I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board will be held on:




Meeting Room:



Thursday, 13 March 2014


Waitakere Ranges Local Board Office
39 Glenmall Place
Glen Eden


Waitākere Ranges Local Board









Sandra Coney, QSO


Deputy Chairperson

Denise Yates, JP



Neil Henderson



Greg Presland



Steve Tollestrup



Saffron Toms



(Quorum 3 members)




Glenn Boyd

(Relationship Manager)

Local Board Services (West)



Riya Seth

Democracy Advisor


6 March 2014


Contact Telephone: (09) 839 3512

Email: riya.seth@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz






Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

1          Welcome                                                                                                                         5

2          Apologies                                                                                                                        5

3          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   5

4          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               6

5          Leave of Absence                                                                                                          6

6          Acknowledgements                                                                                                       6

7          Update from Ward Councillors                                                                                    6

8          Deputations                                                                                                                    6

8.1     The NZ Peace Foundation - Laurie Ross                                                          6

9          Public Forum                                                                                                                  6

10        Extraordinary Business                                                                                                7

11        Notices of Motion                                                                                                          7

12        Auckland Transport Update Report – Waitakere Ranges Local Board                  9

13        Auckland Transport Quarterly Update to Local Boards (for the quarter - 1 October to 31 December 2013)                                                                                                           39

14        Local Area Plan for Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitakere River Valley   85

15        Infrastructure and Environmental Services Update Report                                 105

16        Proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw: Waitakere Ranges Local Board submission 123

17        Hearing dates for the Waitākere Ranges Local Board hearings for the Annual Plan 2014/2015                                                                                                                    131

18        Confirmation of Workshop Records: 5,11,12 Dec 2013 & 30 Jan 2014               135

19        Chairperson’s Report - March 2014                                                                        145

20        Portfolio update: Member Sandra Coney                                                               171

21        Portfolio update: Member Denise Yates                                                                 173

22        Portfolio update: Member Neil Henderson                                                             175  

23        Consideration of Extraordinary Items 


24        Procedural Motion to Exclude the Public                                                               179

C1       Special Housing Areas: Tranche 3                                                                          179  


1          Welcome



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.

Specifically members are asked to identify any new interests they have not previously disclosed, an interest that might be considered as a conflict of interest with a matter on the agenda.

At its meeting on 28 November 2013, the Waitakere Ranges Local Board resolved (resolution number WTK/2010/5) to record any possible conflicts of interest in a register. 


Board Member

Organisation / Position

Sandra Coney

·       Waitemata District Health Board – Elected Member

·       Friends of Arataki Incorporated – Trustee

·       Women’s Health Action Trust – Patron

Neil Henderson

·       Portage Trust – Elected Member

·       Friends of Arataki Incorporated – Trustee

·       West Auckland Trust Services (WATS) Board – Trustee/Director

·       Weedfree Trust – Employee

·       Living Cell Technologies Animal Ethics Committee - Member

Greg Presland

·       Portage Trust – Elected Member

·       Lopdell House Development Trust Trustee

·       Titirangi Residents & Ratepayers Group Treasurer

Steve Tollestrup

·       Waitakere Licensing Trust – Elected Member

·       Community Waitakere – Trustee

·       West Auckland Trust Services (WATS) Board – Trustee/Director

·       Henderson Valley Residents Association – Committee Member

Saffron Toms

No current conflicts of interest

Denise Yates

·       Ecomatters Environment Trust – Deputy Chair

·       Keep Waitakere Beautiful Trust Board Member

·       Huia-Cornwallis Ratepayers & Residents Association – Co-chairperson

·       Charlotte Museum Trust – Trustee


4          Confirmation of Minutes


That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         Confirms the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Thursday, 27 February 2014, 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          Update from Ward Councillors


An opportunity is provided for the Waitakere Ward Councillors to update the board on regional issues they have been involved with since the last meeting.


8          Deputations


8.1       The NZ Peace Foundation - Laurie Ross


1.       Laurie Ross will be in attendance to present to Waitakere Ranges Local Board the new Auckland Peace City Toolkit.

“Peace City Toolkit provides a selection of projects for Local Boards to promote the Peace City ethos in their communities. One example is to establish an annual event celebrating the Auckland Peace City Declaration and Nuclear Free New Zealand Day on 8th June.

The Peace Foundation proposes that the new Waitakere Ranges Local Board formally endorses the Auckland Peace City Declaration of 2011 and supports Peace Projects in the community”



That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Receives the deputation from Laurie Ross of NZ Peace Foundation and thank her for the presentation.



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 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.


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

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Auckland Transport Update Report – Waitakere Ranges Local Board


File No.: CP2014/03003





1.       The purpose of the report is to respond to Waitakere Ranges Local Board requests on transport-related matters and to provide information to members about Auckland Transport’s activities in the local board area.



That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Receives the Auckland Transport Update Report for March 2014.



Monthly Overview and Implementation Issues Update





2.       Auckland Transport is proposing to change the speed limit at Candia Road, Ranui.  The proposal (Attachment A) is to extend the 50km/hr speed limited from Swanson Road and the eastern part of Pooks Road to encompass the entirety of North Candia Road and the part of Candia Road north of Coulter Road.  The change will also include Burtons Drive and a short section of Pools Road through the roundabout at the intersection with Candia Road.

3.       Candia Road sits right on the boundary of two Local Board areas, Waitakere Ranges Local Board and the Henderson-Massey Local Board.  Auckland Transport have received comment from the Henderson-Massey Local Board and are now seeking feedback from the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. 



4.       Auckland Transport has been consulted as part of that consent process on a Shared Zone at Brashier Circle.  Auckland Transport is seeking any feedback from the Waitakere Ranges Local Board on the issue of declaring the road a Shared Zone.

5.       Attachment B is a copy of the resolution report, the resolution drawing, and a landscape plan showing the overall site design.





6.       Auckland Transport is scheduling workshops in April 2014 with local board members to gain early feedback to inform advice and options for transport activities to input to Auckland Council’s 2015-25 Long Term Plan (LTP) and by extension, the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). 

7.       Auckland Transport hopes that the workshops will assist local boards in developing the transport advocacy component of their Local Board Plans and to help shape options that eventually make it into the draft RLTP.

8.       Auckland Transport is particularly interested in elected members’ views on the strategic direction for transport, the prioritisation process Auckland Transport uses to select projects, and the overall levels of expenditure on local roads, public transport, and walking and cycling.

9.       Formal consultation on the transport component of Auckland Council’s Long Term Plan, and on Auckland Transport’s Regional Land Transport Programme, will take place in January and February 2015.





10.     Auckland Transport has received a request through the local board around the footpath to be extended from Henderson Valley Road (Carey Park end) to Grassmere Road, Henderson Valley.


11.     Auckland Transport can advise that it’s 13/14 programme for new footpath requests has been finalised. All new requests will be reviewed and this location will be considered for the 14/15 programme.  Whether this scheme goes ahead will depends upon how it scores against other requests.



12.     Update from Auckland Transport on the Swanson Park & Ride.


13.     All the required consents have been received. KiwiRail has agreed in principle to lease the land to Auckland Transport for the Park and Ride project even though the lease agreement has still not been granted.  Currently Auckland Transport is looking into enhancements for the station platform, namely shelter coverage. The Park and Ride construction is currently scheduled for Jan/Feb 2015.  All these works are subject to NZTA funding.



14.     A request has been received from the Local Board by the residents in Carter Road to request Auckland Transport to investigate reducing the speed limit.



15.     Auckland Transport understands that vehicle speeds along this road are causing concern to local residents.  Auckland Transport has recently reviewed the speed limit in Carter Road, Oratia and the adjacent part of West Coast Road.

16.     Auckland Transport sets speed limits in accordance with the criteria prescribed under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003.  This is a Central Government regulation which seeks to achieve a consistent approach to speed limit setting across the entire country. While the speed limit rule does consider a large number of factors the outcome is largely driven by the level of roadside development. Consequently the rule results in a speed limit of 70km/h being applied to areas of large lot rural-residential development such as Carter Road and the surrounding roads. However drivers using the road network are required to drive to the conditions present on a road at the time.



17.     Auckland Transport has received a request to reduce the speed on Huia Road.


18.     Auckland Transport is investigating this request



19.     A resident's petition to the local board was tabled regarding a pedestrian walkway adjacent to Mountain Road.  Auckland Transport has received the petition to investigate.


20.     Auckland Transport was granted $7M by Auckland Council for the construction of new footpaths throughout the Auckland Region from 2012 – 2015.  Nearly $3M was spent on new footpaths in 2012/13 and approximately 9km of new footpaths were constructed.  Requests for new footpaths are prioritised annually according to several criteria including proximity to schools, community facilities, public transport and employment.  If selected, the proposed footpaths are investigated for construction.

21.     As this year’s programme is fully committed the request for a footpath will be included for consideration in the 2014/15 programme.  The lead petitioner will be contacted regarding the request following the confirmation of the 2014/2015 programme in June 2014.



22.     Auckland Transport undertook a Crash Reduction Study in 2012/2013 on Scenic Drive and have identified that all reported crashes occurring at this intersection were related to speed and also to the lack of forward visibility of Konini Road on Scenic Drive.

23.     Currently, there are advance warning signs and street name blades that indicate the presence of the intersection, but the road geometry and dense vegetation obscure visibility to and from the intersection. In addition, due to the lack of forward visibility to the intersection, it was observed some motorists are not able to react in time to vehicles slowing to turn into and out of Konini Road.


24.     Further to our consultation letter dated 21 November 2013 to the effect parties regarding the proposed safety improvement works at the intersection of Scenic Drive and Konini Road, Auckland Transport are pleased to inform that the consultation responses received were positive.

25.     Given the positive feedback received, a decision has therefore been made to proceed with the implementation of road safety improvements at this intersection. The safety improvement work will proceed with changes involving the relocation of the western red coloured “SLOW” pad further west of the Tawini Road / Scenic Drive Intersection to encourage slower speed through both Tawini Road and Konini Road intersections.

26.     The vegetation maintenance work is expected to commence which, will include removal of weeds to improve the sightlines for vehicles existing out of this intersection.



27.     A request has been received for Auckland Transport to investigate speed calming and footpaths on Seaview Road.


Speed Calming

28.     Auckland Transport Engineers have undertaken an assessment of this area to determine whether it is appropriate to install speed humps on this road.  The assessment has considered the following factors: reported crashes in the street, traffic speed, traffic volume, numbers of large vehicles using the street, the topography of the street, the length of the street, and the road status i.e. Local Road, Collector Road or Arterial Road.

29.     Seaview Road is part of the main route into Piha and is classified as a District Arterial Road, carrying up to 3,500 vehicles a day with a mix of light vehicles, trucks and buses. This section of the road is on a relatively steep incline, and in combination with the volumes and types of vehicles that use this road, speed bumps would increase road noise, particularly from larger vehicles braking and accelerating at each speed hump.

30.     A review has also been undertaken of the NZTA crash database to determine the crash record for this site. Only 1 non-injury crash has been recorded for the past 5 years at this location. There may have been more crashes here that have gone unreported, but this record gives an idea as to how this area is performing relative to other parts of the network.

31.     Advance curve warning signage is in place on the bend and improvements have been made to the road markings in the recent past to ensure that approaching drivers are able to make an accurate assessment of this bend. An inspection of the road surface shows that it is in a good condition, and the road camber is appropriate for the speed environment.

32.     Auckland Transport is unable to justify installing speed humps on Seaview Road. The road geometry, the volumes of traffic using the road, the relatively low crash rate and the arterial function of the road make it unsuitable for this type of treatment.

33.     However it has been noted that some of the reflective raised pavement markers and edge marker posts are missing from this bend which will be rectified, this will improve visibility of the bend and will help to reduce the risk of drivers losing control on the bend. The concerns regarding speeding will be brought to the attention of the Police and they will be requested to undertake some speed enforcement in the area.


34.     Auckland Transport has a regional programme for new footpath construction. The purpose of the programme is to provide new infrastructure in communities to improve pedestrian access to key community facilities. New footpath requests are prioritised and delivered to the level of funding available. Auckland Transport understands that Piha is a community where there are gaps in the footpath network and that there are mixed views.

35.     The section of footpath on Seaview Road was constructed approximately two years ago. This was based on a request from Walk Safe Piha and local residents. The footpath was to be continued to the library but at the time, the community was divided with some opposition, including from other community groups, to further footpath construction at this location. As a result, footpath construction at this location was suspended until such time, that a clear view on community preferences emerged.

36.     A number of issues need to be resolved before there is an extension to the footpath on Seaview Road. The footpath construction programme for 2013/14 has already been approved, but consideration can be given to assessing the request as part of the 2014/15 programme. Prioritisation of requests will be undertaken this year and will include a review of Seaview Road. Any next step would then include discussions with the community groups and the local board to assess support for the project going forward.



Subject Name


Date Requested

Request Due Date

Request for dedicated parking at Swanson Station Carpark for the Swanson Station Café.

Request for Auckland Transport to investigate dedicated car parking for the Swanson Station Café. 


Process under investigation to enable Auckland Council to transfer the approval to Auckland Transport to enforce the time restrictions.

