Hi all, Some exciting news about progress this month, information about some new initiatives in and around our community and the opportunity to give some feedback to council.
Please note that out monthly meetings have changed again to the LAST Tuesday in the month. This is the final change! Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 25th June. You will be reminded by email and through our Facebook page in the week before!
As always, if you would like to recap our previous newsletters for context around this one, they are here: past newsletters
Simon Progress Mahurangi Waste Busters (MWB) There is great news about Mahurangi Wastebusters. This week, Auckland Council announced that Mahurangi Wastebusters would open a new Community Recycling Centre at each of the two sites in Snells Beach and Wellsford from mid-July 2019. They won the tender with strong support from residents, ratepayers, local community groups, mana whenua, environmental organisations, and local businesses.
Although this is just the first and intermediate stage of a long term plan, it is a huge success for Trish Allen and the team who spent two years working on this some big commercial players. It is a reminderof what can happen when a strong community backs a good local cause.
Storm Water diversion from Matakana Valley Rd and Matakana Valley Rd repairs I believe that the stormwater works are underway although there is not much sign of them as they are “thrusting” at present, i.e. putting the drainage channels in place. Only the Torea Place area is being affected at the moment. I understand that the roadworks will start around the end of July, but nothing more on that at the moment. Once this part of the project has finished the work will begin on the new pavements and the covering over of the drains. I understand that the MVR roadworks (re-sealing from the roundabout to the end of the speed limit past Matakana Green) will start around the end of July, but nothing more on that at the moment. There will, in due course, be an information session with Auckland Transport so the village can be told about how the disturbances will be managed and have an opportunity to ask questions, date TBC.
Community Fund Raising The gold coin collection on Easter weekend raised $500 for car park maintenance even though the team of volunteers were unable to collect by the market due to a clash with Leigh Fireservice who were collecting for Leukaemia. The next coin collection will take place at Labour Weekend. In the meantime, a box has been sited at the car park entrance for regular donations and parents who use the car park on weekdays will also be encouraged to donate. The next initiative is a letter to local businesses, and the public, asking for regular donations. The group is also developing a Givealittle page. Once this is available, we will promote this via the Website, Facebook and Newsletters. People Rob Gibson A big thank you to Rob and Wharahine for mending some of the bigger pot holes in the new car park by the school. The work has been very generously donated by him and he is also going to help with the further remedial work required before winter- thank you very much Rob.
Mahurangi Wastebusters A big thanks to Trish Allen and her helpers and members of the Trust who have put so much personal time into winning the tender for the two new recycling centres. We appreciate your passion!
Caring Community This is the initiative that is trying to focus us on our people as well as projects. While still continuing their research, Janis and Angela have started to take action on two projects as part of the three areas identified so far: The two projects are:
Community Directories where useful information and contacts can be in one place for easier access. One for local community building (1) and the other for those needing support (2).
A big Community celebration for Mid winter. Fun and connection for all the community (3).
How these fit into the three main areas of development:
1. Local Communities Angela is currently working on a directory to identify all the local common interest groups that people can join with details and contacts. Examples include the tennis club, community garden, table tennis and many others. Eventually these will all be listed on the Community website but will also be a physical free directory that can be left in the I centre, shops, cafes and other places where people can pick them up. This will be updated regularly and anyone who would like to set up a new interest group can apply to be added to the directory and have their group advertised on the website, Facebook page and in this newsletter. Please contact Angela by email to be part of this directory.
2.'Falling between the Cracks'. The second directory is one that identifies all of the people and places offering support. It will be the 'who can I turn to...' directory. It will list under headings like drug and alcohol addiction, depression and anxiety issues, dealing with dementia, caring for disabilities and aged care issues, financial advice, workshops for life skills, and family support. Agencies and individuals will be identified for confidential contact.
There will also be a list of opportunities to volunteer or donate for those lucky enough to not need this support. Again, this will be available online and as a physical document and distributed through doctors surgeries, the free stall, community halls, free food stalls and shops. It will be advertised through Facebook and the newsletter. We have already started to post some information about these groups on the Facebook page. This is a big job and will be an on going creation...we will be asking for additional listings that we miss once the directory is in proof form.
