Auckland – Tree City of the World

Tāmaki Makaurau has been recognised as a Tree City of the World by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. This is the fourth year running we have received this international accreditation, being one of 200 cities recognised this year, in the Tree...

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Leys in limbo

The closure of the Leys Institute in December 2019, the 4 years of community consultation and the advocacy of the Waitematā Local Board for the seismic strengthening and restoration of these treasured regionally and nationally significant heritage buildings have been reported on in several earlier CTA posts. Friends of Leys...

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Mid-century Waiatarau Freemans Bay

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has released these stories about mid-century Waiatarau Freemans Bay, from the memories of Janice Cheeseman, who was 6 years old when living there with her family.  https://visit-heritage.shorthandstories.com/big-enough-for-our-family-of-three/index.html    

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RMS amendments

The Resource Management (Freshwater and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has been tabled, the first of two amendments to the RMA. It will make the following changes to the principal Act and national direction made under it: It will exclude the hierarchy of Te Mana o te Wai in the National...

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Building materials recycled

CTA submissions to Auckland Council have often included words like the following:  “We suggest that there should be much less building waste. Too much existing building fabric gets thrown out, including native timber, and there should be the necessary investment in education and the development of rules to encourage or...

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Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

12 countries and 100 cities (to date) are seeking a negotiating mandate for a Fossil Fuel Treaty. These countries are: Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Niue, Timor-Leste, Antigua and Barbuda, Palau, Colombia, Samoa, and Nauru. They have been supported by the World Health Organization, the European Parliament and thousands...

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New tree species for Auckland Domain

Auckland Council’s urban forest and botanic specialists have chosen six new exotic species to add to the domain’s collection. Senior Urban Forest Specialist Bernardo Santos says heritage protection of the domain and its governing framework mean the chance to plant new specimen trees within Auckland’s oldest park is rare.  Restoration...

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