I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee will be held on:




Meeting Room:



Tuesday, 10 March 2015


Level 26, Rooms 1& 2
135 Albert Street


Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee









Hon Christine Fletcher, QSO


Deputy Chairperson

Cr Calum Penrose



Cr Dr Cathy Casey

Cr Sir John Walker, KNZM, CBE


Cr Bill Cashmore

Cr Wayne Walker


Cr Ross Clow

Cr John Watson


Cr Chris Darby

Member Glenn Wilcox


Cr Alf Filipaina

Member Karen Wilson


Cr Mike Lee



Cr Dick Quax



Cr Sharon Stewart, QSM



Mayor Len Brown, JP



Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse


Independent Maori Statutory Board (alternate)

Member David Taipari



(Quorum 8 members)




Tam White

Democracy Advisor


3 March 2015


Contact Telephone: (09) 890 8156

Email: tam.white@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz


































Areas of Activity


·         Provision of regional facilities and open space

·         Regional frameworks for local facility and open space provision

·         Encouraging healthy lifestyles through participation in sport and recreation sectors

·         Facilitating partnerships and collaborative funding models across the sport and recreation sectors

·         Performing the delegation made by the Governing Body to the former Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum,  under resolution GB/2012/157 in relation to the Dog Policy




Within the specified area of activity the Committee is responsible for:


·         In accordance with the work programme agreed with the parent committee, developing strategy and policy, including any agreed community consultation, to recommend to the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee

·         Acting as a community interface for consultation on policies and as a forum for raising community concerns, while ensuring community engagement is complementary to that undertaken by local boards

·         Making decisions within delegated powers




All powers necessary to perform the Committee’s responsibilities




(a)     powers that the Governing Body cannot delegate or has retained to itself (see Governing Body responsibilities)

(b)     where the Committee’s responsibility is limited to making a recommendation only

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

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

(e)     the approval of expenditure of more than $2 million other than for land purchases which shall have a limit of $5 million

(f)      the approval of final policy

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

(h)     the commissioning of reports on new policy where that policy programme of work has not been approved by the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee








Members of the public


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



Those who are not members of the public


General principles


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

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

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

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


Members of the meeting


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

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

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




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

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


Local Board members


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




·         Members of the IMSB who are appointed members of the meeting remain.

·         Other IMSB members and IMSB staff remain if this is necessary in order for them to perform their role.




Representatives of a CCO can remain only if required to for discussion of a matter relevant to the CCO.


Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee

10 March 2015


ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        9

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   9

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               9

4          Petitions                                                                                                                          9  

5          Public Input                                                                                                                    9

6          Local Board Input                                                                                                          9

7          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                9

8          Notices of Motion                                                                                                        10

9          Parks, Sports & Recreation - General Manager's Report                                       11

10        Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Six Monthly Report                                            23  

11        Consideration of Extraordinary Items 



1          Apologies


Apologies from Deputy Chairperson CM Penrose, Mayor LCM Brown and Deputy Mayor PA Hulse have been received.



2          Declaration of Interest


Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.



3          Confirmation of Minutes


That the Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Tuesday, 10 February 2015, including the confidential section, as a true and correct record.



4          Petitions


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



5          Public Input


Standing Order 3.21 provides for Public Input.  Applications to speak must be made to the Committee Secretary, in writing, no later than two (2) working days prior to the meeting and must include the subject matter.  The meeting Chairperson has the discretion to decline any application that does not meet the requirements of Standing Orders.  A maximum of thirty (30) minutes is allocated to the period for public input with five (5) minutes speaking time for each speaker.


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



6          Local Board Input


Standing Order 3.22 provides for Local Board Input.  The Chairperson (or nominee of that Chairperson) is entitled to speak for up to five (5) minutes during this time.  The Chairperson of the Local Board (or nominee of that Chairperson) shall wherever practical, give two (2) days notice of their wish to speak.  The meeting Chairperson has the discretion to decline any application that does not meet the requirements of Standing Orders.


