Hi neighbours - Hapū are ready to occupy Whakarongorua Maunga in the Utakura Valley to stop cell phone tower construction.
Hapū member Mori Rapana says "the mountain designated for the tower was sacred and steeped in history", with ancestral bones buried there. He says that "they're willing to fully occupy the land and get arrested so that it is left in all its glory for all generations to come".
What are your thoughts? Should another area be chosen for the cell phone tower? Is there enough being done to protect sacred sites?
They tend the impressive 100-year-old mulberry tree and the second oldest pear tree in New Zealand which was planted in the 1830s as well as the heritage roses; there are 40 different types including climbing tea roses, chestnut roses and old bush China roses.
Hibiscus Coast revellers will be forced to celebrate Crate Day on private property this weekend, as authorities impose a temporary alcohol ban in parks and beaches, following two years of successful bans.
The 48 hour ban on Saturday and Sunday covers beaches, foreshore and reserves between Waiwera and Arkles Bay in north Auckland.
Crate Day was started by The Rock radio station to embark summer by sharing a crate of beers with mates.
However, many participants see it as a challenge to consume the whole crate alone, getting extremely drunk in the process.
Rodney locals are known to go hard on Crate Day, with mess left behind in public places playing a part in the ban (see photo) enforced by police and the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board.
Do you support the temporary liquor ban?
87.7% Yes - It fuels drunken shenanigans and leaves a mess behind87.7% Complete
12.3% No - It's a great way to see in the summer, let them have their fun!12.3% Complete
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