OPEN MINUTE ITEM ATTACHMENTS
14 Achievements of the Seniors Advisory Panel, Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel and Youth Advisory Panel in the 2013-2016 term
A. 29 September 2016 - Governing Body - Item 14 - Achievements of the Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel, Seniors Advisory Panel and Youth Advisory Panel in the 2013-2016 term - Seniors Advisory Panel presentation 11
B. 29 September 2016 - Governing Body - Item 14 - Achievements of the Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel, Seniors Advisory Panel and Youth Advisory Panel in the 2013-2016 term - Collaborative Accomplishments - Seniors Advisory Panel 17
Sir Graeme Douglas
Condolences from all over the world poured into Auckland with the sad passing of Sir Graeme Douglas aged 87.
Graeme founded Henderson based Douglas Pharmaceuticals in the late 1970s and while he stepped down from day-to-day running of the business in 2014 he was a regular at the offices and many west Auckland functions and events.
A huge benefactor to the west in a variety of ways, Graeme supported every single thing he could and wrote many cheques including one for Douglas Track and Field at the Trusts Stadium, just over the road from the company.
Graeme’s life story is an interesting one. It began at a small Te Atatu pharmacy where Graeme as the chemist created a cough syrup. By the late 1970s the operation was making $2 million annually and Graeme sold the shop to focus on his pharmaceutical manufacturing business.
Today Douglas Pharmaceuticals manufactures about 30 products sold in 35 countries and revenue is about $140 million a year.
Graeme received his knighthood in 2010 for services to philanthropy and athletics and he received a gold medal from the Pharmaceutical Society the same year. He was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the New Zealand pharmaceutical industry in 1988. A patron of West Auckland Hospice, Graeme was awarded a lifetime achievement award just last month by Sir Bob Harvey on behalf of Auckland Council.
When Graeme retired as managing director of his company, his son Jeff took the helm and Graeme went on to establish Douglas Nutrition, a specialist nutritional supplements company, also based in Henderson, however he continued to hold a seat on the company’s board. He was fiercely loyal to the company, his staff of nearly 500 and his friends.
Graeme and his wife Dame Ngaire were involved in many causes as large, important benefactors to the west. They donated $3 million to Starship children’s hospital, its single-largest personal donation, in 2010 to help pay for a new medical scanner.
A much, much loved son of the west, Graeme is survived by Ngaire and his sons Jeff and Robert. He will be sorely missed by them and many, many others.
The business community suffered the loss of John Waller to cancer this month. John had an outstanding business career.
John was the former Bank of New Zealand chairman and his death was received with great sadness by the bank.
An expert in managing business insolvencies, John arrived at the BNZ just as the global financial crisis was taking hold and his judgement and experience guided the company through. Chief executive of National Australia Bank, the BNZ’s parent, Anthony Healy said John helped the bank make the right decisions for its customers and was “rightly proud of the fact that at the height of the crisis BNZ lent more money to New Zealand businesses than all of our competitors combined”.
John retired as chairman from the BNZ and the board of NAB in August last year to spend more time with his family and to pursue other interests. He had been a member of the board since early 2008 and became its chair later that year. He was replaced as chair by former Auckland Council CEO Doug McKay. He also stepped down as an independent director of Fonterra.
John chaired the Eden Park Trust board during the 2011 Rugby World Cup and was instrumental in helping New Zealand secure the event’s hosting rights.
Awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit last year for services to business and the community, John was (to quote Anthony Healy again) “characterised by the exercise of a brilliant mind, achievement and influence, often during the most challenging of times. It was a privilege to work alongside him and his legacy at BNZ will be a well governed, high-performing bank, recognised for its innovation, culture and customer focus.”
John will be sorely missed by his family, friends, colleagues and his communities.
Auckland Achievements - October 2016
City Rail Link funding agreement
On Wednesday 14 September, Mayor Len Brown and Transport Minister Simon Bridges signed an agreement on the contractual relationship between the parties for the City Rail Link (CRL).
Enabling works have started for the City Rail Link (CRL) but until now the funding responsibilities were not set in stone. With the signing of the Heads of Agreement we have agreed on a 50/50 funding share with government, to be managed by an independent Board of Directors.
The expected benefits for the whole transport network will be significant. The capacity of the network will increase from 15,000 to 30,000 passengers per hour, increased rail patronage will ease pressure on arterial roads and motorways, and urban renewal projects around stations are estimated to be valued around $5 billion.
Features of the Heads of Agreement include:
· A 50/50 funding arrangement where Auckland Council and the Crown each pay half of the total capitalised costs of the project.
· The principals to the agreement, referred to as “sponsors”, are the Government and Auckland Council.
