Ahuroa Road Sealing translating into a sections of single lane road

Hi

Residents on Ahuroa Road recently got a consultation document from Auckland Transport concerning a proposed section of 1-lane roading being established on the Ahuroa Road hill section.

Some may have thought, as I initially did, that the consultation was about interim 1-lane arrangements during construction. However on re-reading the document I reckon it is intended to be permanent.

Having lived on Ahuroa Road since 1994, seeing the traffic volumes rising especially over the last 8-10 years, seen the sealing programme stall for around 12 years, and now hearing from AT that they would like to make part of our road 1-way to say I’m irritated is putting it very politely. Especially as the reason given on the letter is to “avoid excessive cost”. Absolutely nothing said about the expected impact on road users.

One can’t but feel that lurking feeling of rural communities coming off second-best at the hands of AT under the supercity, especially given Ahuroa Road is so busy now.

The Consultation period closes on the 20th ie this Wednesday. So if you feel similarly and haven’t already done so email the AT address at consultation@tes.net.nz, and our Local Board member Beth Houlbrooke Beth.Houlbrooke@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and tell them what you think of the idea.

Andrew Cranna-Powell

Change in fire season, as of today.

Hi everyone,

Please see the attached image which outlines a notice from the Auckland Regional Fire Service about moving into an open fire season as of today.

It should be noted, that other sources have stated that fires should be avoided until we’re out of Level 3; so you may want to hold off just one more day to ‘Play it Safe’? – The checkitsalright.nz site still has this notice on it today.

Wanted – Grazing for 3 horses, short term.

Does anyone out there have short term grazing for 3 horses? Paid of course. If there’s not a lot of grass I’m happy to supplement with hay and feed, just hoping to get them off my paddocks for a few weeks if possible to let them recover a little from the drought before winter sets in.The closer to 1227 Ahuroa Rd the better. Obviously would need to be able to be done whilst retaining our social distancing.
Or phone/text 0279481230.
Cheers, Sorella.

Changes to billing for Vector Network connected power customers – Time of Usage billing (Peak / Off-Peak)

Hi.

Like you, I’m connected to Vector’s network.

I have a smart meter at home, and I barely read emails from my power company. – In February they sent me an email explaining that as of 1st April I would be switched to Time of Use billing, meaning that whether I wanted it or not, I now have Peak and Off-Peak power rates. – If you have a smart-meter at home, then you do too.

Apparently regardless of which power company you buy your power through, all Vector connected customers with smart meters underwent a mandatory change to their method billing on the 1st April. If you didn’t have Time of Usage billing before, they will now split your bills out to Peak and Off-Peak charges. This just so happened to coincide with when we were all told to live for most of April at home and not to go anywhere.

Peak Hours are: Monday to Friday (incl): 7am-11am and 5pm-9pm.
Off Peak Hours are: any other time of day, and all weekend long.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, if they fall on weekdays remain as a mix of Peak and Off-Peak, with the same time splits as above.

I’m sharing this because the differences between Peak and Off-Peak charges on a per unit basis can be significant. – In my case, I’m paying around 15/c per kWh used off-peak, and just under 25/c per kWh peak. A savings of ~10/c per kWh (or a saving of 40% of the Peak, per kWh usage-costs, by changing various timers or behavioural patterns may be worth exploring).

Anyway, I was surprised to find out that they’d done this, so I thought I’d share this in case you didn’t know about this either.

Cheers,  Chris (Grapevine Admin).

Zeus and Hades – Lost Again from Martin Access Rd

Hey Everyone, our dogs have done their annual disappearing act from Martin Access Rd. They were headed towards Ahuroa when they were spotted last. PLEASE could you keep an eye out for them, they’re friendly so if you can lock them up and then contact us if you see them?
Andrew: 02102225763 Carey: 021558103 😔