THEME PARK GIFT
Josh Korte, 12, has organised for 10 struggling families to visit Rainbows End for free. The Glen Eden Intermediate student came up with the idea as part of a school project, Auckland City Mission said in a press release. Josh talked with the theme park, which agreed to donate the family passes and food for the day. The mission and Visionwest would identify the families to receive the passes.
Scenic Drive just to the west of Titirangi will be down to one lane and temporary traffic lights until December 17. This is the deadline to fix up damage to the area from a slip on August 31, Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan said. The recent road closures at night have been for digging test pits in order to finalise the pavement rehabilitation design. Work to stabilise the bank will include the use of soil nails.
BUSES TO PIHA AND HUIA
Public buses to Piha and Huia are being looked at – but any service would not start until 2019. Auckland Transport’s Anthony Cross said in a media release on September 29 that it would look at ‘‘innovative solutions’’ such as a minivan or an on-demand service and online booking system. Work to investigate the possibility would not start until the second half of 2018.
Two people have been added to the West Auckland Business Hall of Fame, previously known as the Waita¯kere Business Hall of Fame. Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett inducted Loukas Petrou of Canam Group and Mark Robinson of Autex Industries at an awards luncheon on September 15.
A new guide details walking and driving tours exploring Titirangi’s heritage. The Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers’ Association released the free booklet to celebrate the Auckland Heritage Festival which began on September 30. The Waita¯kere Ranges Local Board provided funding to print the brochure, which can be found in local cafes, businesses and public buildings.