City Centre Media
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Meet City Centre residents at our monthly Red Hat Dinner
July's theme is futuristic - what your hat will look like in 2050 (but really you can come without hat, although there may be a prize!) It is all very relaxed - the aim is to meet people and have some inexpensive fun with your city centre neighbours. Come along!
CCRG Supports Showers for homeless people
The CCRG has partnered with the Ellen Melville Centre and the Auckland City Mission to offer a programme of showers to homeless people this winter, thanks to a generous local grant from the Waitematā Local Board. We are pleased that the local board recognizes the need for such services, and we note that it aligns with their 2017 Local Board Plan:
“Outcome 1: Inclusive communities that are vibrant, healthy and connected. Ensure all members of the community have access to shelter and warmth. … Support initiatives that enhance public amenities in the city centre.”
The shower at the Ellen Melville Centre will be available to homeless people from 5 July until 30 August, Mondays and Thursdays, 7am - 9.30am.
'One Sense at a time' - SENSING THE CITY THROUGH our senses
Walking the city streets may seem like just an everyday experience: But what changes when you try walking more attentively, making use of your senses?
“Walking – one sense at a time” asks precisely that question. In the first of a series of creative city explorations,focussing on one specific sense per walk: smell, sound, visual, tactile, taste. The first walk on 22 May was 'Smell' - read about what we found, and there was plenty to discover smell-wise, in the city centre.
CRL VIDEOS: How Lower Queen Street and its surrounds will look in 2020
The City Centre Targeted Rate (paid by city centre businesses and residents), is funding $10 million to theses streetscape works.
Videos - CRL May 2018
Auckland City Mission presentation to CCRG: HomeGround Development
City Missioner Chris Farrelly spoke on the mission's purpose and 100 year history, its current programs, and the exciting proposals to rebuild the site with a larger, modern and fit for purpose facility. The facility will provide mixed model housing, health, and wraparound services to help address the homelessness crisis.It will provide effective methods & resources to restore the mental and physical wellbeing of the City’s most vulnerable and move them to independence.
Panuku Presentation to CCRG: Queens wharf dolphins & eastern Viaduct Changes
Panuku presented some updates to CCRG on some of their waterfront projects.
One update was proposed Queen's Wharf Dolphins & associated new connecting structures. These would enable the largest cruise ships to moor at Queen's Wharf. This will be a publicly notified resource consent.
The other update covered the very welcome changes to the public realm on the Eastern Viaduct - the background, current usage, the 'urban laboratory' underpinnings, and hopefully future improvements to this waterfront gateway.
AUCKLAND'S CITY CENTRE: A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Residents speak to Heart of the City and provide a perspective on life in the city centre.
Vibrancy, diversity, varied choices, infrastructure - these are certainly some of the the many positives as we head towards 60,000 residents.
C40 Cities - Fossil Fuel Streets Update for Auckland
Mayor Phil Goff signed the C40 Cities Fossil Fuel Free Streets Declaration in October 2017, joining a global network of cities taking action to address climate change. There is a pledge to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025, and ensure that a major area of the city is zero
emission by 2030. (Wynyard Quarter?)
The policies are designed to fight air pollution, improve the quality of life for all citizens, and help tackle the global threat of climate change. Great news for Auckland.
Victoria Linear Park Stage One (Hobson to Queen St)
March 2018 update on the Victoria Linear Park project early design and planning for stage 1 presented to the City Centre Advisory Board. Feedback provided at the meeting:
- consider linear park stretching beyond Albert park
- consideration of the shared space
- importance of selling the vision to city centre stakeholders, effective comms and development response initiatives,
- note the risk around underestimating pedestrian numbers.
Proactively Building Better Cycling Infrastructure in Apartment Buildings
Sugartree is a recent residential/retail development at the top of Nelson street which will eventually house 2000 residents, and welcome a lot of regular users. They have an active bike group which has been working on remedying the lack of bicycle facilities that came with the building. Some good tips and info on how to go about building a bike community apartment buildings. It's all about providing workable, convenient and secure alternatives and transport choices in the city centre
ADDitional City Centre Car share parking - Feedback
AT recently sought feedback on proposals to install ten car share parking spaces around Central Auckland. We support car shares such as City Hop as hybrid versions of Public Transport, and as a way of making much more efficient use of our limited public spaces - in this case road space.
Public transport, cycling and pedestrians, must have priority over private transport in all transport related projects in, and around, the city centre.
Feedback is in and the initial plans will now be implemented.
K Road Enhancements Project
A whole lot of great changes for residents & for k Rd have your say
Peak hour bus lanes changes. A separated cycleway in each direction, connecting with other cycleways. Changes to loading zones (increased numbers on side streets), taxi stands, & mobility parking. Tree removal, tree relocation, and new trees . Rain gardens for natural stormwater filtration. New street lighting. New street furniture, & more.
