No.41 February 2012 Vision Kerikeri & Environs Inc. P.O.Box 793, Kerikeri 0245
Withdrawal of Plan Change 8
The two independent Commissioners who heard Plan Change 8 recommended to Council on 26 January that Plan Change 8 be withdrawn. We are of course disappointed. Plan Change 8 was intended to protect the amenity values of our “gateways” into town. VKK first expressed concerns in 2005 about retaining the amenity values of Kerikeri Road and deficiencies in the District Plan. We started lobbying for improved planning which culminated in the Structure Plan adopted by Council in September 2007, as a Strategic Plan or direction for Kerikeri and Waipapa. An element of it was a Gateway Amenity Zone to protect, maintain and enhance the character and quality of the entry corridors.
The Commissioners state that they understand and acknowledge the Council’s reasons for seeking to maintain the character of the approach roads but concluded that the Plan Change, in the form notified, will not achieve in all cases the Councils objectives for introducing it. They also note that nearly everyone from both sides agree that something needs to be done. The proposed “Gateway Amenity Zone” is largely located within the Rural Production Zone. The Commissioners consider that an alternative method of introducing standards or rules as part of the existing Rural Production Zone was not adequately considered. The Rural Production Zone has long been known to be inadequate and Judge Newhook of the Environment Court has commented unfavourably on its permissiveness and VKK has often made this point.
So what next? Council has resolved that the issues and objectives which Plan change 8 was intended to address will be looked at in conjunction with a long overdue Plan Change to address industrial and commercial activities in the rural zones. We agree and have urged this to be undertaken ASAP to avoid any further deterioration. As a result of a refuse depot being granted an un-notified consent on Waipapa Road last year, many of the opponents of changes at last appear to understand that rules are necessary. We see this setback and its associated delay as an opportunity for a better outcome.
Obituary – Nancy Pickmere
One of our members Nancy Pickmere who has passed away at the age of 98 exemplified why citizens need to be vigilant and actively care for their community. In 1968 Nancy, with her friend Joyce Mason, also a VKK member, were alarmed to find that Council had approved a subdivision of 108 sections on Kororipo Pa and bulldozers were already in action. Nancy is what, I suppose would nowadays be called a “stirrer”. With others she founded a Society for Preservation of the Kerikeri Basin and campaigned for years for its preservation. Without this initiative and her very active involvement, which finally led to government support, the historic Kerikeri Basin would be a fragment of its present historic and recreation park and the town and all its future inhabitants much the poorer. Thank you Nancy you will be missed but your legacy lives on
Landfill waste to energy
Council is concerned about the 17000 tonnes disposed of in landfill in the district annually. About 11000 tonnes of this is transported to Whangarei and 5000 tonnes to Ahipara which will close shortly. Large as this volume seems investigation indicates that this volume is too small to economically extract value from technology currently available. However 25 percent reduction in waste could be achieved by educating the public better about recycling. Council is continuing to investigate options for improvement.
Kerikeri One Way System
There has been some discussion recently in the Bay Chronicle about reverting to a two way traffic system in Main Street. Our view is that the one way system is working after a fashion and is an improvement on the excessive two way traffic through the main street which it has replaced. Beforehand there were traffic hold-ups at certain times of the day, and in the summer tourist season. The town was dominated by vehicular traffic to the disadvantage of pedestrians, particularly the elderly.
The one-way scheme was proposed in 2006 as a “trial one way system” to be monitored by Council. It was not long before it became a more permanent system in conjunction with the mainstreet upgrade programme. The one-way route does make it a little easier for pedestrians because it provides mid-street refuge islands, but it is not uncommon for heavy vehicles to thunder past the pavement cafes.
We reiterate our long held position that the proper traffic solution is constructing the Butler Road/Homestead Road/Clarke Road two way alternative route, with a future link to the heritage bypass. This would be classified as strategic infrastructure, the creation of an alternative route as a prerequisite for a pedestrian friendly retail area. The new Countdown supermarket has put more pressure on the one way system and adjacent round-about. We would not wish Council to spend scarce ratepayer funds reverting to the original two-way system, but the traffic issue in the CBD cannot be resolved until the alternative route is provided.
Traffic engineers have traditionally concentrated on efficient vehicular traffic movements to the detriment of pedestrians and cyclists etc., but there is a change in forward thinking towns and cities world wide. Auckland has several examples, for instance Elliot Street where traffic mingles slowly with pedestrians in an un-kerbed street. Even in New York some traffic lanes have reverted to pedestrian and cycle use, and in Seoul, a city of over 10 million people, a complete four lane overhead motorway has been completely demolished and replaced with a riverside park.
Mining in Northland
As you will no doubt be aware an aerial mineral survey of Northland was undertaken last year. No information has been made public about what mining potential may have been discovered or indicated. The Mayor is going to Canada shortly to promote the potential for mining in Northland. We appreciate that promoting Northland is a good idea, and it may be that the information derived from the survey is highly technical, but this gives the appearance of being somewhat premature before any general indication of what potential may exist has been made publicly available.
Kerikeri Wastewater system
Council is trying to speed up action on this stalled and expensive infrastructure. Without sewerage Kerikeri development will also stall, and development when it resumes, will continue to spread all over the Countryside in about 4000sq.metre lots. Speed is necessary since a government subsidy of about $7.5 million expires in 3013 and the Kerikeri sewerage Resource Consent Expires in 2014. It will be expensive but we will be keen to see that corners are not cut and that the solution adopted meets realistic future needs. The initial scheme was based on very unrealistic population projections so cost savings are expected.
No.40 November 2011 Vision Kerikeri & Environs Inc.
P.O.Box 793, Kerikeri 0245
Work on the new supermarket has involved double lanes, and upgrading of power, telephone and water services. We shall be observing with interest the new traffic flows created by the supermarket, especially vehicles entering from Butler Road. Council has continued to defer work on the alternative route linking Butler Road through to Homestead and Clark Roads
Plan Change 8 and the Waste Station Controversy
A much abbreviated version of our Chairperson’s letter to the Bay Chronicle on 17/11/2001 follows:
The consent for the Waste Transfer Station on Waipapa Road is no surprise because our District Plan allows almost anything in the Rural Production and Rural Living Zones including industrial and commercial activities.
This has surprised some vehement objectors to Plan Change 8 who had strong views about individual property rights (as long as their neighbour does not exercise such rights?).
VKK has searched 12 District Plans from Whangarei to Whakatane and none have industrial activities in rural zones. Special zones are created for such activities. Our own “effects based” District Plan has been described as an “unfortunate experiment”.
It is considered unacceptable to have “open slather” along the entries to our town, which would ultimately affect the attractiveness and property values in the area. We have promoted the Structure Plan, and campaigned for sensible rules to protect these entries which Plan Change 8 endeavours to do.
Vision Kerikeri therefore supports Council’s just announced decision to investigate at last the District Plan so as to manage and control the size and scale of activities in the rural zones.
Still Going Solar !
Following the item in our last newsletter which described the solar workshops attended by about 80 people, there is continuing interest in following up with other solar information and events. Several local solar enthusiasts are happy to share their experience or expertise – if you would like a list please contact us. We should not assume in the context of possible N.Z. SOE electricity company asset sales that electricity costs are likely to decline.
We understand that another Envirofest is planned for early next year. This year’s event, held last March was an excellent opportunity for both local groups and businesses to show off their environmental credentials!
The Structure Plan and the CBD
While we await the resolution of Plan Change 8 – the “Kerikeri/Waipapa Amenity” Corridor there is still a long way to go with the implementation of the Structure Plan. In our newsletter a year ago we discussed the Kerikeri CBD Retail Centre Zone proposed in the Structure Plan, which adjoins the High Density Residential and mixed use Centre policy area.
In a recent count there were about 17 vacant retail spaces vacant in the CBD with at least six buildings with vacant office space. The CBD urgently needs attention to achieve a compact, viable and attractive pedestrian friendly town centre.
The policy areas in the Structure Plan can be summarised as:
High Density Mixed Use Centre – this provides for mixed use commercial and higher density residential uses to create a town centre with a sense of vitality/vibrancy and reduced reliance on private motor vehicles.
Mainstreet – this must provide a focus for street-based retail and other businesses. Planning must include consideration of pedestrian spaces and linkages, street parking and on-street and centralised parking.
Achieving these goals will require close co-operation between Council, property owners, businesses, developers, designers and the general public. They require recognition of Urban Design Protocol principles, and perhaps the use of an urban design panel. There must be a balance between community values and private property rights. The “re-invention “ of the CBD does not necessarily mean large new buildings – even small changes can make a difference. Changes to the parking rules will be essential. We plan to discuss these items further in the next newsletter.
The official opening of the Te Araroa walking trail will be officially opened by the Governor General at a ceremony in Wellington on the 3rd of December.
The walking trail is the culmination of many years of effort by many people and organisations, and stretches 2920km from Cape Reinga to Bluff
It is great to see that some real trees have been planted on the Kerikeri Domain. Hopefully more will be planted including on some of the mounds.
What will your home look like in 2015?
The U.S. National Association of Home Builders recently conducted a survey of it’s members to see what they think homes will look like in 2015. Their prediction was that homes will be smaller, the living room will disappear to be replaced by a large kitchen/dining/living area. An important future trend is the use of resource- efficient features including energy use and water conservation .
Vision Kerikeri & Environs Inc.
Plan Change 8 – Gateway Amenity Zone
We have been advised that public hearings for this Plan Change should take place at the end of October. The appointment of commissioners is still to be confirmed. We can expect that there will be both support and opposition to the Design Guidelines proposed by Council. Vision Kerikeri will be supporting the controls designed to preserve the visual character of the Kerikeri Waipapa Amenity Corridors, but some landowners oppose any controls that may limit the way they use their land, which may be incompatible with the guidelines proposed. We would welcome our members support at the hearings.
New Countdown Supermarket
You will have noticed that work is proceeding rapidly on this project. The supermarket is due to open in December. This is conditional on the Kerikeri/Butler/Hobson Ave roundabout being modified and improved to permit better traffic flow. You will also have noticed that the large tree on the Butler Road corner showing on the left hand side of our header above has disappeared. We are pleased however that comprehensive landscaping proposed for the site includes about 50 specimen trees, many of them natives, plus about 1200 shrubs and groundcovers, together with features designed to match the Mainstreet landscaping.
Solar Power and Energy Efficiency
As you may have been advised this workshop will take place on Saturday 1st October at Aroha Island. Booking beforehand is necessary by phoning 407 1399. The cost is $25 for full day or $12 for half day.
The morning session will deal with energy efficiency, passive solar, solar hot water; the afternoon with Solar electricity (PV) and water harvesting. The tutor is Eric Jansseune. BYO lunch.
Wairoa Stream Track
Vision Kerikeri is managing a new project to build a walkway alongside the Wairoa Stream. This pathway has been ‘on the cards’ for over 20 years with nothing happening. A pedestrian bridge has been built with help from Council Community Board funding and groups to connect Pa Road with the HoneHeke Reserve and is well used.
The new stream walkway will go from this bridge, along the bank of the stream, some two kilometres to the base of the pretty waterfall, returning to the Pa Road bridge.The FNDC has pulled all annual funding for walkway developments, citing lack of budget, however Council seem to have unlimited funding for Rugby World Cup events, a transitory albeit national event.
Vision Kerikeri had decided to start this community project with help from other groups.
Recently there have been a lot of background negotiations with important parties, I am pleased to report all of them successful.
With spring coming we will soon be in a position to map the route so that it will not be on flooding areas, and therefore will not require constant maintenance and rebuilding.
I would like to thank the Walking Access Commission for their support for this project.
If you are able to assist with practical help or small fund donations in support please contact Iain Morrison at 09 4077330
David Engwicht at Paihia
We understand that this workshop at Paihia in early August was attended by about 50 people and was very stimulating. We look forward to some of the ideas discussed being implemented. People were encouraged to take things into their own hands rather than expecting Council to do everything.
Urban Battle Lines
In a recent newspaper article Rod Oram states that “The people of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have big ambitions and bold plans for their cities. But the government is ignoring them. It is determined to force on them its spent, old and timid views of what it thinks cities should be.”
In other words more roads, low density sprawl and low investment, rather than a vibrant urban life in attractively designed places with effective and affordable transport, strong economies and high environmental standards. Hopefully a lesson will be learnt from the transport chaos during the RWC opening in Auckland.
Perhaps smaller cities and towns – even Kerikeri – are not exempt from outdated and short term thinking.
Profile: Allan McKenzie – committee member
Allan grew up in the deep south – Gore – son of a cheese maker and planning to listen to his own cheese maturing as the herd of milking sheep and goats grew.
However, he became a designer, working in film and television in Australia before moving to Hong Kong where he established, and still has a design practice focusing mainly on corporate office, spa and restaurant design and construction.
Passionate about the environment, permaculture, ecovillage and functional community design and all aspects of sustainability, Allan is fully supportive of the forward thinking and community focused activities of Vision Kerikeri.
He is currently involved in the planning and development of the first sustainable urban neighbourhood in Kerikeri which will commence construction in early 2012.
When is the best time to plant a tree?
Answer: 20 years ago.
Next best time?
Have you paid your VKK membership sub yet?
We depend on our members support, especially when we need to get professional advice on issues that arise.
No. 36June 2011Vision Kerikeri & Environs Inc.P.O.Box 793Kerikeri 0245
Annual General Meeting
Our AGM was held on Friday 27th March. The chairman’s report is sent as a separate attachment to this newsletter. The new committee consists of Rod Brown- chairman, Iain Morrison –deputy chair, Rolf Mueller Glodde – interim secretary, Howard Smith – treasurer, Ruth Marsh, Allan McKenzie and Justin Topzand.
We are not making use of the sun in New Zealand which surprised Belgian Environmental Engineer Eric Janseunne who was addressing Vision Kerikeri’s AGM. He has been living in NZ and teaching at Auckland University of Technology for 5 years and has 25 years experience in Europe with alternative energy especially solar.
Energy is an essential ingredient for socio-economic development. NZ’s economy is very vulnerable because of oil dependency and electricity addiction. New Zealand has the 6th highest ecological footprint in the world and is 12th in CO2 emissions. We have had decades of low energy conversion and high daily electricity consumption of about 25Kwh per household based on low energy prices. However this has now changed because household electricity costs have increased more than 60% in 10 years while inflation was a fraction of this. This is typified by our use of electricity for hot water cylinders, a very wasteful use of energy.
A growing problem of our dependence on private cars is fuel poverty. New Zealand has the 2nd highest use of private cars per capita in the world. Rising fuel prices, fixed low incomes and lack of public transport, are contributing to households turning to cheap low quality foods causing decline in socio-economic conditions.
Europe with a generally inferior climate and with much higher latitudes is much further advanced in the use of solar energy for hot water and power generation. Norway, Finland and Germany make significant use of the sun with excellent feed in tariffs to the grid making it desirable for households through rooftop solar voltaic cells, to contribute to national energy production.
New Zealand is ideally suited to decentralised energy production and has every opportunity to establish a mix of sustainable renewable energy using best available technology without any loss of comfort.
Plan Change 8 – Draft Amenity Chapter
Submissions closed on May 27th. The next step is for a public hearing to be notified and those that wish to be heard in support or otherwise can attend to make their case. We will keep you informed.
The FNDC is currently seeking nominations for notable trees worthy of protection through being added to the District Plan Schedule for Notable Trees.
Recent legislation under the RMA has impacted on this process in that from 1st January 2012 trees in urban areas will only have protection if they are located on reserves, are individually listed in the District Plan or are protected by a caveat on land titles.
In addition to this Nominations are restricted to urban sites of less than 4000sq.m which have reticulated water and sewerage and which contain a building. The property owner’s consent is also necessary.
In addition the trees must have ecological benefits, contribute to the landscape, have landmark value, visual amenity value, are a rare species or have outstanding botanical values. The size and age of tree will also be considered.
A further catch is that Council requires a nomination fee of $120 per tree to cover the cost of an arborist’s inspection! Nominations close on 10th June. Nomination forms are available at Proctor Library.
If you are aware of any suitable trees in the Kerikeri urban area which are not already protected let us know and we may be able to work with you on a nomination.
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Don’t miss this event to be held on the Kerikeri Domain on March 12. Vision Kerikeri will have a stand,
and display will a number of other local groups including Transition Towns, Aroha Island, the Shade
House Volunteers and Guardians of the Bay of Islands. Entry is free. This event has been organised by
Councillor Di Maxwell and is intended to showcase how we may become more aware of our environment
and how we can support our lifestyles with a lower impact on our natural environment.
Kerikeri/Waipapa Amenity Corridor Design Guidelines
Jan. 2011 Draft Document
This draft document was circulated to interested parties for their feedback, and may be amended before
the proposal is publicly notified in March. Submissions will be considered and a Council Hearing is
expected in August.
The final document will be incorporated into the District Plan as a plan change, and covers the following
. SH10 from Bulls Road to Sandys Road
. Wiroa Road from SH10 to the airport
. Kerikeri Road (apart from the town centre)
. Kapiro Road, Landing Road and Waipapa Road
The character of each section of these roads is identified by its key attributes. Any development will be
subject to the preparation of a site analysis, and is guided by a set of Design Options and Preferences,
. Planting and character
. Location and appearance of buildings
. Car parking
An appendix suggests suitable plants for shelter belts, screening hedges, fruit trees and pockets of
VKK has lobbied long and hard for this and this document represents the first step in the long awaited
implementation of the Structure Plan which was passed by Council in 2007. It is intended to preserve and
enhance the values of the much appreciated entrance corridors to Kerikeri/Waipapa. These are
threatened by barely managed development. that we value so much.
New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010-12-11
This national policy came into force in early December.
It clearly states that high value parts of the coast must now be protected from all adverse effects including
protection of marine mammals. Councils will be required to give effect to the new provisions in their
planning documents, and this will include having outstanding coastal landscapes and natural character
areas identified and mapped.
NRC 10 year Regional Policy Statement
Your committee made an extensive submission. Regional Policy Statements follow national Policy
Statements (of which N.Z. has so far only promulgated the N.Z.Coastal Policy Statement) in an hierarchy
after the Resource Management Act and has precedence over District Plans which must comply with its
policies. The Regional 10 year policy statement sets the scene for management of water, air, mining,
biodiversity, climate change among other aspects of our environment. It has as a theme that integration of
all elements is critical. This has been poorly managed between NRC and the District Councils, and ”that
there is limited recognition of… the interlocking nature of natural systems and cumulative effects of
Our submission can be seen on our website or it can be emailed or posted to you on request.
