Lynfield to Blockhouse Bay and New Lynn
Last month the Beacon reported that Auckland Transport (AT) had reneged on the 191 bus route they had promised in 2016.
Following the petition of over 600 residents promoted by MPs Michael Wood and Deborah Russell, and Roskill Community Voice local board members, AT has now agreed to introduce a bus service from The Avenue, Lynfield via Commodore Drive to Blockhouse Bay and New Lynn.
The hourly service will be of great value to senior citizens in Lynfield, including those in the Ryman Village now under construction. It is planned to commence in late December.
Demand for the service includes access to the Blockhouse Bay library and banks, and Lynfield College. Lynfield residents will also gain better access to the western rail network, jobs on the Rosebank Peninsula, Lynnmall and movies.
Puketapapa Local Board transport lead David Holm thanked AT and all those who took part in the campaign and urges residents to make good use of the service so that its future can be secured including opportunities for greater frequency.
Blockhouse Bay Bowling Club is going all out to showcase their fun, social and highly tactical sport to the community this spring. Bowls has been like a well-kept secret for too long, so the friendly folk at Blockhouse Bay Bowls would like to show off their fabulous facilities and good vibes over the next few months.
During October the club is holding a series of “Have A Go” days where the local community are invited to visit the club to check out the facilities and try their hand at lawn bowls. This is a great way to get a taste of what lawn bowls is all about, every Sunday in October.
Following Have A Go month, Blockhouse Bay Bowling Club is launching its Twilight Social Bowls Tournament. This is an opportunity to put your new bowls skills to the test in a friendly competition. The tournament is for teams of three (triples) and will be held every Thursday evening during November. No experience or equipment is required, just get your mates or family together and enjoy some friendly competition in the lovely spring twilight.
Dates: Every Thursday in November (starting 1st Nov) from 5.45 pm.
Cost: $15 per person including bowls, tuition and food.
For further information or to register your interest/team please contact Blockhouse Bay Bowls
on 09 626 6450 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Affectionately known as the “Ice Breaker” Regatta, this event is used to mark the start of the summer boating programme for most Sea Scout Groups. It is a fun day out on the water on Lake Rotoroa (Hamilton); rowing, sailing and canoeing.
An event firmly on New Lynn’s calendar, over the past four decades they can only recall missing the event once. So, after the unsettled weather of the past few years they were greeted with a magic winters day, blue sky and a warm sun, as the Scouts and their families travelled down to Hamilton for the day.
L-R Dylin (cox), Luna, Nicole (support), Kevin, Joshua and obscured Andy and Jacob. Returning to shore following their Junior Rowing race. This relatively novice 5 person rowing crew were just pipped on the line by half a boat length after having led a strong 6 person rowing crew from Shackleton for most of the race. This was the first taste of a rowing race for four of this crew.
As is usual, following the opening parade, the events started with the rowing and canoeing while the winds were light. Sailing is typically done after lunch to tie in with when the winds normally pick up as the land warms and draws the breeze in. Despite having not done any rowing or canoeing of note over the winter months, the New Lynn crews ended up with top two finishes across all the Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Open age categories for each event. However, the Seniors were far from happy with their rusty rowing and immediately planned for some training the following weekend with a row from Okahu Bay across to Devonport... to the fish & chip shop!
With the morning activities completed, it was on to rigging the boats for sailing while grabbing a bite to eat for lunch. Rigging was interspersed with hopeful glances up to the parade ground flag looking for any indication of the wind filling in. It was looking as if the fickle winds predicted were right on the forecast, with the wind gauges barely reaching 5 knots of wind speed. The lake was mostly mirror-like in many places and only small patches of ripples indicating a light and shifty breeze in other places.
Despite the weather gods not wanting to play ball with a nice steady breeze, a full complement of sailing races were still achieved. But races that normally took 15 minutes to lap the lake were taking three times as long as crews had to work hard searching out each light puff of wind.
The New Lynn Sea Scout Group caters for boys and girls aged 5 - 19 years. So, if you want a slice of the summer action on the water, or to go camping and explore the awesome adventure playground that we are blest with out West, then give Andrew a ring on 027 6939 756 or check out www.newlynn.seascouts.org.nz for more details.
