Monthly Archives: September 2010

Cruise ship renaissance – could mean return to Auckland’s golden age of passenger shipping

  The release of an economic impact report on cruise shipping reinforces the ARC and my own personal belief that cruise ship tourism has huge potential positive benefits for Auckland. The report, produced by ‘Market Economics’ for the Ministry of … Continue reading

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ARC Parks – Double Whammy! New coastal regional park and…at last new marine reserve at Tawharanui

New coastal park purchased by ARC 27 September 2010 – The Auckland Regional Council (ARC) has today announced the purchase of its final regional park, Te Muri Regional Park. Fittingly, it is the neighbour to the first regional park ever … Continue reading

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Kiwi release planned for Waiheke and Pakihi island

Very early in January whilst visiting a number of bird islets in the Hauraki Gulf with John McCallum, Ewen Cameron and Mark Bellingham, I was asked by John whether I could somehow assist him in getting permission from DoC to … Continue reading

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after 8 year battle – Onehunga Line and Station opens in grand style

  Mike Lee’s speech Thank you to each and everyone in this enormous crowd for coming along today.  This is a remarkable day in the history of Onehunga. In Auckland in recent years Auckland has seen a remarkable renaissance in … Continue reading

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Look out! ‘Long Hauler’ leaves ARC Station

The ARC Transport & Urban Development made another small piece of rail history yesterday by formally backing a novel rail initiative – something we are calling the ‘Long Hauler’.  This came out of an amendment I proposed to an item dealing … Continue reading

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MOTAT’s ‘I Am The Last Tram’ exhibition – provides remarkable view of Auckland in 1950s – and reminds us that history is never over

  The ‘I Am The Last Tram’ exhibition at MOTAT, resurrects the memories of the 1950s – a critical time in the history of New Zealand. Though most of Auckland’s present day population was not alive during that decade, for … Continue reading

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