The Rodney District Council plans to install three signs welcoming visitors and residents to the district at a total cost of $57,868. "We've been seriously ripped of, "Councillor Thomas Grace said. Paul Utting from Assets and facilities is now drafting a cost breakdown.
Cindy Powell lost her sister in a road crash and after a further two deaths wants Transport Minister Annette King to do something about State Highway One through the Dome Valley. About 18 people have died from Dome Valley crashes in ten years.
Waitakere is calling for an expansion of its boundary that would include all of the Rodney District Council's western ward. It affects areas like Riverhead, Kumeu, Huapai, Muriwai, Helensville and Parakai. Rodney Mayor Penny Webster says Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey is using the governance issue to build an empire.
Accusations the Auckland Regional Council is forcing growth on Orewa have been countered by regional council Rodney Representative Christine Rose, who says it's Rodney that decides where growth will go. Her comments were criticised by some Rodney councillors at a Rodney District Council meeting.
Mahurangi College Hockey Club held their annual prizegiving last Wednesday. The school's hockey co-ordinator, Wayne Frost, confirmed that the Warkworth Hockey Turf Charitable Trust in conjunction with the Rodney District Council are aiming for a year-round hockey turf in 2006.
A package worth $12-$13 million which will attract major international and local film production is to be considered by Waitakere City Council next week. Auckland's film industry has put our region on the map.
Landowners in the vicinity of the airfield at Kaipara Flats are concerned at the proposed change by the Rodney District Council to airfield zoning. Rod Miller, part-owner of Kaipara Flats Airfield Ltd, says the company has no plans to change the use of the airfield, and the council is putting this submission to the district plan to bring the airfield in line with other airfields throughout the country.
Kaipara Aerodrome has been asked to provide more realistic flight numbers after the Rodney District Council's district plan committee considered submissions to the Kaipara Flats airfield special zone last week.
A new all-glass construction bus shelter at Kumeu is one of 100 shelters of this type the council intends installing under a 10-year programme, say Rodney District Council media liason manager Mike Isle.
The Mahurangi East Residents and Ratepayers Association is helping build the Scotts Landing wharf. Locals hope the council will eventually use the money their labour has saved to extend the 36-metre-long jetty to give deeper-draft boats all-tide access.
Orewa resident, Peter McLoed believes he has the answer to reduce the traffic on Orewa's streets. If there were on and off ramps from Alpurt B2 linking to Otanerua Road they could take all the traffic from Waiwera, Hadfields Beach and all non-toll paying traffic. There would be less traffic volume and noise on Grand Drive. A Transit engineer said the route is feasible but Northern Gateway Alliance said it will not be part of their project.
A report to A.R.C. Services Trust, developer of the Viaduct Basin cup village, says Rodney District stands to gain a $27-48 million America's Cup spin-off. America's Cup Village and Gulf Harbour Development Ltd had signed a partnership deal which will see golfing, dining and marina facilities packaged and marketed by America's Cup Village.
The new South Head regional park cost ratepayers $5.4 million and will become the first regional park on the South Kaipara. Rodney District Council contributed $1 million and will work with the ARC to plan the future of the land.
The court of appeal has dismissed a bid by Gulf Harbour Investments and Gulf Harbour Marina Holdings to overturn a Rodney District Council decision to determine the scope of development allowed on the Hammerhead Point reserve at the entrance to Gulf Harbour marina.
A proposed bylaw that would outlaw set-netting at Arkles Bay is to be considered by the Rodney District Council. "The set-netters seem to have no concern for the safety of people using the beach", says Jim Haddow co-ordinator of Neighbourhood Watch. Includes a sidebar: Law on bylaw.
The Rodney District Council has performed dismally according to the Business New Zealand Hot Councils' Awards list. Rodney District Council chief executive Viaya Vaidyanath defends the low rating and says the RDC should have been placed in the metropolitan section.
Destination Orewa Beach operations manager Leanne Smith says the installation of three electric barbecues installed by the Rodney District Council are worth the $30,000. People wanting to cook their steaks and sausages get 15 minutes cooking time for 50 cents with the money going to the Orewa Surf Club.
The Whangateau Traditional Boatyard lessee, Russell Ward's 5-year lease on the site has run out and the Rodney District Council's coastal service delivery engineer Paul Klinac states concerns over the spit management.
Hey, who's stolen the beach? That question is often asked by visitors to Okura near Redvale which, for the moment, is still part of Rodney. A proposal to transfer control of Okura to North Shore City will be heard this week.
Muriwai beach safety and vehicle management will be discussed at a public workshop this Sunday at Waimauku School. With quotes from Sandra Coney (ARC parks and heritage committee chairwoman) and Mike Isle (Rodney District Council communications manager).
A bid to stop development at an untouched bay near Okura could be bolstered by the Rodney District Council. Eastern ward councillor Colin McGillivray has put a notice of motion to the council aimed at preventing a 150-house subdivision. Developer Evan Williams of Williams Capital originally planned for a 600-house development, which was rejected by the Rodney District Council.
The controversial Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill passed its first reading in public by 61-60 with voting support from Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party. It was referred to the Local Government and Environment Committee. National Party list MP Paula Bennett who lives in Waitakere said she did not suppot the bill as she thought the area would be better protected if it became a national park.
A billboard expressing opposition to Auckland local body amalgamation, erected opposite parliament, caused the Royal Commission chairman to voice concern. Mayor Penny Webster was due to make a presentation to the commission.
In a letter to the editor, Ian Cornforth replies to an article 'Residents oppose forest sewage plan' in the NSTA of 8 June 2001. He states that the proposed scheme demonstrates an environmentally responsible approach and offers to support his comments with internationally published research findings
The Rodney District Council and the local rural community have produced a blueprint for future rural development. The Rural Strategy plan will not alter the current Rodney District Plan but is designed to give the incoming Auckland Council a snapshot into the rural set-up.
Recommendations of an independent report criticising governance of the Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa have been largely ignored. An organisational review study was commissioned last year by the Rodney District Council to examine the best way forward for the management of the council-owned building on Western Reserve.
The report talks about the blurred lines of responsibility between TAFI Charitable Trust and TAFI (The Arts Forum inc).
Recent discussion between the lessee of the Whangateau Traditional Boatyard, Russell Ward, and councillor John Ross and Rodney District Council staff Paul Klinac and Ian Murrary has opened up three options for solving the problem.
Two years of work between the Kumeu and District Ratepayers' Association and the Rodney District Council could be jeopardised over an application for resource consent for operating a boat-building business on Foster Road in Huapai.
Former Hibiscus Coast Police Blue Light coordinator John Kirikiri urges families to build relationships with youth to help break the cycle of violence. The Hibiscus Coast Family Centre Trust is closer to reality after lobbying the Rodney District Council to allocate some land where it could build a one-stop family centre.
Rodney MP Lockwood Smith introduces the Penlink Toll Road Empowering Bill to Parliament; this is the beginning of a 7-kilometre highway and bridge over the Weiti River, which is planned to start in July 2002.
Rodney Times. Real Estate Outlook, 06 April 2006; p.9
While companies may pay for a contractor to collect recyclables, in some places the serivce is not available. "We put it straight in the rubbish, but it's such a bloody waste of resources," says Muldoon's Irish Bar, Orewa, owner Rowan Allen. Council recycling co-ordinator Marcus Braithwaite says the move to commercial recycling is at least two years away because of budget restraints.
The Rodney District Council is entering the second stage of an April waste minimisation campaign to inform its staff and the community about issues to do with waste and make them aware of how to reduce it. Council spokesman Mike Isle saysthe judging panel will be looking at measures such as the use of recycled paper, the reuse of waster products, and finding applications for off-cuts and industry byproducts.
Ray McKenzie celebrated 54 years of holidays at Martins Bay when he joined more that 200 other regulars and locals at Martins Bay Holiday Park's 66th birthday party recently. Before the Auckland Harbour Bridge was built, it took two hours to drive from central Auckland to Martins Bay.
