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EAST & BAYS COURIER, JULY 11, 2012
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Mid-winter swimmers will take the plunge along Tamaki Drive.
Masterplan makes a splash
Squeals of excitement will reverberate around Tamaki Drive on 29 July
as competitors hit the water at the Mission Bay Winter Splash.
The event is funded and supported by the
Orakei Local Board and has been a regular
feature on the local calendar.
It is timely the swim should take place as
the board prepares to release a masterplan
document to guide the future of this glittering
stretch of Aucklands waterfront.
But Tamaki Drives place as an events location
is only one of several major considerations as
the Orakei Local Board acknowledges the
many and varied interests sharing this prime
The masterplan will have a real focus in terms of
what people want for Tamaki Drive. Whilst there
are a number of regional events each year, they
will have to ft into the new framework of the
plan and be put in context against other priorities
and issues, says board chair Desley Simpson.
The Mission Bay Winter Splash will be held
on Sunday, 29 July between 12pm - 3pm.
Pirates of the Carribean is the fancy
Entertainment will include a pirate
bouncy castle, face painting and a
childrens treasure hunt.
Prizes will be given for the best and
Entry is free. For more details email
So far, the masterplan has been developed in
collaboration with Ngati Whatua o Orakei,
local stakeholders and interest groups. Next
steps will be driven by the shared belief that
Tamaki Drive should be revitalised as a place
is a local road and recreational route from
the city centre to St Heliers
connects people to land and water
protects and celebrates what makes it
special, including its character and
coastal environment, Hauraki Gulf views,
cultural heritage, ecology and that it is a
place to live.
The board, working alongside the
Auckland Council governing body and its
CCOs Auckland Transport, Waterfront
Auckland and Auckland Tourism, Events and
Economic Development will publish the
draft masterplan in August and then seek
Ms Simpson does not doubt tough calls
will be necessary to make the masterplan
Too many ad hoc and uncoordinated decisions
have been made in the past and there are
many competing demands on the area, says
the Orakei Local Board chair.
Previous planning attempts failed because
they tried to meet everyones needs at the
same time. Thats just not possible.
Were excited about the masterplan
because it will set a clear vision for the future
use and design of Tamaki Drive, and its
surrounds, for local communities and Auckland
as a whole.
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Checking charter schools
The content of the proposal for a
controversial new model of
schooling will be discussed at a
public meeting in Mt Wellington
Maungakiekie MP Sam Lotu-
Iiga is holding the meeting to dis-
cuss the charter schools proposal.
A trial of charter schools was
announced as part of the confi-
dence and supply agreement
between Act and National.
Charter schools would receive
the same per-child funding from
the Government as state schools
but be exempt from the Education
Ministry's rules and regulations.
This means the schools would
be free to choose their own cur-
riculum and qualifications, staff
salaries and school hours but they
would be accountable for certain
achievement outcomes laid out in
the school's charter.
Each school will have a differ-
ent charter, focused on academic
success and one specialist area.
Charter schools will not be
operated by the Education Minis-
try but by independent organis-
ations such as iwi, businesses or
alternative education providers.
Act leader and associate edu-
cation minister John Banks says
the best overseas models will be
implemented to create something
that works in New Zealand. He
says the aim is to raise achieve-
ment in low socio-economic areas
which traditionally have a record
A working group has been set
up to determine the best charter
school model for New Zealand.
The meeting is 6pm till 8.30pm
tomorrow at Horizons Church Hall,
9 Mono Place, Mt Wellington.
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