Sports Facilities Investment Plan – Due 21st April 2016

From Auckland Council “Have your say” pages:

“Auckland Council is looking to develop a coordinated approach to the investment in sports facilities.

A discussion document is the first step. It will seek stakeholders’ views on the following two questions:

  1. How should Auckland Council invest in sports facilities given funding and land supply constraints and a growing and changing population?
  2. How can the sports sector, including Auckland Council, respond to increasing demand for sport facilities with the same funding and land supply constraints?


Supporting information

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – discussion document (PDF 2.2MB)

The feedback that you provide will inform the Sports Facilities Investment Plan which will detail our investment framework and priorities.

Online feedback

Our online feedback form will be available from Monday 21 March until Thursday 21 April 2016.

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – online survey  


Workshops

A series of workshops have been scheduled in March and April 2016 with local boards and other stake holders.

Please note that Auckland Council intends to publish a summary of feedback. If you do not wish your name and/or organisation to be associated with your feedback in the engagement report, please indicate this in your feedback.

You might also be interested in viewing the Golf Facilities Investment Plan consultation.”

This issue is of particular importance to Patumahoe according to work undertaken to create our  Draft Structure Plan in consultation with community members.

It may be of interest to have a look 3. Multi-use community centre which was based on a community of similar size and demographic in Nelson, which was successful in turning a profit within five years and is able to sustain the employment of a full-time manager.  The success of this centre can be attributed to it’s community size, the flexibility of use, and the availability of affordable and available hiring options.

Also, in line with this is the 8. Parks & Recreational Land section, which itemises the expected growth needs of the community as identified by the current local sports clubs.

The expected requirement for further large sports fields has limited options.  An agreement for a conversation with local landowners was undertaken, and options were limited.  The best case scenario at the time, provided not only further rugby fields, but retained the existing number one field and stand in place, and allowed for continued use of the Patumahoe Rugby Club in the War Memorial Hall.

It also provided for the multi-use centre in a walkable village location, and created a space for further commercial and social areas that were not located on increasing high traffic roads.

For more information view the proposal for reconfiguration of the council owned land on Google Maps – AND – the options investigated of the further sports fields that would need to be acquired.  (Further information can be viewed by clicking on various items on the maps).

A Youtube video of a mockup of that proposal can be found here:

 

 

 

UFB Rural project – Auckland Council submission update

rural broadband

Thanks to all who took the time to fill out the respondent form in the last post: Rural – Ultra Fast Broadband initiative for Patumahoe

Despite the short time frame, we gathered enough information to support our indication of interest to Auckland Council.

On Friday, I received the full 134 page Auckland Council Registration of Interest to the project, and can report Patumahoe has been included on the council’s priority rollout list of 17 rural communities.

Patumahoe is placed at 12/17 of the identified rural communities.

A copy of Auckland Council’s Registration of Interest can be downloaded from their website.

Media release from Auckland Council:

16 July 2015

Council puts rural communities’ case

for improved broadband access

Auckland Council has submitted a Registration of Interest – Support (ROI) in response to government’s announcement to extend its investment in rural broadband, ultrafast broadband and mobile black spots.

An additional $100 million for the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), $210 million for Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) and $50 million for mobile black spots, is regarded by the council as the best opportunity to address the lack of reliable broadband in many of Auckland’s rural and remote communities.

The ROI represents the needs of more than 42 communities across rural Auckland that would benefit from better broadband.

With more than a third of the affected communities, the Rodney Local Board area is the hardest hit, but by no means the only local board area to suffer, says Councillor Penny Webster. “Not having reliable broadband access in these areas is not an option in this day and age.”

The ROI also sets out what the council can do to help maximise the benefits of any available government funding, particularly in assisting the building of infrastructure.

The council acknowledges the additional funding is for improvements nationwide and not all communities will benefit. As a result, the council has committed to exploring alternative solutions addressing the ongoing issues of broadband access in rural and remote Auckland.

