Kawakawa Bay - Orere Point, Kawakawa Bay

6 hours ago

Highly affordable in Manurewa

Chris Kentsley Reporter from Homed - Southern Homes

Check this out in Southern Homes this week there is plenty of good properties to be bought .

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1 day ago

How to recycle broken glass

The Team from Auckland Council

Learn what to do when recycling broken glass. Large chunks are ok, as long as they are from grocery packaging. Always remember when recycling if in doubt, leave it out.

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9 hours ago

Love Food Hate Waste - Feed Your Family For Less With Leftovers

Lisa Beale from Beautification Trust

Interested in learning how to make the most of your leftovers, so you can feed your family for less?

This Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm the Beautification Trust located at 38 Holmes Road, Manurewa are hosting Love Food Hate Waste tutor Jennifer, this session is brought to you by EcoMatters, … View more
Interested in learning how to make the most of your leftovers, so you can feed your family for less?

This Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm the Beautification Trust located at 38 Holmes Road, Manurewa are hosting Love Food Hate Waste tutor Jennifer, this session is brought to you by EcoMatters, thanks to Auckland Council.

Free but please register in advance using the link below...

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1 day ago

What's On: Papakura Community Clean-up

Louise from Mangere Bridge

Let's beautify Papakura together! Get together with the community to paint, wash, tidy, and pick up rubbish. Then celebrate the amazing mahi with a free BBQ afterwards.
Papakura Community Clean-up
  • Meet outside the old school building
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12 hours ago

What's On: Talk

Kathrina from The Gardens

Papakura Historical talk on Newspaper NZ Truth Enquiries Phil 2671260
Talk
  • Meeting Room next to Papakura Library
20 hours ago

A new way to live

Ryman Healthcare Limited

It’s a time for fine-tuning your skills and pushing the boundaries, catching up with your mates and heading off on new adventures at the drop of a hat! No, we’re not talking about your 20s, we’re talking about your retirement.

Ross’ retirement saw the beginning of his musical journey … View more
It’s a time for fine-tuning your skills and pushing the boundaries, catching up with your mates and heading off on new adventures at the drop of a hat! No, we’re not talking about your 20s, we’re talking about your retirement.

Ross’ retirement saw the beginning of his musical journey where his passion quickly evolved from making music, to crafting guitars. It all started when Ross and some mates joined a music group where the camaraderie and togetherness were just as important as the music.

Living in a Ryman village, Ross can continue living life to the full in his retirement because they are places where you don’t retire from life, you find a new way to live .
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1 day ago

Does your partner work at the border or in an MIQ facility?

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Hi neighbours, Are you the partner of a border or MIQ worker but don't live with them? If so, have you been offered the Covid-19 vaccine? If you haven't, does this cause you concern? If this sounds like you, please email me at caroline.williams@stuff.co.nz

1 day ago

Electrical cable falls on motorway, diversions in place

The Team from Neighbourly.co.nz

UPDATE
May 12
3.15pm

Waka Kotahi (NZTA) has reported that all lanes on the Upper Harbour highway are open. Expect delays as traffic eases.
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Auckland motorists are told to expect delays to their afternoon commute after … View more
UPDATE
May 12
3.15pm

Waka Kotahi (NZTA) has reported that all lanes on the Upper Harbour highway are open. Expect delays as traffic eases.
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Auckland motorists are told to expect delays to their afternoon commute after electrical cabling fell on the motorway.

The southbound Upper Harbour highway off-ramp is currently closed as contractors work to clear the blockage. Police have reported that this is currently impacting city-bound traffic and diversions are currently in place.

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3 days 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.

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1 day ago

What's On: Volunteers needed to teach English

Theresa from Papakura

Learn to teach English for settlement to former refugees and migrants. Six week course on Fridays at the Eastview Baptist Church from 9:30am to 2:00pm starting
Volunteers needed to teach English
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5 days 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.

2 days ago

$6.4 million multi-sport centre opens doors in Ōtara

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

A $6.4 million sports centre has reopened in Otara after a major facelift.

The Ngati Otara Multi-sport and Cultural Centre boasts a new clubroom, kitchen, changing rooms and first-aid centre at Ngati Otara Park.

The south-Auckland building comprises a laundromat for sports kit along with a … View more
A $6.4 million sports centre has reopened in Otara after a major facelift.

The Ngati Otara Multi-sport and Cultural Centre boasts a new clubroom, kitchen, changing rooms and first-aid centre at Ngati Otara Park.

The south-Auckland building comprises a laundromat for sports kit along with a first-aid room and a cafe/bar for members of the community.

Health services will be provided there at the Whanau Ora Medical Clinic.

Pacific Homecare will hold its Fia Ola (Want to Live) programmes for older residents at the complex.

Manukau Ward councillor Fa'anana Efeso Collins said earlier the upgrade would help develop and retain sporting talent in a disadvantaged community.

The Ngāti Ōtara sports centre was pivotal to the growth and development of local sports in Ōtara, he said.

"It gives local sports codes like rugby league, kilikiti, tag and netball decent playing areas where our local athletes will excel."

Auckland mayor Phil Goff said the new complex transformed the old facilities.

"This investment by Auckland Council recognises that Otara deserves a decent 21st-century sports facility that encourages our young people into sport and inspires them to realise their potential," he said.

Five different sports and more than 150 teams would use the facilities, he said.

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board chair Apulu Reece Autagavaia said he grew up playing kilikiti (cricket) on the fields nearby.

"I remember, as a kid, it was my job to fetch stray kilikiti balls that made their way on the deteriorating roof.

“The previous building was dark, old and no longer fit for purpose. It feels incredible to be able to provide a beautiful, brand new building to the community we can all enjoy and be proud of. "

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2 days ago

🥶🔥 The Great Firewood Dilemma

Jane Freeman from Timberline Contracting Ltd

There's colder weather coming 🥶
You'll want to stay indoors.
The rain beats on the windows,
But the old log burner roars.

Your cozy and your happy,
not struggling, up all night
Cos the wood you got from Timberline … View more
There's colder weather coming 🥶
You'll want to stay indoors.
The rain beats on the windows,
But the old log burner roars.

Your cozy and your happy,
not struggling, up all night
Cos the wood you got from Timberline
is just so quick to light. 🔥

Last time you tried to buy your wood,
from ol' mate down the lane,
He told you it way SUPER DRY,
You found it such a pain. 😐

You tried for half an hour,
to burn the stupid wood,
But turns out it was freshly split,
which simply isn't good. 😰

At Timberline we stand behind our "Dry Firewood".
If we sell it to you as dry, it will be dry and ready to burn today! 😊

Stay warm people! - 0800 FOR WOOD

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3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

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