Representing the interests of the residents of Ōrākei

 

 

NEXT COMMUNITY FORUM is Tuesday 23rd March at 7pm at Orakei RSA, Kepa Road.

COVID-19 We are all in this together. Please email Orakei Community Association if we can help you. info@orakei.org  

7 BRENTON PLACE / KEPA ROAD DEVELOPMENT 

Housing NZ has delayed six months commencing its housing block of 8 levels, 49 units with 35 car parks, along the top of the Kepa Road ridge. Another three adjacent blocks are planned. KO/HNZ is consulting closely with community stakeholders including the Tamaki MP, Auckland Councillor, Local Board Chair, two local schools, Ngati Whatua Orakei and Orakei Community Assn. Auckland Transport is yet to join the discussion. The Local Board objects to the proposal being beyond the limits of the Unitary Plan. OCA continues to object to the scale - both size and number of additional residents as well as the non-notification of the consent application by a state organisation.

PROJECT OKAHU is making good progress on the storm-water network upgrade. Completion has been delayed by Covid-19. The project will reduce wet weather overflows into Okahu Bay. As well as upgrading the public wastewater network, also the 206 private property connections using the same pipe for sewerage and stormwater into the public wastewater network. OCA supports the project. Any concerns? – email okahubay@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or OCA at info@orakei.org

NEHU Reserve reinstatement following the project. Contractors will leave the Reserve in a few months’ time and the Orakei Local Board is seeking ideas on how to best use this public space.

The 7 KM EASTERN SHARED PATHWAY

Project status

·       Section 1 – completed, 2016

·       Section 2 – construction

·       Section 3 – completed, July 2019

·       Section 4 – consenting and design

The notifiable Resource Consent application to construct section 4 has been lodged. Auckland Council plans to contact anyone they think is directly affected and inform others more generally.

The balustrade design (material and height) was a contentious issue earlier in the project. The project has now included design that provides the best possible view of the surrounding area from the path.

Progress and maps at at.govt.nz/easternpath

Geotechnical work in Hobson Bay is starting and the Project anticipates notification of the Section 4 Resource Consent will occur in April. Sections 2 and 4 are planned to be completed by end of 2022. 

4 LANES TAMAKI DRIVE Ngapipi to the CBD and the Grafton Gully on-ramps. Auckland Transport’s Chief Executive committed at an OCA Community Forum last September to maintaining 4 lanes for vehicle traffic. This is a significant arterial in the transport network. The project will improve flood protection by raising the level of the road. Completion date is not known.

TĀMAKI DRIVE CYCLE ROUTE media reports indicate the new cycleway paving may need repair. The cycle path will complete the connection into the city centre from Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path, see below

PREDATOR FREE 2050 Eastern Bays Songbird project is ramping up to increase its impact on possums and mice. Help if you can with this great project at orakei@songbird.org.nz

 

Inorganic collection booking


View roadworks on a map here


Reporting local issues is now a 
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The easy and efficient way to notify local councils, utilities or other authorities of issues that need addressing in your community.

Conveniently and fast, you can download the  android or iphone ap SnapSendSolve or report online here

If you are yet to check out the Orākei Visual Framework,  read the whole document online at https://bit.ly/2Mxvejp - Here you can also provide feedback.

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 The Orakei RSA was packed for our recent AGM and community forum 

Thank you to all who attended.
COMMUNITY FORUM

Guest Speakers

A) Orakei Auckland Councillor Cr Desley Simpson presented on the Emergency Budget, the drought impact on finances making necessary a 3.5% rates increase.
Desley was thanked for attending and presenting

B) Orakei Local Board member Sarah Powrie spoke on the key projects and planning ahead for the Local Board. Sarah was thanked for attending and presenting

Soapbox – Pauline Roberts spoke on a mural being painted on the street-side of the fence at her Montessori Pre-school at 16 Sudeley Street. As the owner, she had received concerns from street residents.

C) Okahu Bay water separation project update – Josh Nicodemus from CB Civil and Council’s Healthy-Waters gave updates

D) 1-7 Brenton Place/Kepa Road, Kainga Ora development.
The Chair gave a background to the proposal and Orakei Community Association's objections including its progressing the application through lock-down and applying for non-notification and Kainga Ora’s decline to attend this meeting after earlier agreeing to.

Orakei Local Board member Troy Churton updated on the Board’s concerns including scale.

Tamaki MP Simon O’Connor updated on his work questioning Kainga Ora and the Minister and working with the school and the Orakei Community Association.

St Josephs School Board chair Garth Bray talked about the process and impact of both construction and the many more people being housed on the locality

OCA Executive member Craig Ewington spoke on the Orakei Community Association submission.


 

For more information on the project contact us on GI2T@nzta.govt.nz or post a message on our Facebook page.


To find out more about   the project:

SASOC* 
STOP AUCKLAND SEWAGE OVERFLOWS COALITION
has made a submission on Healthy Waters’ application for a regional stormwater discharge consent.  
The following submission was presented orally at the hearing.


*SASOC is a coalition of community organisations (currently numbering 20) situated in the central Auckland isthmus, extending around the Waitemata Harbour from Mission Bay in the east to Whau creek in the west, as well as adjacent inland areas. It was formed in March 2017 to advance a community demand for clean water in our harbours and beaches, watercourses and aquifers.

contact: David Abbott dabbott@xtra.co.nz


Read all about the 

            KUPE SOUTH RESERVE DEVELOPMENT PLAN here




 Proposed Mission Bay development

The Missionbay-Kohimarama Residents Association held a very successful public meeting on Wednesday 3 October, with more than 350 people attending.  The proposed development has clearly hit a nerve in the community, with strong concerns over the proposal, particularly regarding the massive height and bulk of the buildings.

The meeting outlined the proposed development and what it would look like, and then looked at what benefits and adverse effects it would bring to the community.  It was highlighted that while the proposal would result in much improved buildings and the quality of the retail space would dramatically improve, the floor area available for retail and hospitality would be substantially reduced.  The development would add 100 apartments, but at the cost to the community of a reduction in public facilities.

In addition, the height and bulk of the buildings would totally dominate the beach and reserve, and in fact would be dominant from all over the suburb.  The Association presented a series of before and after photos to illustrate the visual impact from a wide range of vantage points.

You can view the application on the Council website here. 

Click to view Public Meeting slides

Thursday, 23 August 2018

 

The Eastern Bay Songbird Project is starting to trap pests in the Hobson Point area of Orakei. They have already been trapping in
Paratai Bush and Ngapipi Bush and now want to extend to the residential areas.
Please advise if you are already trapping on or around your property.
If you would happy to have a trap but don’t want to check it, they can arrange for someone to do this.

Fnd out how you could help increase the numbers of native birds in your garden and local reserve. New members are eligible to receive a free rat trap.
If you don’t fancy rat trapping, there are lots of other ways you can help including pest and bird monitoring.

WWW.SONGBIRD.ORG.NZ

The transformation of part of the Orakei Basin near new boardwalk into the ugliest (steel fenced) “boardwalk” in the world. 

This walk takes you around the Orakei Basin using the boardwalk and bridge across the Purewa arm of the basin that was conceived by the Hobson Community Board of the Auckland City Council (2008 to 2010) and built in two stages (the boardwalk -2010 and bridge -2011). 


Metal railing for cyclists as part of widening of Auckland's Orakei Basin boardwalk labelled an environmental eyesor


 
A new metal railing to allow for cyclists across Auckland's Orakei Basin is upsetting locals who say it ruins the natural environment of the popular inner-city lagoon.

The timber decking will be replaced with an anti-slip GRP (fibreglass) surface. While the existing timber decking slowed cyclists down, the new fibreglass surface will encourage cyclists to speed up.

Residents and local politicians want to keep the existing 1.2m-high wooden balustrade railing and work to stop on a 1.4m-high metal railing.

The boardwalk has exceptionally beautiful natural water and bush views, says Orakei Basin Protection Group member Roy Champtaloup, who says the vista must not being ruined or compromised by "bureaucratic nonsense". more


New Zealand Herald:

Giant statue of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother proposed for Bastion Point

New Zealand's own version of the Statue of Liberty may soon welcome visitors at the entrance to Auckland Harbour.

The structure of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother, proposed by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and part-funded by Auckland Council, would stand 30 to 50 metres tall on the historic headland of Takaparawhau/ Bastion Point.

That would make it as big as, if not bigger than, the New York icon, which is 46m.

The iwi has conceived it as Auckland's version of the Statue of Liberty or the 30m Christ the Redeemer above Rio de Janeiro, visible in lights at night from across the city, with stunning views from downtown, the North Shore, and from ships and ferries.

Mayor Phil Goff said it "has the potential to be an iconic symbol of Auckland".

"It will reflect the unique culture and identity of our city and be enjoyed equally by Māori, the wider community and international visitors," he said.

Auckland Council has approved $1 million in its 10-year budget for initial design and development of the proposed structure or "pou" - $100,000 for design in the current financial year and a further $900,000 for initial development next year.

"It is anticipated that council funding will be supported by other funding contributions," the council said. more


Exciting developments underway at Okahu Bay, 
at the Sports Centre & at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club

Recently Andrew Brookland mad an excellent presentation to the local community at the Orakei RSA.
Andrew's talk was very much appreciated by many people & the Orakei CAI is confident those who attended now have a much better understanding of the Akarana Marine Sports Trust and the exciting developments underway at Okahu Bay.

The Orakei community is looking forward to the opening.


Real-time water-quality forecasts and public health alerts for 84 of the region's beaches. more
The initiative is part of an ambitious plan by Auckland Council to improve water quality in the region. 

Project Okahu Improving Water Quality In Okahu Bay 

It has been known for some time that Okahu Bay experiences issues with poor water quality. With the bay increasingly a focal point for cultural /public events and recreation it is important that these issues are given serious attention. more


 

Ngapipi Rd Tamaki Drive intersection 

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Further information can be found on their website here.


Auckland Transport’s update on works along Tamaki Drive

Auckland Transport has three significant projects in various stages that will impact on Tamaki Drive between Ngapipi Road and the central city. 

These are:

 You can find more information and make a submission via the Auckland Transport website. 

Zoning for  Orakei revised

Check out the updated maps, showing the revised zoning for Orakei , according to the latest decisions from the Unitary Plan. 

Property rates and valuations

Find detailed property information for Auckland City