We are pleased that Council is reviewing the KK sewerage system. At about $21M it has been clearly
unaffordable for a long time and was, initially at least, planned for a population of 50,000 people. Such
gigantic systems are generally out of favour worldwide. We are pleased that Council is reviewing its
strategy to be more sustainable and apparently more affordable. In the absence of an effective sewerage
system more intensive development around the CBD cannot take place and a continuing sprawl across
the countryside in 3000 or 4000sq. metre lots will continue.
North Auckland Railway
N.Z. Rail has recently announced the possibility of closing the Northland to Auckland Rail line. A decision
will be made in a year. Kerikeri residents travelling south to Whangarei will be familiar with the number of
logging trucks on the road. The NRC has initiated a rail link from Oakleigh to the port at Marsden Point
which would enable logs to be railed direct from Otiria to the port. Their work will be wasted if the main
line is mothballed. For details email firstname.lastname@example.org
No.32 October 2010
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
In our newsletters we have repeatedly referred to the “Kerikeri/Waipapa Structure Plan” (which we prefer to call our proposed Town Plan)
Since its adoption by Council in September 2007 progress towards its formal implementation has been painfully slow. We plan to discuss various aspects of the Plan in this newsletter. This month focus will be on the CBD because with the current economic downturn its resilience is really being tested.
Kerikeri CBD-Retail Centre
This proposed zone has a radius of approximately 400 metres from the Kerikeri Road/Cobham Road junction as shown below.
To the southeast a proposed mixed
use (commercial and residential zone) KCBD-MU is shown.
The outcomes sought for the CBD policy area are:
To maintain the strong identity of the Kerikeri Town Centre
To promote a pedestrian friendly mainstreet and retail area with reduced ‘through traffic’ movement and traffic calming as appropriate.
To promote public transport and other transport modes accessing the town centre from the wider Structure Plan area.
To promote mixed use activities surrounding the CBD, with a sense of vitality/vibrancy and maximise natural surveillance, active streets, employment opportunities and economic development of the area.
To enable flexible scale and form of development in areas surrounding the Main street while recognising the amenity values of the Kerikeri town centre.
To provide for a mix of commercial, tourism and retail opportunities within the greater Kerikeri township area, maximising economic opportunities in the area.
Council will formulate objectives and policies to reflect these outcomes, and rules that will:
Provide clear direction on the scale of development envisaged in this area including guidance on height (e.g.limited to 3 & 4 storey buildings) and direction to manage the effects of building dominance and response to the street in retail areas.
Control or restrict activities that may have adverse effects, including noise, traffic generation, odour etc.
Provide opportunities for increased density of development where such development may facilitate a change in land use activity (e.g. to promote mixed use residential and employment activities within the ‘mixed use’ sub-policy area.
Seek to give guidance and direction on urban design, to maintain good response to the street and an appropriate mix of commercial and residential activities and provision of open space.
In the methods of implementation high priority was given for the above provisions, and for progressing the Butler Road to Clark Street link without which it will not be possible to make mainstreet more pedestrian friendly.
Another high priority item is to rationalise parking. The present rules requiring businesses to provide their own on-site parking is inhibiting the development of the CBD and encouraging unsustainable sprawl along Kerikeri Road and Waipapa Road. The medium to high priority assigned to detailed design work relating to footpath widths, areas for plaza/civic square spaces, street planting (including proper trees, not only palms) etc. might also include the use of an urban design panel, which would be guided by the Urban Design Protocol, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and similar initiatives.
Project Island Song
This project, a joint initiative by Guardians of the Bay Islands, DOC and the Te Rawhiti hapu aims to restore the natural values of the Eastern Bay of Islands including bringing back native birds and lizards. All 3 species of rats were removed by DOC about a year ago and it is essential to keep the islands pest free from rats and stoats for at least 2 years before bringing back rare species can be contemplated. Project Island Song is promoting every one doing their bit when you are out on the bay or visiting the islands. Check your boat and gear for pest rodents and ants (Argentine Ants present in KK are a threat). Tell your friends too. If you would like to become a Friend of Project Island Song volunteer or a member of the Guardians of the Bay of Islands, contact Adriana Rogowski (co-ordinator ph 0272902180) – you could find yourself getting involved in weeding, helping out at the Project Island Song Centre at Otehei Bay, or simply counting birds (the feathered kind).
The elections are now past. Our commiserations to Jill Smith and Ruth Marsh who did not get elected. We had hoped that these knowledgeable candidates would give a fresh outlook to the FNDC and NRC but it wasn’t to be. Our congratulations to Ann Court who is elevated to Deputy Mayor, and Florence Annison who is the new chair of our Community Board. The Mayor and Eastern Ward councillors are unchanged. Ann Court has made a commitment to the Structure Plan for this term.
We welcome the return of Doug Turner to the Community Board. Doug has battled year after year to realise the construction of The Centre, and completion of the final stage which has our support. We are fortunate in a small town to have had this vision realised.
As Margaret Mead has said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world – indeed it is the only thing that ever has”.
No.31 September 2010
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Local Body Elections
The election is on October 9th and postal voting papers should be delivered from Friday 17th September. As a planning organisation your committee, as in the past, does not endorse any of the mayoral candidates. We must work with whoever is elected.
Two of your committee are standing for election, Jill Smith for the Eastern Ward of FNDC and Ruth Marsh for Northland Regional Council (NRC)
Jill was a founding member of Vision Kerikeri six years ago and was at the forefront of the battles over the 8 level building and the re-instatement of a height limit in Kerikeri, and also the saving of Aroha Island from development. She was a member of the Community Board for 3 years, and is the current chairperson of the Aroha Island Trust.
Ruth has been a committee member for 3 years. As you know NRC is responsible for environmental planning and management of our region. Ruth has wide experience working internationally, nationally and locally in wide ranging policy and development and governance areas including conservation, water management and economic development.
We know Jill Smith and Ruth Marsh well, and do endorse them as strong candidates for your consideration. We also endorse Ann Court who alone of the councillors has been a consistent and strong supporter of planning in Kerikeri/Waipapa including our town plan (Structure Plan) and the Gateway Amenity Zone to protect the entries to our town. The same applies to Florence Annison standing for the Community Board.
Planning has not progressed with any urgency during the term of this Council. You might consider asking your favourite candidates about their views on progressing the Kerikeri/Waipapa Town Plan (Structure Plan) including the Gateway Amenity Zone and the western ring road – along Butler/Homestead/Clarke Roads.
Gateway Amenity Zone
Chairperson Rod Brown comments:
As reported in our August Newsletter a new draft Amenity Chapter of the District Plan for the whole of the Far North was received by Council at its meeting on July 29th. Draft guidelines which would apply to our Kerikeri/Waipapa area have also been drawn up and the council planner advised Council that more consultation was required. Some landowners are concerned about rules which are perceived as interfering with individual property rights and intended to control rural property. The Guidelines are being simplified and clarified and discussed with representatives of the land owners. The Structure Plan – we prefer the name “Kerikeri/Waipapa Town Plan” – was devised after 10 well attended public meetings and 700 to 800 submissions from all sections of the community including rural land owners. It was adopted by Council 3 years ago as a strategic plan or vision for our area and includes protecting the amenity values along Kerikeri road, and parts of Waipapa Road and SH10 by corridors known as the “Gateway Amenity Zone”. Farming, forestry and horticultural activities are exempt which should allay fears of rural landowners.
The Council is required under the RMA S7 to maintain and enhance amenity values and the Environment Court has indicated to Council that our Rural Production Zone is too permissive. Tourism is Northland’s second biggest industry earning about $650m/year. Kerikeri is an important tourist focus with its unique amenity values which also attract permanent residents who contribute to our economic wellbeing. Reduced to individual self interest, not only our local economy, but our property values are largely dependent on looking after the town.
When towns are un-attractive population may decline, shops close, services diminish and property values fall. The whole community benefits if coherent planning, including landscaping along our town entries, is put in place to maintain amenity values.
Fine tuning of the proposals before public notification is continuing by Council planners at the time of writing.
Sustainability and Employment
Two workshops will be held in Kerikeri over the next few weeks.
Sustainability – the New Business Model will be held at Kingston House
7.00 – 9.00 pm on Tuesday 28th September. The facilitator will be Peter Bruce (author of “Business for a Better World”) who teaches at Northtec’s Business Management programme and will describe the emergence of a new wave of sustainability initiatives worldwide and explore diverse examples and business models that sustain them.
Employment forum –what are our best employment ideas? Will be held at Kingston House 12.30 to 5.00pm on Tuesday 28th October. Ruth Marsh will facilitate an exploration of – what is happening in our communities?; what is causing this situation and resulting loss of jobs?; and – what new jobs and opportunities can we create now?
To register for one or both events contact Ruth Marsh at email@example.com or phone 09 407 1399
An entry fee of $10 will apply at each event.
One of the key trends of the 21st century is the urge to create sustainable, caring and environmentally aware communities.
Albert Einstein made the following statement in the 20th century:
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us “Universe”
A part limited in time and space.
We now experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings
As something separated from the rest … a kind of optical
Delusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a prison for us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening
Our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the
whole of nature in her beauty”.
No.30 August 2010
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Gateway Amenity Zone
The protection of our approaches to Kerikeri took another step forward when a Draft District Plan Change was received by Council at its meeting on Thursday 29th July. Some more discussion with some land owners will take place by Council planning staff before it is taken further, but we consider that, as drafted this is a great advance on the minimal rules at present which govern activities in the Rural Production and Rural Living Zones. It proposes to implement the policies of the Structure Plan so as to maintain the distinctiveness and character of the key routes that access the town centres. It proposes among other things that car yards, boat sales, repair or maintenance workshops would be subject to full Council Discretion (i.e. scrutiny). It proposes guidelines for landscaping and signage – both subject to great neglect.
Plan changes 5 & 6
The District Plan in some places lacks clarity. The Plan Changes amend and clarify definitions, aid interpretation, update statistics and incorporate recent legislative changes. In Plan change 6 minor changes are proposed to the format of the Subdivision Chapter to provide clearer section headings and better cross referencing.
These changes are sensible and practical for everyone. New wording and clearer definitions such as “sunlight”,”impermeable surfaces”, “height” and “cut face” should clear up serious interpretation problems, aided by diagrams where necessary. We will support these changes and make suggestions where some clarifications may still be necessary.
Oceans 20/20 Study
A recent public meeting at the Centre focused on the state of our rivers and harbour.
On 13 and 14 July a team of scientists from NIWA came to the Bay of Islands to present the findings of their Oceans 20/20 study – a two year $5.5m research into seafloor mapping, biodiversity, water quality and sedimentation sources and rates in the Bay of Islands. This is a fraction of a 15 year research project.
Good water quality is essential for life and for most human activity. Most human activity however has the potential to lead to contamination of water, lessen its life supporting capacity, and limit its suitability for other uses. Severely reduced water quality occurs in Northland. A 2008 Northland Regional Council State of the Environment Report noted that only 4 out of 37 monitored rivers met stock drinking water requirements. The Ministry for the Environment recently published date showing only 10 out of 23 beaches monitored were safe for swimming. The NIWA studies echoed this data.
All land based activities have a signature. Much like a fingerprint, that allows sediment to be traced to its source. Isotopes are used to trace sediments over time. NIWA found that both land based and marine activities impact on our rivers and marine environment. Most river nitrate samples were well above levels set to protect the environment. Sedimentation in the Bay is significant and began with deforestation in pre-European times.
Today, overall in the Bay of Islands the greatest contributor to sedimentation is cattle (beef and dairy) farming. Second in significance is sheep farming, then clear felling of pines, followed by scrubland clearance.
Different areas in the Bay are under pressure from different land based activities. Sediment may be deposited, then re-suspended and carried to other parts of the Bay. The heavy sediment load from the Kawakawa River is initially deposited in the Waikere Inlet before it is carried down as far as Rawhiti. Fishing and marine harvesting, marine recreation, aquaculture, dredging and reclamation are all effecting the biodiversity. NIWA concluded that our estuaries and coastal waters are being severely adversely affected by human activity and that land and water management cannot be separated.
BayCare & KK Basin planting
Under the auspices of the Bay of Islands Maritime Park the BayCare group have commenced the advocacy of riparian planting and fencing in the river and stream catchments which flow into the Bay of Islands in order to improve water quality and reduce the sedimentation described in the item above. As a symbolic start 200 kowhai trees were planted on the DOC reserve near the new Stone Store bridge on Sunday 1st August.
VKK has strongly supported BayCare, is represented on the committee, and was actively involved in organising the planting of the kowhai.
For more information: www.marinereserve.co.nz
On 17 June Council approved Plan Change 1 – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency which will encourage individuals and communities to both conserve and generate their own energy. Although Top Energy has a comprehensive programme to improve the local distribution network, the Far North is dependent on locally produced power from Ngawha and supply from south of Auckland, and we have a need for greater self sufficiency. The closing date for appeals to the High Court close on 20 August and we are optimistic that the change will be adopted.
This NZ Standard dealing with Land Development and subdivision infrastructure has been revised. The previous(2004) version dealt mainly with engineering works and roading design, and the new version is much more comprehensive, and incorporates ”up-to-date design principles such as low impact design solutions to stormwater management, and urban design principles that encourage more sustainable places, spaces and networks in towns and cities”.
The standard provides local authorities, developers, and their professional advisers with criteria for design and construction of land development and subdivision infrastructure.
The standard can be used on its own, or together with local codes, as a means to comply with RMA consent conditions.
VKK made submissions on the draft standard and strongly supports it, and will encourage Council to adopt it in full.
There used to be a beautiful old house called Coolangatta in Auckland, 93 years old, in sound condition, built to last. It was demolished in 18 minutes two diggers in 2006 without warning. The owners were so keen to get the job done without protest that they didn’t even wait to get all the furniture removed. In a secret vote the Auckland City Council rejected a proposal to list the house as a heritage building.
The moral of this story is that it could happen in Kerikeri. To a very minor extent it already has happened. The Choritsia tree on the corner of Hobson Ave. and Cobham Road disappeared suddenly, then recently the olive tree outside the Cathay Cinema did the same. It appears that the Community Board were advised that the olive tree was a hazard because it blocked a good view of pedestrians about to use the new pedestrian crossing. The irony is that it appears that a hibiscus bush has been
planted to replace it – a bushy shrub with a much greater potential to block the view of pedestrians. The Cathay has now been revealed in all its glory, but looks a lot less attractive than it did, together with a very ugly power pole.
It gets worse, though – the government, in the process of “streamlining” the RMA has determined that from January 1st 2012 councils will have to remove any rules in their district plans that restrict or prohibit tree felling in urban environments. The only trees still protected will be those that have been specifically picked out and noted down as trees worthy of keeping.
( details of Coolangatta acknowledged from Peter Macky’s book of the same name)
VKK comes of age!
In 2004, when an eight storey building was proposed in Butler Road, Vision Kerikeri came into being. At the time Wayne Brown, in an article in the Sunday star Times on 19 December, commenting on VKK’s protests that “Bizarrely, the protestors have named themselves “Vision Kerikeri” presumably because the full name of “Myopic One-Eyed Vision Kerikeri” was a bit long”.
How things have changed ! VKK is still around and now has good relationships with both Council staff and the mayor, and is recognised as a responsible stake-holder in the community. We have worked untiringly to achieve the Structure Plan, adopted by Council after widespread public participation, languishing over the last three years, but now showing signs of some progress.
No.29 June 2010
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
At the AGM held at Kingston House on 21st of May the current committee was re-elected un-opposed. Chairperson Rod Brown invited anyone able to help with projects which VKK is involved with to volunteer their services, The high point of the meeting was the presentation by Guest Speaker Kathy Kenkel, which is reported as follows:
Resilient & Liveable Towns and Cities
We can’t afford to continue building our towns and cities as we have been. That’s the message from Franklin District Council Strategic Planning Manager Cathy Kenkel, who was guest speaker at Vision Kerikeri’s AGM.
“How shall we live together in an environment of change and do it sustainably? How can our local government work with us to foster locally desired changes?” Small town pressures often have clashing objectives – social, economic, cultural and environmental. There are issues of competing land uses, housing affordability and environmental degradation. With globalisation and the focus on environmental growth we have lost local shops, a sense of community and place, and social networks have been broken. In N.Z. particularly there is dependence on private cars and lack of public transport and freight options.
In discussing how we can build more resilient and liveable towns and cities, she said we need to ensure that economic, cultural, environmental and social wellbeing in towns all benefit and are harmonised.
To do this it is essential that all stakeholders and interested parties are engaged early in the process of identifying issues and defining options. She said our current way of planning urban environments is not sustainable and doing it differently has attracted innovative solutions in many parts of the world. While traffic is dealt with by widening roads, such as Kerikeri Road, making them narrower can be very effective in improving traffic flow, she said.
Offering examples of innovative solutions, she spoke about Hans Monderman/Drachten, a German engineer, who recognised the role of road signage and removed all signs and traffic lights. All traffic slowed so that cars and pedestrians could mingle safely.
Dongtan in China is a new island canal city to be formed near Shanghai adjacent to an internationally recognised wetland to be protected by a 3.5 km buffer zone. All energy for buildings, transport and infrastructure will be from renewable resources and no large vehicles will be permitted. Ninety percent of the waste will be recycled within the city, with the eventual aim of becoming a zero waste city. Dongtan will meet the global concern for food production by growing much of its own food.
Malmo in Sweden has developed an old industrial site with 100 percent energy from renewable sources – solar, biogas, and deep drilling for heat. Rainwater is treated locally and there are agreed standards for building performances, material use and energy.
In Melbourne there has been the innovative use of building design to decrease water and energy use though built form and materials.
In NZ Nelson has set an example by providing solar energy support through targeted rates and Christchurch is providing water management through opening up waterways, planting and landscaping which has environmental and social benefits as well as water dispersal.
Buildings use 32% of the world’s construction materials, generate 40% of Australian greenhouse gas emissions and use 40% of global energy (including embodied energy) and 40% of the waste to landfill comes from construction. Waste is unnecessary. It is purely the result of bad design.
