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Ōrākei Local Board
20-month report: November 2014 to
Ōrākei Local Board members
Address: Shop 25, Meadowbank Shopping Centre, 35 St Johns Road, Meadowbank
Phone: 09 521 7021
Desley Simpson JP
Mobile: 027 274 9688
Phone: 09 521 7021
Mobile: 021 971 786 or 021 286 7222
firstname.lastname@example.org Portfolios: Finance and strategy, community development and walkways Ken Baguley Troy Churton Phone: 09 521 7021 Phone: 09 520 1638 Mobile: 021 042 1110 Mobile: 027 246 0615 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Portfolios: Regulatory and planning Portfolios: Transport Kate Cooke Colin Davis JP Phone: 09 575 5265 Phone: 09 521 0357 email@example.com Mobile: 021 287 2666 Portfolios: Environment and firstname.lastname@example.org sustainability Portfolios: Arts, culture and recreation Mark Thomas Phone: 09 521 7021 Mobile: 021 417 416 email@example.com Portfolios: Economic development and urban design 2 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Contents Chair’s Message
Ōrākei Local Board Plan
3 Quality parks, reserves and places to be active
Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Reserves Board
Community Planting Days
Park Naming and Policy Guidelines
4 Balanced use of road space and public transport that is frequent and easy to access
Transport Capital Fund
Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path
Stonefields Feeder Bus Service
Road Naming Policy and Guidelines
5 Well-built community centres, enhanced libraries and well-designed neighbourhoods shaped by the community
Support for Residents' Associations
Ōrākei Community Centre
Bastion Point Entranceway
Resource Consent Decision-Making
6 Distinctive town centres and a thriving local economy
Economic Development Strategy
Ōrākei Visitor Strategy
Remuera Village Upgrade (RevUp)
Ellerslie Anzac Mural
Mission Bay Streetscape Upgrade
Business Association Walking Trails
7 Pollution-free waterways, tree-lined suburbs, protected built and natural heritage
Salt Marsh Projects
Biddicks Bay Signage
Walsh Brothers Memorial
Tāmaki Drive Searchlight Emplacement Restoration Project
First World War Roll of Honour
Stonefields Heritage Trail
Mt Hobson/Ōhinerau Daffodil and Native Tree Planting
8 Fair rates and improved council services for all of our ratepayers.......... 36-40 Keeping Costs Down
Review of Alcohol Bans
Dog Access Bylaw Review
Local Board Feedback on Bylaws, Policies and Plans, and Central Government Legislation
Colin Maiden Master Plan
The Tāmaki Drive Master Plan
Sports Field User Charges
Rates and Advocacy
4 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Chair’s Message The Ōrākei Local Board has always promised transparency to our ratepayers. With June being the end of Auckland Council’s financial year, we believe it is important to advise our community of the Local Board’s achievements since our last update; this time for the period November 2014 to June 2016.
It is important to note that all the Local Board's key achievements during the last 20 months come directly from submissions given by residents and ratepayers.
With such a large number focused on requesting upgrades for our highly used sports fields - continuously closed due to poor condition - we were able to successfully advocate for additions to our renewals budget from a regional fund to deliver 17 new and upgraded sports field surfaces.
We were then careful to ensure our open space investment was not just targeted to sport by adding perimeter paths (many with additional seating) around eight large parks to maximise that investment for others.
Our advocacy worked with central government too. The Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path is a joint council and government project that will deliver a 7km long, 4m wide path appealing to cyclists, runners and walkers who are commuting to and from the city, as well as those using the path for fitness and recreation. With the whole project planned to be completed in 2018, stage one (which finishes at St Heliers/Kohimarama Rd intersection) will be completed before the end of 2016.
It’s just as well we have been strong advocates for funding elsewhere.
Over the last three years, Ōrākei Local Board ratepayers have contributed $320 million in rates income to the council. However, the Local Board has only been allocated $6 million of discretionary funding over that time to invest locally.
This small return is carefully spent based on engagement with and feedback from our community. Where we have not been able to fund projects, we have continued to seek opportunities to advance our priorities through various channels and existing departmental programme budgets.
Some of the key successes during the last 20 months using this small budget include new playgrounds at Madills Farm, Patteson Ave, Kupe St North, Ruka Reserve and Rutherford Reserve. These have been welcomed by many parents, grandparents and children in and around the communities of Kohimarama, Meadowbank, St Johns and Ōrakei.
5 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Keeping our history alive is also important with the Local Board initiating an upgrade of the Walsh Brothers Memorial in Selwyn Reserve at no cost to ratepayers.
Historical signage at Biddicks Bay was installed, as were special historical plaques in places of significance, including in the Remuera and St Heliers Town Centres.
Ōrākei Basin improvements and environmental and ecological projects were funded, including tree planting in Churchill Park, and stream upgrades at Madills Farm and Waiata Reserve.
It is important that I thank my current Deputy Chair Kit Parkinson, fellow Local Board members Colin Davis, Ken Baguley, Kate Cooke, Troy Churton and Mark Thomas, all of whom have contributed to the many achievements noted in this report.
While not all current Local Board members are standing for Local Board positions in October 2016, we will keep working on your behalf right up to election day.
Yours Sincerely Desley Simpson Chair, Ōrākei Local Board
AUCKLAND COUNCIL6 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Ōrākei Local Board Plan This Achievements Report reflects the outcomes of work undertaken by the Ōrākei Local Board from November 2014 to June 2016. This work aligns with the objectives of the 2014 Ōrākei Local Board Plan, which you can view at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ōrākei.
