This is our 2016 policy – our 2019 policy will be coming soon, building on these ideas and the progress in the last three years.
We treasure our local environment. Our maunga, foreshore, streams, and network of parks give us space to roam, a sense of identity, and recreational opportunities. We will work to protect and enhance our environment and open space.
What We’ve Done
We’ve fostered a strong focus on environmental restoration including;
The Manukau foreshore
Removing oyster shells from our beaches, celebrating the area with an annual Epic Walk along it’s length, track renewals and a new suite of signage and map, heritage study.
Particularly Te Auaunga Oakley Creek, for which we have worked with six iwi and community groups to create a Vision for the upper catchment.
Puketapapa/Pukewiwi/Mt Roskill and Te Tatua-a-Riukiuta/Big King – working with the Maunga Authority to support care and conservation of both sites, and commissioned a heritage study for Big King and surrounds.
A Record Of Achievement
- Secured regional resources for both stages of the Waikowhai Coast Boardwalk,, working with the Waikowhai Forest Restoration Network.
- Continued our advocacy to remove the power pylons and unsightly lines that blight our neighbourhoods and harbour, including submissions to Parliament, lobbying of MPs, Transpower, Panuku Development Auckland and others to come up with a plan for timely removal and undergrounding.
- Delivered redevelopment of playgrounds in over nine local parks, working with the local community as much as possible to identify the improvement local families want, such as at Turner Reserve.
- A strong focus on restoration of the Manukau Harbour including advocacy to keep Watercare honest, continuing to remove Pacific Oyster shells from our beaches, resolving stormwater run-off issues, and identifying risks of pollutants to the harbour catchments.
- Stopped further wasteful acquisitions around Monte Cecilia Park, and instead delivered a new concept plan for the park and reviewed dog access
Advanced stream naturalisation projects, such as in Freeland Reserve.
- Installed public art in our parks, notably Opened Stone at Manukau Domain and sculptures at the Hillsborough Rd entrance to Monte Cecilia Park
Completed the significant upgrade of the central carpark area of Keith Hay Park.
- Invested in sports code infrastructure at Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, and put in specific fitness equipment for seniors to keep healthy.
- Continued to renew and upgrade local playgrounds including Turner Reserve, Lynfield Cove, and John Moore Reserve.
- Upgraded many local park facilities such as completion of the Lynfield Reserve track, new toilets at Lynfield Reserve, upgraded signage across the Waikowhai Coast, and the commencement of major works at Fearon Park.
- Implement the Te Auaunga Oakley Creek Vision for the upper catchment.
- Continue collaborating with other Local Boards through the Manukau Harbour Forum to lift the status and investment in this potential gem
Construct Phase 2 of the Waikowhai Coast boardwalk through to Taylors Bay.
- Secure a win-win outcome at Monte Cecilia Park that enables the revitalisation of the Whare as a community facility, the retention and possible expansion of social housing at Liston Village and an enhanced park as per the concept plan.
- Develop of a new playground at Monte Cecilia Park.
- Upgrade the Noton Rd and Richardson Rd carpark areas at Keith Hay Park.
- Develop a network of paths through Freeland Reserve.
- Renew and upgrade tennis courts at Arthur Faulkner Reserve, which will have public access.
- Finish the connection of Fearon and Harold Long Parks, including a new playground