Land use and transport/urban and rural interface dominate NZ planning. The dominant ethos is trade-offs so that for economic gain there is an environmental trade off or loss, she warned. The Far North District’s structure plan which has yet to be incorporated into the District Plan contains some elements of the ethic of sustainability and resilience and needs to be progressed in the shortest possible time, she said.
Cathy finished with a quotation from Buckminster Fuller: “The aim is to make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest possible time, without ecological effects or the disadvantage of anyone.”
Vision Kerikeri has submitted comments to the Eastern Community Board on Council’s suggested sales of reserves in Reinga Road, Rarere Terrace, Opito Bay, and Butler Road.
We were concerned that the Community Board could not make an informed decision on the information provided, and that no prior consultation occurred with the closer communities affected. We are very disappointed at this lack of notification by Council which essentially denies community input at an early stage. We were alerted to this issue by chance.
Chairman Rod Brown made a submission at the Community Board meeting on June 2nd. This meeting was reported in the Bay Chronicle on 10th June.
Kerikeri Ring Road
We were pleased to see an item in the Chronicle stating that the ring road linking Butler Road with Clark Road should be completed by 2013. The accompanying “graphic” was however very confusing , showing the new link as a as a one way road, presumably Kerikeri Road remaining one way southwards (far from pedestrian friendly!), Fairway Drive two way, and Clark Road somehow one and a half way! Traffic exiting from the new Countdown supermarket onto Butler Road has to turn left to negotiate the one way system, and we understood that traffic exiting onto Kerikeri Road could also only turn left. We look forward to some clarification of the proposal, and an opportunity for community feedback.
Where, oh where is our urban design champion?
On 7th April 2005 the FNDC became a signatory of the Urban Design Protocol, which among other things involves the mandatory appointment of an ”design champion” – someone influential at a senior level who can promote and champion urban design, and who can challenge existing approaches throughout the organisation. There has been no evidence of this happening.
The new RD1 premises on SH10 is an example of both the weakness of the District Plan, and with its industrial type fence right on the boundary, effectively sabotages the proposed Gateway Strategy which Council is developing. This demonstrates a real need for a design champion. Council’s trade-off for a non notified resource consent for the new supermarket could be another example. There is more to urban design than just dealing with vehicular traffic.
If you want to know more about the above issues, contact us: see list below.
Updating your data
Mailing out this newsletter is expensive, so if your copy is posted please let us know if you are now on email.
If you are on email please advise us if you are not on broadband (i.e. on dial up) as we would like to update the newsletter presentation if most of our email members are now on broad band
No.28 May 2010
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM
Our Annual General Meeting is coming up
When: Friday 21st May
Where: Kingston House, Hone Heke Road
We have had some excellent speakers at our AGM’s, usually from outside the district. This year will be no exception. Our AGM’s are open to the public so feel free to bring a friend.
Guest Speaker: Cathy Kenkel
How can we build more resilient and liveable towns and cities?
Cathy Kenkel is the Group Manager Strategic, Franklin District Council which like us is largely rural, has pains from growing quickly, and development pressures on its natural environment. How shall we live together in an environment of change, and do it sustainably? How can our local government work with us to foster locally desired changes?
Cathy will give an illustrated talk on how other places of her experience are dealing with these challenges including Dongtan in China, Malmo in Sweden, Sarasota in Florida and Waitakere, Auckland. She has worked 15 years in local government in N.Z. including for the Auditor General.
A display titled “The quality and Character of the Approaches to Kerikeri and Waipapa” will be on show until 12th May at the Proctor Library. Feedback forms will be available if you wish to comment. This is part of a preliminary consultation process which is intended to lead to a plan change to the District Plan to protect the “gateways” into our town. Your Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson were invited to participate in preliminary talks arranged by Council planning staff.
The Council will hold hearings on the Annual Plan on Friday 7 May at Kingston House. VKK will be heard at 1.05 pm.
Council is concerned about funding and intends deferring almost all development not already started. As well as saving money planning is a key Council role and economic development is a key Strategic Priority in the Annual Plan (P9), which includes continuing to encourage tourism and marketing the Far North as a place and a brand.
While economic activity is depressed Council must still have a vision for the future and prepare for it. District planning, Structure (strategic) planning and feasibility studies need realistic resources and funding. The district plan budget has been reduced by $100,000 (P63). The need for implementing or planning for priority sections of the Structure plan appears to be poorly understood.
RMA investigation of FNDC - investigation of the council’s performance
In the 2007/08 year Prepared for Minister for the Environment, February 2010” Section 24a, discusses,
P14 “poor use of planning resources which could have been better directed toward remedying some of the flaws in the district plan ”
P 4 “the district plan is a “work in progress” and remedying its flaws should be a priority”
With reduced development contributions and only a 2% general rate increase (probably less than inflation), there is a risk that by deferring essential work and not investing in planning, when growth with its demands resumes, corresponding rate increases may be politically and financially unsustainable. In the absence of District & Structure (strategic) planning ad hoc development in Kerikeri/Waipapa would resume under the present permissive District Plan and lead to further Private Plan Changes.
Further development is taking place including new pathways, formation of pools, bulb planting and gorse clearing. The Trust and Kerikeri Rotary Club continue to enhance this reserve.
Tubbs Farm – Kapiro Road
This very large development of 179 lots, is situated on Kapiro and Redcliffs Road on the fringes of the settlement of Skudders Beach. It is currently under Environment Court mediation to resolve an appeal by the developer Fulton Hogan. VKK is participating as a section 274 (interested) party. While there are some good environmental features in this development our position is to seek to protect kiwis on the property.
This consent for about 11 hectares of former orchard land on Cobham Road bordering the Wairoa Stream sought to rezone it from Rural Living to Residential. It has been approved by commissioners who have imposed a 20 metre riparian strip along the stream boundary. It now requires Council approval. We supported rezoning which is consistent with The Structure Plan but sought improved environmental outcomes.
Developers – some quotes
There are good developers and bad ones. We are happy to support the good ones the Cathay Cinema is an example, but we are also prepared to challenge the bad ones.
“What happens when you work for developers is that you’ve got to remember they are doing it for the money. If they could make more money producing toilet rolls they would do that. Building is just a commodity to them”
Tony van Raat
“If the city doesn’t have developers, like me who take risks, you don’t have a progressive city”
“We ought to stop using the term “developers” to describe those whose demands and activities are often those of raiders, desecrators and abusers. We have to avow to promote environmentally sustainable activity, not “growth” in the current definition/perception of the word.”
No.27 March 2010
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
The Local government Act requires FNDC to prepare and consult on an Annual Plan, and submissions close on Friday 16th April. A summary statement has been posted to everyone. The full plan of 100 pages is available on the FNDC website. You can either download the submission form from the website or use the form on the back of your Summary Plan
Submissions must be received by Council by 16th April.
There are a number of matters which your committee thinks are important.
Long term rating issues (p7)
Council is reducing capital and operational expenditure and intends to limit the annual rates increase to 2%. Almost all development not started has been deferred as development contributions are much less than expected.
However a short term focus on paying the bills and reducing or deferring current services can have adverse economic and social effects. As well as saving money planning is a key council role and economic development is a key Strategic Priority (p9).
While development and population growth have slowed, our concern is that Council must still have a vision for the future and prepare for it while economic activity is depressed. District Planning, Structure (strategic) planning and related studies need realistic resources and funding. The District Plan budget has been reduced by $100,000 (p63)
An investigation of Council’s performance for the Minister of the Environment, February 2010 discusses the District Plan and other matters (See the Buzzword in this newsletter) Most of you will be aware of ad hoc development along Waipapa Road and the threat to the amenity values of Kerikeri Road – our gateways.
The Structure Plan, our strategic Plan adopted by Council in September 2007 would be good value for money but progress has been inordinately slow.
With reduced development contributions and only a 2% general rate increase (probably less than inflation), there is a risk that by deferring essential work and not investing in planning, when growth with its demands resumes, the corresponding future rate increases may be politically and financially unsustainable. In the absence of upgraded District & Structure (strategic) planning this will lead to a resumption of ad hoc development under the present permissive District Plan and to further Private Plan Changes.
The Structure Plan
A submission in support of adequate resourcing and timely action on the Structure Plan would be welcomed.
Kerikeri CBD Ring Road, p34:
We strongly support the allocation of funds for a ring road linking Butler/Homestead/ Clark Roads (and a link to Aranga Road). This is a high priority under the Structure Plan. It enables a grid road pattern in the CBD, improves traffic circulation, permits more commercial frontage relieving development pressure along Kerikeri Road and is a precondition for CBD planning.
Projects Deferred to 2010/2011 – Stock Effluent Strategy p10:
The Stock Effluent Strategy has been deferred. Our environment is our brand – yet few of our rivers are fit for swimming. Our brand and our economy are being threatened by destroying that which supports us. Ministry for the environment results placed Northland lowest in NZ for stock effluent management under Fonterra’s voluntary accord. Because of the poor state of many of our waterways, we are concerned about this deferral which would have constructed several stock effluent collection points in our district. Improving the health of our waterways should be a high priority and you may wish to request that money be found this financial year to commence this strategy.
Projects Deferred to 2010/2011 – Rawhiti road Seal Extension p10:
Although this project is shown as deferred (p10) funding is actually allocated for it this year (p38). The Bay of Islands is an environment of national significance and a tourism driver of the Far North’s economy. The eastern bay is being threatened by sediment runoff from Rawhiti Road which has killed eel grass. Snapper use eel grass for spawning.
You may wish that this project goes ahead using the funding allocated.
Kerikeri Water Treatment Plant Project, p14
Water problems were experienced this summer from the Kerikeri town supply although the reservoirs had sufficient capacity. Drought conditions arising from el Nino weather patterns seem to be increasing in frequency. We suggest that the town supply capacity problem be remedied as a priority before the next summer peak visitor period. It is also timely to consider how building requirements such as household water tanks can contribute to sustainable water storage and reduce costs to Council. An integrated approach is required.
Te Ahu Trust:
There has been some local correspondence about Te Ahu, being funded from rates. Te Ahu is a major community facility at Kaitaia and we note that capital fund raising initiatives will be undertaken by the Trust. Such major, and very occasional projects deliver major outcomes to the community. While council has a policy of general rating across the district, we support the Te Ahu Trust using general rates to the extent that Council determines it is necessary, in the same way that we in Kerikeri would expect general rates to support our major projects if and when appropriate.
Submissions close of Friday 16th April 2010
What is a Unitary Authority ?
Throughout New Zealand, local government is mainly organised into territorial authorities (city and district councils) and regional councils.
District Councils are responsible for delivering most local government services – roads, water, wastewater, refuse, recycling, stormwater, drainage, district facilities, footpaths, public toilets, libraries, recreation, building and planning services.
Regional Councils have focus more on environmental management. This includes setting the planning and resource management framework within which district councils have to operate, managing the use of natural resources, responsibility for rivers, the marine environment and flood control, plus pollution control, biosecurity measures and regional transport planning.
A Unitary Authority is a single local government body that combines territorial and regional government functions within one geographic area.
FNDC, along with Whangarei District Council and Kaipara District commissioned McKinlay Douglas Ltd to produce a report on “Local Government Options for Northland” in which they recommended two:
1. Two unitary authorities – one in Whangarei, one in the Far North
2. one unitary authority for the whole of Northland.
A public meeting that not many people knew about to discuss this was held in the St. John Ambulance meeting room on Thursday 18 March at which four members of VKK were present. According to the author of the report, unless all councils in the region collaborate Kaipara and the NRC have opted out), very little progress can be made to progress to a unitary authority.
It is very important that we make submissions to the Annual Plan in favour or not in favour of the two options or the status quo. Before doing so I recommend submitters click on the following link – www.fndc.govt.nz/your-council/unitary-authority for a background.
(contributed by Jill Smith).
Buzzword : Flaws
Flaw: An imperfection, defect or blemish. In law an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding.
A recent review of the consent processing performance by FNDC reports that generally processing of resource consents has improved and a robust consents process is now in place. There is also an improvement in staff skills although it has been difficult to recruit experienced planning staff.
The deficiencies of using outside consultants where there has been no consistency in decisions prepared was criticised: “council was naïve to believe the use of outside consultants would ‘fix problems’.” The use of commissioners (often past councillors) with no professional experience was also criticised.
However: Regarding flaws, the review states:
Page 2 “the now operative District Scheme has many flaws
Page 3 “a previous reluctance to accept that the District Plan is seriously flawed”
Page 4 “the District Plan is a “work in progress” and remedying its flaws should be a priority”
Page 7 “Management told us that it is now a priority to remedy the flaws in the Plan”
Page 13 “both staff and external agents indicated that the Plan has many flaws – too liberal in some zones, some rules too pedantic, need to improve clarity and certainty”
Page 6 of the Summary Statement of Proposal for the Draft Annual Plan 2010/2011 states: “Completing District Plan changes (including addressing the issue of commercial activities in non commercial areas”
We look forward to changes in the D.P. rules rather than relying on differential rating to solve the problems.
Do any of our members know of any trees that they think have merit and are worthy of protection?
We need someone who is prepared to manage and drive the process, or even help to compile a list of notable trees in our area.
No.26 February 2010-02-10
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
ROADS ROADS ROADS ROADS ROADS ROADS ROADS
The theme of this issue is ROADS because the circulation system of a town or city is highly dependent on an efficient and connected system, which Kerikeri just has not got.
Almost every subdivision in Kerikeri uses a cul de sac, often with more cul de sacs off it. Our three main roads have at least 32 main cul de sacs off them. So what is wrong with cul de sacs?
An American Planning Association study states “there are some conceptual reasons to believe that cul de sac networks actually may be more dangerous than, or at least as dangerous as grid network and other modified grid patterns, which emphasise connections and pedestrian access for residents in every direction.
The U.S. Smartcode notes “All thoroughfares shall terminate at other thoroughfares, forming a network. Internal thoroughfares shall connect wherever possible to those on adjacent sites. Cul de sacs shall be permitted only where warranted by natural site conditions.
The NZ Urban Design Protocol refers to a UK study that challenges the view that cul de sacs lead to increased safety and security. A North Shore City guide advises that key elements in residential area include a highly connected street network that avoids cul de sacs.
We have recently made a submission to Standards New Zealand on a revised code for Land Development and Subdivision (NZS 4404), mostly on the subject of cul de sacs.
What are the alternatives? Well, for instance for a suburban residential street, a Katikati Planning Group suggests a street as illustrated: below:
Narrower carriageways, to slow down traffic and make streets pedestrian friendly and more attractive.
Mountable kerbing to allow access to parking bays on verges
Landscaping including trees which may not fit on small residential lots
User friendly footpaths that link to other walkways and cater for all ages including mobility scooters, combined with attractive and sturdy lighting and street furniture.
Such streets, either as loop roads connected to a main street or to a hierarchy of connected streets could serve groups of dwelling units.
Main Street Kerikeri
Much has been spent on Main Street between Butler Road and Fairway Drive, but it is neither pedestrian or traffic friendly. The only alternative to cross town is Hone Heke Road – a winding road passing two large schools and several pre-school premises. There have been proposals to link Butler Road through Homestead Road to Clark Street, and land has been bought then sold, then bought again at great expense, and this is embodied in the Structure Plan (our strategic planning document) but we still have no alternative route for through traffic. It would also provide a grid street pattern which would further retail development and take pressure off the seemingly endless spread of commercial activities along Kerikeri Road. In the meantime we get summer traffic gridlock and a 30kph speed limit for through traffic. The one-way system is a source of wonder and amazement for visitors.
We understand that not all elements of council are enthusiastic about this Butler/Homestead link road or bypass and that selling the land may be being contemplated. We are watching this closely and will keep you informed.
Kerikeri Road and other Gateway Roads
The Kerikeri/Waipapa Structure Plan adopted by Council in September 2007 identified SH 10 from Bullers Gorge to Waipapa, Kerikeri Road from SH10 to the Town Centre, and Waipapa Road as Gateway Roads, where inappropriate uses would be restricted and landscaping encouraged. At long last we understand that a plan change is in the pipeline, but in the interim uses not envisaged by the Structure Plan have appeared due to the present “anything goes” District Plan.
Butler Road Roundabout
This is due to get a lot busier, due to Council approval of a non notified resource consent application for a Countdown supermarket being approved for the corner of Butler Road and Kerikeri Road (Union Church site). True, there are conditions requiring improvement of the roundabout, restrictions on right turns into Kerikeri Road, a new pedestrian crossing etc., but this roundabout will have to cope with all traffic travelling from north and south through Kerikeri even if an alternate Butler Road route is created.
ISN’T IT TIME FOR SOME PROPER STRATEGIC PLANNING IN KERIKERI ?
Changing the subject ……
Trixie Newton has resigned from the VKK committee due to other commitments.
Trixie was a founding member and has been on the committee since the inception of VKK and we are sorry to lose her. We do wish her well in the exciting future she has planned.
Our AGM is in a couple of months and we will be welcoming new members and prospective nominations for the committee. We will have an interesting and busy year ahead, culminating in the local body elections.
Trees can be contentious. We contend that it is the mostly exotic treescape of Kerikeri which provides its ambience and amenity. Not every tree in Kerikeri townscape can or should be saved but before resorting to a chainsaw as a first option to meet an individual need we advocate considering first if there is a wider community impact. Recent examples are the Redwoods at Wendywood Lane and Hawkings Crescent, the Mitre 10 frontage, the Chorisia on the Cobham/Hobson road corner. We have expressed a view that the Olive tree outside the recently reopened Café Cinema has no overwhelming need to be removed (but do appreciate the owner’s architecture which is sympathetic to the original building). The olive tree has so far only been trimmed. Iain Morrison, a member of our committee and also on the committee of KKDBA, is proposing through the KKDBA, that the footpath by the cinema be widened, the pedestrian crossing be relocated near by and landscaping similar to main street be provided. This would give an opportunity for al fresco dining and would seem to give a good planning outcome.
No.25 November 2009
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Since our last newsletter several issues have surfaced. These include the felling of the Chorisia tree on the corner of Hobson Avenue and Cobham Drive, the development of planning for the Gateway Amenity Zone envisaged in the Structure Plan, the Private Plan Change Applications for Quail Ridge and Borneo Developments.
We also await hearings for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Plan change, and some news on the proposal for a new Countdown Supermarket in Kerikeri.
Felling of Chorisia Tree
You should be aware of concern about the felling of the Chorisia Tree and the procedures followed by Council. Much of the ambience and character of Kerikeri is derived from it’s treescape and its long term economic and cultural values depend on recognising and looking after this heritage.