Over 50 interested people from Green Bay and surrounding areas attended the first OPEN DOOR meeting put together by the team at the Green Bay Community House – Anja, Moana & Letitia - and Aroha from Community Waitakere
Those attending included: a behavioural psychologist, an acupuncturist, an immigration lawyer, an art teacher, representatives from local real estate offices, NZ Bird Rescue (who are based in Green Bay), Auckland Transport walking/cycling team, Healthy Families Waitakere, Waitakere ethnic wardens, Haumaru Housing for the elderly, Green Bay High School, Community Fruit Harvesting and EcoMatters Trust (among others). The Open Door Day was also supported by Green Bay’s friends from Blockhouse Bay, represented by Graham Edwards (Bay Connections), Alan Gray (Lions) and Miriam (Community Centre).
Gabriella from Eco Matters gave an update on the local La Rosa Orchard project, which is community run and seeking ongoing volunteer support to maintain the orchard. Her brief update started some interesting discussion from Open Door attendees, several of whom realized their organisations could potentially lend a hand. A follow-up meeting about the La Rosa Orchard will be held in late October. Please contact Anja if you wish to be involved or receive further information.
All present indicated the first Open Door was a great success in bringing local people together and offered a vote of thanks to Anja, Aroha and Moana for their efforts in organising the function. Another Open Door get-together is planned for 5 December, 2pm, providing an opportunity for participants to talk about their plans for 2019 and to identify possible collaborations. Contact Anja at the Green Bay Community House at: email@example.com
Public meeting Tues 9th Oct @ Titirangi War Memorial Hall
On 9th October I will host a public meeting with Housing Minister, Phil Twyford, on the proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1986).
When the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) was first enacted, less than a quarter of households were renting. By 2017, the number had increased to 33%. This rise in the amount of people renting has occurred alongside an overall decline in home ownership. This means that many more families in the New Lynn electorate are at risk of having insecure and unstable housing situations.
Having a safe, warm, dry home is a fundamental human right. When people are comfortably housed, they are happier, healthier, and more able to take advantages of study and employment opportunities. This is why housing security and stability of tenure for renters is one of the priorities of this government.
We are also interested in the rights of landlords, and are committed to ensuring that the law balances the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, to promote good faith tenancy relationships and help renters feel more at home. Addressing the current housing shortage does require investment from private landlords, however, owners of existing properties that don’t meet the new standards will be required to bring these into line. Some of these repairs may be tax deductible.
I believe that as a society, we can judge our success on the way we treat the least well off. One of the reasons I became an MP is to assist the people of my electorate to live in a country that improves the well-being of all New Zealanders and their families.
Make a submission on the Residential Tenancies Act at www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/housing-property/residential-tenancies/rta-reform/consultation
Public Meeting – Renting: Getting it Right. 7pm, Tuesday 9th October at Titirangi War Memorial Hall.
Deborah Russell, MP for New Lynn
There’s always such a lot happening at the Community Centre. Last month it was the Whau Pacific Festival – Porkbuns, Popcorn & Punch evening. It was a great turn-out which began with a Cook Island dance lesson followed by delicious food and the movie Moana! AND, was it was all free! A huge thanks to all those who supported it.
You may have noticed that our frontage upgrade has finally begun! Watch this space for what will be an attractive, user-friendly and inviting area at the front of the Community Centre.
Our exciting School Holiday Programme is happening again this October. Book in NOW as this was hugely popular in July! We are still collecting jars (with labels removed) at the office for one of our projects.
New Classes - Something for everyone! There’s a huge range and variety of fitness and wellbeing classes here at the centre – get ready for the warmer weather and join a class today! See our website for more details. Below are two of our awesome activities - why not try them out?
The top prize of $1,000 went to Eve Gabor from Lynfield College; second prize of $500 went to Marie Dobbie of Lynfield College, and the third prize of $250 went to Tiffany Sua of Avondale College. Each of the other three contestants (Megan Thong, Linda Wang and Mikayla Stokes) received a $50 voucher.
