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By SCOTT MORGAN
How to solve Auckland's
housing shortage continues
to create tension between the
Government and Auckland
Deputy Mayor Penny
Hulse this week tried to con-
vince a select committee of
MPs that the proposed Uni-
tary Plan -- a rule book for
how the city will develop
over the next 30 years --
should come into force from
We need to enable flexible housing
choices. That's at the heart of the
plan,'' Mrs Hulse told the Local Gov-
ernment and Environment Select
Committee at a meeting at the Novotel
Hotel at Auckland Airport .
The plan advocates for more apart-
ments and terraced housing in existing
suburbs and developing more proper-
ties on greenfields land.
But the MPs and a growing number
of councillors want more time to con-
sider the plan with the Government
setting up a hearings panel to look at
it over the next three years.
But growing angst about the plan
became obvious during the present-
Mrs Hulse was forced to watch as
representatives from the Manurewa
and Orakei local boards presented to
the committee, agreeing with the Gov-
ernment's three-year delay.
And right-leaning council-
lor Christine Fletcher
circulated a letter written to
Prime Minister John Key on
behalf of 10 Auckland coun-
cillors expressing concern at
the speed the council was
The draft plan is meeting
fierce community opposition
as people begin to come to
grips with the detail of the
proposed development,'' the
Council regional and local planning
manager Penny Pirrit says delaying
the building side of the plan until 2016
could cause inconsistencies with rules
around air, water and land coming in
Mrs Hulse says it would be very dif-
ficult to make that situation work.
You can't have the situation where
some of the plan is given immediate
effect . . . but rules that focus on the
built environment will have to wait.''
National list MP Paul Goldsmith
told the committee he is worried that
rushing the plan through might cause
a series of unintended problems.
The council has also asked the Gov-
ernment to let it help decide who the
hearing commissioners will be.
Our communities want decisions
that affect Aucklanders made by Auck-
landers, not by Wellington,'' Mrs Hulse
Neighbours' opinions canvassed
The first homes to be built on the
site of the former Bethany
Centre are going up fast.
For almost a century the Grey
Lynn house was a Salvation
Army run refuge for unmarried
After closing its doors in
2011 it was bought by
developer Cameron Ireland
Last year the company
demolished the house and was
granted consent from the
Auckland Council to subdivide
the site into five sections and
build seven homes.
The 35 Dryden St property
is nestled among classic villas.
In June neighbours expressed
their concerns about the design
of the new houses to the
Auckland City Harbour News.
Cameron Ireland reassured
them by saying the new buildings
would be in keeping with the
Construction is now well under
Do you live nearby? Email
meda.co.nz to tell us what you
think of the development.
Laughs with some wobble
By JESS LEE
Action: Chris Anderson directs the
rest of the Reverend Jellie
improvisers, from left: Michael
Fletcher, Lorraine MacDonald and
Matt Armstrong, through a scene in
preparation for the Comedy Festival.
Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS
Go to aucklandcityharbournews.
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to watch Reverend Jellie in action.
A LAWYER, deputy principal, soft-
ware guru and IT whizz may seem
like an unlikely bunch to take to the
stage for the NZ Comedy Festival
but don't let their day jobs fool you
-- this improv troupe is no joke.
Reverend Jellie, formed in 2007,
is an evolving collection of experi-
enced actors, improvisers and
comedians who have been perform-
ing in New Zealand and inter-
nationally for more than a decade.
The group, which hails from Mt
Albert and Ponsonby, will perform
the one-hour improvised show Cut
to the Chase at Q theatre -- five
years after its debut at the Inter-
national Comedy Festival.
In the style of the popular tele-
vision show Whose Line is it Any-
way, one of the group is assigned
the role of director who will take
audience suggestions to navigate
scenes to unpredictable outcomes.
Mt Albert's Michael Fletcher says
no show is ever the same as the one
I've always been fond of the idea.
It's certainly high pressure and
that's part of the fun -- audiences
love to see us put on the spot.''
It is completely unscripted but
audiences still have trouble believ-
ing that some of the hilarity that
unfolds is not rehearsed.
That's the ultimate compliment,''
Mr Fletcher says.
Cut to the Chase will show at
Vault, Q theatre on April 27 and
LAUGH OUT LOUD
The 2013 New Zealand
International Comedy Festival runs
from April 26 to May 19 in
Auckland and Wellington.
Along with a host of homegrown
and international acts to perform
are Billy T Award-nominated
Ponsonby comedians Rose
Matafeo and Eli Matthewson,
along with two-time nominee Grey
Lynn comedian Tom Furniss.
The Comedy Gala will start the
event on April 26.
Go to comedyfestival.co.nz for
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