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Road widening protest
Widen first: Hibiscus and Bays Local Board members Greg Sayers, left, and John Watson at the proposed road widening
By KERRY GALLAGHER
A DEMONSTRATION against
planned Whangaparaoa Rd widen-
ing is on tomorrow between Red
Beach Rd and the Hibiscus Coast
The proposal has divided opinion,
even among those who mutually
support the proposed Weiti toll
road, commonly known as Penlink.
Penlink Now lobbyists believe
widening the road is an unnecess-
ary and expensive disruption, and
say it is being used as an alterna-
tive to Penlink proceeding.
But Hibiscus and Bays Local
Board members John Watson and
Greg Sayers say the road has to be
widened before Penlink begins.
They believe the first stage is
essential to relieve traffic conges-
tion and commuter frustration.
Widening has been on council
plans for years, they say.
It is part of the proposed Penlink
project which has two components --
the Weiti toll road and bridge and
the widening of Whangaparaoa Rd.
Auckland Transport this year
decided to defer the Weiti toll road
and bridge for at least seven years.
This means traffic congestion on
Whangaparaoa Rd needs to be
addressed, the two board members
This section of Whangaparaoa
Rd has already reached its capacity
of 23,000 vehicle trips a day, Mr
Watson says. With the imminent
commercial development of
Silverdale, new schools and the
opening of stores such as Pak nSave
and The Warehouse, there is going
to be a lot more traffic.
At the moment there are peak
hour delays because of the bottle-
Once that is fixed the cars will
Mr Sayers says Auckland Trans-
port assures there will be no repeat
of the traffic disruption like
2004-2005 when the road was
upgraded between Red Beach Rd
and Vipond Rd.
The work can be done off corri-
dor and as a result there should not
be disruption to traffic, he says.
This widening project is budgeted
for and is ready to start next year.
Penlink spokeswoman Janet Fitz-
gerald says residents don t want the
There would be no need for it if
Penlink went ahead because this
would reduce traffic congestion, she
I think it s absolutely crazy that
they are going to spend $20 million
on widening the road, whereas it
won t cost anywhere near that for
Penlink if they get investors.
The demonstration is from
10.30am tomorrow on the
Whangaparaoa Rd footpath
between Red Beach Rd and the
Hibiscus Coast Highway.
Diverse assortment in new rating system
Business rates: While urban business on the Hibiscus Coast like Orewa can
expect small rates reductions, industrial business in rural areas may get up to 85
By DELWYN DICKEY
It s a mixed bag for the Hibiscus
Coast-Albany area under the new
draft rating system with rates
halved for some and increasing by
more than 80 percent for others.
It s based on new property
valuations across the entire Auck-
land area, with differentials for dif-
ferent land use.
North Harbour includes four
board areas -- Devonport-Takapuna
and Kaipatiki -- which are com-
pletely within the metropolitan
urban limit boundaries, and Upper
Harbour and Hibiscus and Bays
which still have rural sectors.
The biggest reductions are for
lifestylers and farmers within the
metropolitan urban limit areas in
Devonport-Takapuna and Kaipa-
tiki, where they may receive
reductions of 50 to 54 percent
respectively, Hibiscus with around
minus 21 percent and Upper Har-
bour minus 13.45 percent.
Outside metropolitan areas that
reduction is not so pronounced but
drops of about 6 to 13 percent are
Concerns were raised by farmers
and lifestylers that big increases
could rate them off their land. This
group has received the greatest
reductions in the northern areas,
partly from the shift to capital value
as well as from reduced property
I d like to see more things
brought in for farmers, Albany
ward councillor Wayne Walker
says. Particularly where farmers
are doing the right thing and fenc-
ing their streams and putting more
land into native bush -- which
increases water quality.
There is also the opportunity for
people on water tanks to meter
their water so they can benefit from
volumetric charging but it is up to
owners to have the meter installed.
If they use less water and generate
less wastewater they should pay
less, he says.
Most urban residential properties
will attract rates drops of around 2
percent to about 8 percent, with the
Hibiscus Coast and Bays varying
between minus 2.18 percent and
minus 7.57 percent.
The biggest increase will be to
industrial businesses operating in
rural areas -- more than 80 percent
on the coast and Upper Harbour.
Draft plan submissions are
expected to be invited in January or
February, with the plan finalised in
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