Myrtle rusk in Mt Albert

Aussie invader stopped in tracks

An eagle-eyed “insider” who did all the right things has helped stop an Australian invader from potentially causing harm to some of Mt Albert’s finest trees. He spotted yellow on the leaves of five ramarama plants in a St Lukes garden and thought it could be myrtle rust – the product of a wind-borne fungus…


Our priciest homes and streets

When the real estate people get their hands on the most expensive residential property in Mt Albert, they won’t be talking about its great street appeal… because it doesn’t have any.

Asquith Ave development plans

Feb 2019 is Asquith move-in date

The construction team moves on to Housing NZ’s Asquith Ave site early in the New Year – and the homes should be ready for the new owners and tenants in February 2019. The state agency has given more details on the development, naming Takapuna-based Build Partners as the lead contractors and pinpointing February 18, 2019,…

The cycle and walkway trhrough the Ngati Whatua land at the emd of Laurel St

Iwi move: MARA seeks answers

The Mt Albert Residents’ Association is pressing Auckland Council for answers over the decision – against the advice of its own transport agency – to allow Ngati Whatua iwi to sub-divide land it owns within the Unitec block. As reported by Mt Albert Inc last week, the application by the iwi development company, Whai Rawa,…

Housing NZ's new development at Segar Ave

HNZ reveals plans for Segar Ave

Housing New Zealand is planning to redevelop its land at 17-21 Segar Ave and has lodged a resource consent application with Auckland Council. The corporation will build 18 one-bedroom units (as pictured here), all designed by Ashton Mitchel Architects – and, presumably, all for state tenants. A start date has not yet been disclosed but…

Chamberlain Park Golf Course in Mt Albert

Hiccup in Chamberlain Park plan

The local board plan to re-develop Chamberlain Park seems to have been put on hold while a High Court judge waits until well into the New Year to hear final arguments in a judicial review. The Save Chamberlain Park group gathered more than 6000 signatures on a petition against the Albert-Eden board moves and raised…

Gun turret at Chamberlain Park in Mt Albert

Better future for heritage hovel

Mt Albert’s A-listed heritage gun emplacement may soon look less like a hovel where taggers and late-night drinkers come to cause mischief. The Albert Eden Local Board has stepped up and will tell Auckland Council that it wants to be regarded as a local guardian for the war monument built in the grounds of Chamberlain…

Flooding at Meola Creek

The perils of toxic stormwater

Mt Albert people need to step up and play their role in helping to save Auckland’s creeks, beaches and harbours from pollution after decades of neglect.

Former Mt Albert resident Lieutenant Colonel Esther Harrop has just returned from a posting in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan

Mt Albert’s links to South Sudan

Mt Albert has been well represented in the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. Former Mt Albert resident, and one of the New Zealand army’s most senior women, Lieutenant Colonel Esther Harrop has recently returned from a nine-month deployment in the fledgling  east African country. While there she worked closely with former Mt Albert…

Mt Albert home-owners will pay a higher porition in the rates next year after rises in capital values.

Mt Albert house values rise 49%

Home-owners in Mt Albert have enjoyed a spurt in the value of their properties over the last three years, and soon they will be paying a bigger whack in rates to reflect those gains. Auckland Council yesterday revealed the results of the triennial update of capital values for 548,000 homes, units and apartments across the…

The Ngati Whatua landf in Mt Albert's Uniotec precinct

Council bows over Unitec moves

The giant Unitec plan to develop a new township with up to 3000 homes has taken a surprise step forward – and the right of local residents to have a say on the shape of the first stage has been rejected.