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Patrik Schumacher wants to scrap social housing and public space

Patrik Schumacher wants to scrap social housing and public space
Could this work in Auckland? Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, has an 8-point plan to solve London’s housing affordability crisis…

His controversial plan includes getting rid of regulations, privatising all public space and scrapping social housing.
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AGM 2016 Reminder

N.B. New start time & agenda. You are invited to attend the annual Grey Lynn Residents Association AGM as follows…

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AGM 2016

You are invited to attend the annual Grey Lynn Residents Association AGM as follows…

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Meet the Candidates Agenda – with Satire!

Our Meet the Candidates event is tomorrow night. With script input from an anonymous satirist, there’ll be great entertainment to soften the hard questions!

Auckland Council (AC) and Waitemata Local Board (WLB) candidates will answer your questions, explain what they stand for and why you should vote for them in Auckland’s local elections. [Read more…]

Meet the candidates on 21 September – UPDATE

Our Meet the Candidates evening is rolling around next week. I hope you can be there. We promise it won’t be boring – there’ll be some cheeky fun for sure!

The attendees are…  [Read more…]

Meet the candidates on 21 September

Bill Ralston, Mike Lee, Pippa Coom, Rob Thomas!

They and other Auckland Council and Waitemata Local Board candidates will be at the RSC on Wednesday 21 September to tell you why you should vote for them in the council elections.

Come along to listen and come with your questions.

Cash bar downstairs.

All welcome.
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St Columba Clay Works Potter’s Market and Community Day

Following the great success of St Columba’s inaugural event last year, this year’s Clay Works Potter’s Market and Community Day is even bigger and better!

Free event – fundraiser for St Columba Church.

St Columba clayworks fundraiser [Read more…]

Meet the candidates – Save the date

Grey Lynn residents are welcome at a meeting where you can hear the candidates for Auckland Council and the Waitemata Local Board explain why they deserve your vote and how they will approach key issues for your neighbourhood and city.

Where: Upstairs, Grey Lynn RSC, 1 Francis Street, Grey Lynn

When: 7:00-9:00 pm, Wednesday 21 September 2016

Organised by the Grey Lynn Residents Association

Auckland Unitary Plan interview with GLRA on Morning Report today

Auckland Unitary Plan interview on RNZ Morning Report todayThis morning Guyon Espiner talked to Brandon Wilcox of Grey Lynn Residents Association and Leroy Beckett of Generation Zero about the Auckland Unitary Plan.

Read the article and embedded interviews here or click here to listen to the Morning Report interview with Brandon Wilcox and Leroy Beckett.  [Read more…]

Great North Road, Grey Lynn precinct vision

Great North Road Grey Lynn precinct vision

In February 2016 Grey Lynn Residents Association submitted a proposal to Waitemata Local Board for a community-led precinct vision for Great North Road.

The proposal is on the agenda to be considered at the next Board meeting. The recommendations to be considered are that the Waitemata Local Board…  [Read more…]

SeaPath Update


A number of Grey Lynn residents provided feedback on SeaPath, a proposed 3km long walking and cycling path between Takapuna and Northcote Point.

Although SeaPath is not a Grey Lynn project, it is of interest to Grey Lynn residents, especially if it connects directly with the proposed SkyPath harbour bridge crossing. This will open up the North Shore to easy bicycle and pedestrian access from our side of the bridge.  [Read more…]

Chronicles of our Unitary Plan fight for Grey Lynn

Chronicles of our unitary plan fight

In May the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel will finish hearing submissions on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. By July Auckland Council will be presented with the Panel’s proposed changes and the Unitary Plan will be one step closer to becoming fully operative.

It seems an appropriate time to review where we are with the plan, and how we have got here.

Final Unitary Plan appearance

Late on the afternoon of Thursday 14 April 2016 Grey Lynn Residents Association representatives Liz Hancock, Nicola Legat and Tania Mace made their final appearance in front of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel (IHP).

It all began in 2013

This was the very end of a lengthy process that began in 2013 when [Read more…]

Have Your Say on How 2016-2017 Council Budget is Spent

Auckland Council budget feedback meeting
Waitemata Local Board wants you to have your say on the Local Board’s priorities & activities, and how the 2016-2017 Auckland Council budget is spent.

We are hosting a public meeting as follows for you to find out more about Waitemata Local Board priorities & activities from members of the board, and to give you an opportunity to provide feedback on local and regional Auckland Council Budget consultation topics, including the Interim Transport Levy, rates and local priorities.

When: 7:00 pm Wednesday 24 February
Where: Grey Lynn Returned Services Club, 1 Francis St, Grey Lynn
Refreshments: A cash bar will be open to quench your thirst.

This financial year the Waitemata Local Board plans to improve local facilities by increasing investment in parks and open spaces. They will continue to support community-led projects as well as deliver actions from the recently adopted Waitemata Low Carbon Action Plan.

