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Eel conservation inspires top art prize winner

By Carlos Norton, AUT Journalism Student This year’s Estuary Art and Ecology Awards has embraced its ecological theme more than ever, with Matthew Dowman’s...

Debate growing over size of Howick Local Board

By Chris Harrowell and Laura Kvigstad, Auckland Council reporter, Funded by New Zealand on Air Local community leaders disagree over whether the number of...

How we serve our diverse local community

By Damian Light, Howick Local Board chairperson Auckland is unique with our Super-City structure – we have the governing body, made up of the...

Consultation on reducing Howick Local Board fails

By Laura Kvigstad, Auckland Council reporter - Funded by New Zealand on Air A proposal by Howick ward councillor Maurice Williamson to consult the public...

Frustration over closure of road to town centre

Questions are being asked as to why large concrete blocks are impeding vehicle access between a growing residential community and an east Auckland shopping...

Estuary Art and Ecology Awards finalists revealed

The finalists in the prestigious Estuary Art and Ecology Awards for 2024 have been announced. They are Hannah Arnold, Alexander Bailey, Ngahina Belton-Bodsworth, Cathy Carter,...

Empowering local action to protect and restore the environment

By Damian Light, Howick Local Board chairperson Moth Plant Competition another huge success! Last Wednesday, June 5, was World Environment Day and we celebrated this...

A new era begins for the Times

East Aucklanders turned out in their droves to celebrate the launch of the Times’ new digital publication under the leadership of the company’s new...

East Tamaki is full of successful, innovative businesses

The Times is partnering with members of our local business community to give them a platform to communicate with our readers about matters of...

Matariki flags flying to celebrate Maori New Year

Arts Out East is proud to this year be working with the Howick Village Association to celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year. A large-scale community...

We’re listening, working, and taking action

By Damian Light, Howick Local Board chairperson Welcome back to the Times! We’re pleased to see this vital community service continuing as an important...

Spoilt for choice with arts, culture and heritage

By Lexie Palmer-Gapper, General Manager, Howick Historical Village Just 10km as the crow flies: within that area are three remarkable institutions celebrating contemporary art,...

Board concerned over speed of Fast-Track Approvals Bill

The Howick Local Board is concerned at the speed with which the Government is moving its Fast-Track Approvals Bill through Parliament. The Bill will enable...

Environmental champion Jim Duckworth acknowledged

A local environmental champion has been publicly recognised for his efforts in the community. Jim Duckworth, one of the founding members of the Friends of...

Dedicated community servant and advocate remembered

East Auckland has lost a dedicated and passionate community servant and advocate with the passing of Shirley Warren QSM. A funeral notice for her states...

Democracy or dysfunction? Decision finally made on Howick War Memorial Hall

It took just one year and 45 days to construct the world-famous Empire State Building in New York City. But, staggeringly, it took the Howick...

Get your entries in for this year’s Estuary Art and Ecology...

People wanting to enter the 18th Estuary Art and Ecology Awards have just two weeks left to submit their entry. The prestigious awards are staged...

AT explains decision to have Eastern Busway run through Burswood

Auckland Transport (AT) is pushing back against reporting by the Times that it says doesn’t explain why it decided to have the Eastern Busway run...

Decision imminent on future of Howick War Memorial Hall

Resolution may finally be at hand in the ongoing saga of the management of the Howick War Memorial Hall. The Howick Local Board is set...

Kauri Kids Howick receives four-month lifeline to keep operating

Agreement has been reached for the Kauri Kids Howick early childhood centre to stay in operation until September 30 while negotiations continue with third-party...

Auckland Transport reveals design of Eastern Busway through Burswood

The Howick Local Board has again voiced its opposition to Auckland Transport’s (AT) plan to divert the Eastern Busway through Burswood. Its members discussed the...

Howick Local Board approves $160k funding for community groups

The Howick Local Board has voted to provide funding of more than $160,000 to numerous community organisations, groups and sports clubs across east Auckland...

Bo Burns takes the reins of the Times

East Auckland's leading community news provider - the Times - is back! Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the long-standing local news provider has...

