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O’Rourke joins Waitakere Properties board

Published 2 December 2007

Waitakere City Council has appointed its retiring chief executive, Harry O’Rourke, to the board of its wholly owned development arm, Waitakere Properties Ltd.

 

Mr O’Rourke retires in March. The board has one more vacancy.

 

Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey said after the council unanimously endorsed the appointment: “We are delighted we can retain some of Harry’s institutional knowledge of the city & its major projects. The next few years will see Waitakere transition from a city of potential to one of huge growth & opportunity, and Harry and his fellow directors on the property company have a key role in delivering that vision.”

 

Waitakere Properties has been involved in a number of major recent projects, including the 41.5ha residential development at Harbourview on the Te Atatu Peninsula and building of the country’s largest film studio & soundstage in Henderson Valley Rd.

 

It is currently undertaking a large mixed-use development in central Henderson including retail, office & residential development beside the new civic centre. The estimated value of the Waitakere Central development, on the 3.5ha former Carter Holt Harvey site on Henderson Valley Rd, is more than $100 million.

 

The company is also responsible for delivering on the vision of a super-yacht precinct at Hobsonville as a driver of economic growth for the city. The end value of this development is $150 million.

 

Mr O’Rourke helped establish Waitakere Properties under the then-Waitemata City Council and said he was particularly looking forward to a continuing role with major infrastructure developments he had overseen in his time at the council, including the undergrounding of the railway corridor through New Lynn and the “massive development opportunities” that will bring.

 

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Attribution: Company statement, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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ARC buys Stedfast Park from Boys’ Brigade

Published 28 August 2007The Auckland Regional Council has bought the 8.22ha Stedfast Park property at Piha as a strategic addition to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

The property is within easy walking distance of Piha Beach.

Parks & heritage committee chairman Sandra Coney told the council meeting last night the Boys’ Brigade Northern Regional Trust’s board of trustees had accepted the council’s offer.

Cllr Coney said the property was a primary entry point for visitors to the ranges. It’s the historic site of the Piha sawmill, from which the famed Piha tramway began its route to Anawhata in the north and Whatipu in the south, traversing rugged hills, shifting sands & wave-smashed cliffs. Remnants of the line can be seen all along the coast from Karekare.

The Boys’ Brigade bought Stedfast Park from the Church of the Nazarene in 1984. It has a 90-bed education facility, which is managed by the Adventure Camp Trust Board, based at Carey Park in the Henderson Valley.

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Crystal Mountain theme park proposal out for submissions

Published 18 March 2007


Jurisdiction: Waitakere


Neighbourhood: Ranui


Applicant: Sandra & Abrelino Nogueira


Application detail: 31 Wallace Rd, application to develop the Crystal Mountain theme park comprising theme rides, buildings & parking areas


Notification date: 9 March


Submission closure date: Tuesday 10 April


Directors’ other interests: The Nogueiras are directors of Café on the Rocks Ltd & Crystal Mountain Ltd.


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Attribution: Public notice, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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ARC wants to buy Boys’ Brigade’s Piha park

Published 27 February 2007


The Auckland Regional Council has decided to enter negotiations to buy the 8.22ha Stedfast Park at Piha, which the Boys’ Brigade Northern Regional Trust has put up for sale by tender.


The regional council proposes buying the park under the Public Works Act, which requires it to agree with the trust on a fair & reasonable price.


For many years Stedfast Park has been used as an outdoor education facility. It’s at the end of Glen Esk Rd, surrounded on 3 sides by Waitakere Ranges the Regional Park.


Regional council chairman Mike Lee said: “This council is in a race against time to secure valuable open space for present & future generations of Aucklanders. We are entering into this process with the purpose of negotiating a fair & reasonable price – mindful that we must act prudently with public funds. Essentially, we are looking for a fair deal for the wider public good.”


Parks & heritage committee chairman Sandra Coney said the land held important strategic significance for the council & the regional parks network: “Stedfast Park is located at the key entry point to the Waitakere Ranges Parkland from the west coast. As the location of the old Piha mill, it is a site rich in cultural heritage & ecologically significant native forest & birdlife.