The remains of an animal carcass in a tributary of the Mahurangi River above the Warkworth water supply intake poses 'no health risk or deterioration in the standard of water put out by the water treatment station' says Mike Isle from the Rodney District Council.
Rodney District Council have released a draft management plan for the historic Wilson cement works site in Warkworth. The draft plan will see among other things a cafe and visitor centre established on the site.
A rural focus group consisting of representatives of Federated Farmers, dairy, beef, sheep, horticulture and viticulture farming, rural contractors, lifestyle, visitor accommodation, organic farming and the Omaha Flats Protection Society, is to be set up to discuss rural zoning issues coming out of the draft Matakana and point Wells Omaha sustainable development plans.
Students from Matakana Primary School worked with Mandy Moon to create art-based projects based on the environment for their contribution to World Environment Day. Students took photos of the works to display in the Kodak gallery in Warkworth.
Unsavoury characters and drug users could be attracted to a planned toilet block at Snell's Beach which some residents' claim they're being railroaded into. But Rodney District Council officials claim the fears are unfounded.
Rodney Councillor Jill Jeffs involved both in the Orewa Mainstreet Organisation and the Rodney District Council. Conflict of interest, especially with regard to future planning decisions? The area's future is being discussed by a project establishment team. Topics include: The Albany-Puhoi bypass, major commercial development at Whangaparaoa and Silverdale, a possible Weiti crossing, significant residential development at Silverdale and Orewa West.
Waitakere City Council is against the opening of a cleanfill on the site of a former commercial piggery in Rodney because it is concerned about the impact trucks will have on the lives of Sunnyvale Road residents, half of which live within the boundary of Waitakere City.
Two areas in Rodney, Orewa and Point Wells Omaha Flats have been notified of the Rodney District Council decision to increase the height of floors on dwellings in coastal flooding risk areas, and the ramifications of this for subdivisons. Rodney District Council stormwater assets manager Kim Buchanan comments on the report.
With sidebar article stating the names of areas most affected.
Rodney pensioners and others living in uninsulated houses are out in the cold for at least another winter. Rodney does not subscribe to the government Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority which provides grants for those on low or fixed incomes.
A 10-year study by the Auckland Regional Council has found the Mahurangi Harbour and estuary choked with sediment and has set aside $580,000 as core funding for a project in partnership with the Rodney District Council.
The Rodney District Council has been accused of making a serious mistake when it granted a consent for subdivision on a property, ignoring its own encumbrance on the property. A property owner near Muriwai, was granted a resource consent by the council last year. The property has a council encumbrance on it requiring consent from both the council and the Conservation Department before titles can be issued and any subdivision can take place. "It's a serious mistake," says Auckland Regional Council deputy chairwoman Christine Rose.
Soil contaminated with poisonous chemicals sufficient to endanger human health may exist in Rodney, but the site locations and the extent of the problem remain unknown; up to 48 sites in the Auckland region have been tested for chemical residues left after horticultural use.
A convicted criminal can stand for the Rodney District Council but not a district health board or licensing trust. Rodney's democracy services manager Paul Garbett added that an elected councillor can be disqualified from office if he is convicted of an offence during the term.
Rodney District Council communications manager Mark Fenwick says linking the lease of a council-owned property in Whangaparaoa with the purchase of a key Centreway Road landholding was a one-off opportunity and was reviwed by the council's legal advisers.
An advertisement in today's Rodney Times relating to the proposed Hammerhead development at Gulf Harbour has Rodney Council chief executive Rodger Kerr-Newell questioning the legality of publishing an advertisement on a matter that is before the courts.
At the second annual humour in business awards first prize went to the Rodney District Council in the not for profit category for a series of poster produced in support of the council's launch of an internal values ideal in November.
Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and Residents' Association president, John Watson has criticised Rodney District Council for not purchasing land that borders the environmentally unique Weiti River. Watson believes that the land could be used for the public good.
Some Rodney dog owners will be forced to muzzle or even neuter their dogs under new dog rules. The Dog Control Amendment Act (2003) allows for the classification of the new dog category, was passed by Rodney District Council last week.
Soil testing by Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner has begun along the route of the proposed highway in Stillwater and Whangaparaoa and along the Weiti River. There are eight investigation sites in Whangaparaoa and two in the Weiti River.
The Rodney District Council has withdrawn from taking property developer Kim Spencer and his business, Kitchener Homes Ltd, to court over an illegal road constructed by Mason Contractors alongside a subdivision at Pakiri.
Mayor John Law and local councillors expressed their disappointment after the Councils efforts to buy the site had failed. Mahurangi Presbygterian Church is also holding back on deciding what to do with its historic St Andrews Church on the camp property.
Questioned by Rodney MP Lockwood Smith in Parliament recently, acting Transport Minister Pete Hodgson said he had asked the Rodney District Council and reisdents last September to bring the Penlink issue before the Government. Penlink Now co-ordinator Janet Fitzgerald wonders what the council have been doing about it for the last 12 months.
The Orewa Beach Reef Charitable Trust that is proposing to build an artificial reef at Orewa Beach has received a $100,000 loan, with conditions, towards resource consent costs from Rodney District Council.
The government's formal offer to fund $150 million of the $183 million Penlink project, received this week from Finance Minister Michael Cullen, was accepted in principle by the Rodney District Council yesterday on a 9-1 vote.
North Shore Times Advertiser, 22 February 2000; p. 5
Council's Finance and Strategy Committee hears the viewpoints of various interest groups about the future development of Okura before a decision on the zoning of the area. Currently Council officers favour the zoning option of plots of a minimum of two hectares with enhanced mitigation measures. The A.R.C. and Rodney District Council also favour this option and it complies with the Encironment Court decision that the Okura catchment should not be urbanised. Groups expressing a viewpoint listed below.
A subdivision on Blue Heron Rise on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula that had a resource consent for clearing a small number of exotic trees has since cleared land without consent. Manager of resource management Lloyd Barton says the council is investigating the works.
The Rodney District Council commissioned a report into speed limits on 41 stretches of local roads. Although the process of reviewing speed limits is the council's responsibility, Land Transport New Zealand can oppose the changes.
Puhoi resident Larry Mitchell said two years ago he submitted to the 2004 financial plan and most of his warnings have come true. Council chief executive Vijaya Vaidyanath is busy with the long term plan and will look into the report as soon as the hearings are complete. In his submission Mr Mitchell calls the 2006 financial plan a bankrupt plan.
Rodney District Council is expanding their administration centre in Centreway Road, Orewa. Council communication manager Mark Fenwick says that work may start before the end of this year, and that the current premises built in 1975 have been outgrown.
Rodney may lose some of its residents if a boundary change is approved. Central government will make the final decision on the proposed boundary change between the Kaipara District Council and the Rodney District Council.
Pensioners living in ex-council units are entilted to lifetime rights to rent the units, provided they continue to pay rent. Two tenants took their landlord to the tenancy tribunal, alleging the gardens and units were not being maintained.
Its game on time for the Rodney District Council as it lines up alongside other councils throughout New Zealand to take full advantage of the many opportunities offered by the hosting of the Rugby World Cup 2011.
Safety issues over set nets at Arkles Bay have attracted government attention and prompted the council to get legal advice. Rodney harbourmaster David Thatcher says the Ministry of Fisheries recently carried out operations in the area and is monitoring the beach.
The Rodney District Council is standing by its decision which allowed work to be carried out in a convenanted area adjoinging a luxurious Pakiri lodge in breach of resource consent conditions. With a sidebar on the role of the ombudsman.
The Rodney District Council has lodged a submission in favour of the resource consent application by Mt Rex Shipping Limited and Winstone Aggregates for coastal permits to extract sand from the Kaipara Harbour.
