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Dolphin campaign on bridge

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A colourful and dramatic campaign to protect the threatened Maui and Hector dolphin population was launched at the Onehunga pedestrian overbridge on 1st of November 2015. Run by Maui and Hector's Dolphin Defenders NZ, the ‘Bycatch of the Day’ campaign links the use of gillnet fishing to one of our favourite meals – cheap and cheerful fish and chips. 

 

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Making the healthy choice

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The Te Papapa Preschool has a brand new water fountain for the children to use. Unveiled as part of National Oral Health Day on Friday the 6th of November, the fountain is part of the preschool’s ongoing efforts to educate the children about the importance of looking after their teeth.

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ImPORTant progress

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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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