North Shore Times : January 14th 2016
Kaipatiki coastline forgotten stuff.co.nz RACHAEL CLARKE There are over a hundred kilometres of beautiful coastline on the North Shore, but how much of that is publicly accessible? This is the question asked by Chatswood resi- dent and author Paul Ellis. ‘‘I saw a fact the North Shore Times had writ- ten in the paper. It said there were 141km of coastline on the North Shore. I thought: There’s that much? How much can you actually get to?’’ The father of four says his ‘‘back of the envel- ope calculations’’ suggest the answer is less than 30 per cent. ‘‘There’s 25km from Long Bay to Devonport, a few bays and bits of Greenhithe. ‘‘There is this world-class harbour in front of us and at the moment you can’t see it unless you drive in and out.’’ Paul Ellis ‘‘You can walk from Long Bay to Devonport and you should be able to walk from Devonport to Birkenhead. Is that part of the coastline not sufficiently beautiful?’’ Ellis and his family lived in Hong Kong six years ago, where he says he enjoyed walks the entire way around the harbour. ‘‘But then there is this world-class harbour in front of us and at the moment you can’t see it unless you drive in and out. That’s a real pity.’’ While Ellis says there are mini tracks in Kaipatiki, but it would be great if they all linked up to form one walk. He wants to see a footpath installed through a mangrove or above an oyster bed along Birkenhead’s coastline, or his other suggestion is NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA) SeaPath project. SeaPath is proposed in addition to the $33 million pedestrian and cycle SkyPath. The 4 metre wide SeaPath would run from Esmonde Rd to Northcote to provide an immediate connection to the existing ferry service. It is under investigation and there is also a Waitemata Loop plan which proposes to extend the path. An NZTA spokeswoman says NZTA has started talking with their key stakeholders regarding SeaPath. ‘‘The next phase will be to start assessing three route options,’’ she says. ‘‘The project team are still working through technical assessments and the public consultation timing hasn’t been set yet.’’ Ellis says all he wants is for Kaipatiki to not be forgotten and to get the same treatment as Takapuna and Devonport. NEEDS A GREAT SUPPORT TEAM EVERY CHAMPION Scandrett Regional Park,Warkworth. PHOTO: SHELLEY GRECO/FAIRFAX NZ JANUARY 14, 2016, NORTH SHORE TIMES Plan a creative park escape SIMONMAUDE How great would it be to tell people about your two months living in a regional park? Applications are open to become Auckland Council’s Artist in Residence. Wanted is an innovative and adven- turous artist to live and work in an Auckland regional park for eight weeks. The opportunity is open to visual artists and composers, filmmakers, choreographers and writers. Council’s goal is for the artist to create a new body of work influenced in some way by the park, or by the residency experience. The work is then shared with the pub- lic through an event, exhibition, concert, performance or publication. Several artists have now completed park stays and inspired works. Last year’s Artist in Residence, award winning photographer Conor Clarke moved into a cliff-top bach at Waitawa Regional Park. Images she took during her residence will be on exhibit this year. In 2014, jeweller Lynn Kelly’s stay at seaside Scandrett Regional Park produced a range of artistic pieces inspired by found objects. Manuscript artist James Ormsby devoted his 2012 stay at Tapapakanga Regional Park’s old Ashby Homestead to creating contemporary illustrated manuscripts. ❚ Applications close on February 15. Go to tinyurl.com/hzghclx to download an application form. 11 FINAL STAGE LUXURY APARTMENT PLANS AVAILABLE NOW! Choosing where you retire is as important as choosing where you work. “I know better than anyone that to achieve in life you need to choose your support team carefully. When it came time to retire a quality home and environment were a given … it was the team behind the scenes at Settlers that really set it apart.” Precious McKenzie MBE 550 Albany Highway | settlersalbany.co.nz Open 7 days 10am - 4pm. Call Rosalie on 415 2617. Premier Lifestyle Villages group includes Settlers Albany, Fairview Lifestyle Village and Fairview Care Ltd. A GOOD LIFE. A SMART MOVE. RELEASE NEW Visit our website or call us for details.
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