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« Reply #300 on: January 17, 2016, 05:45:25 pm »

There is one floating about.

Steven Joyce still wasn't budging.

Meanwhile there is a new suburb opening up in Pokeno - most definately south of Pukekohe, Tuakau and Bombay.

Commuter train to Auckland plan back
CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 05:00 13/05/2014




Plans for a commuter train between Hamilton and Auckland could soon be back on track.

Waikato Regional Council was asked to get on board during its draft annual plan hearing yesterday by both the Campaign for Better Transport and the Tuakau and Districts Development Association.

The council's Hamilton Public Transport Joint Committee co-chairwoman Lois Livingston signalled she would take the idea, which also includes a train service from Hamilton to Morrinsville, Cambridge, Te Awamutu and North Waikato, to the Regional Transport Group.

Campaign for Better Transport member Jon Reeves told councillors that since the global financial crisis was over, it was time to revisit a commuter service, with the re-opening of the Hamilton Central railway station linked to Hamilton Bus interchange.

Plans for a two-year trial of a commuter train were derailed in 2011 when the council decided not to spend money in that area, despite a petition of 10,500 signatures.

"There's a strong public demand for it to go ahead," Reeves said.

"Waikato is full of a lot of concerned citizens who aren't getting good transport in this region. There could well be a change of government this year that will change the roads-focussed government to one that's focussed on public transport.

"We would like the Waikato Regional Rail Working Group to get back together."

Reeves requested a seat on the working group. He wanted the regional council to promote the idea to government and speak to Auckland Transport about extending the current diesel passenger services from Pukekohe and to Tuakau and Pokeno.

"Waikato Regional Council should advise Waikato District Council to commence construction of the passenger rail platform at Tuakau for which $500,000 has been allocated."

Reeves said another 5000 people were estimated to be moving into the Pokeno region.

"Waikato is one of the few regions in New Zealand not keeping up with growth. Te Kauwhata doesn't have any public transport at all yet they are right on the railway line.

"Waikato Regional Council should immediately undertake costings for construction of a rail platform at Pokeno, due to the high growth of industry and residential homes planned for the surrounding area."

Reeves also asked the council to investigate acquiring diesel passenger trains from Auckland Transport as they are replaced by electric trains in Auckland.

"We would like to see the regional council lead the charge and design these sorts of things. At the moment there's no strategic direction being offered by the council to anyone."

Reeves also pushed for better bus services.

"We'd like to see more growth in bus usage in the Waikato Regional Council area. Perhaps reducing fares would increase demand? We would like to see a review of the fares."

Reeves wanted to see more buses running to Raglan as well as better Sunday services.

"We would like to see planning and building of connected bus lanes around the area."

Livingston said she would send Reeves' submission to the transport group.

"We are reviewing our transport plan this year."

Dee Bond, of Tuakau and Districts Development Association, echoed Reeves' plea and suggested councillors visit her area to see its growth.

"The Waikato Regional Council should now revisit passenger rail with its constituent councils, in particular Waikato District Council and Hamilton City Council due to the sustained growth seen in North Waikato and North Hamilton along the rail corridor."

Bond said the Waikato Mayoral Forum also needed to put passenger rail services on its agenda.

"Tuakau has no effective public transport service yet the railway line runs through the town and if a passenger train stopped there it is only one hour by train to either Hamilton or Auckland."

chris.gardner@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

- Waikato Times http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10036755/Commuter-train-to-Auckland-plan-back
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« Reply #301 on: January 18, 2016, 08:46:21 am »

Auckland renters get desperate - four to a room and even 'hot bedding'

5:00 AM Monday Jan 18, 2016

Auckland renters are sharing bedrooms or even "hot-bedding" to cope with sky-rocketing rents - with one apartment advertising a bunk in a bedroom complete with three room mates.

International students are believed to be the most vulnerable to exploitation in the rental market, with the cost to rent an apartment close to university campuses jumping out of reach for those on limited incomes.

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The dire situation has been highlighted by a Facebook advertisement for a room mate to share a "master-room" with three other people.

Photographs of the central city abode show two sets of bunk beds in the bedroom, with two spare mattresses visible underneath one of the bunks.


