Auckland Council submissions needed – Long Term Plan

Whakaupoko Landcare have provided their submission for the Auckland Council 10 year budget, Long Term Plan:

General Feedback
Re the AC LTP and RPMP we in general fully support the larger spend on the environment and full implementation of the RPMP. Auckland with only 2% of the total land area of NZ and around 1/3rd of the rate payers should be leading the way with funding care of the environment. We have many of New Zealand’s endangered bird species right on our doorstep with both the off shore islands and the Hunua’s/Waitakere’s. The general environment for these species to spread beyond these borders is currently extremely poor.
This is common sense. It is a growing long term trend that people care more about the environment in which they live. With the NZ ‘Pure’ brand and Auckland striving to be the most liveable city in the world it is clear there should be more focus in this area.

Protecting our Environment / Pest Control
Private Land
With the consultation documents it was difficult to establish much clarity on the level of funding that would be committed to private land. This represents 85% of Auckland’s total land area and if the LTP is to be in line with the likes of Predator Free 2050 then private land needs to be incorporated in the plan. It appeared that the main budget for private land would be just focusing on possum control. Again this seems more in line with the old goal of TB Free NZ rather than a focus on enhancing biodiversity. For enhancing biodiversity our experience has shown that at least the animal pests of rats, mustelids and feral cats need to be targeted with appropriate levels of funding.

Working with Communities
There was little reference as to how the plan would connect and fund community groups. We see this as a key priority. To achieve the goals of improving the environment Auckland wide there has to be considerably more behaviour change by all of us. This requires direct influence of communities. Council can provide funding and technical expertise but when it comes to private landowners then community groups are an important part of a collaborative approach as unlike Council they are the ones with credibility among their community. Jan Wright in her final environment report identified the need to have a more coordinated approach across NZ with working with communities.

The collaborative community approach needs to be clearer. It is well documented throughout the world that community groups consistently deliver environmental outcomes and permanent behaviour change at 1/5th – 1/10th of when paid staff or contractors are used. In our own area we have some great examples with landowners who have been regularly carrying out pest control for over 10 years along AC guidelines of pulse baiting 4 times a year. The annual materials cost is less than $5/ha. The biodiversity outcomes are considerable. Despite ongoing pest reinvasion we have bird monitoring data that shows very high kereru and tui counts. In fact we have properties now averaging double what the kereru counts are at Maungatautari Sanctuary which is a completely predator free environment. Our tui counts are the same as Maungatautari. We had bats monitored by AC and the frequency over the 7 week period of monitoring was as high as the highest bat frequency recorded sites in the middle of the Hunua’s where reinvasion issues are much less etc. We have increasing numbers of kaka visiting each year and staying for longer.

Water
We should at least have all beaches where we can safely swim all year around. Other water quality issues are also important to the wellbeing of people and the environment. An example of the current situation in our local area is we have the Whangamaire stream which is one of the longest waterways in Auckland. The nitrate levels consistently average 15mg/L. This may well be the highest of any stream in NZ. It is way beyond the upper national guideline limit of 6.9 and the WHO safe drinking water limit of 11.3. It compares poorly with the Waikato at over 20x more concentration of nitrates where even in the lower reaches at Mercer the level is only .69mg/L. From our own sampling with Waicare the Mauku stream, also one of Auckland’s longest, is not much better with an estimate of 10mg/L. It is not even regularly sampled by AC as one of the key streams of Auckland despite it being in the top 4 longest waterways. Even the proposed higher funding option with the targeted rate for the environment seemed to ignore funding issues in rural water catchments. This needs to be addressed in our opinion.

Franklin Local Board (FLB)
General Franklin represents 24% of the total area of Auckland which is obviously very significant from the potential biodiversity that can be achieved Auckland wide. It includes the Hunua’s that so far remains free from kauri dieback and where the public access is considerably less than in the likes of the Waitakere’s. There is a considerable amount of privately owned farm land and already there are 3 very active, long established Landcare groups with Awhitu Peninsula Landcare, Whakaupoko Landcare and Te Wairoa Catchment. On top of this DOC is about to provide some initiative funding to help establish a collaborative approach incorporating all the Landcare groups. This provides AC with an ideal cost effective community engagement launch pad for the LTP and fully funded RPMP.
Compatability The higher level of support for environment funding and the RPMP is very much in line with what FLB have proposed for 2018/19. This is especially with point 2 ‘Focus on caring for our natural environment …..’ and point 3 ‘Start on the ground delivery of local trails….. We will support local communities and trail trusts to get routes in place and promote their use’.