Rodney District Council topped a recent survey held by the Sunday Star Times on the increase in council staff numbers and salaries from 2001 to 2006. Staff growth is attributable to the council being in a catch-up mode after years of retrenchment, says council chief executive officer Vijaya Vaidyanath.
North Shore Times Advertiser, 26 September 2002; p. 3
An Albany resident is warning motorists to be careful of a slop that is moving closer to a road; the slip is in Wright Rd, Albany, and is within a metre of the edge of the road. Rodney District Council had put cones up to mark the spot but these have now fallen into the slip. Good photo of slip with trees and cones visible in foreground, car parked on road above the slip.
Rodney District Council wants some of the royalties paid by Mt Rex Shipping Ltd and Winstone Aggregates to be returned to the district to improve roads or to manage and protect the harbour. Includes a sidebar 'Lines in the sand'.
Mahurangi Island, accessible at low tide from Waiwera Beach, was formally bought by the Auckland Regional Council last year and added to park land at Wenderholm. Rodney District Council has reluctantly written off outstanding rates of just over $8000. Rates had accrued since the Waiwera Company (previous owners) went into liquidation in 1914. Rodney had declared the island abandoned in 1995 after research had failed to turn up a legal owner.
John Ross told the Warkworth Community Liason Group on Monday that Rodney needs to find ways of getting the district's ratepayers more involved in the Rodney District Council's decision making through binding referenda.
The Rodney Disability Advisory Group, in conjunction with Age Concern, is organising the first disability awareness exercise at The Plaza, aimed at discovering and increasing awareness of problems people with disabilities have using the Plaza's facilities. Some Rodney District councillors and staff will attend the workshop.
Sedimentation in Rodney waterways is being actively minimised by Rodney District Council officers getting behind regional guidelines. Low-impact design uses practices that rely on natural processes to better manage the landscape and the water cycle and includes maximising vegetation cover.
The debate about Auckland's future governance has put the Rodney District Council, Auckland City and Auckland Regional Councils poles apart in their beliefs. All three councils, along with others in the region, are finalising draft submissions to the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance. A single authority, largely centred around themselves, supported by branch or community councils, is proposed by the regional council and Auckland City, the Rodnety council says. The Rodney council doesn't want a bar of that.
The decision on whether to approve Progressive Enterprises' resource consent to build a Countdown Supermarket in central Warkwoth will be made by the Environmental Court, not the Rodney District Council.
A report commissioned by Kaipara District Council local government finance and policy analyst Larry Mitchell, concludes that rural Rodney residents would benefit financially if they became part of the Kaipara district.
Rodney hearings committee chairwoman Elizabeth Foster claims she was 'hounded' by Northland Holdings director Greg Davison to extract information from her computer hard drive. The article outlines the tensions between Rodney District Council and Northland Holdings.
Rodney District Council has been ordered by the Disputes Tribunal to pay $1000 to the Whangaparaoa Residents and Ratepayers Association (WRRA). The dispute dates back to 2004. The Whangaparaoa Hall is the cause of the dispute.
Mr Shane McGregor is picketing outside the council building on Centreway Road. Mr McGregor was denied resource consent to subdivide his property in Wainui. Mr McGregor is refusing to pay back $10,000 in legal costs to the Rodney District Council.
Some landowners in Omaha South fear they may not be able to build on their sections because the council has increased the minimum distance between boundaries and buildings. The Rodney District Council is urgently investigating options to rectify the situation.
Letter from the president of the Warkworth and Districts Croquet Club, explaining why the croquet club should be granted the lease of the previous Warkworth Womens Bowling Club and space to develop four croquet lawns in the Shoesmith Reserve Management Plan.
A firm commitment from the Warkworth community is needed to ensure the Rodney District Council will spend $3.5 million for a new community centre. The community will need to raise $3.5 million also and hope to get $2 million from the Department of Internal Affairs. At the Warkworth Community Liaison Group meeting last week centre committee spokeswoman Heather Metcalf said they could not go ahead with fundraising until they assured the council they could find the money.
Last week the Rodney District Council approved the sale of council-owned properties in Helensville known as the Ten Acre Block, long a source of grievance. Ngati Whatua donated the land to the Crown in 1864 for a courthouse and associated hostel which were never built.
About 100 people attended a lively debate at Waimauku Primary School about vehicle use and misuse on Muriwai Beach and South Head and the corresponding access issues. Both the Rodney District Council and the Auckland Regional Council were represented.
Snells Beach businessman Denis Brown said a plan for the town was accepted by the Rodney District Council three years ago, and would serve the needs of the growing Snells Beach, Sandspit, Matakana and Omaha areas.
Ena Thompson was attacked by two dogs on Kenneth Hopper Place in Whangaparaoa and needed medical attention. Rodney District Council dog control officers are trying to track down the owners of the two medium sized dogs.
The Rodney District Council has had reports of a teenage girl going door to door claiming to be conducting a survey on customer satisfation for the council. This does not have the permission or authority of the council, says council professional services manager David Cooper.
Chris Dunn of Whangaparaoa has supervised obedience lessons for more than 20,000 dogs. For 15 years she has taught at the Hibiscus Coast Dog Training Club, where she is chief trainer. Rodney District Council animal control manager Wayne Knightbridge says the bylaw change allowing dogs more access to beaches has shown dog owners are responsible and can keep their dogs under control.
The Rodney District Council is investigating dredging a channel of the Glen Eden River, from the public Sandspit wharf to Lees Boatbuilders. The Sandspit boaties want to use the dredged material to reclaim land and renourish beaches in the area.
Sharleen Buis felt like she was living in third world conditions when she ran out of tank water and had to wait three days for a tanker. Due to the dry weather conditions water suppliers have never been so busy and there are long delays for water. To ensure that people don't run out of water Rodney District Council water engineer Bruce Fulford said that people should keep a careful eye on the amount of water in their tanks.
Councillor Penny Webster recieved in her mail a package from the council's water department - a gel pack designed to go in the toilet cistern to reduce water usage.Civil Defence manager Chris Laird recommended people don't put additives in their cisterns as the water could be boiled and used for drinking if there was no other supply.
Sue McIntyre, from Manly Beach is convinced she caught a form of E.coli after swimming close to stormwater discharge at a local beach. Sue McIntyre believes that the health warning signage was inadequate and that the council should take responsibility for her illness.
Rodney Mayor John Law and Zhu Yejing, Mayor of Changchum City, Peoples Republic of China, met at Waiwera Infinity Thermal Spa resort last week. They took the opportunity to enlighten each other about their different communities.
While at the resort Mayor John Law met with Suzanne Booth to discuss the Rodney District Council's land to sea connectivity project.
The Rodney District Council's decision to deny consent for a development in Snells Beach has been overturned by the Environment Court. The court found in favour of Neil Construction Ltd, which wants to subdivide land next to the Salvation Army Camp into 65 residential allotments, with 43 medium-density and the remaining 22 high-density.
Rodney could provide 199 members of the 10K Rates Club, based on the Rodney District Council's 2004 rates. The 10k Rates Club is being launched by Federated Farmers. Federated Farmers Rodney branch chairman Dean Blythen is not happy with how the rating system penalises land owners.
A crash staged by the Council near Ascension Vineyard on Tuesday had traffic slowed to a crawl. It is the latest initiative in Rodney District Council's Operation 12 that began at Easter to target major causes of road crashes.
The Council held its final full meeting last week, culminating in a lunch for about 50 people, including former councillors and staff. One of its final acts was to award scholarships to outstanding Rodney students.
Rodney's Kaipara dune lakes could dry up because the council won't control forestry around them, says Fish and Game Auckland Waikato. The council says a range of protections are in place, such as restrictions on new forestry.
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority is reviewing food safety with a view to changes to the Food Act 1981 and the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974. Businesses are likely to be most impacted by the changes says Rodney District Council environmental health manager Ian Farrell. "Fundraising events will come under guidance and will be less prescriptive than previously os it should be easier for them." Mr Farrell says 66 percent of Rodney restaurants and cafes have a A-grade rating for food hygiene.