Public places to receive Maori names

Nineteen public places in east Auckland will receive Maori names as part of a commitment for te reo to be "seen, heard, spoken, and...

Plenty of smiles and sore legs at Howick Fun Walk &...

Following a poor weather start to the weekend, it was a relief for all when Sunday, March 24, turned into a lovely day for...

All welcome at Easter Sunrise Service on Stockade Hill

Local churches are preparing for the annual East Auckland Easter Sunrise Service at Stockade Hill on Sunday, March 31. This Easter several church leaders will...

‘Eventually there’s going to be more rubbish than grass’

The amount of rubbish Dave Upfold removed from a short stretch of an east Auckland road in just 60 seconds is staggering. To highlight a...

Kay to deliver guitar pop-ups

Local guitarist Dylan Kay has been awarded an Arts Out East grant for his One Finger Guitarist project. The project will see Kay performing a...

Howick Local Board is working for our community

By Damian Light, chair of the Howick Local Board We hope everyone had a relaxing and restful break as we've got another big year...

Lower speed limits will make city ‘grind to standstill’

A firmer commitment to traffic speed limit enforcement in east Auckland, including the use of speed cameras and fines, is being called for in...

The new year is already looking rosier

Happy New Year and I hope you had a wonderful break with family and friends. Hopefully the turn-around in the weather from 12 months ago...

Debate over management of public facility heats up

The Howick Local Board is again going into a new year without having resolved the contentious long-standing debate over management of a public facility. Conflict...

Rubbish bins being removed to save $10 million

Backlash is growing against efforts to remove more than 150 rubbish bins from public parks and reserves in the local community in an effort...

Local board dispenses $32k of funding

The Howick Local Board has voted to provide more than $30,000 of funding to community organisations in east Auckland. At its final business meeting of...

Local board to canvas public support for ‘dump station’

The Howick Local Board will next year consider if it's got money in its budget to fund an east Auckland facility provided to motor...

Naval rig flagpole has new home

A very special flagpole has been relocated to Stevenson Reserve on Cook Street in Howick. Howick Local Board chair Damian Light said, "The new site...

Howick Santa Parade draws the crowds

The 70th Howick Santa Parade was a remarkable success, drawing unprecedented crowds to the Howick main street. This year's parade, a significant milestone, was met...

South African expat issues public warning over crime

A well-known east Auckland resident is publicly issuing a warning about New Zealand’s escalating crime situation, which he says reminds him of the troubled...

Raised crossing proposed due to ‘high crash risk’

Another of east Auckland's busiest roads may soon get a raised pedestrian crossing in an ongoing effort to slow traffic down and prevent crashes. As...

Funds found to back youth zone for Howick

More than $100,000 has been reallocated from two projects to support the Howick Youth Facility and Programmes budget line. Howick Local Board chair Damian Light...

Marina closes ‘dump station’ due to costly vandalism

An east Auckland facility used by motorhome and caravan users has been so badly damaged by vandals that the people who operate it have...

Bishop blesses St Paul’s build site

The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, the Right Reverend Ross Bay, has blessed the build site of a new east Auckland church. The ceremony at St...

CCTV cameras help identify suspected keg thief

Empty beer kegs may sound like an unlikely target for theft but that's what allegedly proved too tempting for a man arrested and charged...

Christmas in Howick Village offers fun for all ages

By Ken Scott, Chair Howick Village Association Yes, for those who hadn't noticed, it is a mere 54 days or seven-and-a-half weeks until Christmas...

Public demands new library and community centre

One of the themes of the feedback about what people want to see happen in east Auckland in the coming years is the need...

Hundreds provide feedback to Howick Local Board’s draft plan

Several hundred people have provided detailed feedback about what they want to see happen in the community over the next three years. The Howick Local...

Burns campaigning to help change the Government

A local first-time general election candidate says she's focused on helping her political party double its current number of MPs. Howick Local Board deputy chairperson...

Government obtains land for new primary school

A new primary school is set to be built in east Auckland to cater to the area's growing population. The Ministry of Education has acquired...