Submission guidelines to align with Whakaupoko Landcare:

Environment – Auckland Council Long Term Plan Submissions

Please help. Now is the key time to have your say and really have an impact on funding for the environment. Have your say on the Auckland Long Term Plan and Regional Pest Management Plan and you could really change the funding we have available to enhance our environment. Here is a chance to really increase the size of the pie and this is the priority. We can debate the finer detail later. Please pass this on now to friends and family.

We have been in contact with many other groups and people across Auckland with developing what we recommend here. Please take a few minutes to support us and have your say. Ideally today with the deadline being March 28th. There is an enclosed file that provides a bit more detail and that you can include in your submission at the end.

Click on this link for the Long Term Plan.

https://engage.ubiquity.co.nz/surveys/mom8LOQAZkiKnAjVaiCmfQ

Scroll to the bottom and click on Start. (You can view consultation document if you wish)

Fill in your details and include Franklin Local Board. Click on next

Q1 Tick support

Q2 Tick support

Q3 Copy and paste the following in the please tell us why. This is in line with Forest & Bird and what other landcare groups are submitting and has been well discussed.

I DO NOT support options A or B. I support OTHER – I want to protect our forests and communities from invading pests like kauri dieback, predators and weeds, therefore I want full funding for the Regional Pest Management Plan and for our natural environment at an estimated $60/year / average rate payer.

Q4 As you wish. (It is very tempting to put in that by now we should be starting to see some of the economies of scale and efficiencies kicking in with the abolition of the ARC and Council amalgamation but not sure if this may be counterproductive to the Environment spend. Couldn’t get any clear feedback from Council people on this).

Q 5 As you wish

Q6 Tick Franklin

Q7 As you wish

Below Q7 there is a tab where you can ‘Upload New File’. You may have to download the attached file onto your computer before you can upload into here. Alternatively copy the attached file and simply paste into the Q3 ‘Please tell us why space’

Complete the rest as you wish.

Now click on this link for the Regional Pest Management Plan

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/topics-you-can-have-your-say-on/regional-pest-management-plan/Pages/default.aspx

Click on submit feedback

Scroll to bottom and click on ‘Start’

Answer questions as you wish but to keep it simple you can simply go down to the bottom of Q9 and in the ‘Upload New File’ include the same attached document.

Complete the rest of the survey as requested

If you have any questions you are welcome to call Andrew Sinclair on 021 268 1904.

Above is the general feedback information that is the same content as the attached file. You may wish to copy and paste this in the appropriate boxes in Q2 & 3 if you prefer.

Kiwiana in the Garden – Totara Hospice Fundraiser

Hank and Margaret, owners of one of our wonderful local garden venues, Ginagin are having their annual fundraiser for Totara Hospice this weekend on Sunday 26th November 2017, from 1pm.

This year’s theme is Kiwiana in the garden, and the afternoon includes the welcome return of musician Richard Middleton, as well as all the usual activities including a late lunch or afternoon tea for the donation ticket price of $25/person. Children are free, but please advise if they are attending to aid with planning.

On sale will be handmade cards and Christmas decorations, and all sale monies and ticket fees will go directly to Totara Hospice. If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit this popular local venue, then do so on Sunday while supporting a wonderful service provider.

You can RSVP directly to Hank and Margaret by phoning 09 236-3147 or going to https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/kiwianainthegarden

Please pass on the invitation to friends and family, and feel free to print out this invitation to take to your workplace.

Drury to Paerata upgrades – Feedback wanted

SH22 Drury to Paerata

Posted below is a message received from Safe Roads NZ.

