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ASB in Meadowbank Mall to Close

Posted: 5 March 2017

We are disappointed that the ASB bank branch in Meadowbank Mall will close on 7 April. An ATM will remain.

This closure is unfortunate not just for us (as we use this branch for banking any cash subs we receive!) but especially the older members of our community who may not be comfortable with online banking.

ASB in Eastridge will also close on April 7.

Here is the full text from the email we received from ASB:

Upcoming branch changes

These changes won’t affect any of your personal banking information such as your account number, automatic payments, or direct debits.

On Friday 7 April, ASB Eastridge and Meadowbank branches will close. An ATM will remain in the area at both locations.

Your closest branches are St Heliers, Lunn Ave, Remuera, Ellerslie and Broadway.

For the addresses and detailed opening hours of these nearby branches and over 50 other ASB branches in Auckland, please visit the branch locator on asb.co.nz.

Refreshing ASB’s presence in the eastern suburbs

From April 2017 we will be completing a full refurbishment of ASB St Heliers, Remuera and Broadway branches. These branches will be fitted out with the latest technology and banking services to deliver the best banking experience possible.

Remember you can re-fix a rate on your existing home loan, reset PIN numbers and passwords, temporarily lock misplaced cards, manage term investments and change your credit card limits, among a range of other services through ASB’s Mobile app and internet banking service.”

Please support Local Board spending on links into local path

Posted: 27 February 2017

According to the draft annual budget 2017/2018, Orakei Local Board is prioritising spending on a link from Gowing Drive into the Glen Innes – Tamaki Drive Shared Path.

This is great news for locals! But this must still be endorsed with public support, so please confirm your support by filling in a feedback form! Consultation open until March 27, 2017 at http://www.shapeauckland.co.nz/consultations/annual-budget-20172018/

Orakei Local Board says:

“The development of the Ōrākei Spine – the shared path from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive – is a transformational project taking place in our area over the next few years. The Board is funding some much needed links to the Ōrākei Spine, but with our limited budget we can only deliver so much. Therefore we are seeking your support to advocate to the governing body for funding for an additional connection between Gowing Drive and the Ōrākei Spine. This will provide access to the Ōrākei Spine between the Gowing Drive area and the north side of the Pourewa Valley, connecting the residents of Gowing Drive with Selwyn College and St Thomas’s School.”

Below are some images of Stage 2 of the path, which travels along the train tracks behind Gowing Drive.

Artists impression of the Glen Innes – Tamaki Drive Shared Path Stage 2, which passes through the Pourewa Valley to the north of Meadowbank

Stage 2 of the Glen Innes – Tamaki Drive Shared Path. There are currently no links into the path from the Gowing Drive area of Meadowbank, or into the area north of the path. We note that a combined north-south link to the path would enable children to walk to local schools St Thomas’s and Selwyn College.

Meadowbank Rd / Manapau St Intersection to be narrowed

Posted: 21 February 2017

After a consultation last year, Auckland Transport (AT) has confirmed they will narrow the road at the corner of Manapau Rd with Meadowbank Rd (opposite the retirement village) in an effort to make the intersection safer.

The only change from the original consultation will be an extension of the no stopping lines further into Manapau St.

Main points:

  • Work is expected to begin in June 2018
  • AT does not expect the narrower intersection to impede any future bus service that may go to/from the station
  • A pedestrian crossing on Meadowbank Rd is not included in this plan but AT may consider it as a future project.

See the Feedback Summary Letter General Email to see AT’s response to other feedback received.

Local MP and Outboard Boating Club want to reroute Eastern Path through major intersection

Posted: 21 February 2017

This video shows two options for Stage 4 of the Eastern Path. Stage 4 starts at the Orakei Train Station end of the Orakei Basin, and comes out onto Tamaki Drive. The two options are:

  1. Option A which follows the train line through to the southern side of Tamaki Drive
  2. Option B which hugs the Ngapipi Rd shoreline and goes through the Ngapipi/Tamaki Drive intersection.

It seems that our local MP Simon O’Connor and the Outboard Boating Club prefer Option B.

However Option A is more direct towards the city (700m less to travel), does not replicate the Ngapipi Rd route, and does not traverse a major intersection on the corner of Ngapipi Rd and Tamaki Drive.

We have undertaken an unscientific survey via a post on Facebook and respondents unanimously voted for Option A.

Which do you prefer? Email us at  or interact with our Facebook post.

