Monthly Board Report May 2015

My board report this month is a selection of photos covering April events in the Waitematā Local Board area.

Police on bikes at open Streets

The Open Streets event on 12 April opened up Quay street for people to play, socialise, walk and cycle. The Auckland Transport hosted and Waitemata Local Board supported event attracted over 30,000 people.

Photo left with Kathryn King, Auckland Transport’s new walking & cycling manager and Auckland’s bike riding police officers.



St James opening

The St James lobby opened with a celebration on 10 April hosted by the Auckland Notable Properties Trust.  The Trust and the St James Suite development group are working to restore the St James Theatre.

Photo with the Deputy Mayor and Jhun Si, General Manager, St James Suites



Nelson St blessingA dawn blessing was held on 23 April to mark the start of work on the Nelson Street cycle route.Kaumatua from Ngati Whatua o Orakei, Te Aki Tai, Ngati Paoa and Te Kawerau a Maki led the blessing which took place on the disused Nelson Street off-ramp.

The Nelson Street Cycle Route will link Upper Queen Street to Quay Street via the disused off-ramp and connect to the north-western and Grafton Gully cycleways.



Western park consultation

I attended the draft Western Park  development plan open day at Studio One. The consultation deadline has been extended until 14 May.


Photo left: Board member Vernon Tava talks to a Freemans Bay resident




LTP presentation 29 April 2015Long Term Plan presentation to the Governing Body by Shale Chambers with Board members in support

(photo credit: Cathy Casey)





Tour of the refurbished Lysaght building, Wynyard Quarter hosted by Waterfront Auckland (new home of GridAKL)

Tour of the refurbished Lysaght building, Wynyard Quarter hosted by Waterfront Auckland (new home of GridAKL)




Charles Montgomery Happy City

Auckland Conversations: Charles Montgomery author of Happy City

“A happy city is healthy sustainable, resilient and social”

“Walking is the magic of our cities”

“Nothing matters more to happiness than social ties”

“Socially connected people live, on average, 15 years longer than socially disconnected people”

“Walking saves society $1.08, bus saves $0.16, cars cost society $2.78”
Unveiling of the Art of remembrance memorial project by the Friends of St David on 24 April.

Art of rememberance St DavidsA monumental, site-specific Max Gimblett art installation
cloaks the historic St David’s Church – The Soldiers’ Memorial–
to commemorate the 100,000 New Zealanders who served overseas in WWI.