Mangere, Auckland

3 hours ago

Major track upgrades launched: Mangere Mountain

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

The track to Mangere Mountain's summit is getting a facelift.

It will be recreated with aggregate stone paths, basalt rock steps and rest areas with seating at key viewing areas.

A floating staircase will be built on the steeper northern descent from the south Auckland summit which is prone … View more
The track to Mangere Mountain's summit is getting a facelift.

It will be recreated with aggregate stone paths, basalt rock steps and rest areas with seating at key viewing areas.

A floating staircase will be built on the steeper northern descent from the south Auckland summit which is prone to erosion from foot traffic.

Work begins on May 17 and is expected to take five months to bring to fruition.

The goal is to preserve historic pa features and provide a safer, enhanced experience for pedestrians.

Also planned is a major redevelopment of the playground.

Inspired by the landscape, the design will reflect stories associated with the mountain and Maori culture.

A $1 million budget has been earmarked for the playground.

More details will be released later.

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1 day ago

Needing a new wooden outdoor garden gate

Vasanti from Royal Oak

Hi there

My garden gate was damaged recently. It had literally been pulled or bashed off it's solid steel bolts and is also hanging down on one end. It needs to be replaced.
So, please if you know of a person/company who are gate builders- please let me know. (Picture of damaged gate)
Thank … View more
Hi there

My garden gate was damaged recently. It had literally been pulled or bashed off it's solid steel bolts and is also hanging down on one end. It needs to be replaced.
So, please if you know of a person/company who are gate builders- please let me know. (Picture of damaged gate)
Thank you

5 hours ago

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who cleaned up South Auckland’s waterways!

Louise Beuvink from Beautification Trust

Thank you to everyone who came along for your huge effort at Te Puhinui Big Clean on Saturday! Around 500 people pitched in to clean up our waterways and protect our precious natural environment.

Volunteers removed tonnes of rubbish, including road cones, car parts, building materials, old … View more
Thank you to everyone who came along for your huge effort at Te Puhinui Big Clean on Saturday! Around 500 people pitched in to clean up our waterways and protect our precious natural environment.

Volunteers removed tonnes of rubbish, including road cones, car parts, building materials, old furniture and even a Harley Davidson motorcycle!

Want to help keep the Puhinui Stream clean?
We're asking local businesses, schools and community groups to adopt a spot along the Puhinui Stream and help keep it free of rubbish. Want to adopt a spot? Get in touch with us at admin@beautification.org.nz.

6 hours 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.

5 hours 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.

7 hours ago

Māori names and stories returned to the whenua

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Names dating back to stories treasured by Māori are being returned to the whenua in parks across communities in the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board area.

The local board has adopted 18 names from mana whenua as part of the council’s cultural identity programme, Te Kete Rukuruku.

Names for … View more
Names dating back to stories treasured by Māori are being returned to the whenua in parks across communities in the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board area.

The local board has adopted 18 names from mana whenua as part of the council’s cultural identity programme, Te Kete Rukuruku.

Names for another 32 parks are being determined.

The first of the names has now been revealed with the unveiling of signs bearing the new dual name Waenganui / Allenby Park in Papatoetoe.

“Our local board is incredibly honoured to receive and reinstate these taonga, the names and histories of mana whenua," said Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board chair Apulu Reece Autagavaia.

“The distinct cultures in our local board area are our strength. Our community has told us that ensuring Māori arts, culture and history being more visible in public places is really important to them and this is a really simple but powerful way we can do that and something we will look after and treasure.”

Ngāti Tamaoho, who named the park, said the ceremony marked an important milestone.

"For Ngāti Tamaoho that is exciting because focussing on the whenua is something we have really pushed for over the years,” said Ngāti Tamaoho Charitable Trust chair Tori Ngataki.

The board chose Waenganui / Allenby Park to have a full suite of bilingual signs including a new entrance sign with the name Waenganui / Allenby Park, an interpretive sign with the narrative in te reo Māori and English, and a QR code allowing people to scan their phone to hear the correct pronunciation.

Information helping people to navigate will be displayed in English and Maori on public facilities around the park.

Regulatory signs such as bylaw and alcohol ban information will feature in English and te reo Maori.

7 hours ago

Have you seen this amazing garden?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

They had a vision for their property, but they also had three floods in 20 years. That didn't stop them pursuing the garden of their dreams though.

6 days ago

Poll: Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.

The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.

Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine… View more
Drivers have been captured on camera boldly using their phones while driving, to video call, text and make calls.

The footage, taken in Auckland, comes as the Government increased the cost of a fine for using a cellphone while driving from $80 to $150.

