Kia ora neighbours. A woman who breached Auckland's Covid border ended up having to be rescued, after her vehicle got stuck in a sand dune at the nesting site of the country’s rarest endemic bird.
According to the Department of Conservation (DOC), the woman and her dog stayed overnight in the vehicle after it got stuck in sand at the Mangawhai wildlife refuge last weekend.
DOC manager Craig Deal said the police were called and DOC compliance officers will be following up with the woman, over her entering a wildlife refuge with a vehicle and a dog, both of which are prohibited and carry an $800 infringement notice.
The site is one of four tara iti (fairy tern) nesting sites located just north of Auckland, and protected by Northland Reserves Bylaws.
With a population of fewer than 40 birds, the birds have been near extinction since the 1980s and require a lot of human help to ensure their survival.
The attached video from the 2020 breeding season shows the steps taken to protect fairy tern eggs during a storm. (Video credit: Ricky Wilson/Stuff)
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It was originally popularised in New York City.
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Kia ora neighbours. Waka Kotahi NZTA is now taking feedback on whether Penlink should be a toll road.
Construction on the highly anticipated highway is expected to begin this year, for completion by 2026.
If Waka Kotahi proceed with tolling the road, there could be different toll prices for peak and off-peak hours. The prices could vary between $1 to $4, with heavy freight paying more than light vehicles.
Three toll points on the road are being considered, meaning motorists will only have to pay for the parts they use. Those who don’t wish to pay the toll may still access free alternative routes.
Waka Kotahi national manager of infrastructure delivery Mark Kinvig said the toll would go towards maintaining the road to keep it “safe and resilient”.
“Variable tolling helps people make choices about when they travel, and therefore the toll price they pay. It will also reduce travel times on Penlink during peak hours,” Kinvig said.
What do you think about Penlink being tolled? Vote in our poll, share your thoughts in the comments below and make your submission to Waka Kotahi here: www.surveymonkey.com...
Read more about the proposal here: www.stuff.co.nz...
19.6% Yes - Road maintenance is vital for keeping motorists safe19.6% Complete
12.5% Yes - Tolling the road will help ease congestion12.5% Complete
50% No - This is what my taxes are for50% Complete
14.3% No - I won't use Penlink if I have to pay14.3% Complete
3.6% Undecided - Tell us in the comments3.6% Complete