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Auckland Police Crack Down on Road Safety in Major Operation

“Auckland police crack down on road safety in major operation”

More than 100 extra Police will be on duty in Auckland next Thursday (28
January) as they set up checkpoints throughout the day in well known high
risk locations, as well as at key entry and exit points to the city.

“We will be focusing on dangerous driving behaviours that put not only the
driver at risk, but those who share the road with them,” says Acting Senior
Sergeant Kuhrt Wieneke, who is in charge of the operation.

“Our focus will be on improving road safety by cracking down on speeding, drink driving, driving without seat belts and people using their mobile phones.”

Alcohol contributes to around 30 per cent of New Zealand’s fatal road

Over the last 10 years, fatal crashes caused by drink-driving have claimed
the lives of around 1,100 people and caused serious injuries to another

Four people have died on the roads in the Auckland City Police District
since the start of December 2015.

Police will also be continuing to enforce the reduced 4km/h speed threshold
that is in place until 31 January 2016.

With many people still returning home ahead of the new school year, Acting
Senior Sergeant Wieneke said he hoped Thursday’s operation would also act as
a timely reminder to those people planning long journeys to make good
driving decisions when travelling home.

“As the driver of the vehicle you are responsible for making smart decisions
that enable those in the car with you, and other road users, to get to their
destination unharmed,” says Mr Wieneke.

“The message is simple, check your speed, seatbelts on, don’t drink and
drive and put the phone away.”

The operation will run throughout the day from 7.00am.


New Ormiston Pak n Save Supermarket Opens in Ormiston

The new Ormiston Pak n Save Supermarket opened on 10 th November 2015 and is proving very popular with the locals from the `get go’.

Mayor Len Brown was there to carry out the official opening of what is the first retail store to be opened in this new $500 million Ormiston Town Centre.

The new owners,  David and Deanne Hannon and their family were all on deck on it’s first day of trading.

Mr Hannon said that the store will reflect the cultural diversity of the Ormiston area as shown by the multicultural staff, and the different food items that will cater for the needs of this unique community.

My Community wishes the Hannan family well as they adjust fro Keri Keri to living in and serving this very fast-growing Ormiston community. 

Duder Park a Great Place to Visit


Duder Park is a great place to visit,  and is less than a 40 minute drive from Ormiston.


It is located on the pohutukawa-fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula, which cuts out into the Tamaki Strait.


Visitors may feel like they are on their own island as they enjoy the 360 degree views extending to the Brookby/Maraetai hills, the Hunua Ranges and Hauraki Gulf islands.

Casual group size limit for Duder Regional Park is 75

Opening hours

Pedestrian access Open 24 hours
Summer gate opening hours
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
(Non daylight savings)

How to get to Duder

Physical Address:   933R North Road, Clevedon

Take State Highway 1 south and turn off at Te Irirangi Drive and veer left. At the fourth set of traffic lights turn right into Ormiston Road and head towards Whitford. At the T-junction turn left into Whitford and right at the roundabout onto Whitford – Maraetai Road. Continue through Maraetai and take Maraetai Coast Road to Umupuia.

Please note that booking hours for regional parks will now operate from 8.00am – 7.00pm Monday through to Sunday for SCC campgrounds, SCC parking areas, baches and bookable sites.  No bookings can be taken over the phone or in person on park after this time.  

No cash payments are available at any time on park.  For all payment methods, click here.

We strongly recommend that you call our contact centre in advance of your arrival on park on 09 366 2000, option 2, to make your booking.


Kauri dieback is a deadly disease, killing Kauri trees throughout the Auckland region. The Kauri in Duder regional park are currently healthy, please help us keep it that way!  For more information click here.  Also see information about Track closures in the Hunua ranges.

Park facilities
Park activities

Auckland's Special Housing Areas Producing More Houses

Two years into the Housing Accord and the establishment of Auckland Council’s Housing Project Office and the establishment of Special Housing Areas (SHA’s) , there is much to celebrate.


In the last two years alone, through the Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas Act (HASHAA), Auckland Council has released around 1,700ha of land that would not have been able to be built on for several years without the SHAs.


