Northpark, Auckland

1 day ago

Kayaker plucked from Manukau Harbour

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Art has imitated life for Counties Manukau police.

Police Eagle helicopter crew were talking on camera about water safety when they were called to a real rescue on the Manukau Harbour.

The officers were starring in a video about dangers at sea ahead of Labour Weekend.

It took them a moment to … View more
Art has imitated life for Counties Manukau police.

Police Eagle helicopter crew were talking on camera about water safety when they were called to a real rescue on the Manukau Harbour.

The officers were starring in a video about dangers at sea ahead of Labour Weekend.

It took them a moment to realise the call about a kayaker in trouble was real- rather than a stitch up.

They stopped filming and rushed to the harbour after the alarm was raised about 3.20 pm on October 20.

Helicopter crew soon spotted the kayaker, who was plucked to safety by the Coastguard.

The kayaker was reported to be safe and well.

Auckland City District Police

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1 day ago

Poll: Are you confident Auckland's light rail project will go ahead?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Auckland mayor Phil Goff says an announcement could be made soon on Auckland's light rail.

The $6 billion project to revive a tram network in Auckland was one of Labour's initial election promises in 2017.

After Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's big victory on October 17, the light … View more
Auckland mayor Phil Goff says an announcement could be made soon on Auckland's light rail.

The $6 billion project to revive a tram network in Auckland was one of Labour's initial election promises in 2017.

After Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's big victory on October 17, the light rail system connecting the airport to Auckland's central city may finally get off the ground.

But Transport Minister Phil Twyford alluded key decisions are still to be made.

Twyford said in June the governing parties could not agree on a preferred proposal and the future of the project would be decided by the new Government following the election.

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Are you confident Auckland's light rail project will go ahead?
  • 26.1% Yes
    26.1% Complete
  • 73.9% No
    73.9% Complete
394 votes
16 days ago

Tanks for doing your part

The Team from Auckland Council

Act now to beat the water shortage:
• Install a rainwater tank (resource consent fees waived).
• Maintain your tank (check guttering is clear).
• Install water saving devices (shower head/taps).
• Install a water sensor to monitor your usage.

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13 hours ago

Brand New Sandal

Olivia from Highland Park

It’s getting hot, make your toes happy breathing!!

Price: $13

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13 hours ago

Brand New Iron

Olivia from Highland Park

Never opened! Ideal for replacing your old one or Christmas 🎁

Price: $30

15 hours ago

Final days of Stand in Peace: Exploring the New Zealand Wars

The Team from Auckland Museum

Can you imagine a prison hulk (ship) in Auckland Harbour holding prisoners of war? This was the reality just 156 years ago in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Auckland Museum’s narrated experience reflects on the New Zealand Wars and invites you into the dark times in our history, examining what they might … View more
Can you imagine a prison hulk (ship) in Auckland Harbour holding prisoners of war? This was the reality just 156 years ago in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Auckland Museum’s narrated experience reflects on the New Zealand Wars and invites you into the dark times in our history, examining what they might mean to us today.

Running at 10.30am daily until this Wednesday 28 October. Tickets are just $10 per person.
Get your ticket now

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15 hours ago

ASB Auckland Marathon road closure information

Auckland Marathon

The ASB Auckland Marathon is taking place on Sunday 1st of November 2020. There are a number of road closures in place for the event that you should be aware of in your neighbourhood.

To see the road closures locations and times, please visit the our website, or email us at … View more
The ASB Auckland Marathon is taking place on Sunday 1st of November 2020. There are a number of road closures in place for the event that you should be aware of in your neighbourhood.

To see the road closures locations and times, please visit the our website, or email us at aucklandmarathon@ironman.

Please note the Auckland Harbour Bridge is open, traffic will flow both ways all day. Runners will be on course from 6am – 1pm come on out and support!

If you would like to join the Ryman Volunteer Crew supporting athletes across the event we still have some spots left, if you have a group this can be used as a fundraising opportunity. Email volunteers.aucklandmarathon@ironman.com for more information.
Find out more

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4 days ago

Would you buy this cowboy Winston Peters portrait?

Melanie Earley Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Kia ora neighbours, if you’ve ever dreamed of having an image of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wearing a cowboy hat, proudly hanging in your living room, now’s your chance to make it a reality. An artwork of Peters, created using coffee, red wine and tea is for sale on Trade Me. The … View moreKia ora neighbours, if you’ve ever dreamed of having an image of New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wearing a cowboy hat, proudly hanging in your living room, now’s your chance to make it a reality. An artwork of Peters, created using coffee, red wine and tea is for sale on Trade Me. The current bid is almost $300, would you buy this?

