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Glen Innes youth to speak up

24 March 2005

Urban Suburbia Open Decks allows Glen Innes youth to speak up

Glen Innes youth are invited to bring their moves, records, words and thoughts about the proposed changes to Talbot Park to Urban Suburbia Open Decks on Friday 1 April.

This unique event, taking place at Mayfair Place, will allow youth of the area to speak up and voice their opinion on the look and feel of two new reserves proposed to replace the existing Talbot Park. It is an innovative way of involving youth in community consultation, using music as a means of engagement and communication.

Hip-hop artists, including MC D Kamali with Haitian International Maya and Blaque Reign, and special guests DJ Stomin Norman and Flashmaze Allstars B-Boys, will perform and youth are invited to rap to music in response to questions and themes about Talbot Park.

The changes to Talbot Park are part of a community renewal project being undertaken by Housing New Zealand Corporation with the intention of revitalising the area.

A model of the proposed redevelopment and more detailed information about the project will be on display at the Glen Innes Library (108 Line Road) from 2 April until 15 April. People are invited to take the opportunity to visit the library and comment on the proposed redevelopment during this time.

A vital component of the project is an agreed land exchange between Housing New Zealand Corporation and Auckland City, which will provide two new reserves in place of the existing Talbot Park.

The relocation of the park, which is currently fenced off from many houses, is integral to the development. The two new reserves will be designed with improved access, public safety and enjoyment in mind. The desired outcome is for the new design to blend with the character of the local community and provide a greater base of local people to support and sustain Glen Innes town centre.

The area is also the first application of Auckland City’s new Residential 8 higher-density zoning.

The rezoning of Talbot Park to Residential 8 will create a positive improvement to the living standards of Housing New Zealand houses and provide more comprehensive housing to meet the increasing need in the area.

The Talbot Park redevelopment is part of the Tamaki Edge Auckland Urban Living Project which aims to manage growth and change in the city, and create better places to live, work and play.

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