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The fate of Three Kings quarry is one of the sub­jects up for dis­cus­sion at a se­ries of pub­lic open days.

The Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board has or­gan­ised the open days to pro­vide res­i­dents a fo­rum to give feed­back and ideas for a precinct plan that will be fed into the draft Auck­land Uni­tary Plan in May.

The aim is to cre­ate a strat­egy which con­sid­ers de­vel­op­ment on the quarry site, in the area around Te Tatua Riuk­i­uta (Big King) and the sur­round­ing Three Kings Plaza and town cen­tre.

Over 150 years the quarry has sup­plied sco­ria for some of the city’s ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

How­ever, the quarry, which has been op­er­ated by Win­stone Ag­gre­gates for the past 90 years, is reach­ing the end of its life and is be­ing read­ied for re­de­vel­op­ment.

Win­stone Ag­gre­gates has be­gun the process of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the quarry through pro­gres­sive back­fill­ing – pre­par­ing the site for fu­ture use.

Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff says the avail­abil­ity of the land rep­re­sents the big­gest de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial on the Auck­land isth­mus.

Mr Goff is en­cour­ag­ing the com­mu­nity to be proac­tive in ex­press­ing their vi­sion for the area.

‘‘With the ad­join­ing Big King vol­canic cone and the nat­u­ral spring wa­ter at the quarry, by us­ing our imag­i­na­tion, we can hugely en­hance the en­vi­ron­ment and at­trac­tive­ness of the area.’’

Sug­ges­tions for re­de­vel­op­ing the 15-hectare quarry at com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers work­shops have in­cluded res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and a busi­ness park.

‘‘The board is open to any sug­ges­tions mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have on any of th­ese op­tions or other sug­ges­tions and en­cour­ages peo­ple to get in­volved and give us their ideas on the plan,’’ Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board mem­ber Nigel Turn­bull says.

‘‘The board has not made any de­ci­sions on the pro­posed op­tions and is seek­ing pub­lic feed­back.’’

The open days will take place at the Fickling Cen­tre to­day from 3pm to 8pm and Satur­day, 9am to 4pm. Feed­back is wel­comed and will con­trib­ute to the fi­nal Three Kings Precinct Plan due for com­ple­tion in Novem­ber.


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