This meeting is your chance to hear what they have to say about these initiatives, and the 2016/17 Auckland Council Budget, and provide feedback in person.

We hope to see you there!


Unitary Plan Petition

Grey Lynn unitary plan petition

Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has launched a “Unitary Plan Petition” to tell Auckland Council to withdraw their undemocratic “out of scope” zoning changes.

In December last year, just before Christmas (forgive us for being cynical about their timing), Auckland Council announced zoning changes to many Auckland suburbs with no consultation and no ability for ratepayers to give any feedback whatsoever.

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Grey Lynn Up-zone Update

Grey Lynn up-zone alert!

About 60 people attended our information evening on 25 January to hear about Auckland Council’s up-zoning of selected Grey Lynn streets.

We gave attendees [Read more…]

Grey Lynn Up-zone Could Increase Density In Your Street

Grey Lynn up-zone alert!

Latest Auckland Council zone changes mean your street can be filled with apartments. Voice your support or opposition at our information evening… [Read more…]

Report for AGM 2015

Chair’s report for Annual Meeting: November 30 2015

It has been a very busy year for the committee of the Grey Lynn Residents’ Association, which has had several key issues to address during the year.

Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP)

The GLRA’s extensive submissions on the Draft AUP resulted in a flurry of invitations to hearings with the Independent Hearings Panel (IHP) throughout the year. Like most residents’ groups across the isthmus, there were so many of these and the timetabling was so onerous that we simply did not have the time to attend them all and so we prioritised them based on the key issues for our neighbourhood: intensification, zoning and heritage protection.

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Save Grey Lynn Shops Protest Friday 4 & 11 Dec 2015

The Surrey Cres Working Group is organising a protest this Friday and next Friday to encourage Auckland Transport not to remove parking spaces outside the shops to create a major bus transit centre.

Instead of locating the new, double-length bus stops smack bang in the middle of [Read more…]

AGM Reminder & Change of Venue!

You are invited to the AGM of the Grey Lynn Residents Association. All Grey Lynners are very welcome, so please invite your neighbours too!

Come along to find out what your committee has been doing to…  [Read more…]

AGM 2015

You are invited to attend the annual Grey Lynn Residents Association AGM as follows…


When: 7:30 pm Monday 30 November 2015
Where: Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn (edit: now at Grey Lynn RSA, Francis St, Grey Lynn) [Read more…]

Spotlight on Grey Lynn

With sections spacious for the inner-city, Grey Lynn values its inheritance while adding style.
Grey Lynn has maintained its character while gradually gentrifying. Photo / NZME.
Grey Lynn has maintained its character while gradually gentrifying. Photo / NZME.

Honouring its heritage

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Update on 7-Storey Development

This Tuesday (8th July), Grey Lynn residents and organisations attended the Waitemataa Board meeting re proposed 7-storey development at 367-375 Great North Road, Grey Lynn.

The Waitemataa Local Board passed the motion on the spot to call for full public notification. WLB chair Shale Chambers said it was the first time the board had ever [Read more…]

Queensland Fruit Fly Update 20 Feb

A male Queensland fruit fly was found in an MPI trap in Tuarangi Rd, Grey Lynn on 18 February. It is the 4th Queensland fruit fly to be found in northern New Zealand since 2012.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) staff have set up a big network of traps to find out whether a breeding population of fruit flies is in the area. Laboratory staff will analyse hundreds of kilograms of fruit checking for the presence of fruit fly larvae.

The fruit fly is most likely to have entered New Zealand as an egg or larva (maggot) inside a piece of illegally imported fruit.

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Solo Fruit Fly Found In Grey Lynn

Controlled area rules…

  • All whole fresh fruit and vegetables, except for leafy vegetables and root vegetables, cannot be moved out of the Controlled Area.
  • Within the wider Controlled Area there is a smaller central Zone A, which takes in a circle 200m out from the initial find – whole fruit and vegetables cannot be moved out of this zone at all.
  • Fruit and vegetables can continue to be transported into the Controlled Area.
  • Residents are asked to avoid composting any risk fruits and vegetables. For disposing of fruit and vegetable waste, you are encouraged to use a sink waste disposal unit if possible.
  • The MPI will be providing special bins in the Controlled Area for the disposal of fruit and vegetable waste. The locations of these bins will be advised shortly.

Grey Lynn Library’s 90th Birthday Celebration

When: 13 December 2014 from 12:00 midday to 3:00pm.
Where: Grey Lynn Library
Cost: Free

Come along and celebrate Grey Lynn Library’s 90th birthday!

It’ll be a fun afternoon with entertainment and activities for the whole family, including live music, readings by authors and poets, children’s games and art activities, and a birthday cake!