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With 800 additional arrivals coming into Auckland every week we are certainly facing a housing crisis... http://transportblog.co.nz/2016/02/10/aucklands-migration-boom/ That's 40,000 additional people choosing to live in... Read more

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Auckland has just been named number 3 in the World for `best place to live in the World' according to a Mercer study. It says; "Auckland in New Zealand was the highest ranking English-speaking city in the survey, in third place, followed by Vancouver in fifth.... Read more

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Looking for something to do this weekend that is FREE Click here to check out these great Auckland... Read more

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Click here to watch an inspiring story of coping with tragedy .... Click here to watch a video about the background of the famous hymn `Amazing... Read more

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Kiwis abroad have been warned that they may be arrested when they come home for Christmas for defaulting on their student loan.   In a statement IRD said a group of Australian-based Kiwis were on the NZ Customs Service alert list, meaning Inland Revenue... Read more

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Audrey and Doug Attrill (not them in the pic), have been married nearly 72 years and are in the running to be New Zealand’s longest married couple.   The pair met 77 years ago at a local park near Mrs Attrill’s home in New Plymouth. Mr Attrill ended... Read more

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Auckland's housing affordability is currently under Auckland Council's spotlight.   Auckland Council will set a goal to bring down the ratio of median home purchase price-to-median household income to five-to-one by 2030. The ratio is currently almost... Read more

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Strong credit rating reaffirmed for Auckland Council Despite some strong criticism in some quarters, Auckland Council has retained its strong credit rating from international agency Moody’s Investors... Read more

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East Aucklanders are the first to get the benefit of a new fleet of double decker buses, being rolled out from Wednesday 4 November. Until now their use has been restricted to the Northern Busway, but on 4 November the first double-decker bus went into service... Read more

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Auckland campgrounds in 26 regional parks provide Aucklanders with an abundance of summer holiday riches on their doorstep. None are more affordable than camping at one of the 44 council campgrounds... Read more

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One of the aims for Flat Bush is to set a high standard of urban design.     A number of initiatives have been put in place in Flat Bush to improve the public realm: Limiting front fences to 900mm and restricting the... Read more

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At last .... the Government and Auckland Council have agreed to work together to identify a preferred approach for developing Aucklands transport system over the next 30 years. This project involves officials from the Ministry of Transport, Auckland Council,... Read more

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Registering your dog If you live in the Auckland Council area, you need to register your dog with us each year. Registration runs from 1 July to 30 June the following year. You could risk receiving a  Read more

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Auckland Council is carrying out studies to aim at reducing erosion on Auckland's coasts.   "The coasts of New Zealand were once clothed in native vegetation",says an environmental spokesperson at Auckland Council... Read more

This summer tour operators are expecting a record number of cruise ships visiting Auckland . Auckland’s bumper cruise ship season kicked off on 8 October with the arrival of Princess Cruises’ mega-liner Diamond Princess. About a quarter... Read more

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Now it its sixth year, Art Week is a celebration of Auckland’s thriving art scene  Where: Auckland-wide  When:  From Saturday 10 October 2015, 9.00am - Sunday 18 October 2015, 5.00pm. Artweek spans... Read more

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Want to know more about what’s happening in the Howick Local... Read more

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The Auckland City Litter Laws are administered and enforced by Auckland Council. They say that we are all responsible under the Resource Management Act 1991 for avoiding, reducing or remedying negative impacts on the environment, caused by our... Read more

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The ASB Auckland Marathon is an experience that’s more than just a race. It conjures many visions: getting active for your personal fitness goal or with your mates as a team; thousands serpentining their way across Auckland; running over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge; the... Read more

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According to Auckland Council, Auckland public transport patronage increased to 79 million trips.   Auckland rail patronage has increased by 22 per cent.   Auckland Transport say that they have invested in a regional... Read more

Urban Design in Flat Bush

One of the aims for Flat Bush is to set a high standard of urban design.  

 

A number of initiatives have been put in place in Flat Bush to improve the public realm:

  • Limiting front fences to 900mm and restricting the position/amount of garaging at the front of houses to promote informal surveillance of the street by residents and create attractive street environments.
  • Rules to ensure subdivision block patterns provide well connected streets which maximise choices for getting around whether it be on foot, a bicycle, the bus or in the car.
  • Park edge roads will overlook green fingers – enhancing the feeling of open space and making the green areas safer for everyone to use.
  • A design code for intensive housing developments, including minimum apartment size rules.

Flat Bush also boasts a large existing and proposed network of shared footpaths and cycleways, which cover more than 34km making it safe, convenient, and pleasant to get around.

Government to Work with Council on Improving Aucklands Transport System

At last …. the Government and Auckland Council have agreed to work together to identify a preferred approach for developing Aucklands transport system over the next 30 years.

This project involves officials from the Ministry of Transport, Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, the Treasury and the State Services Commission working together over the next year to test options for how Auckland’s transport system could develop.

Officials will recommend a preferred approach to the Government and Auckland Councillors for their consideration.  

For more information, and to view the project terms of reference, see the Ministry of Transport website.

Registering Your Dog

Registering your dog

If you live in the Auckland Council area, you need to register your dog with us each year. Registration runs from 1 July to 30 June the following year.

You could risk receiving a fine if you don’t.

Once registered you will receive an annual reminder (sent to your last known address) to re-register your dog/s.

  • You need to register your puppy before it turns three months old.
  • Register your dog at the address where it spends the most time.
  • You need to microchip your dog within two months of being registered.
  • If you are under 16 years of age, you need to register the dog under your parent or guardian’s name.

Include with your application:

Click here to find out what your dog registration fees are.
 

Reducing Erosion on Auckland's Coasts

Auckland Council is carrying out studies to aim at reducing erosion on Auckland’s coasts.

