Mt Albert view from the cop

Few raised voices on huge issues

The local board representing your interests within the far-reaching tentacles of the supercity asked for views on the projects and issues that matter… and the voices were muted. Fewer than 2000 of the 95,000 people living in the Albert-Eden Local Board area took the trouble to have their say on Auckland Council’s 10-year budget (including…

Mt Albert Grammar School

Report gives big tick to MAGS

Mt Albert Grammar has received a powerful endorsement of the education it offers, with the Education Review Office deciding it will not revisit the school for four or five years. A team from the office was at MAGS in February and its full report, just revealed, notes: “The high expectations for student achievement and attainment…

Natasha Urlich Candy

Celeb helps mum to world stage

A helping hand from the high school ball date who would grow into a TV celebrity has seen Natasha Urlich Candy launch a successful sunscreen business from her home office in Taylors Rd.


April stories that took your eye

In one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, nostalgia has a ready audience. And when nostalgia is mixed with the tragedies of war, the blend can be compelling. The Mt Albert Inc Anzac week story of the two local boys who were inseparable through their youth and died alongside each other in World War One drew 1600…

Burnt-out ruins of the old Four Kauris Medical Centre

Rats and mice of local concerns

How long is long enough? How long should neighbours and a community have to wait before a land owner decides it’s time to do something about a bombshell site that’s an absolute eyesore?

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.

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.

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?