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Leys Institute closed after earthquake fears

Following the completion of a seismic assessment, which found structural issues that make the buildings unsafe, the Leys Institute was closed by Auckland Council abruptly on 20 December 2019. On 26 February 2020 more than 150 banner-carrying protesters gathered outside the Leys Institute and called on Waitemata Local Board chair Richard Northey to champion the Read More

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April 2020 Newsletter

Northern Pathway – ‘Have your say’ – by 19 April Water quality projects – recap and update Leys Institute – make your view known Unitary plan change 26 Submission on CCOs Wynyard Quarter/the America’s Cup – What’s going on Dear members, What a different Easter this is. The SMBA committee hopes that you and yours Read More

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March 2020 Newsletter

This is an urgent message to everyone who wants our Leys Institute building returned to us as a local library and community hall, after appropriate seismic upgrading. Co-ordinator of Friends of the Leys Institute, Helen Geary, sent the message below to all members of this newly formed group, urging them to fill in an online Read More

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Watercare must remain a CCO

The St Mary’s Bay Association was one of 21 community organisations in the Stop Auckland Sewage Overflows Coalition (SASOC) which submitted to Auckland Council on its review of Council Controlled Organisations. A key point underlying the submission is that the Auckland Council family must be more responsiveness to community concerns. In SASOC’s experience, historically Watercare’s Read More

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Minimum space between properties

Auckland Council is proposing changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan to clarify that where there are corresponding provisions (including activities and standards) in the Special Character Areas Overlay and in the underlying zone, the provision in the Special Character Areas Overlay will prevail over the corresponding provision in the underlying zone.  The council is also Read More

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Save the Leys: How to help

Following a seismic assessment which deemed the buildings unsafe, the Leys Institute was closed abruptly by Auckland Council on 20 December last year. On 26 February more than 150 banner-carrying protesters gathered outside the Leys Institute and called on Waitemata Local Board chair Richard Northey to champion the residents’ desire to return the closed library Read More