63 days ago

We Say/You Say: Should the Hauraki Gulf be protected?

Abby Irwin Reporter from North Shore Times

Kia ora neighbours,

A new poll released by the Hauraki Gulf Forum has found there is overwhelming public support for more measures to protect and restore the Hauraki Gulf/Tīkapa Moana.

Of over 1000 respondents, 81% said they love and have a very strong attachment to the Gulf, including its beaches, shorelines and islands. The greatest public concerns for the health of the Gulf are plastics (73% of respondents said this had the most negative impact), sewage (72%), chemicals (70%), and commercial fishing (63%).

Methods proposed to protect the Gulf include planting all waterways, re-establishing lost shellfish-beds and reefs, and banning fishing methods such as dredging and bottom-trawling that damage the sea-floor. 84% of respondents supported these actions, with less than 3% in opposition.

Do you love being in/around the Gulf, and do you think it should be protected? Share your thoughts below and don't forget to type NFP if you don't want your comment featured in the conversations section of the North Shore Times.

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1 day ago

Are you happy about the loss of 8,000 planted native seedlings?

Todd Niall Reporter from Community News

Kia ora Neighbours, A contested decision by politicians on the Upper Harbour Local Board to mow down 8,000 native plants and young trees, could bring a hefty bill. Council staff reject that there was a mistake in the planting, and now there could be a big bill. What do you think ?

1 day ago

Police Response

Anton from Albany

My daughter was driving home from Papakura last 27 December on state highway 1 and suddenly a silver station wagon BMW changed lane and smashed the left hand side of my daughters car. The BMW fled without even stopping. My daughter was shaken and did not manage to get the rego of the fleeing vehicle. She rang 111 center and was informed that they can see my daughters car parked at the shoulder and just wait for a police officer to arrive. The police officer arrived and gathered information and was told to wait for their report.
It’s been almost a month now and we are still waiting for the report as it is needed by our insurance. We already made a follow up call the last two weeks and was told the officers will be informed of our call.
If we don’t get the rego of the fleeing vehicle our excess will be $850.
I was just wondering if such incident is treated seriously by our officers. How long will it take to review the footage given the time and location of the incident?
Please share your views on what to expect.
Thanks.

5 hours ago

WHALE TALES ART TRAIL, AUCKLAND 2022

Bachmann Orthodontics

Event Tip
From 24 January- 18 April 2022, a trail of unique and stunning Whale Tail Sculptures, designed by artists and children.
Inspired by the Bryde’s Whale, the 80 Big Broos (large Tail sculptures) and 80 Pēpi (mini Tail sculptures) will dot Auckland’s streets, parks, and open spaces to provide residents and visitors with a fresh opportunity to explore the City of Sails.
Fantastic and a big, big smile
Did you know?
Blue whales are the largest animals alive today, and they have no teeth to eat food! So instead, blue whales are filter feeders. There are a total of 15 types of whales that eat this way. These species are known as Baleen whales because they have baleen plates instead of teeth.
However, we also did a small Whale Tales Art Gallery inspired by this outstanding exhibition.
Exploring these artistic Tales at the Whale Trail Auckland is a great idea. whaletales2022.org...
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