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

 

Date:                  

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

10.00am

Claris Conference Centre
19 Whangaparapara Road
Claris
Great Barrier Island

 

Great Barrier Environment Committee

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Susan Daly

 

Deputy Chairperson

Jeff Cleave

 

Members

Izzy Fordham

 

 

Judy Gilbert

 

 

Christina Spence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Guia Nonoy

Local Board Democracy/Engagement Advisor

 

13 April 2015

 

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        Infrastructure and Environmental Services Update Report                  7

13        Options for reducing the cost of waste services on Great Barrier     19

14        Sustainability Stocktake - Report back on survey findings                25

15        Update on Aotea Great Barrier Ecology Conversations                      53

16        Long-term Plan 2015 - 2025 consultation feedback report for Great Barrier Local Board                                                                                 59

17        Community group and agency reports                                                 61

18        Consideration of Extraordinary Items 

 

 


1          Welcome

 

Chairperson SP Daly will welcome everyone in attendance. Deputy Chair JC Cleave will lead a karakia.

 

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, 25 February 2015, 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

 

Standing Order 3.20 provides for deputations. Those applying for deputations are required to give seven working days notice of subject matter and applications are approved by the Chairperson of the Great Barrier Environment Committee. This means that details relating to deputations can be included in the published agenda. Total speaking time per deputation is ten minutes or as resolved by the meeting.

 

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 www 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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Infrastructure and Environmental Services Update Report

 

File No.: CP2015/04598

 

  

Purpose

1.      To inform the Great Barrier Environment Committee (the Committee) about the activities of the Infrastructure and Environmental Services (I&ES) department from the end of January to end of March 2015.

Executive Summary

2.      This report is a regular update to inform and update the Committee on the Great Barrier environment work programme. The report also informs the Committee on regional programmes that impact on the local board area.

 

Recommendations

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

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

 

Discussion

3.      The committee partially agreed its environment work programme at its September 2014 meeting (resolution number GBESP/2014/29), with further decision-making to support a sustainability stocktake and community pest coordinator delegated to the Committee Chair and Deputy Chair. The work programme is funded from the board’s biosecurity pest management and environmental enhancement budget lines, and is made up of the following projects;

·        Management of leptinella population at Awana;

·        Water quality monitoring at Tryphena;

·        Community Pest Coordinator;

·        Sustainability stocktake;

·        Weed survey;

·        Weed management and rodent monitoring at Kaitoke;

·        Rabbit control; and

·        Rainbow Skink monitoring.

4.      An update on the local environment work programme is appended as Attachment A, with highlights noted in Table 1 below.

Project

 

Water Quality Monitoring Programme

Permission from landowners has been received to enable water quality monitoring at eight sites in Tryphena.

Community Pest Coordinator

The community pest coordinator has commenced work on building a network of residents able to participate in the programme.

Table 1: Highlights – Local Environment Work Programme

5.      Local environmental initiatives are also supported through regional funding. Information on regional programmes on Great Barrier is appended as Attachment D, with highlights noted in Table 1 below. 

The Environment Is At Its Best Here

Healthy Waterways and Thriving Ecosystems

    Control of the rainbow skink incursion at Shoal Bay was undertaken over January and February 2015. The drift fence will remain in place until the end of March 2015. A report on the rainbow skink programme will be provided to the board.

Zero Waste

    Regional funding will continue to resource and support a community waste education role in the 2015/2016 financial year. Staff are working with the community waste educator to explore options for expanding the role.

Table 2: Highlights – Regional Environment Work Programme

Consideration

Local Board Views

6.      This report and attachments specifically detail the activities delivered by the three units of I&ES (Stormwater, Solid Waste and Environmental Services) within the local board area which support and contribute to the Great Barrier Local Board outcome – The environment is at its best here.

