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Encouraging words from our Minister of Conservation – Hon Kiritapu ‘Kiri’ Allan

Encouraging words from our Minister of Conservation – Hon Kiritapu ‘Kiri’ Allan

Mayor receives petition opposing reserves’ sale

– The Times 1 March 2021

A group of passionate local residents battling to stop the sale of four east Auckland public reserves have shared their message with Auckland’s mayor.

Auckland Council wants to dispose of green spaces it owns at 111R Golfland Drive, 9R Fortyfoot Lane, 76R Aberfeldy Avenue and 31 Aspiring Avenue/17R Hilltop Road.

The Howick Local Board voted late last year to retain the reserves but the council’s finance and performance committee overrode it and voted to put them up for sale.

The move is part of an effort by the council to raise money through its emergency budget.

A lengthy legal process, which involves final signoff by the Government, must be worked through before the reserves can be sold.

Among the people opposing their sale are Botany MP Christopher Luxon, Pakuranga MP Simeon Brown and Howick ward councillors Sharon Stewart and Paul Young.

A group of east Auckland residents are doing what they can to stop the reserves from being sold.

They circulated a petition signed by people from more than 450 local households calling for them to be kept in public hands.

Five of those residents recently wrote to Auckland mayor Phil Goff to highlight their concerns regarding the sale of the reserve in Golfland Drive.

Goff wrote back to them on February 22 saying revocation of the parks’ Reserves Act status is among the statutory processes that must be completed before they can be sold.

“The revocation requires public consultation, which is scheduled to commence in the near future and provide 30 days for the public to provide feedback,” Goff says.

In his letter Goff also acknowledged receipt of the residents’ petition, which was given to him by Howick ward councillors Stewart and Young.

“I have passed this petition to the staff responsible for the management of the public consultation process so that it can be considered as formal feedback, before a final decision is made.”

A spokesperson for Conservation Minister Kiri Allan told the Times there is “quite a process” to go through before any decisions on revoking the parks’ reserve status are made.

“In considering the revocation and disposal of reserves the council is required to follow procedures set out in Section 24 of the Reserves Act, including an initial consultation with the Department of Conservation (DoC).

“Following that, if the council wants to proceed that decision will then need to be publicly notified.

“The council would then send a copy of any objection to DoC, with a resolution from council in relation to those objections.

“The final decision on whether to revoke the reservation has been delegated to officers in the department by the minister.

“The minister may decide to withdraw that delegation, however in most cases it is DoC that will make that decision only after careful consideration has been given to the purpose of the reserves, the content of any objections and council’s views in relation to the objections.”

The spokesperson says DoC’s decision will be based on the council’s report of its assessment of those objections.




The Council has now given notice of how to make submissions to oppose their plans by the end of March. If we don’t get as many individual submissions as possible in time, our greenspace will be lost.

Please see the attached notice and a form to provide your feedback about why you think we need to keep our reserve for the community. Please write your submission, as well as any you can gather from friends and family, on the attached form and either send direct to Council by email at or by email to me; drop it off to 8 Treeway, Sunnyhills, or text us and we will happily send to Council by email and courier.

Submissions close at the end of this month, so we ask that you please act NOW.

If you have any questions, need more forms, or would like any help with creating a response, please just email or text us, and we will be more than happy to help.

Together we can STOP Council taking away this valuable part of our community

Council’s public notice is available at,-Pakuranga-9R-Fortyfoot-Lane-Sunnyhills-76R-Aberfeldy-Ave,-Highland-Park-.aspx

我们需要你的帮助,请协助保护我们的绿地和公园 !!

我们需要你的帮助,请协助保护我们的绿地和公园 !!

奥克兰市政府计划出售位于9R Fortyfoot Lane以及附近其他的绿地用于房屋的开发与建设。

我们要尽可能避免我们的公共绿地和公园变成下一个房屋开发地, 这不仅是为了我们的社区,更是为了我们的下一代。随着越来越多的土地在Fortyfoot Lane这条街被分割开发并且建造新的房屋,这块绿地对于我们来说是一个不可多得的生活与休闲的场所,如果我们不阻止这些绿地和公园被出售,恐怕越来越多的绿地和公园将会从我们周围消失。


奥克兰市政府的详细通告请查看邮件附件, 请尽可能的让你的朋友和家人一起参与进来,把您的意见以及保护我们的绿地的原因一起填写在邮件附件里的表格中, 填写完的表格你可以直接发送至奥克兰市政府邮箱 或者发送邮件至我们的群众代表邮箱 如果你有需要任何关于提交表格的帮助,你也可以填写并放在 8 Treeway, Sunnyhills的邮箱中,或者通过021 487 589 这个号码联系我们,我们非常乐意帮助你一起提交给奥克兰市政府。