May has been a busy month for me. It was lovely to see a few different projects I’ve been following get underway.

The funding agreement for the Old Library Space has now been signed with Waiheke Adult Learning and I’m really looking forward to seeing the space used in a way that creates a greater range of opportunities for Islanders. I think they are expecting to occupy the premises around the middle of July.

There has been a meeting on the inorganic trial and the waste team are currently preparing an expression of interest that community groups can respond to. The learnings from this trial will hopefully translate into actions that can affect the local management of waste when the 2019 contract for management of general waste comes up for tender. If you have something to offer in terms of waste management or recycling keep a look out for the Expression of Interest Process.

TedEX Waiheke was a huge success I think – both for us to see the incredible talent and thoughtfulness in our community, but also to showcase this beyond Waiheke.

Auckland Transport has a few consultations open until Friday that could affect Waiheke residents so it’s useful to have a look at these. Check their website for how to provide feedback. More information on my thoughts around the consultation are available on my facebook page – Shirin Brown for Local Board.

Don’t forget to nominate someone for the community service awards. Nominations close Friday but I believe are being extended to Monday. Youth Advisory Panel elections are also currently open so please volunteer any young people you know to stand. It’s a great opportunity for kids to see how Waiheke is connected to Auckland and to participate in some of the opportunities that are offered.

It was lovely to catch up with people on Rakino in May and to get a sense of the challenges they face living off the grid on a small island.

Remember that in Winter there are fewer visitors so it’s up to us to support our local businesses where possible. Many shops offer comparable prices with the added benefit of local customer care when things go wrong.

Thanks to everyone who came to the Oxfam tea.

Nga Mihi
Shirin Brown