Camellia chandelier honours heroic suffragists

A large-scale artistic installation that pays tribute to heroines who fought for the right of women in New Zealand to vote is to be...

Thank you for your feedback

By Damian Light, Howick Local Board chairperson Thank you for your feedback on our draft Local Board Plan. The public consultation on the plan...

Gathering for grief support

A group of people dedicated to helping members of the community heal from grief recently gathered for an information session hosted by an east...

Rugby club’s $9m plan to back other codes

One of east Auckland's most accomplished sports clubs has a bold vision that will enable it to foster other codes in the local community. Pakuranga...

Draft Howick Local Board Plan out for consultation

We're excited to present our draft Local Board Plan for feedback. We've spent the first half of this year out talking to locals about what's...

Kainga Ora rejects social media claims

Kainga Ora - formerly Housing NZ - is swatting down claims made on social media it's planning to build public housing at two adjacent...

Fire at public housing development treated as suspicious

Police say a blaze that caused extensive damage to a large public housing development under construction in east Auckland is being treated as suspicious. Fire...

Large housing complex damaged by fire

A public housing development in east Auckland, which is under construction, has been damaged in a large blaze. It's understood Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ)...

Exhibition explores the meaning of home

A new art exhibition in east Auckland will employ radio and sonic storytelling to explore the human experience. Pacific Frequencies: Mahu is being staged at Howick...

Final chance to share views on Howick Local Board’s draft plan

People have one last chance to have their say on a document that details the Howick Local Board's strategy and goals for the next...

Approval granted to build water sports centre

The Howick Local Board has granted landowner approval to a trust proposing to build a water sports facility in east Auckland. The board voted on...

Artists unite to support hospo

People have the chance to get their hands on a unique artistic print by spending at least $50 in certain local restaurants and cafes. The...

MP launches petition to raise speed limits

A petition has been launched calling for speed limits on three of east Auckland's busiest roads to be raised. Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown created the...

Winter solstice passes, longer days here

We are now past the shortest day and on the trek toward summer. The past month has seen plenty of activity in the village, albeit,...

Messy berms make community ‘look rundown’

Grass berms are getting scruffy in parts of east Auckland and residents want something done about it. Bucklands and Eastern Beaches Ratepayers and Residents Association...

Howick celebrates moth plant competition winners

There is a war taking place across the motu - a war against the moth plant, one that takes over and frequently out-competes and...

Suspects busted over supermarket thefts

Police have laid dozens of charges against multiple suspects in relation to the alleged theft of food from east Auckland businesses. Howick Police sergeant Brett...

Sun shines on planting day at Mangemangeroa

The Friends of Mangemangeroa, along with around 120 volunteers from various organisations including Rotary, Botany & Flat Bush Ethnic Association, Pakuranga Chinese Association, Botany...

Estuary Art and Ecology Awards finalists announced

Congratulations to this year's finalists for the 17th Estuary Art and Ecology Awards. This year there were more than 80 incredible entries which judge Benjamin...

Local history captured in video series

Ethan McCormick, a Howick 175 anniversary ambassador last year, has produced a four-part video series exploring the history of east Auckland which is designed...

Man confronted while taking food from supermarket

A man who allegedly tried to steal a shopping trolley full of groceries from an east Auckland supermarket was confronted by the store's manager...

Call to share views about community’s future

East Auckland residents are being asked to help shape the future direction of their local community. The Howick Local Board's local board plan lays out...

Board provides arts funding to local organisations

The Howick Local Board has voted to provide funding to a range of arts organisations in the local community. At the board's May business meeting...

Trees set for the chop to make way for transport project

More than 1000 trees may get the chop to make way for a major transport infrastructure project in east Auckland. The $1.8 billion Botany to...

Residents consider legal action over public housing development

More than 640 people have signed a petition calling for a halt to a plan to build dozens of new public housing places in...

Action needed to protect park’s ‘scientifically important’ feature

Residents are angry at the damage caused to an east Auckland park that left part of it looking like a “swamp”. The problem in Macleans...

