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Last week Halsey Street re-opened after a significant transformation. Work on Daldy Street continues and road closures remain in place, but there are still plenty of ways to access the Auckland Fish Market and Seafood Central for all your fresh fish and seafood needs.

Also this week, you may have noticed pedestrian crossings have been installed around the playground and North Wharf area to make it safer for pedestrians to get around.

Thanks to all those who have signed up to our e-newsletter in recent months, we hope you are enjoying staying up to date with everything that happens along the waterfront. The winner of our Merchants of Venice competition running through this period was Aaron Greene. Congratulations and enjoy!

Daldy/Halsey construction update
Halsey Street has now re-opened however there are three isolated areas that are still under construction including part of the eastern footpath, Lighter Quay entrance and the footpath on the corner of Moana Pacific House. Read more »


Fresh ideas for Queens Wharf
After 100 years closed off to the public for use by the port, Queens Wharf was opened to the public in 2011. It became known as ‘party central’ for the Rugby World Cup and the redevelopment of the open spaces on the wharf and the refurbishment of Shed 10 by Waterfront Auckland has helped to make it the place where Auckland comes to celebrate and the gateway for cruise ship visitors to the city. Read more »


Discovering the gentle giants of the sea; My marine safari.
The sun is shining, the sea is calm, and excitement levels are high, as we set out on a large catamaran heading towards the Hauraki Gulf’s marine playground. Read more »


Call for Wynyard Common ideas
We are creating a new park in Wynyard Quarter and want your involvement. Wynyard Common is the working title for a new park that is being created right in the centre of Wynyard Quarter, if you haven’t shared your ideas yet, we want to hear them. Read more »


Wynyard Quarter’s piano to return
Our much loved Wynyard Quarter piano is making a return very soon. In the meantime, we are creating a photo gallery within the new piano’s home and would love any photos of you, your friends or family playing the piano. Email us your photos, or share on Facebook using #wqpiano and you might just see yourself on the wall.


Public bike Fixit station comes to Wynyard Quarter
A public bike repair station has been installed in Wynyard Quarter. The station is equipped with handy tools and a pump to help avoid any cycling blowouts and keep your bike in tip top shape.

Positioned on a popular cycling route, the Fixit station is housed under the shelter of Karanga Kiosk, just before the Wynyard Crossing bridge.

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Gordon Campbell:
On First Time Voting (Centre Right)

For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.

One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:

As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>

 

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