Ko Adriana Avendaño Christie tōku ingoa.
He Mema au o te Poari ā-Rohe o Waitemata.
Ko au te Heamana Tuarua mō te Pukekawa Komiti.
Pictures in this report taken by: Luke Mckeown & Adriana Christie
Role Update/made into a Content Table.
Te Wai Orea
Grey lynn Park
Endevour Park / Newmarket Park
Emily Place - Innovating streets
General/Assigned Roles Update
Ko au te Heamana Tuarua mō te Pukekawa Komiti
(Deputy Chair of the Auckland Domain Committee)
The Titoki Street gates have been covered off/endorsed under the Auckland Domain Masterplan (5.1 Improve pedestrian and cycling circulation): Titoki St car park to Football Rd.
Community Facilities are currently undertaking a trial of time restricted access to the carpark located at Titoki street in the Auckland Domain, these went live on 08 July 2021. The access is controlled by 2 x manually operated steel gates with the hours of parking restriction between 10pm until 9:30am, Monday to Friday. Council staff will continue to monitor the effectiveness of these gates, determining whether there is a need for a more permanent means of vehicle management in the future. This project was a priority project in the previous term; it is good to see it in action. I took these pictures on the weekend, not during restricted times.
The Auckland Holocaust Memorial Trust is proposing to install a memorial called the ‘Garden of Humanity’ at the Fairy Pond within the Auckland Domain. The Trust was formed in 2012 with the mission to use the cobblestones for a memorial of all who perished in the Holocaust and to provide a physical reminder to all Aucklanders/New Zealanders that the unthinkable is always possible. The key objectives for the project are to:
establish a memorial that expresses the magnitude of the holocaust using cobblestones from the Warsaw ghetto, which have been donated to the trust
achieve a high standard of design that is sympathetic to, and adds value to, the memorial’s location and surroundings
restore the pond
The landowner approval from the Committee is still subject to the Trust obtaining resource consent. The Trust will upgrade the fairy pond at their cost.
I visited the Winter Gardens on the weekend. I must admit I have collected so much inspiration from my visit. I'd like to replicate it in my own home. There’s an app I often use called Picture This that identifies plant species, and I snapped a few pics to take note of what would grow well indoors.
Here are some species names: Alocasia, Moth orchids, Monstera Obliqua, Golden Pothos, Heart of Jesus. They are easy to find at your local plant shop. Physical works (Separable Portion 1) - Cool house and part 1 external areas, commenced on Monday 15th March 2021. These works are progressing well and are on track to be completed by the end of November 2021.
Works started on the cool glasshouse and upon completion, will move onto the tropical glasshouse. Each taking approximately 9-10 months. During each restoration period one of the houses will remain open to the public to enjoy along with the fernery. I love the new temporary exhibition of the tropical glasshouse. #goals
The wharepaku / toilets are still available for use.
Parks, Sports, & Recreation
Te Wai Orea
The restorative planting and track reinstatement at Western Springs Lakeside Te Waiōrea is now underway. Students from the nearby Pasadena Intermediate / Te Kura Takawaenga o Te Waitītiko helped to put the first 140 native trees and shrubs into the ground. To read the full story, visit OurAuckland. This was followed by a community planting day on Sunday 18 July, which was attended by more than 60 members of the community.
For further information about the Western Springs Native Bush Restoration project, visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/westernspringsFraser Park
Cox's Bay - Bayfield Park
Gates are up and the notice of works has been announced. The project is to renew the Grey Lynn Greenway Path, which is a safe walking and cycling route from Grey Lynn Park to Cox’s Bay Reserve. The improvements will provide an accessible pathway, encouraging walking and cycling through the community. These works will upgrade the existing path to a 2.5m wide shared path connection between Wharf Road and Cox’s Bay Reserve via Bayfield Reserve and to provide an alternative east-west link to the dangerous West End Road hill.
This will provide a connection between Cox’s Bay Reserve and Wharf Road, Ponsonby, as well as links to Bayfield Reserve and Hukanui Reserve. Scope of Works: To deliver in five stages, which have been grouped into two separable portions - as described in the plan. In addition to that the carpark area is being resurfaced. Works were scheduled to commence delivery from mid-July 2021.
The scope of works consists of the renewal of approximately 100 square meters of asphalt. June was busy with several on-site meetings with our contractor, the Waitematā team finally saw the weeks’ worth of effort begin in Cox’s Bay Reserve during June. Works included removal of dumped mulch at the Kingsley Street carpark, removal of several private and various other pest plants around the periphery of the reserve, and the start of the planting in the main car park area. Improvements are expected to continue through July.
There are a few more challenges with the park but after the bridges and the new footpath are resumed, I’ll advocate for a few more upgrades in the park that would make the access through the park more enjoyable by bike and for pram users.
I take my dogs to Alberon Reserve so regularly that I have discovered some very cool pockets within the park, other corners well maybe not so cool as the taros and the palms have taken over the space.