Additionally, to date SHAs have enabled almost 50,000 homes to be built, which will, over time, make a significant impact on housing supply right across the Auckland region.


Ree Anderson, Housing Project Office Director, says developers are active in the SHAs and homes will be delivered faster because of them.


“In the usual development cycle, large developments similar to the scale in SHAs take around five years or more. To date SHAs have enabled almost 50,000 homes to be built, over time, and this will show up in figures for completed homes in the coming year,” says Ms Anderson.


The role of Auckland Council

She says that it’s also important that people understand council doesn’t build houses.


“What it does do is enable them to be built. In fact, under the Housing Accord signed with Government, the target is for Auckland Council to complete 39,000 consents for sites or dwellings. It is developers, not council, who do the building.”


During this earthworks season, which began on 1 October, Auckland Council expects to see around 1,000ha of land in SHAs undergoing work in preparation for the building of new homes. 


Key numbers

  • 97 SHAs
  • 47,000 potential SHA dwellings enabled
  • 1700 hectares of land made available
  • 12,000 homes in new greenfield areas undergoing rezoning and masterplanning
  • 2000 consented homes in SHAs
  • 39,000 the target for consented sites or dwellings over the course of the Housing Accord


Family Violence in New Zealand is Among the Highest in the World

Here is a short summary of the talk to the Highbrook Rotary Club by Jill Proudfoot of Shine about Family Violence in New Zealand. 
    • New Zealand has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the World
    • Men are usually the main perpetrators 
    • Rates of domestic violence tend to be highest with Maori / Pacific Island and some new immigrant communities
    • With higher socio-economic groups it is usually of a more psychological nature (manipulation)
    • The ‘It’s NOT OK’ programme is creating awareness of the problem and is helping people to talk about the problem
    • Shine works mainly with the Police who refer families undergoing difficulties
    • The children are often the passive ‘victims’
    • Family violence usually leads to increasing family poverty
    • New Zealand has a long way to go in addressing this problem

    Click here to read more about the work that Shine does to help address the problem of family violence 

Click here to read about the Highbrook Rotary Club. The club meets on the first three Tuesday mornings for breakfast between 7 am and 8.30 am at the Waipuna Conference Centre at the Crossing in Highbrook.

You are welcome to attend.

Progress on Flat Bush Development

The new Flat Bush development has a strong focus on people and the environment. 


Approximately 27 per cent of the catchment is protected from development 
and 45 km of gullies and streams will be protected and enhanced. Auckland Council has increased the amount of native bush substantially.


Mobility around the Flat Bush area is serviced by a 3 m wide walking/cycling track that follows these planted gullies, providing a unique feature of pedestrian and cycling access. 
The 94ha Barry Curtis Park, in conjunction with the town centre, will form the heart and soul of the Flat Bush community with a path connecting the two. 


The Flat Bush project has been ongoing for a number of years and the comprehensive approach was key to it being internationally recognised with a gold award at the International Liveable Community Awards held in London in 2007. 


Flat Bush/Ormiston is becoming an exciting area to live as evidenced by the rapid development of new housing areas and the town centre, which is about to launch with the opening of the new Pak n Save supermarket..

Manukau Cemetery the Nearest Cemetery to Ormiston

The nearest cemetery to Ormiston is the Manukau Cemetery which is located on the Corner Roscommon Rd (SH20B) and Puhinui Road (SH20), 361 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe.



The chapel

The non-denominational chapel is surrounded by beautiful gardens, creating a sense of peace and serenity at the heart of the cemetery. The chapel provides the perfect place to celebrate and farewell the life of a loved one.


The chapel is well placed alongside the administration office and within short walking distance of the Bob White Function lounge.


The chapel provides seating for 250 people, with space available for an additional 200 people if required.  A chapel attendant is present throughout the service to liaise with the Funeral Director and family to ensure the service is conducted to your requirements.

The chapel has technology that can provide for family presentations. Please contact Manukau Memorial Gardens administration office for a copy of the Information Management Chapel guidelines.

Magnolia Room

The Magnolia Room is a private area that allows families to have the last intimate farewell with their loved one before cremation. This room can accommodate up to 20 people with limited seating.


