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Town Planning

September 10, 2019

Vision Kerikeri has for many years been promoting the benefits of a a main street that is prioritised for the pedestrian rather than the car. 

I walk through the CBD several times a week and often take time out to enjoy a coffee street side. The major detraction from both experiences is the traffic volume which generates considerable noise and vehicle fumes. The danger of crossing the street is somewhat mitigated by the traffic...

July 30, 2019

If you regularly drive or walk along Kerikeri Road heading towards the Heritage Bypass, you will have probably noticed real estate signs (image above) advertising the tender of what has been know as the 'Bing Property'. The tender closes on 31 October 2019.

What you may not be aware of, is that this forested property that provides a distinctive backdrop to the landscape of the town and has done so for about 90 years, is bordere...

July 12, 2019

Bill McKay presented this address, at our AGM, titled "BETTER WAYS OF HOUSING OURSELVES - THE OPPORTUNITY FOR CO-HOUSING. 

Bill is an author, historian and lecturer at the University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning. He has a regular commentary spot on Radio New Zealand’s Nine To Noon current affairs show discussing urban issues and housing, as well as being a frequent contributor to the

magazine Archite...

June 15, 2019

In an opinion piece published in The Northland Age this week, Vision Kerikeri Chair, David Clendon, highlights some of the development related issues associated with the proposed Arvida Retirement Village in Hall Road in Kerikeri, that could effect all Far North ratepayers.

Vision Kerikeri posted a link to David's article on Facebook which has generated support and raised additional questions around these large reside...

March 11, 2019

Vision Kerikeri has submitted the following in response to the Council's call for public submissions on their draft management plan for the Kerikeri Domain.

The Kerikeri Domain is a significant social and environmental asset that sits literally at the heart of our township. The evident high level of interest and concern about its future use and development indicates that it also sits close to the hearts and minds of the Keriker...

December 24, 2018

The following letter has been received in response to the opinion piece by Vision Kerikeri Chairperson, David Clendon in the 13 December edition of The Northland Age. 

Development Contributions

In his 13 December column ‘Are we being served? David Clendon of Vision Kerikeri, with reference to the Arvida Kerikeri Retirement Village (KRV) proposal, asks a crucial question, “Where is the balance point between the economic cost...

December 17, 2018

The future of the Kerikeri Domain is something that has been covered in previous articles on this site. It has been an ongoing issue since the pavilion was damaged by fire back in 2016.

The Far North District Council resolved to prepare a reserve management plan for Kerikeri Domain on 22 June 2017 and surveyed the community from 26 June to 26 July to get preliminary feedback. That feedback has been analysed, presented to the Ba...

August 25, 2018

Rod delivered his 14th and final Chairpersons report at a packed St John Hall on Saturday. He highlighted the activity over the year which ranged from ongoing support for the work on the Wairoa Stream to the more challenging issues that Kerikeri is facing as a result of strong population growth and a lack of planning. He also reminded the audience of the proposed eight story building that was the genesis of Vision Kerikeri.

 Ro...

August 8, 2018

Back in 1936, a group of forward thinking citizens, formed the Kerikeri Recreation Reserve Inc. Society.  The Society purchased 6 acres and one generous man Syd Jolly donated a further 3 acres to create a 9-acre site in the heart of Kerikeri township as a community cricket venue. This open space we now know as 'The Kerikeri Domain'.

At that time Kerikeri had a population of only 450 and a weekend cricke...

August 3, 2018

Council has adopted the LTP and although it has set aside $100,000 to study Kerikeri roading, yet again Kerikeri has failed to achieve the Ring Road around the CBD. Although It is included in the Kerikeri/Waipapa Structure Plan 2007 and we have been submitting on it for 11 years without effect, it is not programmed until 2022 (we are not holding our breath).

Council has decided that it will initiate a district wide roading stra...

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Kerikeri enjoys an enviable climate, location and affordable lifestyle and these attributes are the primary driver for ongoing population growth for the town. In order to manage that growth we need to have planning and infrastructure in place. 

 

We saw rapid expansion in the first half of the last decade and were unprepared for it from a planning perspective. Development has been ad-hoc with little regard to the roading and sewage infrastructure impact which results in unaffordable servicing costs and ultimately higher rates.

 

The very liveability that draws people to Kerikeri could esily be lost if we continue with this approach.

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