Dairy owners sharing their stories through art

Two Colombian artists are helping a group of east Auckland dairy owners find creative ways to share their personal stories. Catherine Guevara and Juliana Duran...

Board wants reduced speed limits overturned

The Howick Local Board is asking Auckland Transport (AT) to change the speed limits on a group of busy local roads back to what...

Deadline looms for Estuary Art and Ecology Award submissions

There are fewer than three weeks left for art submissions for the 17th Estuary Art and Ecology Award. Artworks will be exhibited in the Malcolm...

Invitation to join the Art of Conversation

A creative new initiative aims to support local businesses and give the public an education in art from experts at the same time. The 'Art...

Privilege to serve as Howick Local Board chairperson

By Damian Light, Howick Local Board chairperson The Howick Local Board is responsible for governance on local issues, activities, and services such as libraries,...

Anzac sound and light tribute

The Howick Village Association sound and light tribute will be projected from Fencible Park onto the Picton Centre wall - between 7pm and 9pm...

Estuary art awards prize pool $10,000

Last year saw a record number of entries for the Estuary Art & Ecology Award which now enters its 17th year. The competition is lauded...

Lots of fun assured at community day

The Cockle Bay Residents & Ratepayers Association is generally known for advocating on issues affecting Cockle Bay. The CBRRA appeared before hearings regarding the...

Fears closing hardstands could spread pests to estuary

By Laura Kvigstad, Auckland Council reporter Funded by New Zealand on Air The Howick Local Board fears pest species could reach the Tamaki Estuary as boat-cleaning...

Festival to celebrate city’s diversity

A major event celebrating diversity is being staged in east Auckland this month as part of the World of Cultures festival. The festival is staged by...

Entries open for environmental art contest

Entries are now open for people wanting to take part in east Auckland's most prestigious annual art contest. The Estuary Art and Ecology Award is...

Additional charges laid over homicide

Three people have appeared in court in relation to a fatal assault in east Auckland late last year that led to a man's death. The...

Ford aficionados set to display rare machines

Graeme and Brad Cockerill know far more about the workings of early 1990s British Fords than most people. The Cockle Bay father and son are...

Ageing Mini Moke still creating smiles

All Janine Robinson wants from her 1966 Morris Mini Moke is to zip down to the beach or marina in it and have a...

Can you help identify these graffiti vandals?

Police want to hear from anyone who can help identity several people captured on security camera defacing multiple locations in Howick village with green...

Questions over civil defence plan for east Auckland

The severe damage the recent storm caused to Auckland is raising questions about whether a plan is in place to help local residents respond...

Speeders putting kids, pets, at risk

By Josie Lu, journalism intern Speeding cars are putting children at risk in Bucklands Beach, a Bucklands and Eastern Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association...

Humble Vauxhall’s 25,000km Mongolian adventure

Of the more than 1200 vehicles set to be displayed at this year's Auckland Brit and Euro Classic Car Show there may only be...

2023 – What will it bring?

By Ken Scott, Chair, Howick Village Association Already this year we have seen a change in Prime Minister and, with an election later in...

Proud classic British cars still chugging away

Andrew Dyer's two classic British cars may have a combined age of 110 years old but they're running as well as if they'd left...

Bridge’s lane markings cause confusion

Faulty lane markings on a busy east Auckland bridge resulted in numerous near-misses for motorists and assurances are being sought the problem is fixed...

Exotic machinery on display at classic car show

More than 1000 classic cars from across the country will soon descend on east Auckland for the largest event of its kind in the...

‘I just don’t think it’s safe’

An east Auckland sports club is asking the Howick Local Board for support to upgrade its ageing facilities and says the work is needed...

Local board approves $31k in grants

The Howick Local Board has voted to distribute more than $30,000 in grants to numerous groups and organisations. The board received 28 applications for Howick...

Be part of Celebrating Cultures in 2023

The Howick Local Board is seeking expressions of interest for performers and stallholders who want to be part of next year’s Celebrating Cultures community...

New Howick Police station opens its doors

The new Howick Police station has officially opened its doors to the public after a 10-month wait. Police were forced to move from their previous...