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




Meeting Room:



Thursday, 20 April 2017


St Chads Church and Community Centre
38 St Johns Road


Ōrākei Local Board









Colin Davis, JP


Deputy Chairperson

Kit Parkinson



Troy Churton



Carmel Claridge



Toni Millar, QSM, JP



Ros Rundle



David Wong



(Quorum 4 members)




Kim  Lawgun

Democracy Advisor


20 April 2017


Contact Telephone: 021 302 163

Email: kim.lawgun@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz




Ōrākei Local Board

20 April 2017



ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE


18        Future Management of the Ōrākei Basin                                                                    5

21        Local board feedback on Government’s Urban Development Authorities Discussion Document                                                                                                                     13   



Ōrākei Local Board

20 April 2017



Future Management of the Ōrākei Basin


File No.: CP2017/05734





1.       To agree to an implementation strategy to undertake the actions required by the Ōrākei Basin Management Plan 2010 (the Management Plan).

2.       To update the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group Terms of Reference, including the role and membership of the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group.

Executive summary

3.       Since the 2016 local government elections, the Ōrākei Local Board has reviewed the work undertaken on the Ōrākei Basin and the role of the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group (OBAG).  The Local Board, as the governing entity over the Ōrākei Basin, is committed to implementing the Management Plan and sought clarification of the role of OBAG.

4.       The Terms of Reference under which OBAG operated needed to be reviewed and these have been rewritten to clarify the membership of OBAG and how it could better operate as intended by the Management Plan.

5.       The revised Terms of Reference are attached for adoption by the Ōrākei Local Board.

6.       Parks, Sport and Recreation staff propose that the actions envisaged by the Management Plan be commenced, with the first priority being the preparation of a State of the Ōrākei Basin Report.

7.       Staff propose that the scope of the State of the Ōrākei Basin Report be approved by the Local Board, following staff advice, and consultation with necessary stakeholder groups.

8.       Following completion of the State of the Ōrākei Basin Report, an action plan for the basin will be developed; this will include a list of prioritised initiatives and projects.




That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      agree to the continuation of the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group.

b)      appoint the Orakei Local Board Parks portfolio lead to the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group.

c)      approve the revised Terms of Reference for the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group.

d)      request that staff draft a scope for the state of the basin report, for approval by the Board.

e)      request that staff develop the action plan, as required by the Ōrākei Basin Management Plan following the completion of the state of the basin report.

f)       request that the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group investigate the establishment of a “Friends of Ōrākei Basin” group.



9.       The area known as the Ōrākei Basin (the basin) is one of many volcanic features in the Auckland region. It is highly valued by the community for its geological, ecological, archaeological, recreational and landscape values.

10.     The Ōrākei Basin Management Plan was adopted by Auckland City Council in August 2010. It was prepared in accordance with the process set out in the Reserves Act 1977 and is intended to provide direction for the future development, management and use of the open space network associated with the Ōrākei Basin. The area that the Management Plan covers includes the water bodies of the Ōrākei Basin and Creek, and eight smaller pieces of public land. These are shown on the map in Attachment A.

11.     The Management Plan requires a number of actions which include:

·     setting up an Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group,

·     investigating the establishment of a “Friends of Ōrākei Basin” group,

·     preparing a state of the basin report, and

·     preparing an action plan to be developed based on the interim action plan provided in Appendix 5 of the Management Plan.

12.     Of these actions, only the establishment of the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group has occurred. At the time when Auckland Council was formed, the basin was regarded as a regional feature and was therefore managed by the Governing Body. In 2013 the Ōrākei Basin was categorised as a local park and is now under the governance of the Ōrākei Local Board.


Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group

13.     In May 2011 terms of reference (TOR) for a proposed Ōrākei Basin advisory group were endorsed by the Regional Development and Operations Committee. OBAG was established immediately after in June. It is made up of representatives of the recreational user-groups at the basin, as well as of local residents’ and interest groups, a council parks officer and an Ōrākei Local Board member. Since its establishment, OBAG has provided important local and recreational input and assisted the Council with a number of physical works projects.

14.     The primary role of the Advisory Group is intended to “support on-going implementation of the management plan”. It was also set up to prepare:

·     an ‘action plan’ to prioritise work,

·     a state of Ōrākei Basin report, and

·     a development plan.

15.     The Management Plan also states that “the advisory group will investigate the establishment of a Friends of Ōrākei Basin.” It appears that there was an attempt to establish a “Friends of” group, but this was unsuccessful. The other tasks listed above have not yet been completed.

16.     The TOR have been in place for the last six years and should have been regularly reviewed (three times per year), but this appears to have been overlooked.

