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High-rise fight again
NEW HOUSING ZONES PROPOSED
Rural and coastal settlement
Large lot residential, on the outer edges of urban areas
Single house zone
Mixed housing zone, allows for a mix of single homes, terraced and low-
level apartments, in general between 250 metres and 500m of a metro,
town or local centre and within 500m of a rail station or main bus route
Terraced housing and apartment building zone, which tends to be
within 250m of a metro, town or local centre
By LIZ WILLIS
BATTLE-WEARY residents will
have to again fight to stop beach-
front high-rises, Albany councillor
Wayne Walker says.
Browns Bay, Milford and Orewa
are among communities threatened
by the proposed new council rules
that Mr Walker says are flawed.
The last thing you want is a
band of high buildings close to the
beachfront that effectively block
views and enjoyment of the beach.''
Mr Walker, usually a key Len
Brown supporter, says he has spo-
ken against high-rises for Orewa
and Browns Bay since draft uni-
tary plan talks started.
People in Milford, Orewa and
Browns Bay have already won bat-
tles against high-rise and will not
like the draft, he says.
Milford Residents Association
has only just celebrated winning a
fight against a 16-storey develop-
ment in Milford Village.
Now, days later, it is rallying to
oppose eight-storey development
under the unitary plan.
A beachfront action committee in
Browns Bay successfully fought an
eight-storey, 25-metre development
all the way to the High Court in the
The draft unitary plan proposes
similar height development up to
six storeys high.
Multi-storey apartments would
dominate town centres as people
vie for beachfront views, Mr
He says those who lose their
views and cannot afford to
redevelop will sell to people who
High apartments will affect
views, privacy and sunlight, and
create wind tunnels, he warns.
Ratepayers also face a perfect
storm'' from increased infrastruc-
ture costs, he says.
The Government is looking at
forcing councils to cut reserve con-
tributions bills that everyone devel-
oping a site pays towards infra-
Mr Walker says existing rate-
payers face even bigger rate rises
to cover the cost of new infrastruc-
ture if that happens.
Hibiscus Bays Local Board
deputy chairman David Cooper is
absolutely disgusted with the
Auckland Council's apparent
steamrolling of our area plan''.
Mr Cooper says it is unfair that
in contrast, intensification protec-
tion is proposed for Howick East,
Mellons Bay and Cockle Bay,
The board's area plan satisfied
the council's desire for an extra
29,000 dwellings over the next 30
years by allowing three-to-four-
storey buildings in appropriate
areas, he says, and even greater
intensification would occur if six-
storey apartments are built.
Board member Gary Holmes
accuses planners and councillors of
using Browns Bay like a token in
their game of Monopoly where they
are trying to see how many people
they can squeeze into the small
How many times will we have to
revisit the same arguments?'' Mr
The East Coast Bays com-
munity has been debating the issue
of appropriate heights in our town
centre for more than a decade and
I won't accept Auckland Council
bureaucrats and politicians trying
to stamp their mark on our turf,''
Mr Holmes says.
Home advantage boosts Black Sox hopes
Talking tactics: The Black Sox have a tough start to the world championships with a game against Mexico tonight. Brad
Rona is number 25.
Photo: DAVID LINTOTT
By KERRY GALLAGHER
A Black Sox veteran hopes home
advantage can give his team the
edge as it attempts to regain the
world softball title.
The ISF Tradestaff Men's Soft-
ball World Championships begin
today at Albany's Rosedale Park
and Northcote player Brad Rona
is excited about the prospect of
some vocal support.
It's going to be a great festival
for our sport. Having it here up in
Auckland and in my backyard is
even more special. I'm going to
have so many more fans and fam-
ily around me, it's going to be an
This will be the infielder's
fourth world championships and
he remains a vital part of the
Black Sox' batting lineup.
The acid will be on that lineup
as they face a predicted onslaught
from the world champion Aus-
tralians, spearheaded by star
pitcher Adam Folkard.
But Rona says there is plenty to
concentrate on before they even
get the chance to square off with
their trans-Tasman rivals.
The Black Sox are in a different
pool, for a start, and Rona says
thoughts are now fixed on the
The mission begins tonight with
a tough match against Mexico.
There are other strong conten-
ders in their pool too, with four-
time champions Canada, Japan
and Argentina all posing threats.
Rona says a strong core of
veterans in the team will be vital
to the Blacksox cause.
He points to the likes of Thomas
Makea, Donny Hale and Jarrad
Martin as high class players who
have been there and done that''.
Those are the senior guys that
have climbed the mountain and a
few of them have climbed up more
than others. It's going to be a
great spectacle to watch these
boys doing what they love, and
that's playing softball.''
Rona plays for the Northcote
club and has also played 11 years
with North American clubs, most
recently with the ISC champion
Jarvis Travelers from Ontario.
The World Championships
begin today and the Black Sox
play Mexico from 7.30pm. The
tournament runs until March 10,
when the medal games are played.
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