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Last chance to see soldier up-close
18 Mar 2015
If you want to get a close-up look at the marble soldier before the statue is returned back to the top of the cenotaph, do so before Monday 23 March. The soldier is currently on display in front of the rose gardens while repairs and strengthening have been carried out on the cenotaph. “So it’s the last chance to see him up close before he’s back on top,” says projects and development officer Mark Joblin. “We anticipate that the soldier will be going back on top of the cenotaph about the 13 April.” Currie Construction will remove the 1.2 tonne soldier from the riverbank as strengthening work inside the cenotaph nears completion. “A stainless steel frame has been assembled within the very tight space inside the monument,” says Mr Joblin, “The steel for the frame had to be passed by hand through the top of the monument, then bolted together and anchored to the base of the structure, which has been a slow and laborious process.” As part of the project some landscaping work around the Cenotaph including extending the riverside walkway from the Gladstone Road bridge to the William Petty Bridge is being done. Read more >>
Harvest to begin on Titirangi
18 Mar 2015
Harvesting of the 8 hectares of radiata pine trees on Titirangi Reserve is due to start next Monday 23 March. “The plan is to harvest the pines and restore the reserve with native plants and continuing to remove weeds and exotic trees,” says acting group manager planning and development, Geoff Canham. Most walking tracks will still be open and accessible from the seaside face of the hill. For safety, the main road over the hill will be closed to all public vehicles, bikes and pedestrians for the duration of the harvest which is likely to be completed by 1 May. “We advise people to follow instructions from contractors and signage and make sure you are in a safe viewing area if you want to see the harvest in action.” Council and Ngati Oneone are working together to revitalise the natural values of Titirangi Reserve also known as Kaiti Hill. Mayor Meng Foon is delighted that this project is gaining momentum and thanks Ngati oneone for their support and fully supports co-management of the maunga tapu a Titirangi. Mayor Foon asks that people be safe and exercise common sense when the trees are being extracted. “Please be patient it’s only about 6 weeks work and then you can use the maunga again.” A total of $1.3m will be invested in the reserve overall to re-vegetate and revitalise our city’s largest landmark over the next 3 years. “A harvest in the city area is very unique. We’ve planned the harvest carefully to lower the risk of damage to the landscape and preserve sites of cultural and historic value,” says Mr Canham. Archaeological authority was issued by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, archaeologist Lynda Walter and Ngati Oneone will be monitoring cultural and archaeological features within the project zone. The replanting programme will aim to restore the natural environment of the reserve with up to 40,000 native plants. “The outcome of the restoration is to encourage habitats for native bird and animal species, open up views, improve visual appeal and enhance walkways and viewing points that fit within the natural environment.” We’re encouraging the community to get involved in community planting days and restoring work once we’ve finalised the species mix with iwi and firmed up the programme. If you would like to be kept up to date with the project - here's more information[/titirangi-reserve-restoration/] Read more >>
Improvements to reduce flood risk
9 Mar 2015
Council is undertaking improvement works to widen 230 metres of the Mangapapa Stream starting on Monday 9 March. Read more >>
Design flaws: new building proposed
6 Mar 2015
Council is disappointed that the extension to the council administration building in 2001 was found to have severe enough design flaws that staff had to be moved to 2 external sites in 2011, says Mayor Meng Foon, Read more >>
Rare find in Te Arai River
26 Feb 2015
A rare shortjaw Kokopu (Galaxias postvectus) was found by staff from Council, Department of Conservation and the Environment Centre during a spotlighting expedition in the Te Arai River last night. Read more >>

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