Auckland Transport under fire for following ‘do minimum’ advice given by engineering experts

Auckland Transport followed “do minimum” advice to save $300,000 – that decision may have cost ratepayers $3.85 million. The council organisation received the recommendation in a report from an engineering company regarding cracks found in a North Shore carpark. Two years later, those cracks became landslides. On October 9 and …

Birkenhead slip: early warning system advice rejected by AT

Auckland Transport rejected advice by engineers to install an “early warning system” to monitor unstable land long before two massive slips in Birkenhead that could cost $24 million to put right. The revelation has shocked local residents, businesses and Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman, who said AT had the information about …

Auckland car park landslide holding: Community discusses its future

Despite recent torrential rain, the Auckland landslide that swallowed a Birkenhead car park has stabilised and plans for the future of the area are being considered. Auckland Council’s geotech lead Ross Roberts said there had been very small scale movement since the sheet piles were put in, over the New …

Community ‘delighted’ with crossing win after two year argument with AT

A potentially life-saving pedestrian crossing has been the cause of an 18-month-long debate between Auckland Transport and an Auckland North Shore community. Now, the crossing has progressed to the public submission stage, which has left advocates delighted. Birkenhead’s Hinemoa St is the main route from Highbury town centre to the …

Pollution at Auckland’s Chelsea Bay ponds leaves locals angry with council

Dead eels, paralysed ducks and violently green water has left some Chelsea Bay locals concerned the pollution in the ponds surrounding the iconic sugar factory is getting out of control. A number of ponds near the Chelsea Sugar Factory on Auckland’s North Shore play host to a raft of native …

Council drills piles while sun shines at site of giant car-park slip

Stabilising work on a massive urban landslide has begun in earnest this week, three months after a slip took out much of an Auckland car park. A footpath collapsed into the landslide in last week’s wild New Year’s storm, worsening damage from two earlier slips in October and November. Now …

More slips likely in Birkenhead, but buildings should be safe

More slippage is expected in the Auckland suburb of Birkenhead, while the land settles down after a second massive landslide, but residents to not need to worry, geotech expert says. Birkenhead’s second landslide, which swallowed a piece of stabilising machinery, tore a lot closer to the back of the Mokoia …

Birkenhead’s second slip adds to town centre parking disaster

A second slip has torn another chunk from the slope of a car park in Auckland’s Birkenhead seeing the landslide creep closer towards businesses. What began as a small crack in Rawene Rd car park in August, has steadily worsened. In October, the back half of the car park slipped …