Thursday, 19 December 2019

The Make Sandringham Amazing Survey

When SPiCE did the original community consultation in 2014-2016 around both Sandringham Reserve and the playground, we also gathered lots of information from the community about what you love about Sandringham and would like to keep or improve. The SPiCE Vision Report was a snapshot of what was important to you back then, and we'd like to check in to see if your priorities and interests are still the same. 

So we've made it really easy by creating a simple survey. With just 7 questions it only takes a few minutes to complete. We have included the key areas from the Vision Report and also left space for you to add further suggestions. This survey will help direct where SPiCE puts its time and energy in 2020 so we can be doing the things that matter to you.

Take the Make Sandringham Amazing Survey

Let us know what you love about Sandringham and what we all can be doing to make it even better! 

Monday, 16 December 2019

New Liquor Licence Application for Sandringham

An application has been made for a new liquor licence at 542 Sandringham Road next door to the medical centre. The application is for an off-licence and long hours are proposed. Many residents are concerned about the effect this will have on Sandringham Village, especially given the number of bottle shops already near by, including one within a minute's walk of this address. We understand Councillor Cathy Casey and the Local Board will be opposing this application, along with many other concerned groups and individuals.

We would like to share the below template for people to use to make their own submission against this liquor licence application. This template covers key issues that have been successful in other objections. Please feel free to make it your own by changing the words, cutting and pasting, adding your own thoughts or just picking the 1 or 2 points you care deeply about to include. You can copy and paste it into an email to

Your submission must include your name, address and email address (signature not essential), and be emailed by 5 pm on Wednesday 18 December 2019.



Liquids (542 Sandringham Road, Sandringham)

       I object to the Application for a new Off-Licence made by Sandringham Beverages Ltd for premises to be situated at: 542 Sandringham, Sandringham to trade as ‘Liquids’. While I object to the Application on all the grounds under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, I particularly object as follows:

·    There is already a proliferation of liquor stores and off-licences in the Sandringham area: In the Sandringham area there are already too many off-licences, including one within 100 metres and one within 500 metres of the proposed premises. There are 7 within a 1km radius.

·     The target market area for the store is more deprived than average: The area is on average more deprived relative to other areas and already negatively affected by the impacts of the existing alcohol licences. The area included in a 1km radius around 542 Sandringham Road has an NZ Deprivation Index 2013 of 8 (1 being least deprived and 10 the most deprived)[1]

·    The proposed store is close to a number of schools: These include: Edendale Primary school, Good Shepherd School and KiNZ Sandringham (early childhood education centre). I believe it is undesirable for any further alcohol licences to be issued close to these pre-schools and schools.

·   The proposed store is close to a number of other sensitive sites: These include the neighbouring Sandringham Medical Centre, the Sandringham Reserve (including a playground) and Edendale Reserve.  I believe it is undesirable for any further alcohol licences to be issued close to these sensitive sites.

·       Amenity and good order: The Sandringham area is already negatively affected by existing off-licences and the issue of this licence would either reduce the amenity and good order, by more than a minor extent, or it is desirable not to issue any further licences.



Email address:


[1] Provided by Auckland Regional Health Service

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Last Meeting of 2019 this Sunday!

Please join us for our last meeting of 2019

Sunday 8 December 

4.30 pm - 6.30 pm

at the Gribblehirst Hub

This will be a chance to get together with your Sandringham neighbourhood friends and let us know what you would like to do in 2020.

We will be puting together a team to help with SPiCE's Floral Carpet event scheduled for 7 March 2020 in Sandringham Reserve, looking at how best we communicate with you, and finding out where your energy is for projects next year such as greening Sandringham, improving the footpaths and village area, events in our village and local parks, art projects, environmental projects or whatever you think as a community should be happening. If you have a passion come along and share it and we can help make it a reality!

Bubbles, mince pies and fruit mince brownies will be provided. We hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Diwali Lights Display and Shared Community Dinner

Diwali Lights Display at Sandringham Reserve, 25th October - 29th October

SPiCE has a lighting installation artwork planned for our very own pocket park - Sandringham Reserve - this coming long weekend.  The park lights will create a fantastic colourful celebratory atmosphere to coincide with Diwali from Friday 25th October until Tuesday 29th October
Wander down one evening to enjoy the lights. Or please join us for a shared community dinner under the lights on Sunday 27 October from 6.30 pm.
Many thanks to Albert-Eden Neighbourhood Arts for enabling this project, Albert-Eden Local Board for funding it and for our Trustee, Natasha McCoy, for designing and putting it together. 

Special thanks also to Hirepool Mt Roskill for stepping in on short notice to loan us a cherry picker at no charge to install the lights. 

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Come Along and Meet Our New SPiCE Community Facilitator

SPiCE Meeting: Sunday 20 October 2019 from 4 pm to 6 pm
Sandringham Community Centre

Come along and meet our new Community Facilitator, Joanne Harland, and help us prioritise and shape our plans for Sandringham!

Originally training and working as a solicitor, Joanne moved into community sector work after moving to New Zealand 15 years ago. Joanne was involved as a volunteer at Playcentre and with Social Enterprise Auckland before taking up a role at Garden to Table, most recently as Programme Manager for the national charity. Joanne is passionate about communities and empowerment, and is a neighbour to Sandringham – living just across Dominion Road in Mt Eden and with sons attending Balmoral Intermediate and Mt Albert Grammar School.

We are pleased to have funding as a partnership community with the Department of Internal Affairs Community-Led Development Programme to be able to appoint Joanne who is starting in this role part-time from 14 October. We hope this will reinvigorate SPiCE and give us the resource we need to continue to action the Sandringham Vision Report and make Sandringham an even greater place to live, work, study and play. 

So please join us this Sunday 20 October at the Sandringham Community Centre from 4 pm to discuss all things SPiCEy – we value your input!

Thursday, 22 August 2019


Are you creative, strategic, efficient 
and passionate about making a difference? 
If so, you could be just what SPiCE is looking for. 

The Sandringham Project in Community Empowerment (SPiCE) is looking for someone to work alongside us in a new community facilitator role in Sandringham, to help us build a strong resilient, vibrant, connected and sustainable community. 
As our Community Facilitator your key roles will be to advocate for and on behalf on the Sandringham Community, liaise with key community groups and stakeholders, be a source of community advice and information, facilitate the community toward vision and action and administer funding services that support our community as it moves towards resilience.
Along with your professional attitude; key to your success will be your:
• proven ability in community-led development and facilitation
• commitment to professional development and reflective practice
• professional public service integrity
• proven communication skills - written and oral
• excellent relationship management and negotiation skills
• experience and ability to work in a diverse and multicultural community environment
• aptitude with report writing and well-developed analytical skills, including the ability to interpret financial information
• ability to plan, organise and manage work effectively to meet multiple deadlines
• strong IT and social media skills
• proven skills, knowledge, and operational experience in providing advice to community and voluntary organisations.
• creativity and lateral thinking ability

This is a contracted role of 24 hours per week (.6 FTE) – negotiable for the right person. 
If this sounds like you, email to receive a full job description and apply

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

SPiCE Meeting

Hi SPiCE crew (and other interested members of the Sandringham Community), 

It's time for another get together, this time at the Sandringham Community Center on Kitchener St next Monday 27th starting at 6:30pm

We will use the first hour from 6:30-7:30 to catch up with what's been happening since we last met.

At 7.30pm we have a presentation from Duncan Ecob* and Ginny Pedlow from Isthmus group's  Urban Design arm.They are working on an urban master planning project which includes the Sandringham area. We have invited them along to find out more about what they are doing, what will happen with their work and to see how SPiCE can advocate for Sandringham/ get involved in the process.

Background Bio for Duncan 

*Duncan Ecob- Principal @  Isthmus. Auckland Studio   

BA(Hons) LA, Grad Dip LA, MA UrbDes, CMLI (UK)
Duncan is an Urban Designer.
He has over twenty eight years experience in designing and delivering regeneration in the built environment. He leads the Place service of Isthmus, with a focus on Urban Design and Masterplans, "creating healthy neighbourhoods for communities to live, work, learn, play and thrive in". (Isthmus website)

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Floral Carpet Rain Check!

 Floral Carpet Sunday 10 March 1-4pm

The forecast has sun tomorrow, so we will have the festival this Sunday rather than fighting the stormy weather today.
We hope that you can make it along!
There will be buckets of beautiful marigold flowers to create a colourful community floral carpet. Free ice-creams (while they last!)
Come along to enjoy the last blooms of summer, celebrate Sandringham and help create Auckland's only annual floral carpet! 

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Floral Carpet Festival -9 March 2019

Floral Carpet Event - Saturday 9 March, 1-4pm at the Sandringham Reserve 

SPiCE invite you to Sandringham Reserve (in the Sandringham Village shops) Saturday 9 March to create a colourful community floral carpet.
If you've been growing marigolds (or any flowers) bring some flowers down to the Sandringham Reserve to add your colour to the carpet.
We will also have buckets of beautiful marigold flower heads for everyone to use.

There will be free ice cream, a dance performance by Tapasya School of Classical Dance, and a chance for you to talk with Urban Beekeepers on the day. 

Help create Auckland's only annual floral carpet and celebrate the colourful blooms of summer before they go!