Onewa Rd shops and service station get green light

Angry residents opposing controversial plans for a 24/7 petrol station on a busy arterial route have been ignored by Auckland Council. The Z service station and six retail shops will be built at 119 Onewa Rd, on the corner of Gladstone Rd, next to St Mary’s Catholic Church and primary school, on the same side […]

Lowdown on high-rise

Opposition to high-rise development in Northcote and Birkenhead rang out loud and clear at a public meeting called in response to a leaked council document. Anxiety was evident as residents put their questions to Auckland Council chief planning officer Roger Blakeley who fronted the meeting organised by the Kaipatiki Local Board on January 26. Highbury, […]

Harbour crossing is biggest concern

A second harbour crossing is still one of Northcote resident’s biggest concerns for their neighbourhood. The Northcote Residents Association held a meeting on December 6 and invited guest speakers to bring residents up to date with recent developments in the area. Chairman Brian Plimmer says there have been some very positive comments about the nature […]

Hidden council message

Vital council information was buried inside a pile of junk mail easily thrown away, Shore residents’ groups say. “It was not their brightest decision,” Birkenhead Residents Association spokesman Warwick Jones says. Mr Jones was among those who didn’t see the draft local board plan information arrive in his letterbox. That’s because it was tucked inside […]

Library scoops awards

WINNER: The Birkenhead Library and Civic Centre has won two prizes at the 2010 Auckland Architecture Awards. THE Birkenhead Library and Civic Centre is among top winners in the 2010 Auckland Architecture Awards. It won both the Public Architecture and Sustainable Architecture awards and was praised for the “control and manipulation of its natural light […]

Run-down beach gets a spruce-up

For almost 31 years Northcote resident Tony Sharrock has been cleaning up what was once a run-down beach. “As a little boy in the 1950s it was a run-down beach, now it serves up to 70,000 people,” he says of Little Shoal Bay. Before it got cleaned up a lot less people would visit Northcote’s […]

Faux facade placates apartment opposition

HERITAGE DESIGN: A new design for apartments at 83 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead, has been approved. A faux heritage design has appeased concerns about the impact of a development on a Shore suburb known for its historic character. More than 400 residents opposed an apartment block and office units at 83 Hinemoa St when the first […]

TV guru joins Chelsea garden plan

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Garden guru Eion, centre, and Ann Scarrow are among supporters of the proposed Great Chelsea Gardens, the brainchild of Graham Milne. Garden guru Eion Scarrow is throwing his weight behind a large-scale garden concept for Birkenhead. “I’ve just retired and I wanted something to get my teeth into,” the former TV garden […]

Have a say on shopping centre

North Shore City Council is seeking public feedback on its $4 million makeover plans for Highbury Shopping Centre in Birkenhead. Council principal planner urban design John Stenberg says the project aims to make the centre more vibrant, pleasant and more user-friendly for pedestrians and shoppers. It is at the initial concept design stage and the […]

$14m “panic” spend-up

FAST-TRACKED: Replacing sand at Little Shoal Bay, pictured, and Halls Beach will cost $1.5m. Up to $14 million of ratepayer money will be “frittered away” on parochial projects in a panicked spend-up before the supercity arrives, says Shore councillor Chris Darby. Councillors outside the mayor’s so-called A-team challenged the spending plans for money from the […]