Another photograph appears to show a bed in the living room of the apartment in The Wakefield, on Wakefield St.

"We are looking for a roommate in CBD area (close to the library, AUT, supermarket, stores) 130/w All bills included (power, water, internet). Share the masteroom with 3 ppl (4ppl in this masteroom with closet, balcony and own toilet) [sic]"

The woman advertising the bed told the Herald she was moving out of Auckland and needed to "find someone to replace me to get my bond back".

The apartment owner - a New Zealand woman - wanted four people living in the bedroom, she said..

The woman did not respond to further questions about the living conditions.

The Wakefield's building manager, a woman who identified herself as Bev, was unaware of the living situation when contacted yesterday.

After viewing the advert, she narrowed it down to one of two apartments - either a two-bed, two-bath, 105sq m pad, or a three-bed, three-bath, 186sq m unit.

She already had suspicions about the latter apartment, with a number of children and students thought to be living there, and planned to investigate this week, she said.

There were no rules limiting the number of people who could stay in the apartments, other than at the owner's specification. Most limited that to four people.

It's not the first time she'd come across unknown extra people living in the apartments, she said.

"They erect tents in the lounge ... and then somebody in the bedroom has a gas cooker and they'll be cooking their dinner in the bedroom, and it sets off the fire alarm."

Students' Associations president Rory McCourt said Auckland students were particularly vulnerable to over-crowding because rents in the city were so high.

"It's getting to really kind of fever pitch. We're at the absolute bottom end of the rental market, and that means we're the people likely to get exploited by these kinds of ads.

"Last year we saw instances of people advertising online offering one bedroom with someone already living in it, and sometimes it's been linked to sex ads online, where people can pay for their accommodation with their body."

Shannon Aitken, from Crockers property management, said he was aware of people building walls in their living rooms -- without consent -- to rent out the space. He said such situations were more commonly found with private owners who did not carry out regular inspections.

However, they would likely be in breach of fire regulations and could void the landlord's insurance cover.

"For fire, health and safety all the buildings have a certain number of tenants they can actually have residing in the building, so if you've got a one-bedroom with four or five people in it, the chances are you're putting the entire building in breach of its fire regs."

It was "a cultural thing" among some migrant communities, Mr Aitken said, but mostly it "comes down to the cost of renting".

He also revealed a trend known as "hot-bedding", where people -- often working opposite shifts -- took turns to sleep in a bed.

"So someone will be there during the night and someone will be sleeping during the day."

Apartment Specialists director Andrew Murray said while such over-crowding was likely illegal, it "happens all the time".

"It's very common. The most I've come across is a 48sq m two-bedroom [apartment] with 13 people living in it."

Most landlords specified the maximum number of tenants on the lease agreement, Mr Murray said.

Under the Housing Improvement Regulations 1947 a house is over-crowded if two people over the age of 10, of the opposite sex, are sharing a room, unless they're a couple. In 1994, the Ministry of Housing index classified a house as "seriously over-crowded" if there were more than three people per bedroom.

- NZ Herald http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11575356

Sp1's ex-boyfriend wondered why students who grew up in Auckland didn't leave home and go flatting (he is from the Manuatu). I might add that he currently lives in a sleepout with no electricity, a gas ring and a composting toilet in West Auckland. He has access to an outside tap and a shower in another sleepout on site.

Sp1's basement room doesn't have plumbing or internal access either but it otherwise it is a normal bedroom with a painted concrete floor and a low ceiling.
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« Reply #302 on: January 19, 2016, 07:06:54 am »


CRN success in large scale reuse approach


Akina Foundation January 18, 2016, 3:00 pm
 
One person’s junk is another person’s treasure has been put into practice with a new approach to inorganic collection in Auckland.
 
The Community Recycling Network (CRN) is contracted by Auckland Council to distribute goods collected in the citywide inorganic collection by Waste Management. CRN works with organisations that can use the second hand goods, resulting in less waste going landfill, creating jobs and generating revenue for community benefit.
 
CRN Project Manager Sei Brown said they were already hitting five full truckloads per day at peak and the project was operating at less than half of the seven Auckland collection areas.  ...
 
..."In the first nine weeks, we collected more than 100 cubic metres of TVs, computers, printers and other electronic material. This meant recycling was the only option," she said.
 
