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Auckland overnight motorway closures 24 May – 1 June 2024
Auckland overnight motorway closures 24 May – 1 June 2024

24 May 2024, 8:59 PM

NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Work delayed by bad weather will be completed at the next available date, prior to Friday, 31 May 2024.Please note this Traffic Bulletin is updated every Friday.Unless otherwise stated, closures start at 9pm and finish at 5am.NORTHERN MOTORWAY (SH1)Southbound lanes between Orewa off-ramp and Silverdale on-ramp, 26-27 MayOrewa southbound on-ramp, 26-27 MayMillwater southbound on-ramp, 26-27 MayNorthbound lanes between Silverdale off-ramp and Orewa on-ramp, 26-27 MaySilverdale northbound on-ramp, 26-27 MayOteha Valley Road southbound on-ramp, 26-29 MayOteha Valley Road northbound off-ramp, 26-29 MaySouthbound lanes between Oteha Valley Road off-ramp and Constellation Drive on-ramp, 30 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Oteha Valley Road southbound on-ramp, 30 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Greville Road southbound on-ramp, 30 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)SH1 southbound to SH18 westbound Link, 30 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Northbound lanes between Constellation Drive off-ramp and Oteha Valley Road on-ramp, 29 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Greville Road northbound on-ramp, 29 MayConstellation Drive northbound on-ramp, 29 MayOnewa Road southbound on-ramp, 31 May & 1 June (approx. 8:00pm to 7:00am)Curran Street northbound on-ramp, 26-30 May (approx. 09:30pm to 5:00am)Stafford Road northbound off-ramp, 26-30 May (approx. 09:30pm to 5:00am)CENTRAL MOTORWAY JUNCTION (CMJ)Westbound lanes between Tamaki Drive and Beach Road, 26-30 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)SOUTHERN MOTORWAY (SH1)South Eastern Highway (SEART) southbound off-ramp, 26-30 MayRedoubt Road northbound on-ramp, 27-28 & 30 MaySH1 northbound to SH20 northbound link, 26 MayHill Road northbound on-ramp, 26 MaySouthbound lanes between Takanini off-ramp and Drury/SH22 on-ramp, 26-30 May (approx. 9:30pm to 5:00am)Takanini southbound on-ramp, 26-30 May (approx. 9:30pm to 5:00amPapakura (Loop) southbound on-ramp, 26-30 May (approx. 9:30pm to 5:00am)Papakura (Diamond) southbound on-ramp, 26-30 May (approx. 9:30pm to 5:00am)Takanini northbound on-ramp, 26 MayPapakura (Loop) northbound on-ramp, 26 & 28-30 MayPapakura (Diamond) northbound on-ramp, 26 & 28-30 MayNorthbound lanes between Papakura off-ramp and Takanini on-ramp, 29-30 MayDrury/SH22 northbound on-ramp, 26 & 28 MayNorthbound lanes between Drury/SH22 off-ramp and SH20/ SH1 Links, 26 MayNorthbound lanes between Drury/SH22 off-ramp and Takanini on-ramp, 28 MayRamarama northbound on-ramp, 27 MayBombay northbound on-ramp, 27 MayNorthbound lanes between Bombay off-ramp and Drury/SH22 on-ramp, 27 MaySouthbound lanes between Bombay off-ramp and Bombay on-ramp, 28-30 MayNorthbound lanes between Bombay off-ramp and Bombay on-ramp, 28-30 MayBeaver Road northbound on-ramp, 28-30 MayBeaver Road northbound off-ramp, 28-30 MaySouthbound lanes between Nikau Road off-ramp and Nikau Road on-ramp, 28-30 MayNorthbound lanes between Ridge Road off-ramp and Nikau Road on-ramp, 28-30 MayPioneer Road northbound off-ramp, 24-31 May & 1 June (24/7)NORTHWESTERN MOTORWAY (SH16)Southbound lanes between Waimauku Roundabout and Trigg Road, 26-30 MayNorthbound lanes between Trigg Rd and Waimauku Roundabout, 26-30 MayTe Atatu Road (Loop) southbound on-ramp, 27-28 MayUPPER HARBOUR MOTORWAY (SH18)SH18 eastbound to SH1 northbound link, 29 MayAlbany Highway eastbound off-ramp, 29-30 MaySOUTHWESTERN MOTORWAY (SH20)Southbound lanes between Neilson Street off-ramp and Neilson Street on-ramp, 27 May (approx. 10:00pm to 00:00am)Neilson Street southbound on-ramp, 27 May (approx. 00:00am to 05:00am)Rimu Road northbound on-ramp, 28 MaySouthbound lanes between Puhinui Road off-ramp and Lambie Drive on-ramp, 26-30 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Puhinui Road southbound on-ramp, 26-30 MayCavendish Drive southbound on-ramp, 26-30 MayGEORGE BOLT MEMORIAL DRIVE (SH20A)Bader Drive northbound off-ramp, 29-30 MayPlease follow the signposted detours. NZ Transport Agency thanks you for your co-operation during these essential improvements and maintenance.

