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The Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group (OBAG) assists the Local Board from a community and user-group perspective in managing the Ōrākei Basin and surrounding public open spaces by providing advice and advocacy in relation to these areas.
The Local Board has worked closely with OBAG to deliver priorities from the Ōrākei Basin Management Plan, including the new pontoon and replacement jetty and the Ōrākei Basin road access project. The new access road provides improved and 13 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 safer vehicle and pedestrian access on the western side of the Basin. In addition, the Basin was the venue for a successful international model boat regatta in May 2016.
Waiatarua Reserve This is New Zealand's biggest urban wetland restoration project, with its principal function being a huge stormwater treatment system that removes pollutants from the waterways and includes a network of drains, weirs, bunds and sediment traps.
This fascinating reserve offers something for everyone - joggers, walkers, families, and dogs. Reserve users can wander over wide open spaces, enjoy the beauty of the wetland environ or explore pockets of bush.
Wide pathways have been established for walking and jogging in a landscape that includes extensive native planting.
Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve The serene Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve is 25 hectares of unique wildlife habitat sited on the Tāmaki Estuary. The Local Board, working with the local rangers group, has carried out planting of the reserve over the term and will continue to ensure it remains a refuge to a variety of endangered native birds.
The Ōrākei Local Board is currently working with iwi to preserve the historic fish dams which are at risk of being covered in mangroves.
14 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Pocket Parks The Ōrākei Local Board has developed eight of the ten proposed pocket parks in Stonefields, in addition to the Maungarei Springs Wetland. The Heritage Trail is soon to commence, leaving one more park to be developed in the Stonefields area.
In Mission Bay, the small park opposite the Mission House was enhanced by new paths and art work (see page 24).
Maunga Authority The Ōrākei Local Board secured one of the Local Board positions on the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority Board, which governs a number of maunga across the region. There is one maunga within our Local Board area, Ōhinerau/Mt Hobson. The Local Board successfully lobbied the Maunga Authority who agreed for the renewal of daffodil planting on Ōhinerau/Mt Hobson (see page 35).
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Reserves Board The Local Board continues to play a key role in supporting this important stakeholder located in the suburb of Ōrākei, both in governance, with a Local Board representative sitting on the Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Reserves Board and in on-theground projects. The Local Board will continue to work positively with Ngāti Whātua.
An example is the upgraded entrance to the path between the whenua and Bastion Point from Mission Bay. Until a new site has been identified for the Riding for the Disabled and the Pony Club on Pourewa Valley land, the Local Board will continue to advocate for a lease extension.
Community planting days The Local Board held a number of planting days to help restore the Kohimarama Stream in Madills Farm Reserve and the Remuera Stream in Waiata Reserve.
Volunteers helped to get rid of invasive weeds and replanted the stream banks with native plants.
Planting days were also held in Churchill Park and Waiatarua Reserve to assist with regeneration of the parks’ native vegetation. The community planting days were a chance for those of all ages to help improve the ecological environment within the Ōrākei Local Board area.
15 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Park naming and policy guidelines The Ōrākei Local Board was the first Local Board to develop and adopt its own Ōrākei Local Board Parks and Reserves, Park Features and Park Facilities Naming Policy and Guidelines. This will guide future decisions on naming of parks and reserves.
16 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 4 Balanced use of road space and public transport that is frequent and easy to access Ōrākei is a place that’s easy to get around and visit, with real transport choices.
• Frequent, reliable and easy to use public transport options for all areas.
• Safe and well-functioning roads to help get us to where we need to go.
• Well-connected walking and cycling paths that help us get to the places we work, value and like to visit.
Transport capital fund Auckland Transport has allocated $10 million per annum of its capital budget to Local Board priorities across the Auckland region. The available funding is to ensure that locally important transport projects are given appropriate priority and allows Local Boards more direct ability to influence local transport projects.
The Ōrākei Local Board has been allocated just under $550,000 each year.
The Ōrākei Local Board has worked closely with key stakeholders and Auckland
Transport to develop the following transport projects to benefit our communities:
17 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Retirement Village resident concerns by providing a safer environment for the residents travelling to nearby shops.
• The Liston Park walkway provides a safer connection through Liston Park to Abbotts Way.
• The Churchill Park Eversham Road entrance was resealed, offering a safe point of entry to Churchill Park for walking school buses.
• The installation of street lighting at the Churchill Park entrance has improved safety for Churchill Park and local school users.
• The Martyn Wilson Reserve Path and Shore Road pedestrian refuge provide safe links to Shore Road, Hobson Bay and Ōrākei Basin walkways.
• The provision of a footpath around the outside of Glover Park linking Riddell Road to the Glover Park playground.
The Benson Road intersection was enhanced to improve safety for pedestrians
Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive shared path The Ōrākei Local Board strongly advocated to central government for investment in our Local Board area as part of the urban cycle network and is pleased that the construction of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path (the Ōrākei Spine) has started. The 7.3km path will allow you to walk, run or cycle from Auckland’s eastern suburbs to the Waitematā Harbour.
18 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 In October 2015 work began on the path. There are four sections to the project and the first section between Merton Road and St Johns Road is on track to open in late 2016.
The Local Board supports this initiative and is already looking for opportunities to create linkages from adjoining neighbourhoods to the shared path. We will continue to work with the New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport on three proposed connections from Tahapa Crescent, John Rymer Place and Kepa Bush.
