Ron McLean and Keith Hunter were killed in the same battle in France in 1916

Tragedy of mates united in death

Ron McLean and Keith Hunter were not just mates. They were best mates – young lives built in the streets and wide open spaces of Mt Albert in an era of hard graft and simple pleasures.

View from top of Mt Albert

Change of approach on your site

The last week or so has marked a change in the short life of Mt Albert Inc. The idea with the site was always to create an online version of a community newspaper – partly to compensate for the lack of local news in the Central Leader and the Herald, but also to establish a trusted source away from the rumours and gossip of social media.

David Shearer in South Sudan

David Shearer: life in hell-holes

To most of us, David Shearer is surely a strange animal. Why on earth would a smart worldly-wise bloke choose to leave the family he loves in peaceful suburban Auckland for a risky hell-hole where respect for human life barely registers?

Mt Albert Grammar

Key questions as MAGS grows

In three to four years, when its new farm centre is open, Mt Albert Grammar could be the biggest school in the country, with a roll of probably 3300 to 3400.


Woweee! What a wild old night!

Oh, what a night! Surely the wildest we’ve had for years, probably decades. It caused merry hell, dropping trees, shutting off power, ripping away sheds and trampolines, closing roads and schools and leaving a trail of general mayhem but, thankfully, no human harm. Avis Morris joined the rest of the suburb on picture patrol.


A huge new housing development will rise on the Unitec land in Mt Albert

Future goal: a ‘desirable’ Unitec

Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s recent announcement that the Government plans to build between 3,000 and 4,000 new homes on a site in Auckland’s Mt Albert had many people reaching for their calculators. Could it be right, and is it even possible, that a new residential neighbourhood could be built to a density of between 100 and 133 units a hectare?


Unitec: It’s time to grow up

How will the Government’s plans to develop the Unitec site at Mt Albert look once the build is over? Urban designer Matthew Prasad casts a critical eye over the project. [This article first appeared on the The Spinoff website and is published here with the permission of the author.]   OPINION: It’s been only a…

Golfer at Chamberlain Park

Don’t shut us out says golf group

A pro-golf group fighting the Albert Eden Local Board proposal to redevelop Chamberlain Park is planning more court action if it’s shut out of the resource consent process. Auckland Council is applying to its own planning department for consent to undertake the first stage of the redevelopment and its officers want the step to be…

House for sale in Lloyd Ave, Mt Albert

Latest prices in drifting market

A look at auction results for Auckland’s biggest real estate company illustrates the residential slow-down. But some Mt Albert houses are still selling well at good prices.