High-rise plans horrify

George Gardner was shaking with disbelief when he found out apartment blocks up to six storeys are being proposed for his suburban Browns Bay neighbourhood. He is so concerned about the effect on his suburb he printed out his own leaflets and dropped them at 45 houses in the area around Stapleford Cres. Auckland Council’s […]

Concerns over boarding house project

Questions are being asked over a three-storey, 45-room boarding house development in a commercial Birkenhead zone, including whether it was scrutinised enough by Auckland Council. The council says public input was not needed as the effects of the building on the area were deemed minor. Rooms in the 194 Hinemoa St development range in size […]

Car parks proposed Onewa Road – bound end of Lake Road

Short-term car parking will replace 300 metres of transit lane if a new proposal for Northcote’s Lake Rd goes ahead. Auckland Transport is gauging the views of residents and schools at the Onewa Rd-bound end of Lake Rd on removing most of the T3 transit lane. The council-controlled organisation says schools and residents have little […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]