Thursday 16 February 2017
Rodney Local Board
OPEN MINUTE ITEM ATTACHMENTS
8.1 Harbour Sport
8.2 Matakana Community Group
8.3 Helensville Community Recycling Centre
8.4 Sustain and Enable Helensville
8.5 Land at Woodcocks Road
Council's Quarterly Performance Reports: Rodney Local Board
For Quarter Two, 1 August - 31 December 2016
28 Ward Councillor Update
16 February 2017
15 December 2016
Well my first two months as Councillor for Rodney have been a whirlwind to say the least. I have been very busy attending meetings and getting up to speed with all the regional issues I will be facing in the upcoming term and I can already see I will be a busy man!
At this stage, I am on the Finance and Performance Committee, Environment and Community Committee, Planning Committee, Deputy Chair of Audit and Risk, Strategic Procurement Committee, Deputy Chair of Rural Advisory Panel, Parakai Recreation Reserves Board, Kaipara Moana Working Party, Kaipara Harbour Joint Political Committee, and of course Governing Body. I have had private meetings with Mayor Goff to make him fully aware of the concerns and aspirations of Rodney ratepayers and of the Rodney Local Board.
I have meet with all of the Executive Lead Team to discuss Rodneys key issues and strategies moving forward. It is clear that together with the Rodney Local Board we have good opportunities to achieve great things for Rodney.
I look forward to continuing working closely with you all as Local Board members to achieve some positive outcomes for our ward, ratepayers and communities.
Finance and Performance Committee
On Tuesday we had a whopping 10 hours at the Finance and Performance Committee where we discussed topics around the Annual Budget for 2017-2018 including the mayor’s proposal and the proposed rates increase. The major items in this consultation are the introduction of a visitor levy, growth infrastructure targeted rates, pausing the long-term differential strategy for one year, and a rates increase of 2.5%. I have some strong views on some of these items and I will be arguing further to keep rates capped at 2%. Today we debated this further at Governing Body and was successful in achieving a 2% rate increase option to be included into the consultation documents for the Annual Plan next year.
Parakai Recreation Reserves Board
Last Friday I attended my first meeting of the Parakai Reserves Board. We were welcomed formally by the local marae and we received a general overview of the progress and the future work requirements that will be managed by future conversations. There is huge potential for this space in Parakai and therefore the NorWest of Rodney and there are positive outcomes to be had for iwi, council and the community. Local Board members Phelan Pirrie and Brenda Steele are also on this board and together we make up the elected member representation for this board. Margaret Kawharu chairs this board of six co-governance representative’s.
I have had meetings with Tony McCartney and Andrew Scoggins from Auckland Transport and have discussed some of the many issues we have here in Rodney including Hill St, SH16 congestion issues, rail to Kumeu, road sealing, budgets and the Matakana Link Road. Improving our infrastructure is a key focus for me and I have enjoyed building relationships with these key AT staff. In the new year, Beth, Phelan and I will continue building on this work and will be having regular information meetings with these AT managers so that we are all on the same page and can work as a team on Auckland Transport issues. I see these relationships with key Auckland Transport managers, the Local Board and myself, as a good start to our relationships and we should look forward to translating these into positive outcomes for Rodney.
I know that the situation in Te Arai has been ongoing for a while. I attended a site visit with the community a few days after my election and have since had meetings with staff and also with the developers to get a full understanding of the situation up there. It is certainly a complex situation with a hurt community who want the best outcomes for their backyard. I am happy to hear that Warren MacLennan is leading the community liaison group and will be representing council in their regular discussions. I will be kept in the loop going forward and will brief the Local Board as this occurs.
I am open to be contacted by the public or the Local Board members at any time and would like to take this opportunity to formally thank the Chair Beth Houlbrooke for her dedicated assistance in working closely with me to resolve customer queries as they have arisen. Also I would like to mention Rebecca Purvis who has been invaluable with her helpful and cheery advice and assistance.
Wishing all the staff, Local Board members, members of the local Press and our wonderful community a very
Merry Christmas and a safe New Year break.