1080 drop confirmed

The Environment Court determined on Friday 21 September 2018, that Auckland Council can go ahead with their planned 1080 drop in the Hunua Ranges.   “The court is satisfied that an extensive consultation programme has been undertaken by the council and DOC to engage with those people who have the potential to be adversely affected by the proposed operation,” says Mace […]

Two in serious condition following Hunua Road crash

Police were called to a crash between Hunua Road and Gelling Road this afternoon, Wednesday 25 July, at 12.25pm. A vehicle had gone down a bank, a Police spokesperson said. There was no other car involved. “Two patients were in a serious condition and were to be transported to hospital via ambulance,” the spokesperson said. The vehicle was to be […]

Weekend missions for Auckland Westpac Helicopter

On Saturday 5 May 2018, there were two local missions by the Auckland Westpac Helicopter. At 8:58pm, W2 crew were tasked by the Rescue Coordination Centre to the Hunua Ranges where a beacon had been activated. On searching the area crew found a runner, a male patient in his 50’s, who was lost and cold. He was winched from the area […]

Mill Road gets the ‘go’, but is it enough?

Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced a $500 million upgrade for the Mill Road corridor as part of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project, on Thursday 26 April. The money will be allocated to Mill Road in the next ten years and will work on stage one, at the northern end of the project. Phil said they would add capacity to the […]

Scrap over Mill Road

MP for Hunua Andrew Bayly and MP for Papakura Judith Collins, are disappointed with the coalition government’s decision to redirect road funding. The decision affects the National MPs’ plans for a four-lane Mill Road expressway. Judith Collins said, “The funding of the four-lane Mill Road expressway, that will provide an alternative motorway from Manukau and Flat Bush to Papakura and […]

Patriots ride into Waiuku

On Saturday 17 March 2018, around 139 members of the Auckland chapter of the Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club Inc. spent the day visiting different sites throughout Auckland to pay their respects and commemorate the fallen. The contingent was made up of both serving and ex-serving members of New Zealand’s Defence Forces. This ride was celebrating 20 years of the […]

Closures to Hunua Ranges on the cards

On February 20, at the meeting of the Environment and Community Committee, the council proposed to close the areas with some exceptions, by 1 May 2018. The committee also proposed closing further high-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park by 1 May 2018, subject to consultation with mana whenua and the Franklin Local Board. The closures come as a […]

Inaugural Women’s Institute meeting a success

It was a stormy night on Thursday 1 February, but 49 women braved the weather to attend the inaugural Women’s Institute night meeting in Hunua. The Women’s Institute is in its 97th year, with clubs all over New Zealand. Acting President Sarajane Crookes opened the meeting with a brief outline of what it means to be part of the Women’s […]

Pair rescued from Hunua’s after aircraft crash

On Tuesday 9 January, at 6.30pm, Auckland Westpac Helicopter crew were tasked to the Hunua Ranges to assist with the search and rescue of two patients, passenger and instructor, when their aircraft was downed in dense bush. The crew helped locate a man in his late teens and a woman in her 20s and they were winched out, fortunately both […]

Senior minister visits Pukekohe

On Sunday 3 December, Senior Government Minister, the Honourable Shane Jones who is Minister for Regional Economic Development, Forestry and Infrastructure visited Pukekohe to speak at a luncheon along with his colleague and one of the newest MPs in Parliament Jenny Marcroft. The luncheon, which was organised by Jon Reeves of New Zealand First Hunua Electorate, enabled the public and […]

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