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Preserve and protect the character of St Heliers


AGM, St Heliers Library
August 2015

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SOS are holding a free seminar for the Auckland Heritage Festival.

Saving What’s Left

As Chair of the Heritage Advisory Panel, Councillor Mike Lee advises the Council on heritage matters across Auckland. During these times of rapid growth the pressure is really on to knock down much of Auckland’s character and heritage. Mike will discuss why it is vital that we preserve the built environment that tells Auckland’s story. Mike will illustrate his talk with examples of the projects that have come before the Heritage Advisory Panel.

  • When: 28 September 2016
  • Where: St Heliers Library
  • Time: 7pm
  • Serving: Wine, juice and nibbles will be available. ALL WELCOME
  • Download: Heritage festival flyer 2016
Official Photo Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Michael Lee MSc (Hons).
Current roles:
Auckland Councillor representing the Waitemata and Gulf ward.
Chair of Auckland Council Infrastructure Committee.
Chair of the Council Heritage Advisory Panel.
Chair of the WW1 Centenary Memorial Working Party

Michael (Mike) first entered local government in 1992. He has been involved in public transport governance in Auckland in various ways for the best part of twenty years. Mike became chairman of the Auckland Regional Council in 2004 and served two terms in that role up until the advent of the Auckland Council in November 2010.

SOS Submit to the AUPIHP Hearings Panel

save our st heliers presentation

Desley, Margaret and Mike presenting to the AUIHP

Margaret King of the SOS committee along with Desley Simpson (Orakei Local Board) and Mike Walsh (St Heliers/Glendowie Residents Assoc) presented a strong submission to the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel on 16th June.

When SOS first read the Unitary Plan (UP) we were dismayed to see that protections afforded to Tamaki Drive had been left out of the plan. This meant that our precious Tamaki Drive was being treated in the same way as any other road in Auckland. This in spite of the huge process that the OLB had gone through to develop the Tamaki Drive Master Plan. Many of you may have gone to one of the 83 consultation meetings that were held. We found this omission astounding so included this point in our submission to the UP.

The presentation that Margaret and Desley gave was compelling and you can read Margaret’s part here and Desley’s part here. We won’t know the result until 2016 when the panel report back but it is unthinkable to us that this iconic stretch of coastline with all its historic connections would not be protected for future generations.

From left Alex Dempsey SOS, Desley Simpson OLB Margaret King SOS and Mark Thomas OLB

From left Alex Dempsey SOS, Desley Simpson OLB Margaret King SOS and Mark Thomas OLB

The main things we are asking for are:

Separate planning provisions to be introduced for Tamaki Drive and environs. At the very least we request that the existing policies (as per the Tamaki Drive Protection Society submission) are included now.

We request that the current TDMP be used as the guiding document that would enable a specific set of planning policies to be developed. These policies should include environmental and development issues that pertain to the harbour, beaches, reserves, pohutukawa trees, cliff lines, pedestrian, cycle and roadways, villages and built hinterland.

We request that the whole of this plan for Tamaki Drive be incorporated into the Unitary Plan by way of an Overlay.

Read more…

National Radio Sunday Morning

Listen to this great programme from National Radio Sunday Morning on Sunday 14 October 2012. It explains why SOS are promoting the Brisbane Plan as a way of protecting Auckland heritage.

Listen here…

Character Coalition: because Character Counts

The Character Coalition is an umbrella group representing heritage, historical and special interest groups and residents associations who care deeply about their city.

The Character Coalition was set up by SOS out of a sense of frustration that the community was not being listened to. After experiencing the destruction of Turua Street and discovering that not even court action could save it, we decided the only way to prevent it happening again was to change the rules. The Coalition has been fully engaged in the Unitary Plan process. All the latest media articles about the Unitary Plan are on the Coalition’s website.

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