The Magnolia Room can also be used as an alternative ‘chapel’ for those wishing to say a final farewell in a more intimate setting or to conduct a viewing of the deceased prior to using the main chapel.


The Magnolia Room features viewing windows allowing families to see the final committal, should they so wish. These viewing windows will remain screened off unless otherwise requested.

Bob White Function Lounge

The function lounge provides a place for families to meet over refreshments after the funeral service. There is an on-site caterer who is contracted to Manukau Memorial Gardens. Families cannot supply their own caterer. The lounge is certified for 150 people with overflow available onto a shaded patio area.


All cremations are conducted on the day of arrival at Manukau Memorial Gardens and the ashes are ready for collection the following business day by 10am.

Cremation memorialisation

Manukau Memorial Gardens can help you memorialise your loved ones after cremation.

We offer:

  • formal ash interment areas
  • books of remembrance
  • memorial walls.

Returned Services Area

Manukau Memorial Gardens has available a service lawn area for burials and ash interments. Manukau Memorial Gardens is proud to be the home of a unique Returned Services memorial and this is the only one of its kind in Auckland with magnificent granite walls etched with the stories of veterans who saw active duty. 

There is an annual ANZAC dawn parade held every year at the memorial on 25 April and a Vietnam Day service is also held annually at the memorial on 18 August.

Click here to view the full list of prices for cemetery services:


Cemetery opening hours

1 November-31 March 7.30am-8pm

1 April-31 October 7.30am-6pm

Cemetery and crematorium
Gates are open 24 hours on 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January.

Office opening hours
Monday to Saturday 9am–4pm

Phone: 09 279 8232 (After hours calls are diverted to our call centre)
Fax: 09 250 0070


Making Home Ownership in Auckland More Affordable

Auckland Council is committed to working towards making home ownership in Auckland more affordable.


They have set a goal to bring down the ratio of median home purchase price-to-median household income to five-to-one by 2030. The ratio is currently almost 10-to-one. 

The new goal was a key recommendation made in the report Housing Supply, Choice and Affordability. The report was presented to the council’s Auckland Development Committee on 15 October 2015.


The committee agreed, in principle, to include the target in the forthcoming refresh of the Auckland Plan. It noted that the council needs to continue to work in partnership with the government if this housing affordability target were to be met.


The committee also agreed to commission further analysis and advice on the issue of housing affordability in consultation with government agencies, to be completed in February 2016.

Chris Parker, Auckland Council chief economist and author of the report, welcomed the decision and the council’s ongoing commitment to tackling this issue.


“Including the target to reduce the price to income ratio down to five-to-one in the Auckland Plan is a really positive step towards making housing more affordable,” Mr Parker says. 

“It will help shape and focus our thinking moving forward. It will provide us with a tangible, achievable goal to frame up the decisions the council needs to make to create the world’s most liveable city including affordable housing.”


Auckland Development Committee chair, Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, says that the decision was very easy for the committee to make.


“Every councillor knows there are real challenges ahead of us in tackling Auckland’s very serious housing issue. The target is something real to keep us focused and, by setting a goal, we can continue to make every effort and use every lever to make homes more affordable.”


You can read full the report here. 

Funding for Local Community Groups

The Howick Local Board provides funding for local community groups and organisations in recognition for the important role they play in developing vibrant and engaged communities.


Through the Howick Local Board Community Grants Fund, these groups can be assisted to deliver programmes and events that benefit the entire community.


Funding recipients represent a cross section of the Howick area, from cultural to sporting groups, youth and the arts.


Howick Local Board Deputy Chair Adele White says, “Each group has unique skills and differences – they offer our community a wealth of opportunities and we are proud to offer funding to support them.”


Some of the groups that have received funding from round two of the Howick Local Board Community Grants Fund include:

  • Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust, which provides transport for seniors to attend activities
  • Howick Radio Charitable Trust, which helps local radio stations with broadcasting
  • The Parenting Place – Youth Division, which delivers handbooks and programmes for secondary schools in Howick.

Funding has also been granted to Life Education Trust, which provides programmes for children to make informed choices about their health, respect others and learn to appreciate their uniqueness.


Click here to check out whether or not our community group qualifies for a community grant.