I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Auckland Domain Committee will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Thursday, 29 November 2018

11:00am

Room 1, Level 26
135 Albert Street
Auckland

 

Komiti o te Papa Rēhia o Pukekawa /

Auckland Domain Committee

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Cr Mike Lee

 

Deputy Chairperson

Ms Pippa Coom, Waitematā Local Board Chair

 

Members

IMSB Member Renata Blair

 

 

Mr Shale Chambers, Waitematā Local Board Deputy Chair

 

 

Cr Linda Cooper, JP

 

 

Cr Desley Simpson, JP

 

 

IMSB Chair David Taipari

 

 

Mr Vernon Tava, Waitematā Local Board member

 

 

 

 

Ex-officio

Mayor Hon Phil Goff, CNZM, JP

 

 

Deputy Mayor, Cr Bill Cashmore

 

 

(Quorum 5 members)

 

 

 

Michelle Judge

Governance Advisor

 

26 November 2018

 

Contact Telephone: +64 9 977 6739

Email: michelle.judge@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


 

AUCKLAND DOMAIN COMMITTEE - Terms of Reference

 

Background

The Auckland Domain is an important regional park and also has areas within it managed by the Waitemata Local Board.  This committee is set up jointly by the Governing Body and Waitemata Local Board to co-ordinate decisions relating to the Domain.

Responsibilities

Decision-making responsibility for parks, recreation and community services and activities in Auckland Domain including those anticipated in the Auckland Domain Act 1987, which are the responsibility of the Governing Body or the Waitemata Local Board.

Powers

All powers of the Governing Body and Waitemata Local Board necessary to perform the committee’s responsibilities including those powers conferred on Auckland Council pursuant to the Auckland Domain Act 1987.

Except:

(a)  powers that the Governing Body cannot delegate or has retained to itself (section 2)

(b)  where a matter is the responsibility of another committee or local board

(c)   the approval of expenditure that is not contained within approved budgets

(d)  the approval of expenditure of more than $2 million

(e)  the approval of final policy

(f)    deciding significant matters for which there is high public interest and which are controversial.

 


 

Exclusion of the public – who needs to leave the meeting

 

Members of the public

All members of the public must leave the meeting when the public are excluded unless a resolution is passed permitting a person to remain because their knowledge will assist the meeting.

 

Those who are not members of the public

General principles

·         Access to confidential information is managed on a “need to know” basis where access to the information is required in order for a person to perform their role.

·         Those who are not members of the meeting (see list below) must leave unless it is necessary for them to remain and hear the debate in order to perform their role.

·         Those who need to be present for one confidential item can remain only for that item and must leave the room for any other confidential items.

·         In any case of doubt, the ruling of the chairperson is final.

 

Members of the meeting

·         The members of the meeting remain (all Governing Body members if the meeting is a Governing Body meeting; all members of the committee if the meeting is a committee meeting).

·         However, standing orders require that a councillor who has a pecuniary conflict of interest leave the room.

·         All councillors have the right to attend any meeting of a committee and councillors who are not members of a committee may remain, subject to any limitations in standing orders.

 

Independent Māori Statutory Board

·         Members of the Independent Māori Statutory Board who are appointed members of the committee remain.

·         Independent Māori Statutory Board members and staff remain if this is necessary in order for them to perform their role.

 

Staff

·         All staff supporting the meeting (administrative, senior management) remain.

·         Other staff who need to because of their role may remain.

 

Local Board members

·         Local Board members who need to hear the matter being discussed in order to perform their role may remain.  This will usually be if the matter affects, or is relevant to, a particular Local Board area.

 

Council Controlled Organisations

·         Representatives of a Council Controlled Organisation can remain only if required to for discussion of a matter relevant to the Council Controlled Organisation

 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                         PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        7

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   7

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               7

4          Petitions                                                                                                                          7  

5          Public Input                                                                                                                    7

6          Local Board Input                                                                                                          7

7          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                7

8          Auckland Domain - Accessibility Improvement Programme - Revised Stage 1    9

9          Auckland Domain Event Approvals and Schedule from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019                                                                                                                                       31

10        Auckland Domain - general update                                                                           43  

11        Consideration of Extraordinary Items 

 

 


1          Apologies

 

An apology has been received from Member V Tava.

 

 

2          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.

 

 

3          Confirmation of Minutes

 

 

That the Auckland Domain Committee:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Thursday, 30 August 2018, as a true and correct record.

 

 

 

4          Petitions

 

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

 

 

5          Public Input

 

Standing Order 7.7 provides for Public Input.  Applications to speak must be made to the Governance Advisor, in writing, no later than one (1) clear working day prior to the meeting and must include the subject matter.  The meeting Chairperson has the discretion to decline any application that does not meet the requirements of Standing Orders.  A maximum of thirty (30) minutes is allocated to the period for public input with five (5) minutes speaking time for each speaker.

 

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

 

 

6          Local Board Input

 

Standing Order 6.2 provides for Local Board Input.  The Chairperson (or nominee of that Chairperson) is entitled to speak for up to five (5) minutes during this time.  The Chairperson of the Local Board (or nominee of that Chairperson) shall wherever practical, give one (1) day’s notice of their wish to speak.  The meeting Chairperson has the discretion to decline any application that does not meet the requirements of Standing Orders.

 

This right is in addition to the right under Standing Order 6.1 to speak to matters on the agenda.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for local board input had been received.

 


 

 

7          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.”


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 

Auckland Domain - Accessibility Improvement Programme - Revised Stage 1

 

File No.: CP2018/20426

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo / Purpose of the report

1.       To seek approval to progress priority actions associated with the Auckland Domain Accessibility Improvement Programme, including the management of commuter parking.

Whakarāpopototanga matua / Executive summary

2.       An Auckland Domain Accessibility Improvement Programme has been developed to deliver key outcomes of the Auckland Domain Masterplan 2016.  The initial focus of this programme is on reducing vehicle dominance and improving pedestrian and cycling opportunities in the Domain.

3.       At the committee’s August meeting the committee resolved to work with representatives of community groups to review the Auckland Domain’s Accessibility Improvement Programme.  A particular focus of this was to consider alternate management options for addressing commuter parking, other than introducing parking charges.

4.       A revised programme has now been developed which recognises the proposals of the committee’s working group and the limited funding currently available to deliver improvements in the Domain. The programme prioritises creating safer pedestrian and shared pedestrian/cycling circuits and connections; including on the Sri Chinmoy circuit, in the Grafton Mews area and on the Crescent.  This includes removal of some parking spaces, the development or demarcation of paths and introducing further one-way systems.

5.       The report proposes the installation of temporary gates or use of existing bollards to help address commuter parking in the Titoki Street carpark and along Football Road and Grandstand Road South.  These would close off the parking areas until around 9.45am on week days. This will be implemented as a trial and will be monitored to determine the effectiveness of this approach.

6.       Consideration also needs to be given to the ongoing management of the Grafton Mews parking area once the agreement with the Auckland Bowling Club expires in June 2019.  The report proposes the introduction of pay and display parking in this area.

7.       There are a range of additional elements of the Auckland Domain’s Accessibility Improvement Programme that should be delivered as part of this stage 1 programme to ensure the overall improvements are delivered in a manner cognisant of the Domain’s high levels of visitation.  These include undertaking quality improvements at park entrances and intersections, demarcating the pedestrian and cycle paths in the new circuits, updating way-finding and starting to address lighting.

8.       The report proposes funding be sought from the Waitematā local board and through a request to the annual plan to address the lack of funding currently available to deliver the Accessibility Improvement Programme.

 

Ngā tūtohunga / Recommendation/s

That the Auckland Domain Committee:

a)      endorse the Stage 1 improvements as part of the Auckland Domain Accessibility Improvement Programme (Attachment A of the agenda report).

b)      endorse the development of a communications plan to advise the public of the delivery of Stage 1 of the Auckland Domain Accessibility Improvement Programme.

c)      recommend that the Waitematā local board fund, through their Transport Capital Fund, the installation of new paths in Auckland Domain to support pedestrian movements between and along road corridors including paths from:

i)        Football Road to the Titoki Street Carpark

ii)       the corner of Wintergarden Road through to The Crescent

iii)      Centennial path to Grafton Mews

iv)      Parnell train station to Lovers Lane through the woodchip yard

d)      recommend that the Waitematā local board fund the trial installation of new gates at the entrance and exit to the Titoki Street car park and at the Carlton Gore entrance from their Parking Fund.

e)      recommend that the Waitematā local board fund the expanded Kiosk Road carpark from their Parking Fund. 

f)       request feedback from Auckland Transport from their investigation into making Football Road, part of Grafton Mews and the full length of the Crescent one-way.

g)      endorse the implementation of parking charges in the Grafton Mews carpark currently managed by the Auckland Bowling Club subject to:

i)        consultation on this being undertaken in alignment with Auckland Transport’s consultation process on introducing parking charges.

ii)       agreement being reached with Auckland Transport that the net revenue is returned to the Domain to further the Domain’s improvement programme in line with the purpose as a place of public recreation and enjoyment.

iii)      if required, that the Council’s delegation of the revenue from parking be amended to acknowledge the requirements of the Auckland Domain Act and return net revenue to the Domain.

h)      recommend funding from the Annual Plan of $5 million over two years to enable delivery of stage one of the Accessibility Improvement Programme, beyond what can be achieved from the Waitematā local board funding.

i)        delegate to the Area Manager Operational Management and Maintenance, the authority to make changes to the implementation plan outlined in this paper to address any immediate issues with safe public access or impact on the Domain that arise from this trial.   

 

Horopaki / Context

9.       The committee adopted the Auckland Domain Master Plan (master plan) in 2016 and sought to have the implementation of this plan funded through the Long-term plan 2018-28.  Funding for this was initially supported but was removed at the final stages of prioritisation.  Some funding for Kari Street Commons stage one and a natural play space was already in place; however no new funding was put to the Domain. 

10.     The committee received a report on the Accessibility Improvement Programme, being the primary gap in funding to implement the master plan, at their 30 August 2018 meeting.  This recommended the introduction of paid parking to address the issue of commuter or long stay parking in the Domain and provide a revenue stream to support the implementation of the Auckland Domain Masterplan, 2016. 


 

11.     Elements of this programme were not supported by the committee and instead the committee resolved to:

b)      “establish a working group comprising the Auckland Domain Committee, representatives of the Auckland War Memorial Museum and representatives of the local community to review the Accessibility Improvement Review Programme and its long-term implications, and to report back to the November meeting.” - Resolution number ADC/2018/25

c)       “delegate the working group to consider, as a priority, a range of measures to actively discourage use of Domain / Museum parking by commuters.” - Resolution number ADC/2018/26

d)      “give consideration to formal representations to Auckland Transport (AT) as part of the Accessibility Improvement Review Programme to improve public transport services to the Domain / Museum, and to improve access and enhance the legibility to and from existing public transport links, to be implemented in step with the graduated withdrawal of identified car parks within the Domain.” - Resolution number ADC/2018/27

f)       “recommend that Waitematā local board to approve funding Stage 1 pathway improvements, and recommend Waitematā local board seek a rough order of costs from Auckland Transport.” - Resolution number ADC/2018/29

g)      “recommend that Auckland Transport investigate changing Football Road and part of the Grafton Mews to a one way system (dependent on finding of traffic movement scenario modelling).” - Resolution number ADC/2018/30

12.     The working group was established with representatives of the:

·         Auckland War Memorial Museum

·         Parnell Business Association

·         Parnell Community Centre

·         Grafton Residents Association

·         City Centre Residents Association

·         Auckland District Health Board

13.     The working group met on 14 September 2018.  Minutes from this meeting are attached (Attachment B).  The group discussed various aspects of the Accessibility Improvement Programme and proposed alternate options to parking charges as a means to address commuter parking. These have been explored further and outlined below in this report.

14.     Bike Auckland asked to be involved in the design of any cycle paths or shared paths and have been engaged with separately. 

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu / Analysis and advice

15.     The following outlines the revised Accessibility Improvement Programme, which includes the direction from the working group and some additional detail following further investigation into what can be achieved with minimal funding. 

