Nor West News : February 2nd 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, February 2, 2012 Appeal to keep rural character Appeal laid: The building vacated by Placemakers on industrial property in the proposed scheme. By CARYN WIGMORE ' We're trying to hold Kumeu, keeping that rural township feel. ' Pete Sinton Kumeu-Huapai Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman RESIDENTS are fighting a major development in Kumeu to retain its rural flavour. The Kumeu-Huapai Residents and Ratepayers Association has appealed against a housing proposal and the lack of concept plans in the district. It has lodged an appeal in the Environment Court against Auck- land Council's decision. The association opposes a private scheme change prepared by Maddren and Foodstuffs to switch the industrial zoning of eight hectares in Kumeu's main street to three different areas of use. These comprise large format retail, which paves the way for a proposed New World supermarket, mixed use, for small shops with residential units above them and medium density housing. Association chairman Pete Sinton says existing ribbon commercial development between Kumeu and Huapai will not work on an increasingly busy State Highway 16''. This is still a rural town -- I don't think Kumeu is ready for that,'' he says. Mr Sinton welcomes the idea of a centre off the main road. But he slams the absence of a con- cept plan that will allow ratepayers to see what is proposed before the council approves it. At present the district has no traffic solution and no layout of what is proposed,'' he says. That is not sufficient for the association to give a tick of approval.'' The lack of detail doesn't leave any confidence in the community being properly engaged in what is the largest development change in Kumeu since the particle board fac- tory was established''. The association requires that because of the uncertainty, lack of design details and inability for sig- nificant community input that the development plan concept be noti- fied,'' Mr Sinton says. Members are also objecting to the proposed 200 square metre section size with three storey buildings on land earmarked for medium density housing. We haven't any sections that small out here,'' Mr Sinton says. We're trying to hold Kumeu, keeping that rural township feel.'' The private scheme change will be included and subject to more submissions to the Auckland Coun- cil unitary plan (district scheme) being released later this year. Schools start off with a new pathway Healthy thinking: Dr Tom Mulholland encouraged nor-west staff during a personal development day in Kumeu. He is flanked from left by co-organising principals Heather Atkinson of Waitakere Primary School, Clare Hocking of Rutherford Primary School and Kris Hughes of Riverhead School. Photo: RANI TIMOTI By RANI TIMOTI A fresh and positive boost is kicking off the year for some nor- west schools. A group of about 160 people at Kumeu's Markovina Estate attended a personal development day with three presenters relating to different personalities. Nigel Latta described how to deal with difficult people, Dr Tom Mulholland focused on the atti- tudes and languages people bring to the day and Rowie Szeszeran- Mcevoy of Waimauku looked at the wow'' factor of making an impact on the next generation. We wanted to create a group of people with healthy thinking and attitudes with a healthy start to the year,'' Riverhead School prin- cipal Kris Hughes says. It's a little tool-kit of skills to take away to make it a positive 2012. It just puts people in a positive mind for the year.'' Schools from Waimauku, Waita- kere, Taupaki, Riverhead and Rutherford attended, along with educational and businesses organ- isations they work closely with including John Key's electorate office, Gumboots Early Childhood Centre and Harcourts. Mrs Hughes, along with co- organising principals Heather Atkinson of Waitakere and Clare Hocking of Rutherford aimed at involving the whole school from caretakers to support and office staff.
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