Teacher’s lab a local stream

FISH DUTY: Northcote College teacher Kit Hustler is monitoring the Little Shoal Bay stream for fish in his spare time. Kit Hustler is passionate about Little Shoal Bay. He has been monitoring fish in the Little Shoal Bay stream since August last year. The Northcote College teacher says they have a nice stream on their […]

Confusion over speed limit in reserve

Legal processes have been bypassed in the speed change proposal for a well-used road in Little Shoal Bay, authorities say. Public feedback is being collated on North Shore City Council’s proposed speed change of 20kmh for a 100- metre section of road that runs through the reserve. Currently the section of road has a 30kmh […]

Limit cut to 20kmh

A well-used road that runs through Little Shoal Bay Reserve is set for a speed reduction. The move by North Shore City Council is to increase safety for park users in response to public concern, council community services and parks committee chairman Tony Holman says. Shore resident and former mayor George Wood says the change […]

Countdown to library launch

GETTING READY, above: The new Birkenhead library opens on December 17. An official opening will be held in February when work in Nell Fisher Reserve is finished. Next week Birkenhead library users can at last set foot in a new $9 million library. The library’s manager, Sharron Cleghorn, predicts people will love the building so […]

Wetland weeds get the chop

DIGGIN IN: Maritime Terrace project leader Adrian Meys of Birkenhead plants native trees at a property where wattles and monkey apple trees have been felled and injected to stop them growing again. Residents concerned at the spread of weeds in the Little Shoal Bay wetland and surrounding bush reserve have banded together to do something […]

Work starts on new library

UP AND AWAY: The first walls of the Birkenhead library are in place. After a number of unanticipated delays, construction of the Birkenhead library is well under way. Precast panels for the walls of the first floor have been lifted into place by crane, giving residents an insight into the dimensions of the long-awaited development. […]

Apartment block declined

A resounding “no” verdict has been delivered on apartment block plans for Birkenhead’s heritage zone. Independent commissioners turned down a controversial application for 18 apartments and four businesses at 83 Hinemoa St last week. They say the Aptus Projects development would have adverse effects which could not be “avoided, remedied or mitgated”. Its design fails […]

Proposed Plan Change 16: Submitters Get a Second Chance

Submitters opposed to the Chelsea Sugar Refinery plan change will get a second chance to have their views heard because hearing commissioners say an article in the New Zealand Herald could have been misinterpreted. North Shore City Council’s spokesman Trevor Mackie says that the four-day hearing in February was adjourned rather than closed because independent […]

Demolition man sick of historic destruction

DEMOLITION MAN: Mike Vickers says the near demolition of this heritage home on Arawa Ave in Devonport is part of a growing trend. Mike Vickers is sick of tearing down beautiful North Shore heritage homes. The North Shore Demolition boss says heritage zones in Devonport, Northcote Pt and Birkenhead are being gutted as developers exploit […]

Chelsea park may be scapped

AT RISK: Neil Darroch is worried the opportunity for a public park at the picturesque Chelsea Estate will slip away. Court action could kill plans for a $20 million public park near the Chelsea Sugar Refinery. The Auckland Regional Council and New Zealand Historic Places Trust are appealing a district plan change allowing development at […]