I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Great Barrier Environment Committee will be held on:

 

Date:                      

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

10.00am

Claris Conference Centre
19 Whangaparapara Road
Claris
Great Barrier Island

 

Great Barrier Environment Committee

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Susan Daly

 

Deputy Chairperson

Judy Gilbert

 

Members

Member Jeff Cleave

 

 

Member Izzy Fordham

 

 

Member Christina Spence

 

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Guia Nonoy

Local Board Democracy/Engagement Advisor

 

19 May 2014

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 373 6218

Email: Guia.Nonoy@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 


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ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

1          Welcome                                                                                                                         5

2          Apologies                                                                                                                        5

3          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   5

4          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               5

5          Leave of Absence                                                                                                          5

6          Acknowledgements                                                                                                       5

7          Petitions                                                                                                                          5

8          Deputations                                                                                                                    5

9          Public Forum                                                                                                                  5

10        Extraordinary Business                                                                                                5

11        Notices of Motion                                                                                                          6

12        Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund Allocation 2013/2014 – Funding Round 2  7

13        Further survey for leptinella species on Great Barrier Island                                25

14        Species Prioritisation Framework                                                                             75

15        Infrastructure and Environmental Services Update Report                                   87

16        Community group and agency reports                                                                     91

17        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

 


1          Welcome

 

Chairperson SP Daly will welcome everyone in attendance. Member JC Cleave will lead a karaia.

 

2          Apologies

 

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 26 March 2014, as a true and correct record.

 

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for leave of absence had been received.

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for acknowledgements had been received.

 

7          Petitions

 

At the close of the agenda no requests to present petitions had been received.

 

8          Deputations

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for deputations had been received.

 

9          Public Forum

 

A period of time (approximately 30 minutes) is set aside for members of the public to address the meeting on matters within its delegated authority. A maximum of 3 minutes per item is allowed, following which there may be questions from members.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for public forum had been received.

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“An item that is not on the agenda for a meeting may be dealt with at that meeting if-

 

(a)        The local authority by resolution so decides; and

 

(b)        The presiding member explains at the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public,-

 

(i)         The reason why the item is not on the agenda; and

 

(ii)        The reason why the discussion of the item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.”

 

Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-

 

(a)        That item may be discussed at that meeting if-

 

(i)         That item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

 

(ii)        the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

 

(b)        no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”

 

11        Notices of Motion

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for notices of motion had been received.

 


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Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund Allocation 2013/2014 – Funding Round 2

 

File No.: CP2014/08952

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       This report presents the Great Barrier Environmental Strategy Planning Committee with application assessment summaries and funding recommendations for the five eligible applications received during the second round of the Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund for the 2013/2014 financial year.

Executive summary

2.       The Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund is one of the initiatives outlined in the former Auckland City Council’s Biodiversity Management Strategy (adopted in 2001).  The Biodiversity Management Strategy aims to encourage and support private landowners to manage their land in a manner that protects and enhances native biodiversity. This report presents information and funding recommendations on applications to the Auckland City Natural Heritage fund received from within the Great Barrier Local board area.

3.       Additional funding was provided by the Environmental Services Unit Land and Water Team and the Great Barrier Local Board in the second round of the Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund. This is to be allocated to projects which protect and enhance the long term health and quality of stream environments.

4.       Five applications from the Great Barrier Local Board area were received during the second funding round. These applications have been assessed against fund criteria and funding recommendations are presented to the committee for their consideration.

 

Recommendations

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a)      Receive the Auckland Natural Heritage Fund Allocation 2013/2014 – Funding Round 2 report.

b)      Consider the following grant allocations:

i)        Allocation of $24,126 to application ACNH1314012 from Dean Medland as a contribution towards fencing materials and native plants.

ii)       Allocation of $782 to application ACNH1314013 from Murray Staples as a contribution towards rat traps, rat boxes, tracking tunnels and peanut butter.

iii)      Allocation of $5,750 to application ACNH1314014 from Alison Walker as a contribution towards track cutting and pest control.

iv)      Allocation of $4,560.60 to application ACNH1314015 from Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ as a contribution towards wildling pine control and requested tools.

v)      Allocation of $7,187 to application ACNH1314015 from the O’Shea brothers as a contribution towards fencing materials, pipe, contract labour and post hole borer hire.