This work will continue to be led by a political working party including Councillors Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, and Penny Webster.

The council’s ROI document can be downloaded from http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/responsetogovernmentufbrbimbsf.pdf

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Thriving Communities Action Plan

Thriving Communities cover

After much consultation, discussion and work the Thriving Communities Action Plan has finally been released by Auckland Council.

The document itself is 42 pages long, but is an easy introduction into the intent and outcomes of Community Development Work.

(As many of you know, we currently have a community development project being undertaken in Patumahoe.  Emma Murtagh is the coordinator of the Looking After Locals Project, and can be contacted on lookingafterlocals@gmail.com.)

Much of the work and consultation undertaken by Patumahoe Village Inc, in the last four years has followed the framework provided by other grassroots organisations.  This action plan puts in place a concrete commitment from Auckland Council to support and assist such grassroots initiatives.  Along with the development of the Looking After Locals project, this gives all of us a wonderful opportunity to have a more direct influence on our local community.

So, grab yourself a cup of tea/glass of wine and sit down for a good read.  Then let those ideas flow – whether small or large! – then get in touch and we’ll see what we can do to make it happen.

 

Thriving Communities Action Plan by PatumahoeVillageInc

Patumahoe Hill – Community amenity proposal

Feedback is wanted from the community about the development of a community amenity located within the newly approved Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan.

For those who are uninitiated into regulatory speak – a private plan change resource consent- when approved – changes the landuse zoning of the proposal property/properties. In this case, landuse has changed from Rural to Residential allowing for the development of a subdivision on the hill which is currently cropped. Private Plan Changes are initiated by private landowners.

Previous posts on this particular PPC (Private Plan Change) can be read by clicking on the links below:
View from the summit -Patumahoe Hill
Community Meeting – 13th September 2012
Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan

Background to this proposal.
1. The summit has been identified in the Draft Structure Plan and advice from all our planners has pointed out the ecological significance of this site – as it is the highest point in the current village and expected development area.
2. Cultural significance is documented by historical maps showing this to be the centre of the Native Reserve, despite confiscation dispersing local iwi populations to other areas over 150 yrs ago. Their connection can be recognised, and documented in a beneficial and sensitive manner.
3. Alternative transport – planners are recognising the benefits of walkable neighbourhoods, and this proposal adds that benefit to its concept.
4. Community amenity – provides everyone (especially those in higher density homes) access to a natural amenity with view to our local rural and populated landscapes – as well as direct sightlines to other Franklin volcanoes.

Andrew Sinclair has put together a powerpoint presentation on this concept which contains much more detail, and we hope to be holding an open community discussion day soon on this very topic:

Please take time to have a look, and then fill out the form provided or comment on this post to provide your views:

Patumahoe Hill Presentation March 2014

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Community Development Grant – Patumahoe

For those who didn’t get a chance to view the application, here is the final application made to the Department of Internal Affairs along with an one page amendment of the Budget that was submitted to the DIA, after the grant was approved, and meeting with Anna Parsons from the department was held.

Attending that Budget amendment meeting on 30 July 2013:
Anna Parsons (DIA liaison)
Ron Gordon, Margaret Stormont (Patumahoe Primary School)
Glenn Hunter, Andrew Sinclair, Paula Crosswell

Application submitted March 2013

Application to DIA CDS Funding 2013 by PatumahoeVillageInc

Budget Amendment: Updated 30 July 2013

Application to DIA CDS Page 18 Only – Updated Budget 30 July 2013 – Copy by PatumahoeVillageInc

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

by PatumahoeVillageInc

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Request for letters of support from community

Previous posts: Community Development Scheme application
Draft of application for Community Development Grant

Hi Folks

Paula Crosswell is developing an application that could see us obtain a 3 years of funding of up to $240,000 to assist with Community Development. It is too good an opportunity to turn down. There is a tight time frame on this with the application due in on March 20th. There will be a meeting next week and you will receive more information about it if. In the mean time I have been put in charge of getting some support and if possible we require from you a brief note of support and a little about yourself or yourselves.

