Residents associations play a really important role in ensuring that locals are informed and have a voice. The Cockle Bay Residents and Rate Payers Association have had a very busy year which they celebrated their AGM on Saturday 27 July and I was pleased to attend.
They've been working hard to challenge the huge development planned for Sandspit Road which had helped get the Howick Local Board onside. They're looking towards another busy year working to resolve issues with Cockle Bay including ensuring we don't loose the cockles that give the area its name.
Special speaker for the AGM was Councillor Christine Fletcher who was standing in for mayoral candidate John Tamihere who wasn't able to make it.