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Are the New Streets in Ormiston Too Narrow?

Some local residents are finding that the streets in some of the new subdivisions in Ormiston do not allow room for parking. Local residents are often forced to park on the  verge or across the footpath in front of their house.


This has triggered a Council-led crackdown on these offenders, but as was pointed out to a local Councillor, Dick Quax, this problem was often the result of the streets being too narrow, yellow lines down one side of the street, and not enough off-street parking areas.


In addition to this, Aucklanders love their cars (in some cases house-owners own up to seven cars), and s there is a need to provide better public transport in the Ormiston area.


Perhaps this is all the more reason to apply a congestion charge for car users? There is also a need for a better bus service in to these new areas of Ormiston.

The other ting that causes people to park their cars in the street is that many house-owners use their garage as an extra kitchen/dining area or bedroom.  

Ormiston Town Centre Getting Under way

The Ormiston Town Centre development at Flat Bush is now getting under way.

The 19ha town centre will be much more than a shopping centre and will include opportunities to live, work and play.

Once complete it will include retail, cafes, restaurants, commercial office space, medical facilities, apartments, town houses, a library and multi-use facility and an aquatic centre.

The vision is that the town centre will be based around a traditional mainstreet, be compact and pedestrian friendly and have strong ties to the environment and Barry Curtis Park.

Initial work on site, just to the east of the gateway Ormiston Bridge near Chapel Road, is underway, including construction of a 6,000 sq m Pak ‘n Save. 

An initial 63 terraced houses have been consented with construction due to start early 2015.

Auckland Council owns 90 per cent of the town centre land and is working closely with Auckland Council Property Limited (ACPL) to deliver a vibrant town space.

The council and board’s contribution is approximately $220m for transport improvements, public open space, water and wastewater, the library and aquatic centre.

The private sector is contributing an estimated $2.8 billion and several developers are involved including Todd Property which is developing the town centre, the Hugh Green Group, Howick Parklands and Green Land Investment.

The project is expected to be completed between 2019-2021.


Multi-use community facility and library

The heart of Ormiston Town Centre will be the 2,925sqm, $20.8 million library and multi-use community facility. 

Planning for this is well underway. The concept design features two levels with a central community hub, a café facing Barry Curtis Park, an arts-themed courtyard and a central gallery and studio.

It also incorporates shared facilities for staff, performance and rehearsal areas and additional spaces for community and arts activities.


Aquatic centre

As part of the development of Flat Bush Council is also planning to build an aquatic centre on Ormiston Road. 

The site was chosen for its visibility, easy walking distance for nearby school students, proposed bus services and its town centre location.

The aquatic centre will be a great place for people to meet, socialise and hold events and initial plans feature lap, leisure, learners and toddler pools, a spa, sauna and steam room, a fitness centre and a café.

Funding for the aquatic centre is to be considered as part of the Community Facilities Network Plan currently being developed and the Long-term Plan (LTP) process.

Rapid Flat Bush Development Progess

Flat Bush is growing fast, however measures have been put in place to ensure that  a there is an accompanying high standard of urban design.

A number of initiatives have been put in place to improve the public appearance such as limiting front fences to 900 mm and restricting the position/amount of garaging at the front of houses to promote informal surveillance of the street by residents and creating attractive street environments.

Rules to ensure subdivision block patterns provide well connected streets which maximize choices for getting around whether it be on foot, a bicycle, the bus or in the car.
Park edge roads will overlook green fingers – enhancing the feeling of open space and making the green areas safer for everyone to use.
A design code for intensive housing developments is applied, including minimum apartment size rules.
Flat Bush also boasts a large existing and proposed network of shared footpaths and cycleways, which cover more than 34 km making it safe, convenient, and pleasant to get around.

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

Approximately 27 per cent of the catchment will be protected from development
and 45 km of gullies and streams will be protected and enhanced. Council also plans to increase the amount of native bush substantially.

