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No. 20March—April 2006
From the middle of December 2005 there has been in-creasing speculation as to the future of Waterview, in thelight of the suggestions put forward by Auckland City toTransit NZ that included having the line of Great NorthRoad move westward, potentially involving the removal of houses along the Waterview Straight.The AWHS discussed this issue at our meeting on 4 Feb-ruary, which was also attended by members of the Friendsof Oakley Creek, Waterview Environmental Society andNorth-Western Community Association. Officially, theSociety expressed concern over what the construction of State Highway 20 through the suburb will mean to histori-cal and archaeological sites in the area, and we will shortlybe writing to Transit NZ and Auckland City expressingthese concerns.The AWHS has also agreed to carry out a character studyof the Waterview area, arguably our biggest project sincethe publication of
Heart of the Whau
in 2003. This is seenas not only a document describing how today’s Waterviewand providing some background to the area, it will providea stepping stone towards the preparation of a history of Waterview itself. Jack Dragicevich has agreed to coordi-nate this project, and has received offers of help from vol-unteers already — thank you to those who have alreadycome forward.
If anyone would like to help, or has anyphotographs and stories of the area to share, pleasecontact me, and I will pass on the information to Jackand his team.
Waterview and SH20
Next meeting, 1 April 2006, 2.30 pm, Lions Hall.
Avondale Heritage Walks
Prepared by Lisa Truttman, President and Editor
I will be attending a meeting on 28 February called byAuckland City regarding the Avondale Heritage Walk pro- ject, and to see what progress has been made regardinginstallation of signage and plaques. It would be wonderfulto see something in place later on this year — especially if there is another Heritage Week in September!On March 1 I will be speaking to the Green Bay FriendlyCircle on Green Bay history. This isn’t a topic I have beenfamiliar with before now, but with the help of Doris Sel-wyn from the Blockhouse Bay Historical Society, whohas been keenly collecting and collating information onGreen Bay, I thought I’d give it a go. If further study andinterest in their history is sparked among the locals, sup-porting Doris’ quest, it will be most worthwhile.I have been invited to speak to the Blockhouse Bay Soci-ety on 5 April, on the Reverend Alexander McKenzie of “Danish Princess” fame, and on 22 April I’ll be before theBirkenhead Historical Society talking about Avondalehistory.
A Historical Societyfor Mt Albert
February 12 saw Alberton as the scene of a wonderfuldisplay of Old Mt Albert hosted by Rendell McIntosh anda keen band of supporters, celebrating the 140th anniver-sary of the first settlers meeting from which came the es-tablishment of the Mt Albert Highway District (whichincluded large areas of present-day Avondale) in 1866. Itwas very successful, with about 100 people turning up onthe first day.I will be attending a meeting on 9 April at St LukesChurch Hall, where it is hoped that a historical society forMt Albert can be kindled and brought into being. I wishever success to Rendell and his team. A new historicalsociety in our neighbouring Mt Albert would be a longoverdue bonus to this part of Auckland.The AWHS are also supporting the publication of a bro-chure on the walks, and highlighting some of our localheritage sites, by applying for a SLIPs grant from theAvondale Community Board for this project. If approved,Matthews & Matthews Architects will be commissionedto prepare the brochure in a similar style to that alreadypublished by other areas in Auckland City.
See “The Old News” over page.