Category Archives: Urbanism

Valuation of Trees in Auckland

In the course of reading a resource consent application for a tree removal recently, I came across the standard accepted method for assessing the value of trees in order to work out the cost of mitigation (i.e. what new trees … Continue reading

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51-53 Albert Street ‘Saffron’ Development

I don’t often write up individual resource consents outside my monthly Local Board reports but there has been enough public interest in the Saffron development at 51-53 Albert Street that I think it justifies its own post. This application has … Continue reading

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Council Played for Saps with Closure of Public Toilet at 151 Queen Street

Brian Rudman has written a cutting and typically historically-informed piece on the closure of the Wyndham Street public toilets, part of the 151 Queen Street SAP building:  Auckland Council saps secretly remove Wyndham Street’s Loos.  The opening says it all: … Continue reading

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Bonus Floor Spaces, Public Access Ways, Viewing Platforms, Lanes, Public Toilets and Drinking Fountains in Auckland’s Central City

There are over 60 public access routes around or via private buildings throughout central Auckland. I have mapped them below with accessibility taken into account by marking stairs or escalators with a stair icon. Also mapped are toilets and drinking … Continue reading

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Re-Imagining Great North Road

On May 10, the Waitematā Local Board resolved unanimously to approve my motion to allocate $10,000 from its Community Empowerment Fund to the Grey Lynn Residents Association (GLRA) to lead a community-led precinct vision for the area of Great North Road … Continue reading

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A new Minister for Cities and the Built Environment Announced in Australia: a model for NZ?

Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has just announced a new Federal Ministry for Cities and the Built Environment and appointed Jamie Briggs MP as the first holder of this warrant.  He said: We often overlook the fact that liveable cities, … Continue reading

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St Luke’s Pohutukawa Consigned to Removal by NoR Hearing Panel

Today the Waitemata Local Board was informed that the hearing panel on the Notice of Requirement (NoR) for the Pohutukawa trees (I’ve written about this in detail at the link) at 820 Great North Road has recommended that Auckland Transport (AT) … Continue reading

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Is This A City That Needs More Motorways?

Today I’ve been following the debate in Auckland Council’s Governing Body about a referendum (defeated) and consultation (passed) on funding the city’s transport funding gap for motorways. I came across this beautiful image and it prompted the question in my … Continue reading

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Pre-1944 Demolition Control Not Protecting Heritage Buildings

The pre-1944 demolition control was introduced in order to provide a check on the demolition of heritage properties in Auckland. The year 1944 has been chosen as the year from which assessments are based because this was the first year … Continue reading

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Houghton’s 100 Days; 100 Ideas for a Better Auckland

Below are all 100 images of Stuart Houghton‘s outstanding 100 Days Project outlining 100 ideas to improve Auckland. I believe that every elected member of Auckland Council should read these. In fact, every Aucklander. 

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