Dredging of caulerpa in Bay of Islands needs more government funding - council leader
Dredging of caulerpa in Bay of Islands needs more government funding - council leader

22 May 2024, 10:22 PM

Peter de GraafDredging of a highly invasive seaweed in the Bay of Islands could be complete by August - but only if the government stumps up another $5 million-plus for the biosecurity battle, a Northland council leader says.Exotic caulerpa - described as the world's worst marine pest for its ability to smother other underwater life - has so far been discovered at Aotea Great Barrier Island, in the Bay of Islands, and the Hauraki Gulf.But it is only in the Bay of Islands where a concerted effort is underway to develop new technology for eradicating the fast-growing invader.Those efforts hit a snag earlier this year when the purpose-built suction dredge was sucking up too much sand along with the weed, drastically slowing down the operation.However, Northland Regional Council chairman Geoff Crawford said a redesign of the dredge had been a "game changer" with the machine now clearing half a hectare of seabed a day.The aim was to increase that rate to a hectare a day.About 60 hectares of Omākiwi Cove, near Rāwhiti in the eastern Bay of Islands, are infested.Caulerpa growing on rocks in the Bay of Islands. Photo: Supplied / Rana RewhaCrawford, who also chairs the council's biosecurity and biodiversity committee, said so much sand was being sucked up by the original dredge that the barge's 100-tonne dewatering bag was full after just an hour's operation.It would then take up to two days, depending on the tides, to unload the barge.The innovation by Russell marine engineer Andrew Johnson was to source two gold-mining trommels - rotating cylinders which use a mesh screen to separate materials of different sizes - and adapt them to separate sand from seaweed fragments.Crawford said material sucked up by the dredge was now split into sand, which was returned to the seabed, and caulerpa, which was retained in one-tonne bags.Once full, those bags were then lifted onto a second barge, which meant the operation could continue uninterrupted for eight hours a day."There's very little sand coming on board now. The operation has probably gone ten times more efficient."The progress was down to Johnson's "incredible number-eight-wire thinking", Crawford said.The current expectation was that dredging in the Bay of Islands could be completed in August, which he described as amazing news for Northland."It's a game changer because we've got this, the first stage of eradication. We've come up with a plausible response and New Zealand should be very excited."The redesigned caulerpa suction dredge in action in the Bay of Islands, with the two large sand extraction trommels clearly visible. Photo: Supplied / Rana RewhaThe dredge could potentially be deployed to Aotea Great Barrier next.In February the government granted $5m to caulerpa projects around the upper North Island, with the bulk of that - $3.3m - earmarked for the Bay of Islands dredging trial.However, Crawford said the funding would end on 30 June, and more would be needed to finish the job at Omākiwi Cove."We've asked for five or six million to finish it, which doesn't seem like a lot of money for the threat that we've got. So we're hoping the government will agree."Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard told RNZ that Biosecurity New Zealand would review the trial data after late June or early July, and would then provide advice to his office.Crawford said the long-term goal was to design a machine that could operate 24 hours a day and did not have to be unloaded."Then we'll see some great efficiencies. We want to go 24 hours, because for every day we're not there pulling out caulerpa is another day that it's spreading. It's a bit like having cancer."The regional council was aiming for eradication, and the current dredging operation was only the start, Crawford said.The caulerpa suction dredge in action in Omākiwi Cove in the Bay of Islands. The clear patch at bottom right has been cleared of the invasive seaweed. Photo: Supplied / Rana RewhaA minimum 10-year surveillance and maintenance period would be needed to stop the weed returning."Because if the government isn't going to commit to a 10-year minimum of surveillance and stopping re-invasion, we're better off not spending a cent to start with, and just walk away."Crawford, a farmer with long experience of on-land weed control, said caulerpa reminded him of kikuyu grass.Both covered large areas quickly by sending out long runners, could break off and spread via fragments, and had a way of re-appearing from nowhere."Kikuyu's the most resilient plant I've ever dealt with. It'll grow on top of a strainer post, just like caulerpa will grow on top of a rock."Regional council marine biosecurity specialist Kaeden Leonard said the trial using dredge spoil separators started on 6 May.He was "incredibly encouraged" by the results."It's a very novel approach, and it's certainly scaling up our ability to tackle these types of marine pests. This has been a huge shot in the arm for marine biosecurity. Before this we've only ever had diver-assisted tools, now we're going to more of a mechanical approach and really upscaling what we're able to achieve."Leonard said the first version of the dredge was effective at removing caulerpa, but the retention of large amounts of unwanted material - such as sand, silt and shell fragments - made the process inefficient.The redesigned caulerpa suction dredge with the two large sand extraction trommels clearly visible. Photo: Supplied / Rana RewhaNow sand and silt was returned to the seabed while anything bigger than 2mm was retained.Independent scientists were regularly checking the dredge spoil to make sure no viable caulerpa fragments were released back into the bay.While the dredge would be effective in most of Omākiwi Cove, other tools would be needed in rocky areas.That could include hand-held suction devices and mats to starve the caulerpa of light.Meanwhile, a Far North couple instrumental in the Bay of Islands' battle against caulerpa have won the country's top biosecurity award.Viki Heta and Rana Rewha (Patukeha, Ngāti Kuta) were named the winners of both the Te Uru Kahika Māori Award and the Supreme Award at last month's New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.Rewha was the first to discover caulerpa in the Bay of Islands, in May 2023, and both he and Heta are heavily involved in the response.The Bay of Islands trial brings together, among others, local hapū, the Northland Regional Council, Ministry for Primary Industries, the Cawthron Institute, community group Conquer Caulerpa and maritime engineering firm Johnson Bros.Caulerpa removed by the dredge is buried nearby on land. Biosecurity regulations prohibit moving the weed out of the affected area.This story was originally published by RNZ