 

Comments

5.       The Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund (ACNHF) is a legacy Auckland City Council fund that provides funding for conservation projects on private land.  To be eligible for funding projects must satisfy the following criteria:

          a.       Be on land under private ownership in the Hauraki Gulf islands – land that is under ownership of a public authority is not eligible;

          b.       Result in direct environmental gain;

          c.       Start after the applicant has received notification that the application has been approved. Funding is not retrospective.

6.       Applications to the Fund are assessed by a Council biodiversity expert against fund criteria stated in the Fund guidelines (attached).  These include:

Significance: The significance of the natural area with consideration given to factors including connectivity, biological gradients and importance of the areas as a species stronghold.

Biodiversity: Factors including rarity, presents of any threatened species, size shape and connectivity of the area, age of the vegetation present and quality of the area relative to natural condition.

Enduring environmental outcomes: The anticipated improvement in natural values including water quality and soil conservation of an area given the proposed management actions.

Compliance with Good Practice: The extent to which the project reflects best practice as outlined in the Auckland Council Regional Pest Management Strategy, Auckland Regional Plan: Coastal and guidelines on the regions native plants and animals.

Community Education & Partnership: The educational or scientific value of the site will be assessed, including visual amenity or physical public access.

Legal Protection:  Formal protection including QEII covenants and covenants with the Department of Conservation or with the Auckland Council. Formal protection entered on the certificate of title for a property means that an area is more secure from future development.

7.       This assessment forms the basis of funding recommendations presented to the board for their consideration.

8.       The 2011/2012 interim approach to community funding endorsed by Regional Development and Operations Committee (RDOC) in May 2011 allocated decision-making responsibility over the Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund to the Central Local Boards. In March 2013 the RDOC endorsed the extension of the interim approach to community funding for the 2013/2014 financial year.  Although the structural and financial provisions of the overall interim approach remain unchanged for the 2013/2014 funding rounds, an operational review of the ACNHF was completed at the end of the 2012/2013 financial year and minor improvements were identified.

9.       In total $50,000 was available for allocation in the Annual Plan for the 2013/2014 financial year. The Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund is split between the Great Barrier Local Board (budget allocation $40,000) and the Waiheke Local Board (budget allocation $10,000).

10.     The ACNHF opened for applications on 17 June 2013 and will remain open until the final application cut-off date or until all available funding is allocated. ACNHF grant allocation recommendations will be presented to the Great Barrier and Waiheke Local Boards twice a year.  Therefore there are two cut-off dates for applications.  Any applications received after these deadlines are held until the next funding meeting.


11.     Table One. Summary of ACNHF application assessment periods.

 

Application cut-off date

Funding decisions expected

 

Funding meeting 1

 

Monday 22 July 2013

 

October 2013

 

Funding meeting 2

 

Friday 28 March 2014

 

June 2014

 

12.     The availability of environmental funding and information on the 2013/2014 funding rounds has been promoted through the Auckland Council website, through Auckland Council publications, press advertisements in local print media, on a local radio station, email notification to community stakeholders, and communication through the Biodiversity and Biosecurity teams at Auckland Council.

13.     Additional budget was provided for allocation through the second round of the Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund by the Environmental Services Unit Land and Water Team, and the Great Barrier Local Board. The Environmental Services Unit Land and Water Team provided an additional budget of $10,741, and the Great Barrier Local Board provided an additional budget of $20,000. This additional budget will be allocated to projects which protect and enhance the long term health and quality of stream environments.

Consideration

14.     In total $40,000 is available for the Great Barrier Local Board to allocate through the Auckland Natural Heritage Fund in the 2013/2014 financial year.  During the first funding round $23,265 was allocated to five projects, leaving $11,665 to be allocated during a second round of funding. In addition to ACNH funding, $20,000 was provided by the Great Barrier Local Board, and $10,741 by the Environmental Services Unit Land and Water Team. This additional funding totalling $30,741 is targeted towards priority waterway protection outcomes. In total $42,406 is available to be allocated to applications received during the second funding round.  It is recommended that two applications requesting $31,313 of funding be supported with budget targeted at waterway protection outcomes, and three projects totalling $11,093 be supported through remaining ACNHF budget.

15.     Application assessments for the five eligible applications have been completed by an Auckland Council Biodiversity Officer with input from Biosecurity and Land and Water staff. Grant allocation recommendations are made in line with ACNHF assessment criteria and funding policy, and in accordance with the priorities identified when allocating additional budget to this fund. An application assessment summary for each application is attached to this report and funding recommendations are presented for the board’s consideration.