16.     This is a three-year programme that has communication and the start of design and consents commencing in FY2018/19 and primarily the delivery of the improvements in FY2019/20 and FY2020/21. Refer to Attachment C showing this depicted on plans.

17.     The initial high-level outcomes that this programme is trying to achieve include:

·         Safer pedestrian and shared pedestrian/cycle circuits

·         Reduce commuter parking use

·         New car park and paths to support the new natural play area

·         Improved access from three main entrances to the heart of the Domain.

Sri Chinmoy Circuit

18.     The Sri Chinmoy Circuit is the loop that includes Grandstand Road, Football Road, part of The Crescent and Kiosk Road.  It can also include Cenotaph Road and part of Domain Drive, but for the purposes of this report, Cenotaph Road and Domain Drive are not included. 

19.     Improving pedestrian and cycling use of this circuit was proposed in the Auckland Domain Masterplan through the closure of several sections of road.  This would have removed the vehicle dominance on the circuit which, on week days, is popular with commuters.  However, a more stepped approach to this is proposed in the revised Accessibility Improvement Programme. 

20.     The working group supported the removal of a minimal number of parking spaces on the inside of the circuit to provide clearer prioritisation of pedestrian and cyclists on the inside of the circuit and improve safety for these users.  These areas, as indicated on the Revised Accessibility Improvement Programme plans in Attachment C, would account for approximately 36 parking spaces on:

·     the field side of Grandstand Road South (12 spaces)

·     the field side of the western end of Football Road (13 spaces), and

·     along the south side of The Crescent between Wintergarden Road and Kiosk Road (11 spaces)

21.     This will require the removal of parking signs. Some road surface may also need to be painted as an interim measure, to indicate these are pedestrian/cycle areas, and that parking is not permitted.

22.     The working group also supported the potential for Football Road to be changed to a one-way road.  AT has been requested to investigate this.

23.     A new path from the Titoki Street carpark to Football Road was supported by the working group as this will encourage sports users to use this carpark and help address the traffic congestion that is experienced on Football Road during sports fixtures and ensure the capacity of this carpark is better utilised at these times. 

24.     To address the safety of people crossing the intersection of Football Road and The Crescent, the working group supported installing a new, relatively short path, to follow a desire line for pedestrians that cuts the corner and gets people off this busy intersection. For the remaining section of The Crescent, leading to the Kiosk Road intersection, a pedestrian path will be defined on the carriageway where parking is to be removed as outlined above.

25.     The new paths from the carpark to Football Road and on The Crescent were also included as priority paths for the Waitematā local board to potentially fund through their Transport Capital Fund.  It is recommended this is further supported by a resolution from this committee to the local board. 

26.     The working group discussed the need to improve safety along Kiosk Road, which is also dominated by commuter parking, particularly considering the new natural play area being developed in this area.  This includes the need to manage traffic flows, consider a redesigned dedicated carpark and improve bus parking outside the Wintergardens.

27.     Following discussion with the working group, a revised plan of how car parking could be moved off Kiosk Road into an enlarged parking area off Domain Drive has been prepared, (Attachment D).  The Auckland Domain Committee’s approval of the concept for the Natural Play project, granted at their 30 May 2018 meeting (Resolution number ADC/2018/14) was subject to any approved accessibility improvements being implemented at the same time as the new play facilities. This is to ensure park users can safely get to and around the new facilities.  It is proposed that once the new parking area is developed that approximately 29 parking spaces along Kiosk Road would be removed, and the road would be closed to vehicle movements, except for buses.

28.     Based on current practice, we expect ongoing car park use by commuters and hospital visitors. Therefore it is recommended this area be included in the trial of partial closure by way of installation of gates.  Paid parking may need to be considered in the future to manage park visitor access to this.

29.     It is further recommended that formal provision for pedestrian movements be made on both sides of Kiosk Road in the vicinity of the Wintergardens, effectively narrowing the carriageway to a one way system in this area.  This would facilitate the uninterrupted use of the Sri Chinmoy Circuit and the heavy demand for access to the Wintergardens, the Wintergardens Café, pond and future play space.  

30.     Currently most buses utilise Kiosk Road as a one way and exit onto Domain Drive.  Small buses also have the option of using the turning circle on the south side of the Kiosk.  It is recommended that the option of buses using the turning circle is removed and this turning circle area is redesigned to cater for pedestrians and loading vehicles only. 

31.     Kiosk Road would retain clear provision for temporary bus parking for those visiting the Wintergardens in a manner that ensures the visual impact of stacked buses doesn’t impact too much on the open landscape.  The intention behind redesigning this area is to slow buses, and increase pedestrian and cycle access. The capacity of Kiosk Road and the heart of the Domain to cater for buses will always be limited. It is therefore recommended that bus use is monitored and may need to be more carefully managed in the future, including potentially installing gates at either end of Kiosk Road. 

Addressing commuter parking

32.     The working group proposed a trial installation of automated gates or bollards to address high commuter parking use in the Titoki Street carpark, and the west end of Football Road and Grandstand Road South.  These would not open until around 9.45am, thereby restricting early morning access by commuters and closed at dusk.  These restrictions would only apply Monday to Friday.

33.     It was proposed that the gates at the Titoki Street carpark could require a ticket to be validated at the Auckland Museum.  A lack of validation may then require a fee for the vehicle owner to leave the carpark.

34.     We have investigated a trial of gates or bollards in this area. While the working group was very supportive of this idea it was also agreed that this would be best initiated as a trial. Direction from the committee is, therefore, being sought on the following options:

a)      a temporary manual gate that would be hired for one year.

b)      a manual gate that is physically installed.

c)      an automated gate system, potentially with validation at the museum and payment of a fee when this is not validated. 

d)      option b) above along with pay and display parking charges.

35.     Any of the above options would be subject to the installation cost being funded by the Waitematā Local Board Parking Fund, or alternative funding being obtained through the Annual Plan.

36.     Controlling the Titoki Street carpark with automated gates will require a significant investment.  Because this will be a trial, installing temporary gates is suggested as a first step.  This would require additional operational costs to open and close the gates.  If it is proven that the gates are a successful deterrent of commuter parking, automated gates could be installed at a later date, once funding for these is available.


