North Shore Times : February 5th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 NEWS Contact us Were here for you and you can contact any of us. 09 484 8383 www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/kaipatiki email@example.com www.facebook.com/kaipatiki 90 Bentley Ave, Glenfeld OG_AC1685_M_NST Your voice for Kaipātiki Bayview, Beach Haven, Birkdale, Birkenhead, Chatswood, Glenfeld, Hillcrest, Marlborough, Northcote, Sunnybrae and Totaravale Kaipātiki Local Board starts its work for the year with a public workshop on Thursday 14 February 2013. You are invited to come along and fnd out more about the projects the local board will champion, and the regional initiatives that it will promote. This is a great opportunity to meet with your elected representatives and give them your thoughts on the proposals for the coming year. The boards plans are all in the draft Kaipātiki Local Board Agreement 2013/2014 which includes budget for the following key projects: an urban design project for Glenfeld town centre the establishment of the next stage of new connections in our extensive network of bush tracks as part of the Kaipātiki Connections Network Plan Fun for all the family in Kaipātikis parks Children of all ages can get outdoors and enjoy our local parks with free activities for the whole family this summer. The Kaipātiki Community Facilities Trust, a key community development partner of Kaipātiki Local Board, hosts the Summer Fun series. Every week the trust sets up games and sports equipment in parks across the local board area for children of all ages to enjoy. To fnd out when Families in Parks is visiting your neighbourhood, visit www.bngcommunitytrust.org.nz and check out the Summer Fun Programme. Games at the Summer Fun series at Little Shoal Bay. Kaipātiki Local Boards Annual Plan 2013/2014 workshop Thursday 14 February 2013, 6pm-8pm. Kaipātiki Local Board offce, 90 Bentley Avenue, Glenfeld. Have your say at our public workshop new toilets and changing facilities in Greenslade Reserve additional upgrades of playing surfaces with more than half a million dollars over and above the usual replacement funding additions to Onepoto Domains walkways, including an extension of the learn-to-cycle track, a new pedestrian and cycle friendly track through the wetland, and a new link to Tarahanga Street the development of a strategic plan for the Northcote Sports Precinct. Kaipātiki Local Board will also advocate to the Governing Body of Auckland Council for the following additions to their allocated budget: additional funds to support the partnership approach to community development and community houses funds to remove the build-up of silt from Onepoto Pond the alignment of the funding for NorthArt with other regional arts facilities funding. Kaipātiki Local Board Chairperson Lindsay Waugh hopes residents will take the opportunity to discuss the projects with members at the workshop. During the Long-term Plan workshops last year we had a great response from our residents, she says. We are always keen to talk to our residents to ensure the projects we have identifed refect the priorities of our community. To fnd out more about the draft Annual Plan 2013/2014 and the draft Kaipātiki Local Board Agreement visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ annualplan Kaipātiki Local Board hosted a successful workshop for the Long-term Plan in 2012. Fire risk is extreme By MARYKE PENMAN While most of us enjoy the sun and dry weather, firefighters are waiting on tenter- hooks for a spike in fire callouts. A fire ban remains in place for Auckland and Northland. The ban covers all fires in the open air including rubbish fires, bonfires, backyard braziers, fireworks and cooking fires. Coal and wood barbecues are also pro- hibited. Auckland Council acting manager of parks, sport and rec- reation Mace Ward says park staff are still find- ing people lighting solid fuel barbecues and open fires in the region s parks. Mr Ward says people need to be aware of what is and is not per- mitted. It only takes a single spark or ember to start a serious fire in grass or bush-clad parks. If you see people ignoring the fire ban report it to a ranger or contact Auckland Coun- cil on 301 0101. Dial 111 if you see fire. Vegetables can solve a big problem By LIZ WILLIS Digging it: Denys and Riro Marett, left, have been convinced by Dee Pigneguy to welcome people they don't know into their garden. Eighty-year-olds Riro and Denys Marett are inviting a bunch of strangers to dig up their backyard. Radical thinking by organic gardening expert Dee Pigneguy has given rise to the idea of using the mus- cle of people wanting to learn to garden to rescue the cou- ple s large Milford backyard. The lawns they struggle to mow will be transformed into lush organic vegetable beds and the produce shared with those who lend a hand. Riro and Denys do not have a lot of vege growing knowledge and have bad backs. They turned to Dee for help. It didn t take long for her to convince them to let a dozen people they do not know into their garden to help. She wants people who might not have room for a garden at home, to build one for Riro and Denys. Participants will sign up for a $20 course on creating an organic garden. And in return for ongoing help look- ing after the vege plots, they will share the produce. Dee hopes the idea will take root in other Shore com- munities and sees it as a particular bonus for elderly people struggling with big properties. It s a different way of looking at a problem, she says. There s so much infill housing, there are not a lot of backyards like this. Denys and Riro have no concerns about sharing their garden with strangers. I can cope with that. Dee will want to make sure peo- ple are not doing the wrong thing, Riro says. Besides, Dee says garden- ers can be trusted. Gardeners are a special breed of people. They realise what it takes to grow food. Taking community gar- dens into people s backyards is a step closer to home than the typical garden on public land, Dee says. She hopes that many of the people signing up will live nearby in Milford. Contact Dee on 444 9342 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the March 2 course and to help Riro and Denys or for more details.
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