Public meetings to be held:
Pukekohe Town Hall 26 August 2017 10 am – 2 pm
Ramarama School 29 August 2017 3 pm – 7pm

Tēnā koe

As you are probably aware, the NZ Transport Agency is working on making SH22 between Drury and Paerata safer. Over the last 10 years nine people have died and 36 seriously injured.

Earlier this year we sought community feedback, to hear where the key safety issues and concerns were for this road. This has helped us shape the proposed improvements. It has also highlighted some extra ideas for improvements which we have incorporated, now we’re letting people know where we have got to with these plans and checking to see if we have the plans right. This will also give anyone who missed the previous open days an opportunity to have their say.

We are teaming up with the wider NZ Transport Agency SH1 Papakura to Bombay team for public open days to inform the public. We are keen to ensure that key stakeholder and community groups are aware of the update and have an opportunity to share their thoughts. Please see attached for the details and an update of the solutions we are investigating to make this area safer.

We encourage you to attend the open days, share this in your network, and submit feedback (form attached). Feedback can be given in writing via letter or email, or online via nzta.govt.nz/d2p/have-your-say.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Cheers, Kathy
Kathy Chinn
Community Engagement Manager
Kathy.chinn@saferoads.co.nz
64 21 064 4777″

Information below:

Community information and questionnaire – SH22 Drury to Paerata by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Franklin Local Board Plan 2017

Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to send this through to our email loop, but following is the proposed Franklin Local Board Plan 2017, and the submission I sent on behalf of Patumahoe Village Inc.

Our submission reinforced many previous submissions we have made to both our Franklin Local Board, and Auckland Council and reflects the results of past community consultation and engagement.

Please take time to comment or add your thoughts on this plan or our submission.

Predator Free Patumahoe – Trap Day

Trap 1Time to get serious with rats.

This Friday May 19th we have a free rat trap and cage pick up afternoon at Patumahoe School from 2.25 – 4.30pm.

If you are able to help hand out traps and talk to people that would be great. You are welcome to come along and pick up 1 or more rat traps yourself. There is also an awesome limited special offer where you can register to purchase a Good Nature A24 rat trap for just $80 including a counter for free. (Normal retail direct from Good Nature $199).

This is immediately after school finishes and has been publicised through the school newsletter and County News. Some of us will be there earlier at 1.00pm helping assemble some of the rat trap cages. If you are able to join us at 1.00 – even better. No carpentry skills needed.

We carried out some bird surveys around the Village with help from Patumahoe School room 9 students. What was great to see is that tui and kereru numbers were way up on similar surveys we carried out 5 – 7 years ago. In the buffer zone around Patumahoe we saw several bait stations and one land owner has in place 24 Good Nature rat traps. It is awesome to see the difference and it will exciting to see what can be achieved with even more predator control.

Any questions call Andrew Sinclair
Mob 021 268 1904

Te Whangai Trust Community partnership

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Whakaupoko Landcare/ Te Whangai trust Community partnership

On the second Wednesday of every month, from 10.00am – 12.30pm Whakaupoko Landcare and Community Members are welcome to come and work alongside Te Whangai staff & students at their Tui Glen Nursery 188 Jutland Road, Pukekohe (At end of Princes Street West) Pukekohe-(next door to the new subdivision.)

We will be doing native plant nursery work, such as seed sowing/taking cuttings /pricking out seedlings/ potting/weeding and other general nursery activities.

Members are then welcome to remain for lunch. (Bring your own lunch or something to share.)

This is an initiative aimed at providing a regular meeting place for Whakaupoko members, interacting, mentoring and generally assisting Te Whangai with their nursery work plus meeting a whole new group of people.

There will be a short safety brief and detailed instructions for all volunteers.

Please wear closed in footwear and bring wet weather gear in case the weather lets us down. Bring some gardening gloves as well if you can.

Parking will be on the driveway around the lean- to shed, just before the narrow entrance to the nursery section.

Any queries or further information to Fiona Macdonald 021-596946 or 235-8301 or

Deborah Savill at whakaupokolandcare@gmail.com

Patumahoe History – starting a conversation…

Kay Carter rang me just after the successful 150th Patumahoe School Reunion, with the news that my preordered copy of the Patumahoe history book (published to coincide with the reunion) was available.