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19 hours ago

City of Auckland Singers on East FM on Saturday arvo

Phil from East Tamaki Heights

The City of Auckland Singers is one of the great Kiwi community choirs, and for its upcoming concert, two of its fine vocalists are talking about it on The She’ll Be Right on Saturdays with PJ Taylor on East FM tomorrow arvo.

Lyn and Chris Stevens are happy, active and involved folk in the … View more
The City of Auckland Singers is one of the great Kiwi community choirs, and for its upcoming concert, two of its fine vocalists are talking about it on The She’ll Be Right on Saturdays with PJ Taylor on East FM tomorrow arvo.

Lyn and Chris Stevens are happy, active and involved folk in the eastern communities and they’ve been members of the City of Auckland Singers for as long as I can remember.

The mighty chorus, known as the Bruce Murray Singers for 45 years, has a liking for thoughtfully and tunefully reworking popular contemporary songs, as well as the classics.

“We’re working hard to present an enjoyable evening with an eclectic mix of modern songs, such as those by Ed Sheeran and Pink, a medley of 1960s music, a country medley and a range of popular songs and items - something for every taste!” sings Lyn.

The City of Auckland Singers’ concert on October 31 (Halloween) is in the acoustically superb All Saints Church in Howick at 7pm.

And the choir is so looking forward to exercising its beautiful, strong and harmonic talents.

“Like many others, our choir has been affected by Covid-19,” says Lyn.

“We’ve only had one concert this year at Sapphire Ridge in March, fundraising for our choir trip to Italy in June to represent New Zealand at a music festival with 1400 participants.

“Of course this trip was sadly cancelled due to Covid-19. Our other planned concerts were also cancelled.

“We’ve been rehearsing on Zoom which is not ideal, and finally now in level-1 we can meet in person to prepare.”

The City of Auckland Singers play All Saints Church, 17 Selwyn Rd, in Howick, from 7pm on Saturday, October 31. There’ll be raffles, CDs for sale and complimentary supper.

Entry is adults $20, seniors $18, and children free. Door sales (no eftpos). For tickets and enquiries, phone Raewyn on 09 521 4651, or Andrea on 09 537 4403.

The She’ll Be Right on Saturdays Show with PJ Taylor broadcasts on East FM from 3pm to 7pm (NZ time), on local frequencies 88.1FM and 107.1FM, globally at www.eastfm.nz... and on NZ app Radio Schmadio.

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1 day ago

MAKE GORGEOUS CHRISTMAS CARDS

Hilda from Howick

Only a few spaces available for the afternoon. Be in quick!

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1 day ago

Auckland's $1.4b Eastern Busway project draws near

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

A new busway in east Auckland is drawing nearer to completion with a new alliance formed to carry out the last construction stages.

The $1.4 billion project will see three new stations in Panmure, Pakuranga and Botany connected by bus, cycle and walking lines by 2025.

It promises to generate … View more
A new busway in east Auckland is drawing nearer to completion with a new alliance formed to carry out the last construction stages.

The $1.4 billion project will see three new stations in Panmure, Pakuranga and Botany connected by bus, cycle and walking lines by 2025.

It promises to generate thousands of jobs to help the region recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fletcher, Acciona, AECOM and Jacobs have been chosen to design, consent and build the final stages of the Eastern Busway project, expected to carry more than 30,000 people a day between the rapidly growing south-eastern suburbs and the rail network in Panmure.

The busway will cut travel time between Botany and Britomart, reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, said Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.

It will help give East Aucklanders a less than 40 minute commute from Botany to the CBD, said Minister of Transport Phil Twyford.

The alliance will start critical design and consenting work before progressing to construction, expected to start in 2022.

The group has overseen other major infrastructure projects including Auckland's Waterview Connection, the SH 16 Causeway Upgrade and Brisbane's Eastern Busway.

Remaining stages of the project will extend the high frequency busway under construction between Panmure and Pakuranga to a new station in Botany Town Centre.

Project Alliance Board Chair Dean Kimpton said the alliance partners are excited to be part of a project that will contribute wide-reaching social and economic benefits to the Auckland region.

