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Council buys 78ha coastal link at The Gap

Auckland Council has bought the 78ha Byers coastal block between Karekare & Piha to link 2 long-disconnected parts of the Waitakere Ranges regional park.

Cllr Christine Fletcher, who chairs the parks, recreation & sport committee, said on Friday the block off Te Ahu Ahu Rd had been on council parkland acquisition plans since the 1970s.

It’s been bought for $3 million using the council’s ring-fenced park acquisition funding.

“The creation of the Hillary Trail in 2010 added further impetus to secure the block if it came up for sale – Hillary Trail trampers will soon be able to journey along the coast west of Piha and avoid the busy & sometimes dangerous Piha Rd.”

Waitakere Local Board chairwoman Sandra Coney, a neighbouring bach owner who chaired parks committees at the Auckland Regional Council and in the first term of Auckland Council, said it was “a vital acquisition, as it at last brings into public ownership a spectacular piece of coastline which, though close to Auckland, is wild & untamed.

“The drama of this coastline has been long recognised by artists such as Eric Lee Johnson & Pat Hanly, and now the public will be able to see its rugged beauty for themselves.

“This acquisition brings into public ownership a missing link in the west coast parkland and in the Hillary Trail. It is a wild & dramatic piece of coastline which will offer visitors some spectacular views and will open up some great new walks which are bound to become favourites of the people of Auckland.”

The purchase means Mercer Bay Loop Walk (south of this block) can be connected to the Tasman Lookout Track to form a safer & more diverse alternative route for the section of the Hillary Trail passing through Piha.

Other features of the property include blow holes & sea caves which are identified as some of the best examples on the west coast of Auckland & Northland.

The area also has a number of ecological classifications, recognising the significant landforms, vegetation & wildlife values. It has remnants of 2 historic baches, a headland pa, midden & terraces.

Waitakere Ranges Protection Society president John Edgar said: “Locals, including the Society, have had a long history in advocating for its protection – because of its natural & scenic values and contribution to ‘completing’ this coastal backdrop part of park, but also due to past proposals to develop the area into a resort-style hotel complex, which was totally out of keeping with the area.”

Mr Edgar was referring to the 1997 application by Aman Resorts International Pte Ltd, headed by Adrian Zecha, to develop a small 40ha resort at The Gap proposal at The Gap. He added: “We commend the council for following through on the aspirations of the community & park users, for securing this area against development, and for ‘closing the gaps’ in these parklands. This acquisition now completely secures a contiguous area of coastal bluffs & headlands on this part of the west coast.”

Mr Zecha was reinstated as Aman Resorts chief executive 3 weeks ago on the ruling of a London court that Russian property magnate Vladislav Doronin, must step down. Meanwhile Mr Doronin, an international developer, founder & chairman of the Capital Group based in St Petersburg, has asked a New York court to force his co-owner, US businessman Omar Amanat, to sell his share of the company. They bought Aman for $US358 million in February from Indian hotel company DLF.

Attribution: Council release, local board, protection society, Wall St Journal, DLF, Aman Resorts.

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Plan change 15 for Westgate & plan change 36 for Waitakeres fully operative Monday

Waitakere plan change 15, for Massey North, will become operative on Monday 21 October.

A second Waitakere plan change to become operative the same day, No 36, is for rural activities and the social, cultural & economic well-being of the people & communities in the Waitakere Ranges heritage area.

Parts of plan change 15 were made operative in November 2011 and July & November 2012. The last to become operative are amendments to policies, rules & the district plan maps for Massey North’s precinct E.

Plan change 15 was one of 3 introduced for areas across the top of the Waitemata Harbour, in the former Waitakere City Council’s push to create new business & residential zones. Under this plan change, the employment special area of the total 156ha new zone for the new Westgate town centre has been sequenced & prioritised for industrial & employment development, including large-lot development for manufacturing, construction, wholesale trade, transport & storage.

Plan change 36 was one of 4 notified by the old Waitakere City Council in 2010, 2 covering outer areas and 2 covering Titirangi Village & New Lynn. Plan change 36 is intended to improve regulatory provisions within the Waitakere Ranges heritage area associated with rural activities, the enabling of future uses of rural land to retain a rural character, and to provide for social, cultural & economic wellbeing. It amends rules in the foothills, bush living, coastal village & Waitakere Ranges environments.

Plan change 35 was for the Waitakere Ranges heritage area, Oratia local area plan, Waiatarua local area plan & Oratia rural village; plan change 37 was for Titirangi Village and variation 1 to plan change 17 was for New Lynn.

Attribution: Council notice.

