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Takapuna Residents Association AGM, Monday 24 June 2024 at 7.00pm

Takapuna Residents Association invites you to join us at our Annual AGM
Date: Monday, June 24
Time: 7:00PM.
Venue: Takapuna Senior Citizens Hall (next to Takapuna Library)
Our meeting and mission will be presented by Chairman, Steven Salt with guest speaker for the evening, Desley Simpson, Deputy Mayor, Auckland Council.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Auckland Council’s Long-term Plan 2024-2034

It’s time to have your say on Auckland Council’s
Long-term Plan

Public consultation for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 is open between 28 February 12pm (noon) and 28 March 11.59pm. This is when you can give your feedback on Auckland Councils proposals to help them make decisions for Auckland in 2024-2034
We encourage you to “Have your say”
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

The feud that split a popular coastal walkway in two

Takapuna Milford walkway still closed due to long running dispute between homeowner and council

Unable to see eye to eye, Auckland Council has handed the ball to the local board to come up with a solution. Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Chair, Toni van Tonder said “I’m hopeful, this has opened the door for us to sit down with the beneficiaries in good faith and see what we achieve together.”
Article by David White stuff.co.nz
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Neighbourhood Support North Shore are looking for a new Coordinator

2024 Job Vacancy
Neighbourhood Support North Shore Coordinator Role

Neighbourhood Support North Shore are seeking a self-motivated person with excellent communication skills to become their new Neighbourhood Support North Shore Coordinator. If you are looking for a fun and varied part-time role (20 hours per week) then click on the link below to view the job description and apply.
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Frank Blennerhassett

Hi Everyone, Terence Harpur from the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board will be acknowledging Frank’s passing at 10:00AM tomorrow at the commencement of the DTLB meeting. It will also be live-streamed.
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

What is Community Cam™

Community Cam is a voluntary, not for profit community initiative where people can register a property with CCTV, and upload CCTV footage, to help solve crime in their neighbourhood.
Or click on QR code below to register.
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Takapuna Residents’ Associations Chairman Steven Salt is presenting to Council -Thursday, 30 September 2023

Update: See link to NZ Herald article, 15 November 2023 by Ben Leahy

“Takapuna-Milford coastal walk: Rock-hopping walkers injured after path closed due to Auckland Council dispute”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/takapuna-milford-coastal-walk-rock-hopping-walkers-injured-after-path-closed-due-to-auckland-council-dispute/XKLA5RCCKFGNHIEFKQMMKR6NIU/

Recently, the Takapuna Residents’ Association presented a petition with over 7000 signatures to Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown, calling on him to “get on and do something” about the issue, given the walkway washed away 12 years ago.

The planning, environment and parks committee has subsequently asked council staff to explore all possible legal options and present them at a meeting on November 30. Our Chair, Steven Salt will be speaking at this meeting. Photo / Dean Purcell

Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Takapuna North Community Trust is organising a cost-of-living/sustainability expo at Forrest Hill School this Saturday 4th November

Kia ora,
Takapuna North Community Trust is organising a cost-of-living/sustainability expo at Forrest Hill School this Saturday 4th November, 2023 for the community to learn about how to save money while having a positive impact on the environment. They will be offering a series of talks and workshops. There will also be a second hand market and Grow Forrest Hill will also have a fundraising stall. http://www.takapunatrust.org.nz/
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Update on Takapuna to Milford Walkway – see Council Report TRA received on 18 October, 2023

A member of the TRA attended the Devonport Local Board meeting on 17 October 2023, where Council Officers presented a report on the Takapuna to Milford Walkway. You can read the report by clicking the following link and looking for item 11.  https://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Open/2023/10/20231017_DT_AGN_11882_WEB.htm
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Part of the Takapuna to Milford Walkway has closed, 29 September 2023

Just to keep our fellow residents and the wider public up to date, we wish to inform you that part of the Takapuna to Milford Coastal Walkway has closed.
On Thursday 28 September we presented our 7,525 petition (online and signed hard copy) to the Auckland City Council. The CEO has assumed responsibility for the petition and was made aware that the walkway would close from Friday 29 September.
It is to be hoped that a resolution between the council and the owners of the property will soon be found to allow the walkway to reopen.
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Takapuna Residents’ Associations Chairman Steven Salt is presenting our petition to Council today – Thursday, 28 September 2023

The Takapuna to Milford Coastal Walkway is at risk of closing!

“The Takapuna Residents’ Association has commenced this petition to urge the Mayor and Councillors to keep this crucial historic walk open.

We the undersigned request the Mayor and Councillors of Auckland Council achieve an urgent resolution for continued public access to the section of the Coastal Walkway from Takapuna to Milford that crosses private property past the Firth Cottage and forms part of the national Te Araroa Trail.

You can watch the petition presentation via the link below here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=auckland+council+live

Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Meet the Candidates – North Shore electorate, 2023 General Election

Jointly hosted by Castor Bay, Milford and Takapuna Residents’ Associations and MC’d by local actor/writer Peter Feeney
Date: Tuesday 26 September 2023
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm followed by tea/coffee
Place: Milford Baptist Church,3 Dodson Ave, Milford
Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Have you signed our petition – The Takapuna to Milford Walkway is at risk of closing!

The Takapuna Residents’ Association has commenced this petition to urge the Mayor and Councillors to keep this crucial historic walk open.

We the undersigned request the Mayor and Councillors of Auckland Council achieve an urgent resolution for continued public access to the section of the Coastal Walkway from Takapuna to Milford that crosses private property past the Firth Cottage and forms part of the national Te Araroa Trail.

Click on the Change.org petition link below if you’d like to add your signature to our petition. We want to make sure Residents have a voice.

https://www.change.org/p/the-takapuna-to-milford-coastal-walkway-is-at-risk-of-closing

Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

The Takapuna to Milford Walkway is at risk of closing!

The Milford to Takapuna Beach walk has long been a favourite for Tāmaki Makaurau residents.

Part of this walk is at risk of closing if Council do not lift the Heritage Classification in exchange for the walkway by 29 September 2023. The late Paul Firth tried for 12 years to achieve this (see Firth property in photo 2).

An easy walk that takes you from one North Shore beach to another, while enjoying views of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf along the way. You can begin the walk at either Milford or Takapuna and it’s suitable for most fitness levels, taking around 45 minutes one way.

There is so much to see on this walk, rock pools, local marine life, the fossil forest of ancient tree trunks that were solidified in lava during a volcanic eruption around 100,000 years ago and you can’t miss Auckland’s Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands out at sea.

With great cafes at either end of the walk there are good options at both Milford or Takapuna.

Join the Takapuna Residents Association by going to our website www.takapunara.org.nz and click on the Sign Up button. We want to make sure Residents have a voice. OR You can let the Local Board know your views by emailing devonporttakapunalocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Rangitoto Observer Issue, September 2022

Takapuna Library

We need your help regarding the future of our much loved Takapuna Library
The Board are keen to see if residents would be prepared to be charged a special targeted rate to fund the building of a new library and community centre to be constructed in the town square.
The estimated costing for a new library are provisionally estimated to be in the tens of millions
The alternative would be to upgrade our current library which would allow us to keep all its wonderful space, fabulous position and the underground car park which provides easy inter generational access for all of our ratepayers. Become a TRA member and help us advocate for an upgrade to our current Library.

Unitary Plan Publicly Notified Submission – Plan Change 78 regarding Housing Intensification

TRA made a submission on Housing Intensification. We identified our concerns under the following points:

• Takapuna’s Unique Coastal and Lake Environment
• Shading of Public Areas, Shading of Existing Residential Homes
• The Iconic Image of Takapuna
• ‘Notable’ trees, Loss of Tree Canopy Cover, Bird Life, Impact on Water Quality (both fresh water and sea water)
• Increase in Impermeable Surfaces and Surface Run-off, ‘The Earth Beneath Our Feet’
• Traffic congestion
• Environmental Changes
• Impact of Housing Intensification on Neighbouring Properties
• What is a community?
• Adequate Open Level Spaces

We hope that you also used this opportunity to comment on issues that you are concerned about.

48 Esmond Road Site

Many would have received letters from Council advising a proposed change at the 48 Esmonde Road site (former home of Harbourside church). The change includes the introduction of 10 and 16-storey towers and proposed encroachment into the coastline with a boardwalk. The Rangitoto Observer (Issue September 30, page 15) has a very good article identifying some important concerns, with a diagram of the site, as well as an explanation of some of the consequences.

You may not have thought about the potential impact of this development, which lies a little separately to the rest of Takapuna, but perhaps we need to give it more serious consideration. Once these changes are in place we will have ‘lost the moment'.

Update - The Spencer Hotel - 'Park to Carpark'

Update: On 20th September we received advice that “an Abatement Notice was issued to the Body Corporate of Spencer on Byron today, requiring the garden to be reinstated in accordance with the Consent. They have been given 3 months to comply.

A little pocket park has sat next to The Spencer Hotel since its construction. For the last couple of years the park has been closed and used as a construction yard while the Spencer underwent renovations. Now the work has been completed we anticipated the park would be returned to public use. Instead, the Spencer has applied to Council to change the park into a car park. We’re not aware of any public notification or consultation on the loss of this public space. TRA has brought this issue to the attention of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and they are following up on this.

You can let the Council know your views on this by emailing enquiry@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Losing Open Spaces in Our Public Places

In August 2022 Arborists planted a number of large specimen trees in local parks, but there had been no prior consultation with the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board or local community.
Some of these trees will impact the long term recreational functionality of important open spaces, particularly in Killarney, Henderson and Sylvan Parks. Appropriate processes have been followed with arborists and the Local Board to have some trees removed - so far unsuccessfully. You may have seen articles in the Rangitoto Observer, including on 14 October 2022  page 7 and 1 September 2023  pages 17 & 19.
The Local Board recently voted to 'do nothing'. We do not believe that decision is in the best interests for the community.  Lake Pupuke is a local, regional and national venue, so this is not just a local issue.
Please let the Local Board know your views by emailing: devonporttakapunalocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Northcroft Street - Streetscape Upgrade

Panuku plans to upgrade Northcroft and Huron streets. Please see the draft concept design submitted in October 2022. TRA made a submission in response. See The Rangitoto Observer (Issue September 30, page 1 and 2)

You can let the Council know your views on this by emailing enquiry@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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