It was heartening to see a big turnout at both our Howick Dawn and Civic Commemoration ceremonies on Anzac Day.
We did not let a heavy rain shower halt proceedings. Fortunately this eased in time for a parade from Stockade Hill down through the village.
The attendance, and the participation of so many in these services, in particular the young people from our schools and youth groups, will ensure that the spirit of remembrance, and the honour of our Anzacs will continue to remain in our hearts and minds.
Toilet block tidy-up
A fresh coat of paint has been given to the toilet and change blocks at Cockle Bay after heavy usage over the summer months.
Contractors will continue to replenish some of the guttering and carry out some remedial work on the drainage and the toilet gates.
Cyclists using the Ti Rakau Esplanade path expressed their concerns regarding the safety of the path in wetter months due to it being dangerously slippery and unfortunately, resulting in some minor accidents.
Council contractors have applied a non-slip paint to provide extra traction on the tyres for the users with positive feedback from the local commuters who use this pathway daily.
They have informed the team that “there has been a significant decline in accidents caused by the slippery path” and they are now once again confident and happy to use this route to ride to and from work each day.
The team will explore using this paint on various commuter paths and cycleways across the Howick area.
In our parks
Contractors have been carrying out block renovations on fields in both Lloyd Elsmore and Barry Curtis Parks.
This process involves the removal of the top 100mm of clay and replacing this with fresh material and then levelling before seeding and fertilising.
We hope to see an additional shelter in Barry Curtis Park before long.
The design and consenting is now underway and the shelter is planned for the Flat Bush School Road end of the park.
These are well used, particularly by the elderly to rest and chat as they walk in the park.
Path renewals and repairs are currently being carried out in various reserves and parks throughout the Howick Local Board area.
This work is ongoing and will ensure a smooth and undamaged path for users to enjoy.
The skate park in Lloyd Elsmore Park has been repaired! The East Skate Club hosted a gathering of very happy skaters last Friday night who happily check out the new surface.
- Adele White
Chairperson, Howick Local Board