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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday February 4 2016
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It’s an exciting year ahead and it has already had a busy start. I have just been in China for a week on an informative trip learning about the dynamic business environment in Guangzhou and Shanghai. As well as talking with New Zealand officials there, I had the opportunity to meet with people and leaders of the Evergrande Group, one of China’s largest companies, that has interests in many fields including real estate and food production. Evergrande has partnered with another strong company, GMP Dairy, based in East Tamaki. GMP’s core business is the production of the high quality, safe and secure NZ-made infant formula for the export market. It was a fascinating trip that provided great insight into how some of the business leaders of our second-largest trading nation think and operate. New Zealand and our products are well regarded in China and there are many opportunities on the horizon for our local manufacturers and exporters. No taxpayer funding was used for the purposes of this visit. Meanwhile, this week sees the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), with the respective ministers of all the 12 nations in NZ to sign the agreement. The recently released TPP National Interest Analysis reports that entering the trade agreement is in the national interest. It’s forecast that our GDP will grow by $2.7 billion by 2030 because of TPP, with tariff savings of $259 million a year once the TPP is fully implemented. Before TPP takes effect however, it will be scrutinised thoroughly through the Parliamentary processes. This will involve hearings being held by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee that I am a member of. There has also been good news for solving our transport problems in Auckland with the Government’s commitment to speed up the process for constructing the East-West Connection road project. We have also signalled that we’re working closely with the Auckland Council to bring forward the commencement date of building the City Rail Link. It’s going to be a busy and exciting year ahead. ® Jami-Lee Ross is Member of Parliament for Botany The Times wishes to make it clear that Kelly Miller, the former co- owner of the popular waterfront restaurant The Beach House on The Parade at Bucklands Beach, has nothing at all to do with the business. As mentioned in our story “Beach House in hot water” (Thursday, January 28) about the sudden closure of the restaurant more than a month ago, the Times made several attempts to contact Alex Kaihea, her ex-husband and owner of the business (it has since been taken over by a new owner). He still cannot be contacted. Ms Miller has asked the Times to reiterate that she has had nothing at all to do with The Beach House, having resigned as a director of the company three years ago. The Times also wishes to make it clear that Ms Miller’s partner Claudius Ah Loe has no connection whatsoever with the Beach House, nor does their successful and flourishing business Diced Workshops. The Times apologises if any such inference was drawn. Flat Bush is New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensively planned town, taking shape on 1700 hectares in South-East Auckland. By 2025 the area is expected to be home to at least 36,000 people. Auckland Council, the Howick Local Board and partners are working collaboratively on the development and transformation of Flat Bush. The development includes five neighbourhood centres and has a strong focus on open space, high urban design standards and environmental sustainability, the council says. Progress on infrastructure so far includes skate park facilities, playgrounds, sports fields, the cultural lawn, pathways and riparian planting at Barry Curtis Park. A number of major road upgrades include Stancombe, Flat Bush School, and Ormiston Roads,while the Ormiston Bridge stands as a gateway to the new Ormiston Town Centre. Numerous storm water ponds, flood land and public open space areas have been acquired. Development of the Ormiston Town Centre is underway with its first supermarket opening last November and residential development within the centre has started. New schools to service the growing population include Ormiston Primary School which opened last February, while Ormiston Junior High School is expected to open early next year (2017). More than 4500 new dwellings have been built and more are planned. The council and the local board are working together with developers to deliver the remaining areas of stage two residential and soon to be released stage three. The stage three block is a strategic Special Housing Area (SHA). Structure planning will be led by private landowners who will prepare a private plan change to rezone the area. Preliminary decisions will be made in early 2016. A high standard of urban design is one of the aims for the new town. A design code for intensive housing developments includes minimum apartment size rules. Front fences will be limited to 900mm. Restricting the position or amount of garaging at the front of houses will allow residents to informally observe activity in the street and attractive street environments will be created. Rules have been established to ensure subdivision block patterns provide well connected streets which give residents maximum choices to get around, whether on foot, a bicycle, the bus or a car. Park edge roads will overlook green fingers to enhance the feeling of open space and make the green areas safer for everyone to use. Flat Bush also has a large existing and proposed network of shared footpaths and cycleways which cover more than 34 kilometres, making it safe, convenient, and pleasant to get around. A fascinating and valuable experience JOTTINGS With Jami-Lee Ross Jami-Lee’s Beach House clarification Brand new town takes shape Bike wise It’s time to hop on to your bikes. This month, thousands of Kiwis will be jumping on their bikes to celebrate Bike Wise Month. There will be plenty of community and school events in the Bike Wise Month which is a national programme run by NZ Transport Agency, encouraging Kiwis to enjoy fun and safe cycling this summer. ® Visit www.bikewise. co.nz/events for activities taking place in your area and beyond. South-East Bike Wise Month events are: Willowbank School cycle skills training days February 9, 16 and 23 and March 1; Baverstock Oaks Primary School cycle skills training February 10; Elm Park School cycle skills training. February 26; Owairoa Primary School cycle skills training. February 26; bike care and maintenance Pakuranga February 17; beginner bike training for adults Pakuranga February 10.
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