Whangateau Holiday Park has been awarded a four-star grading by New Zealand tourism's official quality agency, Qualmark NZ. The new grading reflects the hard work and dedication of park managers Stu and Sue New, says Rodney District Council community wellbeing manager Bruce Devonport.
The inaugural 'Live@ the HBC Youth Day' in Orewa on May 26 was organised by the Rodney District Council and the Hibiscus Coast Youth Council in partnership with members from the Rodney Youth Workers Network.
A group of students from Orewa Primary School took part in a leadership workshop which was organised by Te Rito Rodney, Rodney District Council and Hestia Rodney Women's Refuge as part of Children's Day activities on the Hibiscus Coast.
A proposal to limit ship sizes at Snells Beach to 400 square metres was discussed at the second day of hearings on the council's plan to restrict the type of shops at Snells Beach. Lawyer, Malcolm McLean, said many submissions against plan change 99 highlighted the fact there was no proper community consultation on it, as required under the Local Government Act.
Rodney District Council and local police are asking the public to report any tagging for a quick removal of graffiti. Orewa police sergeant Mark Ovington says police treat tagging as a serious issue and will act on community complaints.
Waitakere City Council has joined North Shore, Rodney and Auckland Regional councils, Forest and Bird and the Depratment of Conservation in The North-West Wildlink Accord. This initiative will provide a coordinated approach to restoring wildlife habitats in areas such as the Hauraki Gulf Islands, Whangaparaoa, Waitakere Ranges and peoples backyards, and the most effective ways for community conservation groups to do their work.
Rodney Mayor John Law has reacted angrily to Wellington-based politicians meddling in his district's affairs; his comments follow Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons' recent success in preventing crucial Penlink legislation from passing through Parliament. Ms Fitzsimmons move has stalled the Whangaparaoa toll bridge until the Government's own generic toll road legislation is heard in Parliament later this year.
A summary of the meeting between residents and other various people including Kaipara Mayor Neil Tiller, Rodney Deputy Mayor John Kirikiri, Rodney Auckland Regional Council Representative Christine Rose, Rodney Councillor June Turner and Tracy Martin of the New Zealand First Party.
Warkworth Mens Bowling Club pay the highest rates for a bowling club in New Zealand because it is situated in a commercial zone. The Rodney District Council refused to give them a grant again this year. Raffles and fund raising are planned to make up the shortfall.
Police and the Rodney District Council are recommending people attending Silverdale touch rugby games park in a council paddock off Pine Valley Road. A woman was injured recently, and there is concern for the safety of children attending the Sharks Trust junior touch tournament at Silverdale War Memorial Park.
Upgrading State Highway One through Warkworth became closer with the official turning of the sod on the $20 million project. Jointly funded by the NZ Transport Agency and Rodney District Council, it will see five key intersections improved.
Visitor centre log books and holiday parks are recording a roaring trade as people visit the Rodney area. Orewa Beach Holiday Park has had 24 percent more bookings than in 2005 and three other Rodney District Council-owned holiday parks were also fully booked over New Year.
Hot Springs International Resort wants a special Parakai hot springs zone over 300ha north of Springs Rd, currently designated general rural. The rezoning is opposed by the Auckland Regional Council because of the impact it would have on Parakai.
Rodney's hot dry summer is causing a stink at Leigh Marine Reserve and at a stormwater outfall at Arkles Bay. Simon Davies complained to Rodney District Council regarding the stinking pool of water at Arkles Bay.
A skateboard bowl at Goodall Reserve in Snells Beach will be officially opened on Saturday by Rodney mayor Penny Webster. All keen skaters are welcome to attend, says Rodney District Council northern ward councillor June Turner, who has responsibility for Goodall Reserve.
Housing developments are threatening animal and plant life, say Rodney conservationists. Royal New Zealand Forest and Bird northern conservation officer David Pattemore says declining bush area may lead to loss of wildlife. Rodney District Council resource consents manager Lloyd Barton says the council has many policies in place to protect the landscape.
High levels of copper in the Weiti Stream at Silverdale is of concern, says Auckland Regional Council stormwater action team leader Earl Shaver. The ARC will work with the Rodney District Council to find the sources of the copper and to look at ways to reduce it.
A move to have independent commissioners decide Orewa's future has won approval. Councillors voted 8-4 at a Rodney District Council meeting to abdicate their place on a hearing panel for the upcoming 50-year plan.
Kumeu, a leading contributor to the Rodney economy is riddled with businesses flouting council bylaws, says Rodney councillor Christine Rose. Councillor Rose believes both the Rodney District Council and the Auckland Regional Council need to take action on this issue.
North Shore Times Advertiser, 22 October 2002; p. 15
A major study of the Upper Waitemata Harbour is being done to determine how much more infill housing development it can cope with.The study is a joint effort between North Shore City Council. Rodney District Council, the Auckland Regional Council, Waitakere City Council and Transit New Zealand.
While proponents of a Kelly Park film village are busy looking at the big picture, several Kelly Park neighbours are wary the project might ruin Wainui's rural image.
Article includes the history of Kelly Park and previous consents granted by Rodney District Council.
With quotes from a neighbour to Kelly Park, Cliff Walker.
Local Iwi will be paid $50,000 for their time and expertise in consultation on water consents. Ngati Whatua Nga Rima o Kaipara spokeswoman Jane Sherard says the agreement is overdue but in line with the council-iwi memorandum of understanding. Water services manager Peter Reid said if the council consulted properly and ironed out concerns before a project was signed off, it would save thousands of dollars.
Kay McKelvie, the chairwoman of the Waitemata District Health Board was at a recent Rodney District Council meeting to sign a memorandum of understanding which joins the two organisatiions in lobbying for better health services in the district.
A Rodney District Council-initiated survey by Nexus Planning and Research asking 500 residents questions for Orewa's Future Growth Study showed almost ninety per cent do not support apartment buildings up to seven storeys high on the Orewa beachfront.
The second annual Rodney Leaders Forum was held at Kumeu last week. Chief executive Vijaya Vaidyanath explained how the forum was about managing growth and working together with contributing organisations towards Vision Rodney.
Article is regarding the ongoing campaign for an intersection at Silverdale to have traffic lights installed and the speed limit lowered. With quotes from Deputy Mayor John Kirikiri and Infrastructure director Murray Noone.
Seargeant Angus McKay applied for a 24 hour liquor ban for Wellsford after an increase in disorder and assaults on members of the public leaving local licensed premises. The ban has been approved by the Rodney District Council.
With a sidebar that covers the areas affected by the ban.
Hibiscus Coast boaties say the boat ramp at Gulf Harbour is dangerous and needs upgrading now, but the Rodney District Council is holding off plans for a floating pontoon until negotiations over land at the end of the marina, known as the Hammerhead, have been settled.
Vandalism in parks and coastal areas has cost Rodney residents $120,000 this year, and Chris Burgess, head of parks at the Rodney District Council is asking residents to take some ownerhsip of council lands.
With rocks on either side of the boat ramp, the need for a breakwater has been highlighted, after a boat sinking on Sunday. The Rodney District Council has plans for a breakwater but they are dependent on the future ownership and control of the Hammerhead waterfront reserve, says council assets manager Paul Utting.
About 70 people attended an open forum at the Riverhead Community Hall to discuss how they want the town to grow. Karen Body who is Riverhead Residents and Ratepayers Association chairwoman, says the pre-dominant feeling of residents was for future housing to be in keeping with the style of the eclectic mix in the village. Mayor John Law, says future plans for the town need to be tailored to reflect the 'historical meaning of Riverhead'.
Two Hibiscus Coast residents who have worked on many international toll roads and large commercial developments say Penlink is "financially unviable". The present population would have to triple, a prospect which would destroy the Peninsula's ambience.
