Next open forum and executive meeting  will be at 7pm on Tuesday 13 November in the Senior Citizens’ rooms cnr Queen and Bartley, diagonally opposite the Bridgeway. Members are welcome to attend to present concerns and to discuss issues and possible actions with the Executive.

Subscriptions for 2018 should be paid now if you have not already done so.     A number of members have paid these online, directly into the NRA Kiwibank account.  Thanks. We encourage everyone to do so – please remember to put your name and 2018Subs in the Ref and Code fields so we can check you on our master list.The fee is $25 per person. (See Join Us page). If you paid at or before last year’s AGM, you need to renew NOW please.

NORTHCOTE WHARF TEMPORARY CLOSURE    Auckland Transport says: “Following a routine maintenance check Auckland Transport has decided to temporarily close Northcote Point wharf. A recent inspection found that some of the wooden structural pieces of the wharf have gradually deteriorated and may need to be replaced. Some parts of the wharf are more than 50 years old. Further investigations will be completed over the next week, after which a decision about reopening the wharf will be made.

Northcote Point ferry services will not operate during this time and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The Birkenhead ferry service, which has Northcote as a mid-point stop, will continue to operate as normal. AT will offer a free bus replacement service from Northcote Point wharf to Birkenhead ferry terminal until at least 29 June. Please look out for a Birkenhead Transport bus at pick up points.

 ·       Buses depart Northcote Point 15 minutes prior to the Birkenhead ferry sailing time.

·       Buses depart Birkenhead ferry terminal for Northcote Point five minutes after the ferry arrives.

·       Buses will not be provided for the last sailing on Friday or during weekends.

·       AT HOP Inner Ferry Monthly passes will be accepted on the Birkenhead ferry.

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The AGM of the Association was held on June 12th at 7pm in the Northcote Point Senior Citizens’ House, corner Queen and Bartley Streets.

See the minutes:   NRA Minutes AGM 12JUNE2018

The October 9 Open Forum drew no members, which meant the Executive meeting could start and finish early. Progress on a number of issues was discussed. The Safe Cycle Path is a done deal. The promised pedestrian crossing at Rodney and Queen Streets is yet to appear after public consultation on the detailed plan. We believe continuity of safe access for children means we should push AT to provide a crossing also at Vincent and Queen. It appears that Councillors Darby and Hills after a brief site inspection recommended AT not proceed. The Princess Street Goldhole Reserve has been cleaned up by the Boat Owners’ Association and Auckland Council will probably erect signage to clarify public access. KLB made a good job of upgrading access to the King Street Reserve – see Issues page. Skypath/Seapath is now in the hands of NZTA’s planners and engineers. They are planning Seapath on the landward side as they already own the land. The planned removal of the Bartley Street Toilets is a very unpopular move as we need more toilets, not less. The Hall’s Beach toilets are a totally unsuitable alternative, difficult to access and in very poor condition. The report on climate change effects on Dudding Park has now been released and is to be considered by Kaipatiki Local Board.

The September 11th Open Forum was attended by Bill McCook and 2 others from the Northcote-Birkenhead Boat Owners’ Association. A good discussion led to better understanding about public access to the Princes Street-Goldhole Reserve. NBBOA has removed all cradles and other member debris from the reserve. NRA and NBBOA will co-operate to get Auckland Council to remove the wreckage of the catamaran damaged in a recent storm. Auckland Council will probably put a sign up making it clear that the public has pedestrian access to the reserve using the concrete driveway provided by NBBOA.

Proposed Changes to Rules    The Executive reviewed the draft amendments to the Rules/Constitution in May. They will advise members of a revised draft and when it can be dealt with later this year.          NRArules change 2018 4web   Opinion on narrowing down the area we serve is not shared by the current Executive who are in favour of retaining the status quo but do favour other changes. The draft including the narrowing down has been withdrawn. The revision has been developed over the past seven years based on experience and suggestions from a number of members.