Coalition confirms $24m for Gumboot Friday charity I Am Hope
Coalition confirms $24m for Gumboot Friday charity I Am Hope

22 May 2024, 12:34 AM

The coalition government has confirmed this year's Budget will include a $24 million spend over four years for the I Am Hope initiative Gumboot Friday, providing counselling to young people.But the opposition is calling for more transparency around mental health services procurement.Mental health campaigner Mike King and I Am Hope chair Naomi Ballantyne joined Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and Mental Health Minister Matt Doocey to announce the move at Parliament on Wednesday morning.Peters said the money would enable the charity to provide access to free mental health counselling services for more than 15,000 young New Zealanders per year, more than doubling its reach.A commitment to $6m in extra funding for the charity was included in the NZ First-National coalition agreement.National also promised during the election campaign last year to set up a $20m Mental Health Innovation Fund which would help providers and other NGOs.Doocey said prevention and early intervention were a critical part of dealing with mental health, and Gumboot Friday played a vital role in enabling young people with mild to moderate mental health needs access to counselling services earlier.He said research had found every $1 invested with I Am Hope resulted in a social return to New Zealand worth $5.70.Mike King. Photo: RNZ / Dom ThomasHe believed the "mental health debate is largely driven by young people in New Zealand", suggesting they were articulate about mental health in a way older generations had not been.King said every cent would be reported and accounted for."Every single cent, $24 million, is going directly to counsellors. Mike King is not putting a single cent in his pocket, I Am Hope Foundation is not putting a single cent in its pocket, this is about the kids," he said."They say it only takes 16 years to be an overnight sensation ... I've been working with I Am Hope since 2009. In all that time we've not been funded one cent, everything we have built up we have built up with the backing of ordinary New Zealanders who have been funding this operation."He thanked the coalition government for "believing in what we do", and pointed as well to Deputy General of Mental Health Robin Shearer and her team.The funding would also allow I Am Hope to bring in another 300 counsellors, he said.He said the charity was data-driven, and their figures showed the interaction between parents was one of the main concerns for young people.Doocey also pointed to further work planned in mental health crisis response."When you call 111 with a physical health crisis, you get a health response. When you call 111 with a mental health crisis in New Zealand at the moment you get a criminal justice response."I want to thank the police for turning up, they do a good job but clearly ... we need a better mental health response and that will be a key piece of work going forward."Labour's Mental Health spokesperson Ingrid Leary said Doocey needed to be fully transparent about the procurement of mental health services."Any help for youth mental health services is welcome news, however the blatant leveraging of the good name of a charity with no transparent procurement process by a Minister with no recognised clinical expertise is questionable practice," she said."In his desperation to distract from the Suicide Prevention Office debacle, the Minister has sacrificed due process for political expedience, despite warnings in Treasury documents."She said no one questioned that charities like Gumboot Friday had a role to play, but funding it in this was was "just plain wrong"."Taxpayers have a right to know that their contribution to youth mental health has been procured fairly and transparently, involves no conflicts of interest, safeguards recognised clinical standards of care, and provides value for money."This story was originally published by RNZ

