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Source: Auckland Council

Puketāpapa Local Board’s feedback and decision making at a recent business meeting reflects the local board’s commitment to the area’s local history, heritage, and care for the natural environment.

Road naming

New road names are an opportunity to highlight an area’s local heritage and history.

Pātaka Way, Pūhua Lane and Pump House Lane will soon become familiar street names to locals after being approved by Puketāpapa Local Board at a recent business meeting.

“The local board is keen to make sure our community see names and connections that matter to them when they look at our street names.  It’s a great opportunity to share mana whenua names that had been lost from maps and to include cultures who contribute to the diversity of our neighbourhoods,” said local board Chair Julie Fairey.

Urban development creates new roads across Auckland. Sometimes accessways are extended from existing roads, too. Names are put forward by developers to local boards for approval according to Auckland Council guidelines. Through this process inappropriate or offensive terms or duplication is prevented. Puketāpapa Local Board have previously signed-off on guidelines on local road naming too.

Mana whenua groups are also invited to have input, often suggesting historic or culturally significant names.

Feedback on Transport Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP)

The local board has also provided feedback on the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) and the draft 2021 Regional Parks Management Plan.

“With the local board’s submissions on both of these plans we focused on the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions and take climate action.  Transport is the lowest hanging fruit for our community to make a difference, both in how we move around day to day and how we get to regional parks,” said Julie Fairey, summing up the board’s main focus for its feedback on TERP.

Feedback on Regional Parks Management Plan

On the Regional Parks Management Plan, she adds: “Similarly, we advocate for our parks to be more accessible using public transport, prioritise planting alongside streams and coastlines to protect our harbours and also the prohibition of ashes scattering in regional parks aligned with the wishes of mana whenua.”