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June Issue 2014

Pakuranga / Bucklands Beach


Committee members
Chair - Ayleen De Vilder
Deputy Chair – Lyn Blaker
Min Secretary – Janita Isaacs
Treasurer – Pat Horner

Karen Lusis
David Gordon
Ho Young Hoh
Louise Morley
David Thorpe

Our Objectives

- Promoting neighbourliness
- Encouraging Crime Prevention
- Supporting civil
  emergency services


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Notice of workshop and AGM

All street contacts and residents are invited to attend the Neighbourhood Support Pakuranga / Bucklands Beach Inc workshop on the:
14th June at 2.00pm at Te Tuhi (Reeves Road). 

A workshop on how best to start and maintain our street groups will be run, and from that we aim to develop best practice for new street groups. Having a wide cross section of Street Contacts attend and share their thoughts is vital to the success of the workshop.

An afternoon tea and social period will be followed by the AGM. Six committee members are standing for re-election leaving 2 positions currently vacant. Nominations for the committee must be in writing and received at before the meeting.

There are special gifts for the first five Street Contacts through the door at the meeting, and we will repeat the basket of groceries for the spot prize during the afternoon. The meeting will conclude at 4pm. 

Digest of committee activities

The Pakuranga / Bucklands Beach Neighbourhood Support Committee has been quite busy the last three months.  Here is just three of the 11 things they have been involved in since Feb 2014:

  1. Helped organise three of the five local Neighbours Day activities in March that collectively involved over 600 residents.
  2. Supported two working bees by the Community Patrols NZteam who put anti-theft screws in over 600 car number plates.
  3. Supplied guest speakers for five new Street Group start up meetings
Click here to view the full list of activities the committee have been involved in these last three months. If this sort of community involvement interests you, please consider standing for one of the vacancies on the committee. The committee meets one evening a month at the Howick Police Station.

Chairperson stepping down

Neighbourhood Support Chairperson Ayleen de Vilder is stepping down from her role after 5 years leading the Pakuranga Bucklands Beach team. Ayleen presided over a period of solid growth in membership and the formation of our local organisation into an incorporated society with an effective committee of eight members. 

The list of residents receiving our quarterly newsletter has increased to almost 600 and the number of street contacts has doubled to 90.  Ayleen is standing for the committee at the AGM on the 14th June with the intention of being able to continue serving the organisation that she believes is so important for developing healthy and caring neighbourhoods.

Committee Treasurer retires

It is with regret we advise that Pat Horner our Treasurer for the last 5 years has decided to retire. Pat put in place the accounting system that met the requirements of Charities Commission. We will miss Pat’s thoughtful comments, her ability to research topics and to advise the committee in a timely manner.  We wish her all the best for the future.
Newsletters and Reports


Training day and social enjoyable

The training and social afternoon held on April the 5th was enjoyable with good interaction between the participants.  22 people attended and were shown the new online training module. The feedback offered was noted and all the comments were incorporated in the module the following day. 

We also had a presentation from the Director of the ‘Neighbourly’ website and were given an insight in its development and potential.  Pakuranga / Bucklands Beach Neighbourhood Support very invited to be a test site for 3 weeks and we were very pleased to be involved. Since the meeting Neighbourly has gone live throughout the country and is growing spectacularly.

HOT SPOTS for the week
The following list of burglaries refers to the week ended 25th May 2014.  Only seven of the burglaries listed occurred in our area of interest but a worrying trend is for the incidents to occur while the residents are at home.  Garden sheds are also being targeted more often than formerly.  See the entire list here.
Those old electronic items
Got a stash of old TVs, PCs, printers and the like cluttering up your store space? Here is a link to the people who take these old items and recycle them.  Contact them here 


Civil Defence newsletters

Here are two Civil Defence newsletters that are worth a quick look.  They cover an amazingly wide range of topics.
Feb 2014 – Red alert tide calendar, Emergency Operations Centre (Nelson), PERT (Porirua Emergency Response Team) and many more...
  • May issue – Volcanic Alert system, Tsunami Maps for Auckland, There is an emergency in ‘Stanville’. Do you know where it is? And many more topics...

Neighbourly website

When the Neighbourhood Support Committee first heard about the ‘Neighbourly’ website we were intrigued and immediately wondered about the potential for our organisation to use it as a primary source of communication in neighbourhoods.  We have subsequently been delighted to see streets such as Walworth Ave, Burswood Drive, Birman Close, Reelick Ave and Glenmore Road have a significant number of their residents join. We urge residents to consider joining this very effective communications tool and keep themselves well informed about activity in their own neighbourhood.

As an example of effective communication using one of our committee members noticed an offer of a bedroom for rent on the website on 16th May.  About 15 minutes later a visitor arrived to pick up some equipment and mentioned that he was travelling from Hamilton each day and would have to find board in Auckland. The ‘Neighbourly’ offer was immediately printed off, the visitor drove to the address and the deal was made, all within 18 hours of the offer appearing on the website.

Draft Local Alcohol Policy

On Tuesday (13 May 2014), the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee adopted the Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) Statement of Proposal, which includes the draft Auckland Council LAP, for public consultation. This decision means that council staff can now finalise plans, ready for the consultation process to commence next month.

The consultation process will officially begin on Monday 16 June 2014 with the opening of the written submission period. At this time, the council will release the final draft LAP and invite the public and stakeholders to provide written feedback. We encourage you to participate in this process as it is important that the final policy reflects the views of our communities and stakeholders. Click here to view the full article.

Local Howick Board Newsletter
This issue contains information about a number of local topics including the following:

  • The local draft plan and meeting dates in July for submissions.
  • Physchoactive Substances amendments
  • Celebrate NZ Music month and the NZ Ukulele Band
  • Ormiston Town Centre Development
Click here to view the newsletter.

General Information

Interested in tramping?
Here is a walk we heard about earlier this week. Local Scouts & Venturers did a great short night hike last Friday night, from the quarry at Brookby, to Camp Sladdin, via Kimptons Road, (between Whitford and Clevedon) which is a paper road. A good strenuous climb up and over the hill and trig station behind Camp Sladdin which is on Thorp’s Quarry Road, Clevedon. It's about 5Kms. They left at 8pm and it took an hour and a half, with great views from the top across the city and out to the Firth of Thames and beyond. Then it was down the well maintained track through the bush and glow worms to the Camp bunkrooms. Would recommend it to anyone as a novel way of getting to Camp Sladdin. Good views from the trig that are even better in daylight. Check out the route on:  Great website for finding public right of ways. You can email or go to  if you need more information about the campsite and two halls which are available for hire.

Check out our Web Site
Have you visited our Website or FaceBook page?  They both have lots of useful information and are updated every couple of days with articles from the Local Community Board, Civil Defence, Alcohol Policy Board, the Community Constables and other items relating to our local community.
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