Sunday, April 14, 2024

We have much to celebrate

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Kia ora

The first of some recent highlights for our Local Board members was a visit to Te Whare O Matariki in Howick’s Emilia Maud Nixon Garden of Memories, where we shared an afternoon of whakawhanaungatanga (establishing relationships), history, and reuniting with familiar faces.

Celebrating our great people

We recently gathered to celebrate the massive contribution to our communities by volunteers. Through volunteering, citizens build resilience, enhance their knowledge base, and gain a sense of responsibility for their own community.

We look forward to meeting more of the people who give freely of their time and lend a hand to help others, at future events.

Last month we held the Howick Sports Awards, a great night recognising the incredible achievements of our local sportsmen and women.

Those hard-working people who contribute to sport and make it all happen – the managers, coaches, administrators and volunteers – were also acknowledged.

Bucklands Beach Hall

Buckland’s Beach War Memorial Hall will now be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer!

As one of Howick’s most utilised venues for hire, its four new HVAC systems have significantly improved and sped up the temperature of this old hall with both heating and cooling it.

Hall hirers have already noticed the vast improvement, and are looking forward to using this hall more often.

Walking the dog

Dog owners have asked the Local Board for clarity around where they can and cannot take their dogs.

A change in dog bylaws across the entire Auckland region meant the signs across the various beaches and reserves within the Howick Local Board area were out of date and were providing incorrect information.

The beach access time and season signs are now clear in their messaging and have been installed in the correct places for residents and dog owners.

The off-leash signage will be completed over the next year. All information regarding dog bylaws can be found online at

Pool maintenance

The Lloyd Elsmore Pool and Leisure Centre’s scheduled annual pool shutdown closure will commence on Monday 26 July 2021 till Tuesday 3 August 2021.

The Fitness Centre will remain open and be operational during the shutdown period.

This maintenance closure is essential to ensure all plant, equipment, fixtures and fittings are serviced and repaired, thus preventing unforeseen breakdowns and failures throughout the year that have the potential to affect the normal operations of the facility.

The facility will re-open on Wednesday 4 August 2021.

Prince Regent Reserve play space

Another popular play space has been given a new spark of life with a new see-saw, stairs and climbing ropes. We are receiving positive feedback from parents and grandparents who are delighted their neighbourhood playgrounds are usable again.

  • Adele White, chairperson Howick Local Board

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