West Auckland rubbish bin update

There’s been plenty of talk recently about Auckland Council’s new rubbish bin service for west Auckland, which starts on 2 October. Here are some answers to questions you’ve been asking about making the switch from bags to bins.    

Photos add splash of colour to City Rail Link construction site

The City Rail Link’s Albert Street safety hoardings have gone from boring to beautiful with the addition of almost 100 photographic images of Albert Street architecture and businesses.

5 amazing places to see New Zealand's native birds

Our regional parks are a birdwatcher's paradise.

Have you seen our zines?

Auckland Libraries has more than 1000 local and international zines that you can browse or borrow.

Orangutans on Ōtautahi outing

Auckland Zoo’s orangutans will move temporarily to Otautahi / Christchurch while a new home is built for them.

9 tips for a zero-waste birthday party

Kids and parties produce a lot of waste. The most wasteful party of all is a birthday party – but does it have to be?

Funding a fair deal

New or improved infrastructure can provide windfall gains for property values.

What I love about ... Henderson

OurAuckland is sitting down with Aucklanders to find out what they love about where they live. In this interview, JP Puleitu tells us what makes Henderson so special.

Te kupu o te wiki – Word of the week

Te Kupu o te Wiki for the week starting Rāapa, te 16 Hereturikōkā is wharekai: food house, cafeteria, eatery

Save lives at West Wave

Give the gift of life by donating blood at West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre on Tuesday 29 August, 10am-3pm.

Ruby finds her forever home

It’s one of the most heartbreaking aspects of the job at an animal shelter; a dog abandoned by their owner after years of loyalty. But this tale has a happy ending.

'Look after it, or lose it' – Kauri disease spreading fast in Waitākere Ranges

Take urgent action in the Waitākere Ranges or risk losing kauri from our forests altogether, report says.

For this 7-year-old, it's all about the animals

Meet Sophia, who has so much empathy and affection for animals that she spends her birthday each year with them in a very special way.

Best spots to meditate in Auckland

Whether you’re a beginner or a Zen master, Auckland’s parks offer the best spots for some quiet reflection and meditation.

In Swanson, study helps businesses prepare for growth

Swanson’s population is growing due to new housing developments being built.