Mr Brown said another success factor was that community groups and organisations participating in the inorganic collections were seeing direct value in the materials collected for them.
 
"Some groups come at least once a week while other groups like Habitat for Humanity and the African Welfare Trust are coming to us nearly every day and taking away goods going straight into homes."
 
He said some items went to organisations’ second hand shops to help generate revenue for their charities and support their work, while groups like St Vincent de Paul took some beds and fridges directly into family homes.
 
Ms Wray said they were looking forward to the collection expanding in February so that an even greater volume of waste would be diverted from landfill. She welcomed community organisations to get in touch if they’d like to get involved.
 
Ākina CEO Alex Hannant said this operation was an example of how smart procurement can achieve social and environmental outcomes alongside a range of economic benefits.
 
"This new inorganic collection is achieving multiple outcomes because it’s been designed and managed well. We have new jobs, we have purposeful employment for people with disabilities, we have useful objects being saved from landfill, and we have householders being able to get rid of their unwanted possessions easily," he said.
 
Ms Wray said in the first nine weeks the team had been collecting from parts of Rodney, North Shore and Waitakere City and they would be expanding to the rest of Auckland in February. Interested people who wanted to know what would be picked up and when, should contact Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 or check the CRN website on www.communityrecyclers.org.nz.
 
https://nz.news.yahoo.com/local/a/30598455/crn-success-in-large-scale-reuse-approach/
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« Reply #303 on: January 31, 2016, 05:06:54 pm »


Oooops  Shocked


Metservice issued the warning at 4.10pm for the west area of Raglan, Te Akau and Waingaro.

These severe thunderstorms are moving towards the north, and are expected to lie near Raglan, Te Akau and Waingaro at 4.30 pm.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/76423927/severe-weather-forecast-for-north-island-on-sunday
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« Reply #304 on: February 29, 2016, 11:30:36 am »


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« Reply #305 on: March 17, 2016, 01:19:38 am »


from The New Zealand Herald....

Stadium debate: Is it time to build downtown?


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« Reply #306 on: May 09, 2016, 08:52:38 pm »


Ah....don't you just luuuuurve Auckland, eh? 


from New Zealand Police…

SH1 Penrose — Auckland: Truck accident — Penrose


The place where a load on a truck striking an overbridge causes total traffic chaos and gridlock for hours.

Who'd want to live there, eh?

I'll stick with Whakaoriori where not only do we have NO overbridges (apart from SH2 over the railway line several kilometres north of here), but we also have no traffic lights, no traffic jams; and I get paid the same as workmates who do the same job as me but who are based in Auckland. Yet all that culture and arts and nightlife is just over the hill in Wellington.

Yep.....life is GOOD compared to Auckland! 

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« Reply #307 on: May 10, 2016, 02:16:54 pm »

Sp1 got caught up in that yesterday. She had to go from Mairangi Bay into Parnell and decided to take the Gillies Ave off ramp instead of the Port off ramp. Rookie mistake!

If there is an incident on the Southern Motorway no matter where don't be on the Southern Motorway. Get off at the first opportunity if like us you have to go on the motorway to cross the bridge. If the incident in close to the CBD don't be on the Northern or Northwestern either and very seriously consider using the Greenhithe bridge. If the incident is on the harbour bridge forget using that or the Greenhithe bridge and go through Riverhead via the highway not the motorway.

If you have to cross the motorway any rush hour avoid all roads leading to on ramps. The motorway may be flowing but the feeder roads will be stopped up by the on ramp signals. At rush hour the roads feeding the feeder roads will be stopped up too.

If you are wondering why I didn't mention the Southwestern that is because it is still largely orphaned from the rest and I don't drive it very often.
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« Reply #308 on: May 10, 2016, 02:28:20 pm »


ROFLMAO....

http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/79803265/aucklands-billion-dollar-motorway-jams-frustrate

....click on the link, then scroll down and read the comments posted to STUFF in reply to that article.

It doesn't look like the JAFAs are getting much sympathy from the rest of New Zealand!  Grin
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« Reply #309 on: May 10, 2016, 05:17:04 pm »

It took Sp1 3½ hours to drive 36km. She left Mairangi Bay at 3pm and got home just after 6.30pm. All to drop of her capping robe.