From left, Councillor Cameron Brewer, member Mark Thomas, MP Simon Bridges, Mayor Len Brown, Chair Desley Simpson, Deputy Chair Kit Parkinson and member Colin Davis Stonefields feeder bus service The Ōrākei Local Board successfully advocated for the introduction of a trial bus service to connect Stonefields with Glen Innes Train Station. This Stonefields Loop, route number 632, operates Monday to Friday from 6am to 7.15pm, running between Glen Innes Train Station and a loop around Stonefields.
The service aligns with the new Eastern Line timetable which started from December 2014 when all services on the Eastern Line switched to electric trains. The new trains provide a more reliable train service and increased passenger capacity.
19 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Local residents have consistently said that they want faster, more frequent and better-connected public transport options, so the Local Board is pleased to see this trial underway.
Road naming policy and guidelines The Ōrākei Local Board was the first Local Board to adopt its own Ōrākei Local Board Road Naming Policy and Guidelines.
This will guide the Local Board’s future decisions on naming roads in our area.
Roads that have recently been named include Te Arohanui Way and Kirihipina Lane in the newly built Special Housing Area (SHA) on Kupe Street in Ōrākei.
20 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 5 Well-built community centres, enhanced libraries and well-designed neighbourhoods shaped by the community Ōrākei is a community that is safe and welcoming, with great community facilities that meet the needs of our people.
• Redeveloped and reinvigorated community facilities where people can meet safely and comfortably to organise and run community programmes.
• Well-designed and well-planned neighbourhoods that reflect the needs of the people who live there.
• Active and engaged communities that get involved in local matters.
• Expanded and enhanced libraries that are spacious and provide quality services.
Support for residents’ associations The Ōrākei Local Board strongly believes in connecting and communicating with residents and ratepayers within the Local Board area. Since 2010 we have worked with our suburban communities to establish residents’ associations in Stonefields, Ellerslie, Meadowbank and St Johns, Remuera, and most recently, in the suburb, Ōrākei.
Our small funding contributions assists these associations in providing activities, projects, programmes, initiatives and events that make a positive contribution within the Local Board area.
This supports our communities to ensure they have an independent voice and retain their unique character.
Examples of projects include public meetings on the Unitary Plan, community issues, and local environmental and safety initiatives.
Community Centres There are two community centres in the suburbs of Meadowbank and Ōrākei. The Ōrākei Local Board also supports community centres operated by St Heliers and St Lukes Churches, which provide support for our communities.
21 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Ōrākei Community Centre The Ōrākei Community Centre received a welcomed colourful transformation created by local children, families and residents in June 2016.
Created by local youth and families, the mural hangs in the main hall of the community centre. It fosters a sense of pride and involvement amongst the youth.
Titled Kotahitanga, this project has linked the Marae to our wider community through its local artist, Vicky Tamaariki.
The new mural created by young people at Ōrākei Community Centre
The Local Board provided the necessary funding for community garden planter boxes, another shared project with Ōrākei Community Centre in conjunction with the local Ōrākei community. The project aims to inspire the local Ōrākei community to take on the challenge of helping to provide nutritious food for themselves and other community members in need.
22 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Libraries The Remuera and St Heliers libraries are key community assets and the Local Board works hard to ensure they are more than just libraries; that they are community hubs in their own right.
The Local Board has also ensured that the mobile library service continues to serve our community and reaches areas that don’t have easy access to a library, such as Ōrākei, Ellerslie and Stonefields, and rest homes and retirement villages.
ASB Stadium The Local Board continues to play a key role in supporting the important community recreation facility located beside Selwyn College in Kohimarama, both in governance with a Local Board representative sitting on the stadium’s governing East City Community Trust, and with on-going operational funding.
The Local Board looks forward to a continued working relationship with the Trust to ensure that the facility supports wider community/recreation facility networks, both locally and regionally.
Bastion Point entranceway The new artwork at the entranceway to the steps on Tāmaki Drive, leading from Mission Bay to Bastion Point, was finished March 2016.
Five mosaic medallions, created by artists Graham Tipene and John Botica, were officially blessed by local iwi on 18 March 2016. The artwork reflects the five themes of air, sea, land, place and people.
23 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 New streetlights and seating were also installed. The Ōrākei Local Board hopes the upgraded pocket park art will make the access way to Bastion Point more visible, clear and attractive for locals and visitors.
The Ōrākei Local Board at the Bastion Point entranceway blessing Events Successful Ōrākei Local Board annual events include the Carols on the Green, held annually in December on Vellenoweth Green in St Heliers, and, for the brave souls, Winter Splash at Selwyn Reserve, Mission Bay.
The successful Movies in Parks event was held in Roberta Reserve, Glendowie in March 2016. The Lion King was the most recent movie. For this event, the Local Board ensured that local businesses maximised their benefit from the event held in the neighbouring reserve.
The Ōrākei Local Board area also accommodated a number of successful regional and local events. These included: the iconic Round the Bays fun run; the New Zealand round of the ITU World Triathlon Series; the Stroke and Stride series, Summer Swim events and the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon.
The Ōrākei Local Board supports the Matariki Kite Day held at the Ōrākei Marae overlooking Tāmaki Drive. Participants are able to fly their own kite or watch the massive Matariki kites, sample hāngi and enjoy the family entertainment.