March 2018 Newsletter

PO Box 47376, Auckland 1144. Website:

Westhaven promenade – stage 2 plans
• Water quality – your chance to tell Council your views
• Auckland Plan 2050
• St Mary’s Bay/Masefield Beach project
• SMBA submission: America’s Cup base resource consent
• SMBA submission: Stormwater discharges resource consent
• Tree planting, St Mary’s Road
• LED lights on Harbour Bridge

Dear member,

The issues continue to roll in! This newsletter comes to you “hot on the heels” of the February newsletter, and the single issue newsletter yesterday about submissions on Council’s long term plan. As so much is happening, I want to report on activity since February, to alert you to an information session on Tuesday about plans in Westhaven, and to update you on other matters that are coming up shortly.

Information session on Westhaven Plan

Panuku Development Auckland is having public drop-in sessions today and Tuesday to talk about various projects in Westhaven due to commence in the near future. The projects include stage 2 of the Westhaven Promenade. Click on this link to get more information:

The first session is today between 12pm and 4pm, as part of Westhaven Marina Day. The second is on Tuesday (27 March) between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. Both sessions will be held in the NZ Marine Building, 79-85 Westhaven Drive, St Marys Bay, Westhaven. I apologise for the late notice – a promised invitation went astray, and we only received details last evening.

Panuku is also planning a Westhaven Forum on 8 May. We will send out more about this when we receive it.

Other upcoming developments

Submissions on Auckland Council’s next 10 year plan and budget, and the longer term Auckland Plan 2050 close this coming Wednesday. We invited members to have your say on water quality in yesterday’s circular. However, there are more issues than just water. It is not too late to “Have your say” on the major ones:

We are continuing to talk to Council about local concerns over its St Mary’s Bay/Masefield Beach project (on technical aspects and effectiveness). If you have a concern, please let us know.

Recent activity

Since the February newsletter, the Association has made submissions on applications by Council for resource consents for the America’s Cup bases and (Auckland-wide) discharges from its stormwater network. We will be working with Council over the next few months to get our concerns on these matters addressed in the terms and conditions of any consents that may be granted.

We will post the submissions on the SMBA website shortly.

Other topics

We expect to hear soon about the results of Council’s recent survey of residents of St Mary’s Road about tree planting. We have a meeting at the end of this coming week with the Waitemata Local Board and Council’s arborist. We will report as soon as we know what Council plans to do as a result of the consultation.
The LED light shows on harbour bridge are underway. Please let us know what do you think of them? Do they affect you in any way?

Warm wishes,

David Abbott

For further information, please contact:

SMBA chair, David Abbott
SMBA secretary, Wendy Moffett

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