We feel that the process followed was flawed.
The tree was healthy, and was felled without an understanding of wider community values.
The chairman of the Community Board may not have been given sufficient information to give an informed consent.
A listing on the FNDC website gave minimal detail, and is not an appropriate way to inform the public.
No arborist was consulted or alternatives such as root trimming considered
We have written to the C.E.O. of FNDC proposing a future process - that a consultative group of local arborists be formed – Mr Dave Bartrum would be willing to arrange this. Advice would be sought from a member of the panel for problematical trees. A Council officer would report to the Community Board with sufficient detail to permit an informed decision.
It is also proposed that a list of significant trees in the Kerikeri area be prepared. VKK would be prepared to help with this.
Gateway Amenity Zone
Our last newsletter reported the workshop where there was unanimity on the need for rules to protect the amenity values of Kerikeri Road, Waipapa Road and part of SH10 by creating a Gateway Amenity Zone. We understand that Council staff have commenced drawing up some proposals for this. Apparently there are some informal views held that all that is needed is a landscape plan. There is some concern about such a process and we now hope that a more robust document will be put forward for community consultation.
What is needed is that the Gateway Amenity Zone, incorporated as a Plan Change to the District Plan must have specific objectives, policies, methods and rules which would include “excluded activities” such as car yards, motor repair workshops, contractor depots, bulk stores, vehicle wrecking yards and the like.
Private Plan Changes
Borneo Development and Quail Ridge. We have not opposed these applications subject to a number of conditions. However, we would have preferred that they were heard as Resource Consents under the District Plan (D.P.) process because a private plan change can have the effect of undermining the D.P.. A better way of amending it is through a Council initiated Plan Change to implement the Structure Plan which was the result of much community input. The D.P, which became operative in August and took 13 years, is in parts out dated and does not recognise the rapid growth of our area. The Structure Plan is intended to remedy this but after more than 2 years no part of it has yet progressed including the locations of Quail Ridge and Borneo Developments which are both proposed for more intense development. This tardiness is likely to lead to more applications for Private Plan changes.
(Finlay Macdonald in the Sunday Star Times}
“our curious inability to plan our way out of a wet paper bag”
(Tony van Raat in ARChitecture NZ}:
“What happens when you work with developers is that you ‘ve got to remember they are doing it for the money. If they could make more money producing toilet paper or cardboard boxes they would do that. Building is just a commodity to them.
No.24 August 2009
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
There has been quite a lot of activity relating to the Structure Plan. We have to thank Rod and Jill for their untiring work on this, involving lobbying , and discussions with Council, Councillors and Council staff.
The following report from our Chairperson, Rod Brown outlines this.
The Structure (Strategic) Plan for Kerikeri/Waipapa
We have mentioned frequently our frustration at the lack of progress after two years, in embodying the Structure Plan as a Plan Change in the District Plan. Without this it has no legal status and the cost in Council and community time, energy and consultants will all be wasted. The District Plan currently permits barely managed growth which can ruin the ambience of our town and its surroundings. As an example, sprawl all over the countryside of 3000sq.m lots will, in the future invariably lead to demands for further subdivision. Many will be aware of the adverse effect of unplanned infilling on Auckland’s North Shore with it’s ”sausage flats”. A house placed typically in the middle of a 3000sq.m lot lends itself poorly to rational subdivision.
We have made three representations to Council this year and the Mayor resolved to have a workshop to discuss the issues attended by Councillors, Council staff and some community representatives including VKK and the Kerikeri/Waipapa Planning Association which represents a number of large landowners. Your Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson were invited and made a brief presentation. Our focus, in the time available, was the Gateway Amenity Zone which incorporates protection of Kerikeri Road, Waipapa Road and part of SH10 amenity values – we do not want a row of car yards – and then planning for development of the CBD with the key planning factor (apart from an upgraded sewerage system) being the grid road layout based upon a western ring road from Aranga/Butler/Homestead and Clark Roads.
The Mayor chaired the meeting very well and commenced by asking attendees to get the principles and objectives for planning right, to consider the wider context and not to focus on how a clause affects you personally. He also made the important point that the Structure Plan lacks a time line and that prioritising would be necessary. There was a good deal of congruence of opinion gaining support from the whole meeting that some rules along Kerikeri Road are necessary to protect its values and council officers will now commence detailed planning for this and other priority sections of the Structure Plan.
Various Council engineers and planners plus NRC and Transit NZ were all present and some really good briefing and coordinated discussion emerged. NRC and FNDC officers working together, have done some good flood plain modelling of the Kerikeri River especially in the Waipapa area which is sufficiently advanced to be used for planning.
We both thought that the workshop was a very productive experience and the break through that we have been trying for in the two years since the previous Council adopted the Structure Plan. We look forward to detailed planning emerging for further public submissions and we hope some protection for Kerikeri Road (among other things) before it is too late.
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
The FNDC is proposing a Plan Change to the District Scheme to ensure both a secure supply of energy in the future, and to encourage the Far North to be self sufficient by providing a sustainable energy supply. This is proposed for utilities, communities, and individual households. We consider this to be important and timely. Details are available from the FNDC and submissions close on 18th September 2009.
No.23 June/July 2009
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Our Chairman, Rod Brown attended the Environmental Defence Society
Conference “Reform in Paradise: Threat or Opportunity” in June. The focus was about the government’s intention to amend the RMA. Much discussion was on water quality, allocation of water including expansion of dairying not always into areas with adequate rainfall. There was much debate about the effectiveness of Regional Councils in managing the environment under NZ’s decentralised governance structure and weaknesses in the RMA including its failure to deal with cumulative effects and the very adversarial approach which is engendered in the courts. There was general agreement that successive governments had failed to provide national standards and environmental management is dealt with by councils and regional councils with variable effects and competence. The role and responsibilities of an Environmental Protection Agency which government intends to set up to manage these types of issues was debated.
Some excerpts from David Clarkson’s impressions of speaker’s remarks are:
Guy Salmon: RMA has achieved surprisingly little in managing major environmental pressures e.g. coastal subdivision and water pollution.
Gary Taylor: NZ Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) is ineffective and often ignored
by Councils. Parochial interests dominate National interests.
Eric Pyle: Amalgamated bodies perform worse that Local bodies – lose touch with the community. Large is not better.
Mike Jacobsen: Coastal governance needs co-management with Maori. NZCPS has not been effective. RMA has failed coastal governance.
We actually have a Structure Plan for Kerikeri/Waipapa approved by Council in September 2007. What we don’t have is a plan change to the District Plan give it legal effect. 21 months have passed and we are disappointed at the lack of Council action. With little development under way at present in the economic downturn, now is the ideal time to plan for the future. We have made written submissions and presentations to the Annual Plan in 2008 and the 10 year Plan (LTCCP) in 2009, without apparent effect. We have written to the Mayor and Councillors prior to the April and June Council meetings and the Mayor has granted VKK speaking rights at each meeting. We do not think that the Structure Plan is well understood and at the June meeting the Mayor decided to have a workshop for Councillors to which VKK will be invited. We support this and hope it will lead to action. A lot of study is needed before the plan changes are implemented and we do recognise that lack of infrastructure is an obstacle to more intense development around the commercial and central area of Kerikeri,
especially lack of sewerage and the Butler/Homestead Road connection.
The Resource Consent has been granted for Tubbs Farm, a development of 179 houses in 9 stages on 125ha. VKK had given conditional support for this development and attracted some adverse comment from Councillor Byers and Derek Ellis. While we all might want Tubbs Farm to exist in perpetuity and not wish the creation of an outlying settlement, it appears to be not well understood that under the guidance of Judge Newhook, of the Environment Court, after 5 years, Council and 8 appellants mediated revised rules for development in the Coastal Living Zone. This includes the option of a management plan as a discretionary use with the objective of more sustainable and controlled development. This application proposed clustered housing, and allocated space for extensive replanted native bush areas, esplanade reserves etc. One of VKK’s concerns was protection of Kiwi habitats from straying dogs, and also more attention to energy efficiency. A condition of consent includes controls on dogs, cats and mustelids, and ecological corridors will be provided for kiwi. We consider this management plan is a far better outcome than development spread over the entire 125 hectares in rectangles of 4 hectares.
Charlies Rock Walkway
Students from Springbank School are keen to build the long discussed Charlies Rock walkway from Cherry Park House to the Charlies Rock swimming hole, a distance of about 600m along the Waipapa River bank. Their application to Council requires an organisation which would benefit from this initiative to be nominated, and the students requested the support of VKK. We are pleased to give them our support and trust that they will be successful in achieving what no adults in the community have managed to do.
Rolands Wood update
Work continues on Rolands Wood on Inlet Road with the help of Kerikeri Rotary members who are doing clearing up work as a special project in conjunction with Friends of Rolands Wood members. Council now sees this as a “showcase project” for community involvement, and the Wood will be included in the Rotary Garden Safari this year.
Wairoa Falls Track
The Wairoa Falls Track, which has been referred to in one of Fiona Kidman’s novels, has been a high priority for restoration, but with low levels of Council funding can only be achieved with good community support. Anyone with background information or an interest in helping should contact Iain Morrison by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org The track which goes from the footbridge just below Alderton Estate to the bridge in Cobham Road near the old Memorial Hall site includes a waterfall.
As reported in the last newsletter VKK wishes to have the application publicly notified, and the Kerikeri Business Association have also requested this.
The main concern is the possible traffic congestion that could ensue, and we understand that another traffic survey has been done recently – but at the quietest part of the year. Traffic congestion occurs every weekday in Kerikeri Road, but it gets even worse in the summer.
Isn’t it great to see the sculpture in place at last, and being enjoyed by both adults and children.
Our secretary received a query about the origin of the name Mill Lane. Apparently there used to be a sawmill round about where Placemakers is now. We also learned that Sammaree Place was named after Sam and Maree McTavish who owned land in the area. Our thanks to Florence Annison who helped sort this out.
No.21 April 2009
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Annual General Meeting
The Vision Kerikeri Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 20th April at 7pm. at Kingston House. Our guest speaker, Tim de Roles, an Auckland architect and planner will discuss “Kerikeri – the potential benefits of contemporary urban design”.
Nominations are invited for the committee and should be forwarded to the secretary.
FNDC Future Plan
You will have received a summary of the FNDC Future Plan 2009-2019 which includes a submission form. Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 17th April. The 10 year plan is only revised every three years so this is an important opportunity. There is more information on the FNDC website www.fndc.govt.nz. Your committee has the following comments on some of the important issues.
District plan & Structure Plan
Progress on the Structure Plan has been minimal. We are pleased that objective 3 states that it is planned to continue to progress it by identifying key projects required and ensuring that sufficient budget is provided
Comment: This is strongly supported. A great deal of money and effort has been spent by Council and the community, and some parts, which need revised policies or rules, need a plan change to the District Plan. Only $100.000 has been allocated and as hearings will be required this sum does not seem sufficient.
We are especially concerned about the amenity values of Kerikeri Road. This, in the Structure Plan, is to be protected by a special “Gateway Amenity Zone”. Urgent progress towards this is needed.
We are less clear about the meaning of the second part of this objective - “Undertaking further research to ensure the Structure Plan provides the most appropriate options for managing growth”. Does this mean relitigation of the Structure Plan for those elements not favoured by developers and land owners who always preferred Option 1 – the status quo?
Recommendation: If you only make one submission:
Support completion of the Structure Plan including a Plan Change to the District Scheme with a sufficient budget provided, and also that the Gateway Amenity Zone to protect Kerikeri Road’s amenity values be progressed urgently.
Russell Wastewater (Summary p11)
Council has singled out Russell’s waste water scheme for special attention among all the other schemes in the Far North which are all charged at the same amount from general rates. The reason being given is that Russell is being subsidised, and that expected growth and development contributions have not occurred. This seems specious. Whangaroa which has only 10 subscribers also does not pay its full costs and apparently only Kaitaia is fully self supporting. Russell residents for many years paid a very large sewerage levy which was cancelled in favour of a general rate as recently as 3 years ago. In the 10 year plan Council proposes that one method of dealing with this is to amend the District Plan to allow for greater growth in Russell. This would be a spectacular “own goal”. An objective for the Economic Development of the Far North is to “continue to encourage tourism” (p8). Tourists visit Russell because after a long struggle it achieved special District Plan Rules to preserve its heritage and character. Change its character with more development, no doubt with developer friendly rules, and kill the golden goose that makes it a significant economic contributor to the prosperity of the BOI.
Recommendation: That you support the option of continuing to use the current funding mechanisms for the Russell waste water shortfall.
Land value or capital value rating
Your committee has decided to take no formal position. Council has issued an explanatory document and we recommend that individuals present their own views.
You will have your own views on the rates you can afford or are willing to pay. As an observation a rate increase of only 1% may be superficially attractive, but in the long run will lead to a decline in infrastructure and services and a lack of investment in the future. Council have asked for your comment on a number of rating options.
Development contributions policy
We do not support charitable and not-for-profit organizations being charged development contributions. Such organizations contribute much to society and willingly give energy in the service of others but are usually poorly funded.
Water Charges (p4)
We agree that the past keeping of the costs of water down to avoid rate rises is false economy and unsustainable. Increasing the fixed line charge gradually to break even over 10 years may not be enough to discourage waste. Water is a valuable resource but is often perceived as free. Climate change is likely to impact on availability. Greater incentives for thrifty individuals which would reduce capital costs in the long term by deferring new reservoirs should be considered.
Water & Waste Management (p18)
We support introduction of a water tank byelaw to store water for gardens etc.
Climate change and energy efficiency
We strongly support developing a strategy to respond to climate change and progressively reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the development and implementation of a Renewable Energy and Energy efficiency awareness programme.
Coastal Access Strategy
There does not appear to be any financial provision for the coastal access strategy.
We support planned expenditure in the next year for The Centre, Kerikeri Sports Centre, Domain Development and Bay Sports. There is little provision for walking track development and a modest amount of seed money, notwithstanding financial restraints, should attract community participation
Our Deputy Chairman, Iain Morrison, has been nominated and been accepted by Council as a committee member on the Domain Trust Board in lieu of one of the existing committee, Noeline Starr, who has recently resigned. Iain is also a member of the Kerikeri business Association so we look forward to a more representative committee to manage this important and contentious area on behalf of the whole community.
This follows the item about land sales in our last newsletter.
Local Authorities are often required to consult and there are different views of what consultation means or implies.
Possibly the clearest explanation is the one given by Chief Judge Goddard:
Consultation is to be a reality, not a charade. The party to be consulted must be told what is proposed and must be given sufficiently precise information to allow a reasonable opportunity to respond.
A reasonable time in which to do so must be permitted. The party doing the consulting must keep an open mind and listen to suggestions, consider them properly, and then (and only then) decide what is to be done. However, consultation is less than negotiation and the assent of
the persons consulted is not necessary to
the action taken following proper consultation.
In summary, consultation is not a joint decision making process, the final decision rests with those ultimately responsible for the decision, its results and outcomes. Consultation involves the statement of a proposal not yet finally decided on, listening to what others have to say, considering their responses and then deciding what will be done.
There are several accepted principles covering meaningful consultation, the
major ones being:
That those required to consult must ensure that those being consulted are fully aware of what is being proposed, including the desired outcomes or results.
Genuine effort must be made to accommodate the views of those being consulted, consultation must be a reality, not a charade…
The party obliged to consult, whilst entitled to have a working plan already in mind, must be ready to change and even start afresh…
That is, the plan must not contain
anything that can’t be changed.
The Aroha Island Trust is looking for a couple to take over as “Winter Caretakers”. Accommodation and electricity in the Cottage is free, However accommodation in the Island’s Lodge if so desired is negotiable.
Enquiries to: 407 5243 or email@example.com
No.20 March 2009
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Annual General Meeting
The Vision Kerikeri Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 20th April at 7pm. at Kingston House. The guest speaker will be Tim de Roles an Auckland architect and urban planner.
Please note this date in your diary.
The NRC has granted the FNDC consent as requested, for a BOI wastewater system based upon discharge through an upgraded treatment system located at the site of the existing Paihia wastewater plant in the Waitangi forest, as adverse effects can be remedied or mitigated through conditions of consent. The Commissioners also observed that the environment will be improved as a clear benefit would be the closure of the especially inadequate Kerikeri waste water plant which discharges into the Waitangi wetlands. Forty two conditions have been imposed and FNDC has also been advised to enact a Trade Waste bylaw since there is currently little control over the characteristics of the effluent received.
VKK gave qualified support for the FNDC consent but submitted that a sewerage system for 50,000 people was excessive and advocated, among other things, a reduction in area of benefit to a much more realistic population figure in the long term of say 25,000 to 30,000 people, and the exclusion of Russell which has a satisfactory system of its own. In short we are concerned about “planning by pipeline” as people with land banks and property waiting for sewerage will take advantage and contribute further to sprawl. These matters, the Commissioners have said, are properly matters for the District Plan.
We need now to keep an eye on actual implementation and construction proposals by FNDC, which we are aware may cost about $13M for Kerikeri township alone, and how this is to be paid for.
It was recently reported that the Butler Centre Stage 1 is in liquidation. We hope that none of the local contractors and trades people will be financially affected. We can consider ourselves fortunate that we do not have the half finished Stage 2, 8 level concrete monster which was planned right behind it, blighting the entrance to the town. Another brain child in the Far North, of the same developers from Auckland, ’Crystal Waters’ at Cable Bay, is only partly completed and is in liquidation, and a further one at Urupukapuka Island is another failed project which is in the hands of receivers. FNDC is considering whether to take action against Crystal Waters regarding compliance certificates. This is a reminder that development can be good or bad and that while a developer will always argue strongly for the merits of his project and the benefits that it will bring to the community, it will be the community which commonly bears the cost of failure. Charitably, one could say, that Cable Bay is now somewhat blighted and the opportunity for something better at Urupukapuka now exists. On the whole we are likely to be better served by developers who live in our area, with some understanding of our local environment, than by outsiders imposing alien ideas upon us.