With the sun in his eyes Isaac Laita drove into the public reserve off Cooper Rd and ran into a chain that was left across the entrance. The incident caused $2200 damage to his car. The Rodney District Council gave residents permission to chain the entrance to the reserve at night after the toilets were vandalised, says parks manager Chris Burgess. Normally the chain would have been removed at 6am by the residents but on this morning they didnt get there until after 6am.
A bill allowing Rodney District Council's Penlink highway project was to be heard in parliament on Wednesday; The Penlink Toll Road Empowering Bill was deferred from its second reading on March 27, because of Green Party opposition.
The 'Mad Butcher' site at Orewa which the Rodney District Council purchased will cost $180,000 a year, which is the difference between rentals received, and interest paid on loans. Some councillors feel that the money would have been better spent on other urgent work.
A new housing project planned for the Mangawahi Forest will be a significant problem to breeding birds. The Te Arai Stream, which runs through the 620ha development, is an important roosting and feeding area.
Councillor Penny Webster chaired a meeting organised by The Rodney District Council which discussed the draft Matakana sustainable development plan. Raised at the meeting were issues surrounding subdivision of rural land and the rural gateway zone.
Mayor John Law is appealing the Rodney District Council's decision to approve a quarry in Silverdale. Redvale Lime Company's application for a new lime quarry was recently approved by commissioners representing the district council and the Auckland Regional Council. Mr Law says that his appeal is personal rather than related to his role as mayor.
Several Rodney District Council suggestions to the local government rates inquiry have been adopted and Mayor John Law is delighted. With side bar of recommendations put forward by the Rodney District Council.
Native trees and shrubs are well and good and they form a big part of our greening of Rodney, but in a purely practical sense, particularly in urban areas around schools and at schools themselves, we should be looking at a programme of planting fruit trees as a community service, says Rodney Mayor, John Law. With a side bar of where to look for fruit trees on Council parks and reserves.
Neighbours of a property at 25 Crosland Road, South Head, believe a new fence and a dwelling moved on the section are in breach of the resource consent. Property owner Hans van Duyn says he will recify any breaches and apply for a retrospective consent.
Ideas to keep Rodney district out to the supercity by becoming a unitary authority or splitting the district and having the rural north join Kaipara and the southern and eastern sectors join Auckland have received both positive and negative reactions.
A $50,000 grant towards The centre at Warkworth project has come from the project has come from the Warkworth Rotary Board. The article mentions other donations from the Rodney District Council, The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate and quotes Brian Tuck (President of the Warkworth Rotary Board)and Graeme Woodside.
The Rodney District Council has increased its funding for natural heritage projects by $20,000 to $70,000. The Natural Heritage Fund was established in 2006 to encourage connumities to protect and enhance their local natural habitats.
Employers and Manufacturers Association spokesman, Peter Atkinson, advocates selling Rodney land to industrial developers to lighten the load for ratepayers. Mr Atkinson's comments follow the association's submissions to Rodney's draft long-term plan.
The owner of Orewa's Nautilus building is being taken to court by the council for allegedly offering 'travellers' accommodation without the proper permits. Rodney District Council director of public services, Geoff Mears, says talks between the council and Tamariki Ltd owner Rick Martin, have been going for nearly a year.
Hibiscus Coast Action Group wants setting fishing nets on popular swimming beaches to be banned by a bylaw; several incidents have occurred where young swimmers have been caught in the nets and their lives endangered.
St Stephen's Church was built in 1917 and can seat 60 - 80 people, but with the population growth on the peninsula a new church is needed to seat 250 people. Permission has now been given to replace the tiny old church with a newer and bigger one.
The new Safer Communities Forum is expected to be functioning by the end of March and is led by co-ordinator Paul Green and includes representatives from the police, Rodney district councillors, iwi, youth, ACC and the Waitemata District Health Board.
A sewage pipeline to the Army Bay Treatment Plant which is overdue for installation has run $22 million over budget. Councillor Wayne Walker feels that other options should have been considered and criticises the environmental impact of pumping treated effluent into the Tiritiri Channel.
A new fire service tanker obtained from Fonterra is servicing the Hibiscus Coast and surrounding areas. Another $5000 needs to raised, says volunteer support office Don McErlich. The Rodney District Council has contributed $15,000 to the cost of the new Silverdale tanker, as well as $10,000 a year in running costs, says rural fire officer Phil Nesbit.
Mayor John Law reaffirms that no rates money will be required from the three councils, who are partners with Infratil Limited in Northwest Auckland Airport Limited, to develop Whenuapai airbase into a commercial airport, despite claims from oppostion group WAAG to the contrary.
Trials into low-cost revegetation of native species will continue despite the Government turning down a funding application from the Friends of the Mahurangi. Secretary Peter Cole said the Rodney District Council have given them seeding money so the project is going to happen and plants will be going in the ground in winter 2006.
Although the Rodney District Council has already commited $3.5 million to the project, fundraising must also be undertaken over the next 18 months to see the total of over $6 million raised. Guy Scholefield, chairman of the Centre at Warkworth, told the Rodney District Council long-term plan hearings that they were drafting a contract with a fundraising agency.
A campaign aimed at promoting safe school-ball practices has been developed by SADD. The School Ball Safety Team includes councillor Michael Goudie, constable Nicola Paterson of police Youth Aid, senior constable Bernie Watts from Youth Education and council road safety coordinator Jacki Dawson. Schools participating in the programme are Orewa College, Rodney College, Mahurangi College and Whangaparaoa College.
A drastic political mistake is being made by the Rodney District Council investigating becoming a unitary authority, according to former councillor Vic Sears. However, Auckland Regional Council representative Brian Smith believes that a split from the regional council would cost the ratepayers millions.
Omaha residents have Rodney District Council support to change the peninsula's name to Omaha Beach.The Omaha Beach Community group supports the name change and will now make its submission to the New Zealand Geographic Board
Omaha residents are complaining about storm water services in their area, and want a refund on thousands of dollars paid in levies over the last 10 years. "What stormwater system there is doesn't go anywhere," says Omaha Beach Community president Greg Stenbeck.
Colin MacGillivray has complained to the auditor general about the Rodney District Council's land purchase of the 'Mad Butcher' site. He claims the Council paid too much for the site,and that there was no independent valuation obtained.
Landowners will be held responsible for flooding if a blockage occurs on their property and causes flooding downstream. A proposed bylaw will allow Rodney District Council officers to clear a waterway and recover costs from the landowner responsible, says stormwater asset manager Kim Buchanan.
Significant cost issues around the transfer of parts of the former State Highway 1 through Orewa and SH17 from Greville Road in North Shore to SH1 at Johnstone's Hill will become the problem of the Auckland supercity if the Rodney District Council gets its way.
Road markers left a trail of white paint along Whangaparaoa Rd, and Mr Brent Page is concerned it has contributed to three accidents in recent weeks. The Rodney District Council does not feel this is a hazard and will not be paying for a clean-up, says council spokesman Mike Isle.
Delivery of a new park and ride for the Hibiscus Coast took a major step forward last Friday with the Rodney District Council buying a 4.2 hectare Silverdale site, at the junction of Small Road and Hibiscus Coast Highway, near the motorway onramp.
After more than a decade of spending on planning the Weiti River crossing, more money is being allocated to the project, this time from Transund. Transund has allocated $313 million to Rodney district for roading, and part of $21 million earmarked for Whangaparaoa will be spend on due diligence for Penlink.
After more than a decade of spending on planning the Weiti River crossing, more money is being allocated to the project. Transund has allocated $313 million for roading in the Rodney District and part of $21 million earmarked for Whangaparaoa will be spent on due diligence for Penlink.
Rodney roading remains in the air with the Rodney District Council and Transport Minister Steven Joyce in discussions late last week. Another announcement from Mr. Joyce's office on Penlink funding is due this week.
Rodney MP is cross after being forced to delay a bill which would allow the Penlink project to go ahead. Dr Smith says Penlink is now "in trouble" because of opposition from the Green Party, which he says is determining Labour's stance on the project.
Mrs Christine Hutton says she will be forced to leave her home in Stillwater because of the planned new Weiti River Bridge and highway. Photograph of the tranquil river and site of the planned bridge included. She describes the beauty of Stillwater as it is without the bridge.
North Shore Times Advertiser, 08 February 2002; p. 7
Soil testing by Beca Carter Hollings and Ferner has begun along the route of the proposed highway in Stillwater and Whangaparaoa and along the Weiti River. There are eight investigation sites in Whangaparaoa and two in the Weiti River.
Genesis Energy will ask the Rodney District Council to create a special plan change for its proposed 360-megawatt gas-fuelled power plant near Kaukapakapa. Resource consents for the construction and operation of the plant would be difficult to obtain under current zonings, a report to last week's council meeting said.
As part of the Orewa Beach Esplanade Enhancement Project the walkway between Marine View Parade and Kohu St needs to be protected from storm effects. Plans to build a sea wall are on the agenda for the Rodney District Council.
Rodney District Council animal control officers have labelled Helensville resident Andrea Barron's dog Flynn as 'menacing', following a biting incident. Mrs Barron disputes this and says Flynn is friendly and affectionate.
Racumen, a rat poison is being used on Kawau Island to kill wallabies and possums. Residents of Kawau Island claim the poisoned wallabies have polluted the water and that more than a dozen local swimmers have suffered vomiting and diarrhoea. Auckland Regional Council's biosecurity group manager Jack Craw, says water testing companies say the likelihood of illness to humans from Racumen, is nil or close to nil. With a sidebar, Residents want wallabies to stay at bay.
Article about the Puhoi to Wellford highway. People quoted in this article are: Rodney mayor, Penny Webster; Labour's transport and infrastructure spokesman, Darren Hughes; Rodney MP, Lockwood Smith; Rodney ARC representative, Christine Rose. A photograph of the highway is included in the article.
A 'politically' sensitive letter that went missing from official Rodney District Council records was later discovered when it was obtained from another source. The letter relates to John Law's alleged resignation for the Auckland Regional land transport committee.
An investigation into suspected contamination of the Glen Eden Stream has been launched by the Auckland Regional Council after scores of dead eels, native trout and other aquatic life have been found in a Matakana stream.
Members of the Albany-Stillwater Pony Club are in desperate need of a new home and are petitioning the Rodney District Council for help. If suitable land can be found five pony club branches from lower Rodney are willing to combine resources to use the same equestrian facility.
Coast Youth Community Trust with public help will raise four piglets to help support community food banks running low on supplies. The project is funded by the Rodney District Council and the pigs are being taken care of by project organiser and CYC family services co-ordinator Allan Robertson.
Legislation was passed this month to establish the Auckland Council as a legal entity and create the Auckland Governance Transition Agency, which will oversee the merger of district and city councils into the supercity.
A joint project between the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, the Rodney District Council and business groups aims to develop a sustainable, five-year strategic tourism development plan for the region to capitalise on the area's tourism attractions.
The major part of the new Omaha walkway has been completed with only a clipon over the causeway bridge left to be done. The 1.4km path extends from the roundabout in Omaha to the dairy at the other end of the causeway.
Article on a planned protest taking place in Northern Rodney against the supercity boundaries. Article also mentions Helensville residents who marched in protest on a land swap between a farmer and the Rodney District Council.
Opinions are mixed over whether Orewa would benefit from a name change to Orewa Beach. A Nexus telephone survey, conducted on behalf of the Rodney District Council for the Orewa Growth Study, found 53 percent of the 398 people surveyed were against the name change.
The investigation into the Rodney District Council's code of conduct complaint against Councillor John Watson is now available on the internet. The Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and Residents Association will also publish results of the mayor's investigation.
Rodney's volunteer fire brigades need new volunteers due to the district's rapid population growth. The New Zealand Fire Service and the Rodney District Council support the brigade by providing equipment and training.
Rare moko skinks, which have been mostly wiped out on the mainland, have been discovered at Shakespear Regional Park by the Rodney District Council during lizard recovery before the upgrade of the Whangaparaoa sewage pipeline.
More than 80 farmers turned out to a meeting in Wellsford on Monday night to discuss Rodney's rural dog registration fee. Farmers are unhappy at the council's failure to differentiate between urban and rural dogs.
The Mahurangi East Residents and Ratepayers' Association chairman Geoff Johnston says Scott Landing residents are concerned about the rating methods used by the Rodney District Council and the Auckland Regional Council.
An average 6.1 percent rate rise is expected to be set today by the Rodney District Council. Ratepayers also face an average 6.8 percent increase in their Auckland Regional Council rates. The Rodney District Council is expected today to endorse its 2007-08 annual plan.
A report, central to Rodney District Council's proposal to cut back development in Silverdale by up to 85 percent, was given to a ratepayers' group three months before it was given to councillors. Roading manager Barry George says he sent the report to the Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers Association in December after they asked for it.
Rodney schools have to take money away from their curriculum to pay a huge increase in toilet rates. All schools connected to the Rodney District Council's wastewater systems have been affected by an overall pan charge increase.
Rodney District Council financial manager Kevin Ramsay says the rates increase on the Hibiscus Coast of a projected 8.4 percent are largely due to wastewater and water supply infrastructure. A rates increase of 7.6 percent is expected in other areas of Rodney.
The Lawrie Road Resource Recovery Park in Snells Beach has been upgraded to accomodate new hazardous waste bins. Park manager, waste recycling, Graeme Bell of Masons Contractors says there is now a acommunity paint shed for recycling water-based paint to be made free to the public.
After Saturday the weekly market which raises money for Warkworth and Wellsford Hospice will be closed down by the order of the Rodney District Council as the market does not have resource consent. Gerry Pole said that the stallholders will not apply for resource consent due to the cost and that fact that there is no guarantee that they would receive consent.
Leak reduction could be one benefit from next month's changes to Rodney town water pressure. Pressure-reducing valves are being installed in areas with high pressure.
With a quote from Paul Utting (Rodney District Council Assets and Facilities director).
Matakana farmer Ross Clayden is concerned a dog impounded for killing sheep was released to its owner and no penalty imposed. He was also concerned that the dog had caught parvo virus. A condition of release was that the dog was in a fenced, urban property.
A privately funded code of conduct enquiry has found that Councillor John Watson citicised council staff when making comments to The Coaster in May last year. Rodney Mayor John Law commissioned the enquiry after an independent council-ordered investigation, released last November, cleared Mr Watson of any wrongdoing.
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A page put together by the Rodney District Council. Articles include: Drive safely this Christmas, Seasons Greeting from the Mayor, Don't be a victim of food poisoning, Top tips for Barbeque safety, 2007-2008 Annual report out and Christmas Hours for Council Services.
Margaret Baker, secretary for Residents Engaged in Protecting Our Lifestyle and Environment claims that the Rodney District Council has changed its position in court at a defended hearing of the Environment Court.
North Shore Times Advertiser, 08 June 2001; p. 1,2
Concerns are being raised about North Shore City plans to put treated sewage (biosolids) in Woodhill Forest; the purity of the prosposed marine park may be at risk. Biosolids are rich in nitrogen, indicating their potential as a fertiliser. Properly managed, they would improve the health of the soil.
Some rural ratepayers are questioning what value they get for their rates as they been waiting for three months for the council to replace a bus shelter on the corner of Durey Road and State Highway 17, which was destroyed in a storm. John Law comments on the delay.
Letter of complaint by Alison Lally over a proposed landfill in Whitehills Road. A reply is also included from Lloyd Barton (Rodney District Council resource management manager) clarifying that an application has been received for a clean fill and the process regarding this.
A group of Little Manly residents, the Whangaparaoa Ratepayers and Residents' Association and Ngati Whatua Nga Rima O Kaipara want the Rodney District Council to buy 5.2acre clifftop land before it is subdivided and trees are removed.
Rodney properties increased in average by 80 per cent in the valuations in September 2004.A revaluation is required under law at least every three years, and it changes the distribution of rates, says Rodney District Council revenue manager John McLaren.
Quotable Value New Zealand regional account manager Melanie Gallagher says there has been an increase in both capital and land values on the 400 Kawau Island properties in the last three years.
A letter, from Keith Corbett of Whangaparaoa, commenting on an August 28 letter regarding perceived contradiction in Rodney District Council's application of the RMA. With a reply from the Council's resource management manager Lloyd Barton.
Hibiscus Coast Citizens Advice Bureau co-ordinator Cheryl Reillys says since the start of January the Orewa branch has had several visits each day from people keen to settle in the district. However, many elderly people cannot afford to own property on the Hibiscus Coast, and there is little low-cost rental accommodation. There are no plans for the council to provide any pensioner housing.
The crash injury rate on the Silverdale stretch of Hibiscus Coast Highway is nearly twice the nation average, according to Ministry of Transport statistics. The Silverdale Commercial Ratepayers Association has been calling on Transit to address traffic problems relating to the Hibiscus Coast Highway for years, says president Brian Smith. Rodney District Council spokesman Michael Briggs says any feeder road on to a highway will cause an increase in the crash rate.
A large pohutukawa tree in Stanmore Bay stands in the way of plans to widen and also realign Whangaparaoa Road to allow vehicles to travel at 70 km/h. Suggestion to split the carriageway to run around it. Widening of Whangaparaoa Road is part of a $62 million project that includes a new access road for the peninsula across the Weiti River to link with East Coast Rd.
Rodney District Council has put forward a submission to the select committee asking that Rodney become a unitary council separate from the Auckland Council. Three councillors, Wayne Walker, Pat Delich and Grev Walker, did not approve the submission.
A range of hazards could affect the Rodney district, with the potential of taking lives and affecting the areas's economy. The Civil Defence emergency management plan, which was approved by the Rodney District Council last year, describes Civil Defence activities in Rodney.
Kelly Park in Wainui could become the filmmaking centre of New Zealand.
Public submissions on a proposed Rodney District Council plan change allowing a special Kelly Park Film Village Zone close on Monday, February 25. The land is currently designated general rural.
With quotes from Steve Barker (Kelly Park general manager), Former Mayor John Law, Mayor Penny Webster, Ben Bary (Form Pictures producer), Judith McCann (Film New Zealand chief executive) and Cris Casares (Kelly Park chief executive and La Luna Studios director).
The Rodney District Council is backing moves to establish a military-civilian airport at Whenuapai. It has joined the Waitakere and North North City Councils in forming an airport company to develop the proposal.
A flyover by a Catalina flying boat provided a fitting end to Orewa's memorial service (organised by Rodney District Council and Destination Orewa) for Sir Edmund Hillary, attended by more than 250 people at Hillary Square on Saturday 20th January 2008.
Article mentions Sir Edmunds association with Rodney, his statue in Hillary Square and gives tribute to him. With Quotes from Mayor Penny Webster and The chairman of the Sir Edmund Hillary Statue Appeal in 1983.
Rodney District Council is concerned with mayoral candidate advertising signs that do not comply with existing bylaws. Dr Grueber does not accept the council's rationale that it is trying to creat a level playing field for candidates.
New powers will soon enable the Rodney District Council to act against people setting fishing nets at popular North Harbour swimming beaches.; a report to the Rodney council says the Auckland Regional Council is finalising a Transfer of Powers allowing Rodney to implement navigation safety bylaws.
Rodney's first youth strategy is being drafted after 200 young people took the time to write down what they think. The majority of people wanted better public transport, more facilities and a cleaner environment.
Tania Martin watched helplessly as a supermarket trolley with her 20-month-old son inside it rolled down the travelator at The Plaza in Whangaparaoa recently. Ms Martin thought the wheels of the trolley had locked onto the travelator. The Rodney District Council's building department is investigating the issue.
Sand mining from a 46-hectare area of Mangawhai Forest is likely to proceed. The Environment Court recently announced in an interim decision that it is inclined to allow Sandglass Corporation to extract sand from the forest, north-east of Wellsford.
Mike Isle is quoted for the Rodney District Council.
Whangaparaoa student Jacqui Deed's school project could be tabled in Parliament as ammunition for a controversial highway project; Jacqui spent two months doing research including 125 questionnaires, phone interviews, seminars, reports and a poster; but she is the first to admit the results are not accurate. Rodney MP Lockwood Smith has called the study fascinating and useful as independent research.
Rodney District Council will be prosecuting the owners of all the attacking dogs following 12 incidents during the school holidays. Animal conntrol officer Stephen Geange says dogs are brought into the area during summer and not controlled by their owners.
Sewage is seeping from the ground and overflowing into the Kumeu River as western Rodney's wastewater saga continues. Earlier in the year councillors said that the problem had been fixed. However, serious sewerage problems in the area are ongoing.
The Rodney Times, with the full commitment of the Rodney District Council, is embarking on one of the most comprehensive and ambitious community self-assessments ever undertaken in New Zealand, says editor Geoff Dobson.
Waitakere City Council remains tight-lipped over moves to start a company with its Rodney and North Shore counterparts and international airport operator Infratil. Mayor Bob Harvey confirms the groups is looking at forming a company called Central Auckland Airport but he won't comment further, citing commercial sensitivities.
A commemorative service for Sir Edmund Hillary is planned on Saturday at 10am in Orewa's Hillary Square.
A book of condolences for Sir Edmund Hillary's family is available at the Rodney District Council offices in Huapai, Warkworth and Orewa for Rodney people to sign and pay their respects to Sir Ed.
A skatepark planned for Snells Beach may split the community before it is built. Not everybody agrees with the site that has been chosen by Rodney District Council. The Snells Beach Ratepayers and Residents' Association is going to the Environmental Court to have the resource consent overturned.
A major safety campaign corresponds with Rodney students returning to schools this week. The Rodney District Council and Police are determined to increase safety and reduce the number of pedestrian casualties near schools.
Includes statistics from a survey done by Paper Plus and quotes by Sarah Burrows (Council Campaign Co-ordinator) and Rob Smith (Paper Plus Group chief executive).
June Turner and her group Aurora Green Society Inc. are opposing developers at the former Parklands land at Snells Beach. Neil Construction Ltd is in discussion with the Rodney District Council and other interested parties.
An independent commissioner, Alan Watson has criticised the Rodney District Council for its lack of consultation on the Snells Beach skatepark. The majority of submitters were against the location of the skatepark. Peter Coman of the Mahurangi East Shopping Centre and Martha Williams from the local kindergarten voice their concerns. Northern Councillor John Ross believes that there as not enough consultation.
Hibiscus Coast residents are annoyed that Snowplanet is using water from the mains supply to make snow while the area faces a water crisis. Council water services manager Peter Reid says although the company uses enough water a day for 40 to 100 average households, it is not responsible for the crisis.
The uncertainties of legal liability and lack of resolution of the Omokoiti Bay access issue has pushed one paper road neighbour to leave South Head. The problem has also caused disputes between the leasee, the South Head Strollers, and the Rodney District Council. The mix of stock with walkers raises the question of safety with all parties.
Don Elvy, who runs a driver safety programme in Christchurch, demonstrated a car hitting life-size cardboard figures placed in the road. Orewa North Primary students watched and were then give a graphic insight into a serious crash.
Australian gum and wattle trees have been eradicated on properties and roadways in the Sandspit area with assistance from Sandspit Residents and Ratepayers Association members and the Rodney District Council.
Article talks about reactions from around Rodney about the decision to split the district in half under the new Auckland Supercity. People included are Larry Mitchell (local government analyst), Christine Rose (Rodney ARC Representative), Mayor Penny Webster, Neil Tiller (Kaipara Mayor), Cimino Cole (Friends of the Mahurangi), Peter Thompson (Chairman Warkworth Liaison Group) and James Colvill (Federated Farmers North Rodney Representative).
