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Springing into Community!

Well, spring is almost upon us and being my first winter back in NZ for a while, it was not nearly as bleak as I remember and even rather pleasant. I have been enjoying meeting local residents at past months’ Local Board Plan meetings and hearing their views. The community meetings on the Local Board Plan and Area Plan Submission saw 25+ people attend at Milford, approximately 10 in Sunnynook and a few people at each of the various times offered at Takapuna. I hope people submitted their views. We (my board and I) submitted to support local community-led initiatives and match-funding for volunteer hours in community determined projects and the provision of community spaces in Milford and Takapuna. I am looking forward to hearing about what will be adopted and supported in our ward. 

Celebrate Takapuna – I am looking into the possibility of celebrating our diverse community in February and am looking for some keen people to assist. I am looking for people who may have event / sound / or performance experience to team with me on the day to coordinate songs, dance and performances of various ethnic descent.

If interested, please email me at or call me on 486 2098.


Images and Songs – Memories of Milford
Sunday 12 October – Milford Reserve, Craig Road, Milford - 12noon-5pm
The Milford Resident’s Association and Business Association have organised an exhibition of historic photographs of Milford in a marquee on Milford Reserve from 12 noon – 5pm on Sunday 12 October. From 2.30pm, there will be a marquee concert by Mira Lacey Ensemble, while classic cars will be on display from the early 1900s and the Milford Cruising Club will offer afternoon tea in their clubrooms. If you have a classic car and are interested in displaying it, please email

Lake House Arts Centre has several Heritage Festival Events over September and October:

  • Heritage Homes - a re-imagining - also featuring Marie Potter, Wednesday 24 September 2014 - Sunday 12 October 2014, with opening on Tuesday 23rd September 5-7pm.  Lake House Floor Talk will take place on Saturday 4th October 11am in the Becroft Gallery and will include a discussion from locals involved in the history of Lake House on its journey to its present position on Barry’s Point Reserve.  
  • Talks and Tours of Lake House's historic buildings will run from Saturday 27 September 2014 - Sunday 12 October 2014 and High Tea at Lake House will be held from Saturday 27 September 2014 - Sunday 12 October 2014. 
For info and bookings call 09 486 4877 or email:

Morning Melodies at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Season Two dates for performances of The Royal New Zealand Navy Band at The Bruce Mason Centre are as following Mondays at 11am, $5 per ticket: 15 September, 13 October, 17 November, 8 December.

Rachael Bro, Takapuna North Community Co-ordinator

by Channel Magazine