The areas we cover include: Bucklands Beach, Pakuranga, Highland Park, Half Moon Bay, Burswood, Sunnyhills, Farm Cove & Pakuranga Heights
Neighbourhood Support - Pakuranga / Bucklands Beach

Seasons Greetings All!

Neighbourhood Support Pakuranga & Bucklands Beach would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Christmas Season. Thank you to all those who have supported us this year and we look forward to a fantastic 2013.

We have included a few tips in this months newletter to remind everyone to stay safe these holidays. We will be in touch early January, but in the meantime please dont hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can assist with.

We would also like to take this opportunity say thank you and goodbye to Rose who has helped us with Neighbourhood Support this year and wish her all the best in her new ventures.

If there is anyone who would like to volunteer to help with Neighbourhood Support, please feel free to contact us through our website or email, we would love to hear from you.

Kind regards,

The Neighbourhood Support Pakuranga & Bucklands Beach team.

Towards the bottom of this newletter is a Security Holiday Hint Checklist. This has been provided by our Cascades Rd street co-ordinator David Gordon. Thank you for this David, we really appreciate your support.

Keeping yourself safe

You can help keep yourself & others safe by following these simple tips.
  • Be aware and take notice of your surroundings and who’s around when out walking or sight-seeing.
  • If possible, go places with someone you know and trust.
  • Avoid walking alone in isolated places late at night. Stay in well-lit areas where there are other people. Take a taxi or arrange for someone you know to pick you up.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash or expensive jewellery with you. If you must carry valuable items, keep them close to your body.
  • If using an ATM, only withdraw small amounts of cash - preferably during the day - shield your PIN number and be aware of people around you.
  • If you are in a bar, avoid accepting drinks from strangers, and don't leave your drink unattended. Remember, alcohol and drugs can affect your judgement.
  • Police do not recommend accepting rides from people you don't know.
  • Carry a mobile phone with you and don’t hesitate to use New Zealand’s emergency phone number if you feel unsafe or threatened. Dial 111.

Information sourced from

Howick Local Board newsletter - December 2012

From the Chairman  

Michael Williams, Howick Local Board Chairman

This is the last Howick Local Board community newsletter for the year.

It has been an extremely busy and productive year for the board culminating in the myriad of projects and community initiatives that we have led or been involved in, including the new Ormiston Library and Community and Arts facility, the Pakuranga town centre masterplan, community events, development of ferry facilities at Half Moon Bay, involvement in the AMETI major transport project and work beginning on the impact of the Unitary Plan on our area, just to name a few.

Our achievements on these projects have been due to the hard work of our board members and through the strong partnerships we have in our community.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped us over the year, your continuing support is extremely important as we work together to make the Greater Howick area a fantastic place to work, live and play.

On behalf of the board I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

Michael Williams

Keeping safe on
New Zealand roads

New Zealand has a good roading system, but weather extremes, changes in terrain, and narrow secondary roads and bridges can make driving hazardous.

Although New Zealand is a small country, it can take many hours to drive between cities and other destinations of interest.

You should always be well rested before starting a long road trip. There have been serious crashes in New Zealand when people have attempted to drive while tired after a long-haul flight.

During long journeys, take regular rest and refreshment breaks.
Remember: a fatigued driver is an unsafe driver.

The following general information is provided for your road safety:
  • Drive on the left-hand-side of the road and if you are turning right, give way.
  • Keep within the speed limits. Speed limits are rigorously enforced by Police.
  • Drive carefully according to the weather conditions.
  • Fixed and mobile speed cameras operate throughout New Zealand.
  • You are required by law to carry your driver licence with you at all times.
  • All vehicle drivers and passengers must wear a safety belt or approved child restraint at all times.
  • If you are cycling or motorcycling, cycle helmets and motorcycle helmets are compulsory.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime. Police actively enforce it. Penalties are severe and your vehicle could be impounded in certain circumstances.
  • If you are driving a campervan, you will generally drive more slowly than other vehicles. Where it is safe, please pull over to let other vehicles pass.
  • For your own safety, hitch-hiking is not recommended.
Information sourced from

5 December 2012
Re: Major lane closures planned for Waipuna Bridge


Transpower’s underground cabling project is gaining momentum in the eastern suburbs and we note your concern regarding the impact for motorists travelling along the cable route.

As discussed we have timed key areas of work to occur over the school holidays to take advantage of the relatively low traffic volumes in the lead up to work starting along Ti Rakau Drive early next year.

The greatest impact will be at Waipuna Bridge with the closure of the city bound lanes from

27 December 2012 to 13 January 2013 while cable ducts are installed on either side of the bridge. The eastern bound lanes will remain open.

Detours will be in place to ensure motorists are aware of their travelling options but there will be delays and disruption while the work is underway. Motorists from Howick, Pakuranga and surrounding suburbs heading west (city bound) should use Lagoon Drive and those heading from Botany and the southeast are urged to use Highbrook Drive. A map showing these details is attached.

Through various communication channels including advertising and variable messages boards we are advising motorist to plan ahead and to leave plenty of time to reach their destination, particularly in the New Year when they return to work

Once this section of work is complete, trenching and duct installation will take place across the eastbound lanes on the South Eastern Arterial/ Waipuna Road intersection from mid to late January. This work will be undertaken at night with access to the bridge being maintained, although motorists should expect some delays during this work.

Paul Duffy - Project Director

 Security Holiday Hint Checklist
· Give your Street Co-ordinator and immediate neighbours the dates of your absence, together with a contact number for any emergencies.

· Turn your phone ring volume down so it can’t be heard on the street.

· Leave blinds and curtains open, but make sure that valuables and electronic equipment are NOT obvious from the street.

· Stop newspaper deliveries and arrange for a neighbour to collect your mail.

· Have a light connected to a timer/sensor.

· Arrange for someone to mow your lawns if away for any length of time.

· Lock all ladders and tools away.

· Ensure valuable equipment is out of sight of windows.

· If you have an alarm, ensure a neighbour knows how to turn it off.  See below.

· Ask a neighbour to park a car in your drive, put washing on your line, and rubbish bag out on rubbish day, or anything that will make it look as though someone is home. Agree to watch out for each other and to be observant for any activities which may be “Suspicious” and what action you will take. ie. Contact your neighbour OR the Police. “Never Do Nothing”—1st impressions are usually correct.

· Leave a house key with someone  you trust, NOT “hidden” somewhere on the property.

Burglar alarms

If you have a burglar alarm:

Ensure more than one neighbour or trusted person or alarm company :-
· Knows how to turn it off, if it is activated.
· Agrees to respond if it goes off.
· Agrees to call the Police if necessary.

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                              Ayleen de Vilder                                              Val Steven