Seven car parks are worth more than $1 million say business owners on Auckland’s North Shore

Business owners in Auckland’s North Shore would rather turn away Birkenhead’s $1 million upgrade, than lose seven car parks. Kaipatiki Local Board voted on a design for the Birkenhead’s Highbury Corner upgrades at the April 19 board meeting. The contentious plans to upgrade the area around the main roundabout, will shave seven car parks from […]

Panoramic viewing platform opens in Birkenhead

Construction has finished on the split-level viewing platform in the heart of North Shore’s Birkenhead, offering panoramic views of Le Roys Bush, Auckland City, and Rangitoto. Kaimataara ō Wai Manawa held an opening event on September 3, which drew in a large crowd of local board members, councillors and community families. A few finishing touches […]

Birkenhead wharf bike shed cost $60K has gone

A bike shed on Birkenhead wharf on Auckland’s North Shore which cost $60,000 to build only three years ago has already been removed. Soon after it was built, a petition found it obstructed fisherman, impeded views of the harbour and there had been inadequate community consultation prior to its construction. Constructed in June 2013, the […]

Cycleway will affect carparks on Queen St

A proposed cycleway through Northcote’s Queen St is dividing residents. Auckland Transport says their 5.2 kilometre Northcote Safe Cycle Route will encourage more cycling. But Auckland Transport’s plans would remove off-street parking from significant portions of the route between Northcote Point and Smales Farm, including Queen St. Queen St resident Briar Walsh’s family of five […]

‘Gross’ wall causes ruckus

Legal action is being taken over a three-metre-high retaining wall. Birkenhead Pt residents are seeking a judicial review of the Auckland Council-approved resource consent at the High Court. Residents are adamant the wall is the only issue with the 83 Palmerston Rd development. David Rawlings, who lives directly opposite the property, says he is disgusted […]

Strong voice for Kaipatiki

Giving Kaipatiki a stronger voice is a top priority for new local board members. Several developments, such as the Hinemoa St boarding house, Birkenhead Wharf bike shed and Onewa Rd Z station, have gone ahead despite a public outcry. Approval for these has come from Auckland Council officers. Kaipatiki Local Board members want more thorough […]

Shed decision delayed

Despite overwhelming demand, a decision on the contentious Birkenhead Wharf bike shed has been delayed until after the election. Kaipatiki Local Board officers were investigating if the $66,000 bike shed could be moved. A report on options was requested by September 11. If the report wasn’t finished, four members were to make a decision anyway […]