have lost their bid to temporarily halt work on a planned upgrade of Queen Street, due to begin on Monday.

In a statement, Save the Queen Street said it was disappointed an interim injunction to delay work was unsuccessful, but said members would continue to… View more
A group of downtown Auckland businesses have lost their bid to temporarily halt work on a planned upgrade of Queen Street, due to begin on Monday.

In a statement, Save the Queen Street said it was disappointed an interim injunction to delay work was unsuccessful, but said members would continue to prepare for a more substantive court hearing, aimed at pushing back against the redevelopment plans.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff welcomed the court’s decision, saying the redesign would make Queen St more people-friendly and accessible.

The council intends to improve pedestrian spaces between Shortland and Customs streets, limit traffic to a single lane each way with bus priority in the evening peak, with work scheduled for the next six weeks.

Save Queen Street, which includes commercial landlords and retailers, argued that ongoing trials of new arrangement could run for years, damaging commerce in an already struggling strip.

“The current arrangement of the street has caused economic harm – business are up against it,” their lawyer Sam Lowery told Wednesday’s injunction hearing.

The council’s lawyer Padraig McNamara said given Save Queen Street wanted to stop the improvements to the 2020 temporary arrangement of plastic sticks and concrete blocks, its injunction bid was “counter-intuitive”.

Businesses have been hit by the absence of foreign tourists and overseas students, and from more office staff working from home, the court heard.

Lowery told the High Court foot traffic was down 40 per cent or more, 90 of 345 retail shopfronts are empty, and part of the problem is the council’s treatment of the street over the past year.

In a statement released after the court decision on Thursday, Goff said the council would continue to work with all stakeholders to progress improvements to Queen St.

While the court decision means work can begin as planned on May 10, Save Queen Street has put forward 10 further challenges that will be heard at a substantive court hearing. A date for that hearing has not yet been set.

The redevelopment will see pavements widened with high-quality decking, new street furniture and vibrant green spaces with native planting and a new pocket park.

Todd Niall.

Hi neighbours,

What do you think of the redevelopment plans for Queen St?

*Please put NFP if you do not want your comments used by Stuff.

14 hours ago

How to recycle broken glass

The Team from Auckland Council

Learn what to do when recycling broken glass. Large chunks are ok, as long as they are from grocery packaging. Always remember when recycling if in doubt, leave it out.

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1 day ago

Art in the Park hits Eden Park stadium

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Auckland's Eden Park stadium will host 100 artists in its debut showcase Art in the Park in July.

Painters, sculptors, photographers and print makers will meet members of the community from July 23 to July 25.

Art in the Park, in association with Auckland Unlimited, is part of the Elemental… View more
Auckland's Eden Park stadium will host 100 artists in its debut showcase Art in the Park in July.

Painters, sculptors, photographers and print makers will meet members of the community from July 23 to July 25.

Art in the Park, in association with Auckland Unlimited, is part of the Elemental Auckland festival- a program of arts, eats, and beats.

Visitors can meet individual artists, learn about their work, see them create, and take home the art which inspires them the most.

The event will champion the next generation of artists by showcasing some students from Elam School of Fine Arts and emerging professional artists.

Designed by directors Cary Cochrane and Sofija Matich, Art in the Park aims to bring communities together through art that enriches cultures.

"This show offers a new platform for New Zealand artists and a new opportunity to support the creative industries in New Zealand," Matich said.

22 hours ago

Are you living with foot pain?

Corrective Foot Solutions

Having foot and leg pain can bring life to a standstill. You might not be able to keep up with family or even complete basic tasks around the house.

Fix the problem so you can enjoy being active again.

Fortunately, at Corrective Foot Solutions, we use a gentle hands-on technique to … View more
Having foot and leg pain can bring life to a standstill. You might not be able to keep up with family or even complete basic tasks around the house.

Fix the problem so you can enjoy being active again.

Fortunately, at Corrective Foot Solutions, we use a gentle hands-on technique to effectively treat and fix foot problems without the need for surgery, orthotics or pain killers.

We use foot mobilisation therapy to correct the underlying causes of your foot pain by working on the misalignments in the foot, as well as strengthening the weakened muscles around the joints for long term relief.

We’ve decided to run a SPECIAL OFFER for foot pain sufferers.
“Foot Pain Assessment” for only $30 (Worth $85).
Offer valid 12/05/2020 - 12/06/2021.