Flooding in Auckland, heavy rain warnings for North Island
Flooding in Auckland, heavy rain warnings for North Island

20 May 2024, 6:37 PM

Torrential rain and thunderstorms overnight in Auckland had Fire and Emergency responding to 71 callouts for flooded or weather-damaged homes.MetService said up to 100mm of rain fell in places between 9pm and 11pm on Monday night.Homes were flooded in the east and south of Auckland, including water pouring through ceilings, Fire and Emergency said.Fire and Emergency said it received 71 callouts, mostlu in Kohimarama and St Heliers.It comes as a 'Tasman Sea Special' is on its way, bringing stormy weather to parts of the North Island.A string of heavy rain watches and warnings for the next few days have been issued by MetService.The low-pressure system will also bring strong winds.A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for Bay of Plenty and Rotorua this morning till 10am.That brings the possibility of a coastal tornado, and MetService is also warning of torrential downpours of more than 40 mm/h, especially in coastal areas.There is a heavy rain warning in place for Hawke's Bay until 6pm Wednesday.On Monday night 80.6mm rain was recorded in Leigh, north of Warkworth, and overnight 63.0mm was recorded in Whangaparaoa.MetService meteorologist Josh Griffin said severe or heavy rain warnings were usually based on 100mm of rainfall over 12 to 24 hours. "We were seeing that amount in about two or three hours. So we were seeing some torrential rainfall."MetService said the rain had mostly moved on from Auckland."A complex low-pressure system - a 'Tasman Sea Special' - is currently approaching Aotearoa/New Zealand, with an extended band of rain already affecting parts of Northland," MetService meteorologist Dom Barry said."As the low moves southeastwards across the motu, we can expect areas such as Marlborough and Northern Canterbury to encounter some wet weather from Tuesday, with the rain mainly remaining in the eastern North Island."Meanwhile, the west of the South Island will be the place to be for some sunshine.This story was originally published by RNZ

HAVE YOUR SAY: On what you value about Pākiri to Mathesons Bay, Ti point to Sandspit, Snells Beach to Ōrewa shoreline.
HAVE YOUR SAY: On what you value about Pākiri to Mathesons Bay, Ti point to Sandspit, Snells Beach to Ōrewa shoreline.

20 May 2024, 6:25 PM

Shoreline Adaptation Plans: Pākiri to Mathesons Bay, Ti Point to Sandspit and Snells Beach to Ōrewa Help us plan for the future of our shorelineWe are preparing shoreline adaptation plans (SAPs) across the region in partnership with mana whenua and local communities.Shoreline adaptation plans:look at how we can adapt Auckland Council-owned land and assets to respond to coastal hazards and climate change over the next 100 yearspromote the preservation and restoration of the coastal environment for future generations.What we want your feedback onWe want to know how you use and what you value about:the Pākiri to Mathesons Bay shorelinethe Ti point to Sandspit shorelinethe Snells Beach to Ōrewa shoreline.This will help us to:identify areas of importance to the communityunderstand community values and connections to the coastmake suitable plans to help manage the changing shorelines.Pākiri to Mathesons Bay / Te Kohuroa shorelineThis SAP covers the area along the eastern coastline of the Hauraki Gulf starting at Auckland Council's regional boundary at Te Arai and follows the coastline south to Mathesons Bay / Te Kohuroa.It includes, but is not limited to:PākiriTe AraiLeighMathesons Bay / Te Kohuroa.Map of Pākiri to Mathesons Bay / Te Kohuroa Shoreline Adaptation Plan area.Ti Point to Sandspit shorelineThis SAP covers the area from the south of Mathesons Bay, including Ti Point and follows the coastline of Ōmaha Bay, Whangateau Harbour and Kawau Bay south to Sandspit and Brick Bay.It includes, but is not limited to:Ti PointWhangateauPoint WellsŌmahaTakatuTāwharanuiBuckleton BeachSandspitMatakana.Map of Ti Point to Sandspit Shoreline Adaptation Plan area.Snells Beach to Ōrewa Hibiscus Coast shorelineThis SAP covers the area from the northern end of Snells Beach and includes the coastal areas of Mahurangi, Waiwera and Ōrewa, to the northern Silverdale area close to the Ōrewa estuary.It includes, but is not limited to:Snells BeachAlgies BayMartins bayMahurangiWaiweraHatfields BeachŌrewaSilverdale (North).Map of Snells Beach to Ōrewa Hibiscus Coast Shoreline Adaptation Plan area.When you can have your sayYou can have your say on these shoreline adaptation plans from Monday 8 April until Friday 31 May 2024.How you can have your sayFill in our online feedback forms and tell us what you value about these areas.Drop a pin and leave a comment on our interactive map (External link).isit the team at one of our events.Email us at [email protected]  for more information.You can also print the feedback form, fill it in and post it to:Shoreline Adaptation PlansFreepost number 232621Private Bag 92300Victoria Street WestAuckland 1142.What happens nextThe SAP project team will review all feedback and include it in the Shoreline Adaptation Plan report.Once the team finalises the report, they will send it to the Rodney and Hibiscus and Bays Local Boards for approval.Find out more about the Shoreline Adaptation ProgrammeRead more about the Shoreline Adaptation Programme.

Weather Forecast
Weather Forecast

19 May 2024, 6:11 PM

Warkworth RegionAuckland Radar Outage -The Auckland radar is currently offline. While our teams work to resolve the issue, composite data from nearby radars will be displayed for the 300km resolution, however accuracy will be reduced for the Auckland region.Monday 20th May - Cloudy periods and isolated showers. Rain developing this evening, possibly heavy at night. Easterlies.Tuesday 21st May - Showers, possibly heavy. Southeasterlies, easing in the afternoon.Wednesday 22nd May - Fine. Southerlies.Thursday 23rd May - Cloud increasing, with occasional rain developing. Southeasterlies.Friday 24th May - Fine with southwesterlies.Saturday 25th May - Fine. Southwesterlies.Sunday 26th May - Fine with southerlies.MangawhaiMonday 20th May - Cloudy periods and the chance of a shower. Rain developing towards evening, possibly heavy and thundery. Easterlies, strong for a time this evening.Heavy Rain Watch Period: 12hrs from noon - midnight Mon, 20 MayArea: NorthlandForecast: Periods of heavy rain, and amounts may approach warning criteria. Thunderstorms are possible from Monday evening.Tuesday 21st May - Showers, some heavy for a time in the afternoon and evening. Light winds.Wednesday 22nd May - Fine. Southerlies.Thursday 23rd May - Partly cloudy, with showers developing, some heavy. Southeasterlies developing.Friday 24th May - Showers, clearing and becoming fine. Southwesterlies.Saturday 25th May - Partly cloudy. Southwesterlies.Sunday 26th May - A few showers with southwesterlies.

Givealittle page set up to support the Elwin Family
Givealittle page set up to support the Elwin Family

18 May 2024, 10:11 PM

A Givealittle page has been set up by Mahurangi East Volunteer Fire Brigade to help support a local fire fighter and his family in Snells Beach.Anthony Elwin is well known in the Snells Beach community as a local builder, rugby coach, school parent, and as an indispensable member of the Mahurangi East Volunteer Fire Brigade.The Elwin family (Anthony, Danielle and their two young children) are very much entrenched in the community and are a special part of our brigade whanau.Unfortunately Anthony is facing an unexpected and life-altering medical issue that has left him very unwell and has meant several stints in hospital since January. He has been too unwell to work and, as a self-employed builder and main earner for his family, this has strained the family’s finances. While they are receiving some financial support, this is not enough to cover their ongoing living costs and has been further compounded by medical expenses and travel for treatment.As a brigade, we are doing what we can to support their family, but have received permission to put it out to the wider community for further support. As a first responder, Anthony has attended many emergency calls, showing up for members of our community in their most vulnerable moments - let’s do the same for this beautiful family. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and will help provide for their family.We ask that the privacy of the Elwin Family is respected - please do not contact Anthony or Danielle directly. Any questions or further offers of support can be directed to the Mahurangi East VFB Chief, Jason Connolly ([email protected]).Mahurangi East Volunteer Fire Brigade's involvement (page creator)Anthony is a member of the Mahurangi East Volunteer Fire Brigade in Snells Beach. We are raising funds on behalf of him and his family.Use of fundsLiving expenses, travel expenses and other costs associated with the logistics of Anthony’s medical appointments and treatments.Other page links on FacebookPlease give if you can.

Auckland Overnight Motorway Closures 17 – 24 May
Auckland Overnight Motorway Closures 17 – 24 May

17 May 2024, 9:31 PM

NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi advises of the following closures for motorway improvements. Work delayed by bad weather will be completed at the next available date, prior to Friday, 24 May 2024.  Unless otherwise stated, closures start at 9pm and finish at 5am.         NORTHERN MOTORWAY (SH1) Stafford Road northbound off-ramp, 19-23 MayCurran Street northbound on-ramp, 19-23 May CENTRAL MOTORWAY JUNCTION (CMJ) SH1 southbound to SH16 westbound link, 19 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Hobson Street westbound on-ramp, 19 MayNorthbound lanes between Symonds Street off-ramp and Wellington Street on-ramp, 22 MaySH1 northbound to SH16 eastbound (Port) link, 19 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)SH1 northbound to SH16 westbound link, 19 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Westbound lanes between Stanley Street off-ramp and Great North Road on-ramp, 19 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)SH16 (Port) westbound to SH1 northbound link, 19 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)SH16 (Port) westbound to SH1 southbound link, 19 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Wellesley Street East westbound on-ramp, 19 MayGrafton Road eastbound on-ramp, 20-23 May SOUTHERN MOTORWAY (SH1) Northbound lanes between Great South Road off-ramp and East Tamaki Road on-ramp, 22 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Te Irirangi Drive northbound on-ramp, 22 MayRedoubt Road northbound on-ramp, 19-23 MaySouthbound lanes between Takanini off-ramp and Papakura on-ramp, 21-23 May (approx. 9:30pm to 5:30am)Southbound lanes between Takanini off-ramp and Drury/SH22 on-ramp, 19-20 May (approx. 9:30pm to 5:30am)Takanini southbound on-ramp, 19-23Papakura (Loop) southbound on-ramp, 19-20Papakura (Diamond) southbound on-ramp, 19-20Northbound lanes between Drury/SH22 off-ramp and Takanini on-ramp, 19-23 MayPapakura (Diamond) northbound on-ramp, 19-23 MayPapakura (Loop) northbound on-ramp, 19-23 MayDrury/SH22 northbound on-ramp, 19-23 MaySouthbound lanes between Bombay off-ramp and Bombay on-ramp, 19-21 MayNorthbound lanes between Bombay off-ramp and Bombay on-ramp, 19-21 MayBeaver Road northbound on-ramp, 19-21 MayBeaver Road northbound off-ramp, 19-21 MayNikau Road northbound on-ramp, 19-21 MayNorthbound lanes between Pokeno off-ramp and Pokeno on-ramp, 19-23 MayPioneer Road northbound off-ramp, 17-24 May (24/7)Mercer southbound on-ramp, 19 MayDragway Road northbound off-ramp, 19-20 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Hampton Downs northbound on-ramp, 19 & 22 MayHampton Downs northbound off-ramp, 19 & 22 MayNorthbound lanes between Rangiriri off-ramp and Hampton Downs on-ramp, 21 May (approx. 8:00pm to 5:00am)Te Kauwhata northbound on-ramp, 21 May (approx. 8:00pm to 5:00am) NORTHWESTERN MOTORWAY (SH16) Southbound lanes between Waimauku Roundabout and Trigg Road, 19-23 MayNorthbound lanes between Trigg Rd and Waimauku Roundabout, 19-23 MaySouthbound lanes between Lincoln Road off-ramp and Great North Road on-ramp, 20 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Lincoln Road southbound on-ramp, 20 MayTe Atatu Road (Loop) southbound on-ramp, 20 MayTe Atatu Road (Diamond) southbound on-ramp, 20 MayRosebank Road southbound on-ramp, 20 MaySH16 eastbound to SH20 southbound link, 20 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)SH16 westbound to SH20 southbound link, 19 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)St Lukes Road westbound on-ramp, 19 MayNewton Road westbound on-ramp, 19 May  SOUTHWESTERN MOTORWAY (SH20) Southbound lanes between Maioro Street off-ramp and Hillsborough Road on-ramp, 21 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Maioro Street southbound on-ramp, 21 MayDominion Road southbound on-ramp, 21 MayNeilson Street northbound off-ramp, 20 MayRimu Road northbound on-ramp, 20 MaySouthbound lanes between Puhinui Road off-ramp and Lambie Drive on-ramp, 19-21 & 23 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Puhinui Road southbound on-ramp, 19-21 & 23 MaySouthbound Service Road (Puhinui Road to Cavendish Drive), 19-21 & 23 MayCavendish Drive southbound on-ramp, 19-21 & 23 MaySouthbound lanes between Lambie Drive off-ramp and SH1 links, 22 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)Lambie Drive southbound on-ramp, 22 MaySH20 southbound to SH1 northbound link, 22 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)SH20 southbound to SH1 southbound link, 22 May (approx. 10:00pm to 5:00am)

