Archive for March, 2013

Auckland planning 30 years’ investment for better transport networks

Press Release – Auckland Transport
For the first time Auckland has a comprehensive programme outlining action for delivering on the city’s transport issues. Auckland Transport’s Integrated Transport Programme sets out the 30 year investment programme to meet the transport priorities outlined in the Auckland Plan. The programme has been developed by Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency in collaboration with Auckland Council. It aims for the management of transport in Auckland as One System. Read more »

51 per cent increase in approvals for new Auckland houses and apartments

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand
A boost in new apartments has seen the seasonally adjusted number of new houses consented rise by 1.9 percent in February. While apartment numbers vary a lot from month to month, figures continue to show a positive trend for new houses. The largest increase was in the Auckland region, up 160 (51 percent) to 473. This includes 130 apartments, up from zero in February 2012. Read more »

Pollution in streams and ponds as drought continues

Press Release – Auckland Council
Auckland’s streams and ponds are the latest victims of the region’s ongoing drought. Read more »

Auckland fire ban continues over Easter break

Press Release – Auckland Council
Although rain is forecast in some parts of Auckland for the latter part of Easter weekend, the region-wide fire ban remains firmly in place. Read more »

Cost of living in Auckland discourages northern Maori youth, says Labour

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party
Labour’s Associate Affairs spokesman Rino Tirikatene is concerned that Maori youth in the Far North feel discouraged from pursuing academic qualifications in Auckland because of the cost of such under-graduate courses and the cost of living in general. Read more »

Auckland childhood centres facing empty places – “a big problem”

Press Release – Early Childhood Council
A survey of business confidence, released this week reveals more than 70% of early childhood centres with empty places, and increasing competition between providers. Auckland and Wellington centres are more likely to have empty places than the rest of the country, and more likely to describe their ‘enrolment gaps’ as ‘a big problem’.
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SPCA wants Aucklanders to adopt a “cuddly, intelligent” rabbit for Easter

Press Release – SPCA Auckland
SPCA Auckland wants prospective pet owners to step up and adopt a bunny this Easter – but only if they’re truly committed to caring for these lovable bundles of fluffy fun. Read more »

Royal Road School windmill will power its water supply

Press Release – Auckland Council
A Green-Gold Enviroschool in Massey continues to set an example as it strives towards its goal of creating a sustainable community. Read more »

Mining on protected land – Greens reveal eight new permits

Press Release – Green Party
The Green Party today revealed that the National Government is allowing mining companies to search for minerals on our most protected conservation land. Read more »

Devonport Library concept design is amended

Press Release – Auckland Council
The development of a new Devonport Library has taken a positive step forward following strong feedback from the community. Read more »

Breakfast with Auckland Zoo’s tigers – to raise money for wild tigers

Press Release – Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo is offering locals a rare opportunity to enjoy breakfast at its tiger exhibit on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April – events that will be raising funds to help Sumatran tigers in the wild. Read more »

23 sculptors chosen for biennial in Botanic Gardens

Press Release – Auckland Council
Twenty-three talented New Zealand sculptors have been selected to take part in the fourth biennial Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Read more »

V8 supercar superstars coming to Queen Street

Press Release – ATEED
V8 Supercars fans will get an opportunity to meet and greet the stars of the ITM 400 Auckland on Thursday 11 April at a series of Pit Stops along Queen Street. Read more »

England cricketers’ golf clubs stolen from storage room at Pullman Hotel

Press Release – New Zealand Police
Golf clubs belonging to three members of the touring England cricket team have been stolen from an insecure storage room at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland’s Waterloo Quadrant. Read more »

38,500 at Eden Park for first test since 2005/06

Press Release – Auckland Cricket
When you’ve been away for a while it’s nice to come back with a bang and test cricket certainly did that at Eden Park this week. Read more »

SkyCity deal: Government ministers were at fault, says deputy auditor-general

News from Green Party
The pokies-for-convention centre deal should be scrapped after the Deputy Auditor General confirmed minsters did wrong over the deal, and were not completely vindicated as the Prime Minister has claimed, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Stephen Selwood criticises transport plans

Press Release – NZ Council for Infrastructure Development
“The release of the Auckland Integrated Transport Plan is a landmark in combined central, local, land use and transport planning, but indicates serious problems with existing proposals in our largest city,” says Stephen Selwood CEO of the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development. Read more »

National misleads on public transport spend, says Labour

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party
The Government has been caught out misleading Aucklanders on the amount of money being invested in public transport, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford and Transport spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. Read more »

Strong speaker line-up for hotel industry conference

Press Release – Hotel Industry Conference
A great line-up of international and New Zealand keynote speakers will inform and entertain delegates at the 2013 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference. Read more »

No trains in Auckland this weekend – bus and ferry timetables changed

Press Release – Auckland Transport
Auckland Transport advises the rail network will be closed at Easter for upgrade work and there are changes to timetables for buses and ferries during the holiday break. Read more »

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