Auckland’s great divide call for a new crossing

Former mayor says community groups are being kept in the dark about a proposal which follows at least six studies since 1986 and doubt about the longevity of the existing harbour bridge. North Shore leaders will this year ramp up calls for a new Waitemata Harbour traffic crossing, even though the Transport Agency does not […]

Tree protection rules axed in rethink by Auckland Council

Auckland Council has announced that blanket tree protection rules have been axed in Rodney, on the North Shore and the old Auckland City Council area except the CBD. Penny Pirrit, regional and local planning manager, said the changes were made as a result of the Government’s proposed Resource Management Act amendments, Environment Court proceedings and […]

Backdown over tree protection

Auckland Council has backed down over its blanket tree protection rules in a legal dispute with the Property Council. A memorandum filed with the Environment Court yesterday says the council will treat as revoked a number of rules in its district plan. That is expected to mean trees previously covered by all-encompassing rules on about […]

The Auckland Unitary Plan

Auckland Council is developing New Zealand’s biggest single resource management plan, known as the Auckland Unitary Plan. A bold and transformational plan, it will become the council’s key tool to manage development on land and water. It will have a direct impact on the shape of the city and the quality of Auckland’s built and […]


from Sunday Morning on Sunday 14 October 2012 In the light of Auckland’s Heritage Festival, Wayne takes a critical look at the reality of heritage, Auckland style. Chris subsequently speaks with Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee, and Brisbane conservation architect Peter Marquis-Kyle. Credits Radio New Zealand National – 14 October 2012

London-type bus network on cards

Auckland buses are facing a major shakeup in a new proposed plan Shakeup plans include running feeder buses to transport hubs. Auckland buses face a major shakeup, and the region could be divided into zones similar to London’s network as authorities look to streamline services and fares. Changes to about 400 services proposed by Auckland […]

Central Auckland motorway link almost ready says NZTA

Final work is underway to have the Wellington Street on-ramp in central Auckland ready to re-open for traffic joining the northbound lanes of State Highway 1 motorway next Monday morning (8 October). The on-ramp has been closed since May 2010 and rebuilt by the NZ Transport Agency as part of the Victoria Park Tunnel project […]

Battle over plan to stop junk mail

Local groups fear their message will not get through if bylaw gets the go-ahead Junk mailers of Auckland are being warned to expect a stop to their littering with a new bylaw – but voluntary community groups fear it will prevent them handing out their material. A council committee yesterday heard concerns from North Shore […]