Chairpersons Report 3 April 2017
Tena koutou katoa Talofa lava Malo e lelei Neih Hou Namaste
Greetings again to everyone who lives in our board area of Korokoro, Petone, Seaview, Moera, Waiwhetu South, Woburn South and Gracefield – called Petone for short.
a) Future of Petone Wharf
The Petone Community Board hosted a successful public meeting on the 21 March with assistance from HCC officers. Over 60 people came and there were thoughtful questions and ideas and a lot of thinking shared. The Board is hosting another meeting on 11 April at 7.30pm at the same venue – Petone Baptist Church at 38 Buick Street – for people to come and talk about all of the matters being consulted about in the HCC Annual Plan process, which includes the future of the Petone wharf and the three wharves in Eastbourne. Submissions close on 28 April.
b) Emergency Management
I attended a WREMO business continuity workshop on 8 March and found this somewhat eye opening and see this as something the Board needs to follow up on from a community resilience point of view. Dr Denise Blake, from GNS, has emailed congratulations on the number of responses we got to the post earthquake questionnaire but we haven’t seen the collation of information yet.
c) Petone 2040
There has been amazing work done on spatial planning for the future of Petone called P2040 and community feedback has identified four key projects/areas for focussing on. These are the need for a coherent design approach to the Jackson Street Heritage Precinct; the importance of character residential parts of Petone and how they night be protected; the idea of developing the North park area and including mixed use and new and possibly intensive housing in that area; and the importance of key infrastructure such as a Cross Valley Link and how this could impact on Moera in hopefully a positive way plus what a Petone to Grenada road might mean – with especial reference to The Esplanade. The Community Board site at the Petone Rotary Fair proved to be a key part of the overall feedback. And P2040 needs to be submitted on in the HCC Annual Plan process – if funding to allow action is to be achieved.
d) Housing NZ News
It has been good to touch base with Housing NZ staff and to know that all residents at the eastern end of Jackson Street have been told that the Jackson Street HNZ complex is going to be refurbished starting in 2018 – less the ‘Points Flats’ tower block at 443 Jackson Street which will be demolished, starting in mid 2017. The community there includes the HUCHs Health centre and Te Huinga o Te Whanau and the Hall and we are in touch with them as well.
e) Homelessness in Petone
I understand that groups such as the Salvation Army, the Baptist Church and St David’s Church are meeting to discuss the issue of homelessness in Petone.
f) Fluoride Amendment Bill
Thank you to Deputy Chair, Mike Fisher, for making an oral submission on the Board’s behalf on 23 March to the Health Select Committee – on the written submission we agreed to at our last Board meeting.
g) Parking in Petone
During a HCC policy development exercise on parking we will hold a public meeting totally focussed on parking – possibly in June.
h) Petone Sign by SH2 Overbridge
Members of the public have been in touch about the current drab looking sign at the entrance to Petone and the Board is keen to have it better signposted. We still need to work on progressing this.
i) ANZAC Day in Petone
Our ANZAC Day Working Group consisting of Deputy Chair Mike Fisher, Mason Branch, Brady Dyer, and Mr Gerald Davidson as an external representative, are organising ANZAC Day services at 7am at the ANZAC Memorial Flagstaff at Petone Railway Station and at 8.30am at the Garden of Remembrance, Bracken Street.
j) We have had two last week of the month coffee club gatherings when anyone is welcome to come and have a coffee with board members any time between 10 and 11.30am. Our next one will be on 29 April at Petone Library foyer/meeting room area and the May one will be on Wednesday 31 May at Ripe Café in Moera.
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