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Chair Report 11/2017

 

Annual Report and Newsletter

 

1. Chairperson: Dr Peter Morton


Once again I am proud to represent Tamaki Drive Protection society. We have had a productive year, with completion of the Clifftop Trees Survey. It is gratifying to see the commencement of upgrades long Tamaki Drive, which we actively have submitted on over recent times. I am truly grateful to my fellow committee members who continue to willingly devote their skills and time to this important cause. I look forward to our year ahead, as we have some exciting new projects planned. I would like to take this opportunity to invite any interested people to consider joining our committee. TDPS is a long established society with a proud reputation of delivering for the betterment of the community and environment. I wish everyone well for the festive season ahead.

2. Activities

 

Submissions.  It was a busy year for Committee members with the presentation of detailed submissions to the Orakei Local Board, and Auckland Transport on the plans and proposals affecting Tamaki Drive.

 

Tamaki Drive Cycle Routes. Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive. Unfortunately the first stage from Sunhill to Glen Innes is little used as the speed bumps to make safe for mobility scooters make it dangerous for commuter cyclists and it is too steep for some recreational cyclists. Submissions have just closed on Stage 4, from Orakei Bay Village to Tamaki Drive, which will follow the coast-line below Ngapipi Rd instead of the more direct route along the rail line across Hobson Bay.

 

Commuter traffic. At the Ngapipi Road–Tamaki Drive intersection, work has commenced on traffic safety improvements. The Society supported this work. The traffic lights are expected to be installed by mid 2018.

 

Tamaki Drive Flooding. The Society is pleased that after increased king-tide flooding events, AT will undertake works to mitigate the problem as part of the cycleway and shared path improvements.

 

Clifftop Trees Survey.   The Orakei Local Board has referenced Tāmaki Drive Protection Society’s study and recommendations in the Ōrākei Local Board Plan 2017, and has requested Community Facilities staff to report back to the Board on how it is intending to manage invasive weeds on the cliffs along Tāmaki Drive, including Cliff Road, St Heliers. The study may be extended into adjacent areas.

 

Orakei Marina Management Trust. The Society is represented on the Trust by Ross Duder.

Environmental Defence Society Conference: Tipping Points. “New Zealand faces a number of deeply troubling ecosystem tipping points. Many of these are linked to the cumulative degradation of terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. One of the most irreversible tipping points, species extinction, is facing much of our indigenous biodiversity. What does this mean for resource managers, and for New Zealand’s position as a hot spot for sea birds.” Ross Duder represented the Society at the conference.

 

Grants and assistance.  TDPS thanks the Orakei Local Board for funding the Ecological Survey and the promotion of the conclusions by way of leaflets and meetings. We thank St Heliers Library for allowing us to use their rooms for the public meeting held on 26 April 2017 to present the findings and consider the future, and the publicity displays including the Childrens’ Pohutukawa Creative Art Competition.

 

 

Chair Report 11/2016

 

Annual Report and Newsletter from Peter Morton

 

Consultation and representation.

Your committee continued to be heavily involved with detailed submissions on selected topics to the Auckland Unitary Plan proceedings, over the past year. Special thanks go to Juliet Yates, who has shown true inspiration with her ongoing commitment, by attending and presenting at multiple hearings on behalf of the TDPS. The society still has sincere concerns with the Unitary plan as it stands, for its lack of recognition of the special character and importance that Tamaki Drive and it environs possess, within the context of a growing city. The vision outlined in the Tamaki Drive Master Plan, which was issued jointly by the Orakei Local Board and Auckland Council in 2013, has been over-looked. The Society strongly endorsed this plan.

 

Coastal cliff-top pohutukawa forest

The Society recognised during the early consultation phases of the Unity Plan, that there were no provisions for Tamaki Drive to be included in in the Coastal Management Area, or in the Coastal Protection Yard. Concerns were raised by the Ecological Restoration Priorities Report (January 2013), provided to the Orakei Local Board. This report recorded the decline in areas of natural coastal vegetation, particularly the coastal cliffs dominated by pohutukawa. The remaining remnants are therefore considered to be ecologically significant.

 

Tamaki Drive Protection Society made a number of submissions during the Unity Plan process with regard to the protection of the remaining coastal vegetation. This is an area of high ecological significance and is highly valued by residents and visitors to Auckland alike. The flowering pohutukawa forest is iconic to to our region’s character and is a unique feature in visually defining the city’s edge.

 

It is to these ends that TDPS commissioned Wildlands Consultants, to conduct an ecological survey of the cliff-top pohutukawa forest and assess the potential ecological risks to this remnant forest. The full survey reports will soon published on our website www.tamakidrive.org.nz  In undertaking the coastal tree survey, the society’s aims were first; to document and secondly; to record comment on the state of the ecosystem. TDPS would like to expresses its appreciation to the Orakei Local Board for the financial grants provided to allow us to undertake the survey within the board’s district. With the most recent stage of the project, we have been able to incorporate the findings of the survey and produce public information and educational material. The pamphlet and fact sheets available at the AGM will be made available to to public through public libraries and community centres.

 

“Walk Tamaki Drive” Booklet

Following the launch of this booklet in 2015, it has been enjoyed by a great number of the public. It has been popular with walking groups and visitors to Auckland. The booklet was produced by Colin Percy in conjunction with the TDPS. Colin Percy and more recently Ross Duder have spoken to the booklet and conducted PowerPoint presentations, at a number of community group meetings. The booklet remains available, free of charge, at local libraries and community centres. For those interested, there will be copies available to collect at this meeting.

