I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Rural Advisory Panel will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Friday, 12 April 2019

11.30am

Room 1, Level 26
135 Albert Street
Auckland

 

Ngā Hui a te Rōpū Kaitohutohu Take ā-Taiwhenua / Rural Advisory Panel

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Cr Bill Cashmore

Deputy Mayor and Franklin Ward Councillor

Deputy Chairperson

Cr Greg Sayers

Rodney Ward Councillor

Members

Alan Cole

Franklin Local Board Member

 

Trish Fordyce

NZ Forest Owners Association

 

Richard Gardner

Federated Farmers

 

Neil Henderson

Waitakere Ranges Local Board Member

 

Lucy Deverall

Horticulture NZ

 

Steve Levet

Rural Contractors NZ

 

Andrew Maclean

Federated Farmers

 

Greg McCracken

Fonterra

 

Andrew McKenzie

Beef and Lamb NZ

 

Helen Moodie

Dairy NZ

 

Leeann Morgan

Young Farmers

 

Roger Parton

Rural Contractors NZ

 

Wayne Scott

Aggregate & Quarry Association

 

Geoff Smith

Equine Industry

 

Peter Spencer

NZ Forest Owners Association

 

Brenda Steele

Rodney Local Board Member

 

Bronwen Turner

Western Rural Property Owners

 

Keith Vallabh

Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association

 

Glenn Wilcox

Independent Māori Statutory Board Member

 

(Quorum 10 members)

 

 

Suad Allie

Governance Advisor

9 April 2019

Contact Telephone: (09) 301 0101

Email: Suad.Allie@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 


 

 


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ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                         PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        5

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   5

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               5

4          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                5

5          Chair's Update                                                                                                                7

6          Kaipara Moana remediation business case                                                                9

7          Central government essential freshwater programme - update                            11

8          Our Water Future: A Discussion Document                                                             13 

9          Consideration of Extraordinary Items 

 

 


1          Apologies

 

At the close of the agenda an apology from Cr G Sayers had been received.

 

 

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 Rural Advisory Panel:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Friday, 1 March 2019, as a true and correct record.

 

 

4          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.”

 

 


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Chair's Update

 

File No.: CP2019/03964

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo / Purpose of the report

1.       Rural Advisory Panel Chair, Cr Bill Cashmore’s update to the Rural Advisory Panel.

Whakarāpopototanga matua / Executive summary

2.       Cr Bill Cashmore, Chair Rural Advisory Panel will provide and update of recent Council business.

3.       Note Rural Advisory Panel meeting dates for 2019:

·    14 June

·    9 August

 

Ngā tūtohunga / Recommendation/s

That the Rural Advisory Panel:

a)      note the update from Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore, Chair Rural Advisory Panel.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga / Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.      

Ngā kaihaina / Signatories

Author

Suad Allie - Governance Advisor

Authoriser

Warren Maclennan - Manager Planning - North/West

 


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12 April 2019

 

 

Kaipara Moana remediation business case

File No.: CP2019/05388

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the Rural Advisory Panel with an update on the preparation of a business case by Auckland Council, in partnership with the Northland Regional Council, Kaipara District Council, Whangarei District Council, and ‘Kaipara Uri’ (the collective term for iwi around the Kaipara Harbour), to seek central government financial support to address long-standing environmental issues impacting the Kaipara Harbour.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Kaipara Harbour (Kaipara Moana) is the largest estuary in New Zealand comprising a complex receiving environment containing extensive inter-tidal flats, sand barriers, sea-grass meadows, mangrove forests, salt-marsh habitats and large tidal creeks.  Nationally significant fish species rely on the Kaipara Harbour and, among other things, it is one of the five most important habitats in New Zealand for wading birds.

3.       Sediment run-off from land and stream-based sources is the primary environmental stressor for the harbour, with rates of sedimentation around seven times higher than before human habitation. We have a strong base of evidence on where problems are located and what can be done to address them. 

