In 2019/2020 we plan to invest $9.3 million to renew and develop assets and $24.3 million to maintain and operate assets, as well as provide local programmes and initiatives.
For information on the investment plan, see section 2.5 (page 31) of the supporting information document for the capital spend and operating spend for Henderson-Massey Local Board 2019/2020.
What we are doing
We're focusing on strengthening community services that support our diverse communities, including better access to community facilities, celebrating our neighbourhoods through art and heritage, and improving wayfinding and local information of interest across Henderson-Massey.
The 2017 Toitū Waitākere report gave valuable insight into the concerns and aspirations of West Auckland's Māori community and we will now look at how we can achieve better engagement and advance the aspirations of our Māori community. The report is available on request from the Henderson-Massey Local Board office.
We aim to make it easier to get around without a car, using the results from our Connections Plan (still in development) and Auckland Transport's 2018 Henderson's Future consultation on better walking and cycling connections.
In 2018, we made significant investments in parks; developing a masterplan for Harbourview-Orangihina park in Te Atatu and contributing funding for the Opanuku Link, a large part of which is a concept plan for a major upgrade to Opanuku Reserve on Henderson Valley Road.
We plan to develop an ecological restoration plan to support the significant ecological aspects identified in the Harbourview-Orangihina Park Masterplan.
What we are proposing
We're not proposing any major changes to budgets or work programmes for 2019/2020.
Message from the chair
Since adopting our Local Board Plan in 2017, we have been working hard to achieve the aspirational goals it set for our communities.
The Harbourview-Orangihina Park Masterplan will set a road map for this special park on Te Atatu Peninsula so that generations of West Aucklanders can enjoy its beautiful public space. The plan was consulted on, and we thank everyone for their informative and passionate submissions. We are excited to have reached this milestone.
You may have noticed the housing construction going on in Henderson Valley Road. This is just the first step of a fantastic project to unlock Henderson, where, together with Panuku Development Auckland, we are working towards the creation of a metro centre in Henderson we can all be very proud of. We have been planning new transport links and a new playground on Opanuku Reserve.
In the coming year, we're also going to make local jobs a focus. This will mean working with the Central Park Henderson Business Association on economic development that will make our centres a great place for local business.
For too long, the residents of Te Atatu South have felt their community is being used as a "go through" rather than a "go to". We are working on a Local Centre Plan, the first of its kind in Auckland, to bring the heart back to the centre of Te Atatu South. This will be a focus for us and we hope it will be an example that future centres can benefit from as well.
Finally, we commissioned the Toitū Waitakere report to advance Māori outcomes in our communities. It is our duty to embrace the principles of partnership in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and we will be focusing on working with the community to lead on this kaupapa. The report is available on request from the Henderson-Massey Local Board office.
We would love your thoughts on our Local Board Agreement. Your feedback will ensure that, together, we are making decisions for a better future here in Henderson-Massey.
Henderson-Massey Local Board Chair
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