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South Auckland’s $60m Eco-Park plan not a goner

Auckland Council has unveiled a new plan to boost Māori and Pasifika businesses in south and West Auckland, Stuff reports. But while the future is unclear for the $60 million ‘Eco-Park’, two Cabinet ministers say it is not dead in the water. Despite missing out on the...

Whose ‘identity’ are we preserving?

A minor culture war has broken out over Auckland’s urban identity, Stuff reports. On one side, defenders of “special character” areas of historic housing; on the other, advocates for higher-density development with fewer constraints. According to Auckland Council,...

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Auckland’s secret retreat not far from CBD

Warblers Retreat is a stunning eco-retreat located in Auckland, NZ Herald reports. Set on 2 hectares of regenerating farmland, “it boasts gullies brimming with interwoven ponga, tanekaha and nikau in glorious shades of brown and emerald. Natural springs flow...

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Septic system compliance coming in June 2022

Do your part to keep Auckland’s waterways, and ecosystems healthy by making sure your septic tank is well maintained, says Auckland Council. From June 2022, properties not connected to a wastewater network will be asked to provide Auckland Council with proof their...

The diversity within our Chinese communities

Te Papa’s Chinese Languages in Aotearoa project is exploring the diversity of Chinese identity. Curator Grace Gassin, who grew up in Auckland, talks to The Spinoff about embracing heritage, identity and language. “I think we need to focus on the issues of...

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How an infamous Ōtāhuhu restaurant survived Covid

Ōtāhuhu Vietnamese restaurant Try It Out has hard work, resilience and extremely loyal customers to thank for getting the family-owned business through the Covid-19 pandemic, Stuff reports. Jenny and Jane HA inherited Try It Out from their parents when their mother...

Auckland parades under threat from rising costs

Popular events such as Santa and Anzac Day parades are under threat in Auckland due to the spiralling costs of traffic management plans (TMPs), NZ Herald reports. Orakei Local Board chairman Scott MilneMilne said the board set aside $20,000 for the St Heliers Bay...

Controversial crossing labelled “crazy”

A plan to install a raised pedestrian crossing on one of east Auckland’s busiest roads is being met with backlash from a politician and residents, Times reports. AT says it’s designed to make crossing Pakuranga Road, the nation’s sixth-busiest road, safer and easier....

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Turning south Auckland’s trash into treasure

The Resource Recovery room is a treasure trove of pre-loved items that would otherwise go to landfill, Stuff reports. Located in Māngere East, the community centre recycles, reuses and repairs donated and recovered items. It even has a community garden. Since the end...

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Men chase ram-raiders down Auckland motorway

Four ram raiders got the fright of their lives, NZ Herald reports, when they were confronted by two men mid-burglary before being chased down an Auckland motorway. The offenders had just smashed through the Greenhithe Liquor Centre on Saturday when two locals chose to...

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Reckless driver flips ute then shoves cop

A reckless driver crashed and flipped his ute before pushing a police officer in the Auckland suburb of St Heliers on Monday, Newshub reports. Emergency services and police were called to the incident and began trying to flip the car back over. A witness to the crash...

Second-hand book turns out to be family heirloom

For seven years, a book of poems on Rowan Oswald’s bookshelf sat forgotten and unopened, with its special connection to a special great-uncle – a navigator in World War II – unknown. Stuff reveals the link was discovered when Rowan found the name Fred Mullen...

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Concert review: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra promoted its Sante concert as “a champagne programme with a hint of cabaret”. NZ Herald reveals it turned out to be all of that . . . and much more. At the centre of the imaginative programme was APO harpist Ingrid Bauer in...

Sneak peek at Sylvia Park’s Ikea look

Kiwi Property Group has released the first image of how Ikea’s inaugural New Zealand store will look at its Sylvia Park centre, NZ Herald reports. Kiwi has also announced it pushed up bottom-line profit 14%, partly because of big property revenue rises from an...

Central Auckland homes decline in value

Upmarket homes in central Auckland have declined in value by 3.4% since January, Interest reports, but the decline in values at the bottom of the market has been greater. The biggest declines in values at the top end of the market were in Upper Hutt -6.3%, and Central...