Address - Level 3, 272 Parnell Road, Parnell.
Call us on - 09 212 9250.
Find out more

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4 days ago

What's On: Forest & Bird; Chlöe Swarbrick

Marty from Mount Albert

MP Chlöe Swarbrick on matters important to our rohe: protection of the Hauraki Gulf and urban trees in particular, with ample time for questions and discussion.
Forest & Bird; Chlöe Swarbrick
  • Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
4 days ago

1st Auckland Cavell Guide Unit Set to Celebrate Centenary

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Did you use to belong to the 1st Auckland Cavell Girl Guide Unit?

If so, the brigade wants to hear from you!

The 1st Auckland Cavell Girl Guide Unit turns 100 in July and is still seeking old girls to join the celebrations.

One of the first girl guide units to be formed in Auckland, the group is… View more
Did you use to belong to the 1st Auckland Cavell Girl Guide Unit?

If so, the brigade wants to hear from you!

The 1st Auckland Cavell Girl Guide Unit turns 100 in July and is still seeking old girls to join the celebrations.

One of the first girl guide units to be formed in Auckland, the group is gearing up to commemorate its centenary.

A social afternoon is planned for July 3, kicking off at 2pm with historic guiding activities such as knot tying and making arm slings.

Guests will be treated to afternoon tea and a birthday cake before photographs are taken of the girls.

The day will end with a singalong around the campfire.

The next day, a church parade will march through St Andrews Church, Epsom, where the unit has been meeting since 1921.

Parishioners are invited to a morning tea after the procession.

The unit, initially known as the St Andrew's Peace Scout Group, is believed to be the first guide company which has kept going since it was launched.

It all started when eighteen-year-old Mona Burgin wrote to the Dominion chief scout Colonel Cosgrove, a New Zealand Boer War veteran, asking about Girl Peace Scouts.

He arranged to meet her in Queen St, Auckland and wrote she would recognize him by the red flower in his buttonhole.

Soon after the meeting Burgin formed the troop on July 6.

Girl Peace Scouts wore khaki uniforms and the St Andrews troop wore a red open-ended tie.

In 1923, the Dominion Council became affiliated with the original Girls Guides Association in London.

*Former unit members can email cavellgirlguidesnz@gmail.com for details of the centenary.

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2 days ago

What's On: Morning Meditation in Mt Eden

Michelle from Mount Eden

Learn Buddhist techniques to improve the quality of your life with meditation. www.meditateinauckland.org........................ $12/$8 Beginners welcome, come any week.
Morning Meditation in Mt Eden
  • Mount Eden Village centre
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2 days ago

What's On: Meditate in Mount Eden

Michelle from Mount Eden

Learn Buddhist techniques to improve the quality of your life with meditation. www.meditateinauckland.org............ $15 or $10 unwaged Beginners welcome, come any week.
Meditate in Mount Eden
  • Meditate in Mount Eden
2 days ago

Mahinga Kai - Forage with Riki Bennett

New Zealand School of Food & Wine

Learning about plants and their purpose - from medicinal to edible, the legend of Maui and fire with Riki giving an impressive demonstration of traditional fire making with a Mahoe stick rubbed until it creates an ember. Meanwhile at NZSFW, the kai cooker smokes and steams our lamb, packages of … View moreLearning about plants and their purpose - from medicinal to edible, the legend of Maui and fire with Riki giving an impressive demonstration of traditional fire making with a Mahoe stick rubbed until it creates an ember. Meanwhile at NZSFW, the kai cooker smokes and steams our lamb, packages of plantain with coconut cream, wrapped in cabbage leaves, potatoes, spinach emulsion and finishing with golden syrup steamed pudding and caramelised coxes orange apples.
The next one will be in July this year.

2 days ago

Eid in Auckland: 12,000 Muslims to gather at Eden Park to celebrate end of Ramadan

Ripu Bhatia Reporter from Central Leader

More than 12,000 Muslims are expected to gather to mark the end of Ramadan at New Zealand's largest stadium, Eden Park.

Eid, or Eid al Fitr, is one of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan, a month-long spiritual observation that began on the night of April… View more
More than 12,000 Muslims are expected to gather to mark the end of Ramadan at New Zealand's largest stadium, Eden Park.

Eid, or Eid al Fitr, is one of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan, a month-long spiritual observation that began on the night of April 13.

The month is marked by fasting from sunrise to sunset, prayers, and spiritual reflection.

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