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 Year period. So far, the […]

‘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 […]

Contractor ‘placing lives at risk’

Residents angered by a 45-bedroom boarding house in Birkenhead claim developers started construction illegally and are “placing people’s lives at risk”. And Northcote MP Jonathan Coleman has publicly criticised the developers and the Auckland Council, saying the public should have been told. Around 45 people turned up at Birkenhead Library for a meeting with Mr […]

Rumours run rife over brothel

Rumours a 45-bedroom boarding home being built in Birkenhead will become a brothel are “unsubstantiated”. Residents have contacted the North Shore Times with claims the 194 Hinemoa St “adults’ only” hotel will be used as a brothel. Two other hotels are run in Panmure and Otahuhu by the same developer. One resident, Shirley-Ann McCrystal, says […]

Birkenhead boarding house gets up nose of neighbours

Birkenhead residents are up in arms over a boarding house rising in a picturesque boutique shopping street. Birkenhead residents are up in arms over a boarding house rising in a picturesque boutique shopping street and worry about the “type of people” it might bring. Birkenhead Residents Association members decried work at 194-198 Hinemoa St where […]

Council approach ‘haphazard’

Rethink the plan or rethink the council. This was the unanimous message from 500 Aucklanders gathered at Takapuna Grammar School last night to discuss Auckland Council’s intensification plans. The meeting was organised by resident-led group Auckland 2040 whose goal is to encourage 50,000 people to give feedback to the council on what they believe is […]

Call for plan rethink

A campaign to get 50,000 Aucklanders to tell the council to rethink its intensification plans is underway. The coalition behind the campaign, Auckland 2040, is concerned that without a united voice residents will lose the chance to have a say on the future of their city. The council has set a May 31 deadline for […]