Wellsford residents require the support of Rodney District Council to build a large multisports stadium in th town. It is hoped to attract patronage from the Dome Valley in the south to Kaitaia in the north. The committee wants the proposed complex to feature on the Council's reserve management plan.
Hard pressed ratepayers will be caught in the middle in the 2004-05 financial year as both Rodney District Council and the Auckland Regional Council propose rates increases. Rodney's representative on the Auckland Regional Council, Brian Smith, voted against the increase
Local artist Peter Oxborough has completed his art work on the new Goat Island toilet block. The work was commissioned by the Department of Conservation and the Rodney District Council to reflect the unique natural environment of Goat Island, which is visited by 330,000 people annually.
The drought is blamed for an increase of wandering stock on Rodney roads. The Rodney District Council has joined the NZ Transport Agency in a campaign to ensure stock owners know their responsibilities about keeping stock contained and regularly checking fences and gates.
Salt deposited on trees during the storm in July has burnt leaves on Hibiscus Coast residents' trees, causing some to suspect poisoning. Rodney District Council ecology advisor Rue Statham says it is common for trees to lose their leaves as a result of severe salt or wind burn.
A Rodney District Council property purchase on Blue Heron Rise adds another piece to the jigsaw that is the planned Weiti River walkway. The planned walkway is from the Weiti Boating Club all the way to Silverdale.
The Rodney District Council is inviting community comment on the concept of specific targeted rates to fund assets and the provision of some services. Targeted rates allow the council to enable a local community or commercial sector to fund any additional services or assets needed.
North Shore, Waitakere and Rodney Councils have joined with the Auckland Regional Council and Transit New Zealand to fund research in assessing pollution levels and environmental stress caused by development in the Upper Waitemata Harbour.
A search to find a new boat launching points in northern-east Rodney has been initiated in the wake of a growing public demand for facilities. The Rodney District Council has announced a study into boat access to the Mahurangi Harbour.
A survey for the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development found that 31 percent of greater Auckland residents were opposed to the amalgamation of Auckland councils while 27 percent supported the proposal.
Former mayoral candidate Larry Mitchell thinks the Rodney District Council should reconsider the $13 million headquarters office renovation in light of discussions regarding an Auckland supercity that could see the Rodney district restructured.
A petition of support for a liquor ban will go to the Warkworth police with a request to seek agreement from the Rodney District Council for a ban on all public places in Snells Beach, Algies Bay, Scotts Landing and Martins Bay.
A call to reduce the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers has Rodney District Council support. Rodney District Council road safety co-ordinator Jacki Dawson says, "New Zealand is now building roads to accommodate the share the road mentality, which means drivers have to be more alert. Small amounts of alcohol can affect your thoughts and physical demeanour. By reducing the limit, lives will be saved."
A multipurpose reef for Orewa Beach came one step closer with the Rodney District Council giving full support for further development of the project. The decision was made after councillors were presented with a report by the Orewa Beach Charitable Trust.
A 3000 signature petition opposing a Te Arai development was presented to the Rodney District Council last Wednesday. The proposed Te Arai Coastal Land Trust development is a joint venture between Kaipara sub-tribe Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust and New Zealand Lands Trust and is opposed by the Te Arai Beach Preservation Society.
The Rodney District Council admits it could have done more to track down a relative of John Fransham, who bought a farm at Te Arai Point in 1902. The farm was sold after Mr Fransham's death in 1916, but nearly a hectare was excluded from the sale. Now, 104 years later, the council has declared Mr Fransham's land abandoned. Stanley Fransham, a relative of John Fransham, is looking through records to see if he can locate any direct descendants, before the land is sold.
Solutions are still being sought for an infrastructure upgraded in Te Hana. Water and wastewater services are desperately needed. Rodney District Council is looking at options which will give Te Hana the services it needs without cost to the council.
A white-haired fox terrier, believed stolen from Whangarei and worth over $1,000 is an example for owners to get their dogs microchipped. Rodney District Council animal control manager Wayne Knightbridge says microchipping will enable council officers to identify a dog immediately and contact the owners within five minutes of a dog being located.
A report commissioned as part of the council's responsibility to notify its citizens of hazards in the area, has identified about 2000 properties on the Hibiscus Coast that could be threatened by coastal inundation.
Consultants for the Rodney District Council have come up with five options to ease traffic congestion on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula (details these); Whangaparaoa Ratepayers Association want nothing to do with them (reasons given).
Research conducted by pollsters 'TNS' shows strong support from residents north of the bridge for proposals to redevelop Whenuapai airport for commercial use. Mayer Penny Webster and MP John Key are quoted. North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams view is also mentioned.
Rodney District Council recently passed a resolution to charge the Helensville Community Resource Recovery Centre Trust a nominal fee for a 10-year lease on council land near Mill Road, to build the resource recovery centre.
Occupational health and Safety concrns are the main reason the Rodney District Council has opted to hire professions to build the Scotts Landing wharf. The Mahurangi East Residents and Ratepayers Association was to use volunteer labour to build the wharf.
An extremely heavy downpour is one of the natural disasters the Rodney District Council fears most says Phil Walls, the council's community liaison manager. The article discusses a 2001 localised storm in Leigh and Whangateau and the recent flooding on the Hibiscus Coast.
A continuation of the village-like character of Waimauku will continue for the next 10 to 20 years. Rodney Council policy planner Ryan Bradley says "A realistic and measured plan for limited growth, complementary to the existing township, is needed to ensure that growth is well planned rather than adhoc".
The motorway extension from Orewa to Puhoi is third on Transit New Zealand's Auckland regional list of priorities for 2004 to 2005. A range of other projects are listed. Rodney District Council manager Barry George say the council has received the draft programme from Transfund and will be preparing a response
Another major development may be blocked by Transit New Zealand because of inadequate traffic infrastructure in Warkworth. Transit has submitted in opposition to a proposed six storey development in the centre of town, citing inadequate traffic assessment by the developer, Winslow Properties. Meanwhile, the Rodney District Council is pushing through a northern corridor modelling study and government ministers are making noises about finding more funding for the infamous Hill St intersection, the epicentre of Warkworth's traffic and development woes.
A clean-up has begun on public land in Silverdale to remove contaminated soil, wood, tyres, concrete and household rubbish littered through public land. Fulton Hogan recently bought a property in Titan Place, which backs on to Weiti Reserve, only to find a number of contaminated sites at the former timber plant.
Rodney's restricted fire season ended on March 31. The recent trend of hot, dry summers could see Rodney follow the Kaipara districts lead and impost a total fire ban next year. Includes a sidebar, No fires in town at any time of year.
Plans to form a new company to oversee developing an airport at Whenuapai are being put together by Waitakere City Council, North Shore City Council, Rodney District Council and Wellington-based company Infratil. The government has already quashed plans for a commercial airport but the councils and Infratil are putting groundwork in place in case circumstances change. The proposed new company would be called Central Auckland Airport Ltd.
The ASB Community Trust has turned down an application for a major funding grant for The Centre at Warkworth. A $3.5m funding by the Rodney District Council was on condition that full funding had been established by December 31.
Warkworth's community centre is a step closer to reality with members of the project trust appointed. The trust needs to raise $4 million in addition to the $3.5 million allocated by the Rodney District Council.
November and December were two unusually dry months and this has caused the consumption of water to reach 9500 cubic metres during one day. The Rodney District Council will consider imposing water-use restrictions if the consumption increases by another 2500 cubic metres.
ARC councillor Brian Smith believes that plans to extend and invest in Rodney's regional parks may not take place due to the uncertainty over Rodney District Council's proposal to become a unitary authority.
Election discussion on Bob Harvey's dream for a commercial airport at Whenuapai which is not supported by the labour or National candidates of Helensville. With comments from John Key(National) and Darien Fenton(Labour).