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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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.
All residents are invited to a briefing next week on Stonefields School, including plans for its $20 million upgrade.
The school is central to the success of Stonefields as a community so this is an excellent opportunity for residents to hear directly about its plans and to ask those burning questions. The meeting will be hosted by the Stonefields School Board of Trustees.
Time: Wednesday 27th June, from 6.00–8.00pm
Place: Stonefields School Hall (there will be supervision available for children in Hub 2)
Speakers will cover the role of the Board, its strategic goals for the school, the new build, and a number of other topics.
A chance to submit questions
The talk will include a question & answer segment to cover any questions residents have about the strategic direction of the school.
To help facilitate this segment the Board asks that you submit questions in advance, either:
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
using the Sli.do application, event code #V483 (instructions below for the more technically-challenged!)
As a reminder the Board is responsible for Governance and Strategy so they can’t answer questions about the day-to-day management of the school.
Please come along to this important community event
We are fortunate to have a highly-regarded school at the heart of our community. This is a great opportunity for residents to find out about their school’s longer term plans, to ask questions and offer feedback as a new phase in the school’s development gets underway.
How to submit question using the Sli.do app:
Download Sli.do App from the App Store or Google Play OR go to slido.com
Enter the event code — #V483
Easy! This approach allows the speakers to receive last minute questions during the evening, and questions can be ‘liked’ moving the most popular question to the top of the list.
All of our local businesses at Stonefields Market have got together to put on a wonderful day of fun, entertainment, prizes for the whole family.
For the kids, there will be a bouncy castle, face painting and treats. There will be a display of some stunning performance and luxury cars. There’s music, a sausage sizzle, and prize draws happening throughout the market day (10-2pm). And, of course, every business will be offering some great, not-to-be-missed deals!
So make sure you don’t miss the fun, freebies, and entertainment! Mark the date on your calendar now.
When: Sunday 27 May from 10am–2pm.
Where: Stonefields Market, corner Stonefields Ave and College Road, Stonefields.
Enter to win some great prizes! An outdoor gas heater from BBQ’s & More, IKEA shelving units from Akia, Guess handbag, Fitbit from Stonefields Medical and Pharmacy, vouchers and gift packs from Speights, Green Drycleaners, Charlie & George, OM Yoga, FlexFitness, Big Fish Eatery, and more. The earlier you enter, the more chances you get to win!
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)