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.

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:

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Open Day @ Ginagin – Patumahoe’s best kept secret venue

The Boutique Garden Venue

An Invitation

Come and join us on Saturday the 27th of February between 1pm and 6pm for coffee and tea and take the opportunity to view and enjoy our unique setting at Ginagin, 45 Bowker Road in Patumahoe.

 

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Ginagin is a venue suitable for Weddings, High Teas, Naming Days, Yoga in the garden, Tai Chi to welcome the day, Family events, Birthdays and most other occasions.

We are a boutique garden venue in your community and we work with local photographers and caterers where possible.

If you know of anyone who is looking for a venue for that special event, please invite them along or forward this invitation to them.

Hank and Margaret
enquiries@ginagin.co.nz
www.ginagin.co.nz

Climate Change submission

Climate Change

Submissions to the government are due on 3 June 2015.

Generation Zero have provided a quick online submission form to help those who want to see measures taken to safeguard our stability and futures: Fix Our Future

For those still unsure about the cause of climate change, a study concluded in 2013 on published, scientific environmental papers resulted in a finding that 97% of those published papers agreed that climate change was occurring AND that it was caused by human use of fossil fuels. NASA provides a good link to the consensus links between credible scientific institutions.

Public Meetings
There have been a series of public meetings across New Zealand over the last few, but these have been poorly advertised and not supported by much information that relates the need for discussion on climate change. The discussion document provided online can be found here, but Dave Hansford at Public Address provides a reasonable critique of the omissions of those discussion points.

As many of our residents are primary producers they will bear the already noticeable impact of unseasonal weather patterns, and extreme weather events.

If you have not yet had time to investigate climate change, then the following videos may get you interested.

The first is produced by 350.org. It talks about the effects of climate change, and the causes of it.



Recently Maori TV broadcast the NZ documentary, Hot Air by Alister Barry & Abi King-Jones, which relates the politics of inaction. Youtube video of film available on creative commons below:



Political inaction is not unique to New Zealand however, and a mulitipartisan approach needs to be taken for long-term sustainability.

Comments are OPEN, but will be moderated and genuine questions or concerns are welcome.

Consider taking the time to investigate this issue yourself – without influence – and come to your own conclusions. This should not be utilised as a political issue for governments, it is a personal one for us all.

Apologies for the late notice on the submission date, but it was not widely advertised and some personal thought was required before posting this online.

Article provided as local resident,
Paula Crosswell

Volcano Walk Map

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Volcano walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Findlay Rd, Nature Reserve

Mauku Residents  – We need your help for a Growing Community Asset.

Please Release Me.

Who:   Young native trees. (From nasty aggressive foreign invaders such as gorse, inkweed, blackberry, privet and woolly nightshade).

Where:Auckland Council Reserve opposite St Brides on the other side of Mauku Stream.   Access is on Findlay Rd by Mauku bridge via St Brides land.

When: You choose – any time that suits you and your friends or family. All we ask is that you donate a minimum of 2 hours a month starting January through until May.

Bring:  A tool such as a sharp spade, shovel or hoe.

Contact Person:         Deborah  Savill 2363 051 – for further information.

 

For permanent control any weeds must be cut off below ground level – not above. For locals there is absolutely no charge and in return you can be proud of playing a part in establishing a potentially beautiful native bush block for all the community and native birds to enjoy. Also you will receive some upper body strength benefits combined with a pleasant walk along some already formed tracks with the company of tui, fantail and the occasional kereru. The weeds are not yet large so almost anyone is capable of at least dealing to a few.

 

The land was in pines that were harvested. Much of this was replanted in natives 2 – 3 years ago. Whakaupoko Landcare believes it is best to keep the area weed free so that the area can be used as a great community asset for people to enjoy walking through. There are weed seedlings that will dominate for the next 30 – 50 years if we do not act now. In the Mauku area there is limited land where there is public access for all in the community to share. Here is a great opportunity with just a little help from locals to make this space a great place.

 

Auckland Council is assisting where possible despite the Reserve area not high on their priority list. They are helping with funding more native trees, some fencing and may also help with weed control.  This is in line with their mission statement to work collaboratively with communities. Their support is much appreciated.

 

The reserve does have legal paper road access but as yet this is undeveloped. The current access for the purpose of weed control, is for a 6 month period and is via St Brides land by the Mauku Bridge on Findlay Rd. There will be signage at this point and we ask that the community please respect the access for weed control provided by St Brides. Also respect any stock that may be grazing on the land. Ensure that gates are left as they are found.

 

The area is close to 1 ha. It is opposite a site on St Brides where the community recently planted native trees along the Mauku stream on St Brides land that was previously just gorse. It is opposite the Mauku Cemetry where again the community has been planting more native trees along the potentially beautiful Mauku Stream. What has been a non native weed infested area for many years could become a real community asset for all to enjoy in the future with a little help from locals. We welcome your participation.

