Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Keeping on track with Whitianga Town Centre upgrade

Keeping on track with Whitianga Town Centre upgrade

We're literally keeping on track with Stage Two of the Whitianga Town upgrade, with the path being built between Taylors Mistake and The Esplanade getting closer to completion.

The topsoil stripping at Taylors Mistake, to create the new path alignment, has been finished and power conduits laid for the streetlights to go in.

Bidim cloth and a subbase has also been laid along the path, with timber box edging underway.

A 1.8 meter-high fence has been erected around the construction site, both at the site compound at Taylors Mistake and the new water-playground area, for health and safety purposes.

"Overall, we've had extremely positive feedback from the public," says says Andrew Boden, our Council's project manager.

"We're holding fortnightly construction impact meetings, with the next one planned for 29 April at 2pm," says Mr Boden.

Meanwhile, two existing Maori Princess trees have been relocated to new locations along the hoggin path at Taylors Mistake.

The timber decking construction at the plaza has been completed including the balustrade fencing.

The water-playground area at the Esplanade will be completed with one more concrete pour to be done this week.

For more information visit our project page.

Get your history fix at the Mercury Bay Museum

Every week we continue promoting businesses affected by the upgrade. This week we spoke to the manager of the Mercury Bay Museum, at 11 The Esplanade, opposite the wharf.

The Mercury Bay Museum opened in 1979 and has a wonderful array of exhibits and artefacts relating to the Polynesian navigator Kupe, Captain James Cook and his ship The Endeavour, the HMS Buffalo (which sunk off Mercury Bay in 1840), kauri timber and gum. The old dairy factory in which the museum is housed, also has early settlers’ records, fishing displays and a wonderful photographic collection.

Rebecca Cox has been the manager for three years. Previous to this she was a kindergarten teacher in Auckland, but moved to Whitianga with her partner and three children for a change of lifestyle.

"We run a local promotion so anyone local who pays rates within the district will only be charged a $6 entry fee, compared to the usual rate of $7.50" says Rebecca.

"Children under 13 are free and we also do a family pass for $15," she says.

Rebecca and the team encourage you to go and check out the exhibits.

For more information visit their website or their Facebook page.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Mishandling Of The Alleged Sexual Assault

The focus of Labour’s alleged sexual assault scandal has now shifted from the party organisation to the Beehive... This is now a crisis of Beehive management and response, not something occurring at a distance within the party organisation.

Presumably, the QC appointed to clarify what happened will eventually shed light on key issues. Such as: on what date prior to the publication of the original Spinoff article did the party hierarchy/PM’s office/PM’s press secretary realise they were dealing with a sexual assault allegation, and what did they do about it at that point? More>>


'History Rectified': Rua Kēnana To Be Pardoned

An official pardon for Tūhoe prophet and leader Rua Kēnana is one step closer after the Te Pire kia Unuhia te Hara kai Runga i a Rua Kēnana: Rua Kēnana Pardon Bill was read in Parliament for the first time today. More>>


Mental Health: Initial Mental Health And Wellbeing Commission Appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. More>>


people outside the meeting house at WaitangiEducation: NZ History To Be Taught In All Schools

“We have listened carefully to the growing calls from New Zealanders to know more about our own history and identity. With this in mind it makes sense for the National Curriculum to make clear the expectation that our history is part of the local curriculum and marau ā kura in every school and kura,” Jacinda Ardern said. More>>


Sexual Assault Claims Mishandled: Labour Party President Resigns

Jacinda Ardern: “This morning I was provided some of the correspondence from complainants written to the party several months ago. It confirms that the allegations made were extremely serious, that the process caused complainants additional distress, and that ultimately, in my view, the party was never equipped to appropriately deal with the issue…" More>>


Budget Process: Wellbeing To Be Enshrined In Law

Legislation has been introduced in Parliament to ensure every Government considers the wellbeing of New Zealanders when creating future budgets. More>>

National In China: Bridges Praises CCP, Meets Law Enforcement Head

A recent trip to China has raised questions over who the Opposition leader Simon Bridges met with and why... Anne-Marie Brady, a Canterbury University professor and expert on Chinese politics, has described Guo Shengkun as the leader of the Chinese secret police. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The SIS/GCSB’s Compliance With Torture

Torture is a crime under international law. New Zealand has signed (a) the UN convention against torture and (b) formal agreements about how armed conflict should be conducted. That’s the legal backdrop to the fascinating report released this week by the SIS Inspector-General.


New Strategy: Suicide Prevention Office To Drive Prevention Action

The Government has announced a Suicide Prevention Office will be established to coordinate action already underway to reduce New Zealand’s historically high rate of suicide. More>>





InfoPages News Channels