Auckland Armageddon Expo 2021 cancelled

Organisers of the Armageddon Expo 2021 have made the “difficult decision” to cancel the Auckland event amid uncertainty about the city’s COVID-19 situation and “concerns about anti-vaxxers”, Newshub reports. The sci-fi, gaming, anime and...

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Auckland’s crime spree may just be a moral panic

Crime is spiralling out of control in Aotearoa’s mega-city… or so the headlines will tell you. Newsroom reports that crime in Auckland’s CBD is no worse than it was in past years. The pandemic has pushed acts of crime to the streets and added eyes to those...

A merrier Christmas at the City Mission

At the Wellington and Auckland City Missions, Christmas looks a bit different in Covid times, The Spinoff reveals. There are no big feasts planned this year, but with the help of donors, the missions are still spreading joy. At one point, Auckland City Mission and its...

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Kōkako chicks make Christmas appearance

Thanks to a 30-year project, intensive predator control and thousands of volunteer hours, the kōkako is thriving in the Hunua Ranges and is now the fourth largest population on mainland New Zealand, Auckland Council reports. “It’s looking like an early productive...



Long-contaminated Auckland swimming spots safe again

Three swimming spots in West and north Auckland are finally safe for the public to enjoy after years of contamination, Stuff reveals. The long-term safety warnings at Wairau Outlet, Titirangi beach and North Piha Lagoon have now been lifted, following work by Auckland...

Ikea to open first New Zealand store at Sylvia Park

Ikea New Zealand has signed a deal to buy 3.2 hectares of land for a store at Auckland’s Sylvia Park shopping mall, Stuff reveals. As well as the physical store, it will also offer online shopping and delivery across New Zealand. The move to open in New Zealand has...