The application is being fronted by the school as they have a track record of audited accounts. There is significant Patumahoe Village Inc  involvement with support from Whakaupoko Landcare. Please feel free to circulate this among others. I expect this will get circulated via PVI and Whakaupoko so you may receive this more than once.

We are presenting supporters as ‘Meet the locals’

If you are able to include a low res photo that will be appreciated.

The deadline is by this Sunday if possible. I have included a sample of one I have completed for myself.

Simply fill in and email back to me asap under the headings below.

Best Wishes

Andrew Sinclair

 

If you want to play a part in getting this scheme up and going in Patumahoe for three years, a couple of minutes is all that is needed to show your support for this proposal. You take two minutes to fill in this online form, or write your own letter, and send it to me by 15 March 2013 – email: patumahoe village2050@gmail.com.

Every letter is a valuable contribution to the application. Please consider taking the time to do it now.

A template and example is shown below:

Name(s):

Support:

I fully support this DIA Community Development Scheme application for Patumahoe and the surrounding wider community of which I am a keen local participant.

Brief background:

Community Interests / Involvement:

Hopes for the future:

 

Letter of Support – Andrew Sinclair by PatumahoeVillageInc


Draft of application for Community Development Grant

We are a bit further down the track – on the Community Development Grant initially discussed in this post.

Due to the tight deadline, and Ron’s absence (but welcome return this week) we are still in draft mode on the application which needs to be submitted in hard copy by 20 March 2013.

To meet our intent of transparency with the community – the draft application can be viewed below.  Please feel free to download and comment on aspects of the application, and we will endeavour to take all suggestions on board.

Of immense value is indication of support from the community. If you agree with the wider scope of the proposal please take time to write us a letter of support – or alternatively – take a couple of minutes to fill out this online form.

Draft Application 2013 by PatumahoeVillageInc

Draft Annual Plan 2013/14 – Franklin Local Board

Draft was released and submissions open Thursday, 24 January and close Monday, 25 February 2013.

This plan is the immediate budgetary and priority plan for our Franklin Local Board for the next two years.

Local Board chairman, Andy Baker introduces the Franklin Board content – “MESSAGE FROM YOUR
LOCAL BOARD CHAIRPERSON The Franklin Local Board has focussed intently on ensuring our communities’ needs have been recognised. We believe rates increases if needed must be kept to an absolute minimum, whilst retaining levels of service and funding to support and create local initiatives so community expectations can still be met where possible. Our priorities of better public transport, safer rural
roads and enhanced local economic development remain unchanged. Our burgeoning tourism industry around our east and west coasts, alongside our position as a vital food producer, the continued growth and popularity
of Pukekohe as a town centre and those things which makes Franklin such an important part of Auckland
now and in the future are foremost in our thinking. Our aspiration cannot become reality without effective communication and strong relationships with our community, so I again urge people to look carefully at this year’s annual plan, ask questions and make submissions.
Andrew Baker

The Franklin Local Board’s budget for 2013/2014 includes these local board priorities:

  • development of Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe
  • Waiuku Sports Park development
  • addressing coastal erosion on both coasts
  • upgrading existing parks and reserves
  • Pukekohe Town Centre continued upgrade
  • contributing to the Manukau Harbour Forum
  • promotion of local businesses in Wairoa.

To view document see below:
To have your say online visit Auckland Council’s website.

Three community workshops will be held to consult with the public.  Dates and venues to be advised.

ABC Development



Given the current situation with the amalgamation of former District Councils into the Auckland Council and the legislative Local Government changes at national level – it is fair to say that no-one truly has an handle on what is going on.  Or, if they do – it may change….

There are some projects underway that aim to make local community projects and schemes more sustainable by reducing reliance on local government and national government.  One of the approaches is ABC Development – Asset Based Community Development.

A recent Radio NZ discussed this option, on the Ideas programme (1 hour) on Sunday 2 September 2012.