Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Fisher Park reserve status revocation

26 May 2005

Bigger park and $80m industrial development could follow proposed Fisher Park reserve status revocation

The reserve status of Mt Wellington's Fisher Park should be revoked, according to the Auckland City Council.

The council has approved the recommendation to sell the park at above market value and plans to replace it with a larger one in the same area which can be used by more people.

The Minister of Conservation will now be asked to approve the revocation.

If approved, the revocation will also facilitate the expansion of an $80 million hi-tech business development and potentially cut heavy vehicle movements during peak operating times by 30 per cent in the area.

Auckland City proposes selling Fisher Park to Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd, a major employer in Mt Wellington.

Coca-Cola plans to redevelop its current operations and expand its storage facilities, located adjacent to Fisher Park.

The all-at-one time $80 million hi-tech plant to be developed will provide security for 500 jobs and the new centralised warehousing will cut Coca-Cola's heavy vehicle traffic to and from the site during peak operating times by 30 per cent.

Coca-Cola's plans are still subject to a private plan change application, which will be heard by independent planning commissioners.

Both the private plan and reserve revocation applications have been subject to public consultation, public notices and a public hearings process.

The Coca-Cola project also involves a 12 metre wide road strip on the Waipuna Road frontage coming to the City. The acquisition would allow for any future road widening to cope with growth in the area.

Proceeds from the reserve's sale would go to the Tamaki ward financial contributions account and would be used to buy another reserve in the area.

Council acquired a 1.5ha coastal headland in the Waipuna area in 2002 which will be developed to meet the passive recreation needs of the local community.

Councillor Vern Walsh, chairperson of Auckland City's Finance and Corporate Business Committee, says "The current park is not well used. It is small and narrow so doesn't lend itself to a variety of sports. There is also limited potential to develop it further for recreational activities.

"The plan also has the support of the community board who can see the proceeds being put to better use elsewhere.

"We believe the decision to go for a bigger park, accommodate business and allow for future roading is the best one. It's smart planning.

"These issues are never easy for the people directly affected. We appreciate the submissions they've made. It has allowed us to weigh up all the uses – and leaves us certain that our decision serves the greater public interest."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme

A quick quiz for the weekend. Which political party currently represented in Parliament issued a press release yesterday that contained these stirring passages:
“[We have] long supported a free trade and free movement area between Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom…on trade, immigration and investment, New Zealand must favour countries who share our values. New Zealand must do its part to reinforce freedom and democracy around the world by diversifying our markets and building stronger relationships with those who share our values... More>>


Parliament Adjourns: Adjournment Debate: Speaker Trevor Mallard

The 52 Parliament has sat for the last time before the September Election. It sat for 245 days... More>>


E-Cigarettes: Vaping Legislation Passes

Landmark legislation passed today puts New Zealand on track to saving thousands of lives and having a smokefree generation sooner rather than later, Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) ... More>>


National: $4 Billion Investment To End Wellington’s Congestion Woes

A National Government will invest another $4 billion in transport infrastructure across Wellington, igniting the economy and delivering the congestion-busting solutions the region has long been crying out for, National Party Leader Judith Collins says. ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Virtues (and Fluffed Opportunities) Of The Operation Burnham Report

One unspoken rule of thumb in any official public inquiry is : whatever you do, don’t conclude you were made to listen to “a litany of lies” even if the evidence of a deliberate cover-up is right there under your nose. In that respect, the report ... More>>


Horizon Research Limited: How Judith Collins Stopped The Bleeding

Horizon Research includes questions on voting from time to time in its surveys – for both forthcoming referenda and general elections. More>>

Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms

As New Zealand gets ready to head to the ballot box this September, 1 NEWS is bringing voters comprehensive coverage and analysis of this year’s General Election. TVNZ’s coverage will draw on the depth of experience held across the 1 NEWS team, says Graeme ... More>>

Economy: 30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs

64% of New Zealanders feel the economic position of their households is the same or better than a year ago – and 30% think it is worse or much worse, while 298,000 think they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months. Households’ perceptions ... More>>

State Services Commission: Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach

Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter has today announced the findings of an investigation into a breach of privacy regarding sensitive personal information. The investigation looked into who or what caused the disclosure of the information, ... More>>

International Security: New Zealand Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

The New Zealand Government has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and made a number of other changes in light of China’s decision to pass a national security law for Hong Kong, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says. More>>






InfoPages News Channels