In the last newsletter we briefed on issues associated with the placing of Chris Booth’s sculpture on the Domain. In brief we (and The KK Business Association) were concerned that the sculpture might go elsewhere in NZ as some elements of the Domain Trust were not in favour of a sculpture on the Domain at all and certainly not where the sculptor wished to place it. Chris Booth is very marketable, and is currently working on a major development for the Eden Project in Cornwall which is very prestigious. We supported the Mayor and Councillor Ann Court who were seeking to resolve this issue sensibly and it is pleasing to report that the contract has been let for the sculpture in the preferred position, and the foundations are already completed. We consider this a good outcome for the community. We think that the “knockers” will be pleasantly surprised by the outcome which we consider is in the best long term interest of the town.
A Resource Consent has been issued for the use of the Proctor Sports field at the Waipapa Road end of the Heritage bypass, and goalposts are erected.
A symposium, held under the auspices of Transition Towns Kerikeri, for people concerned about economic stability, sustainability spirituality and social justice on March 22nd at the Union Church hall from 1:30 to 5:30pm for information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
FNDC Land Sales
Our Council has decided to sell some of its surplus land holdings. We have no problem with this, provided that it can be proved that the land really is surplus, and the inflow of finance is used to finance much needed infrastructure and community projects in our district.
Council has declined to release information on which sites have been selected for disposal. We understand that there are 1500 of them. Many reserve contributions from subdivisions are likely to be inaccessible and of poor amenity value.
However, the recently proposed sale of land at Doves Bay which the locals understood to be a reserve – as it was a reserve contribution from a developer, caused considerable anxiety, as locals had had quiet enjoyment of it for thirty years, and had looked after it. Fortunately they had records which showed that a decision by the old BOI Council to formally gazette the land as a reserve was never concluded by the FNDC, although it had advertised it. So Council placed it on the market.
At its meeting on 12 February Council decided to complete the process of legalising the land’s reserve status. This is a successful outcome for the community which can continue to enjoy it. We strongly supported the Doves Bay residents as the sale of the land would be contrary to Council open space and coastal access policies.
We learnt some lessons
(1) The public has little idea of which parcels of land have been given in lieu of development contributions and some people might assume that these are reserves, but they may not be
(2)Even if a piece of land is a Reserve, Council can still rescind its designation. In the FNDC the power to prepare and review reserve management plans and to appoint management committees is now a Community Board responsibility.
(3)Parks can also be sold or otherwise disposed of, but if a local authority intends to do so it must first consult on the proposal.
(4)We, the public must be pro-active and keep an eye on our green spaces constantly
by looking at public notices in local newspapers
by reading the minutes of Community Board and Council meetings.
by watching for for Sale signs placed on what you might have regarded as a reserve or park.
In our next newsletter we will discuss the process of public consultation.
It is with great sorrow that we heard of the death of Gary Weeds in a diving accident. He had recently joined VKK’s committee. As a recent FNDC Councillor Gary was a strong supporter of VKK and cared passionately about the community. He and Councillor Laurie Byers were the key initiators of the purchase by Council of the Stage 2 land behind the Butler Centre thereby finally putting to rest that doomed 8 level project. Gary was a principal driver of the acquisition of HMNZS Canterbury for the B.O.I.
No.19 January 2009
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Happy New Year
To you all for 2009.
There are already signs that the New Year will bring with it new issues relating to the future development of Kerikeri. Some will be covered in this newsletter, but despite the economic turmoil others are sure to arise as the various players position themselves for the future.
We have responded to member’s requests and we are now set up for On-line banking.
From now you can pay your subscriptions by making an on-line transfer directly into the VKK account which is at the Kerikeri National Bank branch. Our Account is in the name of Vision Kerikeri and our account number is: 06 0350 0088372 00 When you make an on-line payment would you please place your Initials and Surname in the payee reference field, so that we can accurately identify you. We will then email you a pdf copy of your receipt. Should you require the actual receipt please let us know and we will post it to you.
Private Plan Changes Borneo Developments and Quail Ridge
As reported in our last newsletter Resource Consents were sought last year for these developments on the basis of a private plan change to the present zoning being granted. Council declined to consider this, and both applicants have now asked the Environment Court to consider the matter.
We supported the Council decision to decline a private plan change since this can have the effect of subverting the District Plan which, despite some defects, has only just become operative. The opportunity to amend the District Plan will arise when The Structure Plan is considered in some detail by Council this coming financial year.
Our submission on Borneo Dev’t a 134 unit development on Hobson Road, did not oppose it but proposed a riverside walkway and a bridge across Wairoa Stream as part of the development contribution. This would enable access to the water fall on Wairoa Stream, roughly behind Kerikeri Primary school, which is otherwise inaccessible and also provide pedestrian access to schools and the town centre.
Our submission also proposed that the design might be improved by using the principles of the Urban Design Protocol which, although adopted formally by the Council some years ago at our behest, has been thoroughly ignored, and also that it might be more environmentally sustainable. For the Urban Design Protocol to succeed and improve design standards and quality, it needs a willing developer, and also Council and community support. Developments in this town, on the whole, do not adequately reflect that we were N.Z’s top small town in 2002. The opportunity here is considerable since it comprises a significant area which is located within walking distance of the town centre. Borneo Developments is willing to reconsider an improved design but we must first await the decision of the Environment Court.
Sculpture on the Domain
As we all know the Domain has been contentious. The Domain Action Group, which had promoted retaining 2 sports fields and excluding Robin Booth’s sculpture, applied some pressure to Council to give effect to their plan after the election in November 2007. The Mayor responded by being involved in forming The Domain Trust to administer The Domain and develop a plan. The Chronicle ( November 6th) reported that the proposed plan now includes a single oval sports field, in lieu of two fields, and incorporates Chris Booth’s sculpture which had previously been rejected. Our position has been (VKK newsletter Oct 2007) that no Domain development should take place until after the opening of the Heritage bypass to give time to experience this very significant change including access to the new Waipapa Road sports fields. We therefore support this proposal for a single sports field including the sculpture, which we think is consistent with what most reasonable people would support now that the bypass is now operating and readily links the Waipapa Road Proctor sports fields, which are close to being operational. Our concern now is the location of the sculpture. This interactive sculpture has a diameter of about 16 metres and has some associated landscaping. We have
become aware that the sculptor’s recommended position on the edge of the Domain, roughly between the library and the children’s playground may not be accepted. Chris Booth, one of Kerikeri’s own, is internationally recognised and marketable. We are not aware of any good reason for non acceptance of his recommended position and our concern has been that the sculpture may go elsewhere. This position is also supported by the Business Association. It would make the town look rather stupid if we cannot manage our affairs so as to properly display his work and retain it in Kerikeri, and further it is our opinion that over a lengthy period neither the sculptor nor benefactor have been treated with respect. Both VKK and the business Association were asked to a meeting by the domain Trust on Tuesday 13th January, together with other community groups to be briefed by the Mayor on the proposed Domain upgrading and the commissioning of the Waipapa sports fields. We strongly support the Mayor’s plan and there was considerable support from other community groups including the Rugby Club, which is keen to shift to the new fields. We would now expect that the upgrading of the Domain will go ahead as proposed by the Mayor, including the sculpture location recommended by the artist. See the proposed Domain plan on www.visionkerikeri.org
VKK and the Kiwi Foundation are supporting Doves Bay residents in opposing the Council’s intended sale of a Reserve which provides parking for access to Doves bay beach and is used for local community activities. This would leave this growing community without public open space which would be unlikely to be replaced in future as coastal land will be unaffordable. Council will consider the matter at its meeting in February 12th in Kaikohe and ask that members attend, who are able to,,in support of Doves Bay residents.
Since our last newsletter there has been a lot of action at Roland’s Wood. This has included forming a carpark and entrance gateway, preventing other than foot traffic, boundary fencing, a stile to provide access from Heron Hill, and extensive mowing gives easy access for walkers and their dogs. In the New Year friends of the Wood will be working on removing pest plants and general improvements, and regular mowing of tracks which will be kept mown by a contractor.
Buzzword : Oleaginous
In December two separate newspaper columnists used this word, so watch for it in 2009! One was referring to the tactics of Wellington lobbyists, the other was referring to Treasury briefing papers.
My dictionary defines oleaginous as ” resembling, or having the properties of oil”.
Perhaps you can relate it to the last newsletter’s buzzword – “spin”.
No.18 October/November 2008
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
First Ocean Survey 20/20
You may have read about this survey by LINZ (Land Information NZ).
It is the first of government’s projects to survey coastal areas, and the Bay of Islands is the first area to be covered.
The main focus of the project is to map the BOI’s marine diversity as well as its seabed habitats. The survey will cover sediment, water quality and possibly seismic and magnetic data, which can then be used to develop and manage the coastal resources in an effective and sustainable way. The survey will cover depths from about 2m down to 200m and will be followed by a biological survey next year.
There is a good deal of concern about the diminishing quality of the Bay with respect to sediment effects among other things – eel grass as a breeding area for fish, kai moana beds for shellfish, shoaling of the Kerikeri River, water quality and a decline in fish stocks. This survey will give high quality baseline data to enable monitoring of sedimentation, and of water quality affected by, among other things, effluent discharges.
LINZ held a preliminary meeting in Paihia on 6th October to get community input as to what is important and many stakeholders in the BOI including VKK were invited. VKK proposed sediment cores to be taken on the southern side of the KK Inlet adjacent to the Waitangi wetlands area to determine the nitrate, phosphate and heavy metal content prior to the upgraded KK/Waipapa wastewater system.
The Commissioners are currently considering the application after a two and a half day hearing and we are awaiting their decision. VKK supported the scheme generally subject to high quality treatment which is intended, subject to some qualifications. KK/Waipapa needs a wastewater system. The present system is inadequate and is at capacity. We are however concerned about the size of the Resource Consent which is intended for 50,000 people, and do not see the need for it to incorporate Russell which has a satisfactory sewerage system of its own. We also believe that alternatives for the future inclusion of Rangitane and Opito Bay have not been adequately considered.
The Commissioners have sought a legal opinion to ascertain whether consent can be granted without FNDC detailing the nature of the wastewater treatment system intended. The legal opinion concludes that the Hearings Committee may make it’s decision on the basis of evidence it has heard.
The latest news on this is that Council has resolved to remove a few trees, trim any dangerous branches, and monitor the condition of the trees annually. This is probably the best possible outcome
Walking tracks and By-pass footpath
We have reported our concern about possible conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on the Heritage Bypass footpath and have proposed that as a minimum, a white line dividing the footpath with pedestrian and cyclist painted logos be considered. This has been sent to the Council Roading Department who are to report on how these issues should be dealt with and will be considered by the Eastern Community Board at it’s next meeting.
Stone Store Basin
There was a very well attended gala at the Basin on Sunday 26th October with raft races, stalls, chain saw carving and so on. It was good to see so many families attending, but without the promised footbridge parking was rather chaotic, as the DOC carpark across the river could not be used. The footbridge is needed, the sooner the better.
The Kerikeri Adventurer Scouts scored a lead on the Council by providing (for the adventurous) a flying fox across the river on the day.
(Council is currently assessing new proposals for the pedestrian bridge after the original price was well over budget, and maybe a start will be made on a bridge in early 2009)
Capital Value Rating
Council will be circulating information to stimulate community discussion on the range of options available for public consultation on this issue.
Watch your letterbox.
Resource Consent Applications
R.C. Applications have been lodged with Council for Quail Ridge – a retirement village off Rainbow Falls Road, and a residential development of 54 dwellings by Borneo Developments on 4.25ha. along Cobham Road. The applications may be viewed at the Council offices in the Butler Centre. Submissions are due by 10 November.
Council has declined to consider a plan change for both projects, so they are considered as non complying uses as far as the R.C. application is concerned.
While the Borneo Properties application complies with some of the features of the Urban Residential use proposed in the Structure Plan, it does not incorporate outcomes and rules envisaged in that plan which would encourage more innovative (and environmentally friendly) design and ‘liveable streets” We are disappointed that it tends to repeat a housing pattern which many people consider dull and boring.
We welcome the establishment of a 10m public esplanade reserve and pathway along the Wairoa Stream boundary of the property, but this must be continued, ideally with links via a pedestrian bridge to Hone Heke Road, to Pa Road and Kororipo Pa.
We intend to make submissions on both proposals.
Lion Rock Golf Course, together with a 48 lot subdivision is proposed on the Purerua Peninsula on 188ha, will have limited notification and is considered by the Council as having minor environmental effects.
A brief history by Maria Manning
This piece of land was bequeathed to the community by our great friend Roland Sansom, who died 2001 Queen’s Birthday Weekend. This was his land on which he worked tirelessly establishing an English wood. Roland was a romantic and loved his English heritage. He was born in Malaya (as it was called in those days) and returned to New Zealand with his New Zealand mother when the Japanese invaded, while his English father spent the war years as a prisoner of war. Roland bought the land from his uncle, Sandy Edgar, who owned and developed all that land opposite the Waitangi forest road. Aileen Edgar was the sister of Doreen Sansom, Roland’s mother. The Edgars took over the former Land & Survey block in the early sixties and Roland moved to Kerikeri in the early eighties after selling his farm. When his parents died Roland lived at Nancy Pickmere’s home from the late eighties until he died tragically so young. Nancy took a great interest in what Roland did and organised some maintenance after he died. Just checking with Nancy, she tells me that the property has now moved from the estate to the local body. The reason why it took so long to get matters finalised is that somewhere along the line there had been inaccuracies about the legal description of the boundaries or the extent of the land to be bequeathed, and it has taken until now to get resolved. There was an obituary in the ‘Chronicle’ a few weeks after Roland passed on in June 2001. Roland’s sister, Lavender has been living in Kerikeri since 2002.
At 10am on Saturday 15th November it is planned to have a meeting at the entrance of Roland’s Wood, 240 Inlet Road to discuss plans for the future maintenance of the property, which has been neglected over the last few years
Buzzword : Spin
In public relations spin is providing an interpretation of an event or campaign to persuade public opinion in favour or against a certain organisation or public figure.
“Spin” often, although not always, implies disingenuous, deceptive and/or highly manipulative tactics.
A group of people who develop spin may be referred to as “spin doctors” who engage in “spin doctoring” for the person or group who hired them.
The techniques of spin include:
Selectively presenting facts and quotes that support one’s position (cherry picking)
Non denial denial
Phrasing in a way that assumes unproven truths
Euphemisms to disguise or promote one’s agenda
We would love to get your sub if you haven’t paid yet, and new members if you know anyone who may be interested. You will see from this newsletter that your committee is working very hard, and new issues keep coming up.
No.17 September 2008
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Kerikeri/Waipapa Structure Plan
At the last FNDC meeting on 28 August the Structure Plan was approved to be progressed through the Future Plan process. Councillor Court moved and Mayor Brown seconded.
This paves the way for the Structure Plan to be implemented by way of changes to the District Plan. There is much work to be done monitoring and reviewing the plan as it proceeds to ensure that the community aspirations expressed at numerous workshops are not modified or diluted by narrow self-interested groups.
VKK is looking for someone to get involved with monitoring progress on the plan, This would need someone with legal or contract admin. experience to assist an already busy committee, A free case of Merlot red wine, courtesy of Stonybrook Estate will be available for this lucky volunteer!
Regional Council Wastewater hearing
51 submissions were made on this $22 million project to more than double the size of the Kerikeri/Waipapa sewerage system to cope with our expanding population, which has aroused some controversy. The hearing will be held in Paihia at the Scenic Circle Hotel from 10am on 29th September.
Speed Limit By-laws
Submissions are invited for limited speed reviews. See FNDC website. It is disappointing to see that Opito Bay Road past Rangitane is not flagged for review as it is prime kiwi habitat where cars kill many. Although the review only applies to roads below the 100km limit, why not make a submission anyway by 9th October. Forms available from Council.
Your committee is working on a submission to Council to firm up rules so that we don’t get inappropriate activities like more car yards along Kerikeri’s main entry. We are also discussing with Council ways of encouraging more businesses into the CBD rather than locating in Rural Living or Rural Production zones
(see more comment on Kerikeri Road later)
Rod did a lot of work before he went overseas on this subject and believes that it is back on track and that a professional arborist will be involved. Council have agreed that they will take note of an expert recommendation and will act accordingly. We are monitoring the situation.
Walking tracks and By-pass footpath
Now that the wet weather is hopefully behind us we are lobbying Council through the Annual Plan for more and improved tracks for walking and recreation as soon as possible. At a recent Community Board meeting members agreed that the Heritage By-pass footpath could be widened by 600mm and a central line marked for cyclist and walkers to avoid accidents. This is a common practice in Europe and Australia so why not here?
Some two years ago Councillor Baker held meetings to determine the need for a local bus service in Kerikeri, Waipapa and Paihia. This would be significantly subsidised by central government. We are investigating why nothing more has happened since.
The Transition Town Group is seeking comment on a shopping bus service, and has apparently had positive feedback from New World. See display near front door at Proctor Library.
Stone Store Basin
Two media releases on this –
Firstly the proposed pedestrian bridge worked out to be well over budget and the design has to be reviewed, so construction may not even be started until February or March 2009
Secondly the Kemp property (which includes the Landing Restaurant) has been purchased by DOC and the Council. The land will be held and managed by the FNDC.
Kerikeri Road – again!
A recent U3A Newsletter with comments on how local government works contained the following paragraph:
“Interest groups use the system to achieve their own undemocratic aims. For example the district plan provided for a green strip for the first few metres in from the roadway along Kerikeri Road with the laudable aim of maintaining the unique character of the drive into town. A group of landowners put together a large number of objections, persuading people to sign these on the grounds that the landowners could be trusted to voluntarily provide their own green strip (oh yeah!). Only a couple of ratepayers bothered to make submissions supporting the plan proposal. The vast majority who were supportive of the green strip just assumed it would happen as it was already in the plan. Well guess what?
When the Council considered the submissions, they concluded that a strong majority of the public wanted the proposal removed. And that was what happened! Now we are getting the first few car yards, and the like, on Kerikeri Road.
The price of democracy is eternal vigilance.”
Now that the drying spring weather has arrived at last, your committee is planning
a visit to survey the state of Rowlands Wood, this is a gifted large block of nicely established by the Pickmere family but severely overgrown land on Inlet Road, just south of Heron Hill.
Contact Howard Smith or Iain Morrison if you are interested in helping, weeding or gardening in the sunshine.
BUZZWORD : AoB
Well, it’s an acronym rather than a word, and it stands for “Area of Benefit” as related to Kerikeri’s waste water reticulation area, which at the moment is quite small, extending from Ranui in the south to the retirement village to the north and services about 2850 people.
