Waiheke Local Board






Minutes of an extraordinary meeting of the Waiheke Local Board held in the Local Board Office, 10 Belgium Street, Ostend, Waiheke on Thursday, 4 May 2017 at 5.15pm.









Deputy Chairperson

Cath Handley





Shirin Brown





John Meeuwsen





Bob Upchurch








Paul Walden

On council business





1          Welcome


Deputy Chairperson Cath Handley welcomed everyone present and led the meeting with a karakia.


2          Apologies


Resolution number WHK/2017/55

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member B Upchurch:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         accept the apology from Chair P Walden for absence on Council business.




3          Declaration of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


4          Leave of Absence


There were no leaves of absence.


5          Acknowledgements


There were no acknowledgements.


6          Petitions


There were no petitions.


7          Deputations


There were no deputations.


8          Public Forum



Budget and Annual Plan 2017/2018 - Roger Bryant


Roger Bryant was in attendance to speak to the board regarding the Annual Budget 2017/2018.


Resolution number WHK/2017/56

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member S Brown:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      note the tabled document and attach it to the minutes.


b)      thank Roger Bryant for his attendance and presentation.




A copy of the tabled document has been placed on the file copy of the minutes and can be viewed on Auckland Council’s website.



a     8.1 Budget and Annual Plans 2017 - Roger Bryant


9          Extraordinary Business


There was no extraordinary business.


10        Notices of Motion


There were no notices of motion.



Annual Budget 2017/2018


Resolution number WHK/2017/57

MOVED by Member B Upchurch, seconded by Member S Brown:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      approve final 2017/2018 LDI operational budgets by project, within funding envelopes as follows;



Local community services


Local parks, sport and recreation


Local environmental management


Local planning





b)        approve the advocacy initiatives for inclusion in the 2017/2018 Local Board Agreement as outlined below, with any minor changes delegated to the chair:



Advocating to

Matiatia Strategic Plan


The board is progressing a Strategic Plan for council owned land at Matiatia and requests that any future development  is guided by this plan and appropriate funding is allocated within the Long-term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP) for both transport and non-transport infrastructure related priorities.


This plan is being developed in collaboration with Auckland Transport, the governing body, mana whenua, and the local community.   It recognises the importance of Matiatia as a gateway and transport hub, addresses community aspirations and protects our environment and cultural heritage now and into the future.


The board requests that as part of this plan, the governing body review the status of the Development Auckland Panuku managed land at Matiatia on the basis that a significant financial return on investment (at purchase) is clearly unrealistic and this status is delaying an outcome to the multitude of issues that exist at Matiatia.


Governing Body

Auckland Transport

Development Auckland Panuku

Quality roading and infrastructure that supports Waiheke’s character and water management needs

The board requests appropriate funding to deliver quality roading, footpaths and a cycling network to a standard consistent with the rest of Auckland (taking into account Waiheke character).  This includes effective water management using water sensitive design techniques. 


Funding for the development and implementation of Watershed / Catchment managements plans is also essential.  This includes flooding and stormwater management, monitoring of the drainage network and appropriate maintenance and infrastructure development.


Governing Body

Auckland Transport

Visitor Impact

The board seeks funding for increased services, infrastructure maintenance and improvement projects which address the impact of tourism while also providing local benefit.


This could include implementing a visitor levy or advocating to Council’s governing body for visitor growth funding.

Governing Body

Community Swimming Pool

The board requests provision for funding of a Community Swimming Pool within the Long-term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP) as this is a local priority and an identified gap within the Community Facilities Network Plan.

Governing Body

Marine protected areas

The board supports the creation of a network of marine reserves and other protected areas linking the islands in its area of jurisdiction. 

Governing Body

Department of Conservation


c)         note previous advocacy issues not yet resolved as per Attachment E, are still considered active.

d)      agrees that ‘Matiatia’ and ‘Quality roading and infrastructure that supports Waiheke’s character and water management needs’ are the highest priority areas for the organisation to work on.

e)      provide any views it may have on regional financial policy issues;

i)          support the planned rates increase of no more than 2.5 per cent for 2017/2018;

ii)         support the proposal that both businesses and residential ratepayers receive the same rates increases in 2017/2018;

iii)       while the board notes the proposed targeted rate on accommodation providers was supported in community feedback, we believe that it is hard to apply a genuinely fair ‘user pays’ policy to the tourism industry and question the objective of further ‘rapid growth in tourism numbers’.  The Local Board therefore opposes the targeted rate on accommodation providers;

iv)       support the proposal to change the funding policy to allow infrastructure for new housing developments to be funded by targeted rates on the development;

v)         support the proposal to pay council staff a living wage;

f)       note Financial Planning has confirmed continuation of the Governing Body approval to allocate LDI funding to enable up to $1m debt funded towards development of a swimming pool in FY18.

g)      recommend $20,000 of 2016/2017 LDI opex be deferred to 2017/2018.

h)      request additional LDI funding of $12,671 to offset the additional costs imposed under the empowered communities model overhead calculation on the basis that the board’s LDI funding is fixed and adversely impacted by this increase.





12        Consideration of Extraordinary Items


There was no consideration of extraordinary items.   



 The Deputy Chairperson closed the meeting with a karakia.




5.57 pm                                              The Chairperson thanked Members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.