Additional ferry sailings for north and west Auckland

Source: Auckland Council

Auckland Transport has announced more good news for north and west Auckland ferry users. 

From Monday 25 February, Hobsonville and Beach Haven ferry users will get four additional trips each weekday to choose from. This comes on the back of the recent commencement of weekend ferry services. 

Check the new weekday timetable here [PDF] for new sailing times, including some tweaks to the existing schedule. 

Connecting bus services for Hobsonville Point and Beach Haven have not been changed yet, but will be reviewed later in the year.  

Gulf Harbour ferry users will also benefit from extra evening services during the week. Click here to see the new additional sailings. 

Please note, no additional connecting bus services have yet been announced to support these extra services.  

Albany Councillor John Watson says he’s pleased to see the extra services added. 

“The Hobsonville community is growing bigger by the day, and they need these extra sailings to keep up with demand and provide increased options and capacity for users.

“The more people are using these ferry services, the fewer vehicles are congesting our already busy motorway network at peak times,” he says.   

Councillor Richard Hills at Beach Haven ferry terminal.

North Shore Councillor Richard Hills agrees and says the addition of services is another exciting development for Beach Haven residents.  

“After being part of the team that successfully advocated for the build of the new Beach Haven ferry terminal in 2013, this announcement is particularly sweet,” says Hills.  

“We have also secured regular off-peak services by 2021 as part of the Regional Public Transport Plan.

“It’s been amazing to see Beach Haven residents flocking to the ferry and enjoying the scenic route to the city or over to Hobsonville Point.” 

Upper Harbour, Kaipātiki and Hibiscus and Bays local boards also all advocated in support of increased weekday ferry services. 

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Stoat hunt shuts down

Source: Auckland Council

After an exhaustive effort over the last six weeks, Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have signed off on a collaborative biosecurity response following an unconfirmed sighting of a pair of stoats in the Medlands Beach area early in January.

A full-scale biosecurity operation was deployed using a team of stoat detection dogs, tracking tunnels, traps, lures and trail cameras in a 200ha area.

Pest detection dog Gecko on Medlands Beach

A Technical Advisory Group made up of experts from across a range of biosecurity disciplines provided advice to the team to inform the operation.

With no stoat being detected, the response has now been shut down; all traps and equipment have now been brought in.

Great Barrier Local Board Chair Izzy Fordham said it was extremely reassuring that no stoats were found.

She said to have Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation take such rapid and dedicated action to keep Great Barrier free of pests not already present on the island was important for the fragile eco-system.

“It was a really good effort on behalf of the two agencies involved. There are a number of different endangered species on the island, so it is vital we stay on top of any pests that may make their way here.”

Auckland Council Biosecurity Manager, Jonathan Miles thanked landowners for their co-operation and support in giving the teams access to their properties throughout the operation.

He also reminded locals that if they “see anything suspicious, a stoat, possum or Norway rat, do not hesitate to report the sighting to Auckland Council Biosecurity or Department of Conservation.” 

Aotea/Great Barrier is currently free of these pest species; if they did arrive, their impact on the native flora and fauna would be devastating.

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Hokianga Ferry to resume sailing Tuesday

Source: Far North District Council

The Hokianga Ferry should resume normal services tomorrow with repairs to one of its engines due to be completed today. 

Sailings of the Hokianga vehicle ferry were halted yesterday as a precaution due to mechanical issues. 

The Far North District Council is now working with a local ferry operator to arrange for a passenger-only service to begin crossing the harbour this afternoon.  

Updates on when this service will commence, and on repairs to the vehicle ferry, will be posted on the Council website at www.fndc.govt.nz and on its Facebook page as soon as details are available.

People can also phone our Contact Centre on 0800 920 029 for updates. 

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Damaged Beach Haven bridge to be rebuilt

Source: Auckland Council

A fire that destroyed a large section of a pedestrian bridge used daily by hundreds of people in Beach Haven will need to be fully rebuilt.

A structural engineer has assessed the remains of the bridge that linked Fordham and Lanigan Streets and has advised that it is not repairable and it will require a total rebuild.

