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Historical Society Incorporated

November—December 2018
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
No. 95

serve status of the section of the land that comprised the

Guest Speaker— December 2018 West End Rowing Club and car park; this was in part
due to the reserve status not allowing the club to
Derek Battersby has extended sincere apologies to operate, as a venue for hire as a fundraising activity, to
those of you at our October meeting expecting to hear groups who were not members.
him speak then — He will instead be speaking to us on
Saturday 1 December on Avondale and surrounding The waterfront edge and open space part of the reserve
areas. around the club will retain its reserve status. The
clubrooms, driveway and car parking areas will be held
under the Local Government Act 2002.
New Chairman for the Hearings Panel Chair Tracy Mulholland says that it was
Avondale Business Association important to hear from all parties on the issue. “Formal
classification of the esplanade reserve will help enhance
On October 29, those attending the ABA’s AGM voted an ecology that has been improving through significant
Marcus Amosa as the new ABA Chairman, replacing volunteer activity through organisations such as the
Duncan Macdonald, after nearly 20 years. Whau River Catchment Trust. At the same time, the
clubs’ fund-raising activities are legitimised and will be
Duncan, right from when the AWHS started, has been a able to operate under a lease that is fit for purpose.
firm friend and supporter of both the Society and Avon-
dale’s heritage. The ABA have been financial support- “I want to thank all submitters who took the time to
ers since the first set-up meetings for the Society back present their points of view to the panel, as it is very
in 2002, and it will seem quite strange now that he is no important that we heard from all sides of this issue. The
longer at the head of the Association. While we wish panel took all feedback on board, and through a lengthy
the new chairman all the best, we extend a heartfelt deliberation process came to this decision,” she says.
THANK YOU to Duncan Macdonald for all his years “At the same time, special conditions will be contained
of service to Avondale and our history. in any approved lease to the club outlining the access
rights, and we will support the re-establishment of a
community group who have an interest in the reserve.”
Saunders Reserve
Whau Local Board Deputy Chair Susan Zhu says, “We
considered and debated all the issues raised during to-
(From “Our Auckland”, online newsletter) day's hearing process. At the end of the day, the club
has been operating the entire time it has been on site,
The Whau Local Board hearings panel on 31 October allowing around 300 members access to a facility that
agreed to revoke the reserve status over a part of provides a significant benefit to the community. Public
Saunders Reserve, addressing a historical issue with the pedestrian access to and from the Kurt Brehmer walk-
West End Rowing club’s operation on the land. It also way and the Whau River will not be affected and from
agreed to support the classification of a portion of the views shared today we will be seeing how we can raise
reserve as a local purpose (esplanade) reserve; this will awareness of the reserve and walkway,” she says.
retain the protection over public access and ownership
and facilitate the ecological protection of the area, pro- Saunders Reserve was created in 1986, with the rowing
tecting against any future development. club on site from 2004. The next step in this process is
for council staff to send the recommendation for
Auckland Council proposed the revocation of the re- revocation to the department of conservation for ap-
Next meeting is
Saturday 1 December 2018, at 2 pm,
St Ninians Hall, St Georges Road,

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