"The next stages of the project are expected to generate hundreds of jobs in the short-term and provide work for thousands of people and dozens of businesses in the supply and construction sector," Kimpton said.

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1 day ago

Habit-Building for High School

NumberWorks'nWords Howick & Pakuranga

Approaching later primary school years can be a time of mixed emotions for students and their parents. Independence is emerging in the form of homework and study time, interest in specific subject areas might be developing, and ideas about the world and how to make a positive impact are surfacing.
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Approaching later primary school years can be a time of mixed emotions for students and their parents. Independence is emerging in the form of homework and study time, interest in specific subject areas might be developing, and ideas about the world and how to make a positive impact are surfacing.
By working together with your child to build these 5 actions, habits can be formed now in time to start high school in the coming years, with confidence.

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1 day ago

Happy Fri-YAY Neighbourhood Supporters! 🥳

The Team from Neighbourhood Support New Zealand

We know it's our first long weekend since June and many of us are itching to hit the roads, but there's no need to rush. Make sure to slow down, buckle up and have a plan so that you can arrive safely to wherever you're going. 💖

If you're getting behind the wheel:

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We know it's our first long weekend since June and many of us are itching to hit the roads, but there's no need to rush. Make sure to slow down, buckle up and have a plan so that you can arrive safely to wherever you're going. 💖

If you're getting behind the wheel:

🌧 Drive to conditions

↔️ Keep a safe following distance

😇 Be patient with other drivers

☕️ Take regular breaks to stay alert

⌚️ Allow plenty of time

👉 Use that indicator!


For the latest traffic updates:

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1 day ago

Don’t miss your collection day!

The Team from Auckland Council

Due to the long weekend, the council's kerbside collections will be one day later from 26 – 31 October.

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1 day ago

Looking for planting tips?

Mei Leng Wong Reporter from NZ Gardener & Get Growing

In this week’s issue we say growing organic tomatoes is easier than you think. We list more crops to plant on Labour Weekend and give tips for bigger and better tulips next year. Learn the right way to harvest herbs and enlist predatory insects to eat up aphid pests.

Build a foldable climbing … View more
In this week’s issue we say growing organic tomatoes is easier than you think. We list more crops to plant on Labour Weekend and give tips for bigger and better tulips next year. Learn the right way to harvest herbs and enlist predatory insects to eat up aphid pests.

Build a foldable climbing frame for upwardly mobile crops plus go in the draw for vouchers from Awapuni Nurseries and a vege grower’s hamper from Yates.

Delivered every Friday to your email inbox, Get Growing digital magazine offers seasonal gardening advice from the NZ Gardener magazine's team of experts. Each week we answer all your burning questions on raising fruit and veges and tell you the top tasks to do in your backyard this weekend. Subscribe here:

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1 day ago

Pakuranga & Howick Community Networking Meeting

Lindsay Upton from Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS)

Day & Date: Friday, 30 October 2020
Time: 1:30pm -3:00pm
Venue: Social Room, Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga
Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS), facilitates two community networking platforms; the Pakuranga & Howick Community Networking Meeting and the Botany & Flat … View more
Day & Date: Friday, 30 October 2020
Time: 1:30pm -3:00pm
Venue: Social Room, Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga
Manukau East Council of Social Services (MECOSS), facilitates two community networking platforms; the Pakuranga & Howick Community Networking Meeting and the Botany & Flat Bush & Ormiston Community Networking Meeting.
Both platforms enable community organisations, social services providers, government agencies and the general public a forum to connect and network with each other and to share information about their own activities.
These meetings also provide an opportunity for like-minded individuals and groups operating within the Manukau East locality to form collaborative working relationships.
Community meetings take place 11 times per year. The Pakuranga & Howick Community Networking meeting is held at Te Tuhi in Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct and Dec and the Botany & Flat Bush & Ormiston Community Networking Meetings is held at the Old Flat Bush School Hall in Mar, May, Jul, Sept and Nov.
Scheduled to take place on a Friday between 1.30pm and 3:00pm, both community meetings begin with a 30 minute speaker presentation, followed by a round-robin of 5 minute introductions and ending with an opportunity to network over a light afternoon tea.
All are welcome. No cost to attend.
Increase your visibility at our meetings by becoming a 5 minute or 30 minute speaker.
Please contact lindsay.upton@mecoss.org.nz to book a speaking time slot.
Many thanks to Howick Local Board for sponsoring this community event.

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