Contractors have cleared the debris out of the stream and will now be working on dismantling and removing what remains of the badly damaged bridge.

The rebuild will be given priority due to the bridge being a popular and important commuter route for children to get to school. However, due to consenting processes, its rebuild is likely to take several months to complete.

Kaipātiki Local Board Chair John Gillon says, “It’s really disheartening that such an important pedestrian link for Birkdale Intermediate and Birkenhead College students has been destroyed in such a mindless manner.

“We appreciate the frustration and inconvenience this has caused for so many and will be doing whatever we can to assist with its swift replacement,” says Gillon.

“But realistically, it sounds like it may take a few months to complete.

“In the meantime, there are alternative walking routes via Mirage Place or Woodhams Street. They are less direct and do take a bit longer to walk, but they’re the best interim options.”

There is an ongoing investigation being carried out by the Fire Service into the attack that occurred on the bridge early morning on 6 February (Waitangi Day).

If you have any information about what happened to the bridge, and by who, please contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Onehunga Foreshore cleanup planned for Seaweek

Source: Auckland Council

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Volunteer at the Onehunga Foreshore cleanup event as part of Seaweek 2019

Across the region, groups are getting together to find ways to support Seaweek 2019.

Among events being organised in Maungakiekie Tamaki area is a group effort by Hirepool, Fishing & Adventure TV and Sustainable Coastlines, to clean up the Onehunga Foreshore on the Manukau Harbour.

“This is a family-friendly event. Not only do we want able hands to help do the work, but it would be great to see some younger folks along to learn more about the threats to the health of our coastlines,” says Fletcher Sunde speaking on behalf of Sustainable Coastlines. 

“I can’t think of a better way to get behind Seaweek,” says Debbie Burrows, Deputy Chair of Maungakiekie Tamaki Local board

“Though it is sad that we even need to tidy up the coastline in our backyard, it will be great to see everyone digging in to help improve it.”

Scott and Mig from Fishing and Adventure TV will be there on the day to take part and have some good fishing chat.

About the Onehunga Clean-Up

The event kicks off at 9am, Saturday 9 March at Taumanu Reserve, Seacliff Road, Onehunga.

You will be provided with reusable rubbish sacks and gloves, drinking water, sunblock, sanitiser, health and safety briefing, skilled staff on hand and plenty of guidance.

At about midday, everyone will be invited to enjoy a BBQ sponsored by Hirepool and Phoenic Organic drinks.

What to bring:

  • Closed-toe sturdy shoes, such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots are required for participation. Gumboots are not allowed
  • Warm and waterproof clothes
  • Sun hat and other sunsmart gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
  • Snacks

For more information please email Fletcher on fletcher@sustainablecoastlines.org 

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Aucklanders urged to have their say on their Annual Budget

Source: Auckland Council

Aucklanders are being urged to make sure they have their say on the city’s proposed 2019/2020 budget.

Last year we introduced our 10-year budget 2018-2028 which committed to the largest ever investment in Auckland’s infrastructure. This year’s budget focuses on delivering our ambitious program of work and supporting a growing Auckland.

The four-week Annual Budget consultation focuses on issues around rates, growth and local priorities. 

 The topics for consultation are:

  • Rating of religious use properties
  • Changes to some targeted rates
  • Increases to some fees to maintain cost recovery

In addition, we are consulting on the legal transfer of some waterfront properties from Panuku to Auckland Council. Day-to-day management would remain with Panuku.

Alongside the annual budget consultation, Aucklanders will also have the chance to have their say on the future of Auckland’s water.

Water is a precious resource and we need to look after it. Auckland Council would like residents input and feedback to help develop a water strategy for Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland to help address water issues in our region.

A consultation period is open between 17 February 2019 and 17 March 2019 and feedback can be given online at akhaveyoursay.nz, by emailing akhaveyoursay@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or at one of the many events being run across the region. 

Details of all events can be found at akhaveyoursay.nz or call us on 09 301 0101.

