From the Chair

Publish Date : 15 May 2024

Kia ora,

Rumours have appeared on social media that the lease of Rosebank Domain by Rosebank Speedway and Auckland Kartsport has been terminated. As often occurs, the lease has been on a month-by-month basis since its expiry during Covid. When the board began to consider the lease, we were told that an investigation was taking place on future locations for motor sport, so the board decided to wait for the report from that investigation. We began to think of other opportunities for the domain, including the possibility of turning it into a park and enabling the bush to regenerate.

We were aware that many people believe the domain would not be a suitable place for a park as it is in an industrial area. However, the northern Whau area suffers from very low tree canopy cover, which a park could help address. A park could also provide a destination for the cyclists and walkers who use the Northwest shared path, use of which will increase as construction of the Te Whau pathway expands.

While we were looking at the possibility of converting the domain into a park, the investigation into future locations for motor sports seemed to disappear. The local board may continue to consider other futures for the domain in the long-term, but we hope to come to a lease arrangement very soon that will give Rosebank Speedway and Auckland Kartsport certainty for the future.

Whau residents have been concerned about increased youth violence, especially in New Lynn. On 8th May I met Acting Waitematā West Area Commander, Jason Edwards, and other police staff who are working with a range of organisations on a comprehensive safety initiative, which began with increased police visibility and foot patrols in New Lynn focussing on the bus and train station. In addition, Mayor Brown has introduced Auckland Council Safety Officers, some of whom began patrolling New Lynn in the first week of May.

Ngā mihi

Kay Thomas

Chair, Whau Local Board

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