Please attend the important planning meeting on 15th November

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Next Meeting

The next meeting is at 7pm on Thursday 15th November at Kinder House 2 Ayer Street Parnell. 
The purpose of this meeting is to confirm what we will be asking the Council for at our next meeting with the Unitrary Plan team. I have just received notification from the Council that this meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd November from 5.30pm - 7.30pm at the  Fickling Centre in Mt Roskill. The deadline for the first draft of the Unitary Plan is March 2013. It is vital that we get some strong protections into that draft and so we need to get our points across to Council before Christmas. 

So that we know how many to expect next Thursday can you please RSVP by clicking HERE Please also RSVP for the meeting with Council on 22nd November in the same email if you are able to. I will send out another reminder for that meeting closer to the time.

Membership Update

Since the meeting on 25th we have been joined by:
  • Tamaki Drive Protection Society
  • Mangere Bridge Residents and Ratepayers
  • Balmoral Says No Community Group
  • Epsom and Eden District Historical Society
Thanks you have boosted our numbers to 45!

Thanks again to all of you (45 people) who came on 25th, some of you from such a distance. We have been told that the Council were impressed by the numbers who attended. However the Coalition's strength is not just our size but the fact that we represent urban and rural, north, south, east and west and that our concern is for built and natural heritage.

Heritage Advisory Panel

The Coalition was invited to speak to the HAP on Tuesday night. Geoff Houtman and I gave a presentation on the aims of the Coalition and were commended by the panel. There were several Local Board Chairs present and we were encouraged by one of them to get all Local Boards to support us. I think that is a fantastic idea and would urge you all to do that. If you would like a copy of the PowerPoint to present to your Board please let me know.

Media Coverage
There has been some great articles and letters in the Herald this week. Brian Rudman's piece
Planners' endorsement of brothel shows we trust them at our peril was particulary pointed and was followed up the next day with a couple of great letters; one from Helen Geary of the Coalition. Letters to the paper are very powerful so please write one about the concerns for your area.

Looking forward to seeing you on 15th.




You will see in the panel above that we have a  great new logo. That is courtesy of Warwick Jones from Birkenhead. Warwick has also developed a Coalition website so that we can share information with members. Click here to see it. We have a list of Coalition member groups on the site. It is a great way for people to get in touch with each other. If you do not want your website or email address linked to your groups' name please let me know.


This great poster has been created for us to use to help people to see what intensification might mean for our city. You can write your own message on the bottom. If you would like to download it click here. There will be more posters to come.
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