The proposed scheme, staged over ten years will increase the AoB to extend from beyond Waipapa, include Riverside and Skudders Beach, and will extend south to Access Road and Maraenui Drive, and East to Reinga Heights. The current estimate of about $22 million will cover the main pipeline and extended treatment plant in the Waitangi Forest. Individual connections to houses and subdivisions will cost extra. The ultimate capacity of the scheme could be for 50,000 people! Initially, depending on main pipe size it will serve 11,000 to 25,000 people. Present population estimates are for about 15,000 people in 2021
No.16 August 2008
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Save the Redwoods
A recent Bay Chronicle item reporting that “three redwood trees fell in high winds endangering houses “ appears to have been exaggerated. An inspection of the trees in Wendywood Lane and Hawkings Crescent shows that none of the 235 trees fell, although several branches did fall.
VKK opposes the wholesale felling of these magnificent and historical trees, and believe that the Crown forest Institute should be engaged to report on the trees condition.
If you also would like to save the redwoods – let the Community Board know before its next meeting on 20th August where their fate will be decided by sending a letter to the secretary of the Community Board - HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Eastern Community Board member Florence Annison ph 4076555. It would also be good if you could attend the Board meeting at the Opua Hall on the 20th.
(Have you noticed that the most popular carparks at the supermarket, especially in summer are those shaded by the redwoods? Ed.)
VKK has had feedback on its submission.
The main points are:
We requested that the draft plan be amended to show a line item with funding for the Structure Plan so that important elements can be progressed this year and beyond. We are pleased that Council has allocated $100,000 and amended the Plan accordingly.
From discussion with council planners some of this sum will be used for assessing the KK/Waipapa River flood plain mapping for impacts of possible major climate events, and a study of the new zoning proposed in the Plan.
Policy re mitigation of emissions within FNDC and the community is being studied. This could include encouraging solar panels etc.
A study of biolinks regarding wildlife corridors is underway
These and other studies are necessary preparation before a S32 analysis required by the RMA on the economic, social and environmental effects of the Structure Plan can be completed. Other FNDC departments are identifying necessary tasks and guidelines.
Waipapa Road upgrade:
We advocated widening the road with footpath and cycle track. Council advises that the first stage will start in 2008/09, but the project must still attract funding and subsidy.
We requested $30,000 to be spent on track investigations, and where practical to star at least one track project this year. Council has replied that further funding for walkways has been set aside in 2009 and onwards but that additional tracks will not be developed unless operating budgets are increased to support additional maintenance costs or community partnerships are formed to undertake maintenance.
Waipapa Rd/SH10 roundabout:
Council advises it is determined to press for an upgrade of this important junction.
Draft Recreation Plan
Council has released a Draft Plan for the Eastern Community Board area from BOI to Whangaroa. Details are available from the Proctor Library or the FNDC. Submissions. Must reach Council by 29th August
Some key issues are described in the six page Executive Summary at the beginning of the Recreation Plan, which puts emphasis on ”HUB” facilities - in Kerikeri, at Bay Sport and the Waipapa Road Sports Ground. The bulk of expenditure through Council grants and other sources will be incurred by the provision of indoor facilities, for court and field sports and their associated parking requirements which will only be accessible by private car for most people.
Is there also a need for community sport fields within walking distance of residential areas? Some Council land banking must be done to achieve this.
A large number of recreational facilities are largely self sufficient, such as walking, cycling, boating, surfing etc. These also need some infrastructure – walking and cycling tracks, boat ramps, toilets and parking etc.
Open Space and Coastal Access Strategy
This follows a series of public meetings held in March by FNDC including at the Centre in KK. This strategy is a long term plan (10years+) setting out what the aims and priorities are for reserves and other open spaces. It has an overview of where, when and how reserves and other open spaces, including access to the coastline will be provided by Council.
Feedback is requested by Council by the end of August. A feedback form can be found on the Council’s website at:
A recent media report notes that the CEO, Clive Manley will be leaving Council to pursue other interests.
It appears that the hall will be demolished. Whatever happens we shall watch to see that the esplanade priority reserve shown in the RPDP appears, and the 20m building setback from the stream defined in Ch.12 of the RPDP is maintained.
There is conflict between walkers and cyclists on the new bypass footpath. FNDC seems to think that it is just a matter of education, but it is hard to educate a child to keep out of the way of a cycle silently coming up behind them at speed. Some creative thinking is needed to determine the best way of defining cyclist and pedestrian spaces to make it safer for both.
We have heard of numerous people saying that they cannot bother to put recycling in the $1 bags, and just throw it in with the rest of the rubbish. Sad, eh.
Why can’t we have a drop-off depot as well? Sports clubs which tend to have quite a few bottles and cans are apparently expected to hire a contractor to take away their recyclables. Private Plan Changes
There is provision in the RMA for developers to apply for a plan changes outside the scope of the District Plan. A case has arisen in Auckland where a developer (who is also active on the Purerua Peninsular) has applied to build a 24 storey luxury hotel right in the middle of the Britomart heritage area where height is limited to 7or 8 storeys.
Buzzword : HUB
“A focal point” or see FNDC Recreation Plan
No.13 April 2008
Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 27 May (note revised date) at 7pm at the Centre.
Our Guest Speaker will be Raewyn Peart, a senior policy analyst for the Environmental Defence Society. Raewyn is currently working on a book about coastal management, and will speak about “The Future of our Coasts”. She has previously written “A Place to Stand” – about protection of NZ natural and cultural landscapes, and “Beyond the Tide” about integrating management of NZ coasts.
Her talk is relevant, because DoC are currently seeking submissions on a NZ Coastal Management Policy. Submissions close on 7 May, and details can be found on email@example.com
We are seeking nominations for committee members. Please contact Rod or any committee member if you wish to stand or nominate someone.
FNDC Annual Plan
Hearings on submissions to the FNDC Draft Annual plan will be held in Kerikeri on 16th May at Kingston House from 10am
NRC Draft Annual Plan
Submissions close on 13 May. A copy may be viewed on www.nrc.govt.nz or posted by phoning 0800 002 004
Items of interest may be:
Resource Management Planning p33
Environmental Monitoring and Marine Operations p37
Regional Land Transport Planning p49
An FNDC media release notes that Council has recently joined the CCP (Communities for Climate Protection NZ Programme) which will include mitigating the potential impact of development on our climate and a commitment to begin reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Refuse Recovery Centre – State Highway 10
Abridged report from Iain Morrison, Deputy Chair VKK:
Apart from a line item in the Draft Annual
Plan and an article in the Chronicle some months ago saying that the Recovery Centre was to proceed, little has been published about this, as far as I am aware. After consulting with the Waipapa/Kerikeri Farming watchdog group it appears that all is not well for the project for the following reasons:
Too far out of both centres-located just north of Waimate North Road on SH10 north of Country Corner and stream bridge
The land purchased is a house lot, subject to flooding of the Puketotara Stream (why the house owners moved out!)
Is on a fast bend stretch of SH10, so access can be treacherous.
It is unclear what the centre will be used for, as the Memorial Hall recycling centre will go, so will this replace it? The petrol costs for residents having to travel so far with small recycling needs could outweigh advantages
The land is zoned rural production, so a land change amendment could meet with objections
It is understood that at the last Council Meeting a decision was made to investigate kerbside recycling as a possibility.
We hope to report more in next newsletter.
Michael Hall: committee member
Michael trained as a mechanical engineer in the UK. After two years National Service in REME as a radar technician he was employed as a research and development engineer in heavy engineering. Later he worked for the Central Electricity Generating Board on the layout of turbine house ancillary equipment.
Michael and Miriam emigrated to NZ in 1965, going to Otematata where for three years Michael was the site mechanical engineer for the Ministry of Works on the Aviemore Power Project. Following this Michael was transferred to MWD Head Office in Wellington as a mechanical design engineer in the Power Division.
In 1980 came a move to Auckland where he was employed by the NZ Heavy Engineering Research Association as their Industry Research Engineer.
After retiring Michael and Miriam decided to take on a new challenge, and moved to a 4ha. Bush block in Kerikeri where they spend their time planting native trees, controlling predators and listening to kiwi calls at night.
This has been taken from a statement by the Future of Picton Group :
“None of us is as smart as all of us”
“It is not our intention to establish another organisation or to try to take away the identity or role of existing organisations. We are simply driven by a concern for the area and a commitment to developing a community based plan for its future. We know that in order to do this, organisations have to work together and establish the common ground on which to build strong foundations. We also know that we need the best possible consultation with organisations such as the Council.”
“At the moment there is no comprehensive plan that encompasses community concerns for our area. Various organisations have their own plans, there is a great deal of development going on and new plans are appearing regularly. However the lack of a comprehensive community led plan means that we may end up with outcomes that do not suit the whole community or where some groups are actively disadvantaged.“
Sound familiar ????
Want to live in Auckland?
Have you read the usually mild Findlay McDonalds comments on Auckland Councils in the Sunday Star Times? For instance:
“At the “governance” level the councils of Auckland’s overblown boroughs, having primped themselves into pretend cities, are little more than rubber stamping, revenue gathering, rate hiking bureaucratic black holes. It’s little wonder their electorates fail to engage at election time as nothing remotely resembling an imaginative programme ever emerges from these sumps of administrative antimatter”
PHEW. I hope we can do better!!!
No. 11 February 2008 Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2008. This promises to be another busy year. The AGM will be held in May – more details in following newsletters. We shall be seeking nominations for the committee.
A New Year present from FNDC
Vision Kerikeri was initially formed in response to community concern about a proposal to erect a seven storey apartment building behind the three storey John Butler Centre currently underway at the Kerikeri- Butler Road roundabout.
The council has now confirmed that it has bought the land on which the building was to be built. This out-of-scale and inappropriate building in terms of this town will now vanish forever. This ends a battle which lasted about four years, during which a height limit of 12m was re-instated in the commercial area. We thank our members for your support throughout this struggle, attending hearings, attending public meetings, and writing submissions. We shall be very interested in any future plans that Council may have for the site and its appropriate use and design, otherwise we may end up with another eyesore. The opportunity exists for some quality urban design in which developers, the Council and the community all contribute, and as far as possible all get agreement on the form that the town might take. Successful towns like Noosa and Port Douglas in Queensland have done just that. It depends on developers, who risk their capital, understanding that there is likely to be a greater return on their investment by taking a longer view than short term monetary gain, by looking after the town in a holistic manner. This benefits everyone.
The Domain: Council has renewed the Rugby Club lease for two years, by which time the new playing fields will be complete, and the Heritage Bypass will be
operating. We feel that no decisions should be made about the Domain until the effect of these is apparent. The heritage by-pass will make an immense difference to communications which have for nearly 200 years of European habitation, and Maori long before that have always been up to the ridgeline from the Basin. We also have a concern that a sculptor of world class competence, Chris Booth and his anonymous donor, have not on the whole, gained the community recognition to date that they are due.
The Structure Plan: We have commenced urging our elected representatives that the District Plan be amended to incorporate the Structure Plan, and that funding is made available for this. Without funding and commitment the huge cost in finance and effort by FNDC staff, consultants, and the community will be wasted and will join the past legacy of failed reports and plans for the future of Kerikeri. We will be seeking submissions from our members when the Annual Plan is released for public comment in about April 2008
Kerikeri Road: There is on-going pressure for inappropriate development along the road which emphasises the need for implementation of the Gateway Landscape Amenity Policy Area proposed in the Structure Plan which includes part of SH10. (see this month’s buzzword)
Completing the Centre
We believe that completion of the Centre should have the highest priority. The main structure of stage 2 is already built, and completion will add the alternatives of a mini theatre and an outdoor theatre with a retractable roof.
Kerikeri also has Kingston House, and it is hard to justify the costly renovation or replacement of the Memorial Hall for similar purposes.The Memorial Hall borders the Wairoa Stream. Regardless of whether or not the Memorial Hall site is sold a generous esplanade strip should be provided along the stream boundary. This would link Cobham Road with the planned Wairoa Stream walkway downstream and the esplanade strip and reserve further upstream and would enable a potential walkway/cycleway link through to the growing residential area in Shepherds Road and beyond. An esplanade priority is already incorporated in the District Plan
Bob Bubendorfer : Secretary
Bob grew up in rural Upper Austria. In 1951 he started a Tool and Die making apprenticeship, as there was no higher education in the area and his parents could not afford the cost of boarding. He came to NZ in 1956 to gain English language experience, and worked as an engineers’ patternmaker in Dunedin. There he met and married Noelene. Bob began part time study at the King Edward Technical College and Otago University, gaining an NZCE(Mech), after which he became Works Manager at his job.
In 1970 Bob and his family moved to Christchurch to complete studies and graduate with a BE(Mech) degree.
A new career opened when Bob joined the ATI in Auckland in1973, initially teaching on the professional engineering programmes, later academic administration. Bob then became acting head of the Engineering Department, then Deputy Director of ATI.
In 1984 the family moved to Wellington where Bob was appointed as Principal and CEO of Wellington Polytechnic. During this time Bob was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship that took him and Noelene on 12 weeks of fact finding in the USA and Europe.
After retirement from the Polytech Bob moved to head the Fiji Institute of Technology in Suva for a period.
Bob’s career included numerous appointments to government, employer, engineering and education working parties, committees and boards. Since retiring in Kerikeri he has still been involved with engineering and community organisations, including VKK.
A dedicated group of volunteers have cleaned, painted , upgraded and improved the facilities, however on-going support is needed.
The Aroha Island Charitable Trust will be holding its AGM on 27th Feb. at 7pm at Aroha Island, when a committee and trustees will be appointed.
If you wish to assist the trust in any way email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buzzword : Teraparisation
A process whereby a pleasant tree fringed main entry road to a town becomes lined with car yards, factories, warehouses and carparks, creating considerable visual pollution and traffic congestion.
If you have any comment to make about the newsletter please feel free to contact Vision Kerikeri.
November 2007 Vision Kerikeri and Environs Inc.
The Aroha Island Charitable Trust is making excellent progress tidying up the grounds, painting and upgrading the lodge with 3 guestrooms cottage (bunkroom) and ablution block assisted by many volunteers.
The Trust is seeking members and donations of furniture, carpet squares or rounds, insect screens etc. If you think that you can help phone Jill Smith at 4079593 or email email@example.com
Regular working bees are held on Sundays – again if you can help contact Rolf or Inge at 4073598. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerikeri Wastewater Scheme Resource Consent
At the moment Council is consulting with iwi and hapu, and expect the Resource Consent hearing for consent to discharge and to redesignate the land in the Waitangi Forest will take place in early 2008. If consent is granted by late 2008 design would start early 2009 and construction mid to end of 2009.
Vision Kerikeri made submissions earlier in the year.
In the meantime, properties outside the present area of benefit will rely on private individual or group treatment plants. The mayor, in his address to the first new Council meeting stated “This Council will quickly move to require sewerage or on site disposal systems to be installed and checked by the subdividers before titles are issued …….”
Following our request for feedback from our members there appears to be clear support for the suggestion that no work at all be done to develop the Domain until the Heritage Bypass is in use and the Waipapa (Proctor Land) playing fields are ready for use.
Land Scalping at Opito Bay
Yet another coastal property owner, this time in Opito Bay Road has razed the land and destroyed valuable kiwi habitat.
The action taken appears to be clearly in contravention to the District Plan provisions. We await the Council response and hope a strong message will be sent to irresponsible land owners and contractors that this sort of vandalism will not be tolerated and that all possible remedial and re-vegetation work will be required to correct the damage done.
The fines imposed recently on developers who damaged a marginal strip of conservation land adjoining the Te Puna inlet may provide a warning for the “cowboys” out there
Iain Morrison: Deputy Chairman
Iain describes himself as a “jack of all trades”. He worked early on at NZPO, then ran Air New Zealand’s telecom activities before moving to the U.K. with wife Janet for 8 years where he worked for Nokia, Nortel and also senior consultancy activity in London. During this period the Morrisons travelled extensively in Europe where Iain was greatly impressed with Italy (his favourite) where the old world concepts of towns with a central plaza where people could congregate was pivotal. He also notes that most buildings were up to three stories high (these principles could equally apply in Kerikeri).
In 2003 the Morrisons returned to NZ, coming “home” to Kerikeri, much visited as a kid, to semi-retire, but far too busy for that. As a wine grower, developer, Canterbury dive ship committee member, taking an active role in marketing the Kerikeri Business Association, and Deputy Chair and webmaster for Vision Kerikeri, his commitments are impressive.
Iain’s many talents, from communication technology to organisational roles, a team approach, and a keen interest in community and local government affairs make a valuable contribution to our community. He has a commitment to quality planning and to getting the Structure Plan operating.
We are pleased to advise that Gary Weeds has been co-opted onto the VKK Committee
Renewable Energy Policy
The FNDC is currently finalising renewable energy and energy efficiency policy which should be available for public submissions early next year, before being incorporated into the District Plan.
Buzzword : Custodianship
This month’s buzzword is one of the seven “C’s” in the Urban Design Protocol, which states that “Quality urban design reduces the environmental impacts of our towns and cities through environmentally sustainable and responsive design solutions. Custodianship recognises the lifetime costs of building and infrastructure, and aims to hand on places to the next generation in as good or better condition. Stewardship of our towns includes the concept of kaitiakitanga. It creates enjoyable, safe public spaces, a quality environment that is cared for, and a sense of ownership and responsibility in all residents and visitors.”
As a local example of custodianship we can only applaud the example of local police operating a zero tolerance approach to graffiti, and Kerikeri Lions club for their prompt graffiti removal campaign.
Custodianship is related to connectivity and density which we will cover in future newsletters.
August 2007 Vision Kerikeri Inc.
Kerikeri Domain Design Competition
The Council recently decided to publish the five finalist designs. These are on display at the Proctor Library. The public are invited to vote for their preferred design. Details are also available on the Council website: www.fndc.govt.nz Click on the Kerikeri Domain Design Competition link for images of the finalist designs and for downloading the official feedback form which must be signed and posted or delivered to the library.
The future of the Domain has been the subject of much public comment, but not everyone has been heard. The design competition now gives you the opportunity to express your personal view by voting for one of the five designs which have been shortlisted, and which show some of the potential for future development. Four designs include one sports field and the sculpture and cenotaph, and one design shows two rugby fields and excludes other features suggested in the brief.
We strongly advise our members to vote for their favoured design by the 24th August deadline.