 

Traffic on Tamaki Drive

There is ever increasing demands on Tamaki Drive as a commuter corridor, while it also provides the route for the people of Auckland to access the unique amenities and attractions that lie along its length. The ultimate vision is of Tamaki Drive as a shared space for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Solutions must be sought to accommodate increases in the road’s use, resulting from urban intensification. The society made a detailed submission supporting the council’s proposal to install traffic lights at the junction of Ngapipi Rd and Tamaki Drive. Upon a detailed review of the issues at hand, the society felt this option provided the best solution for this problematic intersection.

 

Tamaki Drive Flooding.

The Society remains concerned regarding the subsidence of Tamaki Drive. Along with predicted sea level rise and more frequent predicted storm surge, Tamaki Drive is facing increased risk of major sea-water incursions. The section of Tamaki Drive through Hobson Bay, is an important arterial route for the Eastern Suburbs. Even a minor disruption due to flood, can result in traffic gridlock.

 

The Landing and Marina, Okahu Bay.

The Society continues to be represented on the Orakei Marina Management Trust by Ross Duder. We receive regular reports on the Trust’s activities. We are excited to be witnessing the beginning of the long awaited development on the RAYC site. The planned Landing and the Auckland Marine Sports Centre will be a great asset for the community.

 

Environmental Defence Society Conference: Wild Places.

Several society members were fortunate to attend this years EDS conference. The conference highlighted the threats and opportunities that abound for the land, lakes, rivers and seas of New Zealand. There are powerful synergies between conservation and the economic potential for our country’s biota.

 

Acknowledgements.

A special thankyou goes to my fellow committee members. Mention must be made of Ken Palmer, who since retiring his chairmanship of TDPS a year ago, still remains a very active member of the group and his expert knowledge continues to be greatly appreciated. I again acknowledge Juliet Yates, who continues to devote endless time and effort in furthering all the society’s causes. Jill Goldkorn, who joined the committee a year ago, has quickly injected unbounded energy into the committee as secretary and also more recently as the acting treasurer. The society liaises with and supports activities of the St Heliers and Glendowie Residents’ Association, the Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents’ Association and the Orakei Residents’ Association. It also liases with and supports the Character Coalition, Kohimarama Neighbourhood Group and SOS St Heliers. The society wishes to specially thank the Orakei Local Board for providing support for our ongoing projects.

 

TAMAKI DRIVE PROTECTION SOCIETY AIMS

 

·        Protect Tamaki Drive as a Scenic Way, and as one of Auckland’s prime attraction and visitor destination.

·        Preserve the accessible coastal environment for people to live, work and enjoy.

·        Protect the natural character and enhance recreation opportunities and amenities of Tamaki drive and within it’s environs.

·        Advocate for protection of coastal vegetation, beach and water quality.

·        Resist further commercialization and development on the seaward side of Tamaki Drive.

 

The Committee urges members and interested persons to join in promoting these aims. New committee members are keenly sought. New committee members bring enthusiasm, and initiative that builds on the important work that is already been done by the dedicated members, who have fought to protect our wonderful waterfront for over 26 years. Meetings are generally held each 2 months. The commitment is light and enjoyable. Your assistance will be kindly appreciated. If you can help or have questions, please contact Secretary Jill

 

 

Committee Members 2015-2016

Peter Morton (Chair), Jill Goldkorn (Secretary), June Dunne (Treasurer), Juliet Yates, Ken Palmer, Robert Johnston, Graham Jones, Anna Longdill, Ross Duder (co-opted member).

 

Please do consider joining our Committee. Complete the form attached to your newsletter or our website, or tell us you wish to help and be nominated from the floor at the AGM

Nominations for committee position may be emailed to Secretary Jill or bring to the AGM, or post to Tamaki Drive Protection Society Inc Po Box 25 261 St Heliers 1740

 

Donations/ subscriptions.

The Society is a registered charity (CC43098) and does not have any assured source of income. It welcomes donations to defray costs. Donations over $5.00 are tax deductible. No formal subscription has been set. 

 

 

Chair Report 10/2015

 

Newsletter and Chair Report from Ken Palmer

 

Publicity and information

Tamaki Drive Protection Society expresses its appreciation to the Orakei Local Board for a grant for the printing and distribution of the new booklet WALK TAMAKI DRIVE. Prepared for public enjoyment by members of TDPS and St Heliers U3A, with text and photos by Colin Percy, the booklet aims to promote physical activity and Tamaki Drive as a “Place for People.” It will be of great interest to walking groups, residents and visitors to Auckland. Copies will be available for collection at the AGM, and afterwards at Libraries, I-SITES, community centres and Board offices.

 

Aims and objectives pursued

Your committee has had an exceptional year with the presentation of detailed submissions on selected topics of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, discussions with Orakei Local Board, and local resident’s Associations, arborists and technical specialists, on issues affecting Tamaki Drive.

 

The first focus of concern was the Proposed Unitary Plan, which radically altered the current status of Tamaki Drive. It does not recognize the Tamaki Drive Master Plan, issued by the Orakei Local Board and the Auckland Council in February 2013 which has a comprehensive and definitive vision for the use and improvement of Tamaki Drive. The Society strongly endorses the Master Plan as consistent with sustainable management under the RMA and in accordance with policies under the Auckland Spatial Plan 2012. The Master Plan refers to the need for the Unitary Plan to support its objectives. It states that the Unitary Plan is an important tool in the key move to improve the quality of the environment in the seaside villages, but the proposed Unitary Plan does not acknowledge the Master Plan objectives and by implication renders it ineffective.

Our submission requested that the Tamaki Drive Master Plan be given specific status under the Unitary Plan by incorporation, or by referral as a relevant document to consider in respect of any policies, development or use of Tamaki Drive. Further the Tamaki Drive Design Guidelines and Scenic Way references, in the former City Council District Plan, should be incorporated by reference.

 

The Unitary Plan does not include Tamaki Drive in the Coastal Management Area, nor in the Coastal Protection Yard. This control applies to the North Shore, and not to the Eastern Bays. The Society has concern since The Orakei Ecological Restoration Priorities Report (January 2013) to the Orakei Local Board recorded the decline in areas of natural coastal vegetation, particularly the coastal cliffs dominated by pohutukawa, and that … “Any remaining areas are therefore ecologically significant.” TDPS submitted that all the remaining coastal vegetation is important as a visual amenity and as defining the city edge both for residents, and for tourists and visitors arriving by sea or plane.

 

Commuter traffic

The ultimate vision of Tamaki Drive is a shared space. A solution must be found to increased traffic resulting from intensification in Tamaki, St Johns, Stonefields, or other suburbs and the roading network extended to cope with additional commuters. Extension of Kepa Road is not a long-term resolution to the problem. At the Ngapipi Road -Orakei intersection, traffic will be increased when Orakei Point is developed. Commuters already face delays on the narrow, winding cliff- edged Ngapipi Road. Proposals to pedestrianise Quay St add to these concerns.

 

Bus Routes

Auckland Transport advised that new networks are proposed for central and east Auckland. Consultation begins in October and lasts until 10 December. A brochure will be delivered to all residents showing the routes frequencies and the new improved routes and “integrated” network. Members are urged to scrutinise these proposals, particularly the changes to routes. Robert Johnston will provide details at the AGM in particular on how these changes, as known to date, may have a significant negative impact on our transport to the city. The Public Information Bus will be in our area on Thursday 5 November: 9:30am to 10:30am, 11:30am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 2:30 pm, St Heliers - Kohimarama - Mission Bay and on Saturday 7 November: 10am to 12pm, Meadowbank Shopping Centre.

 

Clifftop Trees Survey

Orakei Local Board approved a grant for a Survey of Clifftop Trees. The survey will be completed in stages, which include a review by arborists. Next year it is hoped to continue this work with a Stage III public education and information programme, and a review of alien invasive species of flora.

 

Tamaki Drive Flooding

The Society is concerned at the effects of recent storms and the probability of future flooding events with closure of Tamaki Drive, damage to the seawall and properties. Storm surges create an increased problem of windblown sand on to the foreshore, Selwyn Reserve, Tamaki Drive and exposed properties which accentuates council maintenance issues. The recent flooding, partial closure of Tamaki Drive and resultant traffic gridlock in the morning rush hour highlights the importance of planning for future events which may be exacerbated by sea level rise.

 Dr Rob Bell NIWA Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes has agreed to address our Public Meeting on the current issue, with a 30 minute presentation which addresses the question ,”Are coastal storm inundation events in Auckland on the rise?”

 

The Landing and Marina Okahu Bay

The Society is represented on the Orakei Marina Management Trust by Ross Duder who reported regularly on the Trust activities and proposals to rationalise public space use and rebuild the RAYC premises as an Auckland Marine Sports Centre.

 

Environmental Defence Society Conference: Wild things

Ross Duder attended the conference which gave the latest information about the challenge of preserving the remaining diversity, terrestrial, endemic, freshwater, and marine. There was a stocktake of our diversity, including bugs, lizards, fungal taxa, freshwater fish which are protected, and information on New Zealand’s position as a hot spot for sea birds, and mega fauna.

 

TAMAKI DRIVE PROTECTION SOCIETY AIMS

 

·        Protect Tamaki Drive as a Scenic Way, and Auckland’s prime attraction and visitor destination

·        Preserve the accessible coastal environment for people to live, work, enjoy,

·        Protect the natural character and enhance recreation opportunities and amenities

·        Advocate for protection of coastal vegetation, beach and water quality

·        Resist further commercialisation and development on the seaward side of Tamaki Drive.

 

Committee urges members and interested persons to join in promoting these aims. .New committee members are keenly sought, as some members seek to retire after giving sterling service. New members will bring renewed enthusiasm, and initiative and will build on the important work done by the dedicated few who have fought to protect our waterfront amenities for the past 26 years and more. Meetings are generally held each 2 months, in a welcoming and warm environment, so the commitment is light. Please consider if you can help. Call Secretary Juliet on 5280581 for more information

 

Committee Members 2014-2015

Kenneth Palmer (Chair), Juliet Yates (Secretary), June Dunne (Treasurer), Ross Duder, Jean Hatch, Dr Peter Harwood,(retired) Robert Johnston, Graham Jones, Dr Peter Morton.

Many thanks to Sarah Palmer for website maintenance

 

 

 

Chair Report 08/2014

 

Newsletter and Chair Report from Ken Palmer

 

Tamaki Drive Master Plan and boardwalk proposal

The Society made detailed submissions on the Master Plan which has been finalised and approved by the Orakei Local Board. The Plan promotes a vision of Tamaki Drive, and recognises the merits of a boardwalk or widened cycleway and footpath, which has long been promoted by the Society.  A significant number of minor roading improvements have been completed along the Tamaki Drive corridor.  These improvements should assist in the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, and road users generally. 

 

The Committee supports the Orakei Local Board Local Plan top priority “to advocate for the construction of the separated two way cycling route and walkway from Mechanics Bay to St Heliers, which is now called the Tamaki Harbour Edge Connector. This work is essential in the interests of public safety and protection of the Drive as a vital commuter corridor, a regional public transport route, and as a major recreation and scenic resource for residents and visitors from across the city and from overseas. Commitment and funding by Auckland Transport is uncertain. 

 

Auckland Transport Plan and Tamaki Drive

Submissions have been made to Auckland Transport concerning the proposed budget and works on Tamaki Drive over the next number of years.  In the interests of public safety the Society reluctantly supported experts’ recommendations to install traffic lights in preference to a roundabout at the intersection with Ngapipi Road.  The Society understands that AT is now progressing with design of the intersection upgrade.

