Climate change flooding in Little Shoal Bay
Our pot of gold is Dudding park and the heavens confirmed this last Saturday morning. If only our councillors and parks staff could see this.
Your Executive is co-operating with several other interested groups, co-ordinated by Adrian Meys and John Brew. The joint working party has carried out considerable research and is pressuring Auckland Council to take the comparatively limited actions required to solve the problem. Because the bay has a clearly defined area it is achievable and will be cheaper than a do-nothing approach because that would lead to major roading costs later. Executive and a number of members took part in a walk-through-and-around information afternoon at the beginning of the summer. Kaipatiki Local Board Chairman, John Gillon, says KLB favours restoration but that Auckland Council currently does not.
Over the past 3 years 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.
NORTHERN PATHWAY (replaces Skypath, remember)
“Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says
Following the announcement from the Minister of Transport this morning (Friday 4 June 2021), we are now able to confirm that the preferred option for the Northern Pathway, Westhaven to Akoranga is a separate structure for walking and cycling alongside the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
This will provide a more enduring solution than the original within the New Zealand Upgrade Programme which, as you know, was a shared path attached to the side of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
The Northern Pathway will become a key part of the strategic transport network and create a world class link for people to travel across the harbour on foot and on bikes for generations to come.
Other issues currently on our list are:
Rosie Bolt Reserve in Alfred Street has not been sold as earlier proposed by Panuku. NRA’s view is that KLB should remove excess growth and make it a pleasant place to stop and sit while walking around our beautiful area.
Public toilet provision The well-designed toilets on Jean Sampson Reserve are now in place, but sadly the Bartley Street toilets have gone. We need more public toilets, not less. The Halls Beach toilet is overdue for an upgrade.
Access path/steps to Little Shoal Bay* An inspection was planned by KLB in 2018 but no action has occurred since.
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 further serious erosion damage caused by children playing. The erosion accelerated after KLB/AC Parks removed protective vegetation and mowers can no longer get along to mow the path.
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.
ANZAC Day with a difference
No gatherings at dawn or 10am last year. Covid-19 closed them down – but many Northcote residents were on the footpaths in front of their homes at 6am, listening to the service of remembrance on RadioNZ, and there were poppies everywhere. This selection was seen on a walk to the pub (closed) and back.
FOUR WINs in 2018-19!!!
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.
The next harbour crossing ??? W&S ???
Heritage – needs a champion. Is it you? Please volunteer.
King Street Reserve Some members 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.