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Weeds! Locals want action

Regular maintenance of St Mary’s Bay Park is an ongoing problem and the St Mary’s Bay Association is in renewed discussion with Auckland Council to push for an agreed maintenance plan to control weeds and replant where necessary. Over the years there have been three main problems: Lack of regular maintenance No clear legal boundary Read More

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Background to water project

Sewage spills in the St Mary’s Bay area are an unhappy consequence of a single and ancient pipe carrying both sewage and stormwater, overflowing in almost any amount of rainfall.  For many years, to address this problem, there has been a limited amount of separation within properties, as new builds and major renovations have been Read More

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Separation good, tunnel bad

The good news: Auckland Council has committed to doing the sensible thing – separating the sewage and stormwater pipes in St Mary’s Bay (and Herne Bay) properties. Essentially this will mean no sewage spills into the harbour (outside of rare, extreme events) and therefore no sewage wash-back on to the local beaches.  Separation is international Read More

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New name for park

It’s official! Our favourite dog-walking park which runs beside the motorway is now known as St Mary’s Bay Park – Ko Takere Haere. Often referred to as The Reserve or Pt Erin Park, this land was once part of the foreshore. In the late 1950s it was reclaimed for a motorway to link with the Read More

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Have Your Say

Dear Member, Support separation Tell the Council you don’t want the $44 million tunnel Have Your Say by midnight this Sunday This is your chance to make your views known to Auckland Council about why it should abandon the $44 million tunnel proposed St Mary’s Bay/Masefield Beach water project, and instead fund the slightly less Read More

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Sewerage Update

Meeting Wednesday 13 at  7pm Freeman’s Bay Community Hall 52 Hepburn St Dear Member, Update The good news: Council has committed to doing the sensible thing – separating the sewage and stormwater pipes in St Mary’s Bay (and Herne Bay) properties. This will mean zero sewage spills into the harbour and therefore no sewage wash-back Read More

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August 2018 Newsletter (2)

Welcome to our second newsletter this month – a quick update on two topics: $25,000-plus fighting fund to oppose Healthy Waters resource consent application Party at Mary’s, 4.30pm, Sunday, August 26 Fighting fund The local community has put their hands in their pockets to fight Auckland Council’s Healthy Waters department application for resource consent to Read More

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$44 Million Local Water Project

83 objections, only 2 in favour The SMBA and a large number of local residents have filed submissions opposing the application by Auckland Council’s stormwater department (Healthy Waters) for resource consent to construct the large tunnel and associated structures in its planned St Mary’s Bay and Masefield Beach water quality improvement project. The structures include: Read More