Category Archives: Flat Bush News

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

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


Aucklands International Partnerships

Aucklands International Partnerships recognizes that cities that have a network of international connections and partnerships are better able to leverage business, investment and cultural opportunities. 

Auckland has 19 formal city and country partnerships worldwide with many of New Zealand’s most important trading partners including Australia, China, Europe, Japan, Korea, the Pacific Islands and the United States. 

Well-established business, education, cultural, tourism and best-practice exchange programmes are already in place with these partners. 

Auckland Council is privileged to continue these relationships:

  • Australia – Brisbane
  • China – Guangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao
  • Germany – Hamburg
  • Ireland – Galway
  • Japan – Fukuoka, Tomioka, Shinagawa, Kakogawa, Utsunomiya
  • Korea – Busan, Pohang
  • Pacific Islands – Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji
  • Taiwan – Taichung
  • USA – Los Angeles.

Click here to read more about Aucklands international partnerships.


Business Improvement District Partnership Programme

The newly-introduced  Business Improvement District Partnership Programme recognizes that business activity is a key driver for economic performance in the Auckland region.


Auckland Council recognizes that because Auckland contributes such a large share to the national economy, a supportive business environment is essential to maintain and grow the local economy, to provide employment opportunites and ensure a resilient economy.


The Business Improvement District Partnership Programme (BIDPP) allows Council to collaborate with the business sector to improve our local business environment.


They work with business improvement districts (BIDs) in a defined geographical area. The relationship is based on a partnership model between Auckland Council and the BID.


Read more about how BIDs work and the BID Policy


BIDs contribute to the local economy through:

  • enterprise and business creation
  • skill and expertise development 
  • investment attraction 
  • innovation encouragement 
  • increasing competitiveness.

BIDs undertake many activities, including: 

  • looking after the local street environment (e.g. providing cleaning services in addition to our existing services, beautification projects)
  • safety and security
  • marketing and promotion
  • collective purchasing agreements
  • events
  • service provision (additional to our standard services)
  • local improvement projects
  • advocacy to local and central government and agencies
  • business development, mentoring, networking and training
  • communications
  • sustainability and resilience planning
  • urban form (e.g. heritage projects or improving the accessibility of businesses)

Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Auckland Council has partnered with the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, so that the region’s farmers and horticulturists are eligible to enter the 2016 Ballance Farm Environment Awards – with entries open until 31 October.


The aim is to showcase achievements in environmental sustainability and farming practices that protect and enhance the environment.


“This is an opportunity for Auckland’s rural sector – which is a billion-dollar industry – to showcase best-practice endeavours,” says Councillor Bill Cashmore. “We can exemplify the best the farming industry has to offer in terms of attitude towards sustainability, as well as delivery of economic outcomes.


“Auckland has one of the most diverse rural sectors in the country – with everything from sheep and beef farming to dairying, market gardening and high-tech horticulture. This is great news for the region, and we encourage farmers to enter.”


If you own land in the Flat Bush, Whitford or Clevedon areas, click here to find out more about the Farm Environment Awards competition.


Auckland Electric Trains Proving Popular

Auckland’s new  Electric trains are now in service across the city’s electrified network.


The new electric trains are proving highly popular, with Aucklanders taking 13.8 million trips on the rail network in the past year – a 21 per cent increase on the previous year.


The electric trains were introduced on the Onehunga Line in 2014 and the roll-out was completed last month with the trains being introduced on the Western lines.


Auckland Transport Metro Manager Mark Lambert says the trains have extra capacity, are more comfortable, and their wide doors make it easy to get on and off during busy periods. Open gangways between cars allow passengers to move from one end to the other.


Visit Auckland Transport to see a video of the new electric trains in action.


Click here to see a graph showing the growth of Aucklanders’ train usage 


It seems like we’re on the right track!! Have you considered catching the train from the brand new train station at Manukau?