Auckland Archive

Auckland’s natural environment has been neglected for decades. No more.

To mark Auckland Council environment month, Mayor Phil Goff writes about the challenges facing the city and surrounds – and how the new targeted rate will be used to address them.

A night out in Auckland, counting the homeless

Monday night saw an unprecedented, large-scale census of Auckland's homeless population undertaken. Toby Manhire went out counting, with about 700 others

Revenge of the NIMBYs: Is council too weak to enact its own Unitary Plan?

Having nitpicked its way into rejecting two high-density apartment developments near the CBD, does Auckland Council's consents department really believe in the vision of the Unitary Plan?

‘We’re not here to judge your lifestyle, we’re here to make sure you’re housed’

Housing First is designed to get the most vulnerable homeless people into stable accommodation irrespective of mental or physical wellbeing or any history of substance abuse

Welcome to the ‘third world swamp house’, Papakura, a snip at $520 a week

Blocked drains, borked stormwater and an ankle-deep swamp under the house, yet the family renting the property in south Auckland feel powerless

How a council email footer sparked a local government conspiracy

A rogue Auckland Council email footer has sparked a wave of angst and recriminations in Takapuna, providing a glimpse into a broader conspiracy culture in local government.

This ludicrous Dominion Road decision is proof the planning system is broken

The objections of a few wealthy Mt Eden residents have succeeded in killing a much-needed central Auckland housing development. How does this keep happening?

Eye in the sky: a visual guide to Auckland’s housing boom

The launch of a new aerial imaging company in New Zealand gives a bird’s eye glimpse of Auckland's rapidly changing greenfield landscape.

Consultation is overrated: why we should stop letting idiots guide us

Councillors are forever going to public meetings to receive bad advice from angry people who mostly don’t know what they’re talking about. Hayden Donnell asks why.

How to make third places that Aucklanders want to use

Jessica Rose of Women in Urbanism offers a few suggestions on improving Auckland's third places for those who need them most.

Meadowbank train nightmare: passengers trapped for 3+ hours

Fifty-two people were trapped on an Auckland train last night with no access to toilets, no food and no information

Why Auckland needs to accept the objective truth, and ban all golf

Auckland’s golf courses are huge tracts of heavily subsidised land lying vacant in the middle of a housing crisis. We need to seize them back

Maths is hard: Mike Hosking’s brave battle with statistics

After the release of an Auckland Transport survey claiming two thirds of Aucklanders support more cycleways, Mike Hosking stepped into the ring to fight Statistics.

Why these resettlement portraits meant so much to me, a blind immigrant

This World Refugee Day and always, I hope the portraits and voices of our resettled community in Aotearoa can guide us in our efforts to ensure they feel valued

About Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and that ‘no confidence’ letter

According to numerous reports, close to half of the Auckland Council have signed a letter expressing 'no confidence' in Phil Goff. 

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #63: The meat-free Beyond Burger

Toby Manhire tries the freshly launched burger at vegan fast food outfit Lord of the Flies

What’s happening to the Western Springs speedway?

The speedway is leaving Western Springs. We explain where it's going and what's going to take its place.

David Farrier goes to the Auckland International Film Festival and, guess what, it is total balls

The organiser calls him the 'idiot guy who don't know anything about festival'. But that won't deter our reporter from heading along to see what this mysterious event really amounts to.

The Regional Fuel Tax is happening. Now let’s use tech to make it fair for us all

The Regional Fuel Tax has just passed council, but concerns about how it will disadvantage Auckland's low-income communities remain.

The Jacingularity: is the hologram prime minister the future of live events?

The visibility of hologram technology was given a major boost in NZ when the PM used it to make a Techweek speech. So how might the technology be used in the future?

Phil Goff is running Auckland council like he’s a minister, not a mayor

Councillor outrage over a secret stadium report shows how much the mayor needs to learn about consensus building, writes RNZ's Auckland correspondent Todd Niall.

Cycling on the sea: how technology is changing sport

Olympic cyclist and America's Cup cyclor Simon Van Velthooven talks to Madeleine Chapman about the increasingly important role of technology in sport.

Techweek’18: A festival of the future

At Techweek‘18 the people leading New Zealand’s innovation and technological revolution share their secrets. We asked the experts for their festival recommendations.

Taxing the poor, to transport the rich

If a fuel tax is the best way to fund Auckland’s development, Councillor Efeso Collins asks that the benefits be invested in the people the tax will affect most - those in his Manukau ward.