Great news today

Thursday 26th September 2019

Auckland Council has made operative the Environment Court decision protecting Okura from urban development.  The Long Bay Okura Great Park Society has fought development in order to protect the waters and beauty of the Okura Estuary.

This means that one of the last estuaries in its natural state on the east coast of greater Auckland is now saved for future generations to come and experience. A very big thank you  to the many who helped make this possible.

Special thanks to all who have made this possible, including members and generous supporters of the Long Bay Okura Great Park Society and the other groups of the Okura Environmental Group  (Keep Okura Green, Forest and Bird North Shore, Friends of Okura Bush, Okura Residents and Ratepayers, Dacre Cottage Committee).  What a wonderful achievement.

And thank you to our Local Board and Council supporters, especially Julia Parfitt, Wayne Walker, John Watson and Chris Darby.

And thank you to all those who gave their expertise both those engaged by the Society and those within Council.

Let us ensure that this estuary in its unique and beautiful setting is kept as beautiful as ever forever. See Council meeting footage here...

Taiaotea Stream Planting

Sunday 15th September 2019

There have been two planting days and clean-ups on the banks of the Taiaotea Stream
over the past two Sundays with great turn-outs at each.  It’s so good to see families with young children turning up, fostering a life long love of our natural environment.  Thank you to Ben Sheeran for organising them.


Saturday 14th September

There was a great turnout for Auckland’s 2019 Pestival – a bringing together of community conservations groups and expert speakers for a most informative and fun programme.  Apart from the inspiring key speakers and the range of topical workshops, it was a great opportunity for networking and seeing what was new to help in the caring of our natural environment.  I was able to grab a photo of myself with the famed "Critter of the Week" champion, Nic Toki, known for her wonderful stories of some of our least known native fauna on Jessie Mulligan’s afternoon radio show.  You can tap into some of the presentations on this link.


Sunday 8th September

Browns Bay Coastguard members put their smart new boat through some of its paces for the Mayor.  I took the helm at a much more cautious pace along the coast of our bays.


Sunday 8th September

I'm now starting to ramp up my election campaign, meeting residents at the Browns Bay market and the Okura Residents and Ratepayer's AGM.

I enjoyed the great opportunity to get feedback on issues that are important in our area. People are not shy about expressing their concerns which is just what I want to hear about.  Let me bring it to the table of the Local Board in the next term.

Authorised by: Chris Bettany, 2 Nor'east Drive, Northcross, Auckland 0632