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Waititiko Meola flows through Chamberlain Park

July 17th, 2017

Recently STEPS was approached by some people wanting to “save Chamberlain Park”, which we found means primarily they want to retain the 18 hole golf course.

New Zealand has more golf courses per capita than any other country in the world (over 400 for a population of 4 million).  The Auckland Golf Facilities Investment plan March 2016 says there are 39 golf courses in Auckland, and 85% of Auckland golf courses are 18-hole courses like Chamberlain Park. They say around 8% of people play golf, mostly older Europeans. However Chamberlain Park is one of a very few public courses with affordable fees in Auckland. Apparently about 50,000 rounds of golf are played there each year. Participation in golf is forecast to be declining rather than increasing.

Chamberlain Park is about 32 Hectares in size with an open stretch of Meola creek running through it. This is a very large green space in Albert Eden (which we understand has the least open space per capita in Auckland); in effect fewer than 50,000 people per year access this space. Albert Eden has a population of more than 95,000 people and Auckland Council tells us that 60.6% of Aucklanders engage in walking.

In 2014 the Albert Eden Local Board proposed a Chamberlain Park Redevelopment Plan (AC) which is causing controversy. The plan proposes that the golf course is reduced to 9 holes, and various other changes made to allow public access to Chamberlain Park. Proposals for change have at their heart the idea of encouraging more people to use Chamberlain Park without having to play golf. Councillor Fletcher’s view was reported in NZ Herald 2015, and subsequently the Chair of Albert Eden has published his vision for the park.  The Greater Auckland blog site has published several perspectives including this Thought piece by an Auckland commentator.  There are also many articles in mainstream media outlining opposition to the AELB proposal by groups who represent the status quo.

STEPS wants to see public walking access to Meola Creek, and ecological improvements such as streamside planting, to reduce the temperature of the water and increase the biodiversity. We also want to see restoration of some wetlands. These were drained during development of the golf course.

With 49% impervious surface, and large parts of the Meola catchment reliant on ‘soakage’ (ie no stormwater pipes), open space and especially wetlands will be essential to the Auckland Council’s plan to develop Meola catchment to 62.5% impervious (that is 27% more concrete and roof area than we currently have).  It is well known that Meola Creek has the biggest sewage/ stormwater overflows in Auckland (see pictures here).

STEPS has previously submitted to Albert Eden Local Board asking the board to value every square meter of open space under their charge.  People say “they don’t make land any more”, and we know that open space in Albert Eden is especially limited. With a view to the future (say 100 years) – we proposed they treat all open space as ‘conservation’  land, with a renewable license to sports organisations and others who should act to enhance the conservation value of the land. [By contrast we note that one of Auckland Council’s nearby tenants destroyed the remaining fragments of rock forest on their large ‘patch’ of land in the past 3-5 years.] We recommended no more reduction of open space area. This means justifying every road, every building and every hard surface we wish to put on open space, since they all add to the impervious surface and loss of ‘natural’ open space.

STEPS wants to see ecological enhancement, more wetland and more biodiversity on this open publicly owned space.  We want to see a thriving stream, and we want Aucklanders to be able to enjoy it.  This means granting public walking access – part of a ‘mountain to sea’ walkway from Owairaka Mt Albert to Te Tokoroa Meola Reef. We look forward to understanding whether this requires a 9 hole course or can be achieved with the current 18 hole course. STEPS will support creek and wetland restoration efforts.

Some ways to contribute to our local environment

July 14th, 2017

Looking for ways to help the community and the local environment?  Below are a few ideas – see also the blog giving contact numbers.

Contact STEPS to become a member, volunteer, help out with weeds, or share concerns contact@meolacreek.org.nz

  • Pick up rubbish – let people know dropping rubbish is not acceptable
  • See dead or wounded animals in the park – call Auckland Council Parks
  • See an open or flowing manhole – call Auckland Council

  • Call the pollution hotline when you see a dirty stream – they may find the source of the problem
  • Call the supermarket when you see their trolleys in the creek
  • Wheel trolleys out of parks and on to the street for pickup

  • Use gobi blocks/ permeable surface in your back yard instead of concrete

a catchment with 10-20% impervious surface may receive twice the original stormwater runoff volumes during a storm;  a catchment with 35-50%  impervious area may experience a three-fold increase;        and with 75%+ impervious, an area will have a five-fold increase in stormwater

Waititiko Meola Contact Numbers

July 14th, 2017

If you see a problem in parks or creeks – please phone it in.  Below are some key contact numbers, and also some street addresses for the upper creek/ Roy Clements Treeway/ Kerr Taylor Park, so you can help them locate the problem.

Manholes

If there is a missing, dislodged or damaged manhole cover, or a blocked public drain, phone:

  • Auckland Council – Healthy Waters urgently on 09 301 0101

“48% of stormwater in combined sewer areas comes from Auckland Transport roads

52% from private property roofs and impervious surfaces”

 

Pollution in the water

For stormwater pollution, including pollutants being discharged into creeks and streams

  • Auckland Council Pollution Hotline 09  377 3107 

Damage to Parks, streams, or dead/ wounded animals in parks

Trolley Information

If you find trolleys in the creek, please phone them in to the retailer.

  • 0800-404040 or St Lukes Branch 2552382 -blue and green handle
  • Warehouse ; 09 8469534 – red ones
  • Kmart 0800 944553  – other red ones

Then post a photo on Facebook or Neighbourly if still there.

 Street Addresses – Roy Clements Treeway, Kerr Taylor Park, Ahurangi

  • Roy Clements Treeway 30 Alberton Ave  or
  • Roy Clements Treeway 15 Lyon Ave or
  • Roy Clements Treeway 1 Wagener Pl (Noel Leeming carpark)
  • Kerr Taylor Park 35 Fergusson Ave or
  • Kerr Taylor Park 164A Haverstock Rd

Kerr Taylor Park is also called Fergusson Reserve!

“Every millimetre of rain falling on a square meter of impermeable surface produces one litre of stormwater runoff”  – Auckland Council. 

 

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