No public transport wasn't a viable option - she would have had to go back to Mairangi Bay to pick up the car cos' it would take 3 buses to get there from our house.

The traffic report she heard didn't mention that the queue was up to Gillies Ave - that is 6 or 7 km north of the Penrose overbridge.


Once Sp3 is done with school - we will make like escaping Jafas. Sp1 wants to escape sooner. Anybody know a high school that wants a French/Spanish teacher next year?
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Largest ever Auckland Airport seizure of methamphetamine

May 13, 2016.
updated: 03:02pm

 ... A massive haul of methamphetamine worth $20 million has been intercepted at Auckland Airport.  
Customs said it was the largest ever meth seizure at a New Zealand airport.
The drugs, weighing in at 20kg, were found in the luggage of two Czech Republic nationals who arrived on a flight from Bangkok on Thursday afternoon.
After questioning from Customs officers the pair's luggage was searched and the drugs discovered in false bottoms of two suitcases.
READ MORE
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Both men were arrested and charged with importing a class A drug. They will appear in the Manukau District Court on Friday afternoon. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Customs Intelligence, investigations and enforcement group manager Jamie Bamford said the seizure had prevented an estimated $25m in social harm to communities.
"We have sophisticated capabilities that are proving to work and deliver successes such as these.
"This seizure is a fantastic example of Customs' intelligence-led approach to risk management at the border and excellent work by our frontline officers." ...



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« Reply #311 on: May 13, 2016, 06:09:49 pm »

 
I can't believe the stupidity (or is it greed?) of real estate agents in Wairarapa marketing cheap houses to Aucklanders.

What are those traitors trying to do....drive up the cost of housing in Wairarapa by importing the Auckland Disease, just so they can line their own pockets with bigger commissions?

One of the big attractions of living in Wairarapa is the cheap housing and cheap living.

Those scumbag real estate agents are going to fuck that all up....
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« Reply #312 on: May 14, 2016, 04:13:58 pm »

Yes, damn them, before we manage to escape as planned too.

Have you seen the latest idea from the reserve bank - a proposal to limit borrowing for a mortgage to 4.5 times your household income. LOL. Mr Sp told the kids we couldn't afford to buy the basic starter house we have owned for over 20 years even with a 20% deposit.

Oh well, if we end up exporting Sp1 to the UK or Europe we can always get student in the sleep out. One of the nephs may be looking for a home next year.
Heck, if we get in a portaloo we could rent it out to a family of four - it is bigger than a car and has electricity.
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« Reply #313 on: June 22, 2016, 04:23:55 pm »


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AUCKLAND HOUSING
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AUCKLAND UNITARY PLAN
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THE $1M CLUB
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from the North Shore Times....

Historic ‘disappearing gun’ goes off with
enormous bang on Auckland's North Shore


Its explosion was heard easily from St Heliers on
the other side of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.


By LAINE MOGER | 2:39PM - Tuesday, 04 July 2017

The retractable cannon or saluting gun was fired at the South battery on North Head as part of the Heritage Rescue television show. — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.
The retractable cannon or saluting gun was fired at the South battery on North Head as
part of the Heritage Rescue television show. — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.


MORE THAN 100 people crowded on to one of Auckland's volcanic cones to witness a rare and thunderous event, the firing of a massive 19th-century cannon.

For the fourth time this century the “disappearing gun”, an Armstrong 8-inch cannon, perched atop Devonport's North Head Maunganuika, was fired, at just after 11am this morning.

The cannon predates World War I and was mounted on top of the volcanic cone in the late 1800s out of fear of a Russian navy attack.

Packed with gun-powder and hooked to a remote detonator, after a 10-second count down, a single shot was blasted in a south-easterly direction over the Waitemata Harbour, which was crested with a rainbow courtesy of the morning's thunderstorm.

Its aftershock rumbled in the chests of nearby spectators, and its explosion was heard easily from St Heliers on the other side of the harbour.

The event was for an upcoming NZ on Air-funded documentary Heritage Rescue, which heritage expert and presenter Brigid Gallagher describes as “peeling back the layers” of Devonport's past.

