With residential development accelerating recently on Whangaparāoa Peninsula, an incorporated society has been formed with the aim of keeping the peninsula’s remaining open spaces.
The group, called Keep Whangaparāoa’s Green Spaces Inc (KWGS) was formed by local residents last year, initially to keep a close eye on what happens at Gulf Harbour Country Club’s golf course after it was purchased by developer Greg Olliver (HM August 16, 2021).
Olliver has so far not made his plans for the 89ha course public, nor has he taken the first step, should he wish to develop the site, of applying to Auckland Council for a Private Plan Change. However, concerns that this could happen were the catalyst for the formation of KWGS.
Until recently the group was content to fly under the radar, while it took legal advice and did its research.
Spokesperson Owen Paterson says that they are now able to broaden their focus, especially with the current concerns around housing density on the peninsula, and have also started a membership drive.
At the housing rezoning meeting on July 2, Paterson made a brief presentation and encouraged anyone interested to join.
The society’s remit includes raising community awareness of threats to open space zones and impacts on infrastructure; lobbying Council and government in opposition to any plans to develop Open Space zoned land; making submissions to resource consent applications or plan changes that impact Open Space, and liaising with like-minded groups.