 

“The coasts of New Zealand were once clothed in native vegetation”,says an environmental spokesperson at Auckland Council .

 

“The plant communities would have ranged from highly salt-tolerant species, typical of estuaries, dunes and rocky cliffs, to hardy ferns, shrubs and trees, typical of coastal broad-leaf forest.” 

 

“Coastal forests, clifftops, banks and dunes are some of New Zealand’s most threatened ecosystems.

 

Coastal forests have been reduced by over 90 per cent from their original extent, and less than 10 per cent of New Zealand’s sand dunes remain unmodified.

 

Good vegetation cover on land bordering the sea can help coastal ecosystems by:

  • providing habitats for native birds and animals
  • preventing erosion of soil and sand by wind and water
  • shading out invasive weeds
  • preserving the natural character of our coastal environment.

Coastal planting requires an ongoing commitment to weed management until the plants have successfully establish. You need to remove weeds from around plants for 2-3 years, or until the native plants are high enough to over-top the weeds and crowd them out.”

 

For planting advice, see Auckland Council’s series of coastal planting guides:

Record Number of Cruise Ships Visiting Auckland

This summer tour operators are expecting a record number of cruise ships visiting Auckland .

Auckland’s bumper cruise ship season kicked off on 8 October with the arrival of Princess Cruises’ mega-liner Diamond Princess.

About a quarter of a million cruise ship passengers are expected to visit Auckland this season, a third more than last season. Cruise ship activity is forecast to earn Auckland’s economy $250 million this season, and contribute up to $540 million to the national economy.

Auckland receives significant economic return from the provisioning and refuelling of cruise ships, as well as money spent by crew and passengers during exchanges and stops in Auckland.

Mayor Len Brown says cruise ship visits into Auckland have more than doubled in the past 10 years.

“It’s great to see the cruise sector thriving, and that this is set to continue in the coming seasons with even more ships and passengers,” he says.     

Auckland’s cruise ships: quick facts

  • Cruise ships are expected to bring $250 million to Auckland’s economy this season.
  • GDP returns from cruise ships are increasing: last season, cruise ships were worth $190 million to the Auckland economy, up almost a fifth on the previous season.
  • 30 cruise ships will visit Auckland in the next eight months.
  • Cruise ships are the third-biggest market for the tourism industry.
  • Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas will become the largest ship ever to dock in New Zealand when it arrives in Auckland in December 2016
  • The 116,000-tonne Diamond Princess arrived in Auckland harbour on 8 October, bringing 2670 guests who spent a day exploring Auckland.

Auckland Art Week

Now it its sixth year, Art Week is a celebration of Auckland’s thriving art scene 

Where: Auckland-wide 

When:  From Saturday 10 October 2015, 9.00am – Sunday 18 October 2015, 5.00pm.

Artweek spans only 10 days a year and is unique among art festivals in its mission to bring attention to the existing network of amazing art we have around us year-round.

 

Artweek’s events aim to look in to every corner of the art world in Auckland, with events that not only encourage viewers to get to more galleries, but to also consider the processes of artists themselves, and also learn more about the role of curators, writers, and collectors.

 

This year’s events are spread over an unprecedented 10 Auckland neighbourhoods, each with their own flavour.

 

Check the programme on the Auckland Council website for any costs or booking requirements.

 

Click here to watch a video showing some of what is happening

 

 

Auckland City Litter Laws

The Auckland City Litter Laws are administered and enforced by Auckland Council.

They say that we are all responsible under the Resource Management Act 1991 for avoiding, reducing or remedying negative impacts on the environment, caused by our actions.

They say; “We may issue an infringement notice, or environmental fine, when a person or organisation breaches the act in any of the following ways:

  • breach of resource consent conditions
  • breach of district plan rules
  • breach of an abatement notice
  • deposit of litter.

If you receive an environmental infringement notice, you must pay your fee or fine within 28 days of the date the infringement notice was issued, unless you write to us with information about the infringement notice.

 

If you haven’t written to us or paid your fee, we may lodge your infringement with the Department of Courts. We have the authority to seek payment from you for the fine, plus extra costs.”

 

To find out how to pay your fee or fine, enter the property address where the infringement was issued in the search field below:

The ASB Auckland Marathon Coming Soon

The ASB Auckland Marathon is an experience that’s more than just a race. It conjures many visions: getting active for your personal fitness goal or with your mates as a team; thousands serpentining their way across Auckland; running over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge; the trail through the CBD and along the waterfront taking in the spectacular harbour views.

You’re invited to join in the fun on Sunday, 1 November 2015.

The ASB Auckland Marathon is a festival of events with options for everyone, including the ASB Auckland Marathon, Half Marathon, 12K Traverse, Heart Foundation 5K Challenge and the Kids Marathon.

Entries for all events are still open.

Click here to visit the Auckland marathon website to enter or for more information.

Auckland Public Transport Patronage Up

According to Auckland Council, Auckland public transport patronage increased to 79 million trips.

 

Auckland rail patronage has increased by 22 per cent.

 

Auckland Transport say that they have invested in a regional transport infrastructure that benefits all of Auckland; “We started work on the Albany Highway North and Te Atatū Road upgrades and continued work on the East West Connection, improving transport east from Tāmaki to Onehunga.”

 

This is all good news for a city that is getting increasingly car-dependant. More people using public transport is going to make a difference, and this should increase as the current public transport services are upgraded.

 

Click here for more information about the the East West Connection that will help reduce congestion in East Auckland by improving freight connections for Onehunga-Penrose and speeding up buses between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park

 Click here to read more about the AMETI project that will help traffic flow from Botany to the city which will be a big help to rush hour commuters getting to and from work.

Click here to read more commentary about Aucklands public transport usage.