Kerikeri-Waipapa Structure Plan
Hearings on the submissions to the Draft Structure Plan are taking place on 7th,8th,10th and 14th August. The Council will make decisions on the final plan and it is expected to be adopted in September. The next stage will be making amendments to the District Plan.
We consider that it is essential that the community achieves a Structure Plan for this fast growing district. We have had informal discussions with Kerikeri Waipapa Planning Association, a group of farmers, horticulturists and land owners to see what common ground we have, and have also talked to the Waipapa Guardians. See our submission on our website www.visionkerikeri.org
Main Street Development
Main Street Stage 3 redevelopment is about to get underway and will extend landscaping to the National Bank corner and a small distance along Homestead Road. Committee member Ross Forbes will represent VKK on a committee convened by FNDC.
Kerikeri Serviced Apartments
Good news! Mr Hook has been advised the application for his Stage 2 building (a 7 level apartment building and an additional 3 to 4 storied “traveller’s accommodation wing) will need to be publicly notified. He has also been told that the application needs to be changed from a variation of conditions to the existing previous application for an 8 storey apartment building to a new consent and until this is done it won’t be notified! We have been campaigning for a public notification as we consider it’s effect on the amenity values on the town will be significant.
Public Transport in Northland
VKK has been invited to a meeting of the Regional Transport Committee which is seeking to improve the near non-existent public transport in the mid north and VKK committee member Rolf Mueller-Glodde will represent us. Last year the following passenger transport services were included in the Regional Land Transport Strategy:
1 The West Coast Service
2 The Mid-North service linking urban with rural areas
3 Dargaville to Whangarei services.
The next step is to include these services into the Regional Passenger Transport Plan for consideration of funding subsidies. It is intended that the meeting will discuss proposed services for employment, visitors and shopping routes and timetables, to achieve a sustainable passenger transport system.
We were disappointed to hear that architect Martyn Evans is leaving Kerikeri. Buildings designed by Martyn in central Kerikeri have included the National Bank, the Kerikeri Medical Centre and of course the Centre. His innovative planning proposals for central Kerikeri in 1997 were unfortunately never adopted.
BOI Wastewater Scheme
Hearings on submissions may not be until mid September or later.
Business Association AGM
This will be held in the Kerikeri RSA Clubrooms at 6pm on Tuesday 14th August. The Guest Speaker will be Wayne Brown who will discuss “Raising Prosperity in the North”
The public are invited to attend.
Each month we will profile a committee member. This time we will present a profile of our chairman, Rod Brown.
Rod joined the RNZ Navy as an ordinary seaman, and retired 25 years later as a Commander. He was a navigation specialist, at one time ran the RNZN Navigation School, and was also the first navigator of HMNZS Canterbury, which is now being prepared for sinking as a diving platform at Deep Water Cove. HMNZS Tui, a ship once commanded by Rod was sunk off Tutukaka for the same purpose.
After leaving the navy Rod managed site planning and construction of hospital buildings in Auckland, including Starship Children’s Hospital, followed by responsibility for capital works, maintenance, property management etc for the Auckland Area Health Board.
In 1994 Rod rejoined the navy as a civilian to manage the interface between navy and U.K.firm Babcock in the naval dockyard.
In 1999 Rod and Christine retired to Kerikeri and built The Summer House Boutique Bed and Breakfast which was the first in the world to be benchmarked against best environmental practice. Rod is passionate about the environment, is co-ordinator of the shade House volunteers who grow 18000 plants annually for community habitat restoration, is on the committees of Forest & Bird Far North Branch, Guardians of the Bay of Islands, and Bay of Islands Management Group, organises yearly plantings on two off shore islands, runs in the Kerikeri Half Marathon, and still finds time to navigate the affairs of VKK !!!
Smart Growth – again !
Last month we set out the 10 EPA guidelines used to direct Smart Growth. In some of the Structure Plan submissions however the term Smart Growth was treated with suspicion, especially in the rural context.
The following quote comes from the Smart Growth America website:
“For rural communities, Smart Growth means supporting town centres and Main Streets, and attracting and encouraging growth and investment in and around these centres and within existing communities, preserving the character of rural towns. In contrast sprawling development in rural, suburban and urban areas is auto oriented, single use development – frequently along or at the intersection of highways – that draws economic activity out of downtowns, damaging their vitality and dramatically increasing infrastructure needs. Smart Growth, in contrast, simultaneously preserves open space and farmland while ensuring that there is an adequate supply of housing for families with a mix of incomes. Smart Growth provides residents with a mix of shops, offices, restaurants and other services that they can get to by car, bus, bike or foot.
July 2007 Vision Kerikeri Inc.
Kerikeri-Waipapa Structure Plan
The Summary Draft of the Structure Plan that was sent to all affected households contains a submission form with hints for filling it in. We suggest that you do this, commenting briefly on the issues that concern you, and stating what changes you wish Council to make. We emphasise how important it is for our members to make individual submissions by 18th July, in order to achieve the Kerikeri Plan that we want.
Your committee believes that Option 4 (Precinct Plan) is the most suitable option to guide future development of our town.
The following issues are worth thinking about:
URBAN SPRAWL – one of the main issues is the control of ad hoc low density urban (mainly residential) sprawl which is occurring at present, or whether you want Council to have more control through the District Scheme over inappropriate development, especially in the Rural Greenbelt and Rural Production zones proposed which include high quality horticultural land (2.3.12 & 2.3.13)
TRAFFIC – Do you support principles for future passenger transport, walkways and cycleways? Is relieving heavy traffic from the CBD important? Is the Butler Road Bypass a high priority? Is a link from Kerikeri Road to Mill Lane important, and long term another link from SH10?
2.3.1 CBD SURROUNDS – The Kerikeri and Waipapa approach roads, should inappropriate uses and signs be allowed? Should landscaping be made more important?
2.3.2 – COASTAL CONSERVATION – Should there be more protection of landscape values, kiwi habitats, water quality?
2.3.4 COMMUNITY SUPPORT/SERVICE AREA – Should greater priority be given to identifying land in RL4/CSI area for community , education and health services while vacant land is still available?
2.36 & 2.3.7 HIGH DENSITY AND MIXED USE CENTRE – Creation of a more compact mixed use area within walking distance of the CBD. Will this need careful planning and design guidance to preserve the urban and residential amenity? There is a need to provide real choices of dwelling types and workplaces.
2.3.8 MAIN STREET – Should this be more pedestrian friendly, with better traffic management to minimise through traffic, provide car parking and tree planting to preserve it’s identity?
2.3.9 INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL CENTRE – Waipapa is already developing as a bulk retail/service area – should future development include more green spaces and tree planting?
2.3.10 LOCAL RETAIL – Is it desirable to have small convenience stores in peripheral areas, easy to walk to and reducing car trips?
2.3.11 RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL CENTRES – Should the Kerikeri CBD remain the principal retail and commercial centre with Mill Lane and Waipapa smaller satellites? Is the suggested RC4 commercial and retail strip from SH10 to Mill Lane appropriate, or long term would it be better as another landscaped entry to Kerikeri?
2.3.14 RURAL LIFESTYLE – Do you support the retention of rural and semi rural amenity in these areas, and the preservation of native bush.
2.3.15 URBAN RESIDENTIAL – Do you think blanket development like Ranui is appropriate, or should there be more variation and better planning which could be achieved by more thoughtful subdivision, design and dwelling types, while still maintaining an urban density?
2.4 How is Council planning for localised community recreation areas and parks in residential areas?
Knowing how expensive sewerage and other infrastructure costs are in low density areas – should Council prioritise this in higher density areas?
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR SUBMISSION!
What could be more appropriate? The U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s 10 guidelines are:
1. Mix land uses
2. Take advantage of compact building design
3. Create housing opportunities and choices for a range of household types, family size and incomes.
4. Create walkable neighbourhoods
5. Foster distinctive communities with a strong sense of place.
6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty and critical environmental areas
7. Reinvest in and strengthen existing communities & achieve more balanced regional development.
8. Provide a variety of transportation choices.
9. Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost effective.
10 Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions.
The final word:
This quote comes from a recent property analysis report on the Bay of Islands area.
“Strong population growth attracts developers like dead livestock attract blowflies, and the developers have been swarming around Kerikeri in recent times”
April/May 2007 Vision Kerikeri Inc.
Annual General Meeting
Thursday 24 May, 7p.m. at the Centre. The speaker will be Mike Simm, who will talk about sustainability. Nominations for the VKK committee will be welcomed – contact the chairman Rod Brown. The meeting is open to the general public.
The final structure plan public forum was held 0n 11th April, when the final version of the four options were presented. Quite a lot to digest, and submissions or comments required within seven days! The Council Working Committee recommended Option 4 (our preference) which the full Council supported at their meeting on 27th April. Option 4 is more prescriptive than the present Plan, but provides for sound future growth, and will provide a framework and certainty for responsible development. There is a long way to go, however before the necessary plan changes will be implemented.
Butler Road Stage 2
Last August your committee informed you that FNDC had entered into an agreement with Mr Hook of Kerikeri Serviced Apartments to withdraw from his appeal to the Environment Court against the non-awarding of a Resource Consent. Under this agreement Mr Hook would review the design and consult with Council and stakeholders about the new design. Vision Kerikeri declined to be a party to this agreement and we thereby reserved our right to comment on any aspect of the revised plan.
Mr Hook recently met with us, produced a new concept plan which has been considered, assisted by architectural advisers in our group.
The 8 level tower has been reduced to 7 levels of apartments and reduced in length, tourist units and manager’s office now occupy a new wing up to four stories fronting Butler Road.
Our initial reaction was that 7 levels is too high, but better than 8. We were then surprised and dismayed, after the public re-action to the original tower height and reinstatement of a height rule, to discover that the tower is only 600mm (2feet) lower than the original design! The height of the tower appears to be largely to enhance the views from the five, no doubt very expensive, penthouse suites in the two upper floors.
In addition, the revised scheme building volume is 2500cu.m greater (about 11%) than the original scheme. This equates to 7 houses of 99sq.m(1060sq.ft) with 3.6m (12 ft) average height. This is entirely unacceptable in a town of Kerikeri’s size.
Kerikeri will still be a relatively small and low-rise town in 20 years, although it will probably have more three, and possibly four story buildings.
The Butler stage 2 tower will most likely be the only tall building and will dominate the town. If we are to have a landmark building it needs to be in context and scale with our town.
The intensity of the new development on the site is also very high – equating to a residential intensity of 120 units per hectare.
We think that the majority of a properly informed community will have some difficulty in accepting this revised concept. Your committee has asked Mr Hook to consider reducing the tower height to 5 storeys, which would have our support, and would generate trust and goodwill in our community.
Mr Hook has replied that “regrettably we cannot agree to reduce the number of levels within the residential apartment building, but will do all we can to address the concerns you have expressed about shading and dominance etc.”
WE ARE PURSUING THIS MATTER FURTHER WITH FNDC and have requested that the consent be publicly notified.
This issue’s buzzword is
The Resource Development Act defines environment as:
(a) ecosystems and their constituent parts including people and communities and
(b) all natural and physical resources and
(c) amenity values and
(d) the social, economic aesthetic and cultural conditions which affect (a) to (c) or are affected by those matters.
Your dictionary may have a simpler meaning, such as:
External conditions or surroundings, especially those in which people live and work.
Signs on Kerikeri Road
"Thank you to one of our members who has pointed out the preponderance of "sandwich board" signs in the CBD. These can clutter up the footpath and are often hazardous for pedestrians. We would welcome any more comments about signs."
March 2007 Vision Kerikeri Inc.
Annual General Meeting
Our AGM will be held at the Centre on Thursday 24th May. We have an excellent speaker organised. See more details in our next newsletters.
Special General Meeting
This was held at the beginning of this month, and a change to our rules to enable us to qualify for tax exempt status was passed unanimously.
Aroha Island Update
The committee formed after the public meeting in February worked hard to put together a tender which was submitted to the QE2 Trust. Jill Smith has contributed greatly to this process. .We now have to wait for a decision.
A letter by Rod Brown on p3 in the Bay Chronicle of 15th March “Preserve Public Access” explains your committee’s position on this longstanding issue.
The second open forum meeting when details of our proposed structure plan will be released will be held on Wednesday 11th April at the Centre.
Watch your mail box for details from the FNDC in the next few days, or look at www.fndc.govt.nz
Kerikeri Road Update
A VKK subcommittee is looking at ways that we may preserve the amenity values along this entry to our town.
Panache Classic Cars opened without having lodged a resource consent. We raised the fact that the company was apparently selling cars without a consent from FNDC, which has since required that a resource consent be lodged and the owner has now done so. At the time of writing we are not aware of the FNDC’s response to this application.
We made a submission last year to an application by Jennian Homes for an office and retail building on the corner of Kerikeri Road and Maraenui Drive. Several local residents also objected. Our submission contributed to Council requiring conditions of consent, including proper landscaping of the road frontage.
Currently another application has been made by David Reid Homes for an office building sharing the same site as the Japanese restaurant at 310 Kerikeri Road. If the project as notified was to proceed some of the beautiful trees along the frontage would be lost to car parking. The site owner has requested a meeting with us to discuss various non-complying issues and we will be pleased to do so.
The Government has started a process to look at the systems that local bodies use. A public meeting will be held in Whangarei on 20th April, and submissions close at the end of April.
Details can be found on www.ratesinquiry.govt.nz
The committee is working on a submission for VKK and if members have any views please let us know.
FNDC Annual Plan
A summary of the latest proposed Annual Plan will be mailed out shortly.
The full document can be viewed at the Council Office in the Proctor Library or on the website www.fndc.govt.nz
We are going to have a new buzzword each month. This month the word is sustainable.
It’s new meaning has evolved recently, so don’t try to look it up in your old dictionary. The Ministry for the Environment definition is “sustainability is about meeting the needs of today without adversely impacting on the needs of tomorrow”. (contd.)
It has become a useful prefix. For instance we have:
Sustainable growth? – no wait a minute, this wouldn’t work with unlimited growth would it?
One commentator has remarked “no one knows what sustainability will be like. No waste produced, everything recycled and sent back into the chain. We are tinkering on the edges, but if we don’t take the first step we’ll never get to the tenth”.
The FNDC Resource Recovery Centre
planned to be built between Kerikeri and Waipapa this year will be a good start.
Town planning 528 AD
In ancient Rome the Justinian Code included articles to protect light access to rooms on the sunny side of houses and public buildings.
February 2007 Vision Kerikeri Inc.
Special General Meeting
Vision Kerikeri needs to call a Special Meeting in order to approve a change to our Rules. This is necessary in order to achieve tax free status, and the wording has been dictated by IRD and is not open to change. It deals with the disposal of assets should VKK wind up in the future. This meeting will coincide with the next committee meeting on Monday 5 March at 7pm in the library meeting room. At least ten voting members are required for a quorum.
Annual General Meeting
This has been set for Thursday 24 May at the Centre. Details will be announced later. Because our auditor has left Kerikeri the committee has appointed an interim auditor whose approval will be recommended at the AGM.
The second open forum meeting for this will be held in March. Watch for details.
Resource Consent Applications
We have heard that the FNDC has suggested to a developer that he talk to the local community before going ahead with a formal application, even if it is a complying development, so that groups like the KK Business Association and VKK can have the proposal explained to them. We support this as a sensible principle which has the potential to save the cost of energy and money and reduce misunderstandings, as well as achieving a better outcome for the whole community. We believe that VKK has contributed to this change of mindset.
We have asked the Council to investigate a new business called Panache Classic Cars which has appeared along Kerikeri Road, and gives the appearance of a car sales business.
As you are aware, we do not want Kerikeri Road to become a strip of car sale and similar businesses like the northern entrance to Hamilton
On Thursday 8th February a public meeting was held at the Centre to discuss the future of Aroha Island. About 120 people attended. The meeting was addressed by several Kiwi Foundation Trustees, by Hugh Rihari and by Bill Garland (Deputy Chairman of the QE2 Trust Board) People spoke from the floor including Mayor Yvonne Sharp (also a QE2 Board member).
The meeting unanimously resolved that a committee should be formed to work with the QE2 Trust on a proposal to establish a new Trust whose goal would be to manage and preserve the ecological, educational and cultural values of Aroha Island. Jill Smith of the Community Board deserves credit for helping behind the scene to broker this process.
Al Gore – An Inconvenient Truth
Screening at the Cathay Cinema at 8-15 p.m. on 14th February. A not to be missed movie if you are concerned about our environment.
We need feedback
From our members. Send your comments, whether positive or negative, about what is going on in our community.
You may have heard the furore created by the Auckland City Council’s proposals to “get rid of the visual mess” of signs and billboards. Let us know what you consider the best and worst examples of signage in Kerikeri.
In a recent Listener article (27/01/07) Jane Clifton wrote “In practical terms the notion of local empowerment is a myth. It depends on a meaningful number of citizens turning up to public meetings, deciphering district plan proposals, clocking public notices in the paper, writing submissions. Realistically, only a handful of people do this, and it carries a
severe mental health risk. (You
generally become either a bore or an obsessive.) And, even having gone to the trouble of allowing oneself to be consulted, does one actually get heeded? It’s impossible to measure this empirically, but anecdotally, the overwhelming answer is no.”
…..What do you think?
Sixtyone years ago ……
The Architectural Centre was formed in Wellington to bring people interested in the urban environment together. Last year they celebrated their sixtieth birthday. The following is an amended and updated take, relating to Kerikeri maybe? on their original manifesto (should we now call it a mission statement?).
TOWN PLANNING MUST IMPROVE WHAT IT REPLACES
(It is not easy to improve on a pristine countryside)
TOWN PLANNING RELIES ON INTELLIGENT GOVERNMENT
(Mindless bureaucracy will only create mindless towns)
TOWN PLANNING NEEDS AN ASSERTIVE PUBLIC
(Planning will only improve if the public demands it)
URBAN ENVIRONMENTS MUST BE PLANNED
(But not only by planners)
GOOD PLANNING IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
(Continued human existence relies on caring for planet earth)
TOWN PLANNING MUST FACILITATE BETTER LIVING
(The delights of good urban design must be cherished)
BAD PLANNING MUST BE ELIMINATED
(Our environment is more important than development heartlessly designed for profit)
GOOD TOWN PLANNING MUST BE CELEBRATED
(It is our future heritage)
GOOD TOWN PLANNING HAS AN OBLIGATION TO CHALLENGE
(Controversy has a positive role in planning)
The Structure Plan
At last Structure Planning has commenced. Four public focus groups are to develop the next phase. There are some fundamental planning issues but with only two, two hour sessions per focus group, we have concerns that they may not be adequately addressed. The most fundamental is where and how this development should occur. Council says that about another 3000 residential homes are needed in the next 15 years for a population of about 12000 people. What principles and values should guide us?
