Fishing from a jetty

Gone fishin’ with Marg’s blessing

It’s so easy to get stuck in your own little world where nothing much matters beyond the boundaries of Mt Albert or, if you’re really stretching horizons, the outer limits of the supercity. At times that sort of local tunnel vision can have an amusing outcome… like the gmail to Mt Albert Inc the other…

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Ray Mills with Arthur Daley

Cheers to our own Arthur Daley

Ray Mills. You might have seen him down at St Luke’s mall, nattering to anyone with an ear. Or perhaps behind the wheel scooting around Western Springs, Mt Albert, Pt Chev, Morningside or Waterview, invariably in a flash car.

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Local hovel finally bites the dust

The derelict Four Kauri Medical Centre – destroyed by fire more than three years ago – has finally bitten the dust. Auckland Council has been on the developer’s back now for months and today (see pictures below) the demolition crew broke the back of the job. The shell of the building was smashed to the…

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Mt Albert village tree

Was dying village tree poisoned?

Mt Albert has its own “whodunnit?” A tree planted just a few months ago as part of the village upgrade is dying – and Auckland Transport suspects it has been poisoned.

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Parking on Mt Albert berms

Legal steps target berm-parkers

Parking on berms is becoming a major problem as Auckland grows and car spaces are squeezed, but it will become an expensive choice when teeth are added to shaky laws.

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Mt Albert's new pocket park

No worries says AT: It’s all fine

Mt Albert people and drivers from afar using the new traffic layout at the village may scratch their head in bewilderment, but Auckland Transport insists “desired outcomes” are largely being achieved.

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June stories that took your eye

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…

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A pig’s ear is not good enough

If the officers of Auckland Transport were up for election rather than a weekly pay cheque, perhaps they might devote more energy to resolving the imperfections of the village traffic flow.

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Demolition of Four Kauri site at Mt Albert

Demolition for Mt Albert eyesore

The burnt-out shell of the old Four Kauri Medical Centre is finally to be demolished – more than three years after the fire that left the building in ruins. The owner of the property has at last yielded to the persistence of an Auckland Council compliance officer after a volley of questions from Mt Albert…

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Carringtonn Rd in Mt Albert

More upheaval around corner

With the village upgrade behind us – well, sort of – Mt Albert people face a future of more disruption to local streets as Auckland Transport begins to turn to the impact of the Unitec housing development and the ability of Carrington Rd to cope.

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The old Carrington Hospital in the Unitec grounds

Unitec land deal: the inside story

The new coalition Government was knocking on Unitec’s Mt Albert door chasing a housing deal straight after it was sworn in, quickly forging a $134m pact and shutting out private developers

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Chamberlain Park in Mt Albert

Golfers lose Chamberlain case

The legal barriers to the redevelopment of Chamberlain Park have been pushed aside and the moves to turn the 80-year-old public course into a park where there’s room for more than golf may now be difficult to stop.

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