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Ponsonby news update October 2018

On 19 September we celebrated 125 years since New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.  Although it wasn’t until 1919 that women were eligible to stand for Parliament and another 40 years before Elizabeth McCombs became Aotearoa’s first elected female […]

City Building: Auckland Transport’s “expectations” should not dictate our planning

An attachment to my March 2017 Board report On 10 March I attended a joint Planning Committee and Waitematā Local Board workshop hosted by Panuku to discuss the extensive Waterfront and City Centre Work Programme.  Over the next year we are going to see the refresh of the Auckland Plan, the City Centre Masterplan and […]

Grey Lynn Westmere native bush and coastal walk

The Weona-Westmere walkway opened just before Christmas 2016 on a beautiful summer’s day. Over the holiday break many people have told me how much they’ve enjoyed the new walk and the opportunity to explore along previously inaccessible coastline. I now have a new favourite loop walk that includes the Weona-Westmere walkway and connects up with local […]

Quay Street Cycleway opening

It would have been hard to imagine even a few years ago politicians flocking to the opening of a cycleway.  In fact there were hardly any cycleway openings in Auckland until the PM opened Grafton Gully cycleway in September 2014.   However that all changed when serious investment in cycling got underway thanks in part to the Urban […]

A street tree planting policy for Auckland

Notice of Motion: Auckland Transport Street Tree Planting Policy A notice of motion is a useful tool available to elected representatives to get action on an issue when the organisation fails to respond by other means.  As lead of the transport porfolio for the Waitemata Local Board I have a particular interest in what goes on in […]

The lightpath to our cycling future – Te ara i whiti

Auckland has a stunning new icon. Te ara i whiti – Lightpath opened yesterday to rave reviews and a huge turn out of people excited to experience the world’s first ever pink (officially magenta) coloured cycleway created from a transformed disused motorway off-ramp. The day started with a dawn blessing that allowed for a contemplative walk with iwi reprepresentatives […]

Update on the footpath work programme: Making Auckland’s footpaths safer, easier to navigate and more convenient

I have previously reported on the recommendations the transport portfolio has made for locations to be included in Auckland Transport’s footpath work programme 15/16 including footpaths requiring maintenance. In August Christopher Dempsey and I went on a site visit with Auckland Transport’s head of maintenance to ascertain what works can be leveraged from the renewal […]

Inspired by Freecycle London to open the streets for the Tour of Auckland

I recently accompanied my mum to London to support her competing in the 10th World Brompton Championship race. I hadn’t been back in 5 years so I was also looking forward to checking out the explosion of cycling I’d been hearing about. From dispatches I was expecting London to have been transformed into a Copenhagen of the […]

City Centre community hub upgrade

An upgrade of the only community centre in the central city has been on the Waitamatā Local Board to do list since we first got planning after the 2010 election. Ellen Melville & Pioneer Womens Hall on Freyberg Square between High and O’Connell Streets had been neglected under the old Auckland City Council. The facilities are tired, […]

Vision Zero for Auckland

On 2 June 2015 Robert Su, 33 was heading home from work at the ASB bank to his family in Hillcrest. Like hundreds of commuters he was walking from Wynyard Quarter to the bus stops on Fanshawe Street. Tragically while crossing the road he was struck by a truck and killed. The exact details of the crash have […]