The 94 ha Barry Curtis Park, in conjunction with the Ormiston Town Centre, will form the heart and soul of the Flat Bush community with a path connecting the two.

Sustainable transport is another priority for the development with an integrated network of cycling and walking pathways under construction.

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

With the above features, Flat Bush is proving to be a popular destination for people to settle, which is reflected in the high prices being paid for property . 


Community Group Funding Guidelines

Community group funding guidelines

Auckland Council provides grant funding to support community oriented projects and activities that help council to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city.

The most appropriate source of funding for your project will depend on the nature of your activities and their geographical location.


Funding by area

You can read about the individual funding schemes available in your area by clicking on the relevant area below.


Submitting your accountability report online

If you have received a grant from council since 1 July 2013 you will need to submit an accountability report online, attaching your receipts. This shows us how you have used your grant.

If the report is not submitted by the due date and time, your group will become ineligible for further Auckland Council funding.

You can access the accountability report form, and see when it is due, on the SmartyGrants website (My Submissions link at the top of the page).

If your account has become locked, please contact us and ask to speak to your local community funding advisor.

The Otara Cube is Back

The Otara Cube, a unique art installation outside the busy Otara Town Centre, is again open to the public, and features exhibitions from emerging local artists.

The Otara Cube is a three-metre shipping container originally retrofitted and installed in 2013 as a temporary public exhibition space by Manukau Institute of Technology, with funding support from Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board. The local board has provided funding to keep the gallery on site and for programming until 2018.

The new season of the Otara Cube  was launched with a moving image endurance piece called Ha’amonga, by artist Sione Faletau.

Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s arts spokesperson, Donna Lee, says the board is committed to encouraging artistic expression and emerging talent in the area.

“Sione is an inspiring local artist and the Otara Cube is a unique and accessible way to promote and cultivate arts and culture right in the heart of the Ōtara Town Centre,” she says.

Check out the Otara Cube on Facebook for more information on current and upcoming exhibitions.

Help for Food Service Businesses

Auckland Council’s Environmental Health team is providing mentoring sessions for food service businesses to prepare them for the new national Food Act.

The Food Act will take a fresh approach to businesses managing food safety themselves.

Restaurant Oporto is an example of a food service business that has already started working with the council. The Environmental Health team has provided mentoring and training sessions to help Oporto’s nine outlets develop a Food Control Plan tailored to manage food safety risks.

“Working alongside Auckland Council ensures a seamless transition under the new Food Act,” says Oporto Managing Director John Hyde. “We’re seeing the significant benefits of a more transparent, user-friendly model to manage food safety.”

The Environmental Health team is currently inspecting, grading and registering over 8,700 food operators. A three-year transition period once the Food Act comes into effect in March 2016 could see more than 11,000 food operators registering with the council.

Food Control Plan mentoring sessions are available for Food Service Businesses now.

Visit to find out more.

Making Funding Easier for Community Groups

It will soon be easier for community groups to apply for funding for projects, activities and services that benefit Aucklanders.

Auckland Council’s new Community Grants Policy comes into effect on 1 July, and will create a fairer, simpler and more accessible funding programme. The policy was adopted last year after consultation with more than 150 groups.

The policy creates 21 local grants programmes to support activities governed by local boards, and six new regional grants programmes for significant projects and organisations operating across Auckland.

The new policy has two main components:

  • a local grants programme to support local activities – including the ability for local boards to work together to allocate grants for activities that cross several local board areas
  • a regional grants programme to support regionally significant projects and organisations, with funding programmes for arts and culture, community development, environment and natural heritage, historic heritage, events and sports and recreation.

Community groups play a vital role in helping the council make Auckland the world’s most liveable city, and in many cases – thanks to their expertise and relationships with the communities they work in – are better placed to support that objective.

By providing community groups with direct financial assistance, Auckland Council can deliver better value for ratepayers, achieve shared objectives, encourage positive social change, and help sustain a thriving independent community sector.

