Future of Waitakere rural sewerage targeted rate

Andrew Duncan, Manager Financial Policy at Auckland Council has provided some clarification regarding the council’s decisions on the future of the Waitakere rural sewerage targeted rate.

The council has decided to retain the Waitakere rural sewerage targeted rate until June 2021. Decisions on the future of the service, and rate, will be made in May 2020 as part of development of the Annual Budget 2020/2021, to be implemented in June 2021. This will allow time to negotiate any changes to contracts that would come into effect from July 2021 and  aligns with the pump-out cycle and the current service provision contract timeframe.

Options that council will assess include:

  • Reducing the pump out scheme to the Waitakere Ranges Local Board Area to streamline governance and in anticipation of a reticulated sewerage scheme going into the Whenuapai area as part of its redevelopment;
  • Aligning the pump out service with compliance and monitoring of all onsite systems (to minimise disruption to land owners and hopefully be more efficient);
  • Incorporating all onsite systems and all elements of the systems, not just septic tanks; and
  • Reviewing the costs of the scheme and the targeted rate following renegotiation of the contracts for the service.

 

Council adopts changes for managing dogs

Auckland Council’s Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw is changing, following consultation from 1 April to 10 May 2019, where more than 8000 submissions were made.  The Governing Body decided to adopt the proposed changes to the policy and bylaw at their meeting on 25 July 2019.

The new Policy on Dogs and Dog Management Bylaw will come into effect from 1 November 2019 and the key changes are:

  • removing duplications from the bylaw, simplifying future amendments to local dog access rules;
  • reorganising Schedule 2 (list of local dog access rules);
  • requiring dog owners to obtain a multiple dog ownership licence for more than two dogs in areas zoned as urban under the Unitary Plan;
  • applying a standard time and season definition of 10am to 5pm from 1 December to 1 March (in places where there is already a time and season rule);
  • extending Council’s ability to protect vulnerable native plantlife from dogs;
  • encouraging responsible dog ownership for owners with dogs classified as menacing because of their behaviour;
  • applying a standard lambing season rule in regional parks with stock; and
  • amending dog access rules at Glenfern Sanctuary, Muriwai, Long Bay and Whatipū to protect wildlife.

 

Cats eye installation at Piha Rd intersection

Residents may have noticed that, in an effort to improve road safety, in-road red flashing LED lights (cats eyes) have been installed in the road surface leading to the STOP sign on Piha Road where it meets Scenic Drive. These lights flash when drivers approach the STOP sign on Piha Road.

It is hoped the flashing cats eyes will raise drivers’ awareness of the STOP sign. This is a New Zealand first at a STOP sign and AT say that, if successful, it will allow use in similar situations across the country.

In addition, yellow, non-flashing cats eyes have been installed in the road surface on Scenic Drive to highlight the centre line for road users. With a number of incidents involving drivers on the wrong side of the road at this location, highlighting the centre of the road will encourage drivers to stay on the correct side.

Although it is not the much needed roundabout, any improvement to this notorious intersection is beneficial. However, it begs the question: where was the consultation with the community on this matter?

 

Fibre broadband update

We have asked Chorus to give Waiatarua residents an update on the fibre install that is being carried out in our region.  They have replied with the following:

For West Coast Road, fibre will also be available in January 2020. The build work for this area will be completed mid-November 2019 and the reinstatements should be completed by December 2019.

There are some parts of Scenic Drive which will have fibre before the other area of Scenic Drive.

Houses at 505 to 459 Scenic Drive will be able to get access to fibre from December 2019. The build work for this area will be completed in mid-October 2019 and the reinstatements should be completed by November 2019.

Houses from around 548 Scenic Drive will not be able to access fibre until about October 2021.  We are unable to provide further information regarding when the build work will start/finish for this area.

They have attached a map which shows the areas that the fibre rollout will be completed in. The white outline shows the separate areas which are included in the rollout. Click the map below to expand.

 

New trial Weed Bin location 3-4 November

For 3-4 November the weed bins have been relocated as a trial to the Waiatarua Community Centre at 911 West Coast Road.

We have guests hiring the hall on Sunday morning, so please be considerate around parked vehicles.

Care around entering and exiting the site is required; it is safest to enter the site with your trailer coming down the hill from Scenic Drive.

Safe turning with trailers is available at the Fire Station 2 minutes uphill on Scenic Drive.

 

 

Community Centre now has heat pumps!!

Great news!

Waiatarua Community Centre now has heat pumps in the hall and library; two separate systems!

This has been provided by the building owner, Auckland City Council.

Thanks to the community facilities team and our Waitakere Local Board for the support.

This helps with the climate control for our book collection and much better heat control in the hall, not to mention lower power bills!

 

Broadband Fibre IS COMING to Waiatarua!

We received great news last week that the national Ultra Fast Broadband fibre rollout had been extended to an additional 202 communities.

You may remember the WRRA reporting that when the UFB Phase 2 rollout was announced that Waiatarua didn’t make the final cut.

But now, as well as adding Waiatarua and other communities to the UFB network  Chorus will also bring forward the UFB2 and UFB2+ build by two years, to have the build completed by the end of 2022.  Chorus hope to update us in November on the the timing for the Waiatarua fibre installs.

However, the current plan has a black spot.  Supposedly the area of Waiatarua on Scenic drive between Rose Hellaby House and the Waitakere Estate entrance (around Parkinson’s Lookout) falls below the population density guidelines Chorus has been given relating to property density under its contract with the government.  The WRRA will seek to demonstrate why this area is as important as any other part of Waiatarua to get fibre to.

We want the black spot removed.

A huge thanks to Michael DCosta for representing Waiatarua to Chorus and the UFB project on this issue.

Newsletter Archive Now Online

After several years of planning and many many hours of scanning, tweaking and uploading it is finally here!

Tony Bacon, former editor, has uploaded and presented the whole bloody lot for your education and edification!

There are many great stories here and the WRRA are really happy to bring this historical resource online.

The archive is here!

Waiatarua Ambushed by AT Again

Auckland Transport have announced a new bus timetable for West Auckland that deletes Waiatarua from the Auckland public transport map.

Limited consultation was carried out by AT some years ago and the result was they said the 156 bus for Waiatarua was to be discontinued in late 2016.

But this never happened and now a new set of Waiatarua ratepayers and residents have become reliant on the bus in 2017.

Then out of the blue AT sent the WRRA a pack of pamphlets and a poster and even asked us to do some unpaid marketing for them to promote these changes.  However, the blow being struck to Waiatarua is not even mentioned in any of the exentsive publicity.  What a slap in the face!

This insult gets worse when you consider that AT promised to give Waiatarua plenty of notice (NOT the 3 weeks they’ve hit us with!) and also to provide advice on how school kids can transition to newly provided Ministry of Education buses.

The WRRA is working with Local Board Chair, Greg Presland, and Auckland councillors Linda Cooper and Penny Hulse to try and retain the 156 at least until the end of 2017 as well as following up on promised trials of more innovative approaches to public transport in the Waitakere Ranges.

No Water Treatment Plant in Oratia says WRRA

Media Release of Waiatarua Ratepayers and Residents Association

Friday 10 March 2017

No Water Treatment Plant in Oratia says WRRA

The people of Waiatarua are demonstrating full support of their close neighbours and friends of Oratia in the face of the Watercare threat.  The proposal to force an industrial scale water treatment plant on the border between Waiatarua and Oratia has shocked both communities.

“The anxiety, confusion and panic that Watercare has brought to this place demonstrates incompetence of some degree.” said Peter Casey, President of the Waiatarua Ratepayers and Residents Association.

Waiatarua and Oratia understand and respect the special nature of the land they have chosen to live on and the heritage value it holds for Aucklanders, visitors to Auckland, and indeed all New Zealanders.

People are proud to call Oratia and Waiatarua their home, particularly those with parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who have settled in and maintained this area as their home.

“Ratepayers and residents have expressed to me a deep worry and concern that they will lose family and friends from the neighbourhood.  And that’s before we even start talking about the impact of the lengthy destruction and construction phases of the Watercare proposal for Parker Road.”

“That Watercare might be trying to fund this development by selling off the Exhibition Drive land donated by some of the key visionary founders who conceived and created the Auckland water system  adds insult to ratepayer injury.  I call on all Aucklanders to make some noise and call out this duplicity.”

The WRRA as one of ten resident and ratepayer associations within the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area questions why Watercare has not called for smarter and more efficient water use for all of Auckland rather than proposing to rip apart a community.

“In Waiatarua many of us collect 100% of the water we use.”  Peter asks “How much water could Auckland save if even half of homes and businesses caught the rain that falls on their roofs?”

Contact – Peter Casey, President, WRRA – 0274 32 32 49 – www.waiatarua.org.nz

Internet here is unhappy and slow

We are local, we live and run out business from here and we know the challenges that people put up with because of poor quality internet.

We have recently upgraded our own private supply of fast internet, and are now accepting expressions of interest from members of the Waiatarua community who wish to have their internet supply improved.

Should you be interested please email your details through to info@doers.net.nz

Waiatarua Weed Bin Survives Misuse

The permanent weed bin at the corner of Kauri Loop Rd and West Coast Rd has been removed due to frequent abuse by contractors and other people.

However, it will be returning once a month on the second Saturday of the month from approx. 8.00 am to 2.00 pm.

There will be a staff member from Ecomatters on site during this time to ensure that only the correct weeds are put into the bin.  This information is on the sign where the bin used to be.

The bin will be there this Saturday 8th October.

The Great Waiatarua Debate Returns!

After a couple of years hiatus The Great Waiatarua Debate returns.

We’re incredibly excited to see the moot “The West is Always Best” debated with equal parts vigour and humour by our celebrities.

Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to get yours to avoid disappointment.

For all the details, click here.

Meet the Candidates Audio – NOW AVAILABLE

This is the audio recording of each candidate speaking about themselves.  Coming soon are the questions and answers.

Peter Casey, WRRA President, welcomes all.

The running order for speaking was selected by random ballot by candidates as they entered the hall.

Council ward candidates speak first…

…about…


Council Candidates are first asked to speak according to a number drawn from ballot as they arrived


Penny Hulse is introduced and then speaks…

Ken Turner speaks…

Greg Presland speaks…

Linda Cooper is introduced and then speaks…

John Ridell is introduced and then speaks…

Peter thanks the council candidates



Local Board Candidates are were then asked to speak according to a number drawn from ballot as they arrived


First up, Denise Yates…

Neil Henderson speaks…

Dave Dempster speaks…

Sandra Coney speaks…

Carl Harding speaks…

Tracy Kirkley speaks…

Apologies from Michelle Clayton, and others…

Linda Potauaine speaks…

Janet Clews speaks…

Saffron Toms speaks…

Diane Goodley speaks…

Steve Tollestrup speaks…


Question time:

We have more audio available of questions put to candidates and this will be available real soon….

Comment below if you would like to be notified.


 

Meet the Candidates audio coming soon

On Tuesday 13 September we hosted both would-be Council and Local Board candidates.

The audio from the Meet the Candidates meeting at Waiatarua Community Centre will be posted here as soon as possible.

The audio file is currently being processed and edited to make sure you can go directly to the candidate or question that you want to hear.  (The single unedited audio file is also currently too big to upload here.)

Check back here again soon; or post a comment below and you will get notified when the audio is available.

(Event details are here.)