This right is in addition to the right under Standing Order 3.9.14 to speak to matters on the agenda.


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




7          Extraordinary Business


Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:


“An item that is not on the agenda for a meeting may be dealt with at that meeting if-


(a)        The local  authority by resolution so decides; and


(b)        The presiding member explains at the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public,-


(i)         The reason why the item is not on the agenda; and


(ii)        The reason why the discussion of the item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.”


Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:


“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-


(a)        That item may be discussed at that meeting if-


(i)         That item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and


(ii)        the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but


(b)        no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”



8          Notices of Motion


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


Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee

10 March 2015


Parks, Sports & Recreation - General Manager's Report


File No.: CP2015/02867



1.       To update the Committee on activities undertaken by the department of Parks Sport and Recreation to support implementation of plans and policies of Auckland Council.

Executive Summary

2.       This report has been written to update the Committee across a range of issues and progress with respect to approved work programmes.



That the Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee:

a)      receive the update report from the General Manager – Parks Sport and Recreation.


Operations Stability – Achievements and Highlights

3.       Following a request to Auckland Council, Grant Jennings, who heads up our Local & Sports Team West in Henderson, has been seconded for a short period to a New Zealand Foreign Affairs team to aid Samoa in planning redevelopment of parkland.

4.       Julie Pickering, who heads up our Central Asset Development, is advising Kaipara District Council with respect to asset management planning following a request to Auckland Council.

5.       Staff are supporting on the ground efforts by the Ministry of Primary Industries to eradicate Fruit Fly. In an associated matter staff supported implementing the decision by ATEED to relocate the Pasifica Festival from within the Fruit Fly management zone at Western Springs Park to Haymen Park in Manukau.

6.       A 15 metre branch from an oak tree fell and damaged vehicles within the Auckland Domain. This is the third such incident in recent months. Following the first two incidents a full investigation was carried out. This included a visual assessment of all 206 trees of concern as well as soil testing and invasive testing. The most recent collapse was associated with internal decay. Many of the trees are approaching 150 years old and the risk management strategy will include ongoing monitoring and where appropriate progressively “lighten” their load by removing targeted branches. Where trees are found to be unsafe, they will be removed.

7.       On Tuesday 17 February, a Fullers ferry hit the Victoria wharf as it was attempting to berth at the adjacent Devonport wharf. It is reported that around 16 people were injured.  Damage to the wharf includes a broken concrete beam and two pillars that have been moved. The required repair works will be undertaken over the coming months. The wharf has been assessed as being safe for recreational use in the meantime.

8.       In February, Long Bay Regional Park was increased in size with the vesting of additional privately owned land by its owner Todd Property. The vesting is a key milestone in the urban development of property inland from the park.

9.       Pohutukawa trees within parkland at Western Springs will not be removed following a decision by the Board of Auckland Transport not to accept a planning commissioner’s recommendation. This issue had attracted significant community and media interest.


10.     The upgrading of a walkway in Le Roys Bush is being managed in a manner to minimise disruption to recently discovered native fish, the banded kokopu, in a local stream. Rare New Zealand dotterel are accessing sites within the Onehunga Foreshore restoration project despite the project not being scheduled for completion until late this year.

11.     As part of a program to kill possums and rats within regional parkland within the Hunua Ranges in late winter (July- August) 2015 by the aerial application of 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate), staff have been contacting landowners adjoining the operational area. A number have indicated a desire that their private bush areas be included in the operation and this will be considered.

12.     Staff will be working to implement a policy decision by the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority seeking that the Maunga to be alcohol and smoke free. This is consistent with Auckland Council’s policy approach across much of its parks network. Staff are engaged with the Authority working to develop an Integrated Management Plan for the Maunga which is scheduled to be completed later this year.

13.     Our network of 24 public pools have experienced extremely high visitation during January especially outdoor pools with over 85,000 additional visits compared to the same period last year.  There were no major incidents which is reflective of the strong training and expertise of our lifeguards.

