More than 120 projects are being undertaken to improve the health of the Manukau Harbour, Auckland Council reports. Franklin Local Board Chair Andy Baker says the Manukau Harbour Forum brings nine Auckland local boards with harbour borders into a group instigated by Franklin in 2011 out of concern for the waterway’s deteriorating state, and the need for joint action. Baker says about half the regional programmes seek to improve water quality, with the rest focusing on biodiversity, climate change and urban development.