Can you believe it’s days before Christmas? Yes it’s that time of the year already! No doubt you’ll be looking forward to some time off work and enjoying the warm evenings.
It’s been another busy month in Maungakiekie with many wonderful events and gatherings that have us gearing up for the festive day. Below touches on only a few of the local happenings- enjoy!
MT WELLINGTON MASTERPLAN PUBLIC MEETING
We had a fantastic turnout at my Mt Wellington Masterplan Public Meeting a few weeks ago. 65 locals passionately discussed the future of Mt Wellington and how we could foster better community outcomes through business, retail and residents.
We heard what’s currently working in Mt Wellington, including Mt Wellington Residents Association that I recently launched, our cultural diversity and strong connections to local schools. But we also heard about the many challenges facing our area.
Moving forward, I am arranging a meeting with the Local Board, Councillor and government entities to progress the mechanics of a council-led masterplan and will feedback from the meeting. I’m also currently in discussions with urban design specialists about the possibilities that await Mt Wellington.
A special thank you to our guest speaker Chris Wilkinson from First Retail who shared with us strategies that make a successful community. If you would like a summary copy of the meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show your support and sign my petition here: deniselee.co.nz/mt_wellington_needs_a_masterplan_now
SIMON BRIDGES IN MAUNGAKIEKIE
It was great hosting National Party Leader Hon Simon Bridges locally in Maungakiekie last week. We heard from lively seniors (one who painted a portrait of Simon!), community patrollers and businesses, both small and large.
After speaking to an auditorium full of 150 seniors about hot topics of the day, Simon launched our Law and Order Discussion Document and met a group of hardworking Community Patrollers who work with Police every day.
To read our entire Law and Order Discussion Document and have your say, visit: https://www.national.org.nz/law_and_order
We later visited a number of owners and managers from our small businesses through to our larger companies like Endless Metals. It was great to display the enterprising spirit and achievement of our community. We couldn't help but make a stop at Onehunga's Manna Kitchen to meet their fantastic team and the renowned Penny Lanes Bakery for a sweet pick-me-up!
ELECTORATE BOUNDARY CHANGES
Recently, the Representation Commission proposed electorate boundary changes that will see parts of Onehunga move from Mt Roskill to the Maungakiekie Electorate for the 2020 General Election. To ensure Maungakiekie is proportionate following the census, the Commission has proposed moving the below communities from Mt Roskill to Maungakiekie:
- All of Onehunga, Royal Oak and One Tree Hill
- Epsom, from Mt Eden Road to Selwyn Road as per the old 2014 boundaries
- Hillsborough, from the top of Hillsborough Road to Queenstown Road
The Commission has also proposed moving Point England, Panmure and the northern parts of Otahuhu from Maungakiekie to Manukau East, drawing a boundary down the railway line. For a detailed map of the changes, visit the Boundary Review.
You can have your say and submit on the 2019 boundary proposals by 20 December 2019. Either do this online at www.vote.nz or in writing by returning your feedback to Representation Commission, PO Box 3220, Wellington 6140.
CHRISTMAS IN MAUNGAKIEKIE
Both the Onehunga and Ellerslie Christmas Parades were another great hit and have definitely got me in the Christmas spirit. It was wonderful not only seeing the quirky and cheerful floats, but also our renowned community spirit shine. As with every year, I love taking part in our end-of-year events. I hope you enjoyed my summer parade float…we were definitely dreaming of a blue Christmas. If you have any suggestions on my theme for next year, I’m all ears!
We were also lucky to celebrate an awesome night for the lighting of Onehunga’s community Christmas tree. Dogged by bad weather last year, it was great to see the community come together once again.
We have a couple more upcoming events in the Maungakiekie calendar. The Panmure Christmas Street Party is set to be bigger and better- I’m even performing the Cook Island drums!- and the Oranga Christmas Festival is bound to be a goodie.
- Panmure Christmas Street Party, Saturday 7 December, 11am-2pm on Queens Road
- Oranga Christmas Festival, Saturday 14 December, 11am-3pm at Fergusson Domain
OUT AND ABOUT
We have a few exciting upcoming events in the electorate that are worth taking note of:
- Coffee with a Cop, Monday 9 December, 10-11am, Luscious Café, Onehunga
- Coffee with a Cop, Friday 13 December, 10-11am, Ellerslie Coffee Club
- Onehunga and Mt Wellington Drop-Ins, first Monday and Friday of each month
If any of the above captures your attention, please do not hesitate to get in touch.