16.     Following application assessments, it is recommended that all five applications are supported with grants totalling $42,406.

17.     Finance and resourcing requirements for the delivery of the ACNHF are within current heritage incentive budgets provided in the 2013/2014 annual plan, and additional budget provided.

Local board views and implications

18.     This report seeks the view of affected local boards.

Maori impact statement

19.     The provision of community funding to support environmental initiatives provides opportunities for all Aucklanders to undertake projects, programmes and activities that benefit Maori.

Implementation

20.     No legal and implementation issues have been identified. The fund will be allocated in accordance with the decision of the Great Barrier Environmental Strategy Planning Committee.

 

Attachments

No.

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Page

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Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund 2013 2014 Round 2 Applicant Report

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Auckland City Natural Heritage Fund Guidelines

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Signatories

Authors

Maria Hernandez - Environmental Funding Coordinator

Fran Hayton - Environmental Funding Advisor

Authorisers

John Dragicevich - Manager Infrastructure and Environmental Services

John Nash - Senior Local Board Advisor

 


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Further survey for leptinella species on Great Barrier Island

 

File No.: CP2014/08735

 

  

 

 

Purpose

1.       To present the results of a survey for additional sites of Leptinella species on Great Barrier Island.

Executive summary

2.       As part of its 2012/2013 environment work programme, the board funded a survey to identify threatened plant sites. Although no Leptinella sites were identified during that survey, Council officers made a subsequent discovery of Leptinella tenella[1] at Awana. 

3.       The previous Great Barrier Environment Strategy Planning (GBESP) Committee agreed to fund a further survey (at a cost of $7,400) to identify any additional sites for leptinella, as well as funding the management of the population at Awana at a cost of $11,400 (resolution number GBESP/2013/61).

4.       This report presents the outcomes of the 2014 Leptinella species survey to the board and notes the implications of the survey findings for management of the Leptinella site at Awana. The full survey report is appended as Attachment B.

 

Recommendations

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a)      Receives the Further Survey for Leptinella in Great Barrier Island report.

b)      Notes that development of a detailed conservation management plan for the Leptinella tenella site at Awana is being funded from regional biodiversity budgets.

 

Comments

 

5.       According to historic records, a total of three Leptinella species have been recorded as being present on Great Barrier Island. The discovery of Leptinella tenella at Awana by Council officers identified this site as a priority for conservation management. A further survey for Leptinella was undertaken following the discovery of the Leptinella tenella population at Awana. This survey focused on sites where Leptinella was previously recorded, but not surveyed in the 2013 survey (i.e. Port Fitzroy); and where habitat was considered to be suitable for Leptinella species to occur (as determined by botanical experts).

Report summary

6.       The aim of the additional survey was to undertake the following:

·     To confirm the status of historically recorded Leptinella populations; and survey areas of suitable habitat where the plants are likely to occur (potentially existing sites).

·     To search for potentially suitable habitat for the establishment of new Leptinella populations; and

·     To record incidental observations of other threatened plant species, such as Centipeda minima subsp. minima (Regionally Critical), and Mimulus repens (Naturally Uncommon), known to occur within similar habitats on the island.

Main findings:

7.       Leptinella tenella was recorded at an additional site during the 2014 survey (now called the Awana river site), downstream from the Awana roadside site, previously located in June 2013 (see map appended as Attachment A).  However, no Leptinella spp. were found at any of the other nine survey locations. In some cases, difficult access to some areas within these locations prevented a more thorough search of potential habitats which may have proved fruitful.

8.       It is evident from the locations of Leptinella tenella at the Awana River that this species favours damp habitats (with a low-to-zero saline content), with dappled light and relatively little competition from other species at ground level. However, it seems to be able to withstand periodic inundation at high tide.

Other threatened plant species:

9.       As part of this Leptinella survey, a previously known population of Mimulus repens in a drain beside Primrose Hill Road, at Medlands Beach, was checked. The population appeared to be healthy and included flowering plants.  At the time of survey, the population was discussed with the landowner. He was aware of the population, and the risks posed to this species by herbicide use.

Recommendations

10.     The Awana River site (including roadside) is the only confirmed location for Leptinella tenella on the island. As such, it is a high priority for ongoing protection and active management.

