The increased cost of funerals

Many Kiwi families are struggling to pay for funerals as the government grant doesn’t come close to covering all of the costs, RNZ reports. Richard Fullard, vice president of the Funeral Directors Association, says the funeral grant has not been adjusted for 20...

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Thrower thrilled she didn’t put the hammer down

Auckland radiographer Nicole Bradley never pictured herself competing at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, after going through a rough patch in her athletics career. But the hammer thrower is glad she persevered, Newsroom reports, to be one of three Kiwi women...

Auckland trials cameras to catch drivers using phones

Waka Kotahi will trial new safety cameras in Auckland, reports The Spinoff, in an effort to work out how many drivers use their phone, or don’t wear a seatbelt, while behind the wheel. The six-month trial will begin on Tuesday across two highways and a local road, and...

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It’s raining tanks in Auckland

Installing rainwater tanks will soon be easier for property-owners in Auckland, Times reports, following changes to Auckland’s Unitary Plan and the Hauraki Gulf Islands District Plan. “Making it easier for Aucklanders to be resourceful with rainwater and provide for...

Covid cases rise 75% in Auckland

6000 new community cases of Covid-19 were reported in New Zealand on Monday, NZ Herald reports, along with a warning for Kiwis to not become complacent. One of the deaths reported was aged in their 30s. Covid cases in Auckland have risen by 75% in the past month, and...

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Auckland’s one-armed pizza maker

Andy Hamm was born with one arm, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a sought after pizza maker, Stuff reports. Stumpy’s Pizza is arguably one of Auckland’s most called upon takeaway joints. With crispy edges and toppings to cater to meat lovers, seafood...

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Price of entry-level homes drop to almost $500K

Entry-level homes in many of the major North Island cities are for sale at prices agents say are the lowest they’ve been in several years, OneRoof reports. The price change has meant that homes in South Auckland for $700,000 are now a reality. “Generally speaking,...

Four arrests after two ram raids in Auckland

Police have arrested four young people following two ram raids in Auckland on the weekend, RNZ reports. Thieves used a car to break into a shop in Greenhithe on the North Shore and stole cigarettes and alcohol shortly before midnight on Saturday. A car was also used...

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Dead ducks and eels found in toxic Auckland stream

More than 50 dead ducks and several eels have been found in a highly polluted Auckland stream, Stuff reports. The wildlife, which have been dying over the past couple of months, were at the stream running alongside Portland Road Reserve, Remuera. High levels of E coli...

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For sale: 15 car parks in Auckland CBD

Fifteen freehold car parks are up for bulk sale in the Auckland CBD, Stuff reports, giving buyers the opportunity to snap up some under-rated, but prime, real estate. The separate title car parks are in the Farmers car park building on Hobson St and it is possible to...

Manukau Harbour port idea gets another nudge

The contentious idea of building a new mega-port in Auckland’s Manukau Harbour has been given a further nudge in the Budget, Stuff reports. A bitterly-debated plan over whether, when and where to shift Auckland’s downtown port, has been idle since a concluding report...

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Theatre’s role in helping revitalise te reo Māori

The stage has an increasingly critical role in efforts to revitalise te reo Māori, reports Stuff, but more resource needs to be given to artists and arts organisations creating Māori theatre. The stage had an important role to play in te reo being verbalised and heard...

Battle for Auckland over inner-city villas

With new Government policies around urban intensification set to come into play in August, the future of the streets of Auckland is at a crucial crossroads, Newsroom reports. Much of the debate around Auckland’s housing rule changes revolves around the value...

Updates to various bylaws approved

Amendments to two bylaws have been approved by Auckland Council’s Governing Body. The amendments for the Stormwater Bylaw 2015 will come into effect on 30 May 2022 and amendments for the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Bylaw 2015 will come into effect on 1 July...