More about the Tamaki Drive / Ngapipi Rd intersection

Lights have been selected to improve this intersection after a consultation period last year. More information:

Watch the video

The two options for Stage 4 of the path are shown from 3mins 50 seconds.

Official opening of St Johns Lounge at Purewa Cemetery

Posted: 20 February 2017

On February 17, Our Chair Tim Duguid and committee member Lakshman Abeynaike attended the opening and dedication of the new St Johns Lounge at Purewa Cemetery. Also in attendance were Orakei Local Board reps and our Ward Councillor Desley Simpson.

Even on a rainy day, the lounge is a wonderfully light and attractive place, opening out to a wide veranda and surrounded by the trees and reserve.

Purewa Cemetery Trust Board chair John Priestley gave a talk in which he acknowledged the Residents Association and our appreciation of Purewa’s unique location within the community and special value as a place, not least the tree-lined driveway (which has been rezoned for housing under the Unitary Plan).

In dedicating the building, Bishop of Auckland Ross Bay spoke of Purewa’s history back to Bishop Selwyn 130 years ago, and the Trust Board’s stewardship of Purewa for the last 80 years.

In giving it their blessing, the Ngati Whatua o Orakei kaumatua Bob Hawke noted with good humour that while the valley has been properly known for generations as “Pourewa”, everyone now refers to the cemetery as “Purewa”.

After the speeches, we all processed round the building as the bishops and kaumatua offered mihi / prayers for all the activities that will take place there in the future.

What’s next?

In terms of business, we’re working with the Trust Board to hold our April meeting in the St Johns Lounge, with John Priestley joining us to talk about developments. We hope to confirm that soon. The Trust Board also look forward to working with us on another open day, following on from last year’s popular and successful event.

Opening ceremony programme. Click to view a larger image (PDF, 1.4MB)

 

Opening ceremony programme. Click to view a larger image (PDF, 1.5MB)

 

Meadowbank and St Johns Residents Association committee member Lakshman Abeynaike and Chair Tim Duguid with Orakei Local Board member Carmel Claridge

 

Community Celebrates Opening of Stage 1 Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Pathway

Posted: 20 February 2017

An excited crowd of nearly 50 people gathered on Sunday 18 February to celebrate the opening of Stage 1 of the Glen Innes – Tamaki Drive Walkway/Cycleway, also known as the Eastern Path.

The event was jointly organised by Bike Eastern Suburbs and Friends of Pourewa Valley.

Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai (The Path from the Land to the Sea) is a joint NZTA and Auckland Transport project that will deliver a 7km long cycle and walkway connecting Auckland’s eastern suburbs to Tamaki Drive and the city centre.

After fuelling up with coffee and brunch at Columbus Cafe on Merton Rd, the colourful bunch of walkers, cyclists, scooter-riders and pram-pushers began the trek up the pathway to the summit at Sunhill Garden Centre. Paces varied, but the common denominator was the smile on the face of every participant despite the hot and humid conditions. The view and photo stops were also a surreptitious chance to take a breather!

Meadowbank & St Johns Residents Association Chairman Tim Duguid kicked off proceedings, thanking Councillor Desley Simpson for her support of the path, and recognised the input of the Orakei Local Board. In attendance representing the Board were David Wong, Toni Millar, and Carmel Claridge.

Carmel Claridge, Orakei Local Board member and Environment Lead, says:

“This is one of the most exciting projects in our area for a long time, and I was delighted to share this  occasion with the community, my Orakei Local Board colleagues, and Chairman Colin Davis. I am thrilled that this pathway will open up the Pourewa Valley in an ecologically sympathetic way, allowing so many more of our residents and visitors to enjoy this unique, urban green space. How lucky are we as city dwellers, to have a piece of New Z ealand bush, only 6kms from the CBD right here  on our doorsteps to appreciate and enjoy? This corridor of urban paradise is very special, and needs to be cared for and cherished –  not only as a useful transport corridor, but as a valuable resource for future generations. It is vital that people provide feedback to Auckland Transport on the next stages of construction, to ensure that the funding bodies know how important local links for access to the Pathway are for our communities, and to ensure the development follows environmentally sound principles.”

Delighted little ones clustered around the Auckland Transport table, eager to collect goodies on offer: key rings, high vis snap bracelets, rain covers for bike seats, and more. A few adults were also seen lurking with intent, and pocketing a trinket or two. Thanks Auckland Transport!