Police in firing line as residents reveal crime, violence fears
Police in firing line as residents reveal crime, violence fears

16 May 2024, 9:25 PM

Lucy XiaAucklanders who have been assaulted and robbed have told Police Minister Mark Mitchell at a packed community meeting on Thursday night they feel let down by the police.More than 60 people turned up at the Mount Roskill community centre to talk to Mitchell and their local MP Carlos Cheung about law and order.Many spoke of their frustration about rising crime, youth violence and the inadequate and slow response from police.Senior police officers were also there.Property manager Mark Price, who looks after emergency housing, said he had been assaulted multiple times by tenants and people trespassed who were visiting the tenants."I have been pushed, shoved, I've had a knife pulled on me, I've been punched, I've been held up against the wall, I've been choked out," he said.But Price said police have never turned up after he reported the incidents, and that they told him they were resource tight.He said he felt neglected, unsafe, and unable to do his job.Others expressed the challenges of reaching the police and the delays in having their cases investigated.Photo: RNZ / Lucy XiaA Mount Roskill resident told the meeting he was frustrated that the new local police station on Stoddard Road wasn't open to the public, and has "closed until further notice," on the door leading to the public counter.The man said he wanted to report repeat offenders in his community and would just like to talk to a local officer who knew the area.Auckland City West area prevention manager Inspector Wayne Kitcher told the man that the Mount Roskill station was "operational", but agreed it was not open to the public.Kitcher said there were two other stations nearby - in Avondale and Balmoral - with public counters.Meanwhile, a resident who only wants to be known as Ming, said it took weeks to get a case number after reporting a robbery at his pokie gaming bar in Lynfield."I need to keep chasing them," said Ming who only received the case number about three weeks after the initial report.Ming said the bad communication included 111 operators referring him to the 105 non-emergency number, where he was referred back to 111.Another resident, who spoke with the help of a Chinese translator, told the minister that she was unhappy with how a police officer dealt with an assault she and her husband experienced at their shop.The woman said her husband was assaulted, and that the offender continued to come back to provoke them.She said the officer handling the case was inaccurate in their account of events, and didn't help them further.'Police are stretched' - MinisterMitchell acknowledged the frustration and that staffing shortages on the frontline were having an impact."The reality of it is that the police are stretched, because they're dealing with an extraordinary high level of violent crime, violent retail crime," he said.Police Minister Mark Mitchell said police were doing their best. Photo: RNZ / Lucy XiaHe added that the increase in mental health and family harm related callouts were putting further pressures on staffing.Mitchell promised action with laws targeting young serious offenders and more powers for Oranga Tamariki and police to hold them to account.He also pointed to the government's latest move in setting up a new national gang unit.But others who attended the meeting, like Mt Eden man Hadley Taylor were worried that the current anti-gang focus was pulling police resources away from important issues such as family and sexual violence.Taylor said he wanted to see something done about the causes of crime."I'd love to see some kind of acknowledgement of how crime occurs, or where crime comes from, because without any understanding of that it's just punitive measures that have no evidence in having any effect on reducing crime," he said.Mt Roskill MP Carlos Cheung Photo: RNZ / Lucy XiaThe meeting was organised by Mt Roskill MP Carlos Cheung who was seeking more conversations between the police and his community."My goal for this term is, at least I need to make sure the parents actually feel safe for their kids to walk from the bus stop back home...I need to make sure my constituents actually feel safe walking on the street," he said.This story was originally published by RNZ

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SH1 Brynderwyns closure: Mayor calls for government financial support for businesses
SH1 Brynderwyns closure: Mayor calls for government financial support for businesses

