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Three storeys for ‘mixed housing’ changes everything

Opinion from Councillor Cameron Brewer
News that three-storey apartments are possible in the expansive “mixed housing” zone may be the final nail in the coffin of the Mayor’s ill-fated draft unitary plan. Read more »

“Transformational” At Hop card to be installed on all city buses in June

Press Release – Auckland Transport
Following its introduction on trains and ferries at the end of 2012, the AT HOP card has now completed testing on buses. Testing commenced in April, ahead of the planned, public rollout to all Auckland bus services from June this year. Read more »

PHOTOS: First look inside Auckland’s new high-speed electric trains

Press Release – Auckland Transport


An internal shot of a partially fitted-out train at the CAF factory in Spain

The countdown is on for new electric trains to commence passenger service in Auckland. The first train is about to roll off the production line at Construcciones y Auxillair Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Spain. CAF is building a fleet of 57 three-car high-speed train sets to carry passengers on the Auckland suburban rail network. These new state of the art trains have been designed to meet the specific needs of Aucklanders and feature the latest in terms of safety, comfort and reliability. Read more »

Kiwi lifestyle under attack, warns Dick Quax

Press Release – Dick Quax
Right now the Auckland Council is seeking feedback on the Unitary Plan. The Unitary Plan will be Auckland’s planning “rulebook”, setting out where and how the region grows in the future. Read more »

Candidates contrast over Bunnings Arch Hill plans

Press Release – Stephen Berry
As a result of the debate over the building of a Bunnings in Arch Hill, there is now a clear contrast between the two declared candidates in the race for the Waitemata & Gulf ward seat on Auckland City Council. Read more »

Labour warns: government’s housing legislation could override Auckland Council

Media release from NZ Labour Party
The Government’s power hungry approach is causing its housing policy to unravel before the ink on the Budget is dry, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Read more »

Legislation will “streamline” new housing developments, first in Auckland

Press Release – New Zealand Government
Special legislation to enable councils and the Government to streamline new housing developments in areas where housing is least affordable was introduced to Parliament today. Read more »

Len Brown wants more work on government’s housing accord plans

Press Release – Auckland Council
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has welcomed the introduction of legislation for housing accords, but says he will be seeking clarification on a number of points to ensure the final legislation is consistent with the draft Auckland Housing Accord. Read more »

Michael Barnett agrees that housing intervention is needed in Auckland

Press Release – Auckland Chamber of Commerce
The radical move by the central government to conditionally take over approving housing resource consents reinforces the Chamber’s recent calls for action to address Auckland’s housing shortage. Read more »

Strike at McDonalds – workers want free meals

Press Release – Unite Union
McDonald’s workers, angry that police are given 50% discounts at their store whilst staff are refused free meals on shift, will go on strike today in Auckland. This follows two pickets earlier in May, where workers and supporters of the Unite union were pushed and manhandled by the Force. Read more »

Massey’s new theatre at Albany will be available for wider community

Press Release – Massey University
A brand new performing arts space has opened at the Albany campus, and it will prove an asset to students at Massey and the wider performing arts community. Read more »

Workshop in Manukau will offer young people a voice on Unitary Plan

Press Release – Simeon Brown
Manurewa Local Board Member Simeon Brown is calling for all young people in South and Eastern Auckland to head along to a workshop he is organising in Manukau to support young people to have their voice heard on the draft Unitary Plan. Read more »

Design experts to share knowledge in Auckland

Press Release – Auckland Council
Experts from New Zealand, Australia and the United States will share their knowledge about creating more inclusive places to live, work and play during New Zealand’s first-ever Universal Design Conference. The one-day conference will take place at the Aotea Centre on 24 May. Read more »

First homes being built at Long Bay: “one of Auckland’s most desirable locations”

Press Release – Todd Property Group
The first homes at Long Bay are on their way to being built with work on the first home now underway. Read more »

List of ‘myth-busters’ – a last attempt to deflect opposition to plan

Opinion by David Thornton of No More Rates
Auckland Council’s list of ‘myth-busters’ will not fool ratepayers into accepting the flawed and controversial draft Unitary Plan which the Council wants to take immediate legal effect when it is notified shortly after 18th September. Read more »

Auckland’s online job vacancies up by 8.2 per cent in April

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Auckland online job vacancies increased by 8.2 per cent in April, the highest increase in the country, according to the latest Jobs Online report from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Read more »

Council wants to encourage people to become candidates for election

Press Release – Auckland Council
An awareness campaign and public meetings begin next week to encourage people to consider standing for election to Auckland Council’s governing body and 21 local boards. Read more »

Too many poker machines: poll shows strong support for ‘sinking lid’

Press Release – Problem Gambling Foundation
An overwhelming majority of Aucklanders believe the city has too many pokies and want to see the Council adopt a sinking lid policy according to a new poll being released today. Read more »

$24m investment to redevelop Devonport includes new library, new boardwalk

Press Release – Auckland Council


Exciting capital projects are underway in Devonport, as part of Auckland Council’s $24 million investment in the seaside village. Read more »

Mitre 10 building its 35th Mega store in New Lynn; wants 130 new employees

Press Release – Mitre 10
Construction of Mitre 10’s 35th Mega store is now under way in Auckland’s New Lynn with recruitment for up to 130 new jobs also beginning this month. Read more »

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