14.     Parks across the city continue to attract large numbers of visitors given continuation of warm and sunny weather. Parks have hosted a range of events including the Lantern Festival as well as Music in Parks and Movies in Parks.

15.     Naylor Love commenced construction of the Albany Stadium Pool. This project has a long history with the legacy North Shore council. The pool is due for completion in mid-2016.

16.     Through implementation of innovative strategies to retain membership during December and January, a period where traditionally membership numbers reduce, the Leisure team have been able to retain a core membership base and subsequently grow revenue over the period by 17%.


17.     The first six Leisure Facilities that have commenced their Lean Continuous Improvement Journey and have completed the introductory session of ‘Preparing for Continuous Improvement’.  These workshop sessions have been held across our Leisure Network and included Stanmore Bay, Manurewa Pools & Leisure, West Wave, Otara Pools & Leisure, Howick Leisure and Allan Brewster.  Over 80 Leisure staff have already attended and actively participated in these sessions.  The goal is to develop a strong continuous improvement culture across Leisure.

18.     Leisure is in the final stages of a two year procurement process to retender 20 Facility Management contracts across a number of Local Boards. The final stages of this involve facilities in Albert Eden, Franklin and Papakura and announcements are due in mid-March.  This process has resulted in significant savings to ratepayers.

19.     The Mt Albert Aquatics facility is scheduled to shut for rehabilitation work shortly after Easter 2015.

20.     The Friends of Auckland Botanic Gardens held their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21 February.  Mr Bill Burrill was re-elected president and Dianne Glenn re-elected vice president.

21.     Planning and fundraising continues for Sculpture in the Gardens that commences in November and runs for around three months.  The curatorial panel will shortly select twenty artists to participate in the exhibition.

22.     Recently the Botanic Gardens contributed 17,300 seeds of kakabeak (Clianthus puniceus) to the Margot Forde National Seed Bank, which is held in Palmerston North.  These were collected from plants growing at the Botanic Gardens that had originally been raised from seed collected from the wild.  Detailed information and herbarium specimens were also provided to the seed bank.

23.     Our summer student park ranger finished in early February after a busy summer supporting the rangers.  They assisted with the thousands of visitors and campers, ensuring they had an enjoyable and safe visit to our parks.

24.     The SPLORE music festival was held at Tapapakanga Regional Park, over the weekend of 20-22 February, around 6,000 people enjoyed music and activities that included many New Zealand bands.

25.     A wide range of community volunteer groups are engaged on projects and programmes across the parks network. Activities include conservation, clean up and litter removal as well as construction of small local projects. The Friends of Hunua group ran a public event with four speakers covering New Zealand bats, frogs, kokako and Kauri PTA.  This was well received with more people joining and offering to volunteer.

26.     Peti the Takahe was transferred from Tawharanui to Motutapu Island after many attempts to wander out of the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary. Several times she was seen outside the pest proof fence and had to be captured and returned inside the open sanctuary. The risk to Peti of these wanderings was seen as too great and she has been relocated to the more secure Motutapu. All the other Takahe have settled in well.

27.     Planning for Anzac Day 2015, one hundred years since the landings at Gallipoli, is well underway. Public cenotaphs have been cleaned and a number repaired. Large numbers of people are expected to attend events within the Auckland Domain.


28.     The Auckland Domain will also host the “Skin of Fire” as part of the Auckland Arts Festival which runs from 4-22 March.  Skin of Fire is the opening event and some 20,000 people are expected to attend each showing.

29.     Staff are engaged in supporting public consultation with respect to the 2015-25 Draft Long Term Plan as well as hearings with respect to the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

Issues / Challenges

30.     Continuous warm, sunny and dry weather is creating an additional demand for irrigation especially of grassed sports fields. We are responding with the deployment of temporary and mobile irrigation systems together with a program of constructing permanent in ground irrigation for upgraded fields.

31.     The decision by the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority to consider vehicle restrictions on Maungawhau/Mt Eden has resulted in a high number of concerns from visitors to the maunga.  The Authority will discuss the item at a workshop session in March.

32.     In response to gate closure issues on the maunga, a reassessment of signage and contractor service levels has been undertaken.

33.     The BMX track at Merton Reserve in Glen Innes has remained closed since November 2014 when visual inspection of the site found contaminated matter on the track. This was subsequently confirmed as asbestos and advice received that the track should remain closed in the interests of public safety. Solutions include (i) day to day management such as wetting the track to reduce dust to mitigate risks (ii) removal of material and (iii) capping of the site.  Consideration needs to be given to Council’s decision to sell Merton Reserve as an offset to the cost of purchasing Colin Maiden Park.

34.     Staff and the Orākei Local Board have been working closely with the club to support them in their temporary relocation to another track and also exploring options for getting the club up and running again.


35.     Sunnynook Park, completed resurface of artificial cricket pitches  - remove existing artificial turf from both cricket pitches, install new artificial turf to both cricket pitches, reinstate natural turf along the edge of both cricket pitches - Sunnynook Road, Sunnynook.


36.     Devonport Domain, Cambridge Terrace, Devonport, completed resurface cricket net pitch.


37.     Birkenhead War Memorial Park, Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead, completed new artificial cricket turf.

38.     Shoesmith Reserve, opposite 20 Hill Street, Warkworth, completed re-surface of artificial cricket pitch.

39.     Baycity Park, East Coast Road, Andersons Road, Oteha, completed re-grassing of sports field perimeter including a temporary irrigation system

40.     Huapai Reserve, adjacent to 2 Tapu Road, Huapai, completed re-surface of artificial cricket pitch.

41.     Belmont Rose Garden, Alamein Avenue, Belmont, completed renewal of swings

42.     Hardley Reserve, opposite 7 Hardley Avenue, Tindalls Bay, completed renewal of playground.


43.     Warkworth Showgrounds, intersection of Groveeat North Road and State Highway 1, Warkworth completed replacement toilet.

44.     Metro Park East completed new toilet block adjacent to new sportsfields and Te Ara Tahuna Cycleway Walkway, Millwater Parkway, Silverdale.


45.     Stanmore Bay Reserve No. 2 Soccer, 162 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay, completed sandfield renewal, in-ground irrigation system.

46.     Metro Park East Stage 3 Sports Fields, Millwater Parkway, Silverdale, continuation of the development of the new sand carpet platform in the centre of the park for new sports fields and future accommodation of cricket blocks and athletic infrastructure in 2016.


47.     Barry Curtis Park, 163 Chapel Road, 169, 191R, 226R Ormiston Road and 66 Flat Bush School Road, Flat Bush, completed shelter development.








48.     Tiraumea Park, Tiraumea Drive, Pakuranga, completed upgrade of support building.


49.     Elm Park Irrigation, 44R Gossamer Drive and 7R Wyman Place, Pakuranga Heights completed irrigation in two fields.

50.     Millhouse Park, 67R Millhouse Drive, North Park completed irrigation in two fields


51.       Completed enhancement to the entrance to the Otahuhu Cemetery, 2-6 Luke Street, Otahuhu, for the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli.

52.     John Walker Park, 64R John Walker Drive, Manurewa, completed playground.

53.     Waikumete Cemetery, 137 Awaroa Road, Sunnyvale, introduced a replacement excavator.


54.     Completed replacement park furniture including electric barbecues at both Shakespear and Wenderholm Regional Parks.

55.     Fencing completed to protect a bush block within Wenderholm Regional Park.


Local Board Views and Implications

56.     There has been no specific engagement with Local Boards in relation to this update report. Local Board views are sought with regard to specific operational delivery within the work programme, and these views are reported as and when those specific projects are reported.

Maori Impact Statement

57.     Maori impacts with regard to the specific operational and capital expenditure delivery programs are reported as and when specific projects are reported.

Implementation Issues

58.     No issues.



There are no attachments for this report.     



Ian Maxwell - General Manager Parks, Sports and Recreation


Dean Kimpton - Chief Operating Officer


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10 March 2015


Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Six Monthly Report


File No.: CP2015/02501



1.       This report is for information purposes and provides an update on activities across Council that are contributing to the achievement of the objectives of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008.

Executive Summary

2.       The implementation of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008 (‘the Act’) is being undertaken by a variety of Council units across the suite of objectives that are set out in the Act. These objectives are summarized in Attachment A. This report follows the resolution of the March 2012 meeting of the Regional Development and Operations Committee (RDOC) which recognised the importance of the programme of work being undertaken to implement the Act. RDOC requested that six monthly updates be prepared for the Waitākere Ranges Local Board and RDOC.

3.       The report maintains the importance of Kauri Dieback as the most significant threat to the Waitākere Ranges.  This is closely followed by weed infestations that Council, the Local Board, Auckland Transport and Watercare are involved in combating.  Community initiatives to support the environment and ecology of the Waitākere Ranges continue to flourish, and the many and various qroups are networking to share knowledge and experience.  The full nature and extent of the Council’s work in the Waitākere Ranges is detailed in the body of this report and its attachments.  

4.       As requested, this report will also be provided for the Whau Local Board and the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee.



That the Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee:

a)      convey any comments on the report or its contents to the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee for its consideration.



5.       The Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area (WRHA) covers an area of approximately 27,770 hectares which encompasses the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park. The Act recognises the national, regional and local significance of the WRHA, and promotes the protection and enhancement of its natural, cultural and historic heritage features for present and future generations.

6.       The Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Programme (“the Programme”) comprises all council-wide activities which contribute to the purposes of the Act, including ‘business as usual’ activities and projects specifically established under the Act. At its March 2012 meeting, the Regional Development and Operations Committee endorsed the Programme as a key initiative.  It resolved that officers should report on overall progress on a six-monthly basis to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board and Regional Development and Operations Committee.

7.       An officer-level Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Programme Co-ordination Group (WRPCG) provides for the exchange of information and to ensure that the relevant work streams and activities are co-ordinated and aligned. The WRPCG also provides a mechanism for prioritisation, monitoring and reporting of progress that contributes to achieving the purpose and objectives of the Act.



8.       The attached summary table (Attachment B) provides a synopsis of progress on projects and activities for the 2014/2015 financial year.  Projects and activities have been grouped under topic headings which align with the WRHA’s heritage features and management objectives. These are:

a)         Planning and Communication– planning for, communicating about and implementation of the Act as a whole

b)         Landscape - activities aimed at protecting and enhancing the characteristic landscape of the foothills, rural and forested areas and coast

c)         Development and Consent Activity – management of subdivision and development within the context of the Resource Management and Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Acts

d)         Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services – protection, restoration and enhancement of ecosystems by both Council and community

e)         Cultural and Built Heritage – this relates to both pre-and post-European settlement, including the relationships between tangata whenua and the WRHA, and the history of kauri milling, horticulture and viticulture

f)          Recreation Opportunities and Visitor Management - provision of facilities and services for enjoyment and appreciation of these heritage features, and management of visitor pressures and impacts.

g)         The information provided in Attachment B is primarily project-based and does not cover maintenance or routine management of physical assets, staff costs or fixed overheads.  

9.       Key points and highlights

a)      Seventy eight hectares of land on Auckland’s wild west coast has been added to the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park. This acquisition brings into public ownership a missing part of the west coast parkland and the Hillary Trail.

b)      Kauri Die-back disease (caused by Phytophthora taxon Agathis (commonly known as  PTA) continues to be most significant threat to the WRHA and management initiatives to limit its spread are being extended, with regional initiatives supplemented by Waitakere Ranges Local Board funding.

c)      Weed infestation remains a significant and increasing threat to WRHA ecosystems and weed management is being given greater prominence by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. The Board is seeking to promote increased and more co-ordinated actions in areas with the greatest priority to contribute to addressing the problem.

d)      Community environmental initiatives have continued to grow and be supported both regionally and by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board.  A meeting of all groups involved in conservation work occurred in October 2014, and a community initiated network is forming to coordinate activities and share knowledge.

e)      The primary knowledge gap identified in the first five year monitoring report – inadequacy of information about current extent and condition of historic heritage resources – is beginning to be addressed. A monitoring programme for this is being established, with support for initial work from the Waitākere Ranges Local Board.

f)       Engagement with iwi continues to occur across the suite of new projects and business as usual that occurs within the WRHA.  Consultation mainly occurs on a project by project basis,  and regular engagement opportunities are now being made available via Te Waka Angamua.


g)      Through the preparation of the Draft Auckland Transport Code of Practice (ATCOP), Auckland Transport have indicated a commitment to managing the road corridor of the WRHA in a manner that acknowledges the special requirements of the Act. Some progress has been made to address the issues raised in submissions on the Draft ATCOP , and Auckland Transport has commenced developing design guidelines .

h)      The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan incorporates specific provisions (the Waitākere Ranges Regional Policy Statement Objectives and Policies and the Waitākere Ranges Precinct) which give effect to the Act.  The hearings on the Regional Policy Statement Objectives and Policies for the Waitākere Ranges have been completed.

i)        Preparation of a visitor management plan has been halted.  The Waitakere Ranges Local Board has identified other matters in its Local Board Plan that are considered to have greater priority, particularly given the budget constraints foreshadowed in the Council’s Draft Long Term Plan 2015 – 2025. However, the Board are endeavouring to progress a number of related local items that are able to be done within staff resource or existing work programmes such as development of local park design guidelines, establishing local event guidelines, having input to a Auckland Transport design guide for the WRHA, and WRHA gateway signage.

k)      Development of the Foothills Walkway continues to progress as opportunities arise through sub-division and land purchase, and the negotiation of public access easements.

l)        Waitākere Quarry is closing in February 2015. The responsibility for revegetation of the site lies with the quarry operator, and Auckland Council Property Limited is working with them to ensure that appropriate standards for the revegetation are met.

m)     The Local Area Plan (LAP) for the Bethells/Te Henga/ Waitākere Valley is progressing and will be completed this financial year.  

n)      The need to promote greater recognition of the Act, its purposes, progress being made to implement it, and assistance available to landowners and communities is being increasingly recognised. A variety of proposals ranging from website development, business newsletters, community forums and gateway signage are underway.

10.     The Programme Co-ordination Group has continued to provide a useful mechanism for information exchange and discussion amongst Council units and CCOs involved in implementing the Act. There is further potential to develop the Group’s role as a means of improving co-ordination of specific work streams and activities in the WRHA.



Local Board Views and Implications

11.     This report is being brought to the Waitākere Ranges and Whau Local Boards for  their consideration, and will form the basis for a report to a subsequent meeting of the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee. Any comments or resolutions from the Local Boards will be included or referred to in the report to the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee.

Maori Impact Statement

12.     Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngāti Whātua Nga Rima o Kaipara and Ngāti Whātua o Orakei have not been consulted specifically on this report. However regular consultation and engagement takes place on a range of individual projects and activities described in this report, and on matters of mutual interest in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.

13.     The report is part of a continuing process to implement the Act and to evaluate progress being made to achieve its objectives.  It does not trigger the Significance Policy. This report is for Council reporting purposes and has not therefore been subject to a wider consultation process.

14.     Work has commenced on investigating Deeds of Acknowledgement, which may be entered into by the Council and iwi via sections 29 to 32 of the WRHAA (Attachment A).  Officer meetings with Te Waka Angamua and Council’s Legal Services Unit have begun to identify the Council’s approach to this matter.


15.     There are no general matters.

Implementation Issues

16.     There are no direct implementation issues.







Attachment A Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act Objectives and Deeds of Acknowledgement Provisions



Attachment B Six Monthly Progress Report





Eryn Shields - Team Leader Planning - North West


Penny Pirrit – General Manager - Plans & Places

Ian Maxwell - General Manager Parks, Sports and Recreation


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