 

 

11.     The former GBESP Committee had agreed $11,400 for protection of the Awana site on the basis it would fund weeding and fencing. However, with only one known Leptinella population on Great Barrier, this approach may not be the best option for management. Rather, the immediate need is to critically assess current threats and develop management actions to support effective protection at the Awana site, prior to implementing any protection strategies.

12.     Therefore, biodiversity is funding the development of a detailed conservation management plan. This plan will outline threats and associated mitigation (including weed control and stock grazing) and directives for ongoing management and habitat protection. The agreed $11,400 of local board funding for fencing of the Leptinella population will instead support the management actions directed by the conservation management plan.  This will include upskilling of local contractors to ensure the site can be managed according to biodiversity best practice.

Consideration

Local board views and implications

13.     At its September 2013 meeting, the former Great Barrier Environment Strategy Planning (GBESP) Committee agreed to fund the survey as part of its 2013/2014 environment work programme (resolution number GBESP/2013/61). It was also agreed at that time to fund management of Leptinella at an existing site in Awana.

14.     The allocation of funding towards Leptinella conservation supports the board’s priority of protecting and enhancing its environment.

Maori impact statement

15.     No consultation with Maori was required for the purposes of this report. It is recognised that environmental management has integral links with the mauri of the environment and kaitiakitanga.

16.     Consultation with iwi will occur as part of the implementation of biodiversity projects, where appropriate.

Implementation

17.     There are no implementation issues arising from this report.

 

Attachments

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Location of leptinella population at Awana

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Survey for leptinella species on Aotea Great Barrier Island

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Signatories

Authors

Monique Jansen van Rensburg - Biodiversity Advisor

Janeen Collings – Senior Regional Advisor (Flora)

Authorisers

John Dragicevich - Manager Infrastructure and Environmental Services

John Nash - Senior Local Board Advisor

 


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Species Prioritisation Framework

 

File No.: CP2014/08965

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       To provide the Great Barrier Environment Committee (the Committee) with information on the species prioritisation framework used to identify regional biodiversity programmes and projects.

Executive summary

2.       At its September 2013 meeting, the former Great Barrier Environment Strategy Planning Committee deferred consideration to fund a biodiversity project (monitoring of Chevron skinks) until such time as information was received as to why this project could not be supported through regional funds (resolution number GBESP/2013/39). A decision has since been made to postpone the monitoring to align with Department of Conservation (DOC) monitoring of other sites, as results from the same year will be more comparable.

3.       This report informs the Committee on the prioritisation tool used to identify those programmes and projects selected for regional funding.

 

Recommendation

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a)      Receives the Species Prioritisation Framework report.

Comments

 

4.       The Auckland Council’s Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy contains eight key objectives for managing the region’s biodiversity. The development and implementation of the species prioritisation framework supports the following objective:

·     Achieve long-term recovery of the greatest number of threatened species whose range includes the Auckland Region.

5.       The term “greatest number” recognises the limitations of funding and resources available to manage biodiversity in Auckland. There are over 400 species of plants and animals found within Auckland that are identified to be nationally or regionally threatened. Unfortunately, resources dictate that not all of these species can be actively managed to guarantee their long-term survival.

6.       In previous years the value, and therefore priority, of species projects in the region was often determined by community benefit, visibility of a species and perceived urgency of actions needed to conserve a species.  This process led to resources being focused on a select group of 14 publically recognised species, while less recognised species were overlooked.

7.       To address this, a species prioritisation model to funding is employed (see Attachment A for further details) as a tool for targeting limited resources towards securing the viability of the greatest number of species possible. The model was then used to weigh the costs of delivering those actions against the likelihood of success in order to rank the species according to management cost efficiency. As a result, a total of 39 species have been selected to be supported with regional investment (see Attachment B).   

8.       In order to spread resource across as many species as possible, Council has committed delivering a minimum set of actions to secure each species regionally at sites where the species are already known to occur (including survey actions only where it is deemed that the known populations alone are not sufficient for securing the viability of the species in the long-term).

9.       In addition, due to limited resources, only some species are being actively managed and others are not (see Attachment B). Implementation of management actions defined under this framework began mid-way through the 2013/2014 financial year.

10.     There is significant opportunity for local boards to complement the biodiversity work being funded regionally. This includes funding actions that would enhance and expand species populations beyond their minimum viable size. Alternatively, boards may wish to support species management or site restoration projects that are not regionally funded.

