Hi neighbours. Controversial plans to build a giant waste dump in the Dome Valley should be refused because of cultural and environmental concerns, Auckland Council says.
It is the first time Auckland Council has publicly come out in opposition of Chinese-owned private waste firm Waste Management’s plans for a landfill, on land between Warkworth and Wellsford.
Key issues looked at in a newly released report included cultural values, the impact on freshwater and the surrounding ecosystem, sedimentation and air pollution, environmental and human health risks, traffic safety and the rural character of the area.
“The reporting officer is recommending, subject to contrary or additional information being received at the [resource consent] hearing, that the application be refused,” the report stated.
A resource consent hearing is due to begin at the Warkworth Town Hall at 9.30 am on November 9.
Meet Team New Zealand's new America's Cup boat.
Te Rehutai was seen foiling under sail on its first outing after its Thursday night launch.
She was towed out from the team's base on Friday morning and got up on her foils while under tow during the planned test programme of sailing on the Waitemata Harbour.
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We'd be keen to hear about your favourite summer holiday spots in NZ. Is there somewhere you keep returning to year after year and, if so, what are the main attractions? What makes it such a stand-out spot? Any tips you may be able to offer on the best things to see and do there - as well as the best places to grab a drink or bite to eat - would be much appreciated. Please put 'NFP' (not for publication) in your comment if you don't want it to appear in a travel article. Thanks again.
Our cat, Hugo, went missing from Whangaparaoa Rd, Red Beach (opposite the Retirement Village) on Friday afternoon the 20th of November. He is a male Burmese about 7 years old. Chocolate/Brown Colour. He has a small tuft of hair that sits differently to the rest of his coat on the top of his head. He's generally friendly. Can be talkative-especially when he's hungry. We are very worried - it is so unlike him to not be here. Any information about his whereabouts would be so gratefully received.