Earlier this year I introduced the space to Luke Nuie from the Parnell Community Committee, he agreed that the palms had to leave. Earlier this year I logged the palms and the taros, and the Contractors got back to me that this was not a part of the scope of works of the project. I do have to say the contractor has done really well with removing all the Morning Glory throughout the park, I have been logging spots of it as I come across it walking through the park.
The Parnell Community committee has asked me to find a way to get rid of the taros and palms. I had a working bee with a few friends and have already cleared up a little bit of the park. I have asked my staff to reach out to Paul from Urban Ark to support the Parnell Community Committee with resources and tools for them to take ownership of the park and clear and plant natives.
If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to me and I will keep you informed when the dates get locked-in for the working bee.
On a side note, I am very grateful for our new rubbish bins. I still wish no motorised mowing would occur in the park as it leaves so much mud behind. (images above show what I mean)
Scarborough Reserve - New Furniture Fixings
Grey lynn Park - Rose road
Rose Road has had a bit of TLC and also a bit of intentional dumping that has left me with a bittersweet feeling. The trees at the top of the Gully have been trimmed, the rough sleeper and the large amount of discarded bits of laundry racks have been picked up.
This brings me to the bottom bit of the gully, the new mountain bike tracks that the locals have built in. I personally had no issue with a bit of riding through the park, but I am starting to get quite a number of complaints that the space is used as a dumping ground.
I found a number of bottles and cans floating around - have logged 8110423057 the rubbish this week but will have to start thinking of closing off the area if this abuse keeps occurring. There’s a large group of individuals that would like to start a Friends of Rose Road Gully group in order to start properly clearing all of the rubbish that is being dumped here.
If you happen to see more rubbish around the gully please help me with reporting the illegal dumping on this website : https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/report-problem/Pages/report-a-problem.aspx If nothing happens please send me the log number and I will follow up.
The Wild Initiative have joined forces with the Parnell Business Association and the Parnell Community Committee and are investigating Fraser park to go through a no mow trial in specific areas of the park.
By not mowing and allowing this small area to become wild we are hoping to regenerate the soils, enabling the area to become a healthy ecosystem again, restoring the habitat for insects, bees, butterflies, moths and skinks, which will encourage fantails to visit. There are significant benefits to our environment with a project like this. Here are species that encourage that biodiversity to thrive.
Bee-friendly kitchen and herb plants & ornamental flowers & plants
• Basil (Ocimum basilicum) • Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) • Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) • Cornflower (Centaurea spp.) • Cucumber, melon (Cucumis spp.) • Hollyhock (Alcea spp.) • Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) • Michaelmas daisy (Aster novae-angliae) • Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) • Penstemon (Penstemon spp.) • Sage (Salvia officinalis) • Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia) • Squash, pumpkin (Cucurbita spp.) • Salvia (Salvia spp.) • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) • Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) • Sweetcorn (Zea mays) • Zinnia (Zinnia spp.)
Endeavour Park / Newmarket Park
Newmarket has a beautiful new hidden boardwalk connection. If you are walking down Middleton road you will find a little hidden entrance.
The boardwalk directs you into Newmarket Park - I highly recommend this walk. It's so lush you would not imagine the amount of nature Newmarket actually has.
Innovating Streets for People - Connected Communities
In my eyes, the park has grown to a mixture of heritage with a modern tactical urbanism touch to it. The proposed temporary changes are the outcome of the co-design process that took place between November and April. The design includes a simplified road layout, street art, footpath extensions, public realm improvements and planter boxes. There were three main themes that emerged from the co-design workshops and surveys - Emily Place should be:
• An urban oasis for current and future generations
• A place where the rich heritage and cultural history of the site can be
celebrated and remembered
• A shared space, accessible and catering to the whole of the community
The concrete seating has been concrete 3D printed by NZ company QOROX. This technique has allowed us to achieve economical and robust street furniture that is quick to fabricate.
QOROX has been working hard to reduce the carbon footprint of our projects and with the Emily Place stools they have used shredded, used car tyres as seating bulk fill, instead of using solid concrete. As a result, they have reduced the concrete use by around 30% and saved waste rubber from heading to landfill. The rubber has been supplied by a kiwi-owned and Cambridge-based innovative business, Treadlite.
Ngāti Whātua artist, Graham Tipene, has designed a cultural pattern for the road and new pedestrian space. The design which will be stencilled onto the ground is called ‘Matarae – Koru’ (Headland – Growth).
“This design speaks to the headland that was quarried away in the 1800s. The Koru represents the growth of the people, the city and everything that comes with becoming a Metropolis”.
The artwork will be applied using a standard road paint which is cost-effective and easy to remove. In summary this project will use a tactical urbanism approach to test ways to improve the public amenity of the area by reducing traffic hazards and addressing security concerns. Through a high engagement, co-design approach with the local resident and business community, the pilot will test different layout solutions and place-making activities to improve the area and inform the future permanent upgrade of Emily Place in 2024. The final design will be determined by the co-design process, but interventions could include ground graphics, art installations, place kit, road layout changes and lighting.
Disclosures I am a member of Hackland.
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