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March Issue 2015

Pakuranga / Bucklands Beach


Committee members
Chair - Ho Yoong Hoh
Dep Chair – Louise Morley
Min Secretary – Lyn Blaker

Jenny Cunningham
David Thorpe

Our Objectives

- Promoting neighbourliness
- Encouraging Crime 
- Supporting civil
  emergency services


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Coming events

Neighbours Day March 28 or 29th

Yes it’s come around again. There were 32 street parties in Howick and Pakuranga last year so let’s make an effort to have even more n 2015. 

The Auckland Council is making a supermarket voucher available for small groups of neighbours wanting to celebrate ‘Neighbours Day’ this year. It will help buy a few sausages or some coffee and tea. But it closes next week.  A street party can be as big or as small as you feel comfortable with. It could be just for the houses beside and behind you or for half the street etc. Hold it on the grass verge in your street, on someone’s front lawn, or in a nearby reserve if you have one. 

It’s a great way to meet your immediate neighbours and share a salad, hotdog or burger and a coffee or other refreshment. Click this link for information on how to get the vouchers, but be warned, the cut-off date is nearly upon us.  Need a little self-motivation to get it organised? - Click the following link, it just might get you thinking. ‘An astronaut’s guide to optimism’

Tamaki River Festival 
March 15th 12 noon – 5pm

This is the first of what is intended to become an annual event. Some 40 organisations have registered for stalls and displays at this event hosted by the Howick Local Board at the Farm Cove Reserve off Bramley Drive in Pakuranga.  Among the things you can try your hand at or visit are:
  • Sail a Scout Cutter, row a Scout Cutter, or paddle a Kayak
  • Paddle an outrigger canoe
  • Make your own pin-on badges
  • Investigate the environment and water conservation and many other stalls
  • Check out the Coastguard, Police and other services equipment
  • Meet the Howick Local Board members
  • Displays by a local dance troupe
  • Food and drink stalls
There are marked passenger drop off points at the main entrance and all cars will have to be parked in neighbouring streets.  Hint: park a few streets away and walk to the site along the Rotary Walkway. Neighbourhood Support and the Police will have a stall beside the Pakuranga Sailing Club building so drop in and see us and say hello. Look for the orange and yellow gazebo and the Police van.

Our AGM - with Police guest speaker
The Pakuranga and Bucklands Beach Neighbourhood Support Committee AGM will be held at Te Tuhi on the 13th June 2015 from 2 - 4pm.  All interested residents are invited to attend, particularly former committee members and street coordinators. This meeting is about broadening your personal network and enjoying a fun and informative afternoon.

 Our guest speaker is likely to be one of the crew of the Police Eagle helicopter and assuming the speaker is not called out, we are guaranteed an informative and entertaining presentation complete with videos of the Police and dog handlers at work, helping protect our neighbourhood..

During the next few weeks people who are on our database as street coordinators or interested in becoming one, will receive a phone call from a committee member personally inviting them to attend the AGM and checking up whether you need new street signs and joining packs. We found this video online the other day and think its' worth having a look at. It runs for about 4 mins and was shot in Rotorua.and fronted by their Mayor   

Recent Events

Farewell and welcome to Howick Police Sergeants

The Neighbourhood Support Committee hosted morning tea at the Howick Police Station on the 16th February to say farewell to long serving Sergeant Paul Devane and welcome to Sergeant Jane Fields (pictured) who has taken up the position in Howick. The gathering was also attended by several past members of the committee and members of the Crime Watch Patrols team. We also learned today that Community Constable Merv Hotter has also been transferred but the effective date is not known yet.

Midnight Madness and balloons

The NS committees joined with the Police and ran stands at Howick Midnight Madness. Two of our members inflated by hand and handed out 200 balloons to children in the crowd.  We are now looking for an electric pump to minimise the risk of a heart attack! We also signed up 15 new members which was very pleasing.

Our Chairman appointed to National Council

Pakuranga / Bucklands Beach Neighbourhood Support Committee Chairman Ho Yoong Hoh has been appointed as the Counties Manukau representative on the National Neighbourhood Support Council which meets in Wellington twice a year.  He also represents Pakuranga Bucklands Beach on the regional council which meets in Manukau Chambers each month, as well as attending the Police district intelligence meeting each month.

Reelick Ave held a New Year’s gathering

102 residents of Reelick Ave, Studfall St, and Hope Farm Ave Pakuranga (Cascades Road area) held a New Year celebration on the 3rd January for all those who were staying at home during the holiday break.  It was BYO food and drink and the Neighbourhood Support BBQ and gazebo were borrowed.  Residents organised games such as petanque, french cricket and coconut shies for the children, and parents joined in.  They voted to meet again on Neighbours Day the 28th of March.

Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM)

We understand that this Council department is regrouping and reorganising their structure and membership in Howick, Bucklands Beach, and Pakuranga with special emphasis on the waterfront streets which are at risk in the event of king tides or tsunami.

One of the aims of Neighbourhood Support is to support CDEM in emergencies as best we can. One way we can do that is to distribute warning and alerts via our website, FaceBook page, Neighbourly page and our mailing list. A recent Police alert we sent out, went to 287 people in the neighbourhood concerned and within 24 hours had reached 1287 residents.

Please bear with us if the warning you receive is of passing interest only.  The next warning might be for your suburb and vital for you and your family.

Changing of the guard

Like all organisations our leadership and committee members change from time to time.  It is with regret we announce that our former chairperson Ayleen de Vilder (pictured) of Half Moon Bay has retired from the committee after six years to take a well-earned rest and to ‘recharge her batteries’. 
Janita Issacs of Burswood has started her own business and has also stepped down. Pat Horner of Howick, our recently retired Treasurer is unwell and we wish her all the best as she rests and recovers. 

We currently have three vacancies on the committee and would welcome inquiries from residents interested in joining our team to help promote wellbeing and safety in our community. Someone with some basic accounting experience and who could keep our financial records (about 30 cheques a year) would be especially welcome.  Contact for details.  We meet on the third Thursday of each month from 7:30 til 9:00pm in Howick.
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