19 days ago

What's On: Free Pest Trap handout

Jan from Glendowie

Protect vulnerable native birds. Rid your garden of rats with a free pet-and-child-proof trap from Songbird Project team on site 9am - 11am. www.songbird.org.nz
Free Pest Trap handout
  • Madills Farm carpark
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10 minutes ago

What's On: Blood on Vines

Hilary from St Heliers

Join author Madeleine Eskedahl as she talks about her thriller set in the Matakana wine country. Free event. Refreshments available. Bookings essential. RSVP sthelierslibrary@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or 377 0209.
Blood on Vines
  • St Heliers Community Library
1 day 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 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.

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1 day ago

Bioluminescence from Tindalls Beach (Whangaparaoa Peninsula)

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Auckland photographer Matthew Davison has captured these amazing images of marine bioluminescence at Tindalls Beach on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

The Mission Bay resident said the phenomenon was notoriously difficult to catch sight of.

"Forget the cell phone - capturing these images requires a decent camera and lens (with low aperture) and a tripod that you don’t mind getting wet," Davison said.

There is a small army of “bio hunters” who religiously search the shores around the Hibiscus Coast (NZ) and beyond, he said.

"When the blue gold is found, a flurry of social media alerts follow. It’s a great people-powered system that enables many to witness this wondrous spectacle. "

Marine bioluminescence is a chemical reaction manifesting in the form of light which occurs when single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates are disturbed by a wave or splash, Davison said.

Photographs: Matthew Davison.