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From the President

From the President

New Emergency Generator Purchased

Let’s start with some good news. We have been able to purchase a new generator for the Waiatarua Community Hall & Library. This means we are now able to provide water, sanitation, internet connection and shelter to put at the disposal of our local community in times of need. I want to thank our Vice President, Marq Holibar for his hard work in putting this all together and none of this would have been possible without a generous grant towards the cost from the Waitakere Ranges Local Board.


Ideas wanted

Moving forward the WRRA Committee will continue to be proactive in ensuring we get hold of any grants available. I’ve lived in Waiatarua for just over a year now and I know that is nothing compared to the many years that some other members of our community have lived here. However, during this short period of time, I’ve seen how easy it is for Waiatarua to be overlooked and resources diverted to other communities with higher profiles. This is something that I want to stop and to start making sure that our voice is heard. One way we can do this is to apply for potential funding for resources and activities which can add value to the lives of our community. For this to happen, we need your input.
We are currently looking at ideas, especially those that are resilient and environmentally friendly. If you have any then please feel free to contact me on president@waiatarua.org.nz or call me on 021 354 831.


Successful Classic Movie Night

A big thank you to everyone who attended our first Classic Movie Night last month. We all gathered together with handfuls of pop-corn, chips and drinks to see the movie “Charade” starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. We will definitely be looking at putting on more nights like this one, so keep checking the newsletter for further details.


Community Day—Saturday 28 October

On Saturday 28 October we are holding our second annual Community Day event from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Waiatarua Community Hall. It’s going to be like last year’s, but only bigger with more stalls including baking, gifts, shoulder bags, wax candles, art, soft toys and even hot dogs. In addition there will be a Zumba demonstration and an opportunity to talk to people from local community support groups like the Waiatarua Fire Brigade, Eco Matters, Waiatarua Playcentre and library. All will be present in order to answer any questions you might have. It’s going to be a great day so if you are available, please come along.

Mark Wager, WRRA President

The Community Hall and Library Has Been Saved!

I’m incredibly pleased and proud to be able to share some good news with you. As you will be aware the future of the Waiatarua Community Hall and Library has been in jeopardy because of the proposed changes in the Auckland Council Budget Plan. With the current lease and maintenance charges, this proposal would have meant a 6000% increase in costs which would have made it impossible for the Hall and the Library to continue. Yet here’s the good news.

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Hello neighbours!

Council has signed off their budget. It’s time for the Local Board to do the same and it’s at this time that decisions that impact our community are made. The Waitakere Ranges Local Board have had their budget cut by 10% which will have a knock-on effect to what we can and can’t do in our area.

On Thursday 3rd August I will be speaking at the Local Board “Have Your Say” event promoting the needs of the Waiatarua area, especially the desire to keep open the Waiatarua Community Hall & Library. It’s starting at 5:30pm, I’m speaking around 6:00pm at the Glen Eden Library 12/32 Glendale road. Feel free to come along. If  you would like to speak, please contact mailto:waitakererangeslocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to book in your session time, otherwise if there’s anything you want me to mention on your behalf let me know – Mark 021 354 831

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From the President

Hello neighbours, here’s an update on what’s happening in our area.

The future of our Community Hall and Library
As you know the future of our Community Hall and Library is in danger due to the proposed Auckland Council budget in which it has been recommended to charge a 6,000% increase in the annual charges that we currently pay. At present, our local MP Deborah Russell and the Local Board members are very supportive with our Chairperson Greg Presland telling me that “it will be over the local board’s dead body” so this is some positive news. However the two council members who actually have a vote, Shane Henderson and Ken Turner, have been noticeably quiet on this matter. This is particularly disappointing as Ken Turner has been very vocal on his viewpoint in other recommendations with the budget yet when it comes to our Community Hall and Library, there’s a lot of silence. I will keep you updated on what is happening.
Click on the read more link to find out about;
2023 Waiatarua Photographer Of The Year
Application for grants
The future of our Newsletter
Future Community Events

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From the President

The newsletter you receive in your letterbox every month has always been intended to be an important service to the community, providing updates and valuable information. I remember when my wife and I moved into Waiatarua not even a year ago, we came across the newsletter in our letterbox and wondered what it was. Our first impression was – not another flyer from a real estate agent! It seemed that we were bombarded with them, but upon reading the newsletter, it provided us with an insight on the area we’ve moved into, what was going on around us, its history and its activities. So we started going to the indoor bowls evening at the community hall. The newsletter is the reason why my wife and I decided to join the Waiatarua Residents and Ratepayers Association and volunteer our time. There’s no doubting the importance of the newsletter. However, recent changes mean that we have to seriously rethink what format the newsletter takes moving forward.

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