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2014 June Newsletter

01-Jun-2014

JUNE EVENT - GREAT GUNS Friday June 27th – 6.30pm at Remuera Library 

Come to an evening with Ian Maxwell, co-author of Great Guns: the artillery heritage of New Zealand, which explores why New Zealanders brought trophy guns `back from the Crimean, South African and First World wars, and where these and other pieces of ordnance were displayed in parks and other public places. Many stories of how the weapon was acquired, presented, used and discarded are related. These include humorous accounts of authorised and unauthorised firings of the guns, and their unwitting inclusion in wider debates on war and peace. The book describes the background to taking war trophies and how they were distributed in NZ. At least 340 captured artillery pieces - and 1500 machine guns - were brought back to NZ after WWI. Every school got a machine gun! 

We are also looking at collecting up stories about the effect of the war on local Remuera families, identifying who were the Remuera residents involved in WW1, creating a memorial book register, researching the history of the Royal Mail Ship Remuera and the memorial plaques and structures in Remuera.

 

A FINE PROSPECT: A HISTORY OF REMUERA, MEADOWBANK AND ST JOHNS – JUST $24.99 AT PAPERPLUS REMUERA 

 This excellent history by Diana Morrow and Jenny Carlyon is currently being sold by PaperPlus Remuera for just $24.99, less than half price. “In this richly illustrated and comprehensively researched history of Remuera, Meadowbank and St Johns, Jenny Carlyon and Diana Morrow record the sense of noblesse oblige that has long pervaded Remuera life but also the colourful characters, the dramas, tragedies and occasional scandals that penetrated the suburb's elegant veneer. The result is a compelling account of an area of Auckland's eastern suburbs that are steeped in heritage and an indelible part of the city's rich fabric.” 


PARKING IN REMUERA 

The Remuera Residents Association has drawn our attention to the following meeting on parking. Auckland Transport have drafted a Parking Discussion document for feedback. The Remuera Residents Association is holding a public meeting to discuss how this document could affect our local areas and other transport issues. Representatives from AT will be present. All are welcome. 26 June, 7.30pm, the Kent Room, St Paul’s Methodist Church, 12 St Vincent Ave, Remuera. 


ORAKEI LOCAL BOARD – DRAFT LOCAL BOARD PLAN DUE SOON

Based on feedback from the community earlier in the year, the board has developed a draft plan setting out a vision and priorities for the Orakei Local Board area over the next three years. Between 7 July and 6 August the Board will consult the public on the plan, where you can provide your feedback to ensure they get it right. Part of their vision includes: the heritage, environment and character of our area will be protected for current and future generations to enjoy. The draft local board plan for Orakei (includes Remuera) will be available at Remuera Library and www.shapeauckland.co.nz from the 7th July 2014.


DID YOU SEE US IN THE EAST & BAYS COURIER ON 21 MAY 2014? 

Sue Cooper and Troy Churton of the Orakei Local Board were interviewed by the newspaper about the demolition or removal of old houses in the Orakei ward and Remuera in particular. While the draft unitary plan includes an interim heritage protection for pre-1944 houses and buildings, house owners could apply before 30 September 2013 for a certificate of compliance to demolish. This was a shortcoming in the council’s planning, resulting in 79 applications lodged across the city. Now resource consent is needed to demolish or remove a building while the proposed Auckland unitary plan is consulted on. The double bay window villa at No. 8 Armadale Road has now gone.


INFORMATION SIGNS ON MT HOBSON 

While recently admiring the winter display of white daffodils and jonquils on Mt Hobson which were planted to commemorate those who gave their lives during the Second World War, I couldn’t help noticing that the information board about Mt Hobson at the Mt Hobson Lane/Market Rd end is very dilapidated and somewhat illegible. Troy Churton on the Orakei Local Board has now organised for these to be replaced by Auckland Council. 


THE PROPOSED AUCKLAND UNITARY PLAN – NEXT STEPS 

Auckland Council have published a summary of the submissions on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan on their website. Each unique request, and the details of who made it, has been collated into the Summary of Decisions Requested (SDR) report. This report will be the largest of its kind since the Resource Management Act came into effect in 1991. People can now consider whether they want to either support or oppose submitters' requests for changes by making a further submission. The further submission period closes at 5pm on Tuesday 22 July 2014. Remuera Heritage made a submission about heritage protection which can be viewed in summary as part of this report. You can make a further submission in support, or not, on anything in this. A paper version of the summary report should be available at the Remuera Library.