7.      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

8.      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

9.      There are no implementation issues arising from this report. Although the water quality monitoring programme funded by the board is not being delivered by the I&ES department, it has been included in this report to provide a comprehensive update on the board’s entire environment work programme.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

Local Environment Work Programme

3

bView

Water Quality Monitoring Sites

3

cView

Water quality monitoring programme poster

3

dView

Regional Environment Work Programme

3

      

Signatories

Authors

Emma Joyce - Relationship Advisor

Jeremy Warden – Biosecurity Advisor Plants-Great Barrier


 

Authorisers

John Dragicevich - Manager Infrastructure and Environmental Services

John Nash – Relationship Manager/ Senior Local Board Advisor

 


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22 April 2015

 

 

Local Board-funded projects

Infrastructure and Environmental Services has been allocated the Great Barrier Local Board budget lines for biosecurity pest management programmes ($52,936) and environmental enhancement ($49,558) for delivery.  A work programme supporting those budget lines was agreed by the Great Barrier Environment Committee (the Committee) at its September 2014 meeting (resolution number GBESP/2014/29). The table below provides a brief update on the local environment work programme as agreed by the Committee.

Budget line

Key Initiative

 

Budget amount

Environmental Enhancement / Planning projects

Water Quality Monitoring

·   Four upstream and four downstream monitoring sites at Tryphena were confirmed at a site visit in March 2015. Monitoring of the eight sites will commence in April 2015. A map of the sites is appended as Attachment B.

·   Permission has been obtained from landowners where access is required.

·   It is anticipated that this monitoring programme will build on existing knowledge of water quality in Great Barrier streams, and increase our understanding of water quality potential stressors in the Tryphena Harbour.

·   It had been suggested that a stream at Windy Hill be used as a reference site. However, a site at Tryphena has been identified as more appropriate reference sites for this monitoring programme.

·   Samples will be collected monthly and tested at the Watercare Services laboratory in Auckland.

·   A poster advising residents of the programme will be placed at locations around Tryphena and at the board office. A copy is appended as Attachment C.

$12,063

Threatened Plants

·   Awana roadside fence to be completed by end of April (Motu Nurseries) with the Regional budget.

·   Next weed spray trial to take place in March (Envirokiwi).

·   One more monitoring period to take place at the beginning of June (Envirokiwi)

·   Overall, project is on track, all budget will be spent.

$10,000

Sustainability Stocktake

·   An update on this project is the subject of a separate report on this agenda of the Committee.

$10,000

Community Pest Coordinator

·   A local resident has been contracted through Envirokiwi to undertake the role of community pest coordinator.

·   Initial work programme has been focused on contacting permanent residents in the neighbourhood and developing a contact list. This will assist in identifying people who can take part in monitoring and baiting of traps.

$10,729

Total

$50,567.50[1]

Biosecurity / Pest management programmes

 

Rainbow Skinks

·   Unitec students completed the surveillance of 60 sites at the beginning of March 2015. No new populations of rainbow skinks have been detected at the surveyed sites so far.

$15,000

Rabbit Control

·   Rabbit control was undertaken in the first week of March. The night shoot tallies are noted below;

§  Kaitoke - 124 over 3 nights

§  Awana - 160 over 3 nights

§  Okiwi township -  276 over 4 nights

§  Whangapoua spit – 39 over 1 night

·   The control at Whangapoua was funded by the Department of Conservation.

$27,020

Weed Survey

·   Procurement documentation has been completed and this programme is scheduled to start in March 2015.

$9,037

Total

$51,057

 


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Regional Programmes

The table below reports on activities undertaken by the Infrastructure and Environmental Services Department as part of regional programmes of interest to the Great Barrier Local Board.

 

The Environment Is At Its Best Here

Thriving Ecosystems

·     Control of the rainbow skink incursion at Shoal Bay was undertaken over January and February 2015. The drift fence will remain in place until the end of March 2015. A report on the rainbow skink programme will be provided to the board.

·     An information pamphlet on rainbow skinks is being produced as part of the Treasure Islands programme.

·     Ongoing pest control work at Mahuki to support the population of Cook’s scurvy grass.

·     Undertaken monitoring of bait stations at Claris Airport, Okiwi airfield and wharves. Rats were caught in traps at Port Fitzroy, Tryphena and Whangaparapara. 

·     Staff supported the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) response to the discovery of Queensland fruit fly in Grey Lynn. Staff undertook inspections of properties for further fruit flies and provided advice to residents on precautions implemented by MPI to prevent the possible spread of fruit fly.  No new adult flies have been trapped since 6 March 2015, although further detections are anticipated.  Control is ongoing.

·     Staff continues to support the Unitary Plan process through undertaking further ecological. surveys of land included in the Significant Ecological Area layer.  This work is expected to be completed by the end of April 2015.

Healthy Waterways

·     Sampling of the Kaitoke Stream to determine if the sludge from the landfill has any effect on water quality has commenced. Analysis of the samples will be provided to the board when available. This sampling is in addition to the sampling undertaken as part of consent conditions, and is being undertaken as part of the septic tank project.

Zero Waste

·     Regional funding will continue to resource and support a community waste education role in the 2015/2016 financial year. Staff are working with the community waste educator to explore options for expanding the role.

·     The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund opened for applications for small grants of less than $5000 in value on 1 April. The fund is open for one month and provides support to individuals and organisations leading new and innovative waste minimisation projects.

 


Great Barrier Environment Committee

22 April 2015

 

 

Options for reducing the cost of waste services on Great Barrier

 

File No.: CP2015/05873

 

  

Purpose

1.      To request that the Great Barrier Environment Committee (the Committee) provides a formal response to options presented on how to reduce the cost of waste collection services on Great Barrier.

Executive Summary

2.      In 2014/2015, the targeted rate for waste collection services on Great Barrier was $242. This targeted rate funds operations at the Claris landfill, weekly household waste and recycling collections, and the annual inorganic rubbish collection. However, the cost of delivering those services on Great Barrier is not fully recovered through the current targeted rate. In effect, the targeted rate paid by other ratepayers in the legacy Auckland City Council area is subsidising the cost of waste services on Great Barrier, and other Hauraki Gulf islands.

3.      The draft Long-term Plan (LTP) 2015-2025 proposes the staged removal of the subsidy over a three year period, and for Hauraki Gulf island residents to pay the full cost of waste collection services through a new targeted rate. It was proposed that the targeted rate in 2015/2016 would be $418 and increase each year to meet the full cost of waste collection services. The average subsidy across the Hauraki Gulf islands is approximately $525.

4.      On Great Barrier, the cost of waste collection services is approximately $1,400 for each property required to pay a targeted rate.

5.      This report requests the Committee to consider supporting various options that would reduce the cost of waste collection on Great Barrier.

 

Recommendation

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a)      Agrees, in principle, to reduce the cost of waste services on Great Barrier by supporting Option A;

·      Introducing gate fees at the landfill for all waste excluding recycling;

·      Review public opening hours at the landfill during the non-peak season;

·      Introduce kerbside recycling though the provision of a crate provided to households;

·      Disestablishing all current transfer drop off sites for recyclables;

·      Review the current transfer refuse drop off sites with the view to reduce the sites from four to two sites available during the non peak season.

 

Comments

Background

6.      At its meeting on 27 November 2014, the governing body agreed to phase the implementation of a new targeted rate for waste services for the Hauraki Gulf islands for consultation through the LTP process (resolution number GB/2014/131). As the full cost of waste services on Great Barrier would be approximately $1,400 per property, options have been investigated to reduce the cost of waste services and therefore, the targeted rate for those services.

7.      A total of 688 rateable properties on Great Barrier pay the targeted rate for waste. This is different from the number of properties paying a Universal Annual General Charge (UAGC) (769) as a property may pay multiple UAGCs but only pay a single targeted rate for waste where there are multiple dwellings or because the property has a residential and a commercial building.

8.      For the purposes of calculating an indicative targeted rate for waste, waste services have been assessed as to whether they are provided for ratepayers (residential or non-residential) or non-ratepayers (visitors). As the drop off points are used by both residents and visitors, this is funded through a mix of targeted rate (80%) and general rate (20%).

Options

9.      Staff have identified two packages of options to reduce the cost per property, with both options suggesting a mix of the introduction of gate fees at the landfill, changes in opening hours and changes in kerbside collection. These options are outlined in Table 1 below;

Indicative costs - based on 2013/2014 information

Gt Barrier Island

 

 

Option A: Claris gate fees - excl. recycling; mainland sludge costs; opening hours - no seasonal change; incr. kerbside services + reduced drop off services

Option B: Claris gate fees - all; mainland sludge costs; opening hours - reduce by 10 hours; incr. kerbside services + no drop off services

Refuse, Recycling collection, haulage & processing

203,089.98

104,910.02

56,910.02

Inorganics & abandoned vehicles

4,555.57

4,555.57

4,555.57

Net Costs - Claris Landfill (Great Barrier)

592,377.57

496,167.95

480,641.04

Corporate overheads associated with Targeted Rate

27,030.08

27,030.08

27,030.08

Total $

827,053.20

632,663.62

569,136.71

 

 

 

 

Eligible properties

688

688

688

Cost per property - Excl. GST

1,202.11

919.57

827.23

Cost per property - Include GST

1,382.43

1,057.50

951.32

 

 

 

 

Rate ACC area full service (current)

242.00

242.00

242.00

Indicative subsidy per household (incl GST)

1,140.43

815.50

709.32

 

 

 

 

Regionalised Public Good charge

TBC

TBC

TBC

Table 1: Options for reducing cost for waste collection

10.    Option A is the recommended option. This option reduces the cost per property by $324.93. This reduction is achieved by introducing gate fees at the landfill for all waste excluding recycling, and no increase in opening hours at the landfill during the peak summer season. Charges for disposing of waste at the landfill will be similar to other council-managed transfer stations. The current charges for disposal at the Waiheke and Waitakere Transfer Stations are appended as Attachment A for information.

11.    Labour costs are a significant proportion of the costs associated with Claris landfill, comprising 32% of operations costs. A reduction in operational hours will need to take into consideration access by waste collectors as there is a health and safety requirement that at least two people must be present during operational hours. Amendments to collection contracts may be required to ensure landfill opening hours and waste collection services are in alignment.


12.    Kerbside collections are a more cost effective method of collecting refuse and recycling than from public transfer points. As kerbside collection takes place only once a week, the labour costs of kerbside collection are less than the costs of collecting waste multiple times a week from various transfer areas. Transfer points also attract illegal dumping and encourage poor sorting of recycling.

13.    Feedback from the Great Barrier Local Board (the board) has indicated that the drop off services are popular and convenient for both residents and visitors. As such, option A suggests retaining two recycling and refuse drop-off points at Claris and Fitzroy. Option B would see the removal of all transfer points and all waste collected from the kerbside. This would only be introduced when kerbside recycling is fully up and running.

14.    It is recommended that the board support Option A. While option A reduces the cost of waste services by $324.93 (compared to $431.11 in Option B), this option ensures that some public transfer points remain available, and that the landfill operation is able to meet health and safety obligations.

Other issues

15.    Board members raised the issue of charging for commercial waste. While a separate targeted waste rate for commercial premises would reduce the burden on private ratepayers, it would be difficult to establish what properties are exclusively commercial and may increase illegal dumping.

16.    However, the introduction of gate charges at the landfill, and increased enforcement and education at the landfill may is likely to be more effective at reducing the ratepayer burden from commercial misuse of solid waste services. As such, neither option suggests introducing a targeted rate for commercial premises.

17.    All waste is currently disposed of at the landfill which is consented for that activity until 2027. The option of shipping waste off Great Barrier requires further investigation before being proposed as an option for reducing the targeted rate. Some of the issues requiring further consideration are noted below;

·      Availability of truck to transport a shipping container of waste to the wharf;

·      Insufficient space on the wharf to store waste;

·      The need to carefully manage any biosecurity risk; and

·      Substantial capital expenditure would be required to establish Claris as a transfer station (approx. $1,167,000).

18.    The Hauraki Gulf Waste Plan will begin to plan for the retirement of Claris, and identify what alternatives may be possible. However, a final plan for the replacement of Claris will not be in place until closer to the expiry of the resource consent in 2027.

19.    User pays for waste collection will be implemented across Auckland as part of the implementation of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. This will reduce the targeted rate for waste collection which will only cover the costs of recycling and inorganic collection. The design of user pays service will be developed as part of the Hauraki Gulf Waste Plan.

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

20.    A number of workshops have been held with the board to discuss the implications of removing the waste subsidy and reducing the cost of waste collection services on the island. As part of those discussions, the board asked staff to provide options for reducing the cost of waste services on Great Barrier.

21.    The Aotea Great Barrier Local Board Plan notes general support for waste minimisation initiatives.

Māori impact statement

22.    No specific feedback from Maori was sought for the purposes of this report. Feedback from Maori on the waste subsidy may have been received as part of the LTP consultation and engagement process.

Implementation

23.    The governing body will decide on the targeted rate for waste services on the Hauraki Gulf islands as part of its adoption of the LTP. It is anticipated that the board will have an opportunity to discuss the above options as part of its negotiation with the governing body.

24.    Options for future inorganic collection are subject to decisions on the LTP.

25.    The current contract for operating the Claris landfill is due for renewal in 2015. Any agreed changes to the operation of the landfill will be implemented through the contract renewal process.

26.    It is noted that board members have suggested that opening hours at the landfill need to be both convenient, and not negatively affect the opportunities of employees to seek additional employment elsewhere.

27.    Additional service changes, including the introduction of user pays, will be discussed as part of the development of the Hauraki Gulf Waste Plan.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

Charges at Waitakere and Waiheke Transfer Stations

3

     

Signatories

Authors

Sandra Murray - Waste Project Manager

Warwick Jaine – Waste Operations Manager

Authorisers

Ian Stupple – Solid Waste Manager

John Dragicevich – Manager Infrastructure and Environmental Services

John Nash – Relationship Manager/ Senior Local Board Advisor

 


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Sustainability Stocktake - Report back on survey findings

 

File No.: CP2015/05520

 

  

Purpose

1.      To provide the Great Barrier Environment Committee (the Committee) with a report back on the sustainability stocktake survey undertaken in January and February 2015.

Executive Summary

2.      As part of its 2014/2015 environment work programme, the Committee allocated funding to a sustainability stocktake involving a voluntary community survey to provide information on the systems households are currently using to generate energy, collect water, manage waste and wastewater. The survey also looked at what skills and knowledge islanders had regarding sustainable technologies and were willing to share with others, what they wanted to learn more about and what initiatives they thought would help islanders to adopt sustainable technologies.

3.      This report presents the key findings and suggested initiatives arising from the survey. A copy of the full report back on the survey entitled Off the Grid: A report on the results of the household questionnaire and proposed initiatives is appended as Attachment A.

4.      The Committee is asked to provide feedback on the direction it would like to take in response to the suggested initiatives arising from the sustainability stocktake survey, and to agree in principle to funding the implementation of preferred initiatives as part of its 2015/2016 environment work programme.

 

Recommendations

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a)      Receives the Sustainability Stocktake – Report back on survey findings report.

b)      Agrees those initiatives to be developed further, and any further engagement with residents such as focus groups or workshops.

c)      Agrees, in principle, to include funding in its 2015/2016 environment work programme for implementation of initiatives arising from the sustainability stocktake.

 

Comments

5.      A hardcopy and online questionnaire targeting both island residents and off-island property owners was circulated during January and February 2015. A total of 242 responses to the questionnaire were received, representing around 25% of all dwellings on Great Barrier.

6.      The questionnaire provided a snapshot of residents’ current use of off-grid technologies that the board can use as a reference point for measuring progress on its sustainability goals. The key findings from the survey are noted below;

·        Solar energy is used by 92% of households, mainly for lighting and appliances;

·        Diesel or petrol generators are used by two-thirds of households, mainly as a backup power source for lighting and household appliances, especially during the winter.

·        2.7% of households use a generator for more than 100 hours a month in the summer and in winter this high-use group rises to 13% of households;

·        Gas is the main means of heating water (56% of households) with solar water heating used by 20%.  Gas is also the main form of energy used for cooking.

·      Wood is the main source of energy for home heating used by 60% of households.  It is also used by 18% of households for cooking and hot water heating (e.g. wet-back). The long-term sustainable supply of wood fuel is thus something for the local board to consider.

·      Despite the low use of wind and water turbines to generate energy, there is community interest to learn more about these options.

·      Approximately two-thirds (65%) of households harvest rain water for kitchen and bathroom use.  Stream water is the main water supply for 17% of households, and spring or bore water for 10%. Approximately 40% of households use a mixture of water sources for domestic and garden use.

·      Septic tanks are used by 73% of households with 20% having long drops and just under 5% using composting toilets. A large proportion of septic tanks (41%) are over 20 years old.

·      13% of households have long drops and no other sanitation system in place.  About a third of these are long-stay residents.

·      Installed grey water systems are used by 14% of households with a higher number (23%) reusing waste water with home-made grey water systems. 

·      Most people utilise the islands rubbish and recycling services.  A large number of households deal with their food waste by composting (75% of households), using worm systems (21%), or feeding chickens or pigs (25%). 

7.      The questionnaire indicates that there is a high level of innovation amongst residents. A number of survey respondents had skills and knowledge in off-grid technologies that could be shared with other interested residents. Respondents were particularly interested in learning more about solar and wind power, and solar hot water systems.

Suggested Initiatives

8.      Survey respondents identified a range of ideas to encourage the uptake of sustainable technologies and practices for energy, water or waste on the island.  These have been grouped into three broad initiatives as summarised in paragraphs 9 to 13 below, with further information in the attached report.

9.      The survey identified the importance of facilitating access to quality information on off-grid technologies.  Improved information and the promotion of sustainable technologies accounted for one third of all questionnaire respondents’ suggestions.  One option for improving the level of information on off-grid technologies is to establish an ‘off-the-grid’ website.

10.    A website could be a hub for information while also providing a mechanism for residents’ to interact and share knowledge, and promote local case studies highlighting exemplary household technologies and behaviours. These case studies could be used by the Great Barrier Local Board (the board) in their wider communications, further elevating the status of the island as a sustainable and resilient community.

11.    Recognising that not all islanders wish to interact online, there are other opportunities to disseminate information and connect householders with on and off-island expertise in relevant areas of interest. This could be achieved through a regular ‘off-the-grid’ column in the local newspaper, a series of educational workshops and presentations, as well as personalised information services both over the phone and in person.  It is important that any information or advice on integrated solutions is of a high quality and independent, enabling residents to understand and consider options without deference to any particular product or supplier.

12.    Alongside quality information, questionnaire respondents identified finance as a barrier to improving the installation of off-grid systems. A possible initiative is to investigate financing models and mechanisms including bulk purchasing, loans to property owners through a rates-attachment scheme, grants, and targeted subsidies. For example, the Waitakere Ranges Local Board is looking to implement a grant system or a rates-attachment scheme for on-site waste water upgrades. The board may wish to consider a similar scheme.

13.    The third initiative involves actively developing and strengthening relationships with other organisations to explore opportunities for collaboration to develop innovative projects, for example partnering with tertiary education providers to research the feasibility of communal systems including micro energy grids or resilient community wood and water supply options.

Next Steps

14.    Phase two of the sustainability stocktake project for 2014/15 is to further develop the suggested initiatives and enable interested members of the community (identified in the survey) to contribute to this process (e.g. through focus groups or workshops).  In order to contain expectations, the scope of any such community conversations and the means to support initiatives that are developed needs to be clearly defined in advance by the board.  The Committee is invited to provide feedback on the suggested initiatives and identify those for further discussion and development, in order for projects to be progressed as part of the 2015/2016 environment work programme.

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

15.    A decision to fund a sustainability stocktake was made under delegation in October 2014.

16.    The Aotea Great Barrier Local Board Plan notes support for initiatives that encourage sustainable living, and uptake of renewable or low carbon technologies.

Māori impact statement

17.    Although Maori may have participated in the survey, no specific consultation with Maori was undertaken for the purposes of this report.

Implementation

18.    It is recommended that the Committee agree in principle to funding initiatives arising from the sustainability stocktake as part of its 2015/2016 environment work programme.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

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Great Barrier Island: Off the Grid - a report on the results of the household questionnaire and proposed initiatives

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Signatories

Author

Liz Ross – Environmental Programmes Advisor

Authorisers

John Dragicevich - Manager Infrastructure and Environmental Services

John Nash – Relationship Manager/Senior Local Board Advisor

 


Great Barrier Environment Committee

22 April 2015

 

 
























Great Barrier Environment Committee

22 April 2015

 

 

Update on Aotea Great Barrier Ecology Conversations

 

File No.: CP2015/05787

 

  

Purpose

1.      The purpose of this report is to enable the Great Barrier Environment Committee to discuss the Aotea Great Barrier ecology conversation project at this meeting and pass resolutions if it wishes.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a)      Receives the report on the Aotea Great Barrier ecology conversations.

Discussion

2.      At the Committee’s February 2015 meeting, it was reported that Shirley Johnson and Marie McEntee had been engaged to lead the project. Since that time Shirley and Marie have developed a work programme, an approach to community engagement and communications and held workshops with the Great Barrier Local Board. Publicity on the project has been promoted to on and off island residents and interested parties via the Barrier Bulletin, the board’s e-newsletter and a website which has specifically been set up for the project engage@gbiecologyvision.nz. Copies of the Bulletin and e-newsletter items are included at Attachment A. Considerable interest in the project has already been received and community discussions have now started.

3.      Shirley and Marie will report formally to the Committee’s 24 June meeting, by which time enough progress is expected to have been made on the project to enable the Committee to get a good idea of how it is going. That report will also enable the Committee to confirm budget for the 2015/16 financial year for the project.

 

Attachments

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Title

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aView

Ecology conversation Barrier Bulletin article and e-newsletter

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Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Local Board Democracy/Engagement Advisor

Authoriser

John Nash – Relationship Manager/ Senior Local Board Advisor

 


Great Barrier Environment Committee

22 April 2015

 

 





Great Barrier Environment Committee

22 April 2015

 

 

Long-term Plan 2015 - 2025 consultation feedback report for Great Barrier Local Board

 

File No.: CP2015/04641

 

  

Purpose

1.      This report provides a summary of the feedback received through the Long-term Plan 2015 - 2025 (LTP) consultation relevant to the Great Barrier Local Board area.

2.      This feedback is informing the Great Barrier Local Board advocacy to the Budget Committee and will inform decisions that the Great Barrier Local Board make on their locally driven initiatives (LDI) budgets.

Executive Summary

3.      The LTP proposals were released for public consultation in January 2015, with local engagement and Have Your Say events held through until 16 March to receive feedback.  Feedback was also received through written or online forms, email and through social media.

