Behind the Scenes

This month, OurAuckland is meeting some of the people who work 'behind the scenes' to make Tāmaki Makaurau a great place to live.

August OurAuckland out now

The August issue of OurAuckland is out now, looking behind the scenes at the work taking place across Auckland.

Council adopts changes to dog management

Auckland Council has adopted changes to its Policy on Dogs and related Dog Management Bylaw to come into force from 1 November 2019.

Freedom camping update

Next steps for Freedom Camping bylaw decided by Governing Body.

New Zealand Herald Premier Series: Reveries

French conductor Bertrand de Billy makes his début with the APO.

Historic location recognised in Onehunga

New signage is being installed to shed light on the hollow and pond at Puka and Grotto Streets in Onehunga.

The Ellerslie Festival of One Act Plays 2019

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation, find all these genres at this festival.

Cup lending network provides easy solution to takeaway coffee without the landfill

Reusable cups are being rolled out to cafes across Auckland with the help of the council's Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund.

We Will Rock You

The smash-hit West End musical returns to Auckland for a strictly limited season.

A place to paint – celebrating Colin McCahon

This August, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki marks the centenary of the birth of Colin McCahon with a unique consideration of his relationship with the city.

Bold Moves

Don't miss a step as choreographers from three continents share the stage.

Marine invader found in Great Barrier Island waters

A type of sea squirt has been discovered attempting to make the waters around Great Barrier Island its home.

2040 Movie: Presented by CaliWoods

Discover what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best that exists today.

Final list of Auckland Council election candidates published

The final list of Auckland Council local election candidates has been published at


A premiere work directed and choreographed by Amber Liberté in collaboration with performers and creatives.

Rodney Healthy Harbours and Waterways Fund applications open

Funding applications are now open for landowners and community groups keen to improve Rodney's water quality.

Soft 'n' Hard

A complex, challenging and riotously funny exploration of the tensions between gender roles in a modern world.

From drain to planted plain

Volunteers have been working tirelessly to restore habitats for birds, fish and native plants along Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek.


Indulge in a five-course dinner made with foraged ingredients.

Pescara Point bridge work to begin this month

Heavy lifting work on the Southern Motorway will take place to lift the Pescara Point overbridge into place.

Creative Talks: Gary Henderson

Local artists and creatives share their stories and ideas with our community.

74,000 new native plants for Auckland’s maunga

More than 19,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in the last twelve months as part of a large-scale project to restore Auckland's maunga.

Divine Muses XVI: An Evening of Poetry

Come along and hear seven of New Zealand’s finest poets read.

The need for safer speed limits in Auckland's city centre

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub tells OurAuckland how lower speed limits can benefit everyone in Auckland's city centre.

The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate

You and your children will adore this all-time favourite story by New Zealand’s literary treasure, Margaret Mahy.

Unusual calls and patient staff: behind the scenes at a council contact centre

We visit Auckland Council's contact centre in Manukau to find out about the hard-working people solving Auckland's problems.

Kids Learn 2 Ride – Mt Albert

Come along to one of our sessions for some tips on how to get your kids riding a bike independently.

Waste Wonderland - behind the scenes at the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant

WATCH: Go behind the scenes and find out where Auckland's wastewater ends up.

A Way Through – Colin McCahon's Gate III

A way through offers three thematic entry points into Collin McCahon’s work.

Watch: Safer Communities Together – preventing alcohol sales to minors

Go behind the scenes on a covert mission and meet the team who help prevent alcohol purchases to minors.

Fire Me Up

This is your chance to party this winter with a mid-winter BBQ.

Quay Street rain gardens ‘unseen ecological hero’

A series of specially designed gardens will form the centrepiece of a revitalised Downtown Waterfront as part of the city’s 10-year Downtown Programme.

Auckland Allergy Free & Healthy Living Show

This exciting lifestyle show will cover everything from healthy eating to healthy living.