4.       The Crown is currently negotiating a Treaty settlement over the Kaipara Harbour with ‘Kaipara Uri’ (Te Uri o Hau, Te Roroa, Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua), leading to the establishment of a co-governance body of councils and iwi, that will set a vision and strategy for the harbour and catchment.

5.       In parallel to this, Auckland Council is working with Kaipara Uri, the Northland Regional Council, Kaipara District Council, Whangarei District Council, to prepare a business case to underpin a budget bid for central government financial support.  The proposal is to establish a programme of work at pace and scale to take actions in the wider catchment to reduce sediment at source.  As presently conceptualised, this would entail working alongside landowners to support them in riparian fencing and planting, wetland restoration, targeted afforestation of highly erodible land, and engineered responses such as sediment retention ponds and sediment bunds.

6.       The business case proposition is underpinned by a desire to create sustainable, resilient and optimised primary production in the Kaipara catchment, while also improving local skills and capability to support innovation, effective land management, and community resilience.  Also significant is the connection to anticipated changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and a new National Environmental Standard for Freshwater Management.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Rural Advisory Panel:

a)      receive the presentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Suad Allie - Governance Advisor

Authoriser

Warren Maclennan - Manager Planning - North/West

 


Rural Advisory Panel

12 April 2019

 

 

Central government essential freshwater programme - update

File No.: CP2019/05379

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the Rural Advisory Panel with an update on central government’s Essential Freshwater Programme, currently in development and being led by the Ministry for the Environment, for public consultation in (approximately) July-August 2019.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Ministry for the Environment  released its Essential Freshwater Package (the package) in October 2018: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/sites/default/files/media/Fresh%20water/essential-freshwater.pdf

3.       The package has three main objectives: stopping further degradation and loss, reversing past damage and addressing water allocation issues.

4.       Five workstreams are being progressed to support these objectives: At-risk catchments, changes to the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, a new National Environmental Standard for Freshwater Management, Resource Management Act amendments and allocation of freshwater resources (focusing on discharges).

5.       This Auckland Council overview of the package’s content, while also noting some of the related Auckland Council work in the freshwater environment, was provided to an Environment and Community Committee workshop on 20 February 2019. At the workshop, Auckland Council’s Manager Natural Environment Strategy suggested that the Powerpoint presentation was referred to members of the Rural Advisory Panel for their information. Chair Cr Hulse and Deputy Mayor Cashmore agreed with this suggestion. The presentation is attached.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Rural Advisory Panel:

a)      receive the presentation.

b)      note that there is an opportunity for public feedback to the Ministry for the Environment in approximately July-August 2019.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Nick Reid – Principal Analyst, Natural Environment Strategy, Auckland Plan

Strategy and Research

Authoriser

Warren Maclennan - Manager Planning - North/West

 


Rural Advisory Panel

12 April 2019

 

 

Our Water Future: A Discussion Document

File No.: CP2019/05380

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To inform the Rural Advisory Panel about Auckland’s Water Future, a discussion document that will inform future policy regarding water management in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Water is a precious resource and requires a holistic management approach.  A holistic approach means we consider water in all its forms, including rain water, streams, rivers and coasts, water for supply to businesses and households and water waste.

The council released the discussion document Our Water Future on 17 February 2019.  Our Water Future lays out the vision, values, the big issues facing Auckland in relation to water management and the principles and processes to support effective management. 

 

3.       The water strategy will direct how the council will:

·    Take care of our natural waterbodies – streams, rivers, lakes, harbours and groundwater

·    Meet daily water needs as our population grows

·    Look after our waters while managing growth and development

·    Prepare for the impacts of climate change.

4.       Feedback on the document is open till 19 April 2019. Discussion points:

·    What does the rural sector value most about water?

·    How concerned are rural communities about our water issues?

·    What do rural stakeholders in Tāmaki Makaurau think is important for the council to be doing for the future of Auckland’s water?

5.       Panel members are encouraged to discuss the document. 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Rural Advisory Panel:

a)         receive the presentation, provide feedback on the discussion document.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Andrew Chin - Auckland Waters Portfolio Manager

Authoriser

Warren Maclennan - Manager Planning - North/West