Auckland Council

Waste changes coming to Franklin ward

By Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore. Franklin Ward Councillor We are rolling out a new three-bin system, which will manage household recycling, food waste and general waste, progressively over the next few years to the urban areas. Franklin urban areas will have the new service by 2021. The service is user pays and not subsidised by the ratepayer. Franklin residents pay […]

Confused about the RFT?

What’s that you say? What is the RFT? It’s a clever little tactic – taking a title with the word “tax” in it, and turning it into a sexy little abbreviation. RFT stands for Regional Fuel Tax, and a tanker load of confusion. I undertook a quick stake out at a local petrol station last week. ‘Had you heard of […]

Waste changes coming to Franklin ward

By Deputy Mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor, Bill Cashmore. Waste, Rubbish and Recycling. Auckland creates mountains of rubbish each year. How will Council deal with this? Our new waste strategy aims to have zero waste in our landfills by 2040. It’s a tough ask, but I reckon we can do it. We are rolling out a new three-bin system, which […]

Auckland Council agrees to regional fuel tax

Auckland Council have agreed to implement a Regional Fuel Tax (RFT). Mayor Phil Goff said, “This is a good day for Auckland. We’ve agreed not only $1.5 billion in extra spending on our transport network, but unlocked more than $4 billion additional investment in transformative transport projects right across Auckland. “This is investment that will benefit all of Auckland, increasing […]

Meet Brad, our bachelor bat

A couple of Patumahoe residents got a surprise when a native neighbourhood bat settled in a corner of their veranda. Their new guest – around the size of a thumb and weighing around 10g – is intriguing biodiversity specialists. Long-tailed bats, found only in New Zealand, usually roost in trees and are a sociable species, living in colonies with 10 […]

Letter: Rural Rubbish Reticulation System

Over the past two years it has been made very clear by Council employees that any civil minded resident who might consider taking the time to pick up rubbish from the side of their road, should reconsider their generosity. If there is rubbish on the side of the road, Council says, to contact them and contractors will come out and pick […]

Green light for housing fund

On Thursday 19 April 2018, Auckland Council moved a step closer to unlocking up to $300 million in funding for housing infrastructure in the northwest, with the potential creation of about 6200 new homes through the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. It comes after the council’s Governing Body agreed to submit a detailed business case to apply for the $300 million […]

Hunua Ranges kauri areas will close

At its decision to close forested areas of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Auckland Council has also agreed to close higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park in order to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. The tracks will be closed from 1 May 2018. Council said these measures aim to prevent the introduction of the disease […]

For sale?

Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance committee will be meeting on Tuesday 17 April to discuss the future of council-owned buildings, including the Pukekohe service centre at 82 Manukau Road. Seven buildings and their land will be considered for sale. Councillor Ross Clow, Chair of the Finance and Performance committee, says that should the sale be approved, Aucklanders will still be […]

Baker’s Banter—17 April 2018

Anyone using the roads and/or public transport in our part of the world is aware of the need for some serious investment. The reality is that whilst we have some way to go in terms of modern trains, single seat journeys and more regular services, what we have is significantly better than what used to exist as recently as five […]


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