An Auckland Council report on community facilities in the north-west – and recommended action – will go to the 4 relevant local boards this week.
The area investigated covers 150km2, represents just 3% of the region and had an estimated population of just 34,230 last year.
But that population is expected to balloon by 350% through to 2046. In the east at the moment, the new Millwater subdivision out from Silverdale is hemmed in by the Northern Motorway. From there to Kumeu at night, all is pitch black, but that won’t last much longer.
The council investigation area included parts of the Rodney, Upper Harbour & Henderson-Massey local board areas.
Report authors principal policy analyst Antonia Butler & southern community policy team leader Elizabeth Fitton-Higgins said the north-west’s population was growing faster than the Auckland average, which would put pressure on existing community services & facilities and create demand for new services.
Council staff investigated the provision of community facilities across the north-west over the last financial year to identify gaps now & likely in future.
Their key findings:
- The baseline population is aging but new developments are bringing in younger people, families & increasing ethnic diversity, which will impact service needs
- Economic & geographic disparity restricts access and creates barriers to participation for some residents, particularly those in rural areas and in lower socio-economic areas such as parts of Westgate & Massey
- A pool & additional sport & recreation space are priorities for many residents, and
- There is some capacity within existing facilities and opportunities to better target services to increase participation in low user groups.
The recommended key moves to address the findings are:
- Address condition issues at Kumeu Library to maintain service levels
- New aquatic provision from 2026, ideally near Westgate
- Additional recreation/leisure space in Rodney by 2026 and further recreation space in the longer term (2036) in the Henderson-Massey or Upper Harbour area to support 4 additional indoor courts
- Potential additional multi-purpose community space in Whenuapai from 2026 and Kumeu from 2036, subject to the impact of new provision in Westgate, the rate of growth across the area and the needs of emerging communities.
The local boards will be asked to endorse the report’s findings & consequent next steps – to assess options, start strategic cases for change and develop an indicative business case.
Attribution: Council committee agenda.