 

Commuter traffic 

The ultimate vision of Tamaki Drive is a shared space. A solution must be found to increased traffic resulting from intensification in Tamaki, St Johns, Stonefields, or other suburbs and the roading network extended to cope with additional commuters. Extension of Kepa Road is not a long-term resolution to the problem. At the Ngapipi Road -Orakei intersection, traffic will be increased when Orakei Point is developed and commuters face delays on the narrow, winding cliff- edged Ngapipi Road.

 

Auckland Council draft Unitary Plan

The Society made a comprehensive submission on the proposed Unitary Plan. The submission advocated that the Tamaki Drive Master Plan should be given specific recognition in the Unitary Plan. Further the Tamaki Drive Design Guidelines and Scenic Way references, in the former City Council plan, should be incorporated by reference. A prohibition of bill-boards on the seaward side of Tamaki Drive is advocated. Better protection for pohutukawa trees along Tamaki Drive is supported.

 

The Landing and Marina Okahu Bay

The Society is represented on the Orakei Marina Management Trust by Ross Duder. Regarding the existing buildings on the Landing, the Council has held workshops with users and has produced a new concept plan to cater for water sports groups, and to rationalise public space use and amenities. The RAYC premises are proposed to be rebuilt as part of an Auckland Marine Sports Centre.

 

Tamaki Drive Flooding

The Society is concerned at the effects of recent storms and the probability of future flooding events with closure of Tamaki Drive, damage to the seawall and properties. On behalf of the Committee Ross Duder wrote to the Orakei Local Board and Auckland Transport about the effects of the 17 April storm, the undermining of wall at the western end of Mission Bay. The next storm event affected the sea wall at Pipimea Head, (eastern end of Mission Bay) with damage to the wall between Mission Bay and the eastern end of Kohimarama beach. Council had directed contractors to repair the wall damage, but the core problem remains. The embankment and seawall may now be insufficient in strength to resist future severe wave action associated with storm surges.

 

Mission Bay Beach and Waterfront Improvements

The Society has in the past made submissions advocating improvements to the Selwyn Reserve and foreshore, and has been pleased to acknowledge the success of the last upgrade of the waterfront area.  Ross Duder undertakes oversight of Mission Bay coastal edge. Storm surges create an increased problem of windblown sand on to the foreshore, Selwyn Reserve, Tamaki Drive and exposed properties which accentuates council maintenance issues.

 

Publicity and education

The Society expresses its appreciation to the Orakei Local Board for a grant for the printing and distribution of a brochure setting out our aims, achievements and actions. The brochure records that our focus on the waterfront edge is reinforced by the Auckland District Plan which describes Tamaki Drive as a unique scenic way.  The coastal edge should be protected. Its value is encompassed in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Act 2000. The Act recognises the national significance of the Hauraki Gulf, its islands, and catchments. The Act defines coastal area as: “those areas of land (other than islands) that contribute to the distinctive character of the coast, including, but not limited to,—(a) land providing access to coastal water.”

 

Submissions to Plans and proposals

During the past two years Committee members have attended numerous workshops and meetings and made constant submissions to the Auckland Council and Orakei Local Board, Waterfront Auckland, and Auckland Transport, in the public interest, and in accordance with the aims and objectives are set out in the brochure (delivered throughout our area of interest).   Submissions have been made on the dog bylaw.

 

Liaison

The Society liaises with and supports activities of the St Heliers and Glendowie Residents’ Association, and the Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents’Association, The Character Coalition, Kohimarama Neighbourhood Group and SOS St Heliers.

 

The Chair expresses his appreciation to Juliet Yates as Secretary and June Dunne as Treasurer, and the other members of the TDP Committee. Many thanks to Sarah Palmer for website maintenance. Tony Watkins retires as a committee member.

The Society welcomes input from the public.  email : protect@tamakidrive.org.nz

 

Committee Members         

Kenneth Palmer (Chair), Juliet Yates (Secretary), June Dunne (Treasurer), Ross Duder, Graham Jones, Dr Peter Harwood, Dr Peter Morgan, Jean Hatch, Peter Wilkinson.

 

 

Chair Report 08/2013

 

Newsletter and Chair Report

 

Tamaki Drive Master Plan and boardwalk proposal

The Tamaki Drive Master Plan, approved by the Orakei Local Board, promotes improvements to the Tamaki Drive, and recognises the merits of a boardwalk or widened cycleway and footpath. In the past year, a significant number of minor roading improvements have been completed along the Tamaki Drive corridor.  These improvements should assist in the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, and road users generally.  The Society has supported the work done to date.  Proposals to improve the intersection of Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Road, appear to be stalled, with a decision yet to be made as to a possible roundabout or set of traffic lights at that intersection. The input is on-going. 

 

Auckland Council draft Unitary Plan

The Society made a comprehensive submission on the draft Unitary Plan. The submission advocated that the Tamaki Drive Master Plan should be given specific recognition in the Unitary Plan, and that the coastal protection policy, and St Heliers character overlay, should apply to the whole of the Drive. Further the Tamaki Drive Design Guidelines and Scenic Way references, in the former City Council plan, should be incorporated by reference. Lower building heights and densities, and retention of heritage character were requested for the commercial areas. A prohibition of bill-boards on the seaward side of Tamaki Drive was sought. A zoning error and pohutukawa tree retention needs at Orakei Point were raised. The schedule of historic structures along Tamaki Drive was supported.

 

Auckland Council Long-Term Plan and Auckland Transport Road Plan

Parallel submissions have been made directly to the Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport, concerning funding for longer term improvements to Tamaki Drive.  The Council Long-Term Plan has adopted a funding strategy for work to be carried out over the coming 10 year period.  The Tamaki Drive improvements are supported by Auckland Transport in its Plan.  Initially, provision was made for construction of a boardwalk or widened footpath between Okahu Bay and Mission Bay, but presently funding is uncertain.  A proposal for a roundabout or traffic lights to improve traffic safety at Ngapipi Road has stalled.

