September 2007 Newsletter

  • Update on the Long Bay Environment Court Case
  • David Gatward Grove Planting
  • Fundraising Report
  • Who should you vote for to protect Long Bay?

Many thanks to all of you who attended the Environment Court to support the Great Park Society in its undertaking to protect the land at Long Bay.

I really appreciate the effort that it took to take time out from your busy lives and to make the trek into Auckland. You will be pleased to know that the level of your support was commented on by Judge Jackson.

Unfortunately, the three week period set aside for the case was not long enough to hear the evidence from all of the parties involved. With over 70 witnesses giving evidence it soon became apparent that it was going to prove impossible to fit them all into the three week period. While the Court heard North Shore City Council’s and Landco’s witnesses, only one of the Auckland Regional Council’s witnesses took the stand.

The Court will reconvene for two more weeks commencing 9th October for the other parties to be heard. This will be when the rest of the Auckland Regional Council’s witnesses go on the stand, followed by the Great Park Society, the Historic Places Trust, Okura Environment Group, Iwi and others. Judge Jackson has also set aside another week in November,
beginning 12th November, just in case.

Some of the most important issues aired at Court were the need for a significant buffer between the Long Bay Regional Park and any development, how to adequately protect the streams and waters of the Marine Reserve, and how much earthworks is acceptable considering the close proximity of the land to the Marine Reserve.

In addition, consideration is being given to the protection of the extensive heritage landscape on the Awaruku headland. This archaeological landscape is located on the ridge directly to
the west of Long Bay Beach. The area comprises many Maori archaeological sites layered over each other, dating back to 1450. Overlaid on this is an extensive ditch and bank system, which
is an early colonial farming system of fencing. Caroline Philips, archaeologist for Landco, stated in court that she believes that the extent of ditch and bank system at Long Bay is a unique and important example which has not been found anywhere else in New Zealand.

I believe that the court case for Long Bay is advancing well and important progress is being made. Thank you again. Your support spurs us on at this important time.

Warmest Regards,
Fiona McLaughlin

David Gatward Grove Planting

The Society and Gatward family have obtained approval from ARC to establish a David Gatward Memorial Grove in commemoration of the enormous energy, time, effort and leadership that David put into the vision of a great park at Long Bay. Please join us to help with the planting.
Grannies Bay Sunday 23rd September at 10am

Bring a spade and gumboots. Access via the beach is possible

Fundraising Report

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of Society members and other supporters, we have paid all of our Environment Court costs to date. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to everyone concerned! The tenacity, passion and energy ofthis charitable community organisation is simply staggering – since May 2006 we have raised over $215,000 in our determination to protect the Long Bay/Okura hills and Marine Reserve.

Next month, the Great Park Society will finally have the opportunity to take the stand. To this end we need to raise a further $25,000. It would be tragic to have come this far and not be able
to complete the process, due to a lack of funds.

If you are able to make a substantial donation, please leave a message on my answer phone at 479-1748 or contact Jos at 473-6743. Alternatively, you could post a cheque to LBOGPS,
PO BOX 35348, Browns Bay, Auckland. To make an instant automatic $10 donation phone 0900 4 PARK (0900 4 7275). With the court case reconvening in just 4 weeks, we need your immediate support. Thank you so much in anticipation of your ongoing sacrifice to this campaign – together we are shaping history.

Warmest Regards,
Linda Nunn
Fundraising Coordinator

PS: I look forward to seeing you at the two fundraising movies advertised in this newsletter.

Fundraising Movie

In the summer of 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis observes a flirtation between a servant’s son, Robbie, and her older sister, Cecilia, that she childishly misconstrues. Briony’s misunderstanding leads to a terrible crime whose consequences follow them through World War II.
Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Vanessa Redgrave, Brenda Blethyn

Phone Jennifer on 473-6847 to get your tickets. $15 per ticket Sunday 28th October at 6pm Bridgeway Cinema, Queen Street, Northcote

Who should you vote for to protect Long Bay?

The Great Park Society would like to invite you to a SPECIAL ELECTION MEETING 7pm, Tuesday 18th September 2nd floor, North Shore City Council Area Office Glen Road, Browns Bay

Find out what your future councillors really think about Long Bay! The results of our candidate survey will be on-line.

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