Most council funding schemes will finish on 1 July, and will be replaced by the new grant programmes. Until then there will be no change to existing schemes or funding arrangements, and grants already allocated will not be affected.

Visit Auckland Council Grants and Funding for more information.

Warning - Scam Alert

Here is a warning scam alert.

A member of the community reported that he had received a very interesting phone call this morning.

 The phone call went like this - 

“This is Officer Mike, calling from Inland Revenue Department, can I speak to …..” 

(I asked for exactly who he was referring to, he could only give me the two initials for my first names and then my last name, he then went on). 

“ ………(my first two initials, then my last name), “This is Officer Mike, calling from Inland Revenue Department, am I speaking with …….?” 

(I replied yes) 

“I am phoning with regard to outstanding tax, and to warn you that two police officers will be coming to your house within the next two hours to serve you with an affidavit for the outstanding tax”. 

(I asked, “where are you calling from”). 

“Central IRD in Wellington”. 

(I did not believe this, it very much sounded like an overseas call and he also sounded very much like he was from the Philippines, (slight American accent, like the Philippine people can have)


(I then became a bit annoyed with him knowing full well it was a scam, can’t stand these scammers, so I said, “by all means send the police around”, then hung up)








Please send this link out to anyone & everyone if you wish to help stop this scam from happening to someone.



Up-Market Mixed Use Development Planned for Ormiston

The up-market mixed use development planned for 285 Murphys Road in Ormiston has just been sold to a developer.


Plans call for the creation of a high-quality, mixed use development encompassing 2538 sq m of retail space, 999 sq m of commercial space, 181 residential units, and 508 car parks.


“The purchaser can commence development as soon as the building permit is secured,” the selling agent Mr Whisker says.


He says the consent enables for the construction of two, four-level buildings across about one third of the site.


Whisker says there is enormous scope for further development for the balance of the land.


“Stage one is just a beginning for this property with the remaining two thirds of the property available for development to suit the buyer’s own vision.


“Auckland City’s vision is to have 36,000 people living in this location within the next 10 years, so we expect demand to be strong – enabling the buyer to leverage the financial returns from Stage One to further develop the property.”


Flatbush is a new town built on 1,700 ha in south-east Auckland featuring five neighbourhood centres. The town has been developed with a strong focus on open spaces, high urban design standards and environmental sustainability.


Whisker says the consented area of 285 Murphys Rd is zoned Flatbush Neighbourhood Centre Zone with the remaining land zoned for Flatbush Residential 1. “It falls under Local Centre Precinct zoning which is intended to cater for a range of housing types including apartments through to larger family-sized terrace houses or freestanding homes and permits a maximum height allowing up to three stories.”


The property sits at the junction with the main arterial Ormiston Rd. Local schools are Ormiston Senior College, Sancta Maria College, Mission Heights Junior College and Tyndale Park Christian School while nearby shopping centres include Botany Junction, Botany Town Centre and Westfield Manukau City.

Ormiston Town Centre Launch

The Ormiston Town Centre was officially launched at a ceremony attended by a number of dignatories and stakeholders, including the Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Bill English, The Mayor of Auckland, the member for Botany, Jami-Lee Ross, Councillor Stewart and Mr David Collings, chairman of the Howick Local Board.


Mr David Collins said that he was pleased to see the start of construction of Flat Bush’s new town centre that is to be named the Ormiston Town Centre. He said that the area is changing before our eyes and this town centre is crucial to bringing the new residents and communities of Flat Bush together. Board Chair David Collings thanked Todd Properties at the launch of works for its work on this significant development.


Mr Eion Davies, the Managing Director said how pleased he was to be contributing to the development of much-needed infrastructure to enable Auckland’s growth. 


Mr Bill English and Mayor Len Brown spoke of the value of being part of a three-way partnership between the Crown, Auckland Couincil and the lead developer, Todd Properties.


A plaque was unveiled to commemorate the occasion of the launching of the Ormiston Town Centre.