Dear Residents,

HPRS is seeking fresh faces for our Residents Society committee for the 2019-20
year. If you want to nominate someone (and that can be you) you need to fill in
the form and send it to [email protected] by 5pm on October 2. Find fax and
snail-mail addresses at the foot of the form too. Are you saying “what form?” Here it is:

Nomination Form

It was contained in an email sent to all members on Sept 18, which:

  • Announced our upcoming AGM, on October 30, 7pm, at HP Secondary
  • Put out a call for nominations to the committee
  •  Asked for items any Members want put on the agenda

Some people have already raised their hands which is great, because the
majority of this year’s committee members are stepping back, having already
been on board for two or three years.

Now, it might be your turn to make a difference, rev things up and get things
done! And, BTW, it’s a great way to meet good people, and be more engaged
with the community.

Note that on Oct 11 you’ll receive the agenda for the AGM and proxy forms for
those of you who can’t attend the meeting in person.

Read on for more about the Point’s upcoming Diwalli Bling on the Point – the very popular Indian festival of lights; a reminder re local rules about laundry
clotheslines; a nudge about the current local body elections; and a letter from
the Minister of Urban Development, Phil Twyford, about Bomb Point’s future,
with an assurance it will remain a park;and an opportunity to join a local branch of an International Woman’s club.

Meanwhile, brace yourself for breezy times in these blustery Spring months.
Summer, surely is not too far away!

Best wishes,
HPRS Committee

Diwali breaks out on October 19

A team of energetic locals led by Amar and Dee Trivedi is planning a bright and beautiful Diwali festival here on October 19, at the Sunderland Lounge, top of Hudson Bay Road, from 5pm onwards. 

Called #BlingonPoint, the focus for 2019 is #DiwaliwithaDifference – Unity & Diversity. 

Says Amar: “Our aim is to connect everyone in our diverse community. Don your blingiest outfits and bust out some zany dance moves – because Hobsonville’s Diwali Festival – #BlingonPoint – is back… bigger, better, brighter, and funner than before.”

This is a FREE COMMUNITY EVENT – Gold Coin donation welcome

~ Light up your Life with Diwali fun, food and festivity
~ A colourful celebration of light, love, music and joy

This Festival of Lights will be the first big event to happen at  our brand-spanking new community hall, The Sunderland Lounge. 

You can enjoy:

– Delicious Indian street eats and snacks (from Indigo – $5 a plate)
– Al’s Kulfi and Falooda – delicious Indian ice cream and yum drink
– Traditional Welcome (arti n diyas)
– Live Indian music performance
– Bollywood party (music and dancing)
– Henna painting (mehendi)
– Rangoli Designs & Decorations


There are MANY PRIZES TO BE WON (such as Best Dressed Male & Female – Mr & Ms Diwali on Point). Put on your brightest Indian wear, sarees, cholis… light up the night with your friends, family and fellow Pointers!

The organisers would love you to share this event on your social media – using hashtags: #blingonpoint #festivaloflights #DiwaliAkl2019 #weareallconnected

And they’re thanking all our local governing bodies, Auckland Council, Hobsonville Point Residents Society, local businesses and sponsors for their support and exciting prizes.

ALL are welcome to join in the celebration, and mix ‘n’ mingle in the positive spirit of Diwali.

It’s democracy in action time

Note that the call for new members for the HPRS committee has nothing to do with postal voting for the local body elections that are also in full flight.  It’s time (nudge, nudge) to open the envelopes that have arrived in your mailboxes and do some ticking. You need to post back your papers by October 8 for them to arrive in time for the cut-off date on Oct 12.  For info on the candidates, check the booklet that came with your voting papers. 

The laundry dilemma


Complaints arrive frequently about washing being hung out to dry on lines rigged up on people’s front decks and balconies. ‘It looks so messy and is not a good look for people to see when they drive or walk along our streets,’ said one recent email from a resident, who also added, ‘isn’t it against the rules?’.

Yes, it is. The Society’s rules say  that ‘unless specifically approved by the Residents Society Committee, all Members should ensure permanent and temporary washing lines as much as practicable are not visible from a street, right of way or pathway’.

So, if you can, use your dryer, or hang washing around the back of  your place, out of sight. If it’s your tenants who are doing it, please advise them to abide by the rules. 

We also hear constant gripes about people with vehicles in their driveways who park them over the footpath so that pedestrians pushing buggies or wheelchairs or walking their dogs are foreced to detour onto the road. 

The rule says vehicles on privately owned driveways should not protrude onto the footpath. Yes, parking can be hard to find around here,  but a little consideration goes a long way.

Twyford talks back on Bomb Point 

Bomb Point Hobsonville

You may recall that the Society’s chair, Errol Haarhoff, wrote to the Minister of Urban Development, Phil Twyford, expressing the concerns of some residents that Bomb Point’s future as a park was not assured as there were rumours that a part of it may be turned over for housing. 

Mr Twyford repeated assurances received earlier from HLC that the full 10.7 hectares of parkland at Te Onekiritea – Bomb Point would be retained as reserve.  See his letter here.