Te Papanui (Enderley) Local Dairies

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 ‘Enderley is named after the farm [or “capacious dwelling-house” as it is described by Wikipedia] of Edward Shoard … the farm ran to the east of Peachgrove Road, between Southwell School and Enderley Avenue’*. Prior to the 1860s this area was part of Te Papanui forest. The size of the area known as Enderley increased as part of the 1950s State House development centred on Enderley Park, and with the 2018 census it was increased again. What has not increased is the area set aside for recreation; only 3 percent of the Enderley census area is available for public recreation use.

*Waikato Times – Edward Hugh Shoard ​c.1854 – 1943 – History: The dead tell tales – Lyn Williams – Sep 28 2018

The crescent (circuitous) street pattern in Enderley makes journeys more complicated, rather than simple and direct. The many laneways linking to and from Peachgrove Rd and Tramway Rd are a huge benefit to local people walking. Those living nearer to Peachgrove Rd have a generous number of local shops to choose from.

The Tramway Rd end of Insoll Ave has poor walkable access to a local dairy. The 2012 District Plan ruled that ‘Dairies must locate on corner sites, bounded by roads along two boundaries’ (p398 rule 4.1.3 i): this rule is in line with the common term ‘corner dairies’**. However, looking around Hamilton many of the long-surviving local dairies are not on corners. Travel down Rifle Range Rd, Massey St …  even the newish Rototuna Foodmart on Hukanui Rd is not on a corner. If a new entry-level shop was to open, the District Plan needs to allow it to be located on the street to suit local residents ‘where and how they want and decide it is right and convenient for them’.

**Corner Dairie, by James Hope: The past and present of the corner dairy RNZ

Dusseldorf Loricker Str – Irene Velton Kiosk

As an example, above is a Kiosk near where I stayed in Dusseldorf, in Germany. ‘On 16 square meters there is an enormous selection of products for everyday use – potatoes and eggs from the farm, beekeeper honey, vegetables and other food , drinks (also chilled), tobacco and confectionery, postage stamps, newspapers, magazines, telephone and mobile phone cards’. Irene Velton’s shop has been open for over 36 years. The point of this example is that the above shop is in the front room of a typical house on a road that is not very busy. If someone was to convert their front room to a small convenience store and it did not work out the front room could be repurposed back to a living room again: if it did work, a small shop would survive, and the local neighbourhood would be better off.  

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