Car Window Washers breaking the bylaws

DarrinHeavenTHBBy Community Constable Darrin Heaven

In brief, window washers operating at busy intersections are breaking an Auckland Council bylaw.

The bylaw operates in much the same sort of way animal control and noise control work

– Police and Council work together to try to minimise the negative impact on the community.  Read the full article here….

The window washers might appear to be enterprising but there is a dark side to their presence.

  • the brushes they use are often stolen from service stations
  • their very presence is intimidating to many motorists
  • they are a traffic hazard
  • occasionally they will damage cars of motorists unwilling to pay
  • sometimes items are stolen from cars stationary at the lights
  • the soapy solution damages the cars’ finish
  • motorists sometimes run red lights to avoid them

Learn about what grants are available

Join the Howick Local Board for a workshop to find out more about the new local board and regional grants programme for 2015/16

Abacus 2015 Seminar Series Flyer Howick Local BoardTo help you understand recent changes to Auckland Council Community grants programmes and new local and regional grant programmes the Environmental Funding team would like to invite you to the Environment and Historic Heritage grant workshops.

There are 2 workshops scheduled in the South Auckland area to help individuals and community and 6 workshops scheduled across the Auckland region to help education providers and teachers understand the Councils new funding scheme and its implications for environmental and historic heritage projects. These workshops will be a great opportunity to ask questions, to familiarise yourselves with SmartyGrants and the application process and meet Council staff. To RSVP please e mail and please refer to “Environmental & Heritage Funding Workshop” in the subject line.

Check out these flyers for more information. 

E & H Community Workshop South

E & H Community Educational workshop

Environmental and Historic grants workshops

Be part of something good

National Earthquake Drill 9:15am, 15 October 2015

SHakeout THBAt 9.15am on 15 October 2015 New Zealand will kick off a series of events that will take place in different countries all over the world.
ShakeOut started as a public education campaign in Southern California in 2008. Aimed at educating the public about earthquake preparedness, scientists and emergency managers based the event on the scenario of a significant 7.8M
earthquake event taking place along the San Andreas fault line in California, north of Los Angeles.  Add the date to your family calendar now…

Read the “Shake Out” bulletin here…

Auckland weather update 3pm 18th July

Good Afternoon,

The weather system that moved across the Auckland region this morning has caused minor damage and general disruption, with key impacts including;

• Roofing tiles and parts of roofs blown off houses as a result of strong wind downbursts
• Trees down blocking roads and taking out power lines
• Some western and southern areas without power, with approximately 5000 people without power
• Minor surface flooding in some areas

Most notably these impacts have occurred in the Northern parts of Auckland due to a line of severe thunderstorms that moved through this morning.

Tiritiri island recorded a max wind gust of 131.6km/h and Whangaparaoa recorded a max wind gust of 116km/h this morning.

A warning for strong winds gusting up to 120km/h between 5pm to 8pm has been issued by MetService, with a low risk of severe thunderstorms expected over this period, with rain rates up to 25mm/h and winds gusts up to 110km/h.  Winds turns north-westerly after this time and remain strong throughout the night until early Sunday morning, with intermittent bursts of heavy showers and possible hail.

Where severe thunderstorms occur localised surface flooding and wind damage is possible, when driving in these conditions please take extra caution.

During and after a storm stay up to date with weather forecasts and report flooding to council on 09 301 0101.   Ensure a torch, radio and spare batteries are to hand and tie down loose objects around the house.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.
Matthew Bramhall
Emergency Management Duty Officer
Civil Defence and Emergency Management
Auckland Council, Bledisloe House, 24 Wellesley Street West, Level 1 South
Private Bag 92300, Auckland, 1142

Safer Journeys: our national strategy

TrafficTHBAs Auckland’s population increases, so to does the number of cars on our roads. That means traffic demand increases, along with congestion, offending and crashes. These three are undeniably linked. One of the key focuses for Counties Manukau District is our National Strategy, Safer Journeys; which is to reduce the amount of serious crashes and fatalities on our roads.

Read this article by Constable Johan Mulder

Weather Warning Auckland 18th 19th July 2015

Civil Def Auck CouncilValid for Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July 2015

A period of heavy rain is expected for Auckland on Saturday, followed by westerly gales.
*A Watch has been issued for heavy rain about Great Barrier Island and for severe westerly gales
across Auckland*.
Rain spreads south into the Auckland region about 8am on Saturday, with heavy falls likely from
about 10am through until about 2pm. A change to occasional showers is expected early afternoon,
with an increase in shower frequency and intensity Saturday evening and through until Sunday
morning (8pm Saturday until about 2am Sunday, give or take). Fast-moving, short and sharp showers
are then expected for the remainder of Sunday, possibly with hail, easing p.m.

Read the full forecast warning here….

Police Ten One Issue 393

TenOneTHBJuly 2015

Welcome to the July issue of Ten One.

In this issue, we find out about the efforts of police staff in the recent floods, look at the success of the policing of the Fifa Under-20 World Cup, see how a missing yacht got phone lines buzzing at PNHQ, highlight staff efforts to help the response to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, and report on the recovery of a massive haul of stolen property.  Display it all here…….

You can also read Direct Line, Commissioner Mike Bush’s latest blog about Police issues.

Counties Manukau Police Communique #14 – July 2015

Communique14THBJuly marks the start of a new Policing year which means for Counties Manukau District, we take a look at what we have achieved and where we are heading. You will read in this issue about a number of projects and initiatives that we have underway, and these articles demonstrate just some of the innovation that emerges from this forward thinking District..

32 illustration and compelling articles about Police work in our part of Auckland.  Did you know that a Policewoman in Manukau has been nominated for a Hollywood Award for stunt work in the movies? A that a local Policeman has recently run not one but two marathons in the US?   Read all about it here……

Vision for the future of the Pakuranga Centre

PakurangavisionboardsTHBThe 30 year Pakuranga Masterplan

Te Pakuranga Master Plan is a place-based plan which sits under the Auckland Plan and helps to achieve Auckland’s goal of creating the world’s most liveable city. The 30 year vision is –
“Pakuranga is a vibrant town centre destination, well connected to its coastal walkway and local communities, enhanced by the creation of new civic spaces, green links, live/work opportunities and by its celebration of cultural diversity”
Want to know more?
Come and have a chat to the Team outside Farmers inside the Pakuranga Plaza at these times:
• Late night Thursday 16 July 5.30pm-7.30pm
• Saturday 18 July 10am-noon
Display the plan summary here (PDF)…… Courtesy of Neighbourly webste

Auckland Council Stakeholders Update July 2015

StakeholdersUpdateTHBHelp Shape Auckland to be the world’s most liveable city
Welcome to the July Stakeholder Update!    Display it here…

Several items to update on this month:
Auckland’s 10-year budget;
Rates 2015/2016
Community Grants Policy.

In the meantime if you have any queries, please contact us at:

Kind regards
Auckland Council’s Engagement and Consultation team

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