Odeon Theatre Mosaic Saved

A team effort by Auckland Council heritage staff and Steve Bielby, representing one of the owners of the St James Theatre development, is achieving a positive outcome for a mid-century art work. As a result of apartment development in Queen St, involving the demolition of the old Odeon and Regent...

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Auckland 2040 Interview with Bernard Hickey

Auckland 2040’s Richard Burton was interviewed recently by Bernard Hickey for the website Interest.co.nz. Bernard was a critic of the recent decision by Auckland councillors to reject the extra upzoning proposed by council staff. In this interview the issues are comprehensively discussed, and Bernard gives Richard Burton an opportunity to...

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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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