As consultation takes place over regional concerns and the Auckland Council 10-year Budget, local boards are looking at issues closer to home.
Waiheke Local Board Chair Paul Walden says the board is continuing to push for progress on development at Matiatia, the island’s gateway.
The board is asking for funding and decision making authority under the 10-year plan.
Matiatia has been a lengthy issue. “Some of the criticisms we’ve heard lose sight of the big picture. A lot of things have to align, but we can see more chance of that ahead,” Walden says.
Auckland Council has land in the area, Panuku has several leases, and Watercare has the Owhanake carpark and sewage plant, which could soon be transferred to Auckland Transport.
The board is working with the organisations and Walden says Matiatia could be a test of the board having more power under council reforms.
Local board pilot programme manager John Nash has presented a report to the board and says “competing interests” could be brought together in a strategic plan. “If the board gets decision making authority and adequate funding, implementing the plan is more likely.”
Auckland Transport is also set to begin a major review of bus routes on the island that should improve frequency and link new areas to the terminal.
The board is also talking with Ngāti Pāoa, which has indicated a large area of the foreshore and carpark is likely to be an urupā and inappropriate for development.
Also on the board’s priority list are:
- progressing plans for a swimming pool
- partnering with the community to implement a pest-free plan
- advancing the Little Oneroa Concept Plan
- developing a Housing Strategy and progressing actions to meet community housing needs
- creating a space in collaboration with schools and youth representatives
- and ensuring Essentially Waiheke is recognised as a core document within any regulatory frameworks.
The board hosted a drop-in session earlier this month but it’s not too late to make a submission.
How to have your say
Online: Go to akhaveyoursay.nz before 28 March to read all the documents and give your feedback.
Twitter: Tweet @AklCouncil and include the hashtag #akhaveyoursay and your comments will be recorded as feedback.
Facebook: Posts on Auckland Council's Facebook page using the #akhaveyoursay hashtag will also be counted as feedback.
Post: If you want to provide feedback via mail, call us on 09 301 0101 and we’ll send you a free-post feedback form. It’s also in the print edition of OurAuckland magazine.
Consultation documents and feedback forms are available online and at libraries, local board offices and service centres across the region.