 

Mission Bay Beach and Waterfront Improvements

The Society has in the past made submissions advocating improvements to the Mission Bay reserve, and has been pleased to acknowledge the success of the present upgrade of the waterfront area.  Ross Duder, of the Society, has responsibility for oversight of the environmental state of Mission Bay.  Issues such as erosion of sand, protection of the seawall, provision of litter bins, improved places for eating and playing areas, have been given attention. In general the Society supports the proposed widening of footpaths in front of the commercial buildings at Mission Bay and retention of existing parking. Submissions have been made on the dogs bylaw and dog leash times.

 

The Landing and Marina Okahu Bay

The Society is represented on the Orakei Marina Management Trust by Ross Duder. It is understood that no present expansion of the marina berths is envisaged. Regarding the existing homely buildings on the Landing, the Council has held workshops with users and has produced a new concept plan to cater for water sports groups, and to rationalise public space use and amenities. The RAYC premises are proposed to be rebuilt as part of an Auckland Marine Sports Centre. The AMST Operations Centre and a multi-sports paddle centre will be located at the eastern end. The Society has monitored past concepts for redevelopment of the buildings.

 

Publicity and education

The Society acknowledges its appreciation upon receiving a grant by the Orakei Local Board to produce a brochure as to its functions and activities. The brochure should be completed this year. 

 

Liaison

The Society continues to liaise with and support activities of the St Heliers and Glendowie Residents’ Association, and the Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents’ Association.

 

The Chair expresses his appreciation to Juliet Yates as Secretary and June Dunne as Treasurer, and the other active members of the Committee.  The Society welcomes input from members of the public, which may be sent by email to the Secretary at support@tamakidrive.org.nz

 

Committee Members          

Kenneth Palmer (Chair), Juliet Yates (Secretary), June Dunne ( Treasurer), Ross

Duder, Dr Peter Harwood, Jean Hatch,  Jim Robinson, Tony Watkins, Peter Wilkinson

 

Donations/ subscriptions. Your support will be most appreciated

The Society is a registered charity (CC43098) and does not have any assured source of income. It appreciates donations to defray costs.  Donations over $5.00 are tax deductible. No formal subscription has been set. Subscriptions/ donations for the year may be sent to the Treasurer, Tamaki Drive Protection Society, PO Box 25261, St Heliers Bay, Auckland, 1071. Email support@tamakidrive.org.nz

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Chair Report 09/2012

 

Newsletter and Chair Report

 

Tamaki Drive Boardwalk Vision

As advanced at the previous general meeting on 3 November 2011, the Committee for the Society has continued to advocate the planning and development of a boardwalk along the seaward side of Tamaki Drive, in particular between Okahu Bay and Mission Bay.  The Society has had some success in gaining support from the Orakei Local Board and the Auckland Council.

 

Orakei Local Board Plan, and Tamaki Drive Master Plan

The Society has made submissions to the Orakei Local Board promoting improvements to the Tamaki Drive, to be recognised in the Local Board Plan, and the separate Tamaki Drive Master Plan.  In the past year, a significant number of minor roading improvements have been carried out along the Tamaki Drive corridor.  These improvements should assist in the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, and road users generally.  The Society has supported the work done to date.  Proposals to improve the intersection of Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Road, appear to be still on track, with a decision to be made as to a possible roundabout or set of traffic lights at that intersection. The Society appears to have had good buy-in to proposals to widen the cycleway and pedestrian footpath, to ensure separation of incompatible activities, and to reduce the risk of accidents.  This input is on-going.

 

Auckland Council Long Term Plan and Auckland Transport Road Plan  

Parallel to the submissions to the Orakei Local Board, submissions have been made directly to the Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport, concerning funding for longer term improvements to Tamaki Drive.  The Long Term Plan has adopted a funding strategy for work to be carried out over the coming 10 year period.  The proposals are supported  by Auckland Transport in its own Transport Plan.  In particular, provision is made for construction of a boardwalk or widened footpath between Okahu Bay and Mission Bay.

 

Mission Bay Beach and Waterfront Improvements

The Society has in the past made submissions advocating improvements to the Mission Bay reserve, and has been pleased to acknowledge the success of the present upgrade of the waterfront area.  Ross Duder, of the Society, has particular responsibility for oversight of the environmental state of Mission Bay.  Issues such as sea slugs on the foreshore, erosion of sand, protection of the seawall, provision of litter bins, improved places for eating and playing areas, are matters which have been given attention. In general the Society supports the widening of footpaths in front of the commercial buildings at Mission Bay and exisitng parking. Submissions have been made on the uniform dog bylaw and dog leash times.

 

The Landing Okahu Bay

The Society has a representative on the Okahu Bay Marina Trust, the Society has discussed proposed developments of the buildings with the manager, and parking safety matters.

 

Liaison

The Society continues to support activities of the St Heliers and Glendowie Residents’ Association, and the Mission Bay and Kohi Residents’ Association.

 

The Chair expresses his appreciation to Jim Robinson in particular, a foundation member of the Society formed 4 February 1991. Jim is retiring after 21 years sterling service. The assistance of other active members of the Committee is also acknowledged.  The Society welcomes input from members of the public. Email to the Secretary.

 

Committee Members          

Kenneth Palmer (Chair), Juliet Yates (Secretary), June Dunne ( Treasurer), Ross

Duder, Dr Peter Harwood, Jean Hatch,  Jim Robinson, Tony Watkins, Peter Wilkinson

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Donations/ subscriptions. Your support will be most appreciated

The Society is a registered charity (CC43098) and does not have any assured source of income. It appreciates donations to defray costs.  Donations over $5.00 are tax deductible. No formal subscription has been set. Subscriptions/ donations for the year may be sent to the Treasurer, Tamaki Drive Protection Society, PO Box 25261, St Heliers Bay, Auckland, 1071.

