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The story of Sunnydale and Landsendt

I was been fortunate to have started my life here 1965. The house was a little over 100 years old when I was born. Built in 1860ish it is West Auckland’s oldest home. The story I’m about to tell starts from a time before the large orchards, when the old Oratia residents were the Carters,… Continue Reading

Bennett backs water plant opponents

Opponents of a proposed water treatment plant in west Auckland now have the backing of Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett. Council-owned water company Watercare is considering taking over 12 to 18 properties in Oratia to build a replacement to the 90-year-old Huia plant. Bennett, who has lived in Oratia for the past eight years, opposed the… Continue Reading

Deputy PM wades into water tussle in her suburb

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has waded into local body politics, saying the west Auckland suburb where she lives is the “wrong choice” for a new water treatment plant. Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson Watercare is considering two potential sites in West Auckland for the plant. One option, in Oratia,… Continue Reading


PRESS RELEASE – for immediate release Wednesday 5 April 2017 From: Waitakere Ranges Combined Residents and Ratepayers Group RANGES RATEPAYERS DEMAND WATERCARE PLANT REVIEW Community groups throughout the environmentally sensitive Waitakere Ranges are outraged that Watercare Services, a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO), is failing to properly consult with its communities or consider the social or… Continue Reading

History Of A Parker Rd Residence

Charles and Charlotte Mills moved onto 7 Parker road after they emigrated from England in 1893, it was a farm of 40 acres. The youngest of the Mills family was Amelia, whom we believe was born in the little cottage. Amelia married Richard Thomas Malam in 1907 and moved across the road to 24 Parker… Continue Reading

A Story About My Home

This is my story about my home, why it is so important to me, why Watercare taking it is unthinkable. Why the way they are treating us is hurting so much. Parker Road, Oratia. This was my beginning. It is 1975. A mother, a young girl of 24 2,000 km from home. She’d had a… Continue Reading

Lacy Graham

My name is Lacey Graham. I sold my house in Parker Rd just over a year ago. It was an incredibly difficult decision for me to make and I truely grieved for months at the prospect of leaving my beautiful home. 118 is quite a unique property. The house was built in 1949 by Wilfred… Continue Reading

Erica Mason

My name is Erica Mason and I live at 158 Parker Road, Oratia with my husband Michael. Our home of 30 years is on the Parker Road South site that Watercare has decided is one of the preferred sites for the replacement water treatment plant. I found out that my home could potentially be destroyed… Continue Reading

Social Media News

Those T shirts never get old, hanging out with David Tua!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi Oratia! I'm not sure where to post this as we don't have a community group... so thought I'd post here (Hope this is okay admin!) I'm in need of a shed/warehouse/covered area for approx 1-3 months to get started on our Tiny trailer House build. It needs to be quite a high space of 5 meters. I can pay $250/week for rent. PLEASE PM me if you know of anything. In this weather I really don't want to build outside and the workshop I will be using in the future is not ready! *Help* Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are at 2 Parker Road. Got 6 huge turkeys roaming our land. Wonder where do they belong?? landline 8182704. ... See MoreSee Less

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