Second Winter Lecture at Devonport’s “Castle”

The “castle” hosted 30 people for a comprehensive talk by Geoff Richards, the architect of the restoration and renovation works, full of interesting details about not just the recent building project but historical details about the site.  Then attendees had the privilege of wandering at their leisure through the entire house and garden, hindered a...

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Update on Otuataua Stonefields SOUL campaign

The SOUL campaign, working to protect land next to the Otuataua Stonefields reserve, is continuing to gather supporters and be profiled. TVNZ’s Sunday programme has produced a thorough and thoughtful item on the issue. The SOUL campaigners outline why this special land should not be used for housing, and Fletcher...

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Over 100 Appeals to the Unitary Plan

Over 100 appeals have now been lodged against the Unitary Plan decisions. Some will be heard in the Environment Court, but others will go to the High Court. See this Radio NZ summary here: This is also covered in the NZ Herald by Bernard Orsman. His article profiles a case...

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Character Coalition Appeals Unitary Plan Zoning

Today the Character Coalition, of which Civic Trust Auckland is a founding member, has filed an appeal in the High Court to the Unitary Plan decision to up zone many parts of the proposed Single House Zone without informing the residents. See  https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/dozens-appeals-launched-against-undemocratic-unrealistic-auckland-unitary-plan?post_id=1150662351693578_1150662561693557#_=_ See also the Character Coalition Facebook page...

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Crater Hill

CTA was approached to support the petition to save Crater Hill in Papatoetoe, a scheduled Outstanding Natural Feature on which the Independent Hearings Panel had permitted the building of more than 550 houses.  We provided the following comment: Civic Trust Auckland is concerned about rejection of past local and regional...

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Auckland Unitary Plan

The Auckland Unitary Plan has finally been through the long submissions and hearings process, notwithstanding any judicial review or appeal.  CTA was involved right from the initial call for feedback to appearing at various hearings, and we also provided assistance to several individuals and a number of community groups. The...

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First Winter Lecture

First Winter Lecture

Our first Winter Lecture was held at the delightful home of Mary Barry and Tom Curham in Bradford St, Parnell, on Sunday 10 July.  This cottage from the late 1800s has been lovingly restored by Mary and Tom, and they and one of their children, Kieren, shared their memories of...

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