 

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Chair Report 10/2011

 

Tamaki Drive Initiatives:

Throughout the year the Society has been active in endevouring to promote further recognition of the Tamaki Drive Design Guidelines 2006, and the In-house Design Manual 2009 of the former Auckland City Council. The Society is seeking recognition of a major boardwalk proposal along Tamaki Drive, together with related cycleway improvements.  At the forefront, better provision for pedestrians on the one hand and separation from cyclists on the other, to ensure safety and amenity for all users, is the goal.  The boardwalk initiative will complement proposals for promontories to be established (as envisaged under the 2009 manual) with better provision for seating and enjoyment of the harbour views.  The Society has met with Colin Davis, representing the Orakei Local Board (March), and has made a submission to the Orakei Local Board public meeting (in April).  Members met with Mike Lee, Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf Ward, and Chairperson  of the  Transport Committee of Auckland Council  (in July) seeking support for the boardwalk and cycleway projects, and will be speaking to the Transport Committee at its November meeting.

 

1.   Orakei Local Board Plan

The Society accepts that further improvements to Tamaki Drive must have the support of the Orakei Local Board, and to this end it has made submissions in respect of the proposed Orakei Local Board plan.  The Society expects to continue to work with the Orakei Local Board in achieving action plans and funding.

Tamaki Drive Action Plan 2011

The plan identifies 49 serious and 136 significant safety concerns which are addressed through the Minor Safety Works Programme and Capital Works Projects. Business cases for three projects are being developed. These are: installation of lights at the Ngapipi Rd and Tamaki Drive intersection; a seawall extension at the Kelly Tarlton Corner and footpath widening between Takaparawha Point and Mission Bay to make a 5 m pedestrian and cyclist path.

 

2.   Mission Bay Beach Improvements

A committee member Ross Duder is responsible for submissions relating to Mission Bay.  To date, significant improvements have been undertaken in respect of sand management in relation to the seawall, and improved pavement, seating, playground, and landscaping made at Mission Bay.  The Society is supportive of pavement improvements in respect of the commercial area.  The Society supports the retention of the Berkley Theatre building.  The quality of the seawater, and sea slug problem, are also matters of consideration.

 

3.   Tree Protection

At the general invitation of the former Auckland City Council, the Society made a submission in respect of seeking a listing of trees and groups of pohutukawa trees along the Tamaki Drive scenic way.  The Society will continue to monitor progress or needs in that matter.

 

4.   Kelly Tarlton Expansion

The Society opposed the expansion of the Kelly Tarlton Aquarium which sought consent for erecting a moveable shark tank caravan and entrance point on the seaward side of Tamaki Drive.  The application was subsequently withdrawn.

 

5.   Orakei Point Development

The Society appeared in opposition to the massive long term 700 apartment development proposal for Orakei Point, being concerned about the excessive number of units, traffic problems arising, loss of foreshore reserves and pohutukawa trees.  That development appears to have been approved in principle, but remains subject to appeal by the Port Company and NZ Rail.  The Society is concerned that the transport corridor will be compromised by the development, which would be a shortsighted outcome.

 

6.   Sheffield Building Tamaki Drive corner St Heliers

The Society originally was part of the appeal against the building in its present design.  The appeal was settled by mediation, and the Society understood that the verandah would be redesigned as part of the compromise.  It appears that the redesign has not been carried through to the final building approved by the former council.

 

7.   Art Deco Cottages Turua Street

The Chair of the Society spoke at a public meeting called by the Save the Cottages Society.  The possibility of the City Council negotiating the retention of the cottages was emphasized.  All practicable steps were taken by the Society in the circumstances, and lessons for the future remain a legacy of the event.

 

8.   Queens Wharf Shed 10

The Society was the body which requested the New Zealand Historic Places Trust to investigate the merits of retaining Shed 10 (and Shed 11), and it believes that this action was critical in buying time to gather further support for the retention of the Shed, and to counter initial plans by the Minister for the Rugby World Cup to demolish both sheds.  An agreeable outcome is the retention of Shed 10.  With adaptive management it has multiple uses, and will prove its worth into the future.  It is likely to be more durable than the later fabricated “cloud” structure.

 

Committee Members

Kenneth Palmer (Chair), Juliet Yates (Secretary),  June Dunne  ( Treasurer),

Ross Duder, Dr Peter Harwood, Jean Hatch, Eric Mahoney, Jim Robinson, Tony Watkins, Peter Wilkinson, David Roberton

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The Society is a registered charity (CC43098) and does not have any assured source of income. It appreciates donations to defray costs.  Donations over $5.00 are tax deductible. No formal subscription has been set. Subscriptions/ donations for the year may be sent to the Treasurer,

Tamaki Drive Protection Society, PO Box 25261, St Heliers Bay, Auckland, 1071.

 

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Chair Report 10/2010

 

Orakei Marina Trust

Eric Mahoney represents the Society on the Marina Trust.  The Trust has responsibilities in relation to supervision of the operations of the marina at the Landing site.  The question of redevelopment of the RAYC premises remains to be progressed.  The leases for the buildings occupied by Fergs Kayaks have recently been renewed for 5 years, so replacement buildings are on hold.

 

Tamaki Drive user safety – cycles, vehicles and pedestrians

The Society has an ongoing interest in traffic management initiatives to improve the safety of Tamaki Drive for motor vehicles, cyclists, joggers and walkers etc.  The width of the road limits the options available.  The Society supported initiatives of the Eastern Bays Community Board to implement the bus lanes, clear ways and cycle lane improvements. The Society supports the closure or partial closure of the Drive for sports events and other major community functions. Eg Waitangi Day festival (Jan), Mission Bay Jazz Festival (Feb).

