Fresh calls are being made for safer cycleways in Auckland as the city’s roads struggle to meet the growing demand from bikers. Often cyclists are squeezed into narrow lanes alongside buses – and it’s enough to make some abandon their bikes altogether. Struan Purdie reports.
Artificial turf made from old tyres at Michaels Avenue Reserve is worrying a neighbouring school, despite a promise by authorities they will test its environmental effects over two years. Karen Affleck, the centre manager for Michael Park School Kindergarten, said the school was concerned about the impact of the crumb-rubber infill on the kindergarten and [...]
A Bangladesh union has extended a plea to New Zealanders to support those affected by a devastating garment factory collapse. The request was made to Christian World Services (CWS) by the Bangladesh National Garment Workers Federation in the wake of a factory collapse in April. The Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, killing [...]
Chinese language advocates say Mandarin is undervalued as a second language option in New Zealand schools. According to Nora Yao, director of the Confucius Institute, Prime Minister John Key may outspokenly support the uptake of Mandarin in schools, but practical support from the Government is “still pending”. The Confucius Institute is a non-profit lobby group [...]
Experts say Auckland’s proposed unitary plan, which includes the intensification of housing in Devonport, will worsen the suburb’s traffic issues. Takapuna-Devonport local board member Jan O’Connor says the draft of Auckland’s 30-year plan proposes four-storey apartment blocks in Devonport. She says Lake Road is the suburb’s only arterial route and road is already consistently congested. [...]
It comes down to a matter of seconds for the Rialto 48Hours competitors. No matter how fast you run, 48 hours and five seconds is five seconds too late. The annual event, in which competitors have a weekend to make a movie, is New Zealand’s “largest Guerrilla filmmaking competition”, and this year saw the [...]