· The establishment of a company (City Rail Link Limited) through which the Government and Council will oversee the delivery of the project.
· Joint share in development opportunities arising from the project.
· The technical and operational aspects of project delivery are to be carried out by Auckland Transport working to the City Rail Link company.
· KiwiRail have a formal role in ensuring the CRL’s interoperability with the wider rail network and the services it provides, such as freight.
ATAP agreement signed
Auckland Council and the Government have completed the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP).
ATAP delivers an agreement between the Government and Council on the short, medium and long tern deliverables that are required to lift productivity and decongest the network. The projects are a mix of roading works both motorway and arterial, current network improvements and technological developments.
By agreeing the priority projects, council and government can prioritise and agree funding for the works so desperately needed to unlock Auckland’s constrained transport system.
There is an estimated $4 billion gap between funding available and the ATAP list of deliverables in the first decade. The next stage of work will be filling the funding gap and begin construction.
ASB Waterfront Theatre opens
The ASB Waterfront Theatre, a new state-of-the-art arts facility located in the Wynyard Quarter, has
Comprising a 660-seat, international standard theatre, bar, café, gallery space and lounge, the ASB
Waterfront Theatre is a purpose-built venue and home of Auckland Theatre Company.
It is adjacent to the ASB North Wharf building in the heart of the Wynyard Quarter.
The Foundation Partners are Auckland Council, ASB Bank and AUT University. Major funders include
Creative New Zealand and Foundation North. The project funders are the Edmiston Trust, The Lion
Foundation and Lotto NZ.
The Founding Corporate Partners are Kensington Swan and Villa Maria, and Platinum Corporate Partners
are Cooper and Company, ECC Limited, and Moller Architects. Panuku Development Auckland and
Auckland Theatre Company are Project Partners.
Civic Administration Building
The Civic Administration Building in Aotea Square is to be restored and the surrounding area
developed under a private sector proposal that will breathe life into a key part of Auckland’s city
Panuku Development Auckland has chosen Tawera Group to restore the Category A heritage
building after an international tender process. Tawera’s Civic Quarter proposal features residential
apartments in the upper floors, with food and beverage facilities on the ground floor of the existing
building. There will also be a new apartment building on the Mayoral Drive corner, a new boutique
hotel on Mayoral Drive and a building featuring a Whare Tapere performance space fronting Aotea
The Civic Administration Building holds a significant place in Auckland’s history, having been a
seat of local government for almost 50 years.It was designed by Tibor Donner in 1951 and
constructed in 1966. At the time of its completion it was Auckland’s tallest building.
Mt Albert Overbridge opens
A $1.23m pedestrian bridge to the Mt Albert train station from a car park at 915-927 New North Road has
been officially opened.
This will in effect create a third station access, in addition to the access points off Carrington Road and also an entrance at Willcott Street. The Albert-Eden Local Board has long been pressing for the train station to have a more
visible and physical connection to the actual town centre. It sees the bridge as a significant part of an
upgrade of the town centre.
This footbridge opening is the last piece in a four year, $10m project to upgrade the station.
Section of Khartoum Place renamed
On 19 September 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote.
In recognition, the lower section of Khartoum Place has been renamed Te Hā o Hine Place. Ngāti Whātua
Ōrākei gifted the name ‘Te Hā o Hine’ which is derived from the whakatauki (proverb) ‘Me aro koe ki te Hā
o Hine-ahu-one'. This translates to ‘pay heed to the dignity of women.'
In April 2016 the Waitemata Local Board consulted with iwi, the National Council of Women, local
businesses, residents and the wider public to ascertain the level of support for a name change and
a preference should they support a change. The majority of submitters supported a name change and for
the options for consideration to include; Te Hā o Hine, Suffrage Place and Kate Sheppard Place.
Watercare recognised as a leader in risk management
Auckland’s Watercare has been recognised by the country’s risk sector body as a leader in risk
The provider of water and wastewater services received the award for Excellence in Building Risk
Management Capability at the 2016 RiskNZ Awards of Excellence, which were held in Wellington on
The award identifies Watercare as an organisation that shows continuing commitment to ensuring that they have the risk management skills, knowledge and resources needed to enhance business performance.
Judges said Watercare’s whole of organisation approach and focus on developing and implementing a
sound risk culture and systems is the epitome of what the RiskNZ award is all about.
Love Food Hate Waste Fund opens
Auckland Council is inviting applications to its first ever Love Food Hate Waste Fund from people with
innovative ideas about how to reduce food waste.
The Love Food Hate Waste fund has $40,000 overall, with maximum funding of $1,000 per application.
About 40 per cent of what the average household puts out in their rubbish each week is food waste,
which goes to landfill. What’s more, avoidable food waste costs the average household $563 a year,
with Kiwis spending an estimated $872 million a year on food that then gets thrown away uneaten.
More Aucklanders cycling
Auckland Transport (AT) monitors the number of cycle trips across the region and the latest cycle
monitoring results for August 2016 show strong increases in the number of journeys made by cyclists.
At 14 regional count sites:
• 1.66 million cycle trips were recorded for the year of September 2015 to August 2016, an increase of
• 8.8 per cent on the previous 12 months.
• 123,388 cycle trips were recorded in August 2016, an increase of 13.9 per cent when compared to
• August 2015.
At 13 city centre count sites:
• 1.74 million cycle trips were recorded/estimated for the year of September 2015 to August 2016
• 130,523 cycle trips were recorded in August 2016.
Record breaking Rio Paralympic Games
Auckland athletes were among those involved in the recent record-breaking Rio Paralympic Games. All up, New Zealanders won 21 medals in Rio – nine gold, five silver and seven bronze. There were three world records and 11 Paralympic records.
New Zealand was the No 1 country for medals per capita, as it was for the London 2012 Paralympics.
New Zealanders delivered personal best times for more than half (52 per cent) of events.
The only time New Zealand has ever won more medals was the 25 medals secured back in 1984 (8 gold).
The nine gold medals taken in Rio de Janeiro mean that in gold medal terms, Rio 2016 is exactly matched to Atlanta 1996 as New Zealand’s most successful Paralympic Games in its history. Add to this, New Zealand has successfully defended its title of number one in the world medals per capita, a title secured during the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
New Zealand also sits 13th on overall medals, compared to 21st in the world after London 2012. The highest place New Zealand has ever finished is 16th overall, at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
There was a public welcome home on Friday 23 September at the AUT Millennium, Rosedale, Auckland.
Youth unemployment decreases
The number of unemployed young Aucklanders has decreased during the first six years of a united Auckland.
The figures, from analysis of NEET rates (not in employement, education or training) and the Household Labour Force Survey, show youth unemployment rates have almost halved, from 21.1 percent to 12.4 percent since late 2010 when the super city was established.
Since the inception of the Youth Connections programme in late 2012 the annualised NEET rate has been 10.2 percent on average. Before that it was consistently higher at 12 to 14 percent.
Youth Connections is one of several Auckland Council initiatives alongside JobFest and the Youth Employment Pledge which are supported by The Tindall Foundation.
Since January 2015 Youth Connections has helped more than 5000 young people become work ready and unlocked more than 2000 job vacancies, filling more than half of them.
Fifty-seven Auckland companies have signed up as pledge partners, committing themselves to actively employ and train more young people and more than 800 full and part time positions were on offer at today’s JobFest which attracted thousands of young job seekers and more than 80 employers with stands.
Two new initiatives were launched this month - #BuildAKL which aims to attract more youth into the burgeoning construction and infrastructure sector and YouthFull, an online platform where young jobseekers can learn work-readiness skills and pitch for job opportunities. Employers can engage directly with young jobseekers via the platform and support them to develop the skills necessary to fill their entry-level roles.
Auckland in two finals for the C40 Cities Awards
C40 announced the 35 finalists competing in ten urban climate action categories for the fourth-annual C40 Cities Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and BYD.
The C40 Cities Awards globally recognizes cities for their leadership on climate action and showcases the innovative policies and programmes that cities have implemented to tackle climate change.
Auckland Council’s Waste to Resources is a finalist in the Solid Waste category and the Wynyard Quarter development a finalist in the Sustainable Communities category.
The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.
Help on its way for rough sleepers and homeless
The council’s Finance and Performance Committee approved funding of $2 million to the James Liston Hostel in the Auckland CBD to enhance the quality and quantity of emergency housing for rough sleepers and homeless people.
The funding will come from the City Centre Targeted Rate with the full support of the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board.
James Liston Hostel will use the funds to increase capacity by five new beds to a total of 40 beds, allow for the provision of specialised rapid intake rooms, additional meeting and activity rooms and much needed renovations to the building itself.
Alongside a new operating model, the funding enables the potential for the hostel to transition approximately 238 people into permanent accommodation over the next two years through the hostel’s Housing First model. The model seeks to move clients through the hostel and into more permanent accommodation via a 12 week in-house support programme, followed by tenancy sustainment services.
In May this year the annual Auckland City Mission street count found 228 people sleeping rough within a 3km radius of the Sky Tower, up from 147 people recorded in October 2014.
The enhancement of services provided by the James Liston Hostel through this funding is supported by the Auckland homelessness sector, including the Auckland City Mission and Lifewise, alongside the Ministry of Social Housing and Housing New Zealand.