Communities want to protect features from intense development.

Residents in Orakei are adamant they are not "nimbys", but they are apprehensive about the impact more housing and more people will have on their patch.

Thousands of houses are planned for developments in places like Tamaki and Stonefields, and Meadowbank train station is without a nearby bus connection.

Tim Duguid, president of the Meadowbank and St Johns Residents Association, said people in the area were generally welcoming of intensification but they were concerned about how this would affect them, particularly regarding transport.