What are our values?
Our public meeting “A Vision for Kerikeri” on 24 August wanted to preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty and environmental areas while still allowing for expected growth. Large majorities wanted to see parks, a pedestrian friendly medium density town (up to 3 storeys), improved infra structure. The consensus was that KK township should, ideally be modern, interesting but low pressure and should keep its small town charm, orchards, agricultural theme, historical tourist attraction and ecological beauty, providing a pleasant and affordable place to live, and protecting Kiwi.
The Urban Design Protocol ( see www.mfe.govt.nz), to which VKK and FNDC subscribe, states the potential benefits of good urban design includes; better public health, greater social equity, enhanced land values, a more vibrant local economy, reduced vehicle emissions, more sustainable use of non-renewable resources. It also describes the 7 “C’s of urban design: character, context, connections, choice, creativity, custodianship, collaboration.
Former World Bank economist Sir Nicholas Stern has just reported that managing green house gas emissions and CO2 from fossil fuels are critical to limit catastrophic economic and environmental effects. 212 mayors of U.S. cities representing 43 million people have defied White House climate policies and signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement supported by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California. It’s a world wide problem but this is our opportunity to contribute locally. We must take steps to make Kerikeri as a more self sufficient “green town”. Failure will mean more extreme and disruptive measures later with a more severe impact.
Fundamental Planning Issue #1: Where should development occur?
This is important for planning appropriate infra structure and zoning.
The continuation of our urban sprawl by ad hoc subdivisions will lose us any semblance of rural living as one subdivision follows another until we are engulfed in urban sprawl.
We consider that most residential growth should be encouraged in the immediate vicinity of the two “villages” of Kerikeri and Waipapa expanding residential & commercial zones as necessary.
Benefits of developing around the “villages”
Save infra structure costs
Save energy & green house gas emissions - shorter travel distances, fewer car trips. Save transport costs - the era of cheap oil is over.
Ease of access to CBD – promotes walking & cycling, health benefits
Smaller sections - more affordable for elderly or young families etc. who cannot afford to live in Kerikeri (the Queenstown scenario).
Saves environmental impact on the rural living zone at the urban fringe
Council’s plan for servicing is too big & will change character of Rural Living Zone
Lack of sewerage limits commercial and residential development. Parts of these zones are unserviced which contributes to lifestyle blocks being subdivided at the minimum area of 3000M2 within easy walking distance of KK town centre.
Only about 6500 homes all told are required but Council proposes fully servicing 1750 hectares (see Discussion Document Plan 2) sufficient for 17500 homes of 500M2 after allowing for roads, parks, commercial, schools etc or a town of say 50000 people.
The whole of the “lifestyle” Rural Living/Coastal Living zones, will be fully serviced which will create pressure for more intensive development. This encourages ribbon development & sprawl. Ad hoc subdivisions will pop up, as now, over a wide expanse.
These lifestyle areas were never intended to be serviced. There is no need to service such a large area which will be very expensive.
We believe that there is a case for using best-practice “at source” waste management systems around the KK and Waipapa villages as growth occurs - believed to be more environmentally friendly, flexible and cost effective than rigid, large centralized system and quicker – large scheme forecast to take 8 years
A large system represents risk to water quality of Bay of Islands.
Preserve opportunities for “lifestyle blocks”, but retain/enforce existing areas/designated densities of Rural Living and Coastal Living zones. Any development round areas of kiwi habitat should be within strictly determined parameters.
Preserves greenspace and rural heritage on linkages between and around “villages”
2. Fundamental Planning Issue # 2: Adherence to Urban Design Protocol (“UDP”)
Council has said it is committed to UDP and needs to support this with meaningful actions - engage urban designer to vet structure plans against UDP.
3. Fundamental Planning Issue # 3: Plan needs to recognize Kerikeri’s “specialness”.
• KK-Waipapa needs special chapter in the District Plan to keep KK’s character
• It should include, a Special Amenities Zone to enhance and protect the character to the entrances to Kerikeri all of KK Rd & part of SH10 from Bulls Gorge to the old “Origins”).
Vision Kerikeri Newsletter October 2006
Reinstatement of height
A hearing will be held on the 1-2 November. The hearing panel will consist of two independent hearing commissioners from outside the area. The venue has yet to be confirmed but will most likely be in Kerikeri given the majority of submitters are from this area. FNDC will be sending notification of the hearing and copies of its consultant planner’s report to all submitters shortly.
The planner’s report is very favourable to reinstating a height limit. 226 of the submitters favoured reinstatement wholly or in part and the 6 developers who opposed reinstatement have not been supported. Nonetheless we cannot presume what the commissioners will decide and it is still necessary for those who indicated that they wish to be heard to make their case. We will advise members of the hearing time and place when this is known and will ask for a good turn out at the hearing so that the commissioners can really see that the community cares about its town.
This, we trust, will be the completion of a more than 25 month process in which you the members, and the community, have made known your dissatisfaction at a previous Council decision to remove height which at its most charitable, it must be said, was less than transparent.
For those that were not submitters but would like an email copy of the FNDC planners report and a summary of submissions email Rolf at email@example.com
Vision Kerikeri was formed because of barely controlled development in the complete absence of any plan and achieving a plan remains for us the key issue. You will recall, as a result of a campaign by Vision Kerikeri, that for the Far North Annual Plan in 2005, the community put in 255 submissions, 34% of all submissions from the entire Far North District, requesting a Kerikeri plan but progress has been slow. Vision Kerikeri’s recent public meeting “A Vision for Kerikeri” was attended by 98 people and it was interesting that more than half the attendees were not our own members which indicates widespread public interest and concern. The report of the meeting was forwarded to council requesting that community views and issues raised must be addressed in the forthcoming Structure Plan and we understand that this has been received favourably.
Council has since asked us to submit matters of planning interest for the Structure Plan. We included that we would like to see appropriate elements from the Structure Plan (after its completion) embodied in the District Plan as we have little confidence in effects based planning especially with few rules to measure the effects. We believe that effects based planning has been largely discredited, and that community driven rather than developer driven growth still gives developers ample opportunities.
Allowing the market to drive our future, assisted by a lack of infra structure, is leading to barely controlled sprawl. Preserving open space, farmland, natural beauty and environmental areas while still allowing for expected growth is an outcome that much of the community expects from the Structure Plan.
We would also wish that the Urban Design Protocol, which gives excellent guidance on good planning based on a long term vision, be accepted by all the sectors and groups with an interest in our town.
Structure Planning is now starting
We are pleased that Council has now advised that a public meeting to announce the Structure Plan process will be held at The Centre on Tuesday 24 October from 7-9 p.m.
This will be followed by a series of Focus Group meetings in the following categories: Planning & Heritage - 7 & 28 November. Community Facilities (amenity lighting, cemeteries, footpaths, reserves, toilets, town maintenance, sport & recreation) - 8 & 29 November. Transport - 16 November - 5 December Utilities (water supply, sewerage & refuse) - 15 November - 6 December.
To register your interest, please visit Council's website: www.fndc.govt.nz. and click on Kerikeri/Waipapa Structure Plan.
It is important that this time we, the community, really do something about managing our future growth. The history of Kerikeri reveals a series of failed reports (about 17 in all) and lost opportunities at least partly through local disagreements and self interest as well as no doubt council’s failure to communicate and consult adequately. This time the present council is spending money on Kerikeri/Waipapa as its first District Structure Plan and appears to be putting a real effort in consulting with the community. We should not expect council to keep throwing money at planning if we, the community, cannot get some consensus on a vision or a way forward for our town. Vision Kerikeri urges you to participate and looks forward to meeting you at the meetings.
We have been joined by KDRRA
The Kerikeri and District Ratepayers Association (KDRRA) has unfortunately been unable to continue and resolved at its recent Special General Meeting of 21st September to wind up. VKK offered to accept all its paid up membership and KDRRA has resolved to transfer all of its members who wished to, and its residual assets, to VKK. We welcome all of the former KDRRA members to our fold and are pleased that Ross Forbes, the resigning President of KDRRA, will join our committee as a co-opted member and welcome his research and analytical skills.
For those of you that may have forgotten to pay your membership fee this year, this would be appreciated as soon as you are able to. It is helpful for us to be able to declare a large membership as it illustrates broad community support for our objectives.
Vision Kerikeri News update
Resource Consent hearing – 8 level building (continued)
Following the two day hearing in early December, the Hearings Committee referred the traffic evidence for review by The Council’s Traffic Consultants GHD Ltd. Those of you who made submissions will have received GHD’s review and a further meeting has been convened at Woodlands at 3pm on 28th February to consider this. GHD peer reviewed Mr Hook’s original Stage 1 (the three storied building) traffic data and concluded that there was no traffic problem even though Kerikeri Road traffic data for 1998 was used, and it creates 875 additional daily traffic movements, all of which must pass through the Butler Road roundabout.
We consider GHD’s review of the traffic evidence at the hearing to be flawed and self serving and will be vigorously disputing it. We have again had to engage our traffic consultants to assist in our evidence. We would welcome your support at the meeting if you can make it.
We had very good financial support from you for the costs of the hearing, contributing over $6000 dollars to pay for a professional traffic expert to counter the developer’s expert. We believe we put up a very good case, despite boxing with one hand behind our back because of the rules (or absence of them) in the District Plan. The down side of this further (and unexpected) hearing is that about $1000 more will be required to pay for additional work as a result of the additional traffic advice from GHD requested as a result of the hearing last year
Any additional financial contributions you can provide to help fight this cause would be much appreciated which can be sent to; Vision Kerikeri PO Box 793 Kerikeri.
We dislike having to ask for more funds but we have a shortfall and fighting the developer and the Council is not cost free. He can lay his hands on far greater funding than us and the Council, which conceived the rules, also has resources (our rates). But your committee has contributed several thousand hours, we have had considerable pro bono professional assistance, and we are heartened to report that this work is bearing fruit and we have had great success to date. See below.
The full Council of FNDC has unanimously agreed the District Planning Committee recommendation to reinstate a Commercial Area height limit throughout our District of 12 Metres by way of a plan variation. We regard this as a great result from a long and arduous 16 month campaign.
This should put this ill conceived, and as yet, unexplained aberration to bed, but it will have to be notified, not everyone will agree, so we will need to be vigilant. We will, in due course, ask you for further submissions. The Council has previously said it wouldn’t or couldn’t do this so expect a lot of “spin” to explain away this reversal. We are, of course, very pleased that Council has now decided to act on public concerns. Councilor Gary Weeds has steadfastly supported height reinstatement and Councilor Laurie Byers has been supportive in this change of direction.
How did height vanish from the District Plan?
We still await the Council’s response to a request under the Local Bodies Information Act lodged by The Ratepayers Association, which they kindly also put in on VKK’s behalf, to explain how height was removed in the first place. We can expect some good “spin” from Council to explain this too.
(See also our web site www.visionkerikeri.org – latest news
A VKK sub committee is active with council on the proposed trial one way system in Kerikeri to ensure that it is efficient, safe and effective. We will outline this plan to you once the council has firmed up its draft plans. We are fortunate to have a retired traffic management consultant with 40 years experience assisting us pro-bono. We have concerns about rumours that the bypass may be under consideration for around or through part of the Domain. The sub committee’s initial conclusion is that a Butler Rd/Homestead Road bypass meets the longer term needs of the town. We will be keeping an active interest in this for our members.
A Structure Plan for Kerikeri
It is reported (The Chronicle Feb 17th) that two thirds of the entire District’s growth in the next 15 years will be in Kerikeri. FNDC estimates a Kerikeri population in 2021, in only 15 years, of 12,105 a very significant increase on the present population of about 5500. A Structure Plan for the high growth area of Kerikeri and environs is essential and urgent. We have written to Council asking that VKK be involved in the Structure Plan and other planning matters.
Annual General Meeting
Please pencil in your diaries Thursday 20th April location to be confirmed.
Questions or Information
If you are ‘on line’ with Telecoms slow broadband! don’t forget to visit our web site and you will find the latest information, updated frequently and full of interesting information
Click on; www.visionkerikeri.org
or drop us a line at PO Box 793 Kerikeri
VKK NEWS UPDATE: OCTOBER 2005
Traffic Survey – volunteers required
As preparation for The Resource Consent hearing VKK will run its own traffic Survey. We plan to run a traffic count at the Butler Road roundabout on Friday 4 November from 7am to 9am and from 2pm to 5.15 pm and we need 8 alert volunteers for each period. They would also need to attend a short briefing on the previous day probably during the evening peak. The survey would be under the direction of one of our members who has wide experience and expertise in this field.
If you can only attend for one session that is not a problem.
Please contact Rod Brown if you are able to assist by 4pm Wednesday 2 November on 4074294 (or Rolf on 4073598).
Progress on reinstating height
At the Council meeting on Wednesday 26 October, Council referred “the results of the Kerikeri height restriction consultation [by Colmar Brunton] and the Eastern Community Board’s recommendation [that Council proceed with consideration of height control] to the District Planning Committee for its consideration and recommendation.”
Thank you all who made the trip across to Kaikohe for the meeting. The results were not entirely what we had hoped for, which was immediate advertising of a public hearing. The District Planning Committee which is chaired by Councillor Gary Weeds is expected to meet in early December to consider the matter and we trust that real progress will follow.
Resource Consent hearing for Kerikeri Serviced Apartments Stage 2
Mr Hook offends more of the Far North Community
The people at Cable Bay are very concerned about a bridge being built across State Highway 10. The Council failed to notify the consent although clearly the effect is more than minor. Surprisingly it was also approved by Transit NZ. How does this happen? Does Mr Hook have some special influence? Is it incompetence? Do we have leadership at the Council? For those who want to know more see a letter to the Editor of The New Zealand Herald attached. It includes a list of his numerous companies and it would be as well for the community to be alert to his interests before it is too late as has happened at Cable Bay. For example he apparently has an interest in Urupukapuka (Zane Gray Island) in the Bay of Islands.
Ph 09 4074294, Fax 09 4074297
Vision Kerikeri News letter July 2005
While things may appear quiet, there is quite a lot of activity going on behind the scene and this message is to briefly tell you about what is happening.
Reinstatement of height rules in Kerikeri
As a result of the about 260 public submissions expressing disquiet about having no height rules in Kerikeri, during the Annual Plan/LTTCP, F.N.D.C. has allocated $10,000 for this purpose and we understand that public consultation will take place shortly. We are seeking advice about when this will take place so that we can advise people.
Your committee has recently had an informal meeting chaired by the Deputy Mayor, Mr Laurie Byers, which was also attended by The Mayor and three of the Eastern Ward Councilors, Gary Weeds, Anne Court and Tom Baker, and the Community Services Manager, Alistair Wells, to discuss the way forward with regard to reinstating height rules. Vision Kerikeri has accepted advice given at the meeting that the quickest way to have the former height rules in the Proposed District Plan reinstated is for the Council to hold a public consultation process. The Council wants to be sure all parties have the opportunity to comment.A draft set of height rules for the Kerikeri Commercial Zone were presented to us for consideration. In summary, this would permit buildings up to 10 metres in height, buildings 10-12 metres in height as a restricted discretionary activity, and buildings over 12 metres as a discretionary activity. These latter two categories may require notified consents, that is the discretion rests with the Council (there are a number of assessment criteria) and it would require public pressure to ensure notification takes place. This is essentially the same as the old height provisions for Kerikeri and for Paihia and those towns in the Far North which have height limits (except Russell which has a height limit of 8.5 metres). We have indicated to the Councilors that reinstating what previously existed here, which is our objective, would be a satisfactory basis for commencing public consultation.
Community Services Strategy(draft) meeting
On Friday 16th July, The Community Board Chairman Mr Doug Turner, invited VKK and The Kerikeri Ratepayers Association for the first time to participate in a Community Services planning workshop on a Draft Community Services Strategy to be publicly advised. We were represented by committee member, Iain Morrison. We will be reviewing this and advising you on our discussions.
The Urban Design Protocol
There is growing and widespread dissatisfaction in many places nationally and internationally, about the results of ad hoc and random planning which has been largely left to individual developers. Vision Kerikeri has been advocating the adoption of the Urban Design Protocol promoted by the Ministry for the Environment to provide guidance for the future development of Kerikeri. We have mentioned this at Public Meetings, our submission to the Council for the Annual Plan/LTTCP process and have written formally to F.N.D.C.
The Urban Design Protocol it is a formal and voluntary undertaking between signatories to support and demonstrate the principles outlined in it, and to make progress toward achieving its vision, but it is an agreement and has no force in law. It requires a coordinated planning approach and is a proactive strategy to ensure a positive contribution to urban planning which requires good cooperation between local government, developers, professionals and other community stakeholders. Quality urban design not only has social and environmental benefits, but improves investment returns, enhances the image of a town and its desirability and increases economic values.
A number of local territorial authorities have already signed up including:
The Auckland Metropolitan authorities
Auckland Regional Council
The Local Government Council
Kapiti District Council
It is pleasing to report that F.N.D.C. passed a resolution to adopt the Urban Design Protocol at its meeting of Thursday 14 July thus making it one of the first local territorial authorities in New Zealand to do so.
Further information about the Urban Protocol may be found on The Ministry of Environment’s website www.mfe.govt.nz and we have a limited number of hard copies, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Iain at phone 4077330.
We are encouraged from all of the items above that communication with Council is developing and we are actively seeking to turn this into a constructive partnership. For that reason there has been rather less newspaper comment from us recently as we endeavour to work through issues by discussion.
We have spent much initial effort in opposing the tall building or reinstating height. We are now shifting effort toward the future and on Sunday 16 July the Committee held a small workshop and brainstorming session as an initial step to consider wider issues of future planning. We are currently seeking information on sewage development and traffic planning for Kerikeri which the Council are actively involved in.
The proposed 8 level building on Butler Road
We have no news to report about this project except that apparently options are being considered. The 3 level building for which consent has been granted is to be built in front of it, with a frontage on Kerikeri Road with street level shops and with accommodation above. This developer has recently registered 3 other companies in Kerikeri and Northland.