Heritage Being proud of our rich local history.
Community Being friendly, inclusive and supportive as well as celebrating the strength of our diverse community spirit.
Environment Respecting and enjoying the unique mix of bush and harbour which provides quality amenities for both our community and private use.
The Birkenhead Residents Association is proud to represent the community of Birkenhead and promote the retention and enhancement of its unique spirit and character.
The association is non-political and strives to represent the interests of the wider community. The creation of the new “Super City” will make the role of community groups more vital to ensure that local voice can still be heard.
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The Auckland Unitary Plan: Auckland 2040 Donations
As the members of the Birkenhead Residents Association responsible for preparing submissions to the Unitary Plan, we have been greatly assisted by the voluntary group Auckland 2040, as have other people and community organisations. Under Chairperson and Resource Management Consultant Richard Burton, Auckland 2040’s own submissions, which focus on the type of residential intensification that the Unitary Plan seeks to impose on us, are of the highest professional standards. With its impressive expert knowledge and skillful organization, Auckland 2040 is tackling the Unitary Plan provisions that threaten the traditional character of many pleasant residential areas through the widespread introduction of unsympathetic development, e.g. multi-storeyed apartment buildings. Residential heritage areas are also vulnerable. Several large development-oriented agencies and companies have submitted that there be increased maximum residential building heights, with unrestricted apartment development across all residential zones other than the single house zone, and that single house zoning and heritage overlays be significantly reduced.
It is now action time. The hearing phase before the Independent Hearing Panel for the Unitary Plan has begun. It is an extraordinarily complicated process and requires that Auckland 2040 bring in two crucial experts to assist with its case: a lawyer and an urban designer. This requires considerable funding – at least $30,000.
On a personal basis therefore, we have decided to donate towards the Auckland 2040 ‘Fighting Fund’ in gratitude for the fact that we ourselves would be incapable of a comprehensive presentation on residential intensification. We love the existing residential character of our city and Auckland 2040 is our best hope of protecting much of Auckland from a disastrous transformation. We hope you might be similarly moved and encourage others to donate also. Ten people donating $100 would bring in $1,000.
We would be grateful if you could send this email on to people and organisations that may be pleased at the opportunity to do something effective to stop the character of our residential areas being devastated by widespread, over-scale intensification, by donating to Auckland 2040.
Donations – whatever you can manage – can be sent to:
Auckland 2040 Inc, 7 Park Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland 0622
Or deposited directly into their bank account
Auckland 2040 Inc
The Auckland Unitary Plan
As the Unitary Plan submission process enters its final stages the focus shifts to the hearing process.
An independent hearings panel has been appointed by the Government, chaired by Judge David Kirkpatrick. The Panel’s job is to hear submissions on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and then report back to Auckland Council with recommendations on the Plan.
The Panel is based at 205 Queen Street, and most of the hearings will take place there. The Panel expects to start pre-hearing meetings in September and hearings towards the end of 2014.
For information about the panel members, their role and the hearing process itself, go to the Auckland Plan Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel website.
The association will speak to its submissions on the Unitary Plan. If you’d like to help please get in touch. Remember that you can still submit to the hearings even if you didn’t make a submission.
Click here for more on the Auckland Unitary Plan, or here for a PDF copy of the Birkenhead Residents Association Draft Unitary Plan Feedback
Sale of 12000 m2 of bush between 11 Learmonth and 95c Hinemoa St
Tenders for the property at 95c Hinemoa Street closed on 17 July, none were accepted. We understand that the property is now being “reconfigured” to better suit “developer(s)” interests and will be re-marketed again shortly.
A number of local residents have contacted us asking what can be done to protect the environment (including rare geckos), prevent parking pressure on small streets and to protect local residents’ interests. Additionally, that the Draft Unitary Plan would allow a minimum section size of 500 sq.m on this 12329 sq.m block.
The Birkenhead Residents Association has been working with local residents and with Council to explore ways to protect the landscape amenity views from Little Shoal Bay and also the habitat of a very rare native species.
This is a large bush block adjoining the south side of Glade Place and Hinemoa Street that is up for tender. The advertisement says “The sheer size and magnificent setting means options are endless and limited only to the imagination – whether it’s several dwellings, or just two or three unique, high-end residences discretely placed within this unique setting.”
Many local residents want to see adequate protection for this arm of the beautiful Le Roys Bush, and the enforcement of the SEA (Significant Ecological Area) zoning for this block will protect the interests of neighbours and the environment. Not to mention the rare native green geckos that are breeding in this area.
This property is for sale by Tender (unless sold prior) through Bayleys
Beyond The Fence
Beyond The Fence is a community and environment enhancement initiative of the Le Roys Bush & Little Shoal Bay Management Committee.
In consultation with Auckland Council, the Gecko Trust and the Kaipatiki Restoration Network, we provide consultation with private land owners whose properties adjoin the reserves and who wish to control pest weeds on their land.
We consult face to face with landowners to create an eradication programme for pest weeds, provide education regarding the types of weeds and the best method to eradicate them.
Our team includes professional biodiversity plant and pest control experts plus volunteers who work with landowners to initiate the eradication programme on their property.
The Beyond the Fence programme runs in parallel with our rat, possum and stoat control and kauri dieback prevention programmes.
Beyond the Fence – communities working together to restore our native bush
Hinemoa Park Placemaking Group (HiPP)
The Hinemoa Park Placemaking made submissions to the Kaipatiki Local Board on 28 May and has received a positive response from the board to move forwards on project such as
- Dealing with erosion at Hinemoa Beach and on the boat ramp
- Managing the wash from ferries which impacts on Waterwise and child waka ama crews
- Working with Auckland Transport over the bike parking issue
If you want to be involved in the HiPP group, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org