Bike Eastern Suburbs representative Ross Roberts provided participants with a useful map for those keen to head off on a further cycle route showcasing the sites of proposed links to the path.

Pourewa Valley expert Roy Clements led a group down to Selwyn Park, where participants enjoyed the beautiful vistas of the valley. Stage 2 of the path will open up this area of bush land for all to enjoy.

Grateful thanks to all the community heroes who made the day possible: Ross Roberts, Kate Thompson, Dorthe Siggard, and Ingrid from Bike Eastern Suburbs, Friends of Pourewa Valley, and Columbus Cafe Glen Innes.

More about Stage 2 of the path

Stage 2 of the project is scheduled to begin this year with design concepts from Council
expected to be available for public consultation and feedback soon.

The second section of the pathway has the potential to deliver fantastic benefits for Meadowbank St Johns residents. It provides opportunities for students to access schools and playing fields on the
Kohimarama side of the Pourewa Valley by foot and by bike.

Residents will be able to use the pathway to connect to adjacent suburbs, and use it to get into the city, or to access better public transport systems including the train.

Photo selection

Many thanks to Rolf Siggard for these wonderful photos from the day.

Participants gather at Columbus Cafe before the event

Orakei Local Board member Carmel Claridge, our Chair Tim Duguid

People gather around the Auckland Transport table with more information about future stages of the path

It’s a reasonably steep hill but we got this! Great view to Mt Wellington

Orakei Councillor Desley Simpson with Dorthe Siggard, Toni Millar and Carmel Claridge

We’re looking for a particular set of skills

Posted: 20 February 2017

We’ve got a big vision for our residents association, but we need people with the right skills to help us! In return you get to meet more locals, be the first to know what’s happening locally, experience to add to your resume/CV, and the satisfaction of having contributed to your community.

Specifically we need people with the following skills:

  • Graphic design skills: to create AGM and event flyers
  • Google Maps / Graphic Design skills: we’d like to create cool maps of our local area with markers for boundaries, hidden walkways, playgrounds and more. To go on our website and social media accounts
  • Social media skills: we need help running our Facebook and Neighbourly accounts.

We could also really use your help with:

  • Delivering our newsletter every month to people without email addresses (around 15 addresses)
  • Setting up and packing down at events
  • Promotion of the association, eg manning a table at Meadowbank Mall
  • Delivering flyers for events.

If you’d like to become a volunteer, please contact us to discuss!

If you’re interested, please email us on  and we can chat.

 

What’s on at Meadowbank Community Centre in 2017?

Posted: 29 January 2017

Check out the courses available and try something new this year at Meadowbank Community Centre.

Download their 2017 Flyer (PDF).

New Remembrance Lounge at Purewa Cemetery

Posted: 25 January 2017

Construction is complete on the new state-of-the-art building at Purewa Cemetery.

The new function lounge, called St Johns Lounge, makes Purewa the first cemetery/crematorium facility in New Zealand to have two chapels and two function lounges.

We took an advance tour of the building ahead of the official opening on Friday February 17. The  building was designed by architects Ministry of Architecture and Interiors and features underfloor heating, an electronically-controlled louvred outdoor roof, and expansive views over the reserve.

An 85″ TV (first in NZ!) and sound system allows people to watch a funeral if numbers exceed the capacity of the chapel. The lounge can accommodate 150 people inside and another 150 on the covered patio space, making it comfortable to hold funerals with many more attendees.

The lounge opened on January 4 and has been used for functions already. The official opening is on February 17, 2017.

Read more: “New St Johns Lounge for Purewa“, East and Bays Courier, 7 December 2016.

Plans for Meadowbank Village

Posted: 20 December 2016

On 19 December 2016 we met with Sharon Bohane, Manager of Meadowbank Village, to learn about what’s going on at the site.

In 2015 the old brick building was demolished, which took longer than expected as the building had asbestos, which of course had to be officially removed. The asbestos was used as a fire retardant when the building was constructed in the 1950s.

So far the three independent living buildings along Meadowbank Rd have been completed (shown in purple in the diagram below).

Currently the block in red, Stage 1, is being built. This includes a five-storey building with community centre and apartments, and a care facility. This stage is expected to be complete in early 2018.

Future stages include more apartments and an extension of the care facility.

Sharon showed us the 1:140 scale model of the whole development. A picture is below. Residents are welcome to make an appointment to view the scale model and plans for themselves by making an appointment with Sharon. You can reach her on 021 510 437 or .