Election Result: Council: Chris Darby and Richard Hills
KLB: John Gillon (9810), Danielle Grant (9522), Paula Gillon (8615), Melanie Kenrick (8048), Ann Hartley (7941), Cindy Schmidt (7838), Adrian Tyler (7492), Andrew Shaw (6021) Congratulations to those who were successful, commiserations to those who were not. Lyndsay Waugh missed out on Waitemata DHB – their loss. See LINKS page for full results.
Meet-the-Candidates the meeting on 1st October was very well attended and most candidates were present, spoke for 3 minutes and answered questions. We have a very talented group of candidates for election to Kaipatiki Local Board and Auckland Council. Lyndsay Waugh is standing for the Waitemata District Health Board and also spoke. Photos: Richard Hills, Danielle Grant, Grant Gillon; Danielle Grant; Shannon Leilua.
Seapath/AHBSharedPath (no longer Skypath) – Most of us want to be able to walk and cycle across the bridge to the city side. NRA’s main objective now is for a satisfactory link between the two projects to ensure continuity and minimise any adverse effects for residents of Northcote Point. NZTA is planning both, supported by Government, and its totally new design addresses most design and safety weaknesses which we highlighted during our Skypath campaign. Of course cost estimates have skyrocketed as NZTA comes to grips with the inadequacy of the original planning. Solid engineering and safety planning is proceeding as part of NZTA’s Business Plan development. We met with their Project Manager/Engineer recently and are able to have input about the northern landing. For the Seapath NZTA’s planning favours the landward side of the motorway because it already owns the land. They say crossings from the seaward side to where people live and have access would be difficult and costly. Resource consent to use the seaward side would also be expensive and take a long time to get. NRA favours the seaward side, but that appears to be a lost cause.
NORTHCOTE WHARF TEMPORARY CLOSURE Auckland Transport announced that they will spend $1m to repair the current wharf but not the $11m they claim it would cost to re-angle it to make it all-weather. We are still dissatisfied that they restrict public access for fishing. They now say planning will commence in April and components for the repair may not arrive until October and ……… When will our wharf be open for use again?
FOUR WINs last year!!!
1 The left-hand lane from Rodney Road to Onewa Road in Queen Street stays It is now easy again to access the other side of Northcote from the Point using the left-hand lane, keeping clear of the Bridge queue. Now the work and markings from Onewa to Rodney on Queen Street are complete, we have final proof that we were heard and we influenced change, so residents are no longer disadvantaged. We are grateful for Kevin Clarke’s technical input and lobbying which were instrumental in achieving this.
2 Safety at the Queen/ Stafford/ Vincent/ Rodney intersection: The pedestrian crossing we pushed for at the Queen Street end of Rodney Road is now in place after Auckland transport consulted to get feedback on their plan for it. Of course we want a crossing at Vincent/Queen as well to make it a continuous safe walk for children and adults.
3 Tidiness and access at the Princes Street Reserve next to the Goldhole boatyard: After complaints from members and a site meeting of NRA, Boatowners and AC, cradles and rubbish on the reserve were removed. AC have been asked to put up a sign advertising pedestrian access to the reserve via the boat owners’ concrete driveway.
4 Shadesails have been installed at the LSB children’s playground: Kaipatiki Local Board Chair John Gillon informed us they would install the shadesails before Christmas, and they did. Both NRA and LSBPS lobbied KLB for this in 2017.
Other issues currently on our list are:
Possible sale of Rosie Bolt Reserve in Alfred Street. NRA is supporting KLB in opposing the sale proposed by Panuku which acts for Auckland Council.
Public toilet provision NRA has supported provision of well-designed toilets on Jean Sampson Reserve. However it strongly opposes removal of the Bartley Street toilets. We need more public toilets, not less. The Halls Beach toilet is overdue for an upgrade.
Climate change flooding in Little Shoal Bay Over the past year this has become an increasingly worrying issue, with saltwater damage to the turf on the sports ground in Dudding Park and to the Bowling Club’s greens, as well as damage to underground power connections, the foreshore, the wetlands, the Bowling Club’s clubhouse and to carparks. High tide on February 3 2018 had bowlers very worried but the kids enjoyed it.
All King tides since have caused further damage. Kaipatiki Local Board is very concerned about the possible negative effects on the community’s recreational opportunities and finally received the AC-commissioned report on the options. Click this link for a Newsroom article and the back arrow < on your browser header to return here: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/09/24/251446/watery-limbo-for-flood-prone-bay
Safety fencing at Stokes Point We tried to get positive action from the bodies concerned for several years. What a pleasant surprise to see the excellent walkway and fencing provided over last summer by NZTA. The Kaipatiki Local Board’s safety fence on the wharf side is in good condition except at one section joint where a repair is needed.
Left Solid stuff and lovely views from NZTA and they have protected the remains of Te Onewa Pa.
Right Not such a good look for the Iwi’s part – and this is the best bit of it. Childproof??
The KLB part is better but does have one damaged section joint.
Access path/steps to Little Shoal Bay* An inspection was planned by KLB in 2018 but no action has occurred.
Damage to the historic Maori Track in Little Shoal Bay* No action by KLB (no money) but residents have started planting pohutukawa, cabbage trees and flax to stop serious erosion damage caused by children playing. The erosion accelerated after KLB/AC Parks removed protective vegetation.
AT’s Parking Plan for Northcote Point It’s happened and we have a lot fewer spaces than before the Safe Cycle Path. We were right, AT were wrong, but they won anyway.
Noise abatement barriers on the Harbour Bridge at the Point We will resume pressure on NZTA in 2019.
The next harbour crossing ??? W&S ???
Heritage – needs a champion. Is it you? Please volunteer.
Onepoto Basin maintenance or lack of it. Kevin Fox is a real terrier of a watchdog and is regularly holding KLB, AC and contractors to account for poor maintenance practices and breaches of traffic restrictions and safety. However, the parks maintenance contractor is now under new management and standards of that part of residents’ concerns are rising steadily. AC contractor behaviour however is not improving.
King Street Reserve Some members have expressed concerns from time to time about the status and condition of the King Street Reserve, accessed from a common driveway/right-of-way opposite King Street. The Kaipatiki Local Board had the access improved and a sign erected. This is a pleasant little reserve going down to the shoreline and is well worth a visit.