The next few years are important for the future of Stonefields. The Ōrākei Local Board is preparing its 3-year plan and has asked the Stonefields Residents Association to assist in setting priorities and direction of decision-making for Stonefields and the wider Ōrākei area.
This is an important opportunity so please come along and express your views.
Our initial discussions have highlighted some key issues including:
The Draft Plan for the Wetlands — when will this be adopted
The poor maintenance of our two key assets, the Wetlands and Heritage Trail, especially the wattle and gorse infestation
Footpath extension from bus stop in Stonefields to College Rd (opposite Market)
General maintenance of all the playgrounds and parks is deficient
Tree pruning in the general area
Concerns about future development and traffic management
Stonefields Community Hall plans and progress
Date: Thursday 27 February 2020 Time: 7.00pm Venue: Auckland Netball Centre, Stonefields Ave
The project involves removing wooden tree surrounds on grass berms where they are overgrown or have disintegrated, fixing those that are damaged, painting wooden surrounds, adding bark or garden mix where required, and undertaking some planting.
If you are interested in volunteering to work on this project please get in touch with SRA Committee Member Kerry Laing – 021 669 765 or email@example.com
A big thank you to the Orakei Local Board and John Quiambao for their support.
Who is responsible for the berms?
Auckland Transport is in charge of berms and what can be done with them. Property owners are required to mow and maintain the berms outside their properties. The Stonefields Residents Association is working within guidelines set by Auckland Transport and with assistance from the Ōrākei Local Board.
Can I help?
Yes! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers welcome.
Will all tree surrounds be upgraded?
No. A significant number (about one third) are in a poor state of repair or are neglected and overgrown. Council contractors will be removing these as resources allow. We have developed a plan for those we have identified for the project (about 350). Work will commence in early August and extend over a couple of months, depending on the number of volunteers.
Can I choose what is planted in the planter box outside my house?
At this stage, we’re focused on fixing up the planter boxes and general tidying such as weeding and bark. However, you are welcome to use the opportunity to arrange some planting of your choice, within the guidelines set by Auckland Transport (low growing plants or flowers.) We’re hoping in a later phase that we can do more to plant and beautify these areas.
Presented to the Annual General Meeting by Martin Taylor, 12 August 2018
I’m pleased to report we’ve had a very active and successful year. Your small but perfectly-formed committee, assisted by a terrific group of volunteers, has managed to tick off several of the goals we set ourselves.
Those goals included much-improved communications, building relationships with people and groups important to Stonefields, and putting on activities that bring the community together, both for fun and to ensure we’re informed and engaged in what’s happening in our neighbourhood and city.
On the upgraded communications front, we’ve posted 300 items of local news in the past year — there’s a lot happening in Stonefields! We’ve used our Facebook page, monthly email newsletters, website and several printed flyers. Usage of these channels has grown, too, with our Facebook page followers almost doubling to more than 800. And association membership is up 22% as a result of more active communications, more events and membership drives.
We’ve also bumped up live activity. This AGM is the eighth event we have organised in the past year. It includes four public meetings, Halloween and Christmas lights competitions, and two big family day events.
We’ve now got a well-oiled machine that launches into project management, volunteer coordination, fundraising, prizes and sponsorship, publicity, health & safety, event-day staffing, finance, and the host of things that go into making events happen. It’s a big commitment in time and energy from our twenty or so volunteers and I’d like to acknowledge that with a very big thanks today.
We’re especially pleased with the family picnic day we held in conjunction with the opening of the Heritage Trail which attracted about 300 residents on a rather cold day in November; and the Stonefields Family Market Day that we organised with the Stonefields Market businesses in late May. It drew close to 2000 people for a great day of family fun and freebies. More promotions and community events are planned, including another Family Market Day next February.
I’d like to mention two other projects we’ve been working on. First, the SRA has been an active member of the group working on a community hall for Stonefields. Good progress has been made and a special thanks to our secretary Barry Goodey for leading our side in this excellent initiative, working with David Ealson. Secondly, we established the Pest Free Stonefields initiative as a first step in our plans to improve the environment in and near Stonefields. More on that from coordinator Stephanie Reid shortly.
As well as the larger projects, there is a lot of good work that often goes unnoticed as residents raise issues with us of street lighting, traffic, buses and bus stops, misbehaving dogs (or dog owners), security, covenants and numerous other issues that pop up from time to time. We investigate each one and the committee works with the right people and organisations to get them resolved.
The new committee has developed excellent relationships that have been essential to making sure we can get things done and that we know the right people and organisations to help us when issues arise. These include the Ōrākei Local Board, Auckland Council and Ōrakei councillor Desley Simpson, Todd Property, Auckland Transport, Stonefields School, and our local Stonefields Market businesses.
A special shout-out here to Todd Property and Barfoot & Thompson who have shown great willingness to support the community as significant sponsors and supporters of our events and activities.
I’d also like to acknowledge the continuing support of the Ōrākei Local Board, both financial and in the time and willingness of chairman Kit Parkinson and board members to engage with us on issues, large and small, that affect Stonefields residents; and a special acknowledgement of the countless hours that Colin Davis has put into Stonefields since its inception, and continues to do so.
So, looking to the year ahead, we’re planning more events for residents. One, already noted, will be an even better Family Market Day, scheduled for 10 February. We’re also in the process of securing funding for an ambitious summer evening live music event staged in our magical Wetlands, using the natural amphitheatre under the maunga as a backdrop. We’re planning to add a little extra cheer to Christmas this year. And there will be more initiatives from our environment group, hopefully including something for the gardeners.
And my thanks, as always, to our committee and volunteers. If you want to join us, get in touch! The more of us there are, the more we can get done.
Auckland Council 10-year Budget consultation for residents
Speakers: Ōrākei Councillor Desley Simpson and Ōrākei Local Board Chairman Colin Davis Date: 11:00am Sunday 25 March 2018 Venue: Stonefields School Hall
The bill is arriving for years of underinvestment, polluted beaches and waterways, traffic gridlock, and more. It will affect rates and charges for every Aucklander for the next decade.
A pivotal vote is about to take place at Auckland Council and you’re invited to a public meeting to hear about it and provide feedback.
The meeting is organised by the Stonefields Residents Association. We’ll have a cup of tea and bikkies afterwards to give you a chance to chat with neighbours and Council and Local Board elected representatives.
Councillor Desley Simpson will explain how the Council’s proposed 10-year budget aims to fix these issues, what’s good about it and what, maybe, is not, how much it will cost, and how those costs will affect you.
The Ōrākei Local Board perspective and issues will be presented by Board Chairman Colin Davis.
This is your chance to have a say directly before any vote is taken and let Councillor Simpson know which way she should vote.
General rates increase of 2.5% and what it will cover
New targeted rates for water and environment
Regional fuel tax
Art Gallery funding
Extra rubbish costs: A third rubbish bin? And you want me to pay for it? Why?
Funding for maunga (mountains, specifically Mt Wellington)