New Windsor, Auckland

7 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.

3 days ago

To the team in the van

Jo from Sandringham

These images were taken this morning from my early morning walk.
This local business (on Sandringham road ) is obviously making the locals happy with their goods & services but using polystyrene cups and plates at this magnitude is a devastating blow for our environment and does very little … View more
These images were taken this morning from my early morning walk.
This local business (on Sandringham road ) is obviously making the locals happy with their goods & services but using polystyrene cups and plates at this magnitude is a devastating blow for our environment and does very little for the rat and pest population we are constantly tackling in our community. As a business please review your practices, and be one that we can be proud of and not ashamed of.
Thanks .

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2 hours 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
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2 hours 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: 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
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.

6 hours ago

Jacinda Ardern reveals she and Clarke Gayford will get married in Gisborne

Brian from New Lynn

Ardern told the couple had set a date for their wedding, but wouldn't let slip on when it would be until they told their guests. "We haven't actually told anyone that we have invited yet, so I feel like we need to tell everyone first and then I'll tell you." However she … View moreArdern told the couple had set a date for their wedding, but wouldn't let slip on when it would be until they told their guests. "We haven't actually told anyone that we have invited yet, so I feel like we need to tell everyone first and then I'll tell you." However she said they would tell everyone soon because: "accommodation is slightly limited in Gisborne". Ardern confirmed to Coast Radio on Wednesday the nuptials would take place this summer - and hinted that they might be somewhat untraditional. She said she felt "a bit too old to have a bridal party", and may "forgo it" because she was "getting on a bit". Gayford proposed to Ardern over Easter weekend in 2019 on a hilltop in Mahia, which lies between Napier and Gisborne.
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6 hours 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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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.

7 hours ago

Parge Fruit Bowl

Luis from Mount Roskill

Fruit Bowl
Large
Diameter 31 cms.
Hardly used just sitting on cupboard

Buyer must pick up at Mt. Roskill Area

Txt or call 0210307741 to arrange pickup

Price: $10

8 hours ago

Poll: Do you support banning school jackets in the classroom?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

High school students are too cold to learn because they have to remove their jackets in class, parents say.

The students, at Auckland’s Mount Albert Grammar School, are prohibited from wearing their jackets – which are optional to buy as part of their school uniform and cost $98 – inside.

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High school students are too cold to learn because they have to remove their jackets in class, parents say.

The students, at Auckland’s Mount Albert Grammar School, are prohibited from wearing their jackets – which are optional to buy as part of their school uniform and cost $98 – inside.

Stuff understands this is because of the rustling noise the jacket makes, which has been deemed distracting in class, but was unable to reach the board of trustees for confirmation.

Instead, the students are allowed to wear a jersey, which costs $98, or a cardigan, which costs $120, in class.

Parent Tracy​ Kelly-Hunt​ said the rule is depriving children of their basic need of warmth, reflected in Maslow's hierachy of needs.

“According to my daughter most of the older rooms are cold – a new TV is bought but not heating."

The woollen school jumper is uncomfortable and itchy to wear, said the social work student at Auckland University.


Kelly-Hunt said the uniform was so expensive she had to buy it secondhand, and other parents had to borrow money from the Ministry of Social Development to pay for it.

“Why are they charging that amount for a uniform and our kids have got to take that jacket off and be cold in the classroom, and they’re not going to learn anything?”

Fellow parent Emily​ Hall​ said her 15-year-old son does not wear a jacket to school because of the rule.

He has no locker and his bag is always full, so he has nowhere to put a jacket, she said.

“As a parent, I am really annoyed that I spent a lot of money for a jacket he does not feel he can wear.”

Hall said she finds it insulting that students are having their clothing micro-managed.

Deputy head boy Tali​ Meavale​ said students have to remove their jackets because on rainy days, the clothing could be wet and damp, leading to them getting sick.

There are also problems with students sweating in their jackets at lunchtime, making them smell, he said.

Teachers in the small number of classrooms that aren’t heated are lenient, and “allow students to wear their jackets for half the period”, the 17-year-old said.

“We offer jerseys here at MAGS as well as scarves, and I understand some students can’t afford it, but we also offer help for these students.”

Mount Albert Grammar School principal Patrick​ Drumm​ said he had not received any complaints about the jackets.


The uniform was approved by the board of trustees and had not changed for many years, he said.

“Certainly if it's a serious enough issue, I'd expect and welcome parents to make contact through the normal processes.”

In June 2020, West Auckland’s Avondale College changed its policy to allow students to wear their outdoor jackets inside the classroom.

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Do you support banning school jackets in the classroom?
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  • 90% No
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  • 3.3% Unsure- it's a complex issue.
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30 votes
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

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4 days ago

In need🙏🏽😇

Edith from Mount Roskill

Hello everyone 😊im really in need of furniture cutlery ne think really I just got out of a controlling relationship an left it all now I have nothing at all just my clothes 😩I’m moving in my new rental on the 15th please if ne1 has things they no longer need like couch’s dining table … View moreHello everyone 😊im really in need of furniture cutlery ne think really I just got out of a controlling relationship an left it all now I have nothing at all just my clothes 😩I’m moving in my new rental on the 15th please if ne1 has things they no longer need like couch’s dining table just the basics for a home that would be Great please message me god bless yous all❤️🥰

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.
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1 day ago

sewing service

Lily from Three Kings

Hi, my company is looking for someone who can sew small bean bags as long term contractor. Ideally you are living within city fringe. Please email through your contact details and your address.

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