Buried treasure – who wouldn’t want to read about that? Not surprisingly, lots of people and two of our best-read stories for June featured the mystery of unearthed material from another century.
The most-read story of the month, with close to 1000 hits, focused on the insight into part of Auckland’s history revealed when a giant poplar in Western Springs Lakeside Park was lowered in the big storm.
As it fell, its ripped up the lake pathway and in the gaping hole exposed by its roots archaeologists found the remnants of the original water intake to the 1870s pump-house at MOTAT.
Earlier in the month,, work on the Asquith Ave Housing NZ site stuttered when a pile of old bones was uncovered. Could they be human? As it turned out, no – they were animal bones. And that wasn’t the only thing of interest uncovered in the Asquith project: well beneath the surface, workers unearthed lava caves and they were investigated by experts before the decision was made that they had no heritage value.
Number two on our best-read list for June was an opinion piece written by a local resident annoyed at the lack of regard to planning rules by Housing NZ. If you have a thoughtful and well-considered view to offer on a local issue, we’d love to hear about it (go to our “contact us” page).
Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of some of the stories we carried during June, and where they ended up on that top-10 list:
- Tree uproots heritage relics
- C’mon Housing NZ – be a good neighbour
- Lava cave hiccup on the Asquith site
- Green light for a new MAGS zone
- Unitec land deal: the inside story
- Q and A with Steve Gough, co-owner of Albert’s Post
- Demolition on the way for a Mt Albert eyesore
- More upheaval around the corner on our roads
- Unitec school issue is still alive
- Golfers lose their Chamberlain Park case