3.A Culture of Community Caring. To build a feeling of fun and belonging for everyone, we are organising a Mid-Winter Pot luck lunch on Sunday 30th June in the Main Hall. More information later - this has been posted on the Facebook page and we would love to have feedback, suggestions and help on the day if you would like to take part. It will be a free, family friendly event. We will encourage everyone to bring food and drink to share. Hopefully this will become an annual event for us. Please contact Janis on Janis@workplacewisdom.co.nz or Angela on firstname.lastname@example.org to comment or offer your help to any of these initiatives. Points ahead and information
The Forest Bridge Trust Marguerite Vanderkolk from the Trust, came to talk with us at the community meeting this month.The Trust is helping to create a connected landscape of healthy forest and flourishing indigenous wildlife from the Kaipara Harbour to the Pacific Coast. They plan to achieve this vision by fencing existing valuable bush remnants and wetlands and doing weed and pest management. It is funded by DOC and Auckland Council.
Excellent work has already been done in pockets - owners along the Takatu peninsula from Tawhanui, the Tamahunga Trappers, Smales Farm Kiwis for Kiwis etc. If you care about our beautiful environment, they need volunteers willing to learn trapping skills (training supplied). Any landowners with pockets of bush, however small, can contact the Trust for a grant to fence the bush from livestock and to trap the area; Matakana Primary school is will continue to work with the Trust running 'Catchit' programmes for the children.
The economic benefit to our area is enormous. Visitors to Tawhanui all pass through Matakana and last year there were 400,000 of them (5000 alone on Waitangi day)!
Awa Matakanakana Everyone was invited to the public launch of Awa Matakanakana on 16th May. If you are interested in the future of our waterways, I hope you took the opportunity to go. Find more details about this group on our website.
Safety around the village Work with Alana McClintock (Worksafe) and Beth (Local Board) is on going. This is particularly important for the communities dealing with construction traffic, heavy lorries and the local impact of new developments on smaller communities such as Laly Haddon. This is an opportunity to influence council from a position of strength. A consolidated list of issues will be presented to Auckland Transport this month. Jubilee Park A design is being produced with the Pony club to show how we could jointly use of the space. This will benefit everyone and include the development of some new facilities such as cricket nets, a tennis clubhouse and a football goal. In return, there are plans for move the existing horse stalls to closer to the Pony Clubhouse. The plan is to take the design to the local board initially, in order to plan an approach to Council.
Historic Walkway Work is still continuing to progress the production of plaques for this heritage walkway. Possibilities for the Future Public deliberations on the Freedom Camping By - laws delayed.
The freedom camping by law public deliberations scheduled for Friday 12 April have been postponed. It has recently been discovered that there was a coding error in a number of submissions. In order to ensure that the deliberation panel receive full and correct information about the public submissions and the specific sites, it is necessary for the public deliberations to be postponed. The new dates for deliberations are:
Wednesday 29 May, 09.30am
Friday 31 May, 09.30am
Both public deliberations will take place at at the Auckland Town Hall. A new report will be available on Friday 24 May which will be published on the council website. You are welcome to attend and observe proceedings at these deliberations.
Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw – Open until 10 June
There is a drop-in session for this consultation in Warkworth, on the topic of Outdoor spaces and buildings, on Monday 27 May from 10.15 am – 12.30 pm at the Warkworth Town Hall. I’m sure other concerns could be raised at the same time, it is probably just that they have subject matter experts available for the topic in attendance.
Check the website and Facebook page regularly for information from Beth about any RLB news and submission details.
Finally a personal request from me to anyone who would like to put themselves forward for chair of the MCG. After 5 years in the position, and with my new commitments with Mahurangi Wastebusters, it is time for me to make way for new blood. I will still be very involved and certainly hope to be of use to the committee and the new chair with some understanding of how to “play the game with Council” and my contacts. I will be standing down at the AGM in November. Nominations please to me or Liz Sharek our secretary.
That's it for this month. Don't forget the next meeting is on Tuesday June 25th in the small room behind the Community Hall. All welcome. Also stay in touch by checking in on the Facebook page and the website.