Category Archives: Community Campaigns

ROCC voice concerns over potential air quality threat

Request for Direct Referral by Ambury Properties Limited – 72 Tidal Road, Mangere

Members of ROCC have made objections to the application by Ambury Properties Limited to build a factory at 72 Tidal Road, Mangere. They want stronger measures to be taken about air quality and other issues relating to the factory.  
 
Recently Ambury Properties requested that a Council Hearing be avoided and the application be heard directly by the Environment Court.
 
ROCC raised concerns that this would by-pass the community.
 
The Auckland Council Regulatory Committee resolved (by IMSB Member G Wilcox, seconded by Cr E Collins): 
 
That the Regulatory Committee decline the request for the following reasons:
 
i) the resource consent applications are predominantly a local issue, with a total of 12 submissions predominantly from submitters in the local Mangere area; 
 
ii) those submitters will be able to participate in a decision-making process at a Council hearing on this local project and with a Manukau venue for the hearing; 
 
iii) submitters include lay people, who will likely be unfamiliar with the Environment Court process, and will be required to become section 274 parties to participate in this more formal process, including possible cross-examination; 
 
iv) the determination of the application is dependent upon a mix of both technical expert evidence and non-technical evaluative assessment that is suitably heard at first instance at Council level; 
 
v) there is insufficient indication of certainty that a Council decision being appealed to the Environment Court, either by the applicant or any submitters given the nature of feedback received through prelodgement public consultation process and given the matters raised in the 12 submissions received; and 
 
vi) if the decision made by the Council is appealed, the Council hearing process would have led to a refinement of the issues to then allow for a more focused and efficient Environment Court process such as mediation and caucusing that may avoid the need for hearing.
Keep an eye on the ROCC facebook page and this website for updates.
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ROCC opposes Opal Lounge Appeal

ROCC has opposed an appeal made by the owners of the Opal Lounge (a pokie tavern in South Otahuhu).

The Opal Lounge is trying to appeal a decision of the Auckland District Licensing Committee to refuse their licence because their accounts were not in order and they were not primarily a tavern, but a gambling den.

However, because the owners filed their appeal outside the 10 working day requirement, they also had to ask for an extension of time. ROCC has also challenged that.

Such an extension can only be given if there was reasonable cause for the failure to appeal within the 10 working day time period.

 ROCC says there is no reasonable cause.

In addition, the owners had a history in their initial application of failing to meet other time requirements and include the correct notices in the local newspaper.

Moreover, ROCC also pointed to comments by the Auckland District Licensing Committee that were very critical about the non-attendance and poor attitude of the owner of the Opal Lounge in that hearing.

ROCC is awaiting the outcome of the application for an extension of time.

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Make Your Ideas Matter

Are you eligible to vote this year?

Drop into the Mangere East Library anytime from 10am-2pm on the 20th of May and talk about what matters to you.

This FREE event is the perfect place to ask questions about how to enrol or how to vote.

Share some pizza and go in the draw to win a prezi card.

This event is run by ‘Respect our Community Campaign’ – a grass-root community group dedicated to amplifying local voices.

Check out the facebook event to find out more.

#YourIdeasMatter

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Corbett Talks about Auckland Council’s Provisional Local Alcohol Policy

Did you think there is an excess of alcohol outlets in the South?

Did you know that Auckland Council has a plan to freeze the number of alcohol outlets in the Manukau Ward?

What is ROCC’s policy on this issue?

Find out more by watching the video and by clicking this link http://tinyurl.com/LocalAlPolicy

Don’t forget to vote! #Corbett4Council #ROCCYourVote

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Should ROCC stand in the 2016 Local Body Elections?

Respect Our Community Campaign(ROCC) was set up in 2013 in opposition to the East West Link – a motorway proposed to be put through the communities of Mangere and Otahuhu. After we stopped that, we decided to keep our group going.

Now we are exploring the possibility of putting candidates forward for the 2016 local body elections. We feel that this will give ROCC a stronger voice and a better way to advocate for Mangere-Otahuhu.

ROCC have always been about community for community so we’d love to hear your thoughts about this proposal. ROCC is really open to your input. Maybe you’d like to stand as a candidate? Maybe you have some skills and/or time you’d like to contribute to this campaign?

At this stage this is only an idea. If you think it’s a good one – let ROCC know and show your support by:

– Coming to our public meeting on the 11th of February, 2016 at 7pm, Mangere East Community Centre, 372 Massey Road, Mangere East (behind the Mangere East Library)
– Sharing this blog post on social media
– Connecting with ROCC on Facebook and Twitter
– Filling in this quick survey

Thank you for your support!

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The East West Link is back….

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Yes, you read that right. The East West Link is back! This time it’s been rebranded as East West Connections. It now covers a new road in Onehunga(which all interested parties are keen to point out, is not a motorway – more on that later) and some new bus/truck lanes (we don’t know how those work either) and walking/cycling provisions(i.e: share the footpath, as we do now) in Mangere and Otahuhu.

Representatives from ROCC attended two of the four open days held by Auckland Transport and NZTA to promote their project and identified several concerns:

– This new motorway will not fix congestion, either on SH1 or SH20, or through Onehunga. Many supporters of this believe it will ease congestion, NZTA themselves say it won’t. It is proven all over the world that more roads don’t mean less traffic. In fact, they encourage it.

– Furthermore, there is no clear plan to decongest the bottleneck at the bottom of Onehunga Mall. More trucks will be getting pulled into this choke point.

– This project will cost in excess of 1.5 billion dollars. Future generations will be paying for this. Research already shows that young people are driving less, and are not as keen on buying cars as previous generations.

– The investigative report commissioned by AT and NZTA clearly states that more could be done with regard to public transport and lessening the number of private vehicles on roads. Why is this not being done first?

– The current safe cycling and walking facility along the foreshore is not part of the NZTA plan – the planned road is between the current path and the foreshore, with multiple road crossings.

– NZTA and AT have said that only 15% of traffic in this area is trucks. In that case, the funds could be better spent on lessening the other 85% of traffic through public transport initiatives. Furthermore, the 15% who will be served by this expensive road could contribute the money themselves, or the road could be tolled to recoup funds.

– The road is being touted as a beneficial thing for the harbour yet NZTA appear to have very little information about the problem they are looking to solve. What is the current water quality like in the Manukau Inlet? What provisions will be made to filter the run-off from this motorway?

– There has been very little effort to engage the public, particularly younger people who will be saddled with this debt.

– Why are we trying to ruin the Manukau Inlet with a major road, when it could be a major entertainment destination? The wharf could be a precinct similar to North Wharf – this will not be possible with various off-ramps and a ‘limited state highway’ surrounding it.

What can you do?

– Submit your feedback by Friday, July 17. You can do this online at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/east-west-connections
– You can also use Generation Zero’s handy and super easy web form: http://transportblog.co.nz/2015/07/16/submit-on-the-east-west-connections/
– You can also give feedback by e-mail – send your submission to eastwest@nullnzta.govt.nz
– You can write to your local representatives:
– Maungakiekie MP Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga: http://www.lotu-iiga.com
– Councillor Denise Krum: Denise.Krum@nullaucklandcouncil.govt.nz
– Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board Chairperson, Simon Randall: simon.randall@nullaucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Connect with ROCC on Facebook or Twitter, and come to our monthly meetings.

We will continue to provide updates on this page, and on Facebook.

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