 

37.     With the installation of the Museum’s new path still in progress, staff have taken the opportunity to install ducting to support a power supply for a future automated gate system.  This will significantly reduce the costs later on, if new earthworks were required to provide power to the gates.

38.     The working party also supported changing the carpark to a one-way system to reduce the congestion the current two-way system creates.  A plan showing how this would work is provided in Attachment D. 

39.     Three entrances provide access to the parking areas at the west end of Football Road and Grandstand Road South, being the Carlton Gore entrance, Little George Street entrance and the east end of Football Road from the Crescent.  All three entrances would need to be controlled.  Because there is no power source in the vicinity of Little George Street to support automated gates or bollards, it is suggested that the existing manual bollards be used. It is further suggested that these are permanently closed, on trial, at all times.  This will ensure safe pedestrian exit and entry, and reduce car movements in this area. It will also reduce operational costs while this new approach is trialed. 

40.     To control access from the Carlton Gore entrance and Football Road north end with automated gates will require significant capital spend.  Therefore, because this is a trial, we propose using the existing manual bollards on the Football Road north end, and installing a manual gate at the Carlton Gore entrance, at minimal cost.  As previously noted, this could be a temporary gate, hired for one year.  The use of a manual gate would incur operational costs of a security contractor.

41.     We also investigated automated bollards for this area. They would be less intrusive, provide easier access for cyclists, and reduce potential conflict between cyclists and pedestrians.  However, the life cycle costs of automated bollards are at least double that of an automated gate.  Discussions with Cycling Auckland have suggested that if gates were installed, there would need to be freedom of access on both sides of the gate to reduce the potential conflict between cyclists and pedestrians at these pinch points.

42.     The parking area in Grafton Mews will be coming back into council management following the expiry of the agreement with the bowling club in June 2019.  It is proposed that pay and display parking be installed in this area. Given the pressure on this parking area from the surrounding commercial area and university, and the precedent of past parking fees, it is anticipated that this is the most effective way to manage this parking area. 

43.     The Grafton Mews parking area will also be the main carpark servicing the newly developed Kari Street Commons area, which is expected to be particularly attractive to youth.  From the experience of the Victoria Park skate plaza, this will include use by parents dropping teenagers off, and young adults travelling in a vehicle. Parking charges will favour people using this area as a drop zone, and help maintain turnover for those visiting this destination for a few hours. 

44.     Parking charges are regulated under the Auckland Transport Traffic Bylaw 2012. The current off-street parking delegation provides for the revenue from parking management to be returned to AT. This does not take account of the principle that revenue from the Domain should be returned to benefit the Domain as required by the Auckland Domain Act. 

45.     We acknowledge that AT would still be in the best position to manage this parking, and would need to be reimbursed for their costs of installing and monitoring parking machines.  A formal request to AT would need to outline the desire of the Auckland Domain Committee to enter into an agreement with AT confirming that any profit from on-street parking charges in the Domain would be returned to Council, so that Council can satisfy its obligation to apply the profit towards the Domain.

46.     To implement parking charges, AT have a consultation process, and report their findings to their Transport Control Committee to seek a resolution endorsing the charges.

 

Centennial Path / Grafton Mews / Lovers Lane Circuit

47.     It has been proposed that a new short path of approximately 50 metres could be developed that would considerably improve the safety of this circuit.  This would provide a connection from Centennial Path to Grafton Mews through a desire line that avoids the majority of the parking spaces provided along this section of the road.  This would require the removal of between three and four parking spaces, with 11 parking spaces remaining. 

48.     In addition, the working group supported potentially making this section of Grafton Mews one way. AT has been requested to investigate this further.

49.     The working group requested that further engagement be undertaken with stakeholders who may be impacted by this change and to explore options for the remaining part of Grafton Mews.  To date, the limited removal of four parking spaces and making this section one-way has been supported by the Stanley Street Tennis Centre. The Auckland District Health Board has requested to see plans.  Engagement with other stakeholders will be undertaken before progressing these changes.

50.     The path was supported by the working group and was included as a priority path for the Waitematā local board to potentially fund through their Transport Capital Fund.

51.     High-level design options have been explored for the remaining part of Grafton Mews. Particular consideration has been given to the future demand to access the new Kari Street Commons, including the possibility of using this as a bus access point for schools, or public transport.  The area is currently too constrained to take buses and it is recommended to be retained as carparks. These would be open to the public at all times following the expiry of the bowling club car parking management agreement.  As noted above, it is also recommended this become a pay and display area to maximise turn over. 

Other improvements

52.     A number of other priority paths from the Masterplan have been supported by the Waitematā local board to potentially fund through their Transport Capital Fund as part of the stage 1 improvements, being:

a)    Parnell train station to Lovers Lane – this would facilitate improved access from the west side of the station through the woodchip yard to the heart of the Domain.

b)    The eastern side of The Crescent - pedestrian legibility is extremely poor on most of the Crescent as pedestrians need to either walk on the road or on the grass.  This stretch of the Crescent is also included in the Domain’s Sri Chinmoy running events. Given the width of the road in this area, the parking on the south side of The Crescent could be moved a few metres to define a path on the existing carriageway.  Alternatively, parking on the south side of the road could be removed and the parking on the north side could be turned into perpendicular or angle parks like those on the eastern side of the Crescent.  It is also proposed this section of the road is made one way to accommodate this change in parking configuration; making the entire length of the Crescent one way running from east to west.  AT supports this in principle.

53.     Other elements considered necessary to complete stage one of the Accessibility Improvement Programme include:

a)    Appropriate demarcation of pedestrian and cycle paths in the new circuits and connections, including the use of surface treatments, texture and colour.

b)    Developing connections to Kari Street Commons. This will be particularly important as this area is developed and to cater for events based in both the Commons and wider area of the Domain.  (Note the Auckland Domain Committee’s approval of the concept for the Kari Street Commons project granted at their 30 May 2018 meeting was subject to these access improvements).

c)    Addressing pedestrian and cycling safety at intersections, including the intersection of Domain Drive with Lover’s Lane and Lower Domain Drive with Lover's Lane.

d)    Upgrades to park entrances in particular at Park Road and Stanley Street. AT has recognised the need to upgrade the Carlton Gore entrance for safety reasons and currently has this programmed in for 2020/21.

e)    Improved wayfinding to promote the new opportunities these changes provide to park visitors.

f)     Improved lighting – particularly on the Sri Chinmoy Circuit.  This will be a significant safety improvement for the Lantern Festival but also enable increased access to this area in the winter months. 