4.      In total, the Council received and processed 27,383 pieces of written feedback of which 38 were received from the Great Barrier Local Board area. In addition 36 people attended a Have Your Say event in the Great Barrier Local Board area on 21 February 2015.

5.      This report provides a summary of the feedback received through the LTP consultation on proposals for the Great Barrier Local Board area. It also summarises feedback on the regional proposals from people or organisations based in the Great Barrier area. 

6.      This feedback is informing the Great Barrier Local Board advocacy to the Budget Committee at discussions on 24, 28 and 29 April. These discussions are timed to inform the Budget Committee prior to them making decisions on the LTP on 7 and 8 May.

7.      The feedback will also inform Great Barrier decisions required in order to finalise LDI and advocacy content for their Local Board Agreements 2015/2016.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

i)     Confirms an updated list of advocacy points for the discussions with the Budget Committee on 24, 28 and 29 April.

ii)    Notes that it is still finalising its position on the LTP for discussion with the Budget Committee and expects to table a comprehensive list of recommendations at the meeting.

 

 

Comments

8.      The summary of the feedback received through the Long-term Plan 2015 - 2025 (LTP) consultation relevant to the Great Barrier Local Board is in Attachment A.

9.      Each piece of written feedback from the Great Barrier Local Board area and the feedback recorded from local engagement and Have Your Say events is in Attachment B.

10.    This feedback builds on the Great Barrier Local Board’s understanding of their community’s priorities and preferences. It will inform the Great Barrier Local Board’s advocacy to the Budget Committee at discussions on 24, 28 and 29 April.  At these discussions the Great Barrier Local Board will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the key consultation issues of investing in Auckland, fixing transport, sharing rates and housing and development. The Great Barrier Local Board may also provide feedback on regional proposals with particular impact locally and may advocate for specific local priorities where the Budget Committee is the decision maker, such as large capital projects. 

11.    The updated advocacy points from the Great Barrier Local Board in relation to the LTP will be tabled at the meeting.

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

12.    The Great Barrier Local Board needs to consider any changes that it might make to their LDI budgets or advocacy in light of the feedback on the LTP proposals.   

Māori impact statement

13.    Many local board decisions are of importance to and impact on Maori. The local board agreements are important tools that enable and can demonstrate the council’s responsiveness to Maori. The local board agreement is based on the local board plan which are both been developed through engagement with the community, including Maori.

Implementation

14.    Following the local board discussions with the Budget Committee on 24, 28 and 29 April the Budget Committee will make decisions on regional proposals on 7 and 8 May.  Local boards will then hold workshops from 14 to 20 May to finalise their local board agreements prior to them being adopted at board meetings between 9 and 16 June.

 

Attachments

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Title

Page

a

Great Barrier Long-term Plan 2015-2025 consultation feedback report - final (Under Separate Cover)

 

b

Draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 - Great Barrier Local Board Written Feedback (Under Separate Cover)

 

     

Signatories

Author

Jacqueline Fyers - RM PA/Office Administrator

Authoriser

John Nash – Relationship Manager/ Senior Local Board Advisor

 


Great Barrier Environment Committee

22 April 2015

 

 

Community group and agency reports

 

File No.: CP2015/05783

 

  

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

2.      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”.

3.      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.

4.      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.

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

 

Recommendation/s

That the Great Barrier Environment Committee:

a.    Receives the March 2015 Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai newsletter and Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust April 2015 report.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

March 2015 SeaChange - Tai Timu Tai Pari newsletter

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bView

Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust report

3

     

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Local Board Democracy/Engagement Advisor

Authorisers

 

 


Great Barrier Environment Committee

22 April 2015

 

 







Great Barrier Environment Committee

22 April 2015

 

 



[1] The total value of these projects exceeds the available budget for environmental enhancement projects. However, as agreed by the board, the budget has been balanced through the transferring of budget from the biosecurity pest management budget line.