Over the course of a week, ahead of the fine increase, a Stuff visual journalist captured numerous people using their phones while driving, including a woman who appeared to be on a video call while passing through an intersection, a man speaking on the phone and numerous people texting or looking at their phone.

Last year, police issued more than 40,000 infringement notices for the offence.

A driver for Dingo Groundworx NZ was captured using their phone while driving a truck along Williamson Ave, in Ponsonby.

Owner Cameron Hadley told Stuff all employees were very aware they should not be using their phones while driving.

He said he would be raising the issue in a staff meeting.

AA road safety spokesman Dylan Thomsen told Stuff he wasn’t surprised to hear about the woman video calling while driving.

While AA supports the Government’s fine increase, Thomsen said it wasn’t going to solve the problem.

“People just can’t resist the temptation if they hear their phone go off ... it’s not something you do by accident.”

“A lot of people use their phone behind the wheel and don’t do other risky things.”

He hopes as there are further advancements in technology, phone companies can have default “do not disturb” modes that activate as soon as drivers start moving in their car.

“Until we change the mindset it will be hard with enforcement alone, people don’t appreciate the risks until it’s too late,” Thomsen said.

To see video footage, go here:

www.stuff.co.nz...

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Do you support the fine increase for using a mobile while driving from $80 to $150?
  • 90.4% Yes
    90.4% Complete
  • 7.7% No
    7.7% Complete
  • 1.8% Unsure- it's too complex
    1.8% Complete
2083 votes
3 days ago

Solar Flood Lights

The Team from Wee Jobs

Check out our website for more information!

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11 hours ago

What's On: Pakuranga Crystal Visions Holistic Market

Michelle from Beach Haven

*Nurturing Body, Mind & Spirit* Auckland Weekly Holistic Event. Pakuranga - Sat 15th May 10–3. Healers, Readers, Crystals, Jewellery, Candles, Product & More. Details www.crystalvisions.co.nz
Pakuranga Crystal Visions Holistic Market
  • Pakuranga Community Hall
17 hours ago

Your Big Mac, ordered from here.

McDonald's

New Zealand’s lush green pastures and temperate climate means our country produces some of the world’s best beef.

New Zealand is one of McDonald’s top ten beef-producing markets and it’s such a hit with the rest of the world that a significant percentage of NZ’s beef exports are to … View more
New Zealand’s lush green pastures and temperate climate means our country produces some of the world’s best beef.

New Zealand is one of McDonald’s top ten beef-producing markets and it’s such a hit with the rest of the world that a significant percentage of NZ’s beef exports are to international McDonald’s markets.

We partner with many Kiwi farmers who produce our beef, including Whangara Farms which was the first beef farm outside of Europe to be invited to the McDonald’s Flagship Farmers programme.

ANZCO Foods, based in the small Taranaki town of Waitara, are responsible for making our 100% beef patties. About 90% of the staff at the Waitara plant are locals and they manage to produce around half a million patties each day.

Our quality beef cuts are minced and that’s it. No additives or fillers, just mince that is formed in patties, before they’re flash-frozen and sent to restaurants.
Learn more

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21 hours ago

What's On: Frank Meets Peggy

Sonia from Otaki District

Your favourite Sinatra tunes brought to life through the outstanding talents of Mr. Eugene Wolfin, & Miss Peggy Lee performed by Ms Erna Ferry with the Rodger Fox Big Band.
Frank Meets Peggy
  • Coastlands Theatre, Te Raukura ki Kāpiti
1 day 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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3 days ago

Road improvements

Derek from Papatoetoe

Probably even more crashes then this I been in Park Ave sevens September 2010 and there has. Been 19 accidents in this street and probably over half are not reported

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1 day ago

Looking for a flatmate in Papatoetoe

Laura from Papatoetoe

Hi all. We have a double sized room in our 3 bedroom house for rent. The room is furnished with a new double bed, desk, dresser, chair and has a closet. You will share with another male (40s, working professional) and a cat. Must like cats. Weekly rent is $$ 200 (includes power, internet, water).… View moreHi all. We have a double sized room in our 3 bedroom house for rent. The room is furnished with a new double bed, desk, dresser, chair and has a closet. You will share with another male (40s, working professional) and a cat. Must like cats. Weekly rent is $$ 200 (includes power, internet, water). House is modern with heat pump, washer and dryer, spa pool, large deck, etc. Large private driveway for your car. We are looking for a working professional who is tidy and a non smoker. Please PM us here for more details.

1 day ago

Mother's Day

NumberWorks'nWords Manukau

Thank you to all our amazing mums from the team at NumberWorks'nWords.

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