CPO Building reopens after 4 years

On 6 April, Auckland’s historic Chief Post Office reopened, to resume its role as the main entrance to the Britomart Transport Centre.  The 109-year-old Category A-listed heritage building now opens onto a new public square on lower Queen Street. The upper levels of the building will be used for offices....

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World Wildlife Day

3 March is UN World Wildlife Day, the day the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed in 1973.  The day celebrates and raises awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.    World Wildlife Day 2021 has the theme “Forests and...

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Titirangi buildings now Category 1

The Hotel Titirangi (Former), Te Uru Gallery and the Treasure House (Former) have been added to the New Zealand Heritage List as a Category 1 historic place. The complex has functioned as a hub for the arts community since 1986. “It has been a long journey for the Trust (and...

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St Stephen’s Church – appeal for funds

On 5 December, a fire damaged St Stephen’s Church in Ponsonby.  The nave was heavily impacted, and the building needs extensive repair. The church is a Heritage New Zealand Category 2 listed building made of kauri. Church Minister Rev. Grant Ridout says, “Many people grieve the loss of the stunning...

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Nitrate in our drinking water

A new report has found that the health of up to 800,000 New Zealanders could be at risk from nitrate in our drinking water. Nitrate is colourless and tasteless. It mainly comes from synthetic nitrogen fertiliser and urine from cows, working its way into rivers and groundwater. High levels of...

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EDS calls for improved landscape protection in resource management reforms

Caring for the Landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand is the final synthesis report from EDS’s 18-month, in-depth investigation into landscape management, co-authored by EDS Policy Director Raewyn Peart, Solicitor Cordelia Woodhouse, Environmental Policy Researcher Dr Deidre Koolen-Bourke, Policy Researcher Shay Schlaepfer and Manaaki Whenua Kairangahau Māori Lara Taylor. Ms Peart...

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