Feedback forms and supporting information will also be available at libraries, local board offices and service centres or can be requested by emailing akhaveyoursay@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Following consultation, all feedback will be considered and the 2019/2020 Annual Budget will be adopted in June. Our decisions will be widely communicated, and a summary report will be available online.

The consultation closes on 17 March 2019

About Panuku Development Agency

Panuku is Auckland Council’s urban development agency and currently owns and manages about $790 million of city centre waterfront properties. The proposed transfer of these properties is an amendment to the 10-year Budget 2018-2028.

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Get together and #SnapAKL this February to win

Source: Auckland Council

It’s the perfect time of year for getting out and about in Auckland, but with so many things to do, how do you know where to start?

Get your summer sorted and challenge your friends and family to an Auckland scavenger hunt!

Play the SnapAKL game and explore Auckland this February with over 20 fun missions.

Snap photos of yourself cosying up at Movies in Parks, out at one of our 12 splash pads around the city, or celebrating the Lunar New Year at one of Auckland’s libraries.

Complete as many missions as you can and, if you earn more than 10,000 points, you’ll go in the draw for the grand prize.

It’s easy to get started

  1. Download the GooseChase app on Android or iOS
  2. Gather your friends or family and register your team
  3. Join the game by searching for ‘SnapAKL’
  4. Have fun!

Share your winning photos with #SnapAKL for a chance to be featured!

Play special missions and be in to win

Watch out for weekly special missions released in the game for your chance to win one of our spot prizes. See below for the weekly spot prizes and check back every week to find out what you could win!

Current mission: Discover and explore our Akl Paths

Week 3: 18 – 24 February

Take a short stroll, bike ride or find a place to picnic with the family with Akl Paths. There are over 200 paths to explore. Complete this SnapAKL challenge to stand a chance to win a $250 voucher for Rebel Sports!

Winner’s circle 

Check out the SnapAKL players who have won our weekly spot prizes! 

Winner: Week 1 Celebrate Waitangi Day 

Now playing at The Civic, Disney’s blockbuster musical Aladdin is the most spectacular production to ever come to New Zealand. Congrats to user lulu_73 for completing this SnapAKL challenge – you’ve won two tickets to see Aladdin for yourself!

Congratulations to lulu_73 for winning the special mission for Week 1!

Winner: Week 2 Celebrate Lunar New Year

Welcome in the Year of the Pig by checking out the handmade Chinese lanterns at Auckland Lantern Festival. Complete this SnapAKL challenge and grab your chance to win your choice of:

  • 3-month membership at one of our leisure centres or
  • 2 terms of learn to swim classes or
  • 2 weeks of holiday programme! 

This mission is now closed. Check back soon to find out who has won our spot prize!

Learn about all the ways Aucklanders are getting together during the month of February at ourauckland.nz/gettogether

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Annual Budget consultation meetings to be held for Great Barrier residents

Source: Auckland Council

Consultation on the Annual Budget for the financial year 2019/2020 is open until 17 March and there will be four local opportunities where Great Barrier residents can chat with their local board.

These will be informal meetings, so feel free to come along and have a say on proposed financial priorities for the coming year.

Board members will be there to listen to feedback on local projects and discuss any proposed changes to the regional rates and fees.

There will also be opportunities to give feedback on a discussion document about how water is managed in the region.

Meeting times:

• Sat 23 February, 10am at Stonewall Market, Tryphena
• Sat 2 March, 10am at Claris Store, Claris
• Sat 9 March, 10am at FitzRoy Store, Port FitzRoy
• Sat 16 March, 10am at Stonewall Market, Tryphena

Your feedback will help shape the issues that we need to focus on.

Great Barrier residents who prefer to provide feedback online can visit the Have Your Say website for more information.

Alternatively, drop into the Claris Service Centre and fill out a hard copy feedback form.

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Make a pledge to cycle to work during Bike Month

Source: Auckland Council

Did you know that cycling to work instead of driving just one day a week throughout the year could save you 237kg of carbon emissions and up to $800 in petrol?

Cycling to work instead of driving on your commute is a win that’s good for your wallet, fitness and the planet.