15 May 2024, 8:58 PM

A Northland leader is calling on the government to provide financial support to businesses hard hit by the closure of State Highway 1 over the Brynderwyn Hills.The main transport link between Northland and Auckland had been due to reopen this week after a nine-week closure for slip repairs, but fresh landslides have pushed that out to the end of June.Far North Mayor Moko Tepania said Northlanders were starting to feel the pressure of having their gateway to the rest of the country closed for months on end.In particular he felt for primary producers who had to send their goods on a long detour around the west coast via State Highways 12 and 14."It's getting a bit dire now for us on the ground and I really want to see from central government a relief package for our people to apply to, as we try and get through this," Tepania said."We see governments put up funding pots like this in other emergency circumstances, such as droughts. It's been such a long time now we need to see funding put towards this."Moko Tepania (centre) said the closure "is getting a bit dire for us on the ground" (file picture). Photo: Peter de Graaf / RNZTepania said the impact was doubled for those who lived further north, who were also forced to detour around Mangamuka Gorge, where State Highway 1 had been closed for slip repairs since 2022."So if you're one of the 20,000 people living north of the Mangamuka Ranges you have to deal with the Mangamukas being closed and the Brynderwyns being closed as well. It's becoming a huge economic weight on our already pressured people. We definitely need the government to come to the table to help us out."A report by regional development agency Northland Inc found the previous Brynderwyn closure, after Cyclone Gabrielle in 2023, cost the region just under $2 million a day.A study commissioned by the Northland Corporate Group and released last month, however, found the total cost to the region's economy was much higher - $14.6m for every day the highway remained shut.RNZ asked Prime Minister Christopher Luxon on Wednesday about the possibility of financial relief for Northland businesses, given the precedent of compensation paid to Auckland shop owners affected by the construction of the City Rail Link.Luxon acknowledged the situation was "incredibly frustrating" for Northlanders, but said compensation for businesses had not been considered."That's not a conversation we've had. Our focus is making sure we actually get an enduring, sustainable, long-term solution in place."Luxon said that section of State Highway 1 was particularly problematic, and the government had committed to finding an alternative route around the Brynderwyns.An aerial Photo of the closure of Brynderwyn Hill State Highway 1 in February this year. Photo: Nick MonroSome Northlanders have made comparisons to the slip that destroyed part of State Highway 25A on the Coromandel Peninsula.That road, which reopened just before Christmas last year, was rebuilt on budget and three months ahead of schedule.Sarah Greener, a Paihia business mentor and owner of The Rock Adventure Cruises, said successive governments had dismissed Northland's State Highway 1 as a mere "holiday highway" and failed to invest - especially in the areas that had now failed."If you look at Coromandel, they managed to fix it under budget and under time. When you look at the photos of that, it was drastic. It clearly required a great deal of thought and engineering and NZTA clearly had the resources to do it because they did it over there - but we can't seem to do the same thing here in Northland," Greener said.The closure was affecting tourism and hospitality businesses because people arriving in Auckland were opting not to travel to Northland."It's already a big ask to get people to come up here, and then to put barriers in the way like diversions, and slow and windy roads, just makes it harder and harder for people to get up here."Poor access to the rest of the country also discouraged people from moving to or investing in Northland, she said."I just want them to apply whatever magic they applied over in Coromandel to State Highway 1. They've proved they can do it, and I'm stoked for Coromandel. I'd just like to see them take those same systems, tools, skills, even the human resource, and bring it here to Northland," Greener said.Vince Cocurullo said the soft-slip prone soils in Northland were another reason to speed up a four-lane alternative route around the Brynderwyns (file picture). Photo: Supplied / Sarah Marshall PhotographyWhangārei Mayor Vince Cocurullo said everyone in Northland was feeling the pain, from tourism businesses to truck drivers to everyday retailers.Many people told him they felt Northland was being treated differently to Coromandel - but he said NZTA was working as fast as it could to get the road open, and the problem in Northland was its soft, slip-prone, unstable soils.Cocurullo said that was just another reason to speed up a promised four-lane alternative route around the Brynderwyns."Bring on that four-laning. It really needs to be done as soon as possible so we don't have these issues ever again."Far North District councillor Ann Court agreed, saying the Brynderwyns' unstable soils meant the road would always be at risk of "critical failure"."We can't as a country keep chucking close to $100m at fixing a road which we have every reason to believe will continue to fail, again and again and again."Court said the government had so many roading projects vying for funding, it would be impossible to build all of them - so they would have to be ranked in order of priority."In Northland we are the only place in the country where our state highway is severed at both ends, and our lifeline has been given a death notice by geotechnical engineers who tell us within ten years, it'll be gone. So I think we need to be number one."Transport Minister Simeon Brown said a commitment to building a new, four-lane highway around the Brynderwyns was an important part of the National-NZ First coalition agreement.As part of that agreement the government would investigate the use of private finance to speed up construction.Brown said the government, via NZTA, had been supporting Northland Inc with a targeted advertising campaign making sure New Zealanders knew Northland was "open for business".NZTA had received a request to extend that funding due to the delayed reopening of SH1. An announcement would be made soon, Brown said.NZTA said State Highway 1 over the Brynderwyns would reopen at the end of June, as long as no more unexpected instability or heavy rain was encountered.This story was orginally published by RNZ

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