Gallagher did the honours of pushing the detonator.


The retractable cannon or saluting gun was fired at the south battery on Devonport's North Head as part of the Heritage Rescue television show. — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.
The retractable cannon or saluting gun was fired at the south battery on Devonport's
North Head as part of the Heritage Rescue television show.
 — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.


Heritage expert and show presenter Brigid Gallagher had the honour of pushing the detonator. — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.
Heritage expert and show presenter Brigid Gallagher had the honour of pushing
the detonator. — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.


Despite being nervous she might "squeal" beforehand, Gallagher excitedly described the event afterwards as “picturesque”.

“I just thought it was beautiful the way that smoke came out, and it was it was twirling in the air,” she said.

The cannon's historic detonator was originally built in the 1890s. After having been used in the Suez Canal project it arrived in New Zealand in the 1950s.

Whilst all went off no problems, a more modern detonator lay waiting in the background, just in case the aged equipment wasn't quite up to the task.

The “disappearing gun” appeared and was loaded earlier in the morning, before the guests had arrived on the muddy hillside.

The battery gun was designed to retract into the ground after firing in attempts to conceal its location, hence its nickname, the “disappearing gun”.

According to replies to a Neighbourly post announcing the guns intended detonation, it seemed many may have arrived to see whether they were correct in their skepticism that the gun wouldn't be fired at all.


The battery gun was designed to retract into the ground after firing in attempts to conceal its location, hence its nickname, the “Disappearing Gun”. — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.
The battery gun was designed to retract into the ground after firing in attempts to conceal
its location, hence its nickname, the “Disappearing Gun”.
 — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.


A white cord lead from the gun powder, packed inside the barrel, to a remote detonator. — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.
A white cord lead from the gun powder, packed inside the barrel, to a remote detonator.
 — Photograph: Chris McKeen/Fairfax NZ.


Gallagher said that, originally, the disappearing gun was supposed to be built as a part of a great defence system, but it didn't have the accuracy.

Today, not only is the gun itself rare, but the ability to shoot it as well.

“Quite nice seeing all these people show up,” she said.

It is thought the first time it was fired was 130 years ago in 1887 to test it worked.

It was fired a number of times during the 20th century before falling silent.

The last time it was fired was to celebrate the All Black's Rugby World Cup win in September 2011.

“Usually it is only shot for dignitaries. Instead, now we are allowed to do it for education and research — getting people excited about history,” Gallagher.


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Related stories:

 • Disappearing gun set for a rare outing in Auckland

 • Royal New Zealand Artillery salutes 300 years at North Head


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« Reply #321 on: July 15, 2017, 01:54:21 pm »

A socialist in charge of Auckland finances was always going to be a disaster.....suckers🙄


Phil Goff has spent more on reports on how to save money than the Council has actually saved


The Auckland Ratepayer’s Alliance has all the details:
 
Remember how Phil Goff committed to tackle wasteful spending at the Council?  Last year he promised to find savings between 3 and 6% of the Council’s budget.

It seems Mr Goff is all talk and no trousers.  According to McGredy Winder & Co (a consultancy firm which is led by former senior staff from Len Brown’s office) the Council’s latest budget “was the most fiscally lax approach that has been seen in an annual plan to date.”

In their latest ‘Town Hall’ update to corporate subscribers, they said of the budget:


To be honest, if you are even remotely a fiscal conservative who thinks Auckland Council needs to tighten up its ship, it was an absolute shocker. 


Internal council documents provided to the Town Hall show that the efficiency savings achieved during the 2017 budget process were a meagre $11.3 million (in the context of a $3.8 billion operating expenditure budget). To put this another way, Mayor Goff’s first annual budget delivered efficiency savings of 0.30%.

So that is bad enough – Mr Goff only found 0.3% of spending to cut. But they find that half of even that paltry $11 million came from Auckland Transport (which can be done by capitalising some operating expenditure). How much came from the Council itself:

The truly staggering number though, is the savings generated within the Council organisation itself. From its $2.957 billion operating budget, the cost cutting crusader of a Mayor managed to find $800,000 in savings. Despite all the Mayors huffing, all of his puffing, he could only drag 0.03% of savings out of Council’s bureaucracy.

