Hot Cross Bun mix coming out of breadmaker and heading to the oven

Happy Easter Everyone

Will be back Tuesday   Talking Auckland wishes everyone a Happy Easter out there (and a Happy Birthday to our Deputy Mayor – Penny Hulse whose Birthday also today).   Take care, enjoy yourself, and watch that good old fashion gutsing of those yummy Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs.   Talking Auckland is taking…

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Minister of Finance Weighing in on Development Controls

Bill English serves a reminder to Councils on Development Controls     Earlier this week Minister of Finance Bill English gave a pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce which hinted at “easing size regulations” around building sizes. While most people latched on to minimum sizes of apartments (a hot and very topical…

Latest from Civil Defence

Updates from Civil Defence As of 2:45pm from Civil Defence and Auckland Council Road users urged to take caution Although weather conditions have improved Auckland Civil Defence is asking drivers to take extra care on the roads with localised thunderstorms and rain expected between 3pm and 7pm. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is urging…

Auckland Transport Update

Latest from AT while Auckland rides through the weather   As of 12:15pm from AT TRANSPORT UPDATE All of Tamaki Drive has reopened except for Kohimarama between Averill Ave and Selwyn Ave where a local detour is in place. This section is expected to reopen around 2pm.     As of 11:20am from AT AUCKLAND…

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Debunking Unitary Plan Myths – Again

It pays to check and ask if you are not sure   It seems that despite the ongoing information campaigns we still have a few myths floating around the Unitary Plan. I already myth-busted some (in-part) recently in my High Rises are NOT Heading for the Burbs which attracted attention and even praise from the Council. However, I…

Continued Efficiency Savings at the Council

More Efficiency Savings   From Auckland Council: Amalgamation benefits boost council savings   Improved economies of scale from the amalgamation of the eight local authorities have helped Auckland Council maintain services at reduced cost, says a council report on efficiency savings. Average rates increases have reduced year on year from previously anticipated rises while capital…