Consultation

54.     The Masterplan supports reducing vehicle dominance, and improving pedestrian experience and safety in Auckland Domain. 

55.     The proposals put forward include trialling some options to address commuter parking.  The minimal reduction in carparks will be offset by the expected large-scale increase in capacity from removing commuter parking.  As this is to be a trial, and taking into account there has been some stakeholder engagement supporting these proposed changes, it is recommended that a communication approach be taken rather than initiate further engagement on these improvements. 

56.     A range of communication avenues could be used including social media, signage on the park and in local community venues, notices on vehicles using the parking areas, a media release and notice in the local paper.

57.     It is proposed a more robust engagement process be undertaken around introducing parking charges in the Grafton Mews parking area as set out above and would be undertaken following AT’s process and would be reported to AT’s Transport Control Committee.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe /
Local impacts and local board views

58.     The Chair of the Waitematā local board attended the working group meeting.  The local board have been supportive of seeing access improvements in the Domain, and at their 18 September 2018 meeting resolved to:

“Request that AT prepare rough order of costs for the following walking and/or cycling connections in the Auckland Domain as identified in the Auckland Domain Masterplan and/or Waitematā Greenways Plan and work with Community Facilities to identify the renewals budget available for each project:

·    Titoki Street carpark to Football Road

·    from Parnell Train Station through the woodchip yard to meet the track leading to Lovers Lane

·    loop around Watsons Bequest, including path on north side of Domain Drive

·    upper connections to Kari Street Commons

·    Centennial Path to Grafton Mews

·    Park Road entrance to Grandstand Road South

·    path on The Crescent to connect the Wintergarden to the Auckland Museum

·    path extension on east side of Domain Drive off Parnell Road to meet Lower Domain Drive

·    path on east side of Domain Drive to meet Lower Domain Drive – not costed – part of Greenway and Auckland Domain Masterplan for cycling.”

Resolution number WTM/2018/126.

59.     The intention of this is that the local board could fund a priority list of paths through their Transport Capital Fund. These paths have been included in the list of stage 1 actions outlined above.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori / Māori impact statement

60.     As part of the preparation of the masterplan, five hui were held with mana whenua to ensure their input into the draft content and to hear the public feedback on the plan.

61.     Mana whenua will continue to be engaged in partnership on the delivery of many components of the plan, including aspects of the Accessibility Improvement Programme.  This proposed programme of works associated with accessibility is largely about tactical improvements to the operation so it is not proposed to specifically engage mana whenua on these.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea / Financial implications

62.     A bid to provide funding to implement the Auckland Domain masterplan through the Long-term plan failed earlier this year.  Alternative funding solutions are therefore being explored which will include utilising the Waitematā local board’s Transport Capital Fund and Parking Fund and operational funding already in place for the Domain to address immediate improvements.  Additional funding will be needed through the Annual Plan to support these initial changes – many of which are trial or minimalistic and will need some design detail to ensure the quality of the outcome is long lasting and fitting with the significance of the site.

63.     Given the wider implementation of the masterplan is currently unfunded it proposed that that committee speak to the Governing Body about the Domain’s funding needs and advocate for an urgent funding request through the annual plan process.  This overall business case will include a small operational fund for monitoring of the trial and overall programme management. 

Ngā raru tūpono / Risks

64.     The actions in the proposed stage one Accessibility Improvement Programme to address commuter parking by way of closure of parking areas prior to 9:45am have been designed to be a low-cost trial.  The impact this has on commuter parking will need to be monitored, potentially with further AT parking survey following six to nine months after the gates have been installed.  Without a “plan b” the response will be relatively slow as we work through any issues and further options.  Delegation to implement minor changes to the trail is sought to address this risk. 

65.     It is likely, given the existing practise of long-stay parkers moving their vehicles during the day to avoid ticketing, that some commuters may park outside the Domain for the first couple of hours and then move their vehicles into the Domain once the gates open.  Alternatively, it could push commuter parkers into parking in the more central area of the Domain; along Cenotaph Road, the Crescent and Kiosk Road, which will more likely impact users of the Domain that come to visit the Museum or Wintergardens.  If this occurs ticketing will continue to be the response. However it is likely that this will not be a sufficient deterrent, based on past investigation as reported to the committee.  If this occurs the option of further removal of carparks or introduction of pay and display remain options to consider in the future. 

Ngā koringa ā-muri / Next steps

66.     Following the endorsement of the committee for progressing stage 1 of the Accessibility Improvement Programme, funding will need to be sought to deliver this.  The Waitematā local board has indicated their support to assist with some initial funding requirements.  Resolutions formally seeking this funding are included in this report. 

67.     It is also suggested that an annual plan submission be prepared to seek urgent funding to deliver the wider accessibility and safety improvements.

68.     A more detailed project and implementation plan will then be developed which will assist to refine the funding requirements and develop the communications plan around timing of delivery.

69.     It is envisaged that communication on the delivery of the stage 1 Accessibility Improvement Programme would be undertaken in early 2019.  This could potentially be combined with the required consultation on the proposal to introduce parking charges in Grafton Mews. 

70.     Following this engagement implementation would commence just after the busy summer season, subject to funding. As noted above this will include obtaining any necessary design and consent requirements, with the delivery of physical works likely to be in FY19/20 and beyond.

71.     The report proposes a delegation be made to the Area Manager Operational Management and Maintenance to make any changes to address any immediate issues with safe public access or impact on the Domain that arise from the trial proposals outlined in this paper.  Any non-urgent changes, which can be addressed in the longer term, will be reported back to the committee and will not be included in this delegation.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga / Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Revised stage one - Auckland Domain Accessibility Improvement programme

19

b

Auckland Domain Committee working group meeting notes

21

c

Mapped Revised Accessiblity Improvement Programme

27

d

Concept plans for Kiosk Rd and Titoki St parking areas

29

      

Ngā kaihaina / Signatories

Author

Annette Campion - Policy Advisor

Authorisers

Jane Aickin - Kaiwhakahaere Te Waka Tai-ranga-whenua

Mace Ward - General Manager Parks, Sports and Recreation

 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 

Auckland Domain Event Approvals and Schedule from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019

 

File No.: CP2018/21924

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo / Purpose of the report

1.       To seek approval in principle for a proposed event, and provide an update on the schedule of permitted events at the Auckland Domain from 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019.