With February being bike month, now is the perfect time of year to live lightly and make a pledge to get cycling.

If you’re not sure where to ride, Auckland Transport has a range of maps and rides you could try. If you’re new to cycling, why not take a look at the range of free Bike Skills and Maintenance Drop-in Sessions around Auckland.

You could take part in the annual 2019 Auckland Bike Challenge to be in to win great prizes too, or find out about Bike Month for schools. 

About Live Lightly

Live Lightly is a programme that encourages Aucklanders to live more sustainably, helping to achieve our city’s target of net zero emissions by 2050.

Live Lightly offers a range of things you can do to make a positive change with a big impact. Changing how you travel, the energy you use, the food you eat and what you buy all makes a difference.

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Five beautiful public spaces to enjoy this summer

Source: Auckland Council

Auckland’s beautiful public spaces come alive during the summer with friends and family getting together. 

From playgrounds, urban parks to creative streetscapes, discover premier public spaces that connect people with their community and with each other.

Check out our top five picks that are perfect for playing with the kids, enjoying a picnic, admiring public art, shopping, taking a stroll or going for a roll by bike or scooter.  

Myers Park

Myers Park, Greys Ave

Connecting the bustling creativity of Karangahape Road and the quiet respite of Myer’s Park, amble through St Kevin’s Arcade into Auckland’s inner-city backyard.

Myer’s Park is beautiful both in art and nature.  A narrow park running parallel to upper Queen Street, it’s grassy slopes and large exotic and native trees give the feeling of an overgrown garden.

Adults and children alike can let their mind and body run wild in the playground full of oversized garden birds and insects, brightly coloured flowers and vines that are perfect for climbing, swinging and balancing.

Hurstmere Green, Takapuna

Hurstmere Green, Hurstmere Road, Takapuna

With the view of Rangitoto almost close enough to reach out and touch, Hurstmere Green cleverly connects Takapuna’s beachfront and high street.

Immensely popular, you can spend all day at Hurstmere Green experiencing a mix of vibrant spaces to get together, quiet spaces of tranquillity, bustling retail shops, beautiful open green park space, and breath-taking waterfront views.

Pack a picnic, a beach towel or the dog; this is a must-visit to play, swim, walk or simply sit and watch the world roll by.

Te Hauāuru Park, Westgate

Te Hauāuru Park, corner of Tawhia Drive and Maki Street, Westgate

One of Auckland’s newest urban public spaces, Te Hauāuru Park spans over 1.1 hectares and provides a green heart for Westgate’s emerging town centre.

Boasting a large lawn for events, a playful water feature, a playground and a skate park, cycleways and connections, there’s plenty of space to stroll and roll as well as sit and relax.

You’ll also find the award-winning Kopupaka Reserve; a new form of hybrid park that mixes open public space with streams and wetlands informed by Māori cultural values.

Teed Street, Newmarket

Teed Street, Newmarket

Always bustling with activity Newmarket – Te Ti Tutahi is one of Auckland’s premier retail centres with boutique shopping and cafes and restaurants spilling outside onto the pavements offering tastes from around the world.

It’s also a beautiful public streetscape with pedestrian friendly and tree-lined footpaths and interactive play spaces. 

Have you seen the brightly coloured egg-shaped ‘Knock Knocks’ on Teed Street? A series of nine colourful and interactive artworks by artist Seung Yul Oh, that extend onto Osborne Street, integrating street art into the design of the open street space.

Wynyard Quarter Playspace

Wynyard Quarter Playspace, Jellicoe Street

Kids of all ages will enjoy multiple creative ways to play from balancing, climbing, spinning and swinging.

Explore your way through the interactive artworks, climb on giant sea eggs and shells, shoot some hoops at one of the most popular basketball courts in town, slide down from the seven-metre-high silo and freeride your scooter, bike or skateboard on the kerbless spaces.

This is where the city meets the sea with a sandy maritime-themed seafloor and a kelp forest for shade.

Get together this February

Check out OurAuckland for other great ideas on how you can get together with friends and family this February.

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