Sheep needed

Do you have a sheep or two that you’re happy to donate towards a great cause?? 🐏🐑🐏🐑
Ahuroa School is hosting the Fair, Feast & Laser Lights Show on 6th April 2019, with the intention of completing our Outdoor Classroom. 
We’re on the lookout for 2 sheep for our spits – delicious lamb rolls will be sold at the Fair!! 🌯🌯🌯
The sheep will need to be dropped off (to Susan Greenwood) by next Wednesday 27th March 
OR she will arrange to pick them up from you if you have yards and a loading race.
If you’d like to donate a sheep (or two), please contact us at ptfa@ahuroa.school.nz 😊

Auckland Regional Council – Plan Change 20

Some of you may have recently received a letter from the Auckland Council titled ‘Proposed Plan Change 20 – Rural Activity Status’? – If you have, and you struggled to know what it was about, or what this might mean for you, then the post which Phelan Pirrie (Rodney Local Council Board member) has recently posted into the Kaukapakapa Group on facebook, may help.

Link for those of you in that group (it is a closed group): https://www.facebook.com/groups/kaukapakapa/permalink/10157200196582431/

—- Phelan’s post follows —-

Plan Change 20.

A number of rural residents will have received a letter from Council about a proposed Plan Change to the rural ‘activity tables’ in the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP).

It is probably a confusing jumble of planning jargon for anyone without a Degree in Planning so I’m going to try and explain it in plain English and in less than 2000 words (and I don’t have a planning degree).

The Auckland Unitary Plan is constantly being tested by land owners and developers and parts of it need to be reviewed because there may be unintended consequences of clauses.

In this situation there is a table of activities (see screen shots below) in ‘H19 Rural Zones’ that provides a list of things you’d normally expect to see in a rural area, and defines whether they are;
Permitted (you can just get on with it),
Controlled, (you need a consent),
Restricted Discretionary (you need a consent, and Council can choose whether to grant one or impose conditions),
Non-Complying (you need a consent but there’s a high bar applicants must jump to prove activity is OK),
Prohibited (forget it)

This link explains all the different activities in reasonably plain English. http://www.environmentguide.org.nz/…/resource-consents-and…/

Council has had some resource consent applications that have gone to the Environment Court and the judge has taken an interpretation of the AUP that wasn’t what was intended by Council and the intent of the plan.

They are proposing to change the Rural Zones activities table so that everything NOT in the table will be ‘Non-Complying’. Currently, it is ‘Discretionary’. This would set a higher bar meaning applicants would have to show that the proposed activity would not be contrary to the objectives of the AUP and the effects would be less than minor.

This would mean that you are less likely to have an unexpected non-rural type activity springing up next to you.

The other change is a change of the term ‘residential dwelling’ to ‘dwelling’ – this is due to an application where the judge’s interpretation of ‘residential dwelling” was a ‘residential care business in a three storey building complex’.

I can give some examples but it would tip me over the 2000 words.

You can make a submission on the proposed Plan Change on this link…

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/…/pc-20-rural-activity-…

—- His screenshots have been included here too: —-

—- I hope this helps people make better sense of what they’ve sent out ?? – Chris. Below is a copy of the original letter received from the council. —-

Part-time horse rider wanted for cool horse

I have an 8 year old pinto 15.3 horse (Jack) that I recently bought. Real cool dude, but haven’t the time to ride him as much as he needs. Def do not want to sell him. Goes really well (forward moving) and responsive. Approved rider to ride Jack (especially when day light savings ends) and I don’t get home till dark. If you are interested and have got soft hands (a bit of experience), give Karen a call on 09 9120553 or 0211525896. Live in Martin Access Road, Ahuroa.

Arson – looking for information

On the 15th of December last year, someone entered our woolshed beside the road at 301 Komokoriki Hill Road and lit a fire inside. Thankfully, we arrived home just as it took hold, and we were able to extinguish it.

Unfortunately, while we could see where the perpetrator most likely escaped by crossing to the other side of the road and entering our neighbour’s farm, Police have not got enough evidence as yet to help track down the person or persons who did this. The woolshed had 30 sheep in it at the time, which the fire-lighter would have been aware of, so whoever lit this fire was prepared for animals to die.

If anybody saw anything that day or has any information that might help Police, please contact Dan or Nicky Berger on 09 422 5060.

Thanks

Digger with operator wanted

Hi

Does anyone local have a small digger and willing to come and do a small job for us? We just need a small pond dug out a little. Please call 02102556971 with availability and pricing, thanks.

We are located on Martin Access Road