17.     The Ōrākei Local Board believes it is timely to review the TOR. This has led to the revised TOR (Attachment A), which among other points of clarification, changes the review period of the TOR to every three years to align with each local board term.

18.     The revised TOR clarifies the role of OBAG as an advisory group and the Local Board as the primary decision-maker. This is clearly expressed by the Management Plan as follows:

‘The advisory group will be able to provide recommendations however, budget allocation decision making responsibility will rest with the council’.

19.     It does however provide for OBAG’s ability to ‘make formal requests for discretionary funding when considered appropriate’.

20.     The Board is now interested in working with OBAG to complete the tasks that the Management Plan requires, but have not yet been initiated.



Work Required by the Ōrākei Basin Management Plan

21.     The Management Plan is clear that both the State of the Ōrākei Basin Report and the Action Plan would be led by Council staff, who, when appropriate, would seek input and advice from the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group. Any decisions on the projects with financial implications would be referred to the Local Board for final decision-making.

The State of the Ōrākei Basin Report

22.     The Board has recently been advised that a water quality monitoring programme of the Ōrākei Creek and Basin has been initiated. This will ascertain the state of water quality in the Ōrākei Creek and parts of the basin. It goes some way to meeting the first priority project required by the Management Plan. However, the State of the Ōrākei Basin report is intended to ‘cover not only the basin and creek but also the public park areas around the basin that are included in the management plan’.

23.     A priority for the Board should be to ensure that an assessment of the current condition of the basin and its immediate environs (as mapped in Attachment A) is provided against which future annual monitoring can be measured and projects can be prioritised.

The Action Plan

24.     The Schedule in Appendix 5 of the Management Plan appears to have been used as a list for some work/projects in the last 5 years, but the list was actually intended ‘to inform the basis of an ‘action plan’ to be developed by the Ōrākei Basin Advisory Group.’[1] No prioritised action plan appears to have been developed. It is proposed that the action plan will be developed using the list of projects and programmes in Appendix 5 of the Management Plan as a starting point, but will also consider progress and/or changes that have occurred, to prioritise future projects in and around the Basin.


25.     The Local Board has responsibility for the Ōrākei Basin and its associated public areas provided for in the Ōrākei Basin Management Plan. The clarification of the membership and role of OBAG is important to ensure that the outcomes and actions set out the in the Management Plan are achieved.

26.     The Local Board may choose not to support the concept of an advisory group, in which case an amendment to the Management Plan under the Reserves Act 1977 would have to be initiated. This is not recommended as removing this provision or any other changes to the Management Plan would entail a lengthy and time consuming process.

27.     The revised Terms of Reference are intended to clarify the role of OBAG and it is recommended that OBAG work closely with the Local Board to ensure the outcomes of the Management Plan are realised.

28.     To ensure that the requirements of the Management Plan are met, Parks, Sport and Recreation staff proposes to first work with all relevant stakeholders, including OBAG, to provide a draft scope for the State of the Ōrākei Basin work for approval by the Ōrākei Local Board. At the completion of the report, the action plan required by the Management Plan can then be developed.

29.     It should be noted that while the tasks outlined above are implemented, capital works projects already approved in and around the basin will be initiated and/or continued. These include the retaining wall and improvements to the steps behind the Auckland Water Ski Club and the renewal of the paths around the southern side of the basin.

Local board views and implications

30.     The Local Board has been consulted in the preparation of this report.

31.     The Local Board has requested that the Terms of Reference be updated to ensure that ongoing engagement between the Local Board, Council officers and representative groups occurs in a formalised manner and that there is a clear avenue for the input by relevant community group representatives into the work of Council staff.

32.     The Local Board has requested that the work in relation to the State of the Basin Report and the Action Plan be expedited due to the significance of the Ōrākei Basin to the Local Board Area. The advice provided proposes an approach that will enable the work to progress with the necessary engagement with both the local Board and the relevant stakeholder groups.

33.     It is likely that there will be further implications in relation to the surrounding area for the Ōrākei Local Board to consider once the State of the Basin Report is completed. These considerations and any subsequent action required will be considered and workshopped with the local Board as part of the process to develop the Action Plan.

Māori impact statement

34.     OBAG includes a representative of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. Due to the significance of the Ōrākei Basin, Mana Whenua will be engaged during the development of both the State of the Basin Report and the Action Plan through the regular meetings of OBAG.


35.     Following approval of this report, Parks, Sport and Recreation staff will commence the work in line with the proposed approach, and will return to the Local Board with a draft scope to a workshop in May 2017.







Revised Terms of Reference for OBAG





Greer O'Donnell - PSR Portfolio Manager


Mace Ward - General Manager Parks, Sports and Recreation

Adam Milina - Relationship Manager - Albert-Eden & Orakei Local Boards


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Ōrākei Local Board

20 April 2017



Local board feedback on Government’s Urban Development Authorities Discussion Document


File No.: CP2017/06390





1.       To provide an opportunity for local boards to formally provide feedback on the government’s Urban Development Authorities Discussion Document.

Executive summary

2.       The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Urban Development Authorities Discussion Document, released in February 2017, proposes new legislation for urban development authorities.

3.       The potential legislation is the government’s direct response to recommendations made by the Productivity Commission during the Using Land for Housing inquiry (2015). The government signaled the proposal in August 2016.

4.       The discussion document notes that the urban development authority proposal is one of a number of initiatives to improve the urban development system overall, others being the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill and the Productivity Commission inquiry into Better Urban Planning.

5.       The proposed legislation is intended to complement the government’s recent introduction of a National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity and the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

6.       The purpose of the proposed legislation is to enable better urban development at scale, where projects are complex or strategically important.

7.       The legislation would enable local and central government:

·     to empower nationally or locally significant urban development projects to access more enabling development powers and land use rules; and

·     to establish new urban development authorities to support those projects where required.

8.       The intention is to overcome barriers to large scale urban development identified by the Productivity Commission’s Using Land for Housing inquiry.

9.       The proposed legislation would enable publicly-controlled urban development authorities to plan and oversee the necessary development. Urban development authorities would be granted access powers to overcome these barriers, where applicable and strategically appropriate. This may include:

·     powers to acquire parcels of land,

·     powers to plan and fund infrastructure

·     powers to buy, sell or lease land and buildings and fund infrastructure, and

·     override existing and proposed district plans.

10.     Developments could include housing, commercial premises, associated infrastructure, and amenities including parks, community spaces or shopping centres. Projects could also be greenfield and part of city expansion. Projects would not be limited to solely housing related projects. Development powers will not be available for stand-alone infrastructure projects.

11.     The planning and consenting system as a whole; and any ability for urban development authorities to access powers under the Building Act 2004 and the Building Code will not be considered in this discussion document or during the further development of the urban development authority proposal.

12.     In its submission to the Productivity Commission Using Land for Housing draft report in June 2015, the council raised the following points regarding urban development authorities. These are that the council:

·     agrees that there can be high value in urban development agency models

·     does not support the establishment of a government urban development agency in Auckland

·     supports and believes there is scope for government to undertake complementary development activities and work alongside Development Auckland (now Panuku)

·     does not support the removal of planning powers from local government to an urban development agency as local government is better placed to undertake local planning.

·     recommends government undertakes an evaluation of existing development initiatives it has been involved in in Auckland, e.g. Tamaki Redevelopment Company Limited, and Hobsonville Point Company Limited.



That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      endorse the attached feedback on the Urban Development Authorities discussion document.



Local board views and implications

13.     Local board chairpersons were invited to make an Expression of Interest to be a member of the Political Reference Group providing direction to staff on the submission.

14.     The purpose of this report is to seek local board feedback which will be attached to the Auckland Council submission at the Planning Committee.

15.     A committee report with the draft Political Reference group submission points will be reported to the 2 May meeting of the Planning Committee, with delegated sign off for the final submission for the 19 May deadline. The submission closing date is very tight and local board feedback will be tabled at the 2 May Planning Committee meeting. We would be grateful for any specific comments you wish to be considered for council submission to be:

·     in a word document, regarding the overall proposal to enact new legislation as well as the specific proposals which are included within the overall proposal (see Appendix 1), provided by 28 April  2017. Any feedback received after 28 April and before 15 May 2017 will be attached to the final submission.

·     sent to Christina Kaiser christina.kaiser@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

If you have any questions please contact Christina Kaiser.

Māori impact statement

16.     The proposals in the discussion document will have an impact Māori. The discussion document proposes a process to identify potential Urban Development Authorities and develop related plans that may impact on agreed to planning decisions which were made with Māori engagement and input.

17.     The Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) are providing input into the submission. The Political Reference Group set up to work with staff on Auckland Council’s submission includes a member of the IMSB Secretariat.


18.     There are no implementation issues as a result of this report.







Urban Development Authorities Discussion Document February 2017



Appendix 1 Questions for Consideration



Appendix 2 Summary diagram of the processes being proposed under the new legislation





Christina Kaiser – Principal Strategic Advisor


Jacques Victor – GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

Karen Lyons - Manager Local Board Services


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[1] Ōrākei Basin Management Plan, Page 75, last paragraph.