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Laneways Popularity Supports Heritage

Current city planning ideas for laneways are supporting our commercial heritage. The popularity of the shared streets in Auckland such as Elliot St, O’Connell St are showcasing the existing heritage buildings and adding to their value. Laneways developments in Newmarket have been successful, as have the newly created lanes in...

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Art of Remembrance showing at Te Papa

The stunning Art of Remembrance project, which covered the face of St David’s Church in Khyber Pass in 2015 over the Anzac Day period, is now showing at Te Papa, for Anzac Day 2016. The brass quatrefoils artworks by leading NZ artist Max Gimblett, who has had a life-long association...

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Perfect Garden Party Afternoon

Kinder House was the perfect setting for our Garden Party held last Sunday. The weather was glorious, the garden shady and cool, the food never-ending, and the music sublime. Many thanks to Margaret Barriball and friends who sang madrigals during the afternoon, and to Audrey van Ryn and her sister...

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Garden Party Sunday 13th at Kinder House

Civic Trust Auckland invites you to the lovely setting of Kinder House and Garden at 2 Ayr St, Parnell, this Sunday 13th March from 4pm.Refreshments served, including wine and juice.Musical entertainment will be provided.RSVP for catering purposes to: Margaret Barriball, Ph: 631 5260 or Email: margb@ihug.co.nzKoha welcomed.

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Fight over Queen Elizabeth Square

The privatisation of Queen Elizabeth Square for a commercial development is being challenged by the Auckland Architectural Association, which wants a rethink of the deal. They would like to see some of the square retained for public use, to protect significant sightlines and to prevent wind tunnels. See this Herald...

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Residents join forces to save Remuera home

Residents in Seaview Rd, Remuera, have joined forces to fund a judicial review of a resource consent to demolish a 1920s grand bungalow.  Despite council heritage experts recommending the demolition consent be declined, planning staff went ahead with a non-notified consent to demolish. This was overturned in the High Court,...

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Out of scope upzoning rejected by councillors

At marathon full council meeting yesterday, lasting seven hours, councillors voted 13 to 8 to withdraw the evidence to the Hearings Panel on the latest proposed changes at shown in the maps released in December. This included the unpopular and undemocratic out of scope upzoning that blindsided the residents in...

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Unitary Plan backlash for Council

Auckland Council’s recent upzoning out-of-scope submissions, further to the original notified plan in 2013, have been raising concerns throughout suburban Auckland. The increased intensification is considered a breach of natural justice, as people who did not put in a submission to the original notified plan have no ability to participate...

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