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"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... Read more

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... Read more

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

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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... Read more

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Here is a short summary of the talk to the Highbrook Rotary Club by Jill Proudfoot of Shine about Family Violence in New Zealand.   Read more

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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... Read more

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The nearest cemetery to Ormiston is the Manukau Cemetery which is located on the Corner Roscommon Rd (SH20B)... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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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... Read more

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Good progress is being made on the construction of the new Pak'n Save store in Ormiston, which is due to open before Christmas. There are lots of new employment opportunities available for people looking for work such as the following:... Read more

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Auckland has many sports fields for your enjoyment.  If you are looking for  sports field in the Ormiston area, click... Read more

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Auckland Council has partnered with the New Zealand Farm... Read more

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The response to the introduction of the new electric trains has been very positive ...   Here are a few Tweets from happy commuters    Read more

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Auckland Council recently introduced a new street trading bylaws to manage commercial operations in public places, including outdoor dining at restaurants, bars and cafés.  Read more

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Rat and possum numbers in the Hunua Ranges have increased significantly, affecting forests and threatening native species, according to Auckland Council.  Read more

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New housing in Ormiston continues to boom , with the increased area of sub-divisable land being released struggling to cope with demand.   This is having the effect of pushing up prices, with section prices now fetching over $600,000.... Read more

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. 

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)

New Ormiston Pak'n Save Store Progress

Good progress is being made on the construction of the new Pak’n Save store in Ormiston, which is due to open before Christmas.

There are lots of new employment opportunities available for people looking for work such as the following: -

Office Manager PAK’nSAVE , Ormiston
NEW STORE – OPENING November 2015

This role is a sensational opportunity for someone to play an integral part in the management team of PAK’nSAVE Ormiston. Working with a close knit team, and reporting to the Owner Operator, the role will be responsible for planning, organising and managing the day to day running of the store office, delegating as necessary, but controlling all aspects of the administrative function to ensure that all tasks are completed in a timely manner. 

 

This role has a variety of tasks and will require a high degree of accuracy and the successful person will be deadline driven. Ideally this position would suit someone who is already in an office management position within the retail environment. 

 

The key attributes we are looking for are:
• Experienced in a medium / large office, FMGC knowledge a nice to have 
• A working knowledge of SAP, Retalix (Storeline) an advantage
• Previous experience in payroll of 80 – 100 (PayGlobal preferred)
• Experienced in all IRD compliance functions including PAYE & GST
• Accounts Payable/Receivable and cash management.
• Confident with computer systems and a good understanding of excel spreadsheets 
• Staff management experience 
• The ability to provide admin support to department managers.

 

An essential attribute of the successful candidate will be the ability to have what it takes to quickly build an understanding of the specific nuances of the PAK’nSAVE operating model and appropriate systems and processes.

 

This outstanding opportunity will appeal to motivated, results-oriented people who are looking for their next career step or who have always aspired to a long term career in office management. 

 

PAK’nSAVE Ormiston is committed to offering a friendly focused working environment that will deliver an outstanding shopping experience to the local community. If this sounds like the career step you are looking for, apply online http://careers.foodstuffs.co.nz 

Applications close Wednesday 9th September 2015

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.

 
 
 

Changes to Street Trading Bylaws

Auckland Council recently introduced a new street trading bylaws to manage commercial operations in public places, including outdoor dining at restaurants, bars and cafés.

The Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw is designed to ensure that outdoor dining, mobile vendors, markets, filming and events all positively contribute to Auckland’s vibrancy.

An important aspect of the street trading bylaws – which we received public feedback on – is that when using shared outdoor spaces, pedestrian access is clear for people of all abilities or with prams, and there is clear access for emergency services.

Under the new bylaw, businesses trading in public places are licensed for exclusive use of certain public places, for example outdoor dining on the street frontage of a café or a mobile food truck on a road.

 

Click here to read more about these new  street trading bylaws 

Rat and Possum Numbers Increasing in the Hunua Ranges

Rat and possum numbers in the Hunua Ranges have increased significantly, affecting forests and threatening native species, according to Auckland Council.

Current pest-control methods are no longer effective, so the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee has decided to apply 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) by helicopter.

Treatment areas for the carefully planned operation include the Hunua Ranges, Waharau and Whakatīwai regional parks, and some adjoining Department of Conservation and private land.

Visit our Hunua Project page for more information.

Hunua Ranges Project: What you need to know

  • 1080 is deadly; children and dogs are particularly at risk.
  • Watch children at all times and do not allow them to touch or eat bait.
  • Supervise dogs and prevent scavenging until the caution period is lifted.
  • Do not touch bait.
  • Do not eat animals from the area.

New Housing in Ormiston Continues to Boom

New housing in Ormiston continues to boom , with the increased area of sub-divisable land being released struggling to cope with demand.  

This is having the effect of pushing up prices, with section prices now fetching over $600,000.

 

Click here to view some examples   

 

It appears that new homes in the area are now selling for between $1,000,000 and $1,300,000, which is a $200,000 increase compared to 12 months ago.

 

The Ormiston Town Centre is getting ready to get underway, with the first stage, the construction of the new Pak N Save supermarket and adjoining shops due for completion by Christmas.

 

The development company, Todd Properties is working with the Auckland Council to finalize the construction of the new Library and Community Centre which is due for completion by the end of 2016.  The Ormiston Town Centre itself will be built in stages with a completion date estimated to be 2021.

  • Modern contemporary architectural design
  • 30,000sqm of retail space
  • Two supermarkets, a discount department store, speciality retailers and cinema complex amongst others
  • A diverse high quality, food and beverage offering
  • Business opportunities
  • Transport links plus 2,500 car parks, approximately 1,200 of which are specifically for retail and civic facilities

 

Click here to view the proposed plans for the town centre.  

 

Construction of the proposed  junior or middle college on the same site as Ormiston Primary School  for a years 7-10 is about to get under way, with excavations taking place. 

 

Ormiston will eventually become the home to 40,000 new residents by 2040.