Stories that caught your eye

Everyone enjoys a good mystery, so perhaps it was no surprise the Mt Albert Inc post to draw the biggest response so far was the story behind the plaque found in Meola Creek alongside the Roy Clements Treeway. Fifteen hundred people read the sad story of Peter Whitehead and the website was able to trace…

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

‘Thin end of wedge’ says MARA

Mt Albert advocates say Auckland Council’s rigid response to criticism over the decision to allow the first sub-division on the Unitec land could be “the thin end of the wedge”. The Mt Albert Residents’ Association (MARA) and local town planner Craig Magee say council statements virtually concede a mistake has been made – but nothing…

The Ngati Whatua landf in Mt Albert's Uniotec precinct

Council avoids iwi land question

Auckland Council seems to be ducking and weaving in defence of its decision to allow a subdivision on the Unitec land without the full traffic impact assessment the rules apparently require. Against the advice of its own transport agency and with the misgivings of a lead planner, the council last month granted Ngāti Whātua the…

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,…

Youth vote high in Mt Albert at 2017 election

Enrolments dip, youth vote high

Younger people in the Mt Albert electorate were well off the top of the class in enrolling for the 2017 election – but most of those who did so took the next step and voted. While only two-thirds of potential electorate voters aged from 18 to 29 actually enrolled, around 80 per cent of them…

Gladstone primary school

Decision soon on Gladstone zone

Gladstone School expects to hear shortly whether its suggested zoning amendment will be accepted by the Ministry of Education. The school board has applied to the ministry for approval to remove the Unitec Institute of Technology land from its zone. While the Unitec block at present has no homes – and, therefore, no children –…

Zoe Nash, Mt Albert artist

Q and A: spotlight on Zoe Nash

Zoë Nash is an artist and lives in a creative Mt Albert household – sharing with a partner who writes children’s stories and works in radio, two children, a Siamese cat, and a “rather naughty terrier” fond of chasing rabbits down Oakley Creek. As well as working on her own multidisciplinary projects, Zoe teaches part-time…