11.     There may also be cases where new information is gathered on a species that concludes that greater costs are required to manage the species than is able to be supported by regional funding. In such cases, it is hoped that where management of those species populations is locally relevant, boards could assist with some aspects of management to ensure the long-term viability of that species.

Great Barrier Projects

12.     The species prioritisation framework informs the allocation of regional biodiversity programmes and projects. At present, the species management actions listed in the table appended as Attachment C are those that were defined for Great Barrier Island to support regional species management objectives. It is these actions that Council Biodiversity and Biosecurity groups have begun delivering on. As indicated in Attachment C, for some of the species, conservation actions are currently under review. All actions are reviewed at the end of each financial year and revised to reflect any new knowledge gained about the species.

13.     The Great Barrier Local Board (the board) are funding actions for certain species that overlap with actions being funded regionally (as noted in Attachment C). This is an example of where local funding allows for the expansion of regionally funded management actions, or to advance some of these actions prior to the implementation of the regional programme.

14.     The board funded projects are summarised below.

Chevron skink (Oligosoma homalonotum)

15.     As a species iconic to Great Barrier, Chevron skinks provide an opportunity for the board to fund the management of a locally-relevant species. In 2013/2014, the board funded the development of a project plan for management of Chevron skinks in the Whangaparapara catchment.

16.     Although the initial brief did focus on the Whangaparapara catchment, the contractor was able to recommend future management actions for Chevron skinks at an island-wide scale. However, as the DOC monitoring programme was not scheduled to be undertaken in 2013/2014, there was no further request to fund this species as part of the board’s 2013/2014 environment work programme. Supporting an extension of a monitoring programme for Chevron skinks will be included in the draft environment work programme for the board to consider in the new (2014/2015) financial year.

17.     The regional priority actions for Chevron skinks are currently under review as a result of the management recommendations put forward in the 2013/2014 report. This review will be conducted in consultation with DOC to determine how any changes in DOC’s priority actions may influence the direction taken by the Council at both a local and regional scale.

Button daisy (Leptinella tenella)

18.     The initial proposal for board funding to conduct a survey of historic sites of Leptinella tenella was considered as part of a wider threatened plant survey, including other species that occupy similar habitats. This survey confirmed a population of leptinella at Awana but failed to identify any remaining populations at Whangapaoua and Okiwi or other sites surveyed. There is an immediate need to secure this population at Awana as at this stage this is the only extant population identified for Great Barrier.

19.     Regional funds are now being used to develop a Conservation Management Plan for the site at Awana.  Board support for implementing actions defined in the Management Plan will help to ensure the viability of the species on Great Barrier Island is secured. (A separate report on the Leptinella work programme is included in the May agenda of the Committee).

20.     If a review of Biodiversity objectives for this species finds management of this population to be regionally significant, then regional funding will support ongoing management of this population, expanding on any work delivered as a result of local funding.

Other threatened plants

21.     No regional funding is committed to support actions for protection of Centipeda minima and other Leptinella species, proposals were submitted to the board for survey and management of these species on Great Barrier Island. Board funding is recognised as an additional means of protecting these vulnerable species in areas where they are known to occur when regional funding is unavailable.

Consideration

Local board views and implications

22.     The board is funding management actions for a number of threatened species on Great Barrier. This work is aligned with the board priority of protecting and showcase the unique environment of Great Barrier.

Maori impact statement

23.     Iwi values were not considered in the prioritisation model.

24.     No consultation with Maori was undertaken as part of this report. However, engagement with Iwi takes place as part of the implementation of any biodiversity projects.

Implementation

25.     There are no implementation issues arising from this report.

 

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Species Prioritisation Model

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Threatened Species List

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Current species management actions for Great Barrier Island

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Signatories

Authors

Briony Senior – Regional Advisor (Ecology)

Rachel Kelleher – Biodiversity Manager

Authorisers

Gael Ogilvie – Environmental Services Manager

John Dragicevich – Infrastructure and Environmental Services Manager

John Nash – Relationship Manager

 


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Infrastructure and Environmental Services Update Report

 

File No.: CP2014/07283

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       To inform the Great Barrier Environment Committee (the Committee) about the activities of the Infrastructure and Environmental Services (I&ES) department over March and April 2014. This includes both local board based and regional activities undertaken by the three units of I&ES – Environmental Services, Solid Waste and Stormwater.

2.       This report also tracks the delivery and expenditure of environmental budget lines from the 2013/2014 Local Board Agreement (LBA), as assigned to I&ES.

