66 days ago

Tonight's Long Term Plan meeting will be live-streamed

The Team from Whangarei District Council

Want to attend a Long Term Plan meeting online? We're live-streaming tonight's meeting to Facebook, and it will be available on FB + Youtube afterwards.

Link to join live:

You can also join in-person at the Cafler Suite at Forum North, at 6:30pm. There will also be live sign-language interpretation available for those who attend in-person.

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6 minutes ago

Tīeke population 'severely impacted' by stoats at pest-free Shakespear Regional Park

Caroline Williams Reporter from Rodney Times

Kia ora neighbours. Rangers fear stoats at Shakespear Regional Park may have had a severe impact on the pest-free sanctuary’s tīeke population.

The park, on Auckland’s Whangaparāoa Peninsula, is a sanctuary that provides wildlife, such as little spotted kiwi, robins, whiteheads, and hihi (stitchbird), with a safe and pest-free habitat.

However, a stoat was detected in the sanctuary at the end of 2020. It later gave birth, and two of its kits – a male and a female – were caught in traps.

Then, in January, thermal camera imaging suggested there were still stoats in the sanctuary, including the mother.

On Thursday, the council’s senior ranger at the sanctuary, Matt Maitland, said three more stoats had been captured, including two males and a female. It's believed one more stoat remains at large.

The sanctuary’s tīeke (North Island saddleback) population has been “severely impacted” by the stoat outbreak, Maitland said.

“This is the most significant excursion to date.”

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9 hours ago

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17 hours ago

Auckland Council and Mayor Phil Goff pay tribute to woman who gifted Ātiu Creek Regional Park to New Zealanders

Caroline Williams Reporter from Rodney Times

Jackie Chatelanat, who with her late husband Pierre gifted 843 hectares of their land at the Kaipara Harbour to the council in 2005, has died.

The Chatelanat's gave their farm to the then-Auckland Regional Council in 2005, so that all New Zealanders could enjoy access to the Kaipara.

The couple had always dreamed of improving the land and building a sheep and cattle station, before giving it back.

Auckland Council general manager of parks, sports and recreation said Ātiu Creek had a special place in the regional parks network, rivaled in size only by the Waitākere and Hūnua regional parks.

“Pierre and Jackie were incredibly private people who only wanted to see their property turned into a public park. They refused publicity or widespread recognition but were delighted to see their property go from working farm to a countryside park humming with visitors."

Since it opened in 2008, the council has carried out pest management, native planting programmes, established a campground and built houses available for public bookings. The park has also hosted more than 1800 people at the Earthbeat Festival and been development for a wide range of recreational activities, including horse-riding.

"Today we pay tribute to Jackie who recently passed away but also to her late husband Pierre for this vision, for their contribution, for their service to our city," Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said.

"To come to this country with a determination that you were going to give this land to the country of your adoption is a very special thing to have done."

Click below for our 2018 story on Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat.