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




Meeting Room:



Friday, 4 April 2014


Civic15 Meeting Room
1 Greys Avenue, Auckland

Rural Advisory Panel







Cr Bill Cashmore

Franklin Ward Councillor

Deputy Chairperson South

Alan Cole

Franklin Local Board Member

Deputy Chairperson North

Thomas Grace

Rodney Local Board Member


Marie Appleton

Rural Women NZ


Bill Bourke

Aggregate & Quarry Assoc


Wendy Clark

Federated Farmers


Trish Fordyce

NZ Forest Owners Assoc


Richard Gardner

Federated Farmers


Chris Keenan

Horticulture NZ


Brian Mason

Landowners & Contractors Protection Assoc Inc


Callum McCallum

Acquaculture Industry


Bill Millar



Helen Moodie

Dairy NZ


Roger Parton

Rural Contractors NZ and

Aggregate & Quarry Assoc


Geoff Smith

Equine Industry


Peter Spencer

NZ Forest Owners Association


Bronwen Turner

Western Rural Property Owners


Keith Vallabh

Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Assoc


Cr Penny Webster

Rodney Ward Councillor


Glenn Wilcox

Independent Māori Statutory Board

(Quorum 10 members)



Elaine Stephenson

Democracy Advisor


28 March 2014


Contact Telephone: (09) 373 6328

Email: Elaine.Stephenson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz







·         To identify and communicate to the Council the interest and preferences of the rural based industries and rural communities of Auckland in relation to:


-       the content of the strategies, policies, plans, and bylaws of the Council, and

-       any matter that the Panel considers to be of particular interest or concern to the rural based industries and rural communities of Auckland.


·         To advise the Mayor and the Council’s Governing Body and local boards, of the Council processes and mechanisms for engagement with the rural based industries and communities in Auckland.


·         To deliver recommendations for accelerating the social, economic, environmental and cultural performance of the rural part of the Auckland Council region.





To provide a forum for consideration of issues affecting the rural part of the Auckland Council area and recommendations to Council including (but not limited to):


·           Driving economic growth

·           Food and fibre production and associated food and beverage processing (value adding) and equine based activities

·           Research and development support

·           Environmental resource issues including quarrying and aggregate production

·           Ecological, landscape and coastal values

·           Service delivery

·           Rural infrastructure, including transport

·           Biosecurity

·           Amenities and open space

·           Transport

·           Rating.




Rural Advisory Panel

04 April 2014



ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                       

1          Apologies                                                                                                                         

2          Confirmation of Minutes

3          Additional items for consideration, not on the agenda

            Opportunity for identification of any other matters requiring consideration by the Panel.    

4          Update on the Rural Broadband Initiative (1.15pm – 1.45pm)

Craig Young, Head of Industry Relations, Chorus Telecommunications Company, will present an update on the Rural Broadband Initiative.


5          Implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (1.45pm – 2.45pm)

Gael Ogilvie will introduce this item. There will be presentations from:


Grant Barnes, Manager Auckland Strategy and Research – overview / strategic direction (10 mins)

Andrew Millar, Team Leader Water Management Air Land Water Coastal – policy response (10 mins)

Viv Sherwood, Catchment Management and Incentives Manager – operational response (10 mins)


6          Land and Water Aotearoa (LAWA) water quality monitoring (2.45pm – 2.55pm)

Martin Neale, Team Leader Environmental Science Research, will provide a demonstration of the water quality monitoring tool.


7          Community and Environment Incentives (2.55pm – 3.15pm)

Viv Sherwood, Catchment Management and Incentives Manager.


8          General Business