Douglas Pharmaceuticals generously donated the major cash towards the prizes with additional sponsorship from the Zone 6 Lions Clubs of Avondale, Blockhouse Bay-Lynfield, Eden-Epsom, Henderson –West Auckland, New Lynn and Pt Chevalier with Gray’s Print & Copy providing all print and digital media services.
Winner Eve Gabor now qualifies to contest the District Finals on Sunday October 7th.
Judge Lion Ngaire Reid spoke for the other judges in telling the contestants they could all be proud of their participation in the Young Ambassador of the Year awards, their achievements and involvement with their communities.
Hyperdrive to Space! these October school holidays.
Collect your Astronaut Training Pack from Blockhouse Bay Library then complete the tasks anytime during the holidays. Solve the Alien Message, Explore Alien Archaeology and Brave the Black Hole are just some of the challenges. Every task completed goes in the draw to win a special prize
Where bookings required, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming up for adults...
Thursday 4 October, 10.30am-12pm: The Whau Stream is one of the two watersheds feeding the Whau River from beside Olympic Park. Much has been written about the river – but what about the stream from the east that gives rise to it? Local historian Lisa Truttman explores the stream’s origins and discusses the people who thrived alongside this once-vital fresh water source.
Wednesday 17 October, 11am – 12pm: Blogging class for adults. Learn about the advantages of blogging, set up a blog and start blogging in this introductory beginners’ class for adults. Bookings essential.
Festival of Diwali at Blockhouse Bay Library: 20 Oct – 5 Nov 2018
Sat 27th Our Grand Annual Diwali Celebration. 10.30am – 12 noon
Come join us at Blockhouse Bay Library for our special Diwali Storytime, Crafts, Henna painting and more!
Wed 24th Oct 3.30-4.30pm: Create colourful Rangoli patterns using stencil and paint. Ages 5-13 years.
Thu 25th Oct 10.30-11am: Special Diwali story-time (Free!)
Tue 30th Oct 3.30-5pm: Diwali Craft: Make a decorative Diwali lantern with colourful fabric. For ages 13 years and above. Bookings essential.
Fri 2nd Nov, 3.30-5pm: Diwali card-making for children. Age 5- 13 years. Bookings essential.
Sat 3rd Nov, 2-3.30pm: Henna painting. Get your hands decorated with beautiful henna designs (free!)
Children's book reviews
Are you looking for a spooky read this October? Check these out!
The Y's Blockhouse Bay Walking Group
If you’ve driven through Blockhouse Bay on any given Monday or Wednesday morning around 8.30am, you must have seen us... the army of fit looking grey-haired walkers pounding the streets. We are the Y’s Walkers.
The walking group, started by Norma Peggs, Betty McKay and Pat Walden 30 years ago is still going strong and welcomes new members to join us. Age is not a barrier - we have walkers in their eighties still going strong. And at $15 a year it’s probably the cheapest workout you will find!
The group has 25 walks done in rotation, so they differ each day. The walks take you through parks and reserves, and around roads and alleyways most people never knew existed, some with breath-taking views out over the Manukau Harbour.
There are also three walking levels to cater for everyone; The short group walks for up to 30 minutes, the medium group walks for about 1 hour, and the long group walks for 1½ to 2 hours. Each group ends up back in the Bay where some then meet at the Café for more socialising.
A big favourite is our monthly away walks where we board the bus at 8.30am and head off to other locations. These are mainly half day trips at $15 (back by 12.30) with the odd full day trip at $25. It gives us a chance to see changes happening around us from the higher viewing bus seat and the chance to walk places some of us have never been to before - and the supplied morning tea is always a hit.
A lot of the club members have been living in the Bay for years and are active in many other groups including Historical Society, Probus, gardening, and bowling clubs etc. and know a lot about the area and have seen many changes. So, if you are newly retired, or your kids have just started school, or you have recently moved here and want to make new friends, come and join us.
No dogs or pushchairs please, and be prepared to get wet; we walk rain, hail or shine!
Ces Gussey ph: 837-5441 or
Pieter de Veld ph 626-3381