44 days ago

Poll: Should all Auckland shops be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday?

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Restrictions on trading over Easter have frustrated Auckland retailers desperate for business in the wake of four Covid-19 lockdowns.

Only shops selling certain goods can legally trade on Easter Sunday, and those breaching conditions can be fined up to $1000.

But Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says critics have left it too late, as the process to change trading rules can take over a year.

Local government has had the power to rule on whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday since the National government passed the responsibility down in 2016.

Prior to this, only shops that sell necessities, such as dairies, service stations, and pharmacies, were given exemptions to trade.

Thirty-nine of the country’s 67 councils have created bylaws to date allowing retailers to open if they want, but Auckland, Wellington, and other major centres remain opposed.

Newmarket Business Association chief executive Mark Thomas said the restrictions are “ridiculous and out of date”.

“There are so many discrepancies in the law it seems a bit ludicrous,” he said.

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Should all Auckland shops be allowed to trade on Easter Sunday?
  • 58.3% Yes
    58.3% Complete
  • 38.9% No
    38.9% Complete
  • 2.8% Unsure- it's too complex
    2.8% Complete
1205 votes
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2 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 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

FREE Self Defence for Women & Girls : Tue 25 May @ 7pm

Ruth from Orewa

The evening is aimed at Self Defence and giving women and girls the understanding and awareness of how a dangerous situation can arise. What opportunities and options are available to defend and defeat a would-be attacker. Also how to better prepare by understanding and education around such attacks to ensure you have predetermined the outcome by education.
The course is simple and straightforward and presented in a non-threating way to enable everyone to learn and take away some new skills and tools to help them feel safer and more confident.
It should be a fun and invigorating time for
all who participate.
The course is specifically designed for self-defence not fighting.

Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church
107 Centreway Road, Orewa

2 hours ago

Afrikaans Worship Service: 16 May @ 18:00

Ruth from Orewa

Would you like to worship in Afrikaans?
You are warmly invited to join us at our monthly Afrikaans Service on Sunday 16 May @ 6pm

Hibiscus Coast Presbyterian Church
107 Centreway Road

Word deel van 'n nuwe Afrikaans geloofsgemeenskap hier aan die Hibiscus Coast. Ons aanbid een maal per maand op a Sondag