The Department of Conservation has drawn its battle lines to help protect the country’s rarest bird – the critically endangered New Zealand fairy tern.
Also known as tara iti, there are fewer than 40 adult birds in the species, so the department is doing all it can to ensure breeding is successful, with Pakiri and Mangawhai being among the sites manned seven days a week.
Aucklanders will see their rates bills soar 5 per cent to help counteract a $1 billion fall in council revenue over the next four years.
The one-off hike, up from a planned 3.5 per cent increase, will add $36 to the rates bill of an average value home before annual increases return to the previous path of 3.5 per cent rises.
The proposed increase is included in the update of Auckland Council's 10-year budget, which starts in July.
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Drivers could be taxed $3.50 to enter the CBD during peak hour.
The congestion charge of up to $3.50 could be implemented within three years under a proposal unveiled by officials.
It is hoped a congestion charge would spur people to leave their cars behind but there are concerns those who are less well off could feel the pinch.
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Hi Neighbours, The shape of a possible congestion charging scheme has become clearer today with the release of the officials' report. Would you get out of your car ? Read the story below: