Thursday 25 September 2014
OPEN MINUTE ITEM ATTACHMENTS
5.1 Acknowledgments and Achievements
12 Local Board Involvement In Alcohol Applications
13 Local board decisions on local dog access rules
15 World War 1 Centenary Memorial: Update on council led First World War Centenary Commemorations in Auckland and Centenary Memorial developed by an interdisciplinary team
A. 25 September 2014, Governing Body, Item 15 - World War 1 Centenary Memorials: Update on Council led First World War Centenary Commemorations in Auckland and Centenary Memorial developed by an interdisciplinary team, tabled Presentation 37
25 September 2014
Office of the Mayor
25 September 2014
On Friday, Watercare announced the retirement of Chief Executive Mark Ford.
Mark was chief executive of Watercare from 1994 until June 2009 when he resigned to accept the Government’s invitation to become the Executive Chairman of the Auckland Transition Agency.
His role with the ATA wrapped up in November 2010, with the amalgamation of Auckland.
He then rejoined Watercare and continued to serve as chief executive until his retirement.
I would like to acknowledge Mark’s many years of service to Auckland, including in securing safe and reliable water supplies, overseeing the implementation of the new Auckland Council, and serving as Chair of Auckland Transport.
In the words of Watercare chairman David Clarke, Mark has an exceptional knowledge of the water industry and under his stewardship the company has become recognised globally as an example of best practice in the provision of water supply and wastewater services.
“Since Mark was first appointed chief executive in 1994, Auckland’s water and wastewater infrastructure has become significantly more robust and resilient; able to cope with the demands of a growing population and increasingly strict environmental standards.”
“Many of the projects that Watercare undertakes are large and complex, and involve significant investment. The company and Mark can take much pride in having successfully delivered such projects on time and within budget, a record due in no small part to the importance he attached to fostering strong relationships between Watercare and iwi.
“Under Mark’s leadership, Watercare has matured and now holds assets worth $8.4 billion and supplies services to more than 1.4 million Aucklanders.”
We wish Mark and his family well.
Pioneering winemaker Alex Corban
I would like to acknowledge the contribution to Auckland and the nation of a pioneering west Auckland winemaker, Alex Corban, who died earlier this month.
Alex was a member of the well-known Corban family that established one of New Zealand’s first wineries, in West Auckland.
His grandfather, Assid Abraham Corban, a Lebanese immigrant from a winemaking background, started a winery in Henderson in 1902.
Alex became one of the country's first tertiary-educated winemakers, and went on to lead the Corbans winery in the 1960s and 70s.
Active at a time when export wine was in its infancy, and local tastes favoured fortified wines, Alex encouraged innovation in wine styles and industry equipment, such as stainless steel tanks.
He worked to give the then-fragmented industry a unified voice and credibility and was the first chairman of the New Zealand Wine Institute (now New Zealand Winegrowers).
New Zealand winemakers credit Alex with putting Kiwi wine on the international stage and helping lay the foundations for what is now a national $1.2 billion wine industry.
He also insisted that New Zealand wines could be marketed on their own merits, without European names or imagery.
Awarded an OBE in 1978, the New Zealand Medal in 1990, and inducted into the New Zealand Winemakers’ Hall of Fame in 2005 (his grandfather and brother Joe are also in the Hall of Fame). He was also recognised internationally for his work.
Alex and his wife Gwen (who died in 2008) had four children and winemaking continues to run in the family. Alex and Gwen retired to the Hawkes Bay, but his contribution to West Auckland is well-remembered and a memorial service was held in Henderson this month.
25 September 2014
· This month saw the historic first meeting of the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority (Maunga Authority) which will govern 14 tūpuna maunga vested in the Tāmaki Collective.
o The new authority includes six members from Auckland Council [councillors Bill Cashmore, Chris Darby and Christine Fletcher QSO; local board members Glenda Fryer (Albert-Eden), Kit Parkinson (Orakei), Simon Randall (Maungakiekie- Tāmaki)]
· The Independent Hearings Panel began its deliberations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.
· New Zealand’s first dedicated two-way separated cycleway opened, a key component of the Auckland Cycle Network, linking the Grafton Gully and Upper Queen Street cycleways, the North-Western cycle route, Quay Street, Tamaki Drive, North Wharf and Westhaven Promenade.
· The Downtown Framework was launched, setting out 12 major programmes of work that will help create a world-class area able to compete globally to attract investment, tourism and jobs.
· Auckland’s newest shared space, O’Connell St, was officially opened last week.
· The completed upgrade of Upper Khartoum Place was unveiled, opening up views of the award-winning Auckland Art Gallery.
· The start of the month saw the launch of Auckland’s First World War Heritage Trail launches today, offering Aucklanders the opportunity to learn about their region’s contribution to the First World War and remember those that were affected at home and abroad.
· That ties in with the Auckland Heritage Festival starting this Saturday, with more than 200 events and a special focus on First World War centenary commemorations.
· Another milestone in giving Aucklanders a say on the sale of alcohol in their communities with the conclusion of hearings on our draft Local Alcohol Policy yesterday
· Te Uri O Hau and Te Arai Coastal Lands Limited (TACL) vested 196 hectares of prime coastal land in Auckland Council, ensuring ongoing public access and protection. It will join the existing council-owned headland park to become a 283-hectare regional park.
· Submissions have opened for the inaugural Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant, supporting local writers writing about Auckland life.
· Auckland Council’s Sports Field Capacity Development programme has this year added more than 18,000 hours of playing capacity on the region’s sports fields, an additional 353 playing hours per week.
o Point Resolution Bridge won the prestigious International Architecture Award which honours new and cutting-edge design;
o Auckland Transport’s ‘Travel Myths’ campaign won the Public Sector category at the TVNZ New Zealand Marketing Awards;
o Auckland Zoo has been endorsed as one of New Zealand’s elite tourist attractions with recent Qualmark certification as an Endorsed Visitor Activity and an Enviro Gold award.
· This week, ATEED announced Auckland enjoyed a record superyacht season between April 2013 and March 2014 with $29 million net economic impact to the regional economy.