“For decades children have been visiting this camp and the ARC wants to continue this tradition. City children can reach a bush & beach educational facility in under an hour and this is virtually unparalleled in Auckland. Our interest lies in continuing the existing camp use and enhancing public access to the Waitakere Ranges. If we are unsuccessful, we fear this opportunity may be lost for good.”


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Attribution: ARC release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Council launches Whenuapai Airport plan change

Published 4 June 2006


Jurisdiction: Waitakere City



Neighbourhood: Whenuapai


Applicant: Waitakere City Council


Submissions closing date: Wednesday 28 June


Application detail: Whenuapai airbase, plan change to enable airbase to be a commercial airport by creation of Whenuapai Airport special area.


“This does not mean that Whenuapai will become an airport, but it creates the planning structure that specifically permits an airport to be operated there, if that is what is finally agreed,” planning & regulatory chairman Vanessa Neeson said.


“There are existing-use rights and it is possible that the airport could be operated under the general rules of the plan and the Resource Management Act, but this change specifies that an airport at Whenuapai will conform with the district plan.”


Cllr Neeson said the council had a clear policy position on Whenuapai which it had been pursuing for a number of years: “We believe the region needs a second airport now and the need is primarily in the north-west sector, which is made up of Waitakere, North Shore & Rodney. It will contribute to economic growth & jobs and it will contribute to reducing regional traffic congestion.


“Whenuapai airbase is a fully functioning airport in the right place and the only sensible thing is to keep our options open. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to replicate this resource elsewhere in the Auckland region.”


She said the council was seeking comment on the draft plan change from the public, the Minister for the Environment, the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Conservation, the Auckland Regional Council, the North Shore City Council, the Rodney District Council, Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngati Whatua & local groups within the Whenuapai area.


Website: Whenuapai Airport special area draft rules


 


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Attribution: Council release, documents, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Switch from trains to buses to help double-tracking

Published 4 May 2006


Buses take over from trains between Henderson & Waitakere on Saturdays this month to enable double-tracking construction to continue.



Foundations for the second track were built over Easter along sections of rail corridor from Sunnyvale to Henderson and about 250m of track was replaced.


Work will continue to be focused around Henderson this month, from Bruce McLaren Rd to Mt Lebanon Lane, where retaining walls & track foundations will be built.


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Attribution: ARTA release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Waitakere Ranges bill goes to select committee

Published 25 February 2006


The Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill gained its first reading in Parliament on Wednesday and has been referred to the local government & environment select committee.



Cllr Paul Walbran, Waitakere representative on the Auckland Regional Council & chairman of its regional strategy & planning committee, said it was a significant milestone after decades of debating the merits of new legislation to recognise & protect the ranges and years of consulting extensively with the local & regional community.


“The ranges, which provide a background to urban Auckland, are one of the most defining geographical features of the region and this bill will help ensure that they, inclusive of the foothills & coastal villages which are also covered by the heritage area created by the bill, are protected for future generations to enjoy.


“The closeness of the Waitakeres to New Zealand’s largest urban area contributes to both their unique value & the risk posed to them. They are under intense development pressures of a rapidly growing metropolitan area.”


More than 17,000ha of the 25,000ha proposed heritage area is in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The rest is private land.


The bill was jointly drafted & promoted by the regional council, Waitakere City Council & Rodney District Council. Its introduction to Parliament was sponsored by Waitakere MP Lynne Pillay. 


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Attribution: ARC press release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Osborne found guilty of pool fencing breach

Published 7 February 2006


Waitakere campaigner Gary Osborne & his wife, Leone, face fines of up to $14,000 each after being found guilty on Friday of failing to fence their backyard pool in Te Atatu South to the minimum standard required by the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act.



Judge Heemi Taumaunu found the Osbornes guilty after an 8½ hearing in the Waitakere District Court. The judge ordered their pool to be drained and remanded them for sentencing on Thursday 11 May.


However, there remains a possibility the Osbornes will apply for an exemption, provided they make the changes required.