Let’s put that into context. Say you are in a household spending $100,000 a year. Things are tight so you need to save money. This is equivalent to reducing your annual household spend from $100,000 to $99,970.

And finally to add insult to injury:

The budget includes an additional $1.2 million for 17A cost efficiency reviews (that were discussed in the March edition). So, the initial budget impact of the Mayor’s much heralded efficiency drive, in the financial year that starts tomorrow, is to increase costs by $1.2 million. For lovers of the slap stick, that is 50% more than the council organisation managed to capture as efficiency gains during the budget round.

$1.2 million spent, $800,000 saved. Speaks for itself.

Of course, your humble Ratepayers’ Alliance offered to help find efficiencies in the lead up to the finalisation of the Budget. But Councillor’s didn’t want to hear our suggestions.

Tell me again how Phil Goff was a good idea.

-Auckland Ratepayer’s Alliance
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« Reply #322 on: November 29, 2017, 01:33:43 pm »


from the Papakura Courier....

A whole house has been dumped on a vacant site in the night

Someone has moved an entire derelict house and dumped it on someone else's land.

By IMOGEN NEALE | 9:28AM — Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Graffiti written all over the derelict house might give police some clues as to where it's come from and why it's now sitting on a site ready for development in Takanini.
Graffiti written all over the derelict house might give police some clues as to where it's
come from and why it's now sitting on a site ready for development in Takanini.


THERE WAS a property boom on Manuia Road in south Auckland's Takanini on the weekend of November 18th-19th.

But it wasn't the sound of the auctioneer's hammer dropping on a record South Auckland house sale.

It was the sound of a derelict house crashing down on a vacant site recently cleared for development.

Northbridge Properties Group development manager Rod Bray says he found out about the house when a client called to ask if the company's commercial development was still on track “given that we'd put an old dump on the site”.

The company also owns neighbouring land at 108 Great South Road that has been cleared for the development of a 30-unit retail centre early next year.

Bray says “I had no idea there was a house on the site. I thought ‘this is a surprise, I'd better have a look’.”

“Someone has arranged to have a derelict house — a whole complete house — dumped on our site.”

“This is a whole house which has no salvage value and which patently no one even wanted to take away for free.”

“So a developer or homeowner somewhere has paid a house mover to dump it on our site for us to demolish and deal with.”


The derelict house was dumped on a vacant Takanini site earlier this month.
The derelict house was dumped on a vacant Takanini site earlier this month.

Bray estimates it will cost his company at least $20,000 to demolish it properly and move it away.

Which is why the developer is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to a prosecution.

Alternatively, if the company which put the house there “wants to come and remove it, we would be willing to take no further action”.

Bray says “it's a level up from the old mattresses and household refuse people have been dumping.”

“It's the first time I have seen a whole house dumped.”

Bray hopes someone recognises the house and can shed some light on where it's come from.

“They move houses in the middle of the night, so it would have been done in the early hours,” he says.

“Given it's a whole house and would have taken a truck to move, someone would have seen something.”

Anyone with any information can contact Rod Bray on phone 09 912-2512 or email rod@northbridgeproperties.co.nz.


https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/papakura-courier/99289568
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« Reply #323 on: November 29, 2017, 01:39:53 pm »

Auckland pollies sold out to minority get-rich-quick Rsoles long ago.
Consequently the place is fucked for the majority of inhabitants there.
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« Reply #324 on: November 29, 2017, 03:09:15 pm »

Do you think I really give a fuck about Auckland and Aucklanders?


I live in PARADISE....a HUGE land area (almost as big as Hawke's Bay) with only 43,000 inhabitants.

We have SPACE.....and not a single set of traffic lights to be seen anywhere.

I can walk to work in 10-12 minutes, the closest supermarket is less than 5 minutes walk down the road (with another supermarket less than 10 minutes walk away), the entire down-town area is within 8-10 minutes walk at the most, and numerous cafes, bars and a huge park are only five minutes walk away. Less than two minute's walk from my place is a river with extensive walking and cycling trails in both directions on both sides of the riverbank.

And I have a job where I earn six figures annually without the stress of living in a big city.

Yet the big city amenities, arts & culture scene in Wellington is only a little over 1½ hours away by train or car.
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