From the Editors

Following on from the latest shift in Covid-19 alert levels, we are now able to celebrate with the Auckland Rainbow Parade later this month (Saturday 13 March). The Parade starts at 6pm from Tole Street and runs down the strip to Western Park and the Ponsonby Street Festival will continue with the party running from 7pm - 10pm. See you there!

Auckland Transport (AT) is working together with the community to test people-friendly spaces and safer ways to travel on Ponsonby Road. AT have been canvassing local schools asking students for their ideas for making our streets more community friendly.

This month there are two letters to the editor plus John Elliott’s editorial on the plight of our trees. There is a growing awareness in the wider Auckland community that we are chopping down too many mature trees. Some are going to make way for space for more inner city apartments for the population intensification of the city. There are others being felled by AT from the sides of roads to make way for cycle and walk ways. We seem to be losing touch with the understanding that trees have important amenity values in our city, including as important carbon sinks.

Well-known cinematographer, Leon Narbey, can be found selling his award-winning olive oil at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. His oil is divine.

The Council is open for submissions on their 10 year plan. If you are as anxious as we are to see the Leys Institute fully restored, visit the Farmers Market on Sunday 14 March to have your say.

This issue is the first column for our new Auckland Central MP Chlöe Swarbrick. As she says, “Please, don’t hold back. Drop by my office when it’s open. Come by one of the many public events we’ll be hosting for your input. Give my office an email or a call. Let’s make it happen.”

From art galleries like Whitespace and Orexart (recently relocated to Ponsonby Road) to design stores like Bob and Friends, Dawson & Co, Bauhaus, ECC and Homage, there are a plethora of inspiring local places to draw from when the soul needs more than just things. (MARTIN LEACH)

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