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.

[Read more…]

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

The discovery of [Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

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!


The Grey Lynn residents Association has its first birthday AGM coming up at 7pm on Tuesday the 19th of August 2014.

Where: The Oval Room at Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road.

We’ll be voting in a new committee and would love to see you there.


Auckland Council’s planned sweeping reforms of the sale of alcohol via off- and on-licence premises are contained in its Draft Local Alcohol Policy. This will have an impact on Grey Lynn and right across the city. It reduces the hours during which bottle stores and supermarkets can sell alcohol and also the opening and closing hours of cafes, restaurants and bars. It also initially freezes, and later will restrict, the opening of new off-licence premises.

[Read more…]

GLRA Committee Elections

Grey Lynn – The date, time and location of the second AGM of the GLRA is about to be announced.

On the agenda is the election of new committee members due to the rotation of 4 committee members. Contact Grey Lynn Residents Association ( if you are keen to stand for election or otherwise put your name forward as an appointed committee member.

Public service is the tax we pay for our place in our community. Here is your chance to serve the most liveable suburb in the most liveable city in Aotearoa. Get involved!

Residents call for consultation on plans for 60-seat licensed café and coffee roastery on Little Grocer corner

We all know Grey Lynners love a good coffee, but just how many cafes do we really need? The new owners of 311 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, have put in a resource consent application to Auckland Council to develop a 60-seat licensed café and coffee roastery on the site currently occupied by The Little Grocer. The site is zoned Residential 1, single dwelling, (this status is retained under the Unitary plan), and is surrounded by family homes.

A cottage-industry style “corner store” or diary has served the community from the front few rooms of the residential villa on the site for nearly 100 years. Most recently, the lovely Alia of The Little Grocer has continued this tradition on a scale that is loved by locals in the area.

[Read more…]

GLRA Newsletter Dec’13 + Unitary Plan Update

Hi GLRA members, subscribers and interested parties,

Apologies for this long-overdue update on the work that the GLRA has been doing over the past few months. We have been busy out and doing, but are currently looking for the help of a communications volunteer to keep us up to date with news of our activities. Please get in touch if you are able to help.

Newsletter contents:

Notified Unitary Plan – update on new zoning (some up-zoning, some down-zoning from Draft Unitary Plan)
Proposed electoral boundary changes could split Grey Lynn in two
The future of Grey Lynn Park
Grey Lynn needs assessment
Arch Hill fundraising movie night
Arch Hill vs Bunnings update
GLRA New Year event

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GLRA Newsletter Aug’13

Hello Grey Lynn Residents Association Members,

It’s been a very busy first few months for the GLRA committee. While Liz Hancock laboured away on our incredibly impressive submission on the Draft Unitary Plan, ably assisted by the DUP subcommittee of Tania Mace, Graeme Dunster and Richard Dunbar, we requested a series of meetings with people who we felt needed to hear our concerns.

First up was addressing the Waitemata Board via its public open-forum session, and then a meeting with the MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye. That was followed a couple of weeks later with a meeting with Labour list MP Jacinda Adern. Both Nikki and Jacinda were very attentive to our concerns about the negative impact of intensification on our neighbourhood if it’s carried out with a one- size-fits-all approach that damages Grey Lynn’s heritage fabric and our village way of life. Both could see the need to have meaningful local input into the future face of Grey Lynn.

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Number of Submissions Received by Auckland Council

Well done Grey Lynn.  The Auckland Council received the following number of submissions:

  • Grey Lynn 290
  • Point Chev 223
  • Ponsonby 79
  • Westmere 87
  • Herne Bay 60

Click here () for a copy of the Auckland Council letter responding to the GLRA LGOIMA request.

Event message from our friends at the Arch Hill residents assn.

Dear Arch Hill residents and friends of Arch Hill…

Come to the meeting of YOUR COMMUNITY on

Monday July 15th at 7.30 pm

Auckland Trades Hall, 170 Great North Road, Arch Hill/Grey Lynn

The meeting will be an introduction to the Arch Hill Residents association and WE NEED YOU to be a part of this.

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QUICK, FAST, EASY Unitary Plan Feedback Template

You have until this Friday at 5pm to submit your Feedback to the Draft Unitary Plan.

If you haven’t managed to write yours yet – DON’T PANIC!

Download our short bullet-point template here ( (word doc format) or here ( (pdf).

Here’s what to do next:

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Unitary Plan information display

An information display with details of the plan and maps of the proposed new zones will be held in the Oval room at the Grey Lynn Community Centre on Tuesday

Members of the Waitemata Local Board will be available to answer questions with the support of Council planners. Feedback forms will also be available and a terminal for viewing the plan online.

Date: Tuesday 28th May

Time: 5- 7pm

Where: Grey Lynn Community Centre, Richmond Road