September 2013

March 2014








Attachment - CANDIA ROAD








Owena Schuster, Elected Member Relationship Manager (West), Auckland Transport


Jonathan Anyon, Elected Member Relationship Team Manager

Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau


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Waitākere Ranges Local Board

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Auckland Transport Quarterly Update to Local Boards (for the quarter - 1 October to 31 December 2013)


File No.: CP2014/03009





1.       The purpose of this report is to inform local boards about progress on activities undertaken by Auckland Transport (AT) in the three months October - December 2013, and the planned activities anticipated to be undertaken in the three months January – March 2014.

2.       Attachments include:

A – AT activities, broken down by local board

B – Decisions of the Transport Co-ordinating Committee, by board

C – Report against local board advocacy issues (replaces the previous reports against the Local Board Plan and Local Board Agreement)

D – Report on the status of the local board’s projects under the Local Board Transport Capital Fund



That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Receives the Auckland Transport Quarterly Report.



Main activities during the period under review


Investment and Development


City Rail Link

3.       The Independent Commissioners’ recommendations in relation to  Auckland Transport’s  Notice of Requirement for the designation to construct and operate the City Rail Link, is now expected by the end of February 2014. An Engineering/ Architectural consortium led by Aurecon, has been awarded the contract for the role of  Principal Technical Advisor Tender for the ongoing technical support of the project. Its initial focus will be on the development of the  Reference Design to support a subsequent stage of delivery preparation. This team will be collocated with Auckland Transport’s project team in an integrated project office by March.


EMU Depot

4.       On Budget and Practical Completion issued, CAF and Transdev now occupying


EMU Procurement

5.       Seven three-car units are now in Auckland, with the first four of these undergoing mainline testing between Wiri and Newmarket and also on the Onehunga branch line. Driver training is scheduled to begin in late February and will utilise two units. Units number 8 and 9 will leave Spain at the end of January and are due in Auckland early March.  Train delivery and commissioning is currently occurring to programme.


Road Design & Development


St Luke's Intersection

6.       Provision of increased walking and cycling, extended bus lane and additional right turn lane for Great North Road to St Lukes Road. Tender submissions to NZTA for physical works are being evaluated. It is expected that the contract will be awarded by mid-February.


Waterview Cycle Way connection

7.       The Waterview Walking and Cycling project is required as a condition of the decision of the Waterview Connection. The Unitec Board approved new development strategy for Precinct. Consultation with Ngati Whatua to restart based on alternative route. Draft SAR has been received that proposes a preferred route. This will allow property purchase to proceed. Public engagement will commence in March 2014.


New Lynn to Waterview Scheme Cycle Way

8.       Provision of a shared cycling and walking route between Soljak Place and the New Lynn town centre. Scheme Assessment tender closed Dec 2013. Tender evaluation and award Jan 2014.


Taharoto/Wairau - Stage 3

9.       Negotiations are continuing with Atlas regarding land acquisition.  An interim solution to provide continuity of walking and cycling facilities has been constructed as part of Stage 6 & 8.


North Area Bus Improvement Progrogramme – Onewa Road

10.     Funding application is almost complete.  A workshop to update the Local Board is scheduled for February.


Devonport Marine Square

11.     Upgrade the Devonport Marine Square, provide improved connection from the ferry building to the town centre and enhance the transport hub. Construction will start in February 2014.


King/Queen/Constable Intersection Upgrade

12.     Construction contract has been awarded to Transfield Services. Programmed commencement date on site is 20th January 2014.


The Redoubt Road - Mill Road

13.     The Redoubt Road - Mill Road corridor provides an arterial road connection east of State High 1 between Manukau, Papakura and Drury and includes Murphys Road from Redoubt Road to Flatbush School Road.

1, Scheme Assessment is being finalised

2, Preparation for Notice of Requirements documentations for lodgement during second quarter 2014 is underway.

3, On-going consultation with iwi, residents and interest groups

4, Funding request from NZTA and procurement activities for the investigation of Phase 2 now initiated. 


Lincoln Road - Corridor Improvements

14.     The project involves widening Lincoln Rd between Te Pai Place and Motorway Interchange to accommodate additional transit/bus lanes on both sides. Public submissions on the proposed design will be continuing till February 2014. Works associated with the notice of requirements will be also starting in February.


Te Atatu Road : Corridor Improvements

15.     Road Corridor Improvement project on Te Atatu Rd from School Rd/Edmonton Rd intersection to SH16, works include rood corridor widening by 2.88m each side. August 2014 is the new forecast starting date for physical works due to delay in land take. More than 85% of the required land has been purchased and planned to complete the land purchase by April 2014. Building consent application to be lodged by March 2014.


Park and Ride Silverdale-Stage 2

16.     The resource consent application for the land use consent has been resubmitted and will be partially notified to the adjacent property owners.


Whangaparaoa Road four Laning

17.     The project has been put on hold until the AT Board makes a decision on Penlink, possibly in February 2014.


Orpheus Drive Shared Path Cycle Way

18.     Awaiting business case sign off. Tender for SAR being prepared.


Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Intersection Safety Improvements

19.     The Tamaki, Ngapipi intersection is uncontrolled and an accident black spot. This projects seeks to address the safety issues by providing a controlled intersection treatment. In addition, the intersection will be future-proofed by extending the seawalls in the vicinity so that the future aspirations for Tamaki Drive are enabled.


Warkworth SH1 intersection improvement

20.     NZTA have completed  the design of the walking and cycling facilities between Hill St and Hudson Rd.  This work will be undertaken by June 2014  as a variation to the Hudson Rd contract.  SKM are remodelling the Hill St intersection taking into account RONS Puhoi to Warkworth and the Unitary Plan growth assumptions.


Albany Highway (Sunset to SH18)

21.     Reviewing NZTA proposals for the SH1/18 connection and the impact on Albany Highway South traffic volumes.  The purpose of this review is to ensure that AT has sized the road correctly and the NZTA work has a potential to increase traffic volumes along the route.


Brigham Creek Road Corridor Improvements

22.    The scoping phase is expected to be completed in February 2014.  The following activities are planned between Jan and Mar 2014:

* Summary and prioritisation of issues to be investigated under the feasibility phase.

* Production and review of final scoping report.

* Commence procurement of resources for the feasibility phase.


Beach Road Cycle Route

23.     Detailed Design Tender going out to market 24/03/2014. Detailed design to be complete 30/06/2014. Delivery of AT connecting sections, from Churchill St. to Mahuhu Cres, to be aligned with NZTA Grafton Gully Cycleway delivery in Sept 2014. The entire project (Beach Rd. to Quay St.) scheduled for completion Dec 2014.


Quay Street - City Centre Master Plan

24     The project is currently looking at options for the seismic upgrade of the seawall between Princes and Marsden wharves. The work is due to be complete by the end of June 2014 after which a preferred option will be selected with a view to starting construction in early 2015.


Newmarket Level Crossing

25.     Replace Level crossing in Newmarket that constrains train movements into/out of Newmarket Station and inhibits planned increases in timetable frequencies. The AT Board has confirmed the crossing will be at Cowie Street. Engagement with stakeholders, preparation of design documentation


New Lynn to Waterview Scheme Cycle Way

26.     Scheme Assessment tender closed Dec 2013. Tender evaluation and award Jan 2014.


Tiverton-Wolverton Stage 2

27.     Complete remaining 100m section of pavement reconstruction work on Tiverton Road and all pavement reconstruction works on New Windsor Road following completion of retaining wall construction. New Windsor Road and overall project finishing works will be complete by end April 2014.


Key Agency Initiatives


Dominion Road Corridor Upgrade

28.     Design work underway



29.     Submissions have closed for Northside Drive East. Notice of Requirement and Public Hearing to occur March/April. Rua Road South under construction. Don  Buck Road extension works currently being tendered and construction to commence in March.


NORSGA PC 13 Hobsonvillle Point

30.     Working with Hobsonville Land Co and Auckland Council Property to secure site for permanent park and ride.


NORSGA PC14 Hobsonville Village

31.     Working group established with NZTA to jointly develop solutions to future congestion at Brigham Creek Road interchange and other strategic Connections.


Long Bay Glenvar Ridge Road

32.     An application for consent to undertake geotechnical investigations has been submitted to Auckland Council.  The NoR is under preparation and the preliminary design is progressing.  Further consultation with Iwi is being undertaken.


Penlink Toll Road

33.     Decision on the progression of Penlink is required by the AT Board and anticipated for end February 2014.

34.     Work to update the designation and consents for Penlink is progressing in lieu of this decision, and an RFP has been tendered with award programmed for end January 2014.

35.     As part of this work, additional communication with stakeholders and the Local board will take place.


AMETI –Package 4 – Pakuranga, Ti Rakau-Reeves Road (Provision of a busway between Pakuranga and Botany)

36.     The scheme assessment is complete. Work is now commencing on the design and consenting phase of this project.


AMETI - Package 2 Sylvia Park Bus Lanes

37.     Design is complete and consent documentation is being prepared. The project team is working to secure property required for the proposed scheme.


AMETI - Package 6  Mt Wellington (Improving connections to the west of the AMETI area.)

38.     The Package 6 investigation is complete. It identified several components across the region for which detailed investigation is recommended as the next step. Some of these will be included within the AMETI programme.


AMETI - Package 1 - Panmure Phase 2

39.     This phase encompasses the replacement of existing Panmure roundabout with a signalised intersection. Construction of a two lane busway on the northern part of Lagoon Drive and a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists along the north side of Lagoon Drive from Queens Road / Jellicoe Road to the new Panmure Bridge.  The base design is complete. The design will be updated to align with the requirements of the proposed Auckland unitary plan and to ensure effects (e.g. on cultural heritage sites) are appropriately mitigated. Work is commencing on the consenting phase.


East West Link

40.     The primary objective of the project is to provide an improved freight connection between SH20/Onehunga and the Southdown (MetroPort) and adjoining SH1 inland port. The nature and scale of the access improvements allows construction to commence by 2016/2017 with forecast completion by 2019/2020.


Public Transport Development


Mt Albert Train Station Upgrade Stage II

41.     Design phase to cover platform stairs and upgrade underpass, underway.


Ferry Terminal Upgrade – Bayswater

42.     Marine works (dredging and pontoon) consented and ready to go to construction. Funding application for land based design works is in progress.


Pukekohe Station Upgrade

43.     Concept design for the proposed station layout is under review based on long term plan for electrification of  Papatoetoe to Pukekohe rail station. Concept should be finalised / signed off by April 2014.


Half Moon Bay Ferry Terminal

44.     This projects entails upgrade of the Half Moon Bay Ferry Terminal to address the safety issues on water and land, improvements of parking facilities, traffic circulation and amenity. Still awaiting sign off for permanent parking changes. Delay was incurred  at request for additional disabled parking spaces.   Staging of the main project concept plan proposals is on-going. Early staging to focus primarily on PT.


Otahuhu Bus-Train Interchange

45.     To upgrade Otahuhu Train Station to a Bus-train interchange and park and ride to enable implementation of the new propose public transport network plan.The tender for detailed design closed on 17 January 2014 and is currently being evaluated.  This remains an extremely tight programme but is on track for construction completion in 1st half of 2015.


Manukau Bus Interchange

46.     Design tender documentation is being prepared. Funding approval has been given for the design phase and tenders will be out to the market early February 2014.


Puhinui Station Upgrade

47.     Initial concept investigation underway. Targeting June 2014 for completion of design work


Rail Platform Extensions

48.     Extending the platforms of 11 stations 5-15m each to bring them into line with other platforms on the network. First three stations with platform extensions are now nearing completion. Good progress is being made on the next 4 stations. Project Manager has accelerated works to complete all extensions by June 2014.


Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 2 Upgrade

49.     Scope of work is being worked through with PT Operations. New covered waiting area will be installed in pier 2 by end of April 2014


Downtown Ferry Terminal Pier 3 & 4 Upgrade

50.     Scoping and initiation works under development is coordination with the Harbour Edge Programme


Parnell Train Station

51.     Detailed design tender to be issued.


New Lynn Rail Station Electronic Gates

52.     Concept designs being finalised and order for gates placed. 10 month lead time for gates, design for gates coverage and balustrade to be finalised over this period, followed by construction of kiosk and supporting works for gateline.


Re-development Devonport Wharf

53.     Significant work is happening on the Devonport Wharf.  Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are working together to improve structural works on Victoria Wharf, and improve the Boardwalks and retail space.


Panmure Rail/Bus Interchange (AMETI Phase 1)

54.     Panmure Bus Interchange (AMETI Phase 1) handover from contractors took place 24 December 2013, with the official opening on18 January 2014.  Services have been rescheduled so that from this date, Howick & Eastern and NZ Bus services will travel via the new interchange.


New bus network in South Auckland

55.     Final decisions on bus routes for the new network in South Auckland were announced on 9 December 2013 and communicated to stakeholders with a significant number of changes to proposed routes made as a result of customer feedback.


