Despite the challenges of the past 12 months, Whau Local Board has seen some memorable successes during the year.
Whau Local Board Chair, Kay Thomas, says that the board has been working hard for the community.
“We know things have been difficult, and the future can be uncertain at times, but we hope that the wide variety of work that we do has managed to be a positive influence in the community these past few months. Here’s to a more stable 2022.”
In addition to completing its Local Board Plan, which sets the goals and direction of the board for the next three years, the board celebrated a number of successes in 2020/21, including:
Improving the Avondale Pavers
With numerous reports of the paving stones on Great North Road in Avondale becoming slippery when wet, the Board pushed ahead with a project to remove the slippery pavers and upgrade the streetscape in Avondale town centre.
Avondale Library and Community Hub
The $21 million community hub will be the envy of Auckland when completed, and following public feedback, plans were adjusted to increase car parking capacity, future play provision and amended kitchen layout.
Tahurangi/Crum park signage
Crum Park in Titirangi now carries the dual name of Tahurangi/Crum Park and is the first local park to have signs in both te reo Māori and English.
The stunning, board-funded state of the art Archibald Park playground is extremely popular, with a 25 metre Flying fox, bespoke fenced toddler area, a maimai-themed climbing tower from which kids can spot birds and a slide that reflects the importance of the Whau River to the community.
Successful Grants programme
The board grants programmes continue to be a success, with grants for various activities ranging from $500 to $8000. Successful recent grants include helping fund a new classroom for Odyssey Trust, an organisation that helps people with addiction issues.
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