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Ranges wellbeing, local area plan & Titirangi changes notified

Published 8 February 2010

Jurisdiction: Waitakere City

 

Neighbourhood: Waitakere Ranges, Titirangi Village & New Lynn

Applicant: City council

 

Application detail: Plan changes 35, 36 & 37 and variation 1 to plan change 17 (New Lynn)

 

Notification date: 5 February

 

Submission closure date: Friday 12 March

 

Other details: The council has publicly notified the proposed plan changes:

 

35, Waitakere Ranges heritage area, Oratia local area plan, Waiatarua local area plan & Oratia rural village36, rural activities & social, cultural & economic wellbeing in the Waitakere Ranges heritage area37, Titirangi Village, and variation 1 to plan change 17 (New Lynn)

 

Plan change 35 is intended to establish a new policy section 5B, entitled Waitakere Ranges heritage area, incorporating into the district plan those elements of the Oratia & Waiatarua local area plans that relate to the Resource Management Act. Plan change 36 is intended to improve regulatory provisions within the Waitakere Ranges heritage area associated with rural activities, the enabling of future uses of rural land to retain a rural character, and to provide for the social, cultural & economic wellbeing of the people & communities in the Waitakere Ranges heritage area. It amends rules in the foothills, bush living, coastal village & Waitakere Ranges environments. Plan change 37 removes inappropriate district plan provisions relating to Titirangi Village, and proposes new policy guidance & matters of assessment intended to provide long-term certainty for the desired character & amenity of Titirangi Village.

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Attribution: Council notice, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Submissions open on first Waitakere Ranges local area plans

Published 31 August 2009

Jurisdiction: Waitakere City

 

Neighbourhoods: Oratia & Waiatarua

 

Applicant: Waitakere City Council

 

Application detail: Oratia & Waiatarua local area plans, drawn up under the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act

 

Notification date: 25 August

 

Submission closure date: Friday 25 September

 

Earlier story:

31 October 2008: Work on first Waitakere Ranges local area plan under way at Oratia

 

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Attribution: Council notice, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Work on first Waitakere Ranges local area plan under way at Oratia

Published 31 October 2008

Work on the first local area plan to be drawn up under the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act gets under way in November with a public workshop in Oratia.

 

Oratia has been selected as the first area to develop a Local Area Plan to put the provisions of the new Act in place.

 

Waitakere City Council policy & strategy committee chairman Penny Hulse said last week the local area plans were a great opportunity to blend local knowledge, residents’ aspirations & council processes to map out the future of the ranges & foothills: “The new act is clearly focused on defining the distinct character of the many environments of the ranges, from coast & bush to rural & urban fringe. The aim is to preserve these unique features as identified by local communities so they are not compromised in the future.”

 

Cllr Hulse said another positive outcome from the local area plans would be to start mapping out the future economic opportunities in the ranges. 10-12 plans will be drawn up over the next decade.

 

For the first one, an open day & community meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 November at the Oratia Soccer Club at Parrs Park.

 

The Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act was enacted on 9 April, recognising the national, regional & local significance of this area of West Auckland.

 

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Waitakere Ranges bill passed

Published 2 April 2008

The Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill passed its third & final reading in Parliament tonight.

 

The legislation, establishing a 27,000ha heritage area, was sponsored through Parliament by Waitakere MP Lynne Pillay and jointly promoted by Waitakere City Council, Rodney District Council & the Auckland Regional Council.

 

The ranges act establishes the Waitakere Ranges heritage area, including the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, the residential areas around Titirangi, the foothills of the ranges, coastal villages such as Piha, Karekare, Huia and parts of south-west Rodney.

 

Celebrating the event, Auckland Regional Council parks & heritage committee chairman Sandra Coney said: “This legislation provides the highest protection for the Waitakere Ranges, much needed given their ecological vulnerability and proximity to the country’s largest & fastest-growing population base.

 

“The ranges define our region’s western skyline, they are instantly recognisable, they are also a recreational paradise where you can walk through majestic rainforest and on some of the world’s best surf beaches. It is a wilderness for us all to explore. However, the area also has a long history of settlement. This legislation is designed to ensure that people can play & live harmoniously in this environment by giving councils the guidance & tools to achieve this now & in the future.”

 

“The act provides certainty and a consistent long-term approach for the management of both the public & private land in the heritage area. Although the parkland has protection under other legislation, this act provides us with clear guidance on how we manage it.”

 

Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey said the law wasn’t another set of rules & regulations but a tool to help implement other pieces of legislation, such as the Resource Management Act.

 

“It is all too easy for decisions to be made unwittingly in isolation that stretch the boundaries of development that, added up over time, have a significant detrimental impact. The act will function like a future benchmark of what the people of the Waitakeres would like their communities & environment to be in 100 years’ time.”

 

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

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Waitakere park management submissions sought

Published 19 April 2007


The Auckland Regional Council is calling for comments on proposed changes to the way it manages the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.


It took the management plan out to public consultation in November and is seeking submissions on the draft changes to section 55 of the regional parks management plan – which outlines the way the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is managed – by Friday 29 June.


The council says the proposed changes aim to strengthen the level of environmental protection for the park while still providing for a range of appropriate recreational experiences.


It proposes limits on the number of activities permitted at some beach locations & sensitive environments such as North Piha, the Glen Esk area of Piha, Pararaha Valley, Whatipu & Anawhata.


The chairman of the council’s parks & heritage committee, Cllr Sandra Coney, said: “As a result of continued regional growth, more visitors and increased demands from tourism & commercial businesses are expected. The changes are designed to ensure that the ways visitors are managed are robust & responsive to the increasing pressures in the country’s largest & fastest-growing region.”


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

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