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6 PAPAKURA COURIER, JUNE 6, 2012
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Get back to nature for planting day
Get back to nature this
weekend at a planting
Head to Duder Region-
al Park between Cleve-
don and Maraetai to take
part in tree planting.
Bring sturdy enclosed
shoes or boots, gloves
and a spade, a cold drink
but no dogs. There’s a
20-minute walk to the
planting site – follow the
signs from the car park.
The tree planting is on
June 10 from 10am to
12.30pm. There’s a saus-
age sizzle afterwards.
❚ For more information
call Mags Ramsey on
Visit goes down well
By MELISSA KINEALY
Mayor Len Brown stepped out
into rural Auckland to answer
residents’ questions about topics
that are close to home.
More than 60 people turned out
at the Hunua Hall for his latest
mayor in the chair session.
Topics included planning, rates,
youth and sport, environment,
waste and recycling.
Hunua, Ararimu, Paparimu
Valley Residents Association
chairman Malcolm Bell says
feedback from residents showed
they were ‘‘hugely impressed’’ by
‘‘It was all very good indeed.’’
Rural business rates was a con-
tentious issue they agreed to dif-
Access into the Hunua Ranges,
particularly for the mountain bike
club, was one of the problems dis-
There’s a proposal from the club
to extend the downhill track with
no danger to the historic kauri
there, Mr Bell says.
‘‘Hopefully Len has gone away
to get the chief executive of
Watercare out here to talk to us.
Our biggest single issue in many
ways is Watercare.’’
Committee member Jane
Berney, who is working on
forming an emergency response
group and has been writing a civil
defence plan, has been having
trouble getting Watercare to meet
with her to help with the plan,
specifically regarding fault lines
One of the mayor’s six action
points from the meeting is to
arrange for Watercare manage-
ment to come to Hunua to meet
the residents association and local
stakeholders and discuss options
for moving forward with their civil
defence plan within the next two
Mr Bell thinks Mr Brown is now
more ‘‘sympathetic to the rural
view’’ than before he came to the
Rates deal ‘best result possible’
Businesses in Franklin will be
breathing a sigh of relief after the
recent Auckland Council rates
Franklin Local Board chairman
Andy Baker says he’s very pleased
the council decided to adopt
special rates differentials for
The differential recognises the
impact the proposed changes to
the rates system in the draft long
term plan would have had on
those businesses, he says.
‘‘This differential decision will
significantly change the rates
landscape for businesses in the
former Franklin District Council
area from what was proposed in
the draft long term plan,’’ he says.
‘‘If you look at the average
change in dollar terms for each
property as well as applying the
proposed transition over the first
three years, I think most busi-
nesses will appreciate that this is
the best result possible and
nowhere near as disastrous as
what we were facing at the outset
of this process.’’
Franklin ward councillor Des
Morrison received praise from his
fellow councillors for the way he
addressed the problem and
worked with mayor Len Brown
and his staff to achieve a solution,
Mr Baker says.
‘‘This approach not only
relieved the situation for busi-
nesses in Franklin but it was a
politically acceptable outcome
which was mirrored in the unani-
mous support from around the
‘‘The collective pragmatic atti-
tude of the councillors on this
issue is one I personally admire
and also want to recognise Len
Brown who gave me his word he
would do everything he could to
try to deal with the issues we were
raising and has been true to that
word which I am grateful to see.’’
The business differential for
urban Franklin businesses (Puke-
kohe) has been set at a starting
point of 2.03 with rural Franklin
businesses at 1.83 compared to
the starting rate of 2.63 and 2.37
for the rest of Auckland.
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