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Mahurangi Action Plan on dredging

Ceding second-Wednesdays for fourth-Thursdays

As of midnight last Monday, dredging the town basin and river downstream became the most urgent Mahurangi project. Up until that deadline, feedback on the structure plan that will shape development of Mahurangi’s tidehead town for…

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Super Masonic solution to blank riverbank wall

Mahurangi Magazine has stuck its neck out by soliciting support for its suggested solution to the ugly butt of the Old Masonic Hall. The timing was poor. Six days before Christmas meant that most folk missed the email and, as of this morning, only…

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‘Up the Mahu!’ day-after-the-regatta flotilla

There could only be one flagship for the ‘Up the Mahu!’ day-after-the-regatta demonstration. The Jane Gifford scow, aside from being the face of the Mahurangi Regatta since 2010, following her heroic restoration, epitomises the necessity of…

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Time for town hall to take it to city hall

Warkworth Town Hall, inescapably, is where the community should assemble to make decisions for itself. Not the Auckland Town Hall, with its region-wide responsibilities for a city of 1.7 million. In a slightly less imperfect world, Mahurangi…

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Strategic significance of river restoration

As submitted by Mahurangi Action Incorporated 28 March 2018: Mahurangi Action supports the urgent funding of the consented dredging of sediment from the Mahurangi River, to restore the navigability of the river up to and including the Warkworth…

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Now the commission wants to explore

At least Ōrewa is equally inconvenient for all Rodney residents. In its case for twin local board areas, the Mahurangi Magazine pointed out: So disparate are the areas, that meetings of the Rodney Local Board are held in Ōrewa, which is in neither half. Now…

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Mahurangi Action states its support for dredging

Mahurangi Action Incorporated is strongly in support of the application for resource consent by the Mahurangi River Restoration Trust to undertake capital and maintenance dredging of the Mahurangi River and to deposit dredging material at 121 Hepburn…

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Portals could power town-basin transformation

Warkworth doesn’t boast of much of a town basin. Topographically, the tidal Mahurangi River terminates in a bit of a tight squeeze, compared with, for example, Whangārei. But what Warkworth lacks by way of a commodious tidal headwater…

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Avoid ‘dredging’ with access code

Dredging, by definition, is a dirty business. Which is why the draft working paper addressing the issue uses the code access. While many will see this as inexcusable political correctness, it is actually entirely sound to define the objective, rather than just one...

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Marine farming the nasty way or the nice way

There are two ways to stop teredo. Build oyster farms from unpalatable material, or from palatable material impregnated with poisons. Biomarine, for its vast new Kaipara harbour farm, has chosen to eschew poisons such as chromium arsenates. Instead of…

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Yes to shift a few tons of this earthly delight

The dream of dredging the Mahurangi River to restore its navigability fills some with hope, some with dread. The vast majority would welcome it, but only if it could be accomplished without further despoiling the already severely stressed benthic…

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