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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, March 18, 2013 — 3 120742 111380-V4 Beachcomber Kindergarten Your Children’s Workshop 95 Hutchinsons Rd Howick Open Monday-Friday 8.30am-3.30pm during school terms Call now to arrange a visit 534 8058 Visit us at: www.beachcomberkindergarten.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sessional and full-day kindergarten for 2 to 5-year-old children 20 hours ECE for 3 & 4-year-olds PLACES NOW AVAILABLE IN THE AFTERNOON SESSIONS FROM 1 to 3.30pm 121108 Yo u won’t find a bedder deal in Botany. 121226 By MARIANNE KELLY ARULE book that will shape the way Auckland grows is go- ing out for a 10-week period of informal discussion. The draft Auckland Unitary Plan – the new all-encompassing district plan – sets out what can be built and where, as well as how to safeguard the environment, herit- age, coastal areas and productive rural land. It’s open for informal discussion until May 31. It replaces the 14 existing dis- trict and regional plans, many of which are more than 10 years old. It’s one of the key features of the Auckland Plan, the long-term plan, which was finalised last May and provides the strategic direction of how and where the city will grow and develop over the next three decades. The Unitary Plan will cover whether ratepayers need resource consent, for example, planning approval to build a house, make alterations or demolish a building. It introduces five new zones: sin- gle house, mixed housing, terraced housing and apartments, large lot residential, and rural and coastal settlements. It will also identify protected heritage buildings and trees and other outstanding natu- ral features and determine what people can do on or with streams, lakes and the sea. Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says the council’s vote to hold a prelim- inary 10-week public debate gives citizens a chance to talk through the plan. “This is a draft draft. We’ll have growth in the Auckland region for the next 30 years and have to plan for it. “Our babies are having babies and people are moving to Auck- land. It would be irresponsible not to plan where we choose to live. “We’re giving people housing choices and planning for infra- structure over the next 30 years,” she says. “We want to make sure that more intensive communities are well planned. It’s not a matter of how many people we can shove in Orewa, Howick or Henderson, but these are areas that can take more development. “It’s concerning people are start- ing petitions to stop things hap- pening. We want them to give us a chance to talk it through and hear from all of the community. Some communities are reacting strongly and I’m fine with that. It makes the process more transparent.” Housing Minister Nick Smith, she says, wants the council to open up more land. “We’re saying Minister read our plan. It has a rural-urban bound- ary, which addresses all the issues you raise. But it does it in a planned way, building over the next 30 years and matched by affordable infrastructure. “We’re not plonking houses from here to Pukekohe, which would be expensive and cost rate- payers money. “I’m passionate that my kids and their kids will live in a city well planned and socially just, not a sea at random, spread out like Los Angeles. “If we look at the long-term future of cities like that, we must not let that happen to Auckland.” However, Howick ward coun- cillor Dick Quax says Aucklanders have never embraced the kind of concentrated living arrangements envisioned in the Unitary Plan. “The massive intensification required to meet the goal of one million additional people within the entire urban region will be met with universal opposition,” he says. “We can expect a tsunami of protest when people in Browns Bay, Mt Eden, Botany, Pakuranga and Avondale realise their leafy suburbs may become a distant memory as high-rise apartments replace trees and parks.” After the first round of public engagement, the completed Uni- tary Plan will go to the council’s governing body in September for a decision on public notifica- tion. Then formal consultation will start. The full process is not expected to be completed until 2016. In the meantime, existing district plans and regional policies remain operative. The draft Unitary Plan is on- ■■ line at www.shapeauckland.co.nz. People can make enquiries by emailing unitaryplan@auckland- council.govt.nz, visiting www. facebook.com/aklcouncil, writing to Auckland Council, Private Bag 92300, Auckland 1142, or phoning 301-0101. A how-to guide to the planning ■■ enquiry page on the council’s web- site allows people to find out what they can do based on their prop- erty’s zone. It uses a series of steps to determine whether a proposed development would need resource consent under the draft Unitary Plan and what rules apply. It’s at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ unitary plan. Plan debate gets started PARAMEDICS were unable to save the life of a woman who is believed to have drowned at Eastern Beach last Wednesday. Howick police sergeant Paul Devane says the 65-year-old was swimming with a group of people when she appeared to have suffered a medical emergency at about 10.30am. St John Ambulance paramedics and police were called to Eastern Beach but were unable to resuscitate her. Mr Devane says several girls sunbathing on the beach at the time tried to help. “They have seen a man come running toward the shore asking for help and the girls assisted in getting him and the woman onto the beach.” The death has been referred to the coroner for investigation. Swim fatality at Eastern Beach “It’s not a matter of how many people we can shove in Orewa, Howick or Henderson, but these are areas that can take more development.” – Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse Thieves end up arrested By CHRIS HARROWELL TWO men in a stolen car allegedly reached speeds of up to 100kph in a residential area before being caught by police. A Howick resident arrived home at her Whitford Road property at about 1pm last Tuesday to find the pair in her kitchen. The men fled in a stolen Holden Commodore as she phoned police and the Eagle helicopter was dispatched to locate them. Sergeant Jane Field, of Counties Manukau East Police’s tactical crime reduction unit, says the pair was spotted travelling at speed through Highland Park toward Botany. Driving on footpaths and road median strips, they arrived at Botany Town Centre and ditched the stolen vehicle in a car park outside the Farmers store. Police officers began searching for the men inside the shopping centre. “A police officer entered the mall at the entrance near the food court,” Mrs Field told the Times. “He was approached by one of the men and punched in the head, which knocked him to the ground.” Other officers arrived and arrested the pair. They face a number of charges following the incidents in Howick and Botany on March 12. A 31-year-old Otara man is charged with burglary, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault and injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He’s also charged with reckless driving, assaulting a police officer and possession of instruments to commit burglary. He appeared in the Manukau District Court on March 13 and is remanded in custody to reappear in court on April 23. The second man, a 31-year-old Otahuhu resident, is charged with burglary and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle. He appeared in the Manukau District Court on March 13 and was released on bail to reappear in court on April 4. The punched officer sought medical attention and has recovered.
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