 

St Heliers Bay Boat Ramp

The Society made a submission regarding the location of the boat ramp adjacent to the bathing sheds.  The Society raised issues with vehicle access, parking, and safety of beach users. The consent was granted and the ramp completed.  

 

Mission Bay Beach Improvements

Ross Duder, a committee member, has actively consulted with the City Council and local community regarding improvements to Mission Bay sand management, and reserve improvements. The improvements to the sand contouring, foreshore seawall, seats and grounds have been largely completed.

 

Orakei Rd Peninsula Master Plan

The Society made a submission to the commissioners of the Auckland City Council opposing the proposed plan change 260 affecting Orakei Point, which could authorise up to 700 apartments.  A decision from the commissioners is pending.

 

Kelly Tarlton Shark Tank kiosk

The Society has made a submission opposing an application to site a movable kiosk on the seaward side of Tamaki Drive opposite the entry to the Kelly Tarlton aquarium.  The Society considers the structure, with large advertising of the shark tank adventure, is contrary to the planning guidelines and will obstruct pedestrians. A hearing has yet to be scheduled.  The Community Board also oppose the kiosk.

 

Queens Wharf development

The Society wrote to the Auckland City Council, Auckland Regional Council and Historic Places Trust in July 2009 seeking a heritage evaluation of sheds on the wharf.  This action has assisted negotiations between the Minister for the Rugby World Cup and the ARC. In August 2010, the Hon Murray McCully advised the Society of the compromise whereby shed 10 will be preserved and shed 11 replaced by a “cloud” structure.

 

Charities Commission

The AGM last November 2009 made changes to the rules of the Society. The Charities Commission has now approved registration of the Society (No CC43098). Donations to the Society of $5 or over can be claimed as tax deductable.

 

Liaison

The Society has undertaken liaison with the Eastern Bays Community Board, the Mission Bay /Kohimarama Residents Association, and the St Heliers Bay /Glendowie Residents Ass.  David Roberton (ex Community Bd member) has now joined the Society.

           

Committee Members

The committee during 2010 has comprised:

Kenneth Palmer (Chair)                          Juliet Yates (Secretary)

June Dunne (Treasurer)                           Jim Robinson

Peter Wilkinson                                     Tony Watkins               

Jean Hatch                                            Eric Mahoney

Ross Duder                                           David Roberton (since July 2010)

 

Donations/ subscriptions support

The Society does not have an assured source of income. It appreciates subscriptions or donations to defray costs.  No formal amount has been set for a subscription.  Suggested amounts are $5, 10, 20, 50.  Subscriptions/ donations for the 2010-11 year may be sent to the Secretary, Tamaki Drive Protection Society, PO Box 25261 , St Heliers Bay, Auckland , 1740.

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Chair Report 10/2009

 

During the year, the Committee has considered a number of issues relating to the amenities of Tamaki Drive. The following matters have arisen.

 

1.       Orakei Marina Trust

          Eric Mahoney represents the Society on the Marina Trust.  The Trust has responsibilities in relation to supervision of the operations of the marina at the Landing site.  During the year the Society has supported Okahu Haulage in its endeavours to continue its operations.  The Auckland City Council has been consulted over cleaning the haul out concrete.

 

2.       Tamaki Drive user safety – cycles, vehicles and pedestrians

          The Society has an ongoing interest in traffic management initiatives to improve the safety of Tamaki Drive for motor vehicles, cyclists, joggers and walkers etc.  The width of the road limits the options available.  The Society supports the closure or partial closure of the Drive for sports events and other civic and community functions. Eg Mission Bay Jazz Festival, Waitangi Day festival.

 

3.       St Heliers Bay Boat Ramp

          The Society made a submission regarding reconstruction of the boat ramp adjacent to the bathing sheds.  The Society raised issues as to the central location on the beach, and potential problems with vehicle access, parking, and safety of beach users.  The ARC Consent Authority acknowledged the submissions in its decision issued in July 2009.  The consent was granted without any additional conditions to mitigate these adverse effects.

         

4.       Mission Bay Beach Improvements

          Ross Duder, a committee member, has actively consulted with the City Council and local community regarding improvements to Mission Bay sand management, and reserve improvements. The Society supports other streetscape improvements such as footpath paving and widening.  

5.       Orakei Rd Peninsula Master Plan

          The Society made a submission regarding the proposed development of the Orakei Peninsula.  The Society notes the scale of development has been reduced.

 

6.       Resource Management Amendment (Simplifying) Bill/Act 2009

          The Society made a submission supporting the retention of controls over trees to assist protection of pohutukawa trees along Tamaki Drive.  After 1 January 2012, a tree or group of trees will need to be specifically listed to be protected.

 

7.       Queens Wharf development

          The Society has written to the Auckland City Council, Auckland Regional Council and Historic Places Trust favouring the retention of the two sheds on the wharf.  These structures are regarded as heritage items and in scale with the future development of the wharf. The Society supports the need for adaptive reuse.

 

8.       Charities Commission

          The Commission has required certain changes to be made to the rules to enable registration to be completed.  The AGM meeting will deal with these rule changes.

 

9.       Liaison

         Where appropriate the Society has undertaken liaison with the Eastern Bays Community Board, the Mission Bay /Kohimarama Residents Association, and the St Heliers Bay /Glendowie Residents Association. 

         

Committee Members

            The committee during 2009 has comprised:

Kenneth Palmer (Chair)        Juliet Yates (Secretary)

June Dunne (Treasurer)        Jim Robinson

Peter Wilkinson                   Tony Watkins              

Jean Hatch                          Eric Mahoney

Ross Duder

 

Donations/ subscriptions support

The Society does not have an assured source of income. It appreciates subscriptions or donations to defray costs.  No formal amount has been set for a subscription.  Suggested amounts are $5, 10, 20, 50.  Subscriptions/ donations for the 2010 year may be sent to the Secretary, Tamaki Drive Protection Society, PO Box 25261 , St Heliers Bay, Auckland , 1740.

 

Chair Report 10/2008

During the year, the Committee has considered a number of issues relating to the amenities of Tamaki Drive. The following matters have arisen.

Orakei Marina Trust 
Eric Mahoney represents the Society on the Marina Trust. The Trust has responsibilities in relation to supervision of the operation of the Marina at the Landing site. Adjacent to the Marina is the haul out area. This has undergone reinstatement with new hard paving and landscaped areas. The Society has a concern to retain the haul out facilities. The rebuilding of major premises will be monitored in conjunction with the Royal Akarana Yacht Club and the Council.

St Heliers Bay Sanding and Boat Ramp 
The Society supported the proposals for re-sanding St Heliers Bay, constructing the boardwalk and associated landscaping. It has also supported the restoration of the boat ramp which will be progressed in 2009.

Signs and Billboards 
The Society supported the review of the signs and billboards bylaws. More recently, it has raised with the City Council and ARC the question of advertising on the Kohimarama Yacht Club premises. The advertisements promoting motor vehicles appear to be inconsistent with design guidelines and policies.

Berkeley Theatre Balcony 
The Society was consulted by the owners of the Berkeley Theatre in Mission Bay regarding a proposed upgrade to utilise the balcony for restaurant purposes. The Society has generally supported the objectives of this proposal.

Waitangi Day Festival Okahu Bay 
The Society commented on transport problems associated with the new Waitangi Day Festival at Okahu Bay. No extra public transport was provided, which would need to be addressed for future management of this popular event.

St Heliers Bay Village Development 
The Society has supported the St Heliers/Glendowie Residents’ Association regarding proposals for the St Heliers Village Centre Plan. The Society is aware of the resource consents that have been granted to date which may change the character of the village. The Society supports the village centre character concept.

Charities Commission / new website 
The Society has made an application to the Charities Commission for registration. The Society has established a website at tamakidrive.org.nz

Liaison
Where appropriate, the Society has undertaken liaison with the Eastern Bays Community Board, the Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents’ Association, and the St Heliers Bay Glendowie Residents’ Association.

Committee Members
The committee during 2008 has comprised: 
Kenneth Palmer (Chair)        Juliet Yates (Secretary) 
June Dunne (Treasurer)        Jim Robinson 
Barry Littlewood                  Tony Watkins 
Jean Hatch                         Eric Mahoney 

Donations/ subscriptions support 
The Society does not have any assured source of income. It welcomes subscriptions or donations to defray costs. No formal amount has been set for a subscription. Suggested amounts are $5, 10, 20, 50. Subscriptions/ donations for the 2009 year should be sent to the Secretary, Tamaki Drive Protection Society, PO Box 25261 , St Heliers Bay, Auckland  
 

 

Chair Report 11/2007 
 
During the year, the Committee has considered a number of issues relating to the amenities of Tamaki Drive. The following matters have arisen. 

Orakei Marina Trust 
The Society has had a member nominated (Barry Littlewood) to the Trust which has responsibilities in relation to the operation of the new marina at the Landing site. Various proposals concerning the club premises and parking allocation have arisen. 

The adjacent Landing reconstruction at Okahu Bay under the control of the Auckland City Council has proceeded. The removal of a large pohutukawa tree at the new entranceway was the subject of a query by the Society.

Tamaki Drive Design Manual 
The Society made a submission on the revision of the Tamaki Drive Design Manual. The proposed manual is likely to be adopted by the Auckland City Council 

Signs and Billboards Bylaw 
The Society made a submission regarding the changes to the Sign and Billboards Regulations promoted by the Auckland City Council, with a view to minimizing the use of signs along Tamaki Drive .

Mission Bay stormwater 
The Society, along with the Mission Bay Kohi Residents’ Association, supported the City Council initiatives to improve the stormwater discharge at Mission Bay , and to extend the sanding of the beach.  

St Heliers Bay boat ramp 
The Society supported the proposals to reconstruct the St Heliers Bay boat ramp, following the loss of the earlier boat ramp under the resanding project.

Commercial use of reserves 
The Society has taken an interest in any proposals to expand the commercial use of reserves, holding the view that the reserves on the seaward side of Tamaki Drive are primarily for public use and public purposes. 

Liaison 
Where practicable, the Society has undertaken liaison with the Eastern Bays Community Board, the Mission Bay Kohimarama Residents’ Association, and the St Heliers Bay Glendowie Residents’ Association.    

Bus Lanes Tamaki Drive 
The Society made a submission concerning the original proposals by the Auckland Traffic Managers for extensive bus lane provision from Ngapipi Street through to Mission Bay . The end result has been a shorter bus lane established between Okahu Bay and Ngapipi Street . Traffic lights have been erected at the pedestrian crossing at Okahu Bay to ensure greater safety. The phasing of the pedestrian crossing lights at Mission Bay has been reconfigured, following an earlier accident. 

Committee Members 
The committee during 2007 comprised: 
Kenneth Palmer (Chair)        Michael Joseph (Secretary) 
June Dunne (Treasurer)        Jim Robinson 
Barry Littlewood                  Tony Watkins 
Jean Hatch                         Jill McKenzie (retired during year)

Donations/ subscriptions support 
The Society does not have any assured source of income. It welcomes subscriptions or donations to defray costs. No formal amount has been set for a subscription. Suggested amounts are $5, 10, 20, 50. Subscriptions/ donations for the 2009 year should be sent to the Secretary, Tamaki Drive Protection Society, PO Box 25261 , St Heliers Bay, Auckland .

 

 

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