Waitakere City Council launched a prosecution against the Osbornes in 2002, but on that occasion the charge related to only one day. That prosecution was withdrawn at the end of 2003 but a new one was launched in April 2005. This time the council laid the charge on a continuing basis, which attracts an extra penalty of up to $50 for every day of continuing failure to meet the requirement, on top of a $500 fine.


Mr Osborne has questioned the process undertaken by the council, set up the Pool Owners Action Group and wrote a book, Sitting on the fence, a brief history of the pool-fencing law and the saga as it has been played out in Waitakere.


The prosecution the council started against the Osbornes in 2002 alleged:

the gates to the pool opened inward
they weren’t self-closing or latching
the pool fence didn’t extent 1.2m above ground
the vertical openings on the wrought iron fence “exceeds 100mm as required by the act” and
the lattice blockwork section of fence was climbable.

Mr Osborne spent nearly $3000 upgrading his pool fencing in 2002 and the prosecution notice was withdrawn at the end of 2003.


The Osbornes were caught up in action by the council against numerous pool owners which resulted in a judicial review of some aspects of pool fencing by Justice Tony Randerson in 2004.


The council returned to prosecutions in 2005 but also set up a swimming pool exemption committee, which many pool owners have taken advantage of to escape prosecution.


However Mr Osborne wouldn’t take up the exemption committee option and, after an inspection in April 2005, the council alleged:

the trellis on the timber gate (which makes up part of the pool fence) is a perforated material with gaps greater than 50mm (approximately 80mm) which could provide a climbing step so as not to restrict the access of children under 6 to the pool
the timber gate doesn’t self-close or self-latch from a standing position of 150mm
the lattice blockwall (which makes up part of the pool fence) is a perforated material with gaps greater than 50mm (approximately 100mm) which could provide a climbing step (for children, as above)
the metal gates which provide entry into the pool area from the garage don’t self-close or self-latch from a standing position of 150mm and swing into the immediate pool area, and don’t have a latching device that isn’t readily operated by children at least 1.5m above ground and
the layout of the existing fence & the dwelling means the only practical pedestrian accessway between the dwelling & the backyard area beyond the pool is through the enclosed area containing the pool, and the provision of this accessway is not an activity or purpose carried out in conjunction with the use of the pool.

I haven’t seen the Osbornes’ fencing & gates and wasn’t in court for the hearing, but the last of the allegations above – concerning access through the pool area to the rest of the Osbornes’ back yard – doesn’t seem to be an issue in section 8(1) of the act.


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Attribution: Osborne files & report on proceedings, charge sheets & summaries of facts, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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2 separate service stations sell

Published 11 December 2005


Bayleys Real Estate has sold 38 properties for more than $40 million in a series of Total Property auctions around the country.


 


Henderson, corner Forest Hill & Henderson Valley Rds, top-performing Gull service station on a prominent 2024m² corner site, producing $149,948/year net rent, sold for $2.21 million at a 6.8% yield. Gull Petroleum has a lease until 2015, with Woolworths as a sub-tenant. (David Young, Bayleys Auckland Central).


 


Henderson, 39-43 Bruce McLaren Rd, 932m² complex comprising a service station, 2 residential tenancies & workshop facilities, all leased by Shell NZ Ltd, and a lunch bar held under a separate tenancy, on a 1639m² site, sold for $900,000 at an 11.1% yield, current net rent $100,200/year with 2 years left to run on Shell’s anchor tenancy. (Stefan Teat & Phil Haydock, Bayleys Auckland Central).


 


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Warehouse in redevelopment area sells

Published 11 December 2005


Bayleys Real Estate has sold 38 properties for more than $40 million in a series of Total Property auctions around the country.


 


New Lynn, 5 Ward St, 761m² 2-storey warehouse on 1113m² corner site, sold for $825,000, with short-term lease to HES Brothers Co (NZ) Ltd, producing $42,000/year. The property is in an area undergoing considerable bulk retail development, with the recent extension of Ward St providing direct access to Lynmall Shoping Centre. (John O’Brien, Bayleys Auckland Central).


 


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