Rodney Times : November 9th 2010
5 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS Customer Services (09) 442 2222 7.30am to 6pm, Mon to Fri Faults and emergencies (09) 442 2222 24 hours Dear Auckland Welcome to Watercare This is our second week of delivering water and wastewater services directly to your homes and businesses. As you may be aware, your water accounts transferred automatically to Watercare last week, as part of the local government changes. You may be wondering how this will affect the services you receive. We can assure you that we are used to providing millions of litres of drinking water every day. It is what we have been doing since 1992, along with treating wastewater and managing pipe networks. What has changed is that we are now serving you directly. Future water and wastewater bills will come from Watercare. This change means there may be hiccups as we nd our feet. We can assure you though; our dedicated team will work hard to x these quickly. If you have any questions or feedback, please call. 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As a specialist clinic, we offer all for ms of treatment including an onsite hospital. * Fully licensed and Southern Cross Affliated Phone 09 444-5858 or visit: www.veins.co.nz Two views of Te Arai land development By MIKE BISHARA Te Arai: Possibly back for park consideration but at what price? Photo: AUCKLAND COUNCIL The Te Arai Beach Pres- ervation Society has greeted with guarded delight news that the Te Uri o Hao joint venture Te Arai Coastal Lands has withdrawn its appeals to the High Court and Environment Court. The company had been seeking to overturn decisions by Rodney Dis- trict Council indepen- dent commissioners to reject plans for develop- ment on the forestry land behind the beach. Though the society remains wary of other potential avenues for development of Te Arai, the news of the with- drawal means at the very least the proposal that had 180 houses plus a golf course and accom- modation put forward last year is not going ahead, president Mark Walker says. The company has a dif- ferent interpretation of events. We have withdrawn from the High Court action following a favour- able Environment Court ruling which establishes a baseline for develop- ment of the Te Arai for- est, a spokesman says. The joint venture remains committed to a sustainable land use plan which moves it from production pine forest to conservation and rec- reational uses, and that also provides an endur- ing economic outcome for Te Uri o Hau. TeUrioHauisa hapu of Ngati Whatua, who are an integral part of the new Auckland city. The new council needs to deliver a com- promise which gives the promised economic stimulus to Te Uri o Hau while providing a rec- reational and conser- vation facility that can be enjoyed by all Auck- landers. Te Runanga o Ngati Whatua chairwoman Naida Glavish says iwi runanga has a respons- ibility to support hapu, which nonetheless oper- ate autonomously with their own boundaries. TeUrioHauhashad more than its share of financial problems of late, despite reportedly receiving more than $10 million from its partners New Zealand Land Trust over the years. Plans to sell its land to the Auckland Regional Council in a deal thought to involve the council, Conservation Depart- ment and Rodney Dis- trict Council for $15 million fell through. Former Rodney mayor Penny Webster says the trio had been in mediation with the developers to come to an arrangement which would deliver this pris- tine area into public ownership . We thought we had an agreement [to pur- chase Te Arai], and then out of the blue came this announcement [to pur- chase Te Muri park], she says. Auckland Regional Council chairman at the time Mike Lee says the council was interested in buying the land but it was overvalued and we have to get value for money . Te Uri o Hau got themselves in an appal- ling financial condition and we had no obligation to spend ratepayers money to get them out of a very big hole of major financial losses over the past recent years, Mr Lee says. They received a very generous treaty settlement from the gov- ernment, he says. The price was way too much. I would have been severely criticised, and rightly so, if we had spent ratepayers money on that. A spokesman for the developers says this is simply the way the regional council operated. They string you along and string you along, then put every obstacle in your way on the con- sent process until the developer runs out of patience. The preservation society and the developers may finally agree on something. We are going to con- tinue with our campaign to have Te Arai back in public ownership as a regional park, Mr Walker says. With 17 endangered species, including New Zealand s rarest bird the fairy tern, and as the last long stretch of undevel- oped coastline left on the east coast of the Auck- land region, we believe that the new Auckland Council should make Te Arai the highest priority for purchase as our next regional park, Mr Walker says.
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