It’s time to have your say about the Whau area


It’s only days to go be­fore public feed­back closes on the Whau Lo­cal Board draft plan.

The com­mu­nity has till June 30 to pro­vide in­put on seven out­comes the board planned to achieve over the next year.

The board is aim­ing for wellplanned towns, fa­cil­i­ties and hous­ing. It wants to pro­mote cy­cling and the use of public trans­port, enhance the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, strengthen the lo­cal econ­omy and cel­e­brate cre­ativ­ity and pro­mote the area’s her­itage.

The Whau Lo­cal Board’s to­tal bud­get for 2017-2018 was more than $19 mil­lion. Lo­cal plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment ex­pen­di­ture went from $190,000 in the 2016 2017 fi­nan­cial year to more than $2.2m in the cur­rent pe­riod. Auck­land Coun­cil’s Justin Kary said the new fig­ure in­cluded work on a stormwa­ter pond in the Crown Lynn precinct.

Cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture on lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vices de­creased from $2.6m in 2016 - 2017 to 412,000 in the cur­rent pe­riod.

Kary said this was be­cause work on the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year had in­cluded a bud­get for work on the Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, which has now been de­ferred till the near fu­ture. The draft in­cluded re­fresh­ing the Avon­dale Ac­tion Plan that was de­vel­oped in 2013.

An­other ob­jec­tive was to high­light qual­ity de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­vestors in the Whau area.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s An­ton­ina Ge­or­getti said a strategy around how that would be done was yet to be fi­nalised. The lo­cal board ser­vices ad­vi­sor said feed­back was also be­ing sought on lo­cal plan­ning pro­jects.

She said this would be sim­i­lar to what had been done in Kel­ston ear­lier this year. The Whau Lo­cal Board, and Com­mu­nity Waitakere, helped the com­mu­nity de­velop a shared vi­sion and plan for the area.

The draft plan also had a fo­cus

‘‘[Eth­nic Com­mu­ni­ties Plan] is cur­rently be­ing scoped’’

An­ton­ina Ge­or­getti

on eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties. The chair­woman of the board Tracy Mul­hol­land said the de­mo­graphic of the Whau area was chang­ing and fu­ture plans needed to re­flect that. Ge­or­getti said the board was in the process of de­vel­op­ing an Eth­nic Com­mu­ni­ties Plan for 2017-2018.

‘‘This is cur­rently be­ing scoped,’’ she said.

To check out the full plans, head to the Shape Auck­land site. You can also post feed­back on the board’s Face­book page.


Whau Lo­cal Board mem­bers David Whit­ley, left, Derek Bat­tersby, Ulale­ma­mae Te’eva Matafai, Dun­can Mac­Don­ald, Catherine Framer, sec­ond row, Su­san Zhu and chair­woman Tracy Mul­hol­land.

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