North Shore Times : November 11th 2010
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' We are excited, it has been a long time coming. ' Location Group managing director Mark Weipers The green light has been given to a $200 million development in Taka- puna. The Merge will have apartments, shops, res- taurants and space for about 1430 cars. A panel of independent hearing commissioners granted the resource con- sent application made by Takapuna Central Ltd. It is proposing to build a 34-storey mixed-use residential, commercial and office tower on the former North Shore City Council-owned Gaso- meter site at the corner of Huron, Auburn and Northcroft streets. It will feature a gym, swimming pool and terraced apartments. Managing director of Location Group Mark Weipers says he plans to start building The Merge in September or October next year. We are excited. It has been a long time coming, he says. Building consent is still to be granted. Cornerstone Group, which owns the Sentinel tower, is not worried about the resource con- sent approval. The Sentinel is next door to the new develop- ment. Director Rick Martin says in the current mar- ket the building develop- ment will not go ahead in the near future. The day The Merge is built I will run naked down the street. Mr Martin says the building is too big with too many parking spaces. The North Shore City Council concluded that the proposed develop- ment is consistent with the district plan and will have limited minor adverse effects on the natural environment. It said the building will promote high quality urban design in Taka- puna. It will have 1426 carparking spaces, in- cluding a carparking facility for 750 cars to cater to the area s demand for parking facilities. Takapuna Beach Busi- ness Association general manager Peter White says the building fits with the strategic direc- tion of Takapuna Beach, bringing additional jobs and residents into our town centre . The former Auckland Regional Council ob- jected to resource con- sent going ahead, saying the excessive provision of carparks would have a detrimental effect on the uptake of public trans- port options . Live underwater Oceania has been turned into an imaginative underwater world for a walk-through marine conservation exhibition. Blending state-of-the- art audio-visual tech- nology with live perform- ance, Perils of the Deep Blue Sea has been designed to educate and inspire young people by immersing them into an imaginative underwater world. The exhibition was first held as a small showcase during Seaweek 2008 inside the Fort Takapuna tunnels as a collaborative ven- ture between the Living Theatre Trust, Depart- ment of Conservation and North Shore city. The first two stages are complete with the first unveiled at Oceania in Rosebank Rd on Novem- ber 8. The Living Theatre Trust is now looking for exhibition space and sup- port to develop the remaining stages. When complete it will comprise 18 sections covering issues such as oil slicks, eco-tourism, aqua culture, plastic waste and marine cul- tural heritage. Visit website www.you tube.com/user/perilsofth- esea to see a promotional clip. Local board in experienced hands Julia Parfitt Gary Holmes By JODEAL CADACIO Veteran North Shore politicians are at the helm of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board. Former Shore deputy mayor Julia Parfitt was elected chairwoman at the board s inaugural meeting on November 4. Another Shore vet- eran, former councillor Gary Holmes, has been elected deputy chairman. The board s elected members also had their oath-taking ceremony during the meeting at the former Rodney Dis- trict Council chambers. They include David Cooper, John Watson, Gaye Harding, John Kirikiri, Greg Sayers as well as former Shore councillor Lisa Whyte. Mrs Parfitt says there are exciting challenges ahead and she s optimis- tic the board, with its excellent mix of mem- bers, will be up to the job. It s a whole new era and we ve been told there s going to be increased devolution of power and funding to the local boards. It s interesting to see what these changes will be, she says. She says a key chal- lenge for the board is to mesh the Hibiscus Coast and East Coast Bays areas which were governed by two differ- ent councils. We have to mould these two together and work to the best interest of the area as a whole, she says. Mrs Parfitt says she will endeavour to get board members working together to achieve milestones for the com- munities. The East Coast Bays has been successful in the past and that s because people worked collectively. I am confident this board will meet the same challenge, Mrs Parfitt says. The board plans to hold alternate meetings in Orewa and Browns Bay.
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