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District development group seek to work alongside Council



The July 11 Kaipara District Council meeting in Dargaville saw newly established incorporated society Tika Whai make a presentation to councillors.

Tika Whai is a group of design, construction and environmental professionals and Iwi from the region who felt they should not stand by while Council appears to struggle with the overwhelming amount of development in the greater Kaipara area.

In their meeting address, Tika Whai proposed a three-fold plan to support their approach:

1. Council to establish a Development Design Panel with a landscape architect/ecologist, a registered architect and a town planner, with authority to determine on development applications. Similar design panels, with its members selected by the respective professional bodies, already operate in other Councils. This panel would be funded by the applicant.

2. Tika Whai offers to assist Council, free of charge, with the development of strategic, long-term visions for development across the Kaipara, in an advisory capacity.

3. Tika Whai offers, also free of charge, to support Council staff through pro-active involvement with development decisions and regulation, by such means as providing a pre-application filter for larger development/subdivision proposals.

Although the points relate to developments in and around Mangawhai, Tika Whai is aware of other developments, including the impact of the motorway extending to the borders of the Kaipara District (and Kaiwaka then the first Northland township after the motorway), and proactive planning for the entire area is timely.

Anyone in the greater Kaipara area interested to contribute professionally to Tika Whai, including those with a legal or an economic background, are invited to contact the Tika Whai secretary, architect Dave Launder, dave@led.co.nz.

Tika Whai is a not for profit organisation, and its members cannot commercially benefit from its activities.

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