During the same conversation, she mentioned an article in the Franklin County News (Oct 26 2016, Page 3) and an online article “Has the Time Come?” written by Gary Wilson (a journalist, local historian, and author of Patu – a book on Patumahoe Rugby) that referred to that original Māori hapu that lived, farmed and exported from this area.

As I had seen neither, I reassured her that from what I knew of the project the heritage group had worked to collate all they could with care, and that any projects relating to history are perhaps best viewed as a beginning for conversation rather than a definitive work.

Some background…

Part of the initial grant received by Patumahoe Village Inc, was used to help create a history display for the first Open Day in May 2012. I was present for the inception of the idea for the history archive, and spent a very minimal amount of time setting up the Google email for Kay, and the Google group so members could communicate with each other easily. I attended the first few meetings, and offered assistance where I would be of any use, but it was apparent that there were enough passionate and much more knowledgeable members of the community that had everything in hand.

Superfluous would be the best word to describe me at that point.

I was aware, though, that contact with local iwi was to be sought, and I provided the heritage group with the contact details that Patumahoe Village Inc and Whakaupoko Landcare used when keeping Ngāti Tamaoho and Ngāti Te Ata informed, and I know they were used as a starting point. I was pleased to hear that at one stage a professional writer was engaged, who created a framework that included the significance of local Māori ownership as part of the history.

Patumahoe Village Inc also offered the heritage group the use of this website to make material available to the wider community, but this option was not taken due to concerns over the release of sensitive or copyrighted material. But Patumahoe Village Inc was still able to help promote and publicise the group when asked. They also were instrumental in acquiring the Looking After Locals grant, which gave financial assistance to the group to help with publication costs when the Looking After Locals project was finalised.  I understand that now the book has been published an archive is available via the Patumahoe History & Memories Facebook page.

In my conversation with Kay that day I expressed my opinion that any historical collation could only work with the archival material available, and that because of that restriction, you could only truthfully say that despite all effort any conclusion would give a truncated view, and often would be from limited perspectives.

Adding to this, is the oral history that is often not recorded, particularly for Māori in those times, and the fact that the local hapu that occupied this land were dispersed around the country when they lost it, and their stories are hard – if not impossible – to collect.

However, this lack of material could be acknowledged and noticeably regretted in order to give significance to that loss. (I think this is true, regardless of location and group and intent, but that is a topic for another post no doubt.)

So without any preconceived intent – but taking advantage of the dialogue with Kay that day – this post is primarily to start a conversation which begins with a question, (particularly for those not intimately involved with Patumahoe history):

Did you know that the residential village of Patumahoe rests entirely within the “Native Reserve” allocated at one time to local Māori?

And the slideshow above – with it’s amateur graphics by yours truly – which allows a transition that the printed page cannot, shows you how.

I live within that boundary… do you?

Paula Crosswell

Comments are encouraged and welcome.

Patumahoe: A Social History

The much anticipated and exceptionally well researched Patumahoe: A Social History has now been published.

For those who missed out on the discounted pre-orders, you have another chance to purchase. Just print out the form below and send with payment (or payment reference) to patumahoehistorygroup@gmail.com:

History Book by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Does anyone recognise me?

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Sophia, who lives down Wylie Road, just had a close encounter with one of our Patumahoe residents.

As it is Sunday, she has taken it home for the afternoon, but it would be great if someone recognised this young dog, and we could get it returned to it’s owners as soon as possible.

If you own this lovely dog, or know it’s owners – can you please get in touch with Sophie 027-376-7443

Submission to Auckland Council – Sports Facilities & Investment

A lot of the feedback we received during our consultation regarding the community spaces in Patumahoe, and how they will be affected by residential growth.

The Patumahoe Draft Structure Plan addressed this, and for a quick visual guide visit these two Google Maps: Patumahoe Village Centre and Sports Field options that allow you to click the various items to see what information was used for decision making.

This additional information given on request to Auckland Council limited itself to these community consulation outcomes.

Additional Information for Sports Facilities Investment Plan by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd