50 days ago

Epsom Neighbours Day Market

Danielle Muller from Epsom Community Centre

Come together and meet your neighbours at Epsom Neighbours Day Market!

We have a fun day of activities planned including free workshops, morning tea and a mini market!

Join us this Saturday 27th March from 10am-3pm at Epsom Community Centre, 202 Gillies Ave, Epsom.


🕙 10-11.30am
• How to make Beeswax Wrappers Workshop with Eco Neighbourhoods
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🕦 11.30am-12.30pm
• Meet Your Neighbours free morning tea
• Mini Market: Plants from Epsom Community Garden Group, Local Honey + Pre-loved items from Epsom Community Creche

🕧 12.30-3pm
• Chinese Bonsai Workshop (to sign up contact yuanyong02@icloud.com)

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16 hours ago

Art in the Park hits Eden Park stadium

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

Auckland's Eden Park stadium will host 100 artists in its debut showcase Art in the Park in July.

Painters, sculptors, photographers and print makers will meet members of the community from July 23 to July 25.

Art in the Park, in association with Auckland Unlimited, is part of the Elemental Auckland festival- a program of arts, eats, and beats.

Visitors can meet individual artists, learn about their work, see them create, and take home the art which inspires them the most.

The event will champion the next generation of artists by showcasing some students from Elam School of Fine Arts and emerging professional artists.

Designed by directors Cary Cochrane and Sofija Matich, Art in the Park aims to bring communities together through art that enriches cultures.

"This show offers a new platform for New Zealand artists and a new opportunity to support the creative industries in New Zealand," Matich said.

4 hours ago

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1 day ago

Queen St redesign: Businesses lose court bid to halt council redevelopment work

Caryn Wilkinson Reporter from Community News

A group of downtown Auckland businesses have lost their bid to temporarily halt work on a planned upgrade of Queen Street, due to begin on Monday.

In a statement, Save the Queen Street said it was disappointed an interim injunction to delay work was unsuccessful, but said members would continue to prepare for a more substantive court hearing, aimed at pushing back against the redevelopment plans.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff welcomed the court’s decision, saying the redesign would make Queen St more people-friendly and accessible.

The council intends to improve pedestrian spaces between Shortland and Customs streets, limit traffic to a single lane each way with bus priority in the evening peak, with work scheduled for the next six weeks.

Save Queen Street, which includes commercial landlords and retailers, argued that ongoing trials of new arrangement could run for years, damaging commerce in an already struggling strip.

“The current arrangement of the street has caused economic harm – business are up against it,” their lawyer Sam Lowery told Wednesday’s injunction hearing.

The council’s lawyer Padraig McNamara said given Save Queen Street wanted to stop the improvements to the 2020 temporary arrangement of plastic sticks and concrete blocks, its injunction bid was “counter-intuitive”.

Businesses have been hit by the absence of foreign tourists and overseas students, and from more office staff working from home, the court heard.

Lowery told the High Court foot traffic was down 40 per cent or more, 90 of 345 retail shopfronts are empty, and part of the problem is the council’s treatment of the street over the past year.

In a statement released after the court decision on Thursday, Goff said the council would continue to work with all stakeholders to progress improvements to Queen St.

While the court decision means work can begin as planned on May 10, Save Queen Street has put forward 10 further challenges that will be heard at a substantive court hearing. A date for that hearing has not yet been set.

The redevelopment will see pavements widened with high-quality decking, new street furniture and vibrant green spaces with native planting and a new pocket park.

Todd Niall.

Hi neighbours,

What do you think of the redevelopment plans for Queen St?

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