Mayoral Proposal: Ten-year Budget 2018-2028
29 November 2017
Every three years Council adopts a 10-year budget (long-term plan), and holds a full public consultation each time. Last week , Mayor Phil Goff released his Mayoral Proposal, which outlines his priority areas for the budget. Have a look at the proposed areas of spend - see what you think, and get ready to have your say.
Is it time Auckland became more pedestrian-friendly?
Well, it probably couldn't be much more hostile to those walking, so that would be a 'Yes!'
Half a million people walk around the City Centre every weekday, (everyone is a pedestian at some stage) but until now Auckland hasn't had a strategy for better serving pedestrians – or placed a dollar value on improving the city for them. In this RNZ interview, Auckland Council's Darren Davis backs up what we all already knew with a business case for making our biggest city more pedestrian-friendly.
Stop Auckland Sewage Overflows Coalition (SASOC) 28.9.17 AGM addresses
SASOC's Mission -To lobby for immediate upgrade of the drainage infrastructure of
the central Auckland isthmus to stop untreated wastewater and stormwater discharges into the environment”
Discussed at the AGM was the revised Central Interceptor project now renamed Western Isthmus Water Quality Improvement Plan (WIWQIP). This large pipe will probably run from Cox's Bay via Western Springs and Mt Albert to the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant. Work willstart on this very soon. An announcement on the scope of the work is expected from Council this month.
In addition the AGM considered a discussion sheet (click below) about the implications of a targeted rate. Council is considering some form of targeting a group of ratepayers with the WIWQIP cost rather than all ratepayers.
Click below for a brief sheet explaining "SASOC at a glance" which gives a quick overview of SASOC.
Britomart Station Surrounds includng Lower Queen Street - September 2017
A 67-page document looking at a whole range of designs, design elements, and focussing on people and pedestrians, not only in the areas directly in front of Britomart Station, but also in the surrounding streets.
The CRL report is the detailed source document.
Greater Auckland also have a useful analysis and commentary on the proposals.
Leaky buildings, seismic strengthening and leasehold rent reviews
These are just some of the issues Auckland apartment buyers need to watch out for. From interest.co.nz (12 August 2017) this article sensibly highlights the issues buyers need to be aware of as they carry out their due diligence, prior to buying an apartment. Many buildings have no, or just the regular ongoing R&M needs of any property. Others do not. Care must always be taken. Caveat Emptor.
Buyer beware: The law is failing to protect Kiwi apartment owners
5 July 2017 by Maria Slade from NOTED
If you are an apartment owner you will know about the Unit Titles Act (UTA) and its shortcomings. A much-needed review of this Act is underway. But the review recommendations do not go far enough this article says.
ACP cladding investigation update
Enhanced review underway
30 June 2017 - Auckland Council
In light of issues raised by the London disaster, Auckland Council is undertaking a much-needed review & investigation into buildings that potentially have aluminium composite panels (ACP) in their construction. Read their press release, info on ACPs in Auckland, and what they are doing.
Skyscraper schools for auckland
5 July 2017NZ Herald
The number of people living in the city centre alone is rising fast. Already over 40,000 (including 2,000 school-age children), this number will rise quickly and is forcing a re-think on where space for the tens of thousands of extra students expected in the future will come from.
Common in urban entres overseas,this will mean a new type of urban school for Auckland - those with high-rise classrooms and no sports fields.
Auckland CBD, beaches and al fresco dining areas to become smokefree
6 July 2017, Shani Williams,Akl City Harbour News
Smoking may be banned in Auckland's City Centre as Auckland Council ramps up its goal to become a smoke free city.
Auckland Council is putting measures in place to make beaches, urban centres and al fresco dining areas smokefree areas by 2018.
Proposal to open the Tunnels Under Albert park
Reid & Andreef presentation to City Centre Advisory Board, July 2017 Agenda
3.5Km of tunnels were built during WW2 as shelters. Big enough to drive supply trucks through. Still there - although full of stacked bricks...this is a long-planned project led (in particular) by one very determined man, that would see the main tunnel reopened from Victoria St to Beach Road, with additional access from Princes & Symonds St. It would operate for walking and cycling. and integrate with the Victoria Street Linear Park and the CRL.
Stop Auckland Sewage Overflows Coalition FACT SHEET
Stretched Auckland’s civic infrastructure - in this case sewage/stormwater that affects all of us who broder the Waitemata and other waterways. With elections coming up and and Auckland Council preparing its 10 year plan here is an easily understood one page fact sheet.
The purpose of this sheet is that it can be copied to give to political decision makers at local, parliamentary candidate and government level. Raising it will promote the overflow issues and keep decision-makers focused on this issue.