Whakarāpopototanga matua / Executive summary

2.       The report is seeking approval for the Unite Mercy Hospice Walk on 31 March 2019. The event is a fundraiser for the Mercy Hospice.

3.       As required under the Auckland Domain Event Operational Guidelines, staff have compiled a summary of events that are scheduled to take place on the Domain from 1 July 2018 –

          1 June 2019.

4.       This report also provides the Auckland Domain Committee with the schedule of events for 2018/2019.

 

Ngā tūtohunga / Recommendation/s

That the Auckland Domain Committee:

a)      approve in principle the Unite Mercy Hospice Walk to take place on the Auckland Domain on 31 March 2019.

b)      note the schedule of events for 2018/19 (Attachment B of the agenda report).

 

 

Horopaki / Context

5.       The Auckland Domain is constantly in high demand for a range of events. This is due to its central location, large capacity, public transport networks, limited adjacent residents and hospitality offerings.

6.       To manage these demands the Auckland Domain Committee adopted the Auckland Domain Event Operational Guidelines on 30 March 2015 (ADC/2016/9).

7.       As per the guidelines, an event permit requires landowner approval from the Auckland Domain Committee if they:

·     are ticketed and/or

·     take place over multiple days (more than 48 hours) including pack in and pack out and/or require an authorised road closure.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu / Analysis and advice

Unite Mercy Hospice Walk

8.       The Unite Mercy Hospice Walk is a new medium scale, ticketed for charity, alcohol free, event that is to be held in the Auckland Domain. This event is a fundraiser for the Mercy Hospice and invites supporters, their families and the community to take part in the 3.2km charity walk. The event will also involve cultural entertainment, children’s activities and food trucks.  

9.       Anticipated attendance is approximately 2,000 people. The event requires one day for pack in, event execution and pack out.

10.     The following impact assessment has been analysed against criteria as listed in section 2.4 ‘Land Owner Assessment Criteria’ of the Domain Events Operational Guidelines document.

Category

Impact Assessment

Public restrictions

Medium impact

·      Event is ticketed but a not for profit.

Utilise zones / expanse of area occupied

Low/medium impact

·      Event outside of identified zones or utilises a minor portion of zone 1. However, the event does require a road closure which will disrupt vehicle access.

Duration and timing of event (including pack in and out time)

Medium impact

·      Pack in and out of the event is during the peak-use periods (Sunday 31 March 2019), over approximately 6 hours on one day only. 

Values of area occupied

Low impact

·    Area being utilised is not in close proximity to a significant cultural or historic heritage site or significant trees.

Pedestrian flows

Low/medium impact

·       Directing of pedestrians where paths are already formed along with a small section of Zone 1 for start/finish.

Impact on public vehicle access

Significant impact

·      Vehicle access into and through the Domain is to be restricted by required road closure.

Infrastructure involved

Low/medium impact

·      Some structures (Minimal self-supporting and weighted structures) to be placed on a small area of zone 1.

Hanging objects

No Impact

Event vehicle movements

Medium impact

·    Low number of event vehicle requiring access through grassed areas away from trees during pack in and pack out only.

Access to power and water

Low impact

·      Access to on-site power and water supplies.

Amplified noise

Medium impact

·      Amplified music is core to the event - announcements of finishing and marshalling. Noise limits must be consistent with permitted activities set out in Auckland Unitary Plan. 

Use of water features

Minimal impact

11.     An outline of proposed operations for the event is included as Attachment A: Events Proposal Mercy Hospice Unite Walk.


 

Summary of Events scheduled to be held in the Auckland Domain over the 2018/2019 event season

12.     26 event permits are scheduled to be issued by the Arts, Community and Events Event Facilitation Team over the 2018/2019 event season to take place on the Auckland Domain.

13.     A calendar summary can be found in Attachment B: Auckland Domain Quarterly Report Annual Calendar.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe /
Local impacts and local board views

14.     Events can cause disruption to local residents and surrounding businesses. The Auckland Domain Event Operational Guidelines outlines the minimum level of consultation with affected stakeholders.

15.     As part of the wider facilitation process, staff will seek feedback from the Waitematā Local Board on each specific event as more detailed information for each application becomes available.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori / Māori impact statement

16.     The memorial on Pukekaroa and the displays and interpretation managed by the Auckland War Memorial Museum pay tribute to significant events for Māori and the importance of the site to mana whenua.

17.     The event does not have any identified significant adverse impact for Māori. The event is an opportunity to showcase the Auckland Domain and Pukekaroa to event attendees.

18.     We do not anticipate engaging with Mana Whenua for this event as it is a low impact temporary activity. 

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea / Financial implications

19.     The event facilitation process provides for Auckland Council to recover costs for remedial works that may be required following an event.

Ngā raru tūpono / Risks

20.     The event facilitation process is designed to mitigate the risk of having events in public open space.

21.     As these events are considered part of the regular annual schedule of events, there may be a follow-on risk to reputation if these events are declined.

Ngā koringa ā-muri / Next steps

22.     Stakeholder consultation and approval will be obtained through the facilitation process from various internal and external parties.

23.     Following receipt of all relevant approvals required, the event facilitation team issue a permit for the event.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga / Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Event Proposal Mercy Hospice Unite Walk

35

b

Auckland Domain Quarterly Report Annual Calendar

41

     

Ngā kaihaina / Signatories

Author

Mikaela  Otene - Team Leader Event Facilitation Central

Authorisers

Graham Bodman - General Manager Arts, Community and Events

Jane Aickin - Kaiwhakahaere Te Waka Tai-ranga-whenua

 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 


 


 


 


 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 


 


Auckland Domain Committee

29 November 2018

 

 

Auckland Domain - general update

 

File No.: CP2018/20805

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo / Purpose of the report guidance

1.       To update the Auckland Domain Committee on recent activities in Auckland Domain.

Whakarāpopototanga matua / Executive summary guidance

2.       Auckland Domain has once again obtained the Green Flag award in recognition of the range of services, positive public feedback, strong utilisation and conservation of heritage and cultural assets.  This is an international quality mark for the Domain.