Executive Summary

3.       I&ES delivers on the Auckland Plan and local board plans through the provision of environment and sustainability programmes, regional waste and stormwater services, as well as the maintenance and enhancement of Auckland's natural environment.

4.       This report has been written to inform the local board about the delivery of activities and work programmes by I&ES. A number of these regional activities have a distinct local involvement and impact and are detailed in the attachments to this report.

 

Recommendation

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a)      Notes the information in the Infrastructure and Environmental Services update report.

 

Discussion

5.       This report and attachments specifically detail the activities delivered by the three units of I&ES within the local board area which support and contribute to the Great Barrier Local Board priority of “protect and enhance our environment and showcase our unique qualities”.

6.    The local board is supporting the delivery of this priority through its budgets for biosecurity and pest management programmes and environmental enhancement. Key project highlights and milestones are noted in Table 1 below with additional detail provided in Attachment A.

Budget Line

Highlights:

Biosecurity / Pest Management Programmes

·       A total of 1754 rabbits have been culled as part of the 2013/2014 rabbit control programme.

Environmental Enhancement

·       The survey for additional populations of leptinella on Great Barrier has been completed. Biodiversity are now funding the development of a detailed conservation management plan for the remaining leptinella population at Awana.

7.    Local environmental initiatives are also supported through regional funding. Highlights of our regional activities are noted in Table 2 below with additional detail provided in Attachment A.

Unit

Highlights:

Environmental Services

·    Remediation of defective culverts on Great Barrier Island has commenced. This work will support improved fish passage in local streams.

Solid Waste

·    No issues with capacity at the landfill to accept septic tank sludge was identified during monitoring over the peak summer holiday period.

Consideration

Local Board Views

8.       The Committee has full delegation to consider matters relating to biodiversity and biosecurity, water quality and waste management. Therefore, it is the appropriate forum for reporting of activities delivered by the I&ES department.

Maori Impact Statement

9.       While this report is for information only and does not require any decision making, it is recognised that environmental management, water quality and land management has integral links with the mauri of the environments and concepts of kaitiakitanga.

General

Implementation Issues

10.     The activities detailed in this report are within budget. Any decisions arising from discussions and planned changes to work programmes will have financial and resourcing implications which will need to be managed.

11.     A detailed report back on the outcomes of the 2013/2014 environment work programme, including the rabbit control programme, will be provided to the Committee after June 2014.

 

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Infrastructure and Environmental Services Update report

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Author

Emma Joyce - Relationship Advisor

Authorisers

John Dragicevich - Manager Infrastructure and Environmental Services

John Nash - Senior Local Board Advisor

 


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Community group and agency reports

 

File No.: CP2014/10337

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       The purpose of this report is to provide a place where Great Barrier community groups and agencies with an interest or role in the environment or the work of the Great Barrier Environment Committee, can have items considered as part of the committee’s agenda.

Executive Summary

a)      At its 27 February 2014 meeting, the Great Barrier Environment Committee “agreed to create a community reports item on its meeting agenda to enable community groups and agencies with an interest in the environment on Great Barrier to have material formally considered by the committee noting that this approach may be discontinued at any time if the committee finds it necessary”.

2.       Although the preference is that reports be submitted in time for inclusion on the agenda, the option of material being pre-circulated to the committee and other interest groups is available at the chair’s discretion.

3.       The recommendation against reports included on the agenda will be that the report be received. It is up to the committee whether it wishes to pass any additional resolutions to action these requests if appropriate once it has considered the material provided.

4.       The items received and approved for inclusion on this agenda are attached to this report as outlined below.

5.       An update report from Ngati Rehua Ngatiwai ki Aotea on the resource recovery feasibility study is expected but was not available at agenda close and will be circulated separately.

 

 

Recommendation/s

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a)      Receives the Sea Change April 2014 News and the Great Barrier Island Schools Whangapoua Shellfish Sample Report 2014.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

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Sea Change April 2014 News

93

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Great Barrier Island Schools Whangapoua Shellfish Sample Report 2014.

99

 

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Local Board Democracy/Engagement Advisor

Authoriser

John Nash – Senior Local Board Advisor

 


Great Barrier Environment Committee

28 May 2014

 

 






Great Barrier Environment Committee

28 May 2014

 

 











    

    



[1] This was initially identified as L. squalida subsp. squalida but has since been confirmed as L. tenella.