Each year we plan the projects and initiatives we will deliver in your local board area. These are based on our 2017 Local Board Plan, which sets our three-year direction.
We are seeking your input on our proposals for the 2018/2019 financial year.
Message from the chair
We have just finalised our three year local board plan and have some exciting projects coming up in Puketāpapa. There is a lot of work underway across the region and we are delighted to see progress being made towards bringing light rail through Mt Roskill.
A number of park developments are well underway and many of our major parks and facilities are now connected by a network of safe cycling and walking paths. We need to build on this network so that people have safe, active transport alternatives.
Our range of environmental initiatives includes the ongoing restoration of Te Auaunga / Oakley Creek. We hope to strengthen people's sense of connection to this awa (river).
We are committed to giving young people the skills that they need to get into good jobs. We also think it is important that they are involved in local decision making. As a community our greatest strength is our diversity. Our people come from all over the globe and we celebrate this unique cultural identity.
We understand some of the financial pressures our people are under, particularly older people. Our key advocacy project on your behalf is to focus on retaining Liston Retirement Village as housing for seniors rather than being turned into park land.
Below is a summary of our 2018/2019 funding priorities; we look forward to hearing your views.
What we propose in your local board area in 2018/2019
In 2018/2019 $6.8 million is planned to fund the renewal and development of assets in your local board area and $9.5 million planned to maintain and operate these assets as well as prioritise other local initiatives you've told us are important.
Our key priorities are:
- to continue improvements underway in our community facilities:
- Waikowhai Coastal walkway – construct a boardwalk from Bamfield Place to Taylors Bay Reserve that will provide coastal access around the Manukau foreshore during all tides
- Keith Hay Park (upgrade facilities) and Harold Long/ Fearon Park (improving the connection between the two parks
- identify other parks/community facilities that need development or an upgrade
- planning for future development:
- Greenways - further development of walking and cycling links between parks and other facilities
- Monte Cecilia Park – continue implementation of the concept plan by investigating how a destination playground could be funded and working on next steps for the restoration of the Whare building
- Develop concept plans for Mt Roskill War Memorial, Waikōwhai and Margaret Griffen Parks to direct how they will be developed in the future
- helping young people to get into work and to participate in decision making – through supporting youth training programmes and encouraging participation in the Puketapapa Youth Panel
- ongoing restoration of Te Auaunga / Oakley Creek catchment through naturalisation projects and the implementation of markers, and a fale shelter, to encourage neighbourhood understanding and connection to the awa (river)
- building pride in cultural diversity through the ongoing provision of programmes and events that celebrate the diversity of Puketapapa and help create a unique local identity.
Our key advocacy project
Our board's key advocacy initiative aims to help with addressing Auckland's shortage of affordable housing locally, which is particularly critical for seniors.
The board is seeking that, once Auckland Council owns the Liston retirement village in its entirety, expected sometime in the 2020s, it retains the seniors' housing on the site but also allows for the entrance to Monte Cecilia Park to be expanded.
The decision to acquire the Liston Village site to expand Monte Cecilia Park was first agreed in 1998, with a plan to demolish the housing and increase Monte Cecilia Park's open space.
Auckland has changed significantly since this decision was made and population pressures have increased housing pressure particularly for seniors. This is why we are advocating strongly to the Governing Body to retain the housing at Liston Village with the associated financial implications in the 10-year budget.
What do you think?
Have we got our priorities right?
The Puketāpapa Local Board manages a number of budgets to provide services and facilities for the area. Amongst these is a budget of more than $1 million, which we can spend on capital works over the next three years.
- Are there any parks or other community facilities (e.g. halls for hire) that you think need further development or an upgrade?
- If so, what and where?