3.       Carlaw Park footpath opened on 13 November 2018, and provides a much needed connection between Parnell Rail Station and Carlaw Park through Auckland Domain.  Further connections from this access into Auckland Domain are to follow.

4.       Armistice Day celebrations were a significant feature in the Domain over the last month with thousands of visitors flocking to commemorate this important event.

5.       These activities, along with a range of other developments, are discussed in more detail in this report.

 

Ngā tūtohunga / Recommendation

That the Auckland Domain Committee:

a)      receive the Auckland Domain – general update report.

Horopaki / Context

Green Flag

6.       The Green Flag Award is an international quality mark for parks and green spaces.  The awards scheme was launched in England over two decades ago and was introduced to Australasia in 2012.  It assesses how well green spaces meet the needs of the community.

7.       Auckland Domain obtained this award three years ago and every three years it needs to be renewed so in October 2018 the Domain was assessed by independent judges.  The assessment is made against a broad range of criteria including quality of services, safety, maintenance, community involvement and sustainability.

8.       Auckland Domain was once again awarded the Green Flag – a great recognition of the standard of; and the effort behind; all services at the Domain. 

9.       The judges noted a range of issues and improvements that could be made.  These included issues with the quality of paths and tracks, proliferation of smaller signs and a lack of storytelling however the new wayfinding signage was welcomed by the judges.  Interestingly it was noted that the temporary solution to addressing parking on the grass stood out as effective and cheap but also detracting from the aesthetics and character of the park. 

10.     Overall the judges commented that the Domain “is a tremendous asset for the city which provides a range of uses, backed by good ratings and comments on Trip Advisor.  The Council is commended for a well utilised, maintained and attractive park taking into consideration the conservation of heritage and cultural assets in a prime location within the city.”

Carlaw Park pedestrian path connecting to Parnell Train Station

11.     The Carlaw Park footpath, connecting the Parnell Rail Station with the Carlaw Park area, was opened to the public on Tuesday 13 November.  The Waitematā local board were significant funding partners and met on site to acknowledge this important milestone. 

12.     While the primary walkway is now open there are still a number of finishing features to be developed including landscaping, signage and connections from the top of the walkway through to the woodchip yard and from the bottom of the walkway onto the road leading to Lower Domain Drive.

New Carlaw Park walkway connection through Auckland Domain to the Parnell Rail Station

Top of the walkway, at the station platform end, looking back to Carlaw Park

Looking at the top of the walkway from the Domain – a portion of fence will be removed to make a seemless connection through the old chip yard and up to Lovers Lane in the future

The current connection up to the old chip yard leading up to Lovers Lane taken from the top of the Carlaw Park walkway

 

Titoki Street pedestrian connection to Auckland War Memorial Museum

13.     Progress on the Titoki Street walkway (from Titoki Street to the southern entrance of Auckland War Memorial Museum) is slower than desired. However, the path is taking shape.  Original aspirations to complete the works before Christmas may not be met.  Weather has affected some of the concrete work and progress has also been affected by wait-list times for concrete supply.

14.     The mid-sections of path are now in place, and include in-ground services and basalt stair treads.  Amenity lighting, handrails and landscaping are needed to complete this section.

15.     Construction activity is now focused on the top section of path.  Work is also about to start on the pedestrian crossing and lighting works outside Parnell Tennis, and on the Titoki Street and Maunsell Road intersection.

Titoki Street connection to the southern entrance of Auckland Museum – progress as at November 2018

 

Depot Nursery Glasshouse Update

16.     Work is continuing on the Wintergardens nursery glasshouse.  The piles have been completed, as have foundation pads for plant and tanks.  Concrete beams have been placed in position. The beams will support the floor for the glasshouses.  Overall, the works are on schedule.

17.     Project staff are in regular contact with Lantern Festival organisers and a plan is in place so that the work will not affect the 2019 festival.

Wintergardens and Grandstand

18.     An update on the Wintergardens and Grandstand was provided at the 30 August 2018 committee meeting in response to the resolution of the 24 May 2017 committee meeting, and following recent seismic building reports. 

19.     As previously reported, the council wide seismic strengthening assessment programme identified both the Grandstand and Wintergardens as being earthquake prone buildings. Notices to this effect have been placed on the structures. Auckland is identified as being at low-risk of a moderate earthquake. Under the legislation, building owners have 35-years to bring buildings up to standard, this extends to 45-years if it is a heritage building. A building deemed earthquake-prone does not make it unsafe, and the buildings remain open. 

20.     An upgrade of the Wintergardens is expected to begin in early 2019 and will take approximately 18 months to complete. This upgrade will include the necessary seismic strengthening work so that the building is no longer earthquake prone.

21.     The scope of the planned remedial works includes:

·    re-glazing and strengthening the existing metal framing

·    timber restoration works

·    adding more flexible roof bracing and purlin restraints

·    reinforcing or tying back chimneys

·    installing a new roof diaphragm

·    bracing of unreinforced masonry where required.

 

22.     As previously agreed this project will be managed so that only one building is under construction at one time and part of the complex always remains open.  It will also be supported by a communication plan.

Armistice Day commemorations

23.     Armistice Day celebrations have just concluded and have been a significant feature in the Domain over the past month.  Commemorations saw thousands of visitors coming to Auckland Domain.  Council contractors worked with the event organiser and provided maintenance and event set-up assistance.

Armistice Day cross installation at Auckland Domain accompanied by the Auckland War Memorial Museum light display, November 2018

Facility partnerships

24.     Staff have been working with Tennis Auckland and the University of Auckland on two independent proposals for investment in Auckland Domain. 

25.     Tennis Auckland hold an existing lease which is provided for under the Auckland Domain Act. They have previously approached Auckland Council and the Auckland Domain Committee for funding and land owner approval for improvements to their facility.  A briefing on this will occur at a workshop on 29 November.  Any formal decisions required from the committee will be reported to the February meeting.

26.     The University of Auckland has indicated a desire to temporarily relocate some of their recreation activities to an area adjacent to the campus to enable their current recreation facility to be upgraded.  Provision for partnering with Auckland University was provided for in the Kari Street Commons concept plan that has been approved by the committee.  A briefing will occur at a workshop on 29 November 2018.  Any formal decisions required from the committee will be reported to their February 2019 meeting.

EU consul planting

27.     At the 31 August 2017 committee meeting Noelene Buckland, representing the Consulate of Hungary, put a proposal to the committee for the European Union Consulates (EU Consuls) to join together to plant trees in Auckland Domain in 2018 aligning with the centenary of the end of WWI. 

28.     The committee resolved that:

“staff work with Noeline Buckland, on behalf of the EU Consuls, on selecting possible suitable sites for planting in the Auckland Domain”

Resolution number ADC/2017/34

29.     On 17 November 2017, the planting occurred in the area above Kari Street Commons. 21 consulates were represented being:

i.        Albania

ii.       Bosnia and Herzegovina

iii.      Czech Republic

iv.      Denmark

v.      Germany

vi.      Great Britain

vii.     Hungary

viii.    Ireland

ix.      Kosovo

x.      Latvia

xi.      Lithuania

xii.     Luxembourg

xiii.    Finland

xiv.    Montenegro

xv.    Poland

xvi.    Portugal

xvii.   Romania

xviii.     Serbia

xix.      Slovakia

xx.    Sweden

xxi.    Switzerland

30.     The Mayor attended and brief speeches were made acknowledging the anniversary of the conclusion of WWI, the contribution made to the Mayor’s Millions Trees project and the significance of the partnership between the EU consuls and Auckland Domain. 

 

The Mayor and EU Consul representatives acknowledge the day

Preparing to plant - showing the expansive view of the city centre from the area above Kari Street Commons

 

 

 

Pippa Coom, Deputy Chair of the Auckland Domain Committee, plants a tree with arborists David Stejskal and Simon Cook

Noelene Buckland, representing the Consulate of Hungary and organizer for the EU Consuls with David Stejskal, Senior Arboriculture Asset and Horticultural Supply Specialist and lead for Auckland Council for this planting day

 

 

Holocost memorial

31.     In August 2015, July 2016, and November 2017 the committee heard from the Holocaust Memorial Trust about their request for a memorial in the Domain.  In July 2016 Ms Sheree Stone and Mr Robert Narev presented to the committee and it resolved to:

“authorise staff to engage with the Auckland Holocaust Memorial Trust to seek an appropriate location (outside the object exclusion and event zones) for a memorial in the Auckland Domain and report back to the committee”

Resolution number ADC/2016/19

32.     In November 2017, Sheree Stone, Nadine Rubin-Nathan and John Barnett, from the Auckland Holocaust Memorial Trust, presented and it was resolved to:

“note that the committee have authorised staff to work with the Auckland Holocaust Memorial Trust to find a suitable location and that the trust has indicated an interest in the Fairy Ponds.”

Resolution number ADC/2017/45

33.     The Holocaust Memorial Trust (the Trust) has since employed Boffa Miskell to put together a proposal for the Garden of Humanity integrated with the Fairy Ponds.  At the time of writing staff have been invited to meet with the designer to have input to the design and they understand good progress has been made.  The Trust are likely to be coming to the committee to discuss their proposal in more detail at the February meeting.


 

Bowling Club

34.     The Auckland Bowling Club (the club) has implemented a new parking layout adjacent to the club that provides greater levels of public access.  This is in line with their Carpark Operation Management Agreement.  The club have also been in touch to formalize their summer carparking fundraising effort that traditionally occurs during the ASB Tennis Classic. 

35.     Staff have advised the club, in line with the committee’s resolution on 30 August 2018, that

“…further extensions, beyond 2019, are unlikely due to the desire to align parking management practice in this area with the wider Accessibility Improvement Programme for Auckland Domain.”

Resolution number ADC/2018/31

36.     Staff have also formally advised adjacent businesses, who currently rent car parking spaces off the club, that the arrangement Council has with the club will be not be extended beyond 30 June 2019. The Health Research Council of New Zealand has been in contact with staff and noted that they would like to be proactive on this matter and, if necessary, start planning for termination of their contract with the club. 

Maintenance and operation

37.     Cleaning works have been undertaken along Lower Domain Drive, and in particular the palisade fencing area towards the Tennis Auckland has been tidied up.

38.     Tree trunks have been removed from Lower Domain Drive following the loss of two prominent trees within the road corridor. Two replacement trees will be replanted in the next planting season.

Horticulture

39.     Displays in the cool and hot house continue to change in accordance with the seasons.

40.     A number of perennial beds have had works undertaken, which includes the division of plants and transferal to other gardens.

Duck ponds

41.     There are some ongoing challenges with silt in the duck ponds and staff are working with the Healthy Waters team to develop a plan to de-silt the upper pond. Staff are also working on options to prevent the fine silt entering the pumps while silt is removed.

42.     Healthy Waters have installed barley bales in the ponds to reduce algal blooms. This was completed on 11 November 2018.

43.     Council contractors are patrolling the area in the morning and throughout the day to remove any sick or dead ducks, reducing the spread of any potential disease.

44.     Signage around the ponds is being improved to ensure good public advice is provided to prevent the public feeding bread to the birds.  Bird feeding is not encouraged and if the public do feed ducks bread this should only be done on the land, not near or on the water.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori / Māori impact statement guidance

45.     This report largely reflects ‘business as usual’ operational activity and, in general, is not considered to have an impact on the significant values to mana whenua of Auckland Domain. Updates on larger projects will have been or will be the subject specific reports to the committee previously, or at a later date where Māori impacts will have been or will be reported on.

46.     Given the significance of the site to mana whenua and Māori of Auckland engagement on any new developments is essential and this has been reported on a case by case basis as projects arise.

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Signatories

Author

Jane Aickin - Paeurungi Te Waka Tai-ranga-whenua

Authorisers

Mace Ward - General Manager Parks, Sports and Recreation