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

 

Hillsborough Land Acquired for Premier Park

Auckland City Council - City Scene

Auckland City has purchased a 1.68 hectare piece of Hillsborough land, which will become a key open space in its plan to create a quality premier park of region-wide significance.

Council has bought the land in Korma Rd from the New Zealand Marist Brothers Trust Board as part of the city’s ‘open space’ plan. Chairperson of the City’s Parks and Recreation Committee, Councillor Phil Rafills, says that he is excited about the purchase. Last year his committee voted to allocate the remainder of its 1998/99 open space acquisition budget for this piece of land.

Council set aside about $19 million in 1998 for the gradual acquisition of land to achieve a premier park in Hillsborough, one similar in stature and maturity to Albert Park, Cornwall Park and the Domain. This follows market research that identified strong support for the creation of additional premier parks, rather than increasing the number of smaller reserves.

"Once funding approval was given by Council, negotiations started with the four major land owners in the Hillsborough area - to signal Council’s interest in securing land for open space purposes as they chose to sell it."

The site acquired contains a natural amphitheatre which could provide opportunities for staging and viewing events or access and carparking for the Park. The property includes Marcellin Hall, a vacant 1960s building formerly used for theological studies, which will be removed to achieve Council’s open space objectives.

Auckland City will shortly be seeking expressions of interest in the removal of Marcellin Hall.

Councillor Kay McKelvie, chairperson of the Finance and Property Committee, emphasises the open space values of the site to the park concept as a whole, as being the sole reason for acquisition and says that, as a result, the removal of the hall is essential.

"The hall is a non-relocatable brick building. The former owners are aware of Council’s intention to remove it and do not have any objection.

"Council will continue to look for opportunities to buy more land in this area."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why New Zealand Needs To Change Its Defence Habits


In a flashback to the military displays of days gone by, one of our frigates recently joined a Carrier Strike show of force in the South China Sea, en route to a joint military exercise in Singapore with our traditional allies, called BersamaGold21. Reportedly, Anna Powles, from the Centre of Defence and Security Studies at Massey University felt this to be a case of us doing our bit to uphold international law, and the right of free transit through the region in question... More>>

Government: New COVID-19 Protection Framework Delivers Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated New Zealanders


Vaccinated New Zealanders will regain everyday freedoms when the country moves to a new simplified COVID-19 Protection Framework that doesn’t rely on nationwide lockdowns as the main measure to stop the virus spreading. In a suite of announcements that establish a pathway out of restrictions the Government is also providing up to $940 million per fortnight to support businesses through the challenging period... More>>

ALSO:





 
 


Government: Responds To Independent Review Into WorkSafe

The Government has clear expectations that WorkSafe must action the recommendations of the independent review into the regulator to improve its management of adventure activities following the tragedy at Whakaari White Island, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood says... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>

ALSO:


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>


Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels