An Integrated Area Plan to support growth and development in the Mt Roskill, Ōwairaka, Sandringham, Wesley, Waikōwhai and Three Kings suburbs has been adopted by the Albert-Eden and the Puketāpapa Local Boards.
Both local boards worked closely with the community, mana whenua and Kāinga Ora to develop the plan.
The area plan aims to assist communities in shaping the local area for the future through ongoing development and change over the next 30 years. It sets out the vision, outcomes and actions for the plan area relating to natural environment, heritage, Māori Identity and wellbeing, climate change, healthy communities, housing, centres, open spaces, community facilities, transport and network infrastructure.
“This Plan has been produced through a highly collaborative process over many months, with two rounds of community consultation and mana whenua at the table for much of the time,” says Puketāpapa Local Board chairperson Julie Fairey.
“I want to acknowledge board member Harry Doig, who has led this process to give our community a useful document at a pivotal time for the future development of the greater Mt Roskill area, and our neighbours in Sandringham and Ōwairaka. We are particularly grateful for the rich and generous input from mana whenua, in particular the cultural landscape component of the plan.”
The introduction of te ao Māori (the Māori worldview) into the working group meetings by mana whenua has been a significant focus during the development of the plan.
These principles have enriched the plan by identifying why something is perceived as taonga (treasured possession) or is tapu (sacred) to the mana whenua.
The plan includes mana whenua cultural landscape maps and information.
“We know growth and change is coming to our local areas, and with this plan, our communities have been able to contribute to shaping their future,” says Albert-Eden Local Board chairperson Margi Watson.
The area plan supports local delivery of directions set out in the Auckland Plan 2050 and helps guide decision-making on funding and priorities through council’s 10-year Budget and Annual Plan process.