Patumahoe Project Ideas night!

Where: Patumahoe Primary School Hall

When: Monday 22nd April 7.30pm

Who: Everyone welcome

This will be a fun night and you are welcome to bring along some drinks and nibbles.

The format is simple with people to come along and share and discuss great idea projects big or small. There is a simple projects one page form that has been developed, (enclosed). While there will no doubt be many great ideas it is important that we end up with a good way to convert a few of these into ‘can do’ projects and really make a difference. With a projects form completed it identifies those leading the project and provides a plan that allows funding to be arranged as required.

To get you thinking here are some that have been bandied about over the last 3 years:

  • Create entrance signs on roads leading into Patumahoe encouraging planting along the Mauku Stream, (Auckland’s longest stream).
  • Planting fruit trees and native trees around Patumahoe and other places to beautify the area and enhance the paddock to plate theme
  • Develop a community notice board that is attractive and well used. Also small attractive stands for location in local stores for the likes of community newsletters.
  • Enhance entrance ways to Te Ara O Whangamaire Upgrade Henry’s Bush walkway to be accessible to an all weather, year round walkway surface
  • Target possums in the wider area to get below 1% equivalent of a residual trap catch monitor in by 2015, (currently around 5%)
  • Eliminate all mature Woolly nightshade from the wider area by 2016 and control all seedlings.
  • Enhance Patumahoe Schools ‘Trees for Survival’ and work with Te Whangai Trust to make more native plants available for local revegetation.
  • Renovate the Mauku tennis club building. Perhaps develop a template for replicas as well.
  • Arranging visits to other Villages with good central planning features, Village Squares / Greens and well shared resources such as Community Centres
  • Identifying opportunities for securing on going income generation for local Community Development

Simple Projects Builds a Community-1

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…. Franklin’s first village planning meeting???…

For those of you who have attended any of the Open Days, street parties, open community meetings or engaged with us by email or phone during the last three years, you may have been surprised to read in Tuesday’s Franklin County News (9th April 2013) the following article:

Copy reproduced with acknowledgement to copyright owner Franklin County News

Of particular interest may be the fact that after two years work  that included considered consultation with those who chose to engage, using a variety of methods, we have had several meetings with the Franklin Local Board asking for precisely those planning resources that have been given to Kawakawa Bay and Hunua.  They seemed to have achieved these results with a three page document and one meeting.

Our submissions and considerations are very similar to what have been proposed – and supported by Franklin Local Board – but we have been much more comprehensive in our consultation methodology and final considerations.

While we do not begrudge either of these communities this resource, it is of interest to us how these communities were chosen, and before contacting Franklin Local Board on this matter would like to hear from Patumahoe first.

We invite anyone in the wider community to comment on this matter, and will answer any questions that are put forward.

Pelorus Trust grant received


In September, Pelorus Trust gave a grant of $18,000 to do fire safety, upgrade toilets and disability ramp.

After that the building will be basically ready for use. Patumahoe Primary School applied for that grant as a sign of commitment and support. The CEO came out to present the cheque and look at the project.

Pelorus is the gaming trust which the Patty pub supports, and recently they have supported the rugby club with their covered stand, and provided 2 defibrillators to the fire brigade.

At Patumahoe Primary School calf club day there was steady interest in a detailed display about the history of the church in its various guises, and a rundown of the present project.

Patumahoe Tennis Club registration – 14 & 15 September

Registration for Patumahoe Tennis Club – All welcome!
Venue: Patumahoe Tennis Club, Patumahoe

Junior Opening Days and Registration – under 18 years old
Friday 14th September 2012 5.30 – 6.30pm
or Saturday 15th September 2012 10-11am

Senior Opening Day
Wednesday 12 September 2012 7pm

Contact Jo Syme – 021 0276-4131

Night Tennis
Monday night starts 8th October 2012
Tuesday night starts 9th October 2012

Monday night has space for full teams and both nights have space for individual players.
Teams consist of four players (two mean and two women)

Night tennis is ideal for new and experienced players as handicap scoring system evens out games.

Please enquire if interested in playing social tennis.
Monday night: Chris Hobbs 236-3784 (027 368-3945)
Tuesday night: Maree Craig 236-3818

2012 Subscriptions:
$80 – Junior sub (under 18) Coaching fee additional $30
$45 – Non-interclub Junior includes coaching
$130 – Senior sub includes interclub, night tennis
$260 – Family sub (2 adults + 2 or more children under 18 years)
$50 – Night tennis pre Christmas round (approx 8 games per round)
$50 – Night tennis post Christmas round (approx 8 games per round)

Any enquiries please phone President Chris Hobbs 236-3784 or 027-368-3945
Visit here more details about the club.