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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, February 23, 2017 — 13 Botany (The Hub) (Next to Carpet Court by Munns near Wendy’s) 451 Ti Rakau Drive Ph: 09 265 1855 www.bedstop.co.nz Total Store Clearance For the sleep you’ve been dreaming of..... Be Quick! Once its gone its gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KC12212 Abumper tourism season is increasing tensions between freedom camp- ers and locals in Auckland, prompting new moves by Auckland Council to see if the conflicting needs of free- dom campers and local resi- dents can peacefully co-exist. This week, council is begin- ning a two-month pilot “dis- persal” programme that could see freedom camping visitors encouraged to spread out over 29 locations across the city, rather than crowd into a few well-known hot spots. The pilot sites – including four in Howick, Pakuranga and Eastern Beach – have been selected following extensive consultation with local boards, resulting in seven of the 21 Auckland local boards participating. At the outer edges of Auckland, the Franklin and Rodney local boards have approved seven and eight sites respectively. The Howick Local Board has approved sites in Eastern Beach, Lloyd Elsmore Park and two Howick public car- parks. In Maungakiekie-Tamaki, sites have been approved at Panmure Lagoon’s Domain Reserve and the Panmure Wharf Reserve. Puketapapa Local Board is offering Margaret Griffen Park for the pilot and Albert- Eden Local Board has a site at Western Springs Community House. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has approved five sites and the Upper Harbour Local Board has approved the use of Rosedale Reserve in Albany for the pilot scheme. “A key aim of the pilot pro- gramme is to try and reduce the impact of freedom camp- ers on local access to parks, beaches and amenities,” says Councillor Linda Cooper, chair of the council’s Regula- tory Committee. Throughout the trial, coun- cil officers will be ensuring the sites are kept well-main- tained and tidy, with clear accessways for the public to traverse and park. “Both park users and camp- ers need to be kept safe, and toilets and other amenities need to be maintained in good operating order,” says Councillor Cooper. “We want to be welcom- ing hosts to our visitors. Campers bring an estimated $1.2 million a month into our economy over summer. However the influx of free- dom campers into hotspot areas - particularly in north eastern coastal and inner city locations - is creating prob- lems. Overcrowding, parking and access difficulties, and increasing rubbish at popu- lar destinations is frustrating local communities and other park users.” Auckland is the gateway for most of the 3.4 million tourists that come to New Zealand and Auckland Coun- cil estimates 320 freedom camping vehicles per day are either travelling on its roads or parked in public places over summer. “If we can encourage campers into new areas, we hope to reduce overcrowding and spread the tourism dollar to other local board econo- mies, while also introducing visitors to some of the lesser- known but lovely corners of our city,” she says. The council proposes using a range of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to try to move campers around Auckland. “We’ll be making good quality travel planning infor- mation more readily avail- able to campers, using social media and printed informa- tion about alternative paid and free camping sites,” says Michael Sinclair, Manager - Social Policy and Bylaws for Auckland Council. Information about day trips, events and things to do in participating local areas will encourage campers to explore and enjoy their sur- roundings. “We want to do everything we can to encourage volun- tary moving on, including ensuring our suggested alter- natives feel safe for visitors, so we have been careful with location choices and will have security monitoring at sites,” says Mr Sinclair. There will also be increased monitoring of toilets and rub- bish bins. “During the pilot we will be vigilant with compliance monitoring. We will retain the ability to deploy a quick response team to any areas not coping with demand, and we will modify the conditions of camping (for example, by reducing the length of stay) or even shut down desig- nated sites if they are causing a nuisance,” he says. A report on the pilot pro- gramme will be presented to the council later in 2017 and will help inform the develop- ment of policies and regula- tions on freedom camping in Auckland. pilot sites: The Howick Local Board has approved sites in Eastern Beach, Lloyd Elsmore Park and two Howick public carparks. Photo Auckland Council Auckland tackles freedom camping issue Exclusive doco screenings at Bruce McLaren By LAurA Brookes Starting this Monday, the residents at Bruce McLaren retirement complex will be treated to a four-session entertainment roadshow hosted by the Aotea Youth Symphony (AYS) and Sinfonietta Orchestra. As part of an ongoing fundraiser, the roadshow will feature a screening of eight interview- based 30 minute documentaries on educational topics. These include Cholesterol Fraud and Health, Arthur Allan Thomas Inquiry, Cot Death Crisis, Tragedy of Princess Diana Cover Up, Climate and Environment, Oil and Energy, NZ Cantonese Chinese History 1850-1950 and a Denny Pompey Cook Musical Tribute. The exclusive documentaries are presented by the late Dr Jim Sprott, a well-known scientist, and have been created by Brendon Fraser Productions Est. 2004. The AYS was established in 1986 by music director and conductor Paul Harrop (ONZM), who still conducts the orchestra today, attending shows and rehearsals every Tuesday night. Since it started, the AYS has toured extensively around the world, and have been hosted in places like Japan, America, Canada, Australia, Germany and China. Dates for the screenings are February 27 (10am), March 1 (2pm), March 6 (10am) and March 8 (2pm) and entry costs $10 per screening. iNspiReD: The late Dr Jim Sprott was the presenter of the eight documentaries. Photo supplied Three swimmers make junior squad Three East Auckland youngsters have just earned a place in a coveted national junior swim squad. Sophie Spencer (13 years), from Beachlands, Ella Crowe (11), from Half Moon Bay, and Judd Brown (9), from Howick, won their age group categories at the Legend of the Lake swim in Rotorua on Saturday which was the fourth event in the seven swim New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. Their win in the 200m Banana Boat OceanKids event has secured them a place in the Jetstar Super Swim Squad. This means they will travel to Auckland with a caregiver for a weekend camp with some top name elite swimmers and coaches in May. Throughout the season, each qualifying event will allow children the opportunity to earn a place in the 36 member squad. The NZ Ocean Swim Series runs from November 2016 to April 2017. The 2017 Jetstar Super Swim Squad Camp will take place in Auckland on May 6 and 7. The next opportunity for young swimmers to win a place in the squad will be at the upcoming Christchurch Crown swim in Christchurch on 4 March 2017.
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