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As reported in the March 2015 edition of the Onehunga Community News,  a number of Onehunga’s community leaders have been watching with interested concern the future planning for Onehunga Port. The possibilities, including cafés, museums, shopping, galleries, a wet market for the fishing fleet to sell their fish, a hub for ferry services or a boat building facility, have been discussed.

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Alcohol bans finalised

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The process of reviewing alcohol bans throughout Auckland is now complete, with the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board passing the new rules at its October meeting.  A total of 65 bans were retained and 52 were allowed to lapse, due to insufficient evidence of harm. Of the 65 bans still in force, most have the same boundaries as the previous ban area, while some are either amalgamated with adjoining areas or are new bans.

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Pocket park opens

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The new pocket park on Waller Street has a secret agenda. Designed as a rain garden, it is constructed to help return excess water to the water table, rather than the storm water drains. Deep garden beds allow rainwater to soak through, filtering out pollutants and replenishing the water table. Plants absorb some of the water, creating a green environment and attracting birds and insects. The enhanced landscape also provides a perfect area for sitting and enjoying your lunch break, with some wide wooden benches provided for just that purpose.

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Ambury goes interactive

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The annual Ambury Farm Day is as popular as ever with thousands turning out on the 4th of October to get a taste of the farming life. 

The weather came to the party this year, with an all but perfect day. Early light winds caused some problems for the heavier kites, but as the day wore on the winds, and the kites, picked up.

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Proposed Mangere pedestrian and cyclist bridge – submissions invited

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Submissions are invited for a new Mangere pedestrian and cyclist bridge proposal.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) wants to replace the existing Old Mangere Bridge with a new bridge 250m long and 8-12m wide. 

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Opportunity for young people fund

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$120K available for young social entrepreneurs 

Maungakiekie MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is encouraging local youth with bright ideas to apply for a share of the $120,000 Opportunity for Young People fund.

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