Bus Services - Integrated Ticketing & fares

56.     The implementation of Auckland Integrated Fare System (AIFS) “HOP” on buses resumed after intermittent technical issues were resolved in September 2013 with roll-out on all NZ Bus services taking place 13 October - 8 December 2013.  This included North Star, Metrolink, LINK, Go West and Waka Pacific services.  AT staff were on the road at key locations to support drivers and customers.  The implementation schedule for AIFS/HOP with remaining bus operators is as follows: January 2014 – Bayes Coachlines school buses; February 2014 – Ritchies, Howick & Eastern; March 2014 – Waiheke Bus Company, Tranzit, Party Bus Company school buses. Negotiations re implementation date for two further minor operators are ongoing (Airbus and Murphy Buses school buses).


Ferry Services - Integrated Ticketing & fares

57.     It is intended to phase out the 10 trip tickets from 17 February 2014 in favour of AT HOP card Stored Value pricing (the same as 10 trip ticket pricing). AT is developing an AT HOP Monthly Pass for ferry users.  Implementation timeframe TBC. Note:- Devonport and Stanley Bay will be phased out later by Fullers.


Strategy and Planning


Auckland Integrated Transport Programme (ITPv2) and its key components

58.     Work is progressing on the development of the next version of the ITP which is due by the middle of 2014.  Work are also continuing on the development/updating of the key components of the ITP including:

59.     Regional Rapid Transit Review (RTN) review – further analysis is being undertaken as required in view of the RDS update

Rail Development Strategy (RDS) update – in progress

Rail Level Crossings Study – joint review with KiwiRail in progress

Park and Ride and Parking Strategy – draft strategy was presented to the AT Board in December.  The board has required consultation of the draft strategy.

Regional Passenger Transport Plan – formally adopted by the AT Board on 23rd September 2013.  Consultation of the new network for the other areas in Auckland will be undertaken in 2014-15.  Implementation of the new network will commence in early 2015.

Regulatory planning

60.     Strategy and Planning continues to lead and co-ordinate AT’s responses to proposed plan changes and Notices of Requirements (NoRs) to ensure that land use and transport are integrated and that proposed land use changes enable AT to deliver its capital works programme.  During the second quarter, there are 26 applications that are in progress.  There were no new applications made this quarter.

61.     AT also continued working closely with the Auckland Council on the review of the notified Unitary Plan.  A series of internal workshops were conducted within AT during this quarter.  AT’s feedback on the notified plan is currently being consolidated and Strategy and Planning is liaising with the council on inclusion of feedback as part of the council’s submission.

62.     AT has also initiated a review of the application lodged by the Further North Alliance (on behalf of NZTA) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a number of resource consents and a Notice of Requirement for the proposed Puhoi to Warkworth motorway project.

Corridor management plans (CMPs)

63.     The nine priority arterial CMPs in the 2012/13 year have now been completed:

Great North Road-Rata St-Ash St corridor

Albany Highway-Greville Rd-Tawa Dr corridor

Takapuna North (East Coast Road Stage 2)

East Tamaki Road-Springs Rd-Harris Rd corridor

City East West Transport Study

Tamaki Drive-Ngapipi Rd-Kohimarama Rd-Kepa Rd corridor

Ellerslie-Panmure Highway

Balmoral Road-St Lukes Road corridor

Great South Road Stage 2

64.     Funding Implementation Plans (FIPs) for the programmes proposed in each of the completed CMPs are currently being prepared, with the prioritised projects to be included in the future ITP programme.

65.     Nine CMPs under the 2013/14 CMP programme are currently being developed:

Oteha Valley Road (Albany Expressway to East Coast Road) – study underway, initial consultations with the Upper Harbour Local Board and the Albany Village Business Association were undertaken this quarter

Great North Road (between Ash Street and Karangahape Road) – study underway, initial consultation with Waitemata Local Board undertaken in December

New North Road (Blockhouse Bay Road to Mt Eden Road) – study commenced in January

Manukau Road (Broadway to Royal Oak roundabout) – study commenced in January

Onewa Road (SH1 Interchange to Verran’s Corner) – scoping underway, study to commence over the next quarter

Mt Albert Road – Carrington Road (Royal Oak roundabout to Great North Road) – scoping underway, study to commence over the next quarter

Green Lane East - West (Remuera Road to Balmoral Road) – scoping underway, study to commence over the next quarter

Brigham Creek Road – study underway in conjunction with Investigation and Design team

Pakuranga Road – study underway in conjunction with AMETI team


66.     The City Centre East-West (CEWT) Study has been completed.  Programmes put forward in the study relating to public transport facilities are now at the concept design stage, and are being co-ordinated with other city centre projects:

Downtown bus interchange

Wynyard Quarter bus interchange

Learning Quarter bus interchange

Fanshawe St urban busway

Wellesley St Civic upgrade


67.     Other studies being undertaken are as follows:

SH16 Te Atatu Rd Bus Interchange Preliminary Engineering Assessment – completed this quarter.  Next steps include the development of a business case to support the decision-making process, completion of the Te Atatu Bus Interchange feasibility study and work with NZTA to future proof the SH16 upgrades

SH16 Bus Corridor Feasibility Study – study commenced this quarter to assess the feasibility of various bus facilities on SH16, to complement current works as part of the Western Ring Route project (which covers the section from Waterview to Westgate).  This study will look at the bus corridor from Waterview to the City Centre.

Transport modelling

68.     Work is continuing on the update/development of transport models including:

The CRL modelling programme development

The Auckland Passenger Transport (APT3) model update

Other projects such as for the Fanshawe St BRT, Te Atatu Road and Lincoln Road TMP, convention Centre, Rapid Transit Network (RTN) and the ITPv2

Asset Management Plan 2015-2018

69.     The development of the next Asset Management Plan 2015-2018 is continuing.  Consultations with Business Units are underway and linkages with the ITP are being developed.

Seismic Screening Programme

70.     Work is continuing on the screening of all transport assets for earthquake susceptibility. 

Asset Condition Surveys

71.     Work on the survey for higher risk transport assets has continued this quarter and completed at the end of December as programmed.  Minor safety and other issues are prioritised and addressed through the maintenance teams.  The more extensive defects are included in the long-term forward renewal works programme and, where feasible, coordinated with the capital works programme.

Community Transport


School Transport Programme and Road Safety Education

72.     The number of schools signed onto the TravelWise Programme has now reached 375.

73.     Key activities that were undertaken with the schools included, safety at the school gate parking enforcement, speed enforcement campaigns undertaken with the NZ Police, cycle training, scooter training, school leadership programme for intermediate and high school students and school curriculum transport related activities targeted at road safety and school travel options.

Walking School Buses now number 359 in the region with a continued programme of recruitment and recognition for the volunteers who accompany the buses. 

74.     Demand for cycle training is still strong from schools and greater partnerships with the NZ Police, Sports Trusts and Bike NZ have been developed to deliver cycle training and cycle safety. 

75.     The following regional road safety education campaigns are being delivered over the for the coming six months: 

Red light running campaign – focused at all road users

Pedestrian safety campaign – focused on youth and at risk sites

Cycle safety- focused on training, maintenance and share the road

Back to school speed campaign  - focused on targeting drivers speed around schools


Travel Planning and Cycle and Walking

76.     Commute travel planning packages and personal journey plans being delivered across the region targeting business, communities, business associations and tertiary institutions.

77.     The summer “Cycling’s the go” safety and promotional campaign is being delivered over the coming months targeting, cycle training, safety, guided rides and maintenance programmes.

78.     The development of the Auckland Cycle network continues with priority being placed on working with the NZTA on Grafton Gully and Waterview, working with Local Board Greenway proposals, Beach Road, Great South Road, Puhinui Road and the New Zealand Cycle Trail network expansion programme of the Airport to City route.


Road Corridor Maintenance



79.     The new road maintenance contract is “bedding in” and providing good operational and customer services within the Henderson – Massey, Waitakere and Whau local board areas. The inclusion of additional berm and vegetation management items since the issuing of the last report was supplied and exceptional growth conditions regionally, had bogged down the reactive capability of the contractor in the last 2 months of 2013. A change in methodology has   been developed between Contractor and RCM management which will make treatment and information supply easier going forward. Unfortunately some additional cost implications as a result of these changes will affect overall budget allocations. Cost and activity reductions will have to be implemented in other areas for the remaining 2013 – 14 programs. Additional funding will be sourced during budget calculations for the next financial year.

80.     Progress in the large pavement reconstruction works and footpath renewal are on target throughout the western area. Pavement rehabilitation works have been or are nearing completion in Margan Ave, Kinross St, Henderson Vly Rd and View Rd. Projects that are continuing into 2014 and a list of forward works for your reference, that will soon be underway in the western network are - Birdwood Rd, Nikau St, Kervil Ave, Rimu St, Blockhouse Bay Rd and Titirangi Rd .

81.     Programming, investigation and design works are well underway for the sites allocated for 2014 – 15 program with future works in the design area targeting network sites beyond 2016 where possible.

82.     The extensive resurfacing program is also underway throughout the central – west region. To date 5.5km of asphalt surfacing has been completed to Dec. The schedule of activities includes approx. 12.5km of Asphaltic Concrete surfacing and 35km of various Chip Sealing (resealing) sites. This program continues on from the previous 3 years, due to recent bitumen price increases and site pre-sealing repairs costing more than expected, the total quantities have had to be reduced to match the budget allowance. 

83.     The slip repairs have been undertaken in the 5 sites Titirangi Road and Titirangi Beach Roads noted in the last report. Major retaining structures and road strengthening have been completed in Candia Road and Laingholm Drive. Final detailed design and both building & resource consents are in hand for a major slip repair site on Titirangi Road.

84.     Investigation of any opportunities to “future proof” the western network against storm and flooding impacts continues to be high priority, but funding through NZTA is unfortunately difficult to obtain for these works.



85.     Completed the section of Tamaki Drive (Okahu section) with new poles and luminaires in accordance with the Tamaki Drive approved upgrade report. There are only 25 poles and lights to complete the upgrade between Ngapipi Road and The Strand.

86.     St George Street Papatoetoe is currently being upgraded with new poles and lights.  The former decorative type lights will become gas look alike lights for decorative purpose only.

87.     Bowen Street in the CBD has been upgraded to provide increased safety for pedestrians walking into the city especially from the university at night.

88.     Installation of new lights and poles supporting the Vector undergrounding programme removing overhead lines.  Areas where undergrounding has taken place are Epsom, and Penrose.



89.     The 2013/14 resurfacing programme ($15.3M) commenced during the period. All Chipseal sites are expected to be completed by early April and the Asphaltic Concrete sites by end of May 2014.

90.     The 2013/14 Pavement Rehabilitation and Reconstruction programmes are well underway. A large number of the sites were either completed or commenced during the period. Some of the completed sites include, Princess St Otahuhu, Te Irirangi Drive - Smales to Accent, Great South Road – Grande View to Corin and Ronwood to Gladding, Mahia Road – Coxhead to Hobart, Hill Road – Hill to Grande Vue, Hunua Gorge, and Pukeoware Road rehabilitation.

91.     The preseal repair, footpath and kerb/channel programmes of work are underway. The Contractors main focus during the period was to complete the works associated with the 2013/14 resurfacing and pavement rehabilitation sites.


92.     Following months of planning between Auckland Council Stormwater, Watercare and RCM, a major upgrade of Carlton Gore Rd, between Davis Crs and George St, has commenced. The objective of this 6 month project is to upgrade the public stormwater system, separate the existing combined sewer system to prevent on-going sewer overflow discharges to the New Market Stream and to reconstruct the deteriorated road pavement. The 3 members of the Auckland Council Family have engaged Downer to undertake all components of the work to ensure disruption to the local businesses and residents is minimised and to achieve value for money for ratepayers.

93.     The pavement rehabilitation of Woodward Rd, between New North Rd and Carrington Rd, has been completed. This work was completed in collaboration with Kiwi Rail during a weekend shut down for the electrification of the Western rail line to minimise disruption to public transport users.

94.     After a major internall and external stakeholder management consultation period between RCM, RCA, PT and Downer,  approx. 11000 m2 of Jervois Road, between Ponsonby Road and Clarence Street was resurfaced over Labour Weekend.


95.     Spring growth combined with the October Local body elections has made berm mowing an area of focus for the Central team. Following high levels of resistance to the change in policy initially, there is now some indications that the levels of resitance, is changing.

96.     Following consultations with local Iwi and the New Zealand Historical places trust, The Orakei Road (Shore to Ngapipi roads) road Rehabilation Project is now underway.Completion is programmed for early March 2014.

97.     Negotiations between ATs maintenance contractors and the UFB Project contractors have now concluded. These nogations which were driven by the Central AT Team have openend the way for ATs footpath contractors to upgrade footpaths and install UFB simultaneously.


Hauraki Gulf Islands


98.     Wharf Road Rehab stage one was completedin December with Stage two  from Muratai to Homai commencing in February.

99.     CT Footpath – Tui Street completed in December)

100.  Wharf Road board walk completed in December

101.      Waiheke Island reseals, 7.5 kms were completed in November

102.      Pavement designs for Sea View Road rehab completed with work to commence February.




Rural North

103.    The focus during the December period was on giving the town centres a ‘spring clean’ before the Christmas period.   The work has progressed well with all townships 100% complete.   With many visitors expected to holiday at the spectacular beach locations in Rodney the coastal unsealed roads (e.g. Pakiri Road and Takatu Road) were given a maintenance run to ensure they are in top condition.

104.    In the North Rural the AWPT programme is progressing well with 1.5 kms completed in December.   To date the AWPT programme is 62% complete (by length).   Cost savings have also been delivered to Auckland Transport with the current spend approximately 10% below the target value.   The reseals programme has been slightly delayed with rain in December and is 56% complete, year to date.   The programme has been updated with the reseals now scheduled to be 100% complete by March.

105.    The Opex and Renewals rolling quarter and year to date budgets are on track.   The overall year to date variance against forecast is less than 1%.


Urban North

106.    Despite being a short month December has had some large and technical works completed within.The Fulton Hogan chipseal reseal program commenced in December and is expected to be complete late March.

107.    The Asphalt resurfacing is 85% complete and the target date for completion is late March early April with the aim of targeting additional monies should they become available.

108.    Rehabs in the North are progressing well with .576 km completed to the end of December however Hugh Green Drive is only 85% completed and has not made the completed works figures for December. The outstanding works for Hugh Green is the asphalt resurfacing which is planned to be tied in with roundabout construction at Spencer Rd.

109.    Kaipatiki Road Subsoils are complete and work has started on Bentley Road.

110.    Colonial Road work due to start at the end of January.

111.    There were no health and safety issues for the Fulton Hogan team in the month of December.


Road Corridor Operations


One Network

112.    The next step in the integrated road classification system project  - ‘collate all feedback and update the ONRC Framework;’ is ongoing this quarter.

113.    AT is currently progressing various Engineering Plan Approvals (EPA) for different packages of work for Waterview and other NZTA SH16 corridor improvements.

114.    AT has also been working with NZTA on SH16 Initiatives to reduce the impact of the on-going works to travel times, particularly for buses.  A package of quick win measures has been implemented to provide improved journey times for buses to mitigate the loss of key bus priority infrastructure. Measures include the reinstatement of, or new shoulder bus lanes, priority lanes on the motorway ramps and local road network.  NZTA has ensured coordination between the various projects along SH16, with particular regard to traffic management measures and timing of works to minimise the impact on travel times along the SH16 corridor.  Measures for the medium to longer term have been identified and these are currently at various stages of assessment.


Route Optimisation

115.    Stage 1 Investigation and traffic signal optimistaion completed on:


Quay Street

Lower Hobson St

Solent St

Customs Street

Lower Hobson St

The Strand

Victoria Street


Stanley St

Wellesley Street


Grafton Rd

The Strand

Quay St

Alten Rd

Albert Street

Quay St


Queen Street

Quay St

Newton Rd


Stage 1 Investigation completed on


Mayoral Drive/Cook Street

Wellesley St W

Wellseley St E

Nelson Street


Fanshawe St

Hobson Street

Quay St


Karangahape Road

Ponsonby Road

Grafton Rd

Wellington Union


Karangahape Road

Symonds Street

Mt Eden


Grafton Road

Khyber Pass

Symonds St


Note Symonds Street revisited for consistency with CBD approach.


Physical Works Programme (other routes across the region):

8 projects are at the scheme design stage

4 projects are at the detailed design stage

1 construction project is completed


Road Safety


Urban KiwiRAP risk mapping project

116.     Risk Mapping software has been completed. AT network corridors and intersections have been prioritised. Urban KiwiRAP coding and star rating work will commence shortly. The procurement plan has been approved and a tender will be let in February 2014.


Red Light Cameras

117.     NZ Police is currently managing a tender process for new safety camera equipment, which encompasses modern technology with up-to-date radar detection methods and wireless data download capability that will contribute to increased road safety benefits. This process will include investigating the benefits of dual purpose red light/speed cameras. Research demonstrates increased safety benefits from multi-purpose cameras able to detect and deter high-risk behaviours such as accelerating through intersections to beat red lights.

Parking and Enforcement


118.       Newmarket – Consultation commenced on a proposal to remove time limits from paid parking areas in Newmarket and move towards a demand responsive pricing approach similar to the Central City Parking Zone.  

119.       Beaumont Street, CBD - New area of paid parking on Beaumont Street opposite Victoria Park to improve parking availability for customers

120.       Sale Street and Halsey Street, CBD - New car share parking restriction bringing the total number of spaces to eight.

121.       Tuarangi Road, Grey Lynn - Conversion of the angle parking to parallel parking  on the southern kerb  of Tuarangi Road Grey Lynn at its junction with Great North Road. This improves safety and removes the danger of vehicles reversing into the live traffic lane.

122.       Turner Street, CBD - New area of paid parking to replace redundant vehicle crossing.


123.       Matiatia – Some 117 parking spaces at Matiatia were converted from underutilized lease parking to pay and display in November to free up short term parking for people wishing to catch a ferry to Auckland.


124.      Mission Bay, St Heliers and Tamaki Drive – Parking occupancy and turnover surveys were completed in December. Another set of surveys are planned of AT assets in the town centre and along Tamaki Drive during first quarter 2014. This is to assist with the corridor management plan.


125.      Howick Village parking study – A Howick Village parking study has been drafted and is being finalised.

126.      Halfmoon Bay Car Park – Implementation of a 14 hour parking restriction with some dedicated carpool bays was completed in Dec 2013.


127.      Mirovale Place, Sunnynook  - Installed a P120 parking restriction in November.

128.      Link Drive, Wairau Valley  - Installed a P120 parking restriction in December.


129.      Papakura – AT obtained consent for the continuation (eighteen months) of the temporary Park and Ride site.


130.     Dominion Rd project – Parking occupancy surveys were completed for Dominion Road in November 2013.

131.     Miro Street and Tawera Rd, Greenlane – Consultation on a proposal to install P120 time restriction was completed in October 2013 with positive feedback.

132.     Veronica Street, New Lynn – A new P120 time restriction has been installed.


133.     Henderson Town centre review – Consultation was undertaken in November 2013 for a new P90 parking zone, for Great North Road, Henderson and adjacent side streets along the main arterial. Results of the consultation will be presented to the Henderson-Massey local board in February 2014.








Schedule of activities undertaken for the second quarter (2013/14) ending 31 December 2013 and forward works programme for the third quarter (2013/14) ending 31 March 2014



Traffic Control Committee Decisions July-September 2013



Local Board Advocacy Report



Local Board Transport Capital Fund Report





Various Auckland Transport authors


Jonathan Anyon, Elected Member Relationship Team Manager

Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Local Area Plan for Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitakere River Valley


File No.: CP2014/02254





1.       The purpose of this report is to seek a decision from the Waitākere Ranges Local Board to proceed with the preparation of a Local Area Plan for Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley.

Executive Summary

2.       The Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008 (the Act) provides for the adoption of Local Area Plans (LAPs) to achieve the Act’s purpose and objectives at the local level.  The Act requires that the council encourage local communities to contribute to the preparation of LAPs and consult with tangata whenua.

3.       In December 2013, the Waitākere Ranges Local Board requested that staff gauge support from residents of Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley for the preparation of a LAP for the area.  An open day was organised at the 2014 Bethells Beach Community Day.

4.       This report outlines the outcome of this consultation.  It concludes that there has been a relatively high level of support from the local community for the preparation of a LAP.  This was expressed not only at this recent event but also during previous consultations since 2012.  Local iwi also indicated their support for a LAP in 2013.

5.       The report recommends that a LAP for this area be prepared, and that the engagement process enable collaboration between the council project team and local residents, iwi, and local and external stakeholders in the preparation of the LAP.



That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Approves the preparation of a Local Area Plan for Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley

b)      Requests that staff plan and implement a collaborative process of engagement during the preparation of the Local Area Plan with residents, ratepayers and businesses of Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley, Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority, Ngāti Whātua and local and external stakeholders

c)      Requests that staff in the North West Planning Unit report monthly to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board on progress via the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area portfolio holder and/or the Chair

d)      Requests that staff report back to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board on the resources needed in 2014-15 to progress and finalise the Local Area Plan for Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley.





6.       A large part of the Bethells Beach/Te Henga and Waitākere River Valley area is within the  Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area (WRHA).  Under the provisions of the Act, the council may prepare a LAP.  A LAP defines the boundary of the area, identifies its natural and cultural heritage features and expresses a long term vision for its future character and amenity.  It includes objectives and a plan of actions to realise that vision, and to enable local communities to provide for their social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being.  The process of preparing a LAP needs to encourage local communities, tangata whenua and external stakeholders to participate in its preparation (refer to What is a Local Area Plan? for more detail in Attachment D)

7.       Work on a LAP for Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley was initiated in 2010 by the former Waitākere City Council.  The local community and iwi have since been consulted on two occasions in 2012 and late 2013/early 2014 to gauge support for the council preparing a LAP.  A detailed timeline of events is available in Attachment A.

8.       Local iwi authorities Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority, Ngāti Whātua Orakei and Ngāti Whātua Nga Rima o Kaipara indicated in 2013 that they would support a LAP for this area.  Ngāti Whātua Orakei and Ngāti Whātua Ngā Rima o Kaipara commented that they would defer to Te Kawerau a Maki for input into the LAP.

9.       In August 2013, the Waitākere Ranges Local Board requested that the council resume work on the LAP with the goal of completion this 2013-14 financial year.  A budget of $35,173.00 was allocated to the LAP (Resolution number WTK/2013/177).

10.     A Community Engagement Forum was organised on 14 November 2013 to seek input from local residents on the process of engagement during the LAP (refer to Attachment B for detailed notes from this meeting).  Following this event, the Local Board sought to gauge support for a LAP from the wider community at the 2014 Bethells Beach Community Day held on 26 January 2014.

11.     The LAP stall was set up for the duration of the event (from 9am-4pm), staffed by employees of the North West Planning Unit, and attended by Local Board Member Neil Henderson.  The stall included:

·   information and maps on the WRHA and the Act, Local Board Plan, draft Annual Plan, Waitākere Ranges Regional Parks Management Plan, West Coast Plan and other relevant plans, policies and strategies

·   information on other LAPs and examples of how these are being implemented

·   a large paper wall to record and display residents’ preferences and comments on the following two options for planning the future of the area:

o Option 1: the council relies on existing plans and implements projects within the current planning framework and consultative processes

o Option 2: the council prepares a LAP

·   forms for people to fill in on the spot or to send back later, to identify preferences and provide comments on the two options.

12.     Participation in the consultation was relatively high for a one-day event, with 56 visitors recorded at the LAP stall and written comments received from 39 people.  The proposed LAP area includes approximately 800 residents/290 occupied dwellings (refer to the map in Attachment C). 

13.     The majority of people who attended had already participated in previous LAP consultation events.  11 people asked to be added to the contact list of local residents and be kept informed of the outcome of this consultation.  This brings the number of households who have actively participated in the LAP engagement since 2012 to nearly 80.

14.     Of the 39 responses, 4 were expressly not in favour of the LAP, while 6 others stated conditions on their support to a LAP.  Of all those in support (34 comments), nearly all had expectations on what the LAP should achieve, whether in terms of process or outcomes. Please refer to Attachment A for a detailed report of the feedback received.

15.     Some of those not in favour of the LAP were concerned that the LAP would distract the council away from the practical, every-day issues faced by residents, and be un-necessarily costly.  Others commented that the LAP would place demands on people’s time and energy and risk creating conflicts and raise expectations amongst residents while having little effect on what happens in the area.  One person asked that the council propose alternatives to the LAP for the community to consider.

16.     Respondents in support of the LAP commented that the LAP should take place in order to provide an opportunity for the community to have hands-on involvement in planning around specific issues and projects, and that a LAP would focus the attention of the Local Board in this area. 

17.     In terms of process, some of those in support called for an engagement that:

·   focusses on people’s interest in specific issues and projects

·   listens to people -  some asked for residents to be able to manage discussions and planning work, and be involved in the decision making process

·   is well communicated to all

·   takes sufficient time to achieve the desired outcomes.

18.     The issues that were identified were consistent with those listed in 2012, with a strong emphasis on the protection of the natural environment and character of the area, road safety (particularly for pedestrians and cyclists), visitor management, community and youth gathering places and the promotion of small local businesses and artists.

19.     The outcome of engagement events undertaken since 2012 show that there has been a relatively high level of support expressed for the LAP both in 2012 and in 2014.   The LAPs prepared under the Act enable a localised, community-based approach to identifying the heritage features of an area and how they may be protected and enhanced, and ways to enable people to provide for their social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being. 

20.     The issues raised by local residents are of the types that may be addressed through a LAP process.  This has been the case for other areas where LAPs have been prepared since 2008, including Oratia, Waiatarua, Henderson Valley/Opanuku, and the Muddy Creeks area (Parau, Laingholm, Woodlands Park and Waimā)

21.     The engagement process for the LAP may be tailored to each community.  The suggestions that residents have made at the Community Day and during the November 2013 Community Engagement Forum may be accommodated within a collaborative model of engagement that would be well suited to the purpose of the LAP. 

22.     For these reasons, it is suggested that the Local Board request the council to proceed with the preparation of a LAP for the area.  If a LAP is prepared, it is also recommended that:

·   the LAP be resourced and allowed sufficient time to achieve a collaborative process of engagement with local residents, ratepayers, businesses, Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority and local stakeholders (including local community organisations and clubs, the Royal Forest and Bird Society, the Department of Conservation, the Waitākere Ranges Protection Society and the Strategic Property Action Network) during the drafting of the LAP.  A draft version of the LAP will be made available for general public feedback during the summer season of 2014/15.  This is a good time of the year to consult with a wide range of local residents and property owners as a number of community events and gatherings take place in this area.  It would enable the Local Board to consider comments on the draft and for the draft to be finalised by mid-2015.

·   the engagement process be regularly assessed by the council project team, a consultative group of community representatives and the Local Board to check that the process is participatory, transparent, timely and inclusive and provide equitable access to information for everyone.  The composition and terms of reference of this consultative group of community representatives would be determined in the early stages of engagement with the local community.  We suggest that the planning of community engagement events and progress on the drafting of the LAP be reported to the Local Board at monthly intervals via meetings with the portfolio holder for the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area and/or the Local Board Chair.

·   the LAP be resourced to focus investigations on local issues and explore options for future objectives and actions with the local community.  A stock-take of available information around known issues in 2013-14 will enable the council project team to identify resources needed in 2014-15 to progress and finalise the LAP.



Local Board Views

23.     This report outlines the outcome of a consultation process initiated by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board to gauge support from iwi and the local community for a LAP in Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley.  Local Board members sponsored and participated in the process. The views of the Local Board members on the consultation outcomes were sought at a workshop on 13 February 2014 and have been considered in this report. 

Maori Impact Statement

24.     Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngāti Whātua Orakei and Ngāti Whātua Ngā Rima o Kaipara were consulted in 2013 and indicated that they would support the preparation of a LAP for Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley.  Ngāti Whātua Orakei and Ngāti Whātua Ngā Rima o Kaipara commented that they would defer to Te Kawerau a Maki for input into the LAP.  Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority indicated that iwi would in the first instance contribute to the LAP process via the preparation of a Cultural Impact Assessment for the area which is currently underway.


25.     The residents of Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley, local community groups and external stakeholders were contacted in October 2013 and invited to input into the LAP engagement process.  More recently, the consultation at the annual Bethells Beach Community Day enabled visitors to the event, mostly local residents and holiday house owners to indicate preferences on the preparation of a LAP or otherwise.  The feedback received through those activities and during earlier consultations has been considered to inform the recommendations of this report.

Implementation Issues

26.     Funding is available in the 2013-14 budget for the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Programme to progress the preparation of a LAP for Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitākere River Valley.  The resources required to progress and finalise the LAP in 2014-15 will be identified to be considered in the allocation of expenditures for the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Programme in 2014-15.








Notes on the LAP consultation at Bethells Beach Community Day on 26/01/2014



Notes on the Community Engagement Forum at Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving Club on 14/11/2013



Map of the possible LAP boundary and wider area of interest



LAP factsheet: What is a Local Area Plan?





Claire Liousse - Planner


Penny Pirrit - Regional & Local Planning Manager

Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Local Area Plan for Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitakere River Valley


2014 Bethells Beach Community Day consultation




1.         Background


2010:  Work on the LAP started under the former Waitakere City Council with the preparation of a background document and initial consultation with residents on the proposed boundary and local issues of interest. 


Dec 2011: The Waitakere Ranges Local Board resolved to resume the consultation with the community and iwi to gauge support for the preparation of a LAP in this area (Resolution WTK/2011/198)


Jan to May 2012:  Community and iwi consultation.  A total of 45 responses were received.  Of these, 41 community members were in support of a LAP for the area, while four were opposed.  Comments in opposition included references to past Council consultation and planning processes, which had resulted in perceived divisions within the community and distrust of Council processes.  There was also concern over the risk of re-opening discussions over subdivision issues which had recently been resolved under District Plan processes.


Te Kawerau a Maki indicated that, due to competing priorities with Treaty Settlement and regional planning processes, and given the importance of the area to the iwi, they did not have sufficient capacity to adequately engage in a LAP process at Bethells/Te Henga in 2012-13.


June 2012: The Local Board resolved to delay initiating this LAP until tangata whenua had confirmed their availability to take part in the planning process in this local area (Resolution WTK/2012/102).  The LAP programme then focussed on the Laingholm/Parau/Woodlands Park/Waima area.


June 2013: Te Kawerau confirmed that they had the capacity to participate in the development of a LAP in the Bethells/ Te Henga/ Waitakere Valley area in the year 2013/14. 


Aug 2013: The Local Board resolved to resume work on a LAP in this area (Resolution WTK/2013/177). 


October 2013:  Residents are advised by flyer that the LAP work is resuming and invited to participate in Community Engagement Forum. 


14 Nov 2013: Initial meeting with residents on the process of engagement


11 Dec 2013: The Local Board requested at a workshop that the consultation at Community Day focus on gauging support for a LAP.


2.         Community Day set up


The stall was set up for the duration of the event on 26 January 2014, from 9am-4pm, staffed by Eryn Shields, Raj Maharjan and Claire Liousse from the North West Planning team, and attended by Local Board Member Neil Henderson.  The stall included:


·    information and maps on the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area (WRHA) and the WRHA Act 2008.

·    a large paper wall to record and display residents’ preferences and comments on the following two options for planning the future of the area:

1.   Status quo: the Council relies on existing plans and implements projects within the current planning framework and consultative processes.

Examples of current planning documents were available. 

2.   Local Area Plan

Examples of LAPs were available, including how the LAPs have been implemented. 

·    Forms for people to fill in on the spot or to send back later, to identify preferences and provide comments on the two options.



3.         Consultation outcomes




·    56 visitors were recorded at the stall during the day.

·    36 people posted comments on the paper wall

·    2 people sent comments by email

·    1 person filled in a form





Not in favour of a LAP

4 comments were in favour of continuing to rely on, or improving existing plans, including:


Our area should be recognised and we need funding to keep and improve our area, but money should not be spent on glossy brochures and research rather be spent on the project!

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!

LAP should not happen at the expense of the on-the-ground work that deals with the problems at Bethells e.g. litter, public toilets, dogs, signage, rangers.

I do have serious concerns about the personal cost to the people of this community (in time, conflict and effort) of achieving a LAP that may not reap the intended benefit that people think it will, if it has no actual power. I just think that people may not realise they can have Council come up with other means of serving the community better, including asking the Council to suggest those alternative options itself.


In favour of a LAP

34 comments were made in favour of a LAP


·    Some people identified why they think it is required:


We need a LAP to get on the Local Board’s radar.

There’s no community association so a local plan is the best way to consult.

A LAP is a way of finding out what other people are wanting for this area.

A LAP is the way to get Bethells residents involved in decision making process, so definitely the way to go!

Yes!  We need a LAP.  This is a special area that needs more thought that just what other areas have like current status quo.

I would like a LAP for the area

-      to give the community the chance to formally debate what we want for the future of our area, including some of the tricky issues here, within a safe and preferably professionally mediated environment.  Knowing what we (collectively) want for the future of this place is a big step towards achieving it.

-      to provide the Local Board with an agreed vision for the Bethells area and a list of actions towards that vision, which they can be confident will have the support of the community (or most of it)

-      to ensure that our list of desired actions at Bethells to improve social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes, is in front of the Local Board when they make funding decisions, giving issues at Bethells a better chance of being funded.  Without a LAP, the area has less chance of obtaining resourcing, which is more likely to be spent in areas that do have a LAP.


·    Some people identified the conditions for a LAP


I support a LAP as long as money is spent carefully and in focused way. 

Let’s make sure we get the right method and methodologies right.  Take time to explore.

Let local residents manage discussion and planning around specific issues and projects.

Consultation and communication is key to good outcomes.  Any process that truly listens to the locals is a positive. 

I support the LAP taking into consideration the issues we put forward at the meeting in October.

A LAP would need:

-      Coordinated vision: each action/decision is considered in the context of the overall strategy, not in isolation

-      Strategic – clear about what needs to happen as part of the plan, and what is just individual actions.  Clear about what is critical and what is just nice to have.  Clear about priorities.

-      Well communicated – everyone knows why, when, where and how to be involved in those aspects they have an interest/mandate.


·    On the extent of the area that should be included in the LAP, one person commented:


I support extending the LAP area to include the whole river catchment, includes Goldies Bush.  Reason: the river is the heart of the valley, its health is paramount.


·    Many people chose to include comments on the themes and issues that the LAP should address, including:


Natural features and character

We would like to see the features, character and uniqueness of the area upheld.

Protection of natural resources and help implement a plan with the community to retain Te Henga’s unique character

Value our environment, look after the trees and plant more!

Would like to see kauris protected on Goldie Bush track. 

It’s so special, take care of the dunes and beach.

Water quality in lagoon and surrounds

No more subdivision at all

No to fireworks in the valley

Logging trucks during school traffic


Visitor management

More effective dog enforcement; (3 people)

More effective motorbike and noisy car enforcement

Freedom campers.

This area needs to service local and visitors/day trippers well. 

Visitor strategy for Lake Wainamu


Community facilities and services

Recycling facilities at the beach/café (3 people)Skatepark – 1, tennis courts – 2 in reserve.

Would like to see a place for the community to gather and use (other than café) e.g. marae/community centre.

Review Te Henga Reserve  Management Plan (management of vegetation, information kiosk, reduce number of signs).

Future marae at Te Henga



Safer walkways and footpaths (6 people) (including from the train station)

Safe cycling (5 people) (including from the train station)

Reduce speed on road (4 people)

“Our kids should have the right to ride a pony or a bike along the road without the fear of hit along the road by some one that thinks it’s a race track”.

Installing a boardwalk valuing the wetland as well as servicing mosquito lane for pedestrian access to beach, tracks.


Local economic development

LAP to address promotion of local artists and small businesses.



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Notes on the Community Engagement meeting at Bethells Surf Life Saving Club, 14 November 2013, 6.45-9.00pm


Attendees: Local residents (around 24 people from Bethells Beach, Bethells Rd, Steam Hauler Track, Aio Wira Rd, Stoney Creek Dr)), Neil Henderson and Steve Tollestrup (Waitakere Ranges Local Board), Steve Wilcox (Local Board Services), Claire Liousse, Alison Pye and Raj Maharjan (North West Planning), Jan Crawford (Planning Consultants Ltd).


Meeting facilitated by Jan Crawford


On the consultation process overall

·    We need a forum that includes everyone’s views, not just a few.  Wide reaching and inclusive process.

·    All views are valid, not just ratepayers.  Should make sure to include renters and homeowners who live overseas.

·    Provide sufficient  time for the community to respond to notices.

·    This group could meet again and prepare a statement on the desired way forward, possibly with a sub-group of representatives to liaise with the Council.

·    Another, more inclusive brainstorming event is needed to progress this, maybe using the “bus stop” methods to generate ideas.  It needs to be widely advertised.  Everyone could bring along a neighbour or friend.

·    Criteria (see handout page 6) should include a participatory and equitable engagement.

·    Other methodologies for planning and engagement should be considered, e.g. Coatesville based on the Porirua Village Planning process.

·    There needs to be adequate funding to encourage participation.

·    It is the responsibility of both the Council and the community to ensure the LAP represents the views of people in the area.


On ways of engaging people in the preparation of the LAP

·    Some people use only email, others use facebook as email is too slow due to poor internet service.

·    Some residents do not receive local papers (e.g. along Aio Wira Rd)

·    The latest flyer distribution missed some properties.

·    The Neighbourhood Watch email list includes a lot of people and is useful to share information, but Deb who administers the list is leaving the valley soon.  Who will take over her role?

·    A web-site for the LAP could be a great resource, but won’t be useful if the internet connection stays poor.

·    Community Day would be an opportunity to hand out flyers with information about the LAP, get the contact details of new people and ask about preferred ways of communication and engagement.

·    “Bus stop” activities in a workshop, where people note down ideas and comments in small groups and move around the room, are useful to gather ideas on a range of topics.  It allows people who don’t like to talk in public to put their view forward.

·    Ways to reach the teenagers in the community could be via groups linked to the school (Te Runanga, kapa haka group, sustainability group), the teenagers networks in the community, or Facebook.

·    The process should include different venues for people located in different areas, who may have different points of interest (e.g. focus on the beach, or on the middle or upper valley).

·    The process however needs to allow the sharing of information about the whole area.

·    A mini census of who’s who, e.g. including local businesses etc would be useful.

·    The information about next the event could be distributed at Community Day, via noticeboards, at Friday night café.

·    Regular meetings could be organized, with a key contact person available to meet with the community.


On the background report

·    The Bethells/Te Henga/Waitakere Valley Background report published by Waitakere City Council in 2010 contains inaccuracies and needs to be revised.


On the LAP itself

·    A lot of work and efforts from the community went into preparing the West Coast Plan and the West Coast Plan should be considered.

·    The LAP needs to be reviewed regularly and evolve with time.

·    Need to understand how other LAPs are being implemented, and whether these other communities think that the LAP process has been successful.

·    Yearly catch up between community and Council to update and discuss how the LAP is being implemented.

·    The basic services of Council need to be delivered adequately, e.g.  rubbish collection and toilet maintenance during peak visitor periods, dog management on the beach and at the lake, Summer Ranger.

Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



What is a Local Area Plan?



Text Box: Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area (red line) and Waitakere Ranges Local Board boundary (blue line)Bethells Beach/Te Henga and the Waitakere River Valley are part of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area


A Local Area Plan (LAP) is a planning tool used to:

·    promote the purpose and objectives of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008, which is to protect and enhance the natural and man-made heritage features of the heritage area

·    provide long-term objectives for the future amenity, character and environment of the local area, and the wellbeing of the communities that live there

·    inform decisions made by the Council.


In developing a LAP, the Council needs to:

·    follow a process that encourages people to participate and contribute to its  preparation

·    comply with the principles of consultation in the Local Government Act 2002

·    have regard to the management plan for the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

·    consult with tangata whenua.


How is the LAP related to other plans?






The Waitakere Ranges Local Board is responsible for initiating and adopting LAPs in the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area.  LAPs are then presented to the Governing Body for approval.



What may be included in a LAP?

·    the boundary of the local area

·    a description of the character and amenity of the local area and its natural and cultural heritage features

·    a long-term vision for the future the local area, with a 30 year horizon

·    measurable objectives and practical actions to realise that vision.



How is a LAP implemented?

·    Matters in the LAP relating to council services and infrastructure may be incorporated into the Local Board Plan and Auckland Council’s Long Term and Annual Plans.

·    The LAP provides a mandate to the Local Board to advocate for changes to other plans and strategies of the Auckland Council and its CCO’s (i.e. Auckland Transport, Watercare, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development and Auckland Properties Ltd) to achieve the objectives and actions laid out in the LAP.

·    Actions in a LAP may result in changes to the Operative District Plan/ the Unitary Plan.

·    The LAP may give direction to local initiatives led by the community.  It may provide a basis for new or improved collaborations between Auckland Council and the community.



Note: This is a summary provided for information purposes.  For details of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008, please visit the New Zealand Legislation website http://www.legislation.govt.nz .   For more information, please contact Claire Liousse, Planner, ph 440 7996, claire.liousse@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Infrastructure and Environmental Services Update Report


File No.: CP2014/00859





1.       To inform the local board about the activities of the Infrastructure and Environmental Services (I&ES) department during the period from December 2013 to January 2014. This includes both local board based and regional activities undertaken by the three units of I&ES – Environmental Services, Solid Waste and Stormwater.

2.       This report also tracks the delivery and expenditure of environmental budget lines from the 2013/2014 Local Board Agreement (LBA), as assigned to I&ES.

Executive Summary

3.       I&ES delivers on the Auckland Plan and local board plans through the provision of environment and sustainability programmes, regional waste and stormwater services, as well as the maintenance and enhancement of Auckland's natural environment.

4.       This report has been written to inform the local board about the delivery of activities and work programmes by I&ES. A number of these regional activities have a distinct local involvement and impact and are detailed in the attachments to this report.



That the Waitakere Ranges Local Board:

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



5.       Local board priorities: This report and attachments specifically detail the activities delivered by the three units of I&ES within the local board area which support and contribute to the following local board plan priorities and initiatives:



Stewardship of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area

·    Weed and pest management in the Waitakere Ranges local board area

·    Promote and increase knowledge about protected species (animal and plant)

·    Protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area, including raising awareness, supporting volunteer groups and working with mana whenua in relation to Maori heritage

·    Providing further interpretation for natural and historic heritage buildings

·    Providing funding for the community to develop heritage projects

Promoting Sustainable Living and Working

·    Maintenance and development of existing Project Twin Streams networks

·    Development of new Project Twin Streams projects

·    Continue to partner with Ecomatters Trust, (including on projects such as Eco Day and the Sustainable Living Centre in New Lynn)

·    Continue to partner with the Keep Waitakere Beautiful Trust (including on the Trees for Babies and Neat Streets programmes)

·    Examine further opportunities to expand the Green Network – for example by encouraging the sustainable neighbourhoods programme to improve and replant streams, and patches of bush and forest

·    Continue to work with the Weedfree Trust to foster awareness of the threats posed by invasive weeds to our native ecosystems and take action against them

·    Investigate the feasibility and cost of providing community hubs in rural or coastal communities

·    Highlight and promote eco-projects in the Waitakere Ranges local board area

·    Work with local boards and others to engage local communities and develop a vision and strategy for improving water quality and the environs of the Manukau Harbour

6.    Local board projects: The local board is supporting the delivery of local environmental programmes through its budget for community environmental services and project twin streams. Key project highlights and milestones are noted in Table 2 below with additional detail provided in Attachment A.

Budget Line




Community environmental services


·    Organisation for the annual Ecofests in the North and West of the region is underway in conjunction with Kaipatiki Project and Ecomatters Trust. The Ecofests will run from mid-March to mid-April in 2014.

$257,724 (across the three western local boards)

Project Twin Streams Capex


·    In November, December 2013 and January 2014, a total of 1,640 volunteers spent 606 volunteer hours working on streams within the Project Twin Stream area.

Waitakere Ranges Local Board has $509,509.24 (37% of the total budget) for the 13/14 financial year. This amount includes carry overs.

Resource recovery facility

Resource recovery facility

·       Coordinating feedback from local boards on the direction for the project given review of current situation.

$21,000 ($7,000 from each board)

Septic tank pump out scheme

Septic tank pump outs

·       Septic tanks - Auckland Council’s stormwater operations team is now responsible for the maintenance of the septic tank pump out contract. In January of this year 94 of the total 134 work orders for the triennial pump out were completed. The 40 remaining work orders were rescheduled for a number of reasons, e.g. the septic tank could not be located (owner advised), the property could not be accessed due to weather conditions, or the standard septic tank had been upgraded to a high tech system.

Budget 2013-14: $686,621.00 across all boards (excludes carryover budget of $259,846.72 for the separate data investigation project to start in March/April 2014)


7.    Local environmental initiatives are also supported through regional funding. Highlights of our regional activities are noted in Table 3 below with additional detail provided in Attachment B.



Environmental Services

·    A total of 132 successful applications shared a total of $619,512 of funding from the annual Environmental Initiatives Fund to 132 applications. Funding was approved at the December 2013 meeting of the Environment Climate Change and Natural Heritage Committee.

·    Organised and facilitated a national kauri dieback symposium, attended by 200 people including scientists, policy makers, land managers and community groups.  The symposium was an excellent opportunity to showcase the leadership of scientists and Auckland Council staff in actively managing this disease.

Solid Waste

·    Successful trial of new inorganics collection model in October-November 2013. Over 50% of material collected recycled or reused.

·    $293,878 awarded to 33 different projects through the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund in the October funding round.

·    Upcoming trial of organic food waste collection service to be held on the North Shore from March to May 2014.


·    Eight stormwater projects as described in Attachment C are being progressed within the Waitakere Local Board area. The Captain Scott Road network upgrade project was completed in December 2013, the Waima Crescent stormwater network upgrade project was completed in November 2013, and the Takahe Road project was completed in January 2014. The Osman Street stormwater upgrade project is in its final design stage, the Capricon Place project is in the resource consent process, and Atkinson Road project construction will commence in March 2014.

·    Within the Waitakere Rangers local board area 134 scheduled pump outs and 4 unscheduled pump outs were carried out in January 2014-March 2014. The unscheduled pump outs were carried out to mitigate the risk of an over flow of the systems.


Local Board Views

8.       This is a report prepared specifically to inform the local board.

Maori Impact Statement

9.       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.

Implementation Issues

10.     The activities detailed in this report are within budget. Any decisions arising from discussions and planned changes to work programmes will have financial and resourcing implications which will need to be managed.







Local Infrastructure and Environmental Services Activity



Regional Infrastructure and Environmental Services Activity



Stormwater Capital Works Programme





Lucy Hawcroft - Relationship Advisor

Mara Bebich - Senior Relationship & Engagement Advisor

Theresa Pearce - Relationship Advisor


John Dragicevich - Manager Infrastructure and Environmental Services

Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau


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Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw: Waitakere Ranges Local Board submission


File No.: CP2014/03508





1.       To provide the Waitakere Ranges Local Board with the opportunity to submit on the proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014 which is currently out for consultation.

Executive Summary

2.       Under the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 the legacy navigation safety bylaw is deemed to have been made by the Auckland Council.  Like all the bylaws inherited by Auckland Council, it remains operative until 31 October 2015, where after it lapses. 

3.       An assessment of the appropriateness of the legacy bylaw and consultation with the various stakeholders show that the bylaw has contributed to navigation safety but changes should be made for clarity and improve effectiveness.  Specifically the review of the regulation of personal flotation devices (“lifejackets”) on vessels with an overall length of less than 6 metres (“small vessels”) to contribute to the saving of lives, proposed by sixteen local boards and endorsed by the Regulatory and Bylaws Committee.

4.       The council has determined that a bylaw is the most appropriate method to regulate navigation safety issues and the proposed bylaw has been redrafted with a number of differences from the legacy bylaw. 

5.       However, the majority of the proposed changes are intended to clarify aspects of the legacy bylaw that had caused confusion in the past, to simplify the wording of the requirements and to improve the compliance of the bylaw. The form and layout of the bylaw is similar to the legacy bylaw and the navigation safety bylaws of most regional councils.

6.       The statement of proposal includes the proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014 and controls made by the harbour master that will regulate the following:

·    Part 1- Preliminary provisions (clauses 4 and 5)

·    Part 2 – General (clause 6)

·    Part 3 – Carriage and wearing of personal flotation devices (clause 7 to 12)

·    Part 4 - General navigation safety requirements (clause 13 to 18)

·    Part 5 – Activities (clauses 19 to 26)

·    Part 6 - Operating Requirements (clauses 27 to 38)

·    Part 7- Licenses, permits and administrative matters (clauses 39 to 53)

·    Part 8 - Large vessels (clauses 54 to 58)         

·    Part 9 - Specific restrictions in lanes, zones and areas (clauses 59 to 65)

·    Part 10 - Tankers, hazardous cargoes, hazardous works, fuel oil transfers and dangerous materials (clauses 66 to 70)

·    Part 11 - Pilot and pilot exempt master operations (clauses 71 to 73)

·    Part 12 - Licensing of commercial vessels for hire or reward (clauses 74 to 76)

·    Part 13 - Enforcement Powers, Offences, Penalties, Exceptions Transitional Provisions and Revocation (clauses 77 to 86)

7.       The following changes in the bylaw are proposed:

·    Compulsory wearing of personal flotation devices on board small vessels, with exceptions;

·    Safety of persons on board a vessel:

Mandatory appointment of a person in charge of a vessel;

Prohibition on any person in charge of a vessel being incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs.

·    Compulsory carriage on board all vessels of a means of communication.

·    Enhanced mooring site management.

8.       Submissions on the proposed bylaw close on 14 March 2014.



That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Approves its submission on the draft Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014.








Report to the Government Body - 20 December 2013



Proposed Navigation Safety Bylaw 2014  (Under Separate Cover)



Controls made under the bylaw (Under Separate Cover)



Waitakere Ranges Local Board - draft submission (to be circulated when available) (Under Separate Cover)





Brett Lane - Local Board Advisor


Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Hearing dates for the Waitākere Ranges Local Board hearings for the Annual Plan 2014/2015


File No.: CP2014/02562





1.       To approve the Waitākere Ranges Local Board hearing dates for the Annual Plan 2014/2015.

Executive Summary

2.       The Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 require Council to use the special consultative procedure to adopt the Annual Plan, and to ensure any person submitting on the Annual Plan is given reasonable opportunity to be heard.

3.       The Governing Body agreed the approach to submissions and hearings at its meeting on 19 December 2013.  It was agreed that local hearings use the traditional style hearings process, with a forum option being assessed if a local board has a large volume of submissions. The Governing Body also agreed that submissions containing both regional and local content will default to the local hearings panel to be heard.

4.      The Waitākere Ranges Local Board needs to approve the dates for the local hearings and deliberations.



That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Approves the Waitākere Ranges Local Board Annual Plan hearings take place on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 2.00pm at the Waitākere Ranges Local Board office, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden.

b)      Approves that the Waitākere Ranges Local Annual Plan deliberations take place on Thursday, 10 April 2014 at 6.30pm at the Waitākere Ranges Local Board office, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden.

c)      Approves that the Waitākere Ranges Local Board adopts its Local Board Agreement at a meeting held on Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 6.30pm at the Waitākere Ranges Local Board office, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden.



5.       The Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 requires Council to use the special consultative procedure to adopt the Annual Plan, and to ensure any person submitting on the Annual Plan is given reasonable opportunity to be heard.

6.       The Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 also requires each local board to complete a local board agreement with the governing body, for each financial year. The Annual Plan must include the local board agreement for each board.

7.       The Governing Body agreed the approach to submissions and hearings at its meeting on 19 December 2013. It was resolved as follows:

That the Governing Body agree:

a)    that annual plan local hearings follow the traditional style hearing process, with the forum option to be assessed for Local Boards that have large volumes of submissions.

b)    that regional hearings predominantly use forum style hearings with very limited and tight criteria for selecting key stakeholders who will be heard in traditional style.

c)    that forum style regional hearings are divided into days which are allocated to business, community groups and individuals, with the individual hearing possibly having some topic-based tables.

d)    that the regional hearings panel divide into panels should the number of key stakeholders become too great for all to be heard in the time allowed for traditional regional hearings, thereby allowing more key stakeholders to be heard in the timeframe available.

e)    that submissions containing both regional and local content will default to the local hearings panel to be heard, noting that if a significant volume of regional submissions are received, they may also be allocated to local hearings.

f)     that the ward councillor(s) be part of the local hearings panel, with other councillors scheduled where appropriate to ensure a minimum of two councillors are present at each local hearing to hear regional issues.  Other councillors will attend voluntarily as schedules allow.

g)    that the following reporting requirements be approved:

i)     One regional hearing report and 21 local board hearing reports be prepared covering statistics on submissions received locally and regionally, with a brief high-level analysis of key themes and topics.

ii)    Analysis of submissions be provided for one regional deliberation report to the Budget Committee, and 21 local board deliberation reports to the relevant local boards.

h)    that subject matter expert comments are captured for inclusion in deliberation reports if requested from the hearings process.

i)     that response letters be provided as follows:

i)     Key stakeholders are provided with a customised response letter signed by the Chair of the Budget Committee.

ii)    Other regional submitters are provided with a generic response letter, which includes key issues and decisions.

iii)   Local boards will prepare their own responses to local submitters, via Local Board Services, with support from subject matter experts where required.

j)     that the Chair of each hearings panel decide on whether late submissions can be heard.

k)    that the Deputy Chair of the Budget Committee be delegated to work with officers to make further decisions on the operation of the hearings.



8.       The Waitākere Ranges Local Board needs to approve the dates for the local hearings, deliberations and adoption of the Local Board Agreement.

9.       It is proposed that the local Annual Plan hearing, to hear the submissions for the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area are scheduled as follows:

· Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - hearing date, commencing at 2.00pm

·        Thursday, 10 April 2014 - deliberations meeting, commencing at 6.30pm.

10.     The deliberations meeting will be an ordinary meeting.

11.     The adoption of the Local Board Agreement will be held on Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 6.30pm.


Local Board Views

12.     Local Board views will inform decision-making on this report.  Local Board Services will also further discuss the hearings options once the volume of local submissions is known.

Maori Impact Statement

13.     A submission form is available in Te Reo Maori. Translators will be available for submissions received in Te Reo Maori, or where a submitter wishes to speak Te Reo Maori at a hearing.

Implementation Issues

14.     Local Board Services will manage the local hearings process. No particular implementation issues are anticipated.




There are no attachments for this report.    



Riya Seth - Democracy Advisor


Karen Lyons - Manager Local Board Services

Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Confirmation of Workshop Records: 30 Jan, 13 Feb, 20 Feb & 27 Feb 2014


File No.: CP2013/28171





1.       This report presents records of workshops held by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board on:

30 January 2014

13 February 2014

20 February 2014

27 February 2014

Local Board Standing Orders require that workshop records be confirmed at the next meeting of the local board.



That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Confirms that the records of the workshops in Attachments A - D held on the following dates are true and correct records:

i)        30 January 2014

ii)       13 February 2014

iii)      20 February 2014

iv)      27 February 2014







Workshop Minutes, 30 January 2014



Workshop Minutes, 13 February 2014



Workshop Minutes, 20 February 2014



Workshop Minutes, 27 February 2014





Brett Lane - Local Board Advisor


Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014





Record of Workshop –

Waitakere Ranges Local Board


Date:         Thursday 30 January 2014

Time:         10.30pm – 5pm

Venue:       Waitakere Ranges Local Board Office




Members            Sandra Coney, QSO

                           Greg Presland

                           Neil Henderson

                           Saffron Toms

                           Steve Tollestrup      

Apologies           Denise Yates, JP











§  Members dealt with a number of administration items



10.30am – 11.15am

Glenn Boyd




Greater Glen Eden

·      Members were given an overview of the Greater Glen Eden (GGE) initiative including the budget and funding agreement with Lifewise, noted Member Tollestrup happy to stay on the GGE steering group

§  Noted an formal report upcoming report



11.15am – 12pm

Monica Sharma

Jenny Tanner






§  Update given to the Board by Watercare on its proposal for an underground tank to be installed at Harold Moody Park

§  Issues raised previously by the Board have been addressed by Watercare

§  Action points outlined to members from the community consultation held with residents at the end of last year

§  A report on the proposal is to be prepared for the Board’s consideration


Central Interception Project

§  Watercare provided a brief update on the CI project including timelines for consenting, construction and completion

§  Suggestion for members to have a site visit



12pm – 1pm

Maire Lenihan

Jessica Urquhart

Dave Shepherd

Matthew Ward




Capex budget - Parks

§  2014/2015 Parks capital expenditure spreadsheet tabled, discussed the various items on the spreadsheet including options for a pergola at Parrs Park

§  Members asked for a list of items, which didn’t make this list

§  Direction was sought on the proposed capital expenditure programme for Parks in the 2014/2015 budget



1pm – 2pm

Helen Biffin




Local Board Plan

§  Local Board engagement events for March discussed & confirmed with members

§  Timeline of engagement outlined and confirmed, including informal consultation, writing of the Plan and sign off in Oct 2014



3pm - 3.45pm

Steve Wilcox




Cemetery Bylaw

§  Presentation given to members, discussion followed and included eco-burials, standardizing the by-law across the region, dogs in cemeteries, the use of the cemetery for recreational dog walking, provision for material removing, religious specific areas

§  Noted that a draft by-law and code of practise will be out for consultation sometime in the future



4pm – 5pm

Richard Mann




Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014




Record of Workshop –

Waitakere Ranges Local Board



Date:         Thursday 13 February 2014

Time:         12 noon to 5.30pm

Venue:       Waitakere Ranges Local Board Office




Members            Sandra Coney, QSO

                           Denise Yates, JP

                           Greg Presland

                           Neil Henderson

                           Saffron Toms

                           Steve Tollestrup      












§  Members dealt with a number of administration items



12pm – 12.30pm

Sharon Davies






Bethells LAP

§  Discussion document tabled and discussed including feedback on community consultation from Bethells Day on 26 Jan 2014 noting 4 against doing a LAP with 34 in favour

§  Discussed and noted the importance of weed control

§  Agreed this item will come back formally to the Board via a report

§  Noted the need for the community to be aware of what things cost when they come up with ideas as part of the LAP process 



1.30pm – 2.30pm

Eryn Shields

Claire Loiusse






Te Henga Quarry

§  The Local Board received a presentation on the Te Henga quarry from Auckland Council Properties Ltd (ACPL)

§  Next steps discussed including accepting an option to close the quarry in 2015 or extend its use to 2025, which would involve quarrying in reserve land

§  The Board strongly supported a closer in 2015 and is opposed to quarrying in reserve land



2.30pm – 2.45pm

Anthony Hopkins






Local Board Plan

§  Relationship Manager Glenn Boyd gave a high level overview of the various Plans, including the Auckland Plan, Unitary Plan, Long Term Plan, the Annual Plan (1 year) and the Local Board Plans (3 years)

§  Overview and discussion around the engagement process for each of these Plans including timelines and outcomes required



2.45pm – 4.30pm

Glenn Boyd




Unitary Plan

§  Relationship Manager Glenn Boyd worked with the members on the Board submission

§  The Board agreed that its submission will cover the following topics; GM, effect on the WRHA, SEA’s, Mangroves, Open space, minor households units and overlays for manwhenua sites of significance

§  Board Advisor Brett Lane to assist in preparing the Boards’ submission with some members assisting with specific topics of interest, input to be sought from consultant Mark Tollemache



4.30pm – 5.30pm

Glenn Boyd

Brett Lane



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014





Record of Workshop –

Waitakere Ranges Local Board


Date:         Thursday 20 February 2014

Time:         10am to 5.30pm

Venue:       Waitakere Ranges Local Board Office





Members            Sandra Coney, QSO

                           Denise Yates, JP

                           Greg Presland

                           Neil Henderson

                           Saffron Toms

                           Steve Tollestrup      











Administration / Portfolio updates

§  Members dealt with a number of administration and portfolio items



10am – 11am

Sharon Davies






Local Board Plan

§  Relationship Manager Glenn Boyd and worked with members to review their current Local Board priorities

§  Members reflected on priorities and associated projects



11am – 12.30pm

Glenn Boyd

Rachel Wilson






Coastal water quality

§   Update provided to the Board on current work on lagoons and beaches

§   Input sought from members into possible solutions in this area



1.30pm – 2.15pm

Gill Thurlow

Phil Brown




Elected members conflicts of interest

§  Discussion held with members around conflicts of interest in relation to their specific circumstances



2.15pm – 3.30pm

Glenn Boyd




Quarterly Performance report

§  Discussion held with members and feedback sought on a new style of reporting which incorporates dept reports and Financials all in one report

§  Noted this will be an agenda item at the 13 March board meeting



3.45pm – 5.30pm

David Rose

Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014




Record of Workshop –

Waitakere Ranges Local Board


Date:          Thursday 27 February 2014

Time:         11am to 5.15pm

Venue:       Waitakere Ranges Local Board Office




Members            Sandra Coney, QSO

                           Denise Yates, JP

                           Greg Presland

                           Neil Henderson

                           Saffron Toms

                           Steve Tollestrup      











§  Members dealt with a number of administration and portfolio items



11am – 11.30am

Sharon Davies





Quarterly Performance Report – Part 1

§  Lead Financial Officer (West) David Rose discussed with the Board their Quarterly Performance Report

§ Members were asked for their feedback on the new reporting style, which incorporates dept reports and Financials into one report



11.30am – 12.30pm

David Rose







Quarterly Performance Report – Part 2

§  This session continued from the morning

§  Noted that this will be an agenda item in March



1.30pm – 2pm

David Rose




Waitakere Ranges Visitor Management Plan

§  Members were asked for their input as to how the Board best to progress the Waitakere Ranges Visitor Management Plan project and to provide guidance on the direction

§  Discussion on including “events” with the Board indicating this should involve policy based of WRHA and criteria for assessing applications



2pm – 3pm

Jenny MacDonald




Greenways Project

§  Follow up session held with members including an update on what has been done since this item came to the workshop on 11 Dec 2013

§  List of potential walkways and/or cycle ways reviewed and discussed

§  Outline of AT’s plans for major cycleway development ban on rail lines in the West


3.15pm – 4.15pm

Jenny MacDonald

Ian Lamont




Glen Eden Town Centre

§  Update on the vision and objectives for Glen Eden Town Centre were discussed with members

§  Next steps discussed to enable the staff to progress work for Glen Eden Town Centre including establishment of a consultative group, getting this iniatiative into the LB Plan and advocating to the Governing Body for the funding for this project



4.15pm – 5.15pm

Claire Liousse


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Chairperson’s Report - March 2014


File No.: CP2014/01742




The Local Board’s submission on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan has been a major focus over the last month, with a submission deadline at the end of February. The Council took the position that local boards could attach their submissions to the Governing Body submission, but that if a local board took a position on a policy that was contrary to that of the PAUP it would be excluded from any future participation on those issues.

Consequently, the board had to carefully think through what it submitted on, knowing that local communities were themselves submitting on many matters of concern.

Among the matters in the board’s submission were:

·         Making sure the PAUP contained the same or essentially similar rules regarding the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area as the old Waitakere District Plan

·         The need to complete the overlay of sites of significance to mana whenua, which is very incomplete for the Waitakere Ranges

·         Modified rules for mangrove removal, the board believing that the proposed rules are too permissive, especially adjoining parks

·         Concern about a new rule allowing a dwelling to be converted into two dwellings in areas with on-site septic systems

·         Noting our interest in the need for Cultural Impact Assessments on properties covered by Significant Ecological Areas.

We will get the chance to appear before the Hearing Panel to speak to this in due course.

I appeared before the Representation Commission where we opposed the proposed electoral boundaries for the Waitakere Ranges area, and its incorporation into the Helensville electorate. We didn’t feel the committee warmed to the idea of a Waitakere electorate – it was just too big a change I suspect – but I hope they saw the point that the Waitakere Ranges have little historic or current connection to Helensville and there is no “community of interest”, and therefore the name needs a rethink.

Submissions have closed on the Local Board Agreement (Annual Plan) and we are in the middle of the local board plan development process. Initial consultations have included stalls at local centres, and also constituency of interest based forums around the arts, economic development, environment, community development and so on. This process precedes the formal consultation process and is designed to help the board determine its priorities.

A concern for the board is proposals from finance staff for how local boards are funded that could see the Waitakere Ranges Local Board lose significant funding. Formulas based on population, deprivation and land area have been proposed. The WRLB has a sparse population, a large area and huge environmental need. In addition, it has extra responsibilities as it is the only mainland area in Auckland (or New Zealand for that matter) with a piece of national legislation sitting over it that requires the board to protect, restore and monitor the Heritage Area. We will be strongly arguing our case on this one.

Local Area Plans are one of the outcomes of the legislation, and recently the Governing Body signed off the Muddy Creeks LAP, and the board has consulted the Bethells/Te Henga community on whether it wishes to go ahead with a LAP. The outcome of this will be reported shortly.

Recently I spoke at the AGM of the Friends of Arataki who do good work in the regional parkland, and are about to complete a pou project with the installation of the final pou at Te Henga. Other pou are at Cornwallis, Karamatura, Karekare, Piha, and Te Ahua Point (Mercer Bay).

Following this AGM, I spoke at a commemoration to mark 100 years of the opening of Exhibition Drive. This precursor of the Scenic Drive was built to make accessible Waitakere forest that had been purchased by Auckland City Council for water catchment, recreational and conservation purposes.

After morning tea at the Exhibition Drive home of Fiona Drummond – the driving force behind this Friends’ project – we walked along the drive to place a time capsule in a waterworks tunnel.

Children from Woodlands Park School were brought to the site by a wonderful cavalcade of vintage cars, and accompanied the time capsule to its resting place, seemingly unperturbed by cave wetas and other creepy crawlies. Then we went back to the school to admire the line up or cars and have a fine lunch. I went home with custard squash and courgettes bought from a table of produce grown by the children. It was good to catch up with old friends.

Before this event I joined Neil Henderson at Titirangi village, where we had installed a retro lounge suite to talk about burning issues. Our first “client” was Sir Bob Harvey, so Neil and I honed our technique on an old Waitakere friend.

Access to broadband and the use of cellphones continues to be an issue in the Waitakere and even on Scenic Drive (see attached letter). The board is looking into this and asking questions of telecommunication providers. The poor services in many places are a real challenge for people running businesses or even employed people who live in the ranges who need to access services from their homes.


Finally, recently we have been sent a profile of our local board area based upon the data that is coming out of the 2013 Census. I have included a copy with my report as I feel that it may be of interest to many of you. If this sort of information does get you thinking, or may be of use to your group, a website has been set up giving information down to the local board level in Auckland at www.censusauckland.co.nz





That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Receives the Chairperson’s report.








Letter from Justin Leydesdorff



The 2013 census - profile of the Waitakere Ranges LB area





Sandra Coney, Chairperson, Waitakere Ranges Local Board


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Portfolio update: Member Sandra Coney


File No.: CP2014/03442





1.       This report provides an opportunity for Member Sandra Coney to give an update with regards to activity within her portfolio areas.

2.       Portfolio holders are responsible for leading policy development in their portfolio area, proposing and developing project concepts, overseeing agreed projects within budgets, being active advocates, accessing and providing information and advice.

3.       Member Coney has lead for the portfolios of Historic Heritage/Character and Parks area.

Executive Summary                                                              

Heritage Portfolio Report

4.       The Waitakere Ranges has a rich history and we are lucky that the advent of the centennial parkland protected much of the area from development. Consequently there are many physical remains of earlier occupations – pa sites, middens, kumara pits, timber dams, wharves, buildings such as boarding houses, schools and homesteads, and building remains such as the old radar station site at Piha.

5.       In the last term, the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Monitoring Report highlighted that many of these cultural and historic sites are poorly mapped and recommended a programme of ground-truthing them.

6.       This gap was highlighted in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan when the Waitakere Ranges Local Board discovered that in Waitakere, very few sites of significance to mana whenua were included. It turns out this is because of the poor mapping and lack of GPS coordinates.

7.       The Board is looking to address this, as it is essential that these sites are accurately located.

8.       In January the Board (with the Whau Local Board) organised a workshop for individuals and groups with an interest in heritage and history. The subject was scheduling of historic sites in the area through the Unitary Plan.  There was a great attendance and Tanya Sorrell of the Heritage Department took us through the process for nominating places. I know a number of groups plan to nominate places so that was a great outcome.

9.       It is intended that there be further workshops and meetings with these heritage groups.

10.     The Unitary Plan contains a pre-1944 Demolition Overlay which is intended to provide some protection of historic sites in areas developed prior to 1944 that so far have been inadequately surveyed for heritage.

11.     Some parts of the local board area, notably Glen Eden, have the demolition overlay over them. So it was of great interest to learn that old shops on the corner of Captain Scott Road and West Coast Road that were under the overlay were to be demolished. Following up on an inquiry from a local person, I learned that Council’s Heritage staff carried out the heritage assessment and recommended the buildings could go.

12.     This is different from the original proposal under the Unitary Plan that would have given the responsibility to the applicant to seek a heritage assessment to determine 1) whether the place was of sufficient value to be scheduled 2) whether the place made a significant contribution to the character of the area.

It also appears the requirement to assess contribution to character has been dropped, as it is not deemed to be a matter of “heritage” which is included in the RMA requirements from the date of notification, whereas “character” is not. It remains to be seen how much protection the demolition layer will give to old parts of the region.


That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Receives the portfolio update from Member Sandra Coney.




There are no attachments for this report.     



Member Sandra Coney, Waitakere Ranges Local Board


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Portfolio update: Member Denise Yates


File No.: CP2014/03053





1.       This report provides an opportunity for Member Denise Yates to give an update with regards to activity within her portfolio areas.

2.       Portfolio holders are responsible for leading policy development in their portfolio area, proposing and developing project concepts, overseeing agreed projects within budgets, being active advocates, accessing and providing information and advice.

3.       Member Yates has lead for the portfolios of Arts and Culture, Community Facilities, Libraries and Events.

Executive Summary                                                              

Arts and Culture:

4.       Monthly meetings will be held with the Arts team.

5.       Lopdell House: A number of new staff members have been appointed and our refugees (tenant groups) will return from New Lynn very soon. There are a number of people interested in setting up high quality restaurant on the ground floor.

6.       Kaumatua Eru Thompson blessed the restored and earthquake strengthened Iconic building on Saturday 1 March. The ceremony was well attended by local artists and well-known Waitakere people and was a milestone for the project.  The new gallery will be finished by September.

7.       Attendees had a good look around and it was great to see the various spaces, including the theatre, looking so elegant and ready for a new lease on life.

8.       Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre: There are new Trustees and a new Business Plan being drawn up so watch for great things to happen here too.

9.       Western Gallery at Piha:  All going well.  McCahon House Trust: All going well

10.     Going West Literary Festival:  This is no longer to be financed regionally but will come under the Waitakere Ranges Local Board’s umbrella, a move welcomed by all parties.


11.     Monthly meetings will be held with the Events team.

12.     Aotea Surf Festival: Details are yet to be finalised.  This will be an event for mainly Piha residents and will mark 50 years since the movie “Endless Summer” was made at Piha.

13.     Hillary Trail event:  The Board is somewhat concerned that approval had been granted for a major race involving up to 500 runners, and despite it being said that there had been consultation with the Board and local communities affected, no such consultation took place.

14.     Living Wage Event:  We have now heard that this proposed event is looking to be held later in the year.

15.     Volunteer Appreciation Events: We have discussed holding a couple of events of this nature  -  details to come

16.     Brass at the Falls was poorly advertised, but still attracted a reasonable crowd, and Heroes Out West was as successful as ever.


17.     Quarterly meetings will be held with senior Library staff/

Community Facilities:

18.     Talks are still taking place regarding the repairs to the Laingholm Hall. It is now almost 15 months since the first fire




That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Receives the portfolio update from Member Denise Yates.




There are no attachments for this report.     



Member Denise Yates, Waitakere Ranges Local Board


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Portfolio update: Member Neil Henderson


File No.: CP2014/03052





1.       This report provides an opportunity for Member Neil Henderson to give an update with regards to activity within his portfolio areas.

2.       Portfolio holders are responsible for leading policy development in their portfolio area, proposing and developing project concepts, overseeing agreed projects within budgets, being active advocates, accessing and providing information and advice.

3.       Member Henderson has lead for the portfolios of Waitakere Ranges Heritage area including walkways and greenways.

Executive Summary                                                              

4.       The focus of the present report is around the very exciting prospects for a combined Greenways/cycle ways  type project  that  would bring together a few priorities for the present Board: Sustainable transport / park and ride / implementation of a major cycle  thoroughfare linking Glen Eden with New Lynn and Henderson via the rail corridor, and Glen Eden revitalisation. Also included is a note on the local board plan consultations and some additional duties I have picked up for Auckland Council.

Greenways/cycle ways 

5.       The creation of a Greenways/cycle ways network plan for the Waitakere Ranges local board area is its early stages of planning with members recently having briefings on the concept. At the most recent discussions we were looking at a possible opportunity to extend the current Project Twin Streams cycle way that presently ends at Savoy Rd, this included looking at ideas that had been presented by local people about likely routes that could be taken. Auckland Transport (AT) cycle team planners were present and indicated the AT was supportive to link the existing Project Twin Streams network.

6.       AT provided an excellent schematic overview of a vision that the AT cycling team has been working on, aimed at developing over the next few years an extensive cycle route through the West based around the rail corridor, this would allow for an efficient flow of cycle traffic between all the Western Suburbs. The main rail linked route, planned to run from Swanson, right through into Avondale and beyond, was termed a “Cycle Metro”, essentially an arterial flow, fed by smaller “Cycle connecters” which would in turn be fed by “Cycle feeders”.

7.       It was exciting to note that in the proposed schematic one of the key “Cycle metros” was projected to run along the rail corridor between Sunnyvale and Waikumete cemetery and that it was considered one of the proposed highest priorities for construction (i.e. within the next three to five years). It was great to see that the Project Twin Streams cycle way that the local board had initially been focusing on along the Waikumete Stream, also has the same “Cycle Metro” status because of the value it has to draw cycle traffic into Glen Eden from surrounding areas and from there to the railway station, thus connecting it to the rail corridor cycle way.

8.       Noteably, it was also identified that for projects like the “Cycle metro” that AT is potentially able to draw upon funding and support from the New Zealand Transport Authority and whereas AT can only fund projects within the road corridor, NZTA if the projects meets certain thresholds can also contribute funding for work on reserves.

9.       The discussion also linked into the Waitakere Ranges Local Boards current vision for a Park and Ride situated beside the Waikumete cemetery and how we could bring all these transport related projects into a single plan of action that would make the most economic use of funding and project timing. Furthermore, we are also looking into the development of the Glen Eden town centre with the aim to submit an investment plan to the Auckland Council long-term plan next year.

10.     There are a number of possibilities that the local board is keen to explore, and staff have been asked to work further on bringing these strands together into something more cohesive by way of real options we could attach possible budgets and funding sources to.

11.     The local board has already received contact from interested individuals about cycle ways and we will make sure that we provide a number of opportunities for community involvement as we develop our thinking and the network plan.

What’s the Plan!  Local Board consultation around the local Board Plan

Community on the couch

12.     Over the last few weeks the Local board has been trialing a novel way to connect with community to get some feedback on the six broad themes we propose to fund over the next financial year. Rather than set up formal meetings inside we have chosen instead to haul our recently acquired retro turquoise  vinyl  couch and two arm chairs (care of the Otara inorganics) out to a variety of outdoor settings to see if we could  lure some of our residents in for a comfy chat and get their views  in an informal setting. So far the Couch and chairs have made it to Piha beach for “Dog and Dune “discussions, Titirangi village, Hoani Waititi marae for Waitangi day and most recently the Swanson Sunday market. So far it seems to be going down well and we have managed to keep the bright orange cushions warm .We are also trying to catch some video footage of residents giving feedback and hope soon to post some of their thoughts on our web site. Stay tuned.

Living Cell Technologies Animal Ethics Committee

13.     Recently I was appointed to the Living Cell Technologies Animal Ethics Committee as the Auckland Council Representative.

14.     Living Cell Technologies (LCT) is a biotechnology company that undertakes research, development and production. It is based out in Papatoetoe. The company’s main business is the preparation of healthy living cells from animals or human donors for transplantation into other animals and ultimately humans. LCT also works with a selection of cell encapsulation technologies to isolate the newly transplanted cells to prevent interactions with the recipient’s immune system. The company holds stocks of pigs, rats and mice. The company’s primary focus is on the treatment of diseases of the pancreas, liver and central nervous system.

15.     The Animal ethics Committee is made up of members of staff from LCT as well as an RNZSPCA nominated veterinarian from outside the company, a representative from an approved animal welfare agency (NZSPCA) and a lay person (myself) representing the Auckland Council.

16.     I have a background in Zoology and biological science as well as a very keen interest in recent developments in the Biotechnology field. The establishment of an animal ethics committee is in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act 1999, especially section 80 and the function of this committee is at all times to aim to implement the three R’s (Reduction, Refinement and Replacement).


That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      Receives the portfolio update from Member Neil Henderson.




There are no attachments for this report.      



Member Neil Henderson, Waitakere Ranges Local Board



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

13 March 2014



Exclusion of the Public: Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987


That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      exclude the public from the following part(s) of the proceedings of this meeting.

The general subject of each matter to be considered while the public is excluded, the reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter, and the specific grounds under section 48(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 for the passing of this resolution follows.

This resolution is made in reliance on section 48(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and the particular interest or interests protected by section 6 or section 7 of that Act which would be prejudiced by the holding of the whole or relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting in public, as follows:


C1       Special Housing Areas: Tranche 3

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Particular interest(s) protected (where applicable)

Ground(s) under section 48(1) for the passing of this resolution

The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.

s7(2)(c)(ii) - The withholding of the information is necessary to protect information which is subject to an obligation of confidence or which any person has been or could be compelled to provide under the authority of any enactment, where the making available of the information would be likely to damage the public interest.

In particular, the report/presentation contains information which, if released, would potentially prejudice or disadvantage commercial activities..


The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.