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AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, APRIL 12, 2013
Your voice for Albert-Eden
Waterview, Point Chevalier, Mount Albert, Sandringham, Morningside, Owairaka, Balmoral,
Kingsland, Mt Eden, Eden Terrace, Epsom and Greenlane
The draft Auckland Unitary Plan is making headlines, and
deservedly so, says Albert-Eden Local Board Chair Peter
Haynes. "It will shape the future of Auckland for decades
to come, right down to the level of your neighbourhood,"
"Everyone needs to take a look and make sure they're
comfortable with what is proposed for their corner
of the city, and for the city as a whole," he says.
The unitary plan will become the rulebook for what can be
built and where, determine where many Aucklanders work,
and how we protect the things we value.
"In our area, the board has expressed some concerns
at proposed intensifcation around the Mt Eden and
Balmoral village centres. It has also funded an assessment
of character building in certain areas so there is more
certainty about character protection when the unitary
plan becomes operative."
Residents are urged to go online and familiarise themselves
with the e-plan. If you spot something that doesn't sit right
with you, or you are uncertain what something means, use
the Planning Enquiry button and ask a question.
The board is running a range of events to answer questions
and further discussion about the draft Auckland Unitary Plan.
To view the e-plan and fnd out about ratepayer meetings
and events in your area, visit www.shapeauckland.co.nz or
'like' Albert-Eden Local Board on Facebook.
Local Board Chair Peter Haynes (middle) and Engagement Offcer
Kirsty Charles (right) discuss the draft Auckland Unitary Plan with
Agnes Wong (left).
The draft Auckland
Welcoming a youth perspective
The Albert-Eden Local Board warmly welcomes
its new representative on the Auckland Council's
Youth Advisory Panel. Agnes Wong was selected
from a strong group of nominees, refecting the
increased interest young people are taking in the
new Auckland Council, according to board Chair
Agnes says that she is excited about representing
youth in such a diverse area, "Growing up here,
I am very aware of the shifts, trends and changing
patterns of cultures that shape this community
I call home."
She is a second generation Chinese New
Zealander, completed her secondary schooling
in Epsom and is studying Health Sciences and
Sociology at the University of Auckland. Her
voluntary work organising the local St Johns youth
branch helped her secure her new role.
"Youth are often labelled lazy and uninterested in
the world around them. But those that I interact
with are inquisitive, culturally sensitive, and want
to contribute on things that matter to them,"
With representatives from each of the 21 local
boards, the Youth Advisory Panel connects young
people with council matters, programmes and
events -- ensuring that they are able to have an
impact on issues of concern or interest to them
and their communities.
Find out more
We need your support and input to help us shape
a stronger future for our area and to bring these
aspirations to life. To view the Albert-Eden Local
Board Plan and fnd out more about us and how
you can play your part, please get in touch.
09 623 6090
135 Dominion Road, Mt Eden
Nominations are now
open for the first
Minister of Health
Volunteer Awards to
Health Minister Tony
Ryall says the awards
will recognise health
volunteers from all over
the country who ''give
their time freely to
improve the quality of
lives of New
''From the delivery of
meals on wheels to
supporting patients and
their families at
make a difference,'' Mr
''If you know an
individual or group of
people who make a
difference in the lives of
others by giving their
time to help, I
encourage you to
Nominations for the
volunteer awards close
on May 3.
Go to volunteerawards.
Pasifika people urged to stand
By ANNA LOREN
Represent: Lydia Sosene wants
to see more Pasifika people put
their names forward for school
board of trustees elections.
Photo: ANNA LOREN
If you're not represented
on the board, who is
advocating for the needs of
-- Lydia Sosene
If you've run a household
then you have the skills to be
on a school board of trustees.
That's the message from
mother Lydia Sosene ahead
of this year's board of tru-
stees elections on May 30.
Ms Sosene, who is of
Samoan descent, has served
on Mt Albert Grammar
School's board of trustees
since 2007 after her eldest
son enrolled at the college
the previous year.
She's encouraging other
Pasifika parents to throw
their hats in the ring for
elections this year, especially
if their kids attend a school
with a high Pasifika popu-
If you're not represented
on the board, who is advocat-
ing for the needs of those
Pasifika students' low
rates of academic success
mean it's especially impor-
tant for Pasifika people to
have a say in how schools are
run, Ms Sosene says.
With where we sit on the
national scale of things, aca-
demic achievement needs to
be at the forefront of our
Boards of trustees, which
are elected every three
years, have a core role'' in
the day-to-day running of a
school. They appoint princi-
pals, oversee student expul-
sions and exclusions and
make key financial decisions.
Ms Sosene says applicants
need good communication
skills and financial know-
how but there's support
available and those skills
can be learnt and improved.
If you've run your house-
hold -- set family goals,
managed a budget -- you
have the skills to be on a
board of trustees,'' she says.
If you feel like you have
fire in your belly and have
something to contribute, go
Ministry of Pacific Island
Affairs chief adviser Frances
Ross encourages all Pasifika
people, not just those who
have a child at school, to put
their name forward.
You just need to have a
commitment to children,
education and the com-
munity,'' she says.
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