I hereby give notice that an extraordinary meeting of the Waiheke Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:                      

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

6.00pm

Ostend War Memorial Hall
76 Ostend Road
Waiheke Island


 

Waiheke Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Paul Walden

 

Deputy Chairperson

Beatle Treadwell

 

Members

Becs Ballard

 

 

Shirin Brown

 

 

John Meeuwsen

 

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Sophie  McGhee

Democracy Advisor

 

2 July 2015

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 373 6210

Email: Sophie.McGhee@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 

 


Waiheke Local Board

09 July 2015

 

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

1          Welcome                                                                                                                         5

2          Apologies                                                                                                                        5

3          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   5

4          Leave of Absence                                                                                                          5

5          Acknowledgements                                                                                                       5

6          Petitions                                                                                                                          5

7          Deputations                                                                                                                    5

8          Public Forum                                                                                                                  5

9          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                5

10        Notices of Motion                                                                                                          6

11        Waiheke Marine Protected Areas Survey Results                                                     7  

12        Consideration of Extraordinary Items 

 

 


1          Welcome

 

Kua uru mai a hau kaha, a hau maia, a hau ora, a hau nui,

Ki runga, ki raro, ki roto, ki waho

Rire, rire hau…pai marire

 

Translation (non-literal)  - Rama Ormsby

Let the winds bring us inspiration from beyond,

Invigorate us with determination and courage to achieve our aspirations for abundance and sustainability

Bring the calm, bring all things good, bring peace….good peace.

 

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          Leave of Absence

 

That an apology from Member SD Brown for leave of absence, be received.

 

5          Acknowledgements

 

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

 

6          Petitions

 

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

 

7          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 Waiheke Local Board. 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.

 

8          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.

 

9          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.”

 

10        Notices of Motion

 

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

 


Waiheke Local Board

09 July 2015

 

 

Waiheke Marine Protected Areas Survey Results

 

File No.: CP2015/13322

 

  

 

 

Purpose

1.       For the Waiheke Local Board to receive the report on the results of the Waiheke Marine Protection Survey which was commissioned from Colmar Brunton (attached).

Executive Summary

2.       In May Colmar Brunton conducted a survey regarding the establishment of a network of marine protected areas around the islands in the Waiheke area. 

3.       In total 1,999 submissions were received.  The results of the survey have now been analysed and the Colmar Brunton report is being made publicly available through this Local Board agenda.

4.       The results show support for the establishment of a network of marine protected areas across a substantial proportion of the marine environment between the islands in the local board area.  

5.       Responses regarding location were relatively spread out with no one specific area receiving high or low levels of support as a marine reserve.

6.       The results provide the local board with a clear mandate to continue with its advocacy for marine protection.  The local board, Council staff and wider community will however need time to consider the results and possible ways forward to implement the findings before decisions are taken on the next steps.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      Receives the report “Waiheke Marine Protection Research” from Colmar Brunton.

 

 

Comments

7.       Background: During the preparation of the Waiheke Local Board Plan last year, there was strong support for improving the protection and restoration of the marine environment. It is beyond the powers of the local board to legally establish marine protected areas and marine reserves, but the board has a strong awareness raising and advocacy role on behalf of its communities.

8.       At the meeting on 12 March 2015, the local board agreed to undertake a survey of local community opinions on the establishment of a network of marine protected areas (MPA’s) linking the islands in the Waiheke area, and establishing new marine reserves as part of that network.  Authority was delegated to the Chair and Deputy Chair to finalise the methodology and budget.

9.       Colmar Brunton were commissioned to design and carry out the survey in a manner which would be as inclusive and representative as possible within the budget available. The survey was carried out in May and involved a mail out of a postal questionnaire and background information to 6,333 individuals who had registered to vote in Waiheke Local Board elections and to 2,370 owners of residential properties with addresses outside the local board area.  A copy of the questionnaire is included as an Appendix to the Colmar Brunton survey report.

10.     Replies were provided either by pre-paid envelope or online, using a unique identifier code in all cases to avoid multiple responses. An analysis and comparison of the electoral roll and ratepayer databases was also carried out to minimise the possibility of duplicated responses.

11.     In parallel with the postal survey, anyone else with an interest in this issue had the opportunity to complete a questionnaire on the Shape Auckland website. 249 responses were received in this process. However this method did not enable tracking of multiple responses back to their source or to assess whether the replies were representative of the population as a whole, so the Shape Auckland results are being considered separately from the main survey findings and are not dealt with in this report.  To ensure transparency, the survey results  will be made available on the 7th July on the Shape Auckland website at the same time as the  publication of this agenda.

12.     Response to the Survey: Colmar Brunton will provide a presentation of the survey findings at the meeting, and a copy of the full report is attached. Only a few of the key results are summarised here.

13.     The Colmar Brunton survey received a total of 1,999 valid replies – 1,402 from registered voters and 597 from residential ratepayers with off island addresses. This was a good response rate for this type of survey and reflects the level of local interest and engagement in this topic.

14.     In general terms, the results demonstrate support for development of a network of marine protected areas, including marine reserves, across a substantial proportion of the marine environment between the islands in the local board area. The results also help to provide clarity on the principles to be applied in the selection of appropriate areas, and the interests to be taken into account when identifying areas for protection.

15.     Responses regarding location were relatively spread out with no one specific area receiving high or low levels of support as a marine reserve. However the results provide pointers to which areas may be more acceptable as marine reserves and which may be more contentious. 

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

16.     This project supports aspirations identified in the Approved Waiheke Local Board Plan and is intended to help the board to develop its views and advocacy position.

Māori impact statement

17.     The Waiheke Local Board Plan describes some of the ways in which the board would like to work in partnership with mana whenua and this project provides the opportunity to give expression to these aspirations and promote kaitiakitanga.

18.     Recognition of the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and relevant legislation relating to Māori interests in the marine environment will need to be a key component of any marine protection network which is established. 

19.     Discussion will take place with mana whenua and other iwi groups represented on the islands in the local board area  at an early stage to consider and agree how best to work together in this process.

Implementation

20.     The results provide the local board with a clear mandate to continue with its advocacy for marine protection and valuable information to assist the local board to represent local views on marine protection issues and the development of a network of protected areas. The local board, Council staff and wider community will however need time to consider the results and possible ways forward to implement the findings before decisions are taken on the next steps.

21.     For the local board this should include initial discussion on appropriate processes with mana whenua and the relevant local and government agencies responsible for marine protection including representatives from the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan (Sea Change –Tai Timu Tai Pari).

22.     Initial consultation should also take place with key community stakeholders, including Friends of the Hauraki Gulf, Keep Our Beaches, and Royal Forest and Bird, on potential next steps.

23.     It is suggested that these conversations are given time to occur over the next few months and are followed by a  report to the local board setting out a recommended process to be followed for establishing a network of marine protected areas. 

24.     The report will also need to cover potential resource requirements from the local board (under its LDI budget) or from other sources inside and outside of Auckland Council.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

Colmar Brunton Report

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Signatories

Authors

Julian Watts - Local Board Advisor

Authorisers

Judith Webster - Relationship Manager

 


Waiheke Local Board

09 July 2015

 

 

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