7 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 3 Quality parks, reserves and places to be active Ōrākei has an active community and provides its residents with a wide range of parks and facilities to play sport, keep healthy, and enjoy the outdoors.
• Quality sports fields and playing surfaces that allow for a wide range of organised and informal sporting activities to meet the needs of our changing and growing community.
• Great parks and scenic reserves which are well-connected, easy to get to and allow for a wide range of recreational activities.
• High-quality, multi-use sporting venues that are well-run, easy to get to, and complement nearby parks and reserves.
Sports Fields The Ōrākei Local Board worked hard to gain regional funding to achieve a number of
sports field upgrades which were desperately needed. Over the course of the 2014term, the Local Board has:
• Completed one new full-sized artificial field and one training field in 2013 at Michaels Avenue Reserve, sandcarpeted the five lower fields and installed new cricket nets.
• Sandcarpeted four sports fields at Glover Park and upgraded the cricket nets.
• Sandcarpeted two sports fields at Shore Road Reserve and installed new cricket nets.
• Sandcarpeted three sports fields at Crossfield Reserve.
• Sandcarpeted a sports field at Okahu Bay Reserve, with lighting.
• Sandcarpeted two sports fields at Madills Farm Reserve.
8 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Open Space
Over the period covered by this report, the Local Board has:
• Renewed the toilets at Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, Roberta Reserve and Madills Farm Reserve.
• Undertaken tree planting in Madills Farm Reserve, Churchill Park and Waiatarua Reserve.
• Renewed the footbridge between Roberta and Tahuna Torea Nature reserves.
• Replaced the bollards around Selwyn Reserve.
• Upgraded the iconic heritage-listed fountain in Selwyn Reserve.
The restored fountain at Selwyn Reserve, Mission Bay
9 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Playgrounds It is important to the Local Board to consult with our community so that we have playgrounds that meet the needs of our community. Over the course of 2014-2016, the Local Board has renewed and upgraded six playgrounds.
Kit Parkinson and Desley Simpson at the upgraded Madills Farm playground
The playgrounds have been extremely well received by our community and are located at Madills Reserve, Patteson Reserve, Roberta Reserve, Kupe North Reserve, Rutherford Reserve and Ruka Reserve. The Patteson Reserve playground has a dragon called Hilderguard, named by local children through a Local Board-led children’s naming competition.
Kit Parkinson, winner Annabel Jones and Desley Simpson next to Hilderguard the dragon 10 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Walkways The Ōrākei Local Board is delighted to have completed a number of new upgraded walkway projects which give people safer and more connected access to some of the great parks in our local area.
With stunning views over the harbour at its northern end and a section of trees on the western side, the Glover Park perimeter walkway is proving popular. This upgraded path is a walking and running track for young and old. The area is a former Māori pa site and this was taken into consideration when choosing the route and installing the walkway.
Glover Park path with spectacular views
Not far from Glover Park is Madills Farm Reserve, which now has a new walking path that is safer than the previous route. Both the Glover and Madills paths had seating added to them, providing users with the opportunity to rest and take in the view.
The Local Board has also upgraded the walking tracks and replaced aging bridge assets within Kepa Bush and Churchill Park to improve safety for users. New signage and the replacement of a bridge has been undertaken at Dingle Dell Reserve, St Heliers.
The Ōrākei Local Board has also been working on a draft Ōrākei Greenways Plan. A greenway is a street or path where cyclists and pedestrians are given priority. They consist of residential streets with low speeds as well as paths through parks.
Greenways use a combination of design treatments to reduce car speeds and enhance the environment for riding and walking.
11 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Upon adoption of the Greenways Plan, the Local Board will set out a series of priority projects and look for opportunities to fund and create these connections. Over the coming years, Auckland Council will also develop an Open Space Network Plan for each of the Local Board areas, of which the Ōrākei Greenways Plan will be an integral part.
Canon Park in Ellerslie has a new path connecting Kenneth Small Place and Pohutukawa Place, providing a link to Waiatarua Reserve for residents in the Ellerslie area. This path is an example of a greenways link and will form part of a walking route being designed throughout our area for commuters and recreational users.
At Martyn Wilson Reserve a two metre wide pathway now connects the existing pathway along the stream edge through to Shore Road. This was completed in May 2016, and connects with a new pedestrian refuge enabling safer pedestrian access to the Hobson Bay Walkway network on the other side of Shore Road.
Ngāti Whātua and Board members at the opening of the Hobson Bay Walkway
The recently completed Ōrākei Point to Shore Road walkway and boardwalk across the Hobson Bay wetland provides a safe route for school children and locals between Remuera and the Ōrākei Train Station.
The walkway is part the Hobson Bay Action Plan (completed last term) and another link in the Ōrākei Local Board’s coastal walkway network around Hobson Bay and the Ōrākei Basin. It also provides a safe, attractive option for pedestrians along Ōrākei Road and safer access to the Ōrākei Train Station.
12 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 The walkway features new public art with six panels that showcase the talents of local school children. The history of the area is reflected along the walkway route, which runs through the western face of the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei pa site.
Two sites in the Ōrākei Local Board area are part of Auckland’s First World War Heritage Trail, which was launched in September 2014 as part of the national WW100 New Zealand commemorations.
The trail highlights 56 locations that are significant to Auckland’s involvement in the First World War, including the site of the Walsh Brothers New Zealand Flying School in Mission Bay’s Selwyn Domain, and the Brookfield Memorial drinking fountain at St Heliers.