Whau Local Board






Minutes of a meeting of the Whau Local Board held in the Whau Local Board Office, 31 Totara Avenue, New Lynn on Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at 12.30pm.





Tracy Mulholland




Deputy Chairperson

Susan Zhu





Derek Battersby, QSM, JP





Catherine Farmer





Duncan Macdonald, JP





Te'eva Matafai













David Whitley




Whau Local Board

03 May 2017




1          Welcome


Chairperson Mulholland opened the meeting and welcomed everyone present.


2          Apologies


Resolution number WH/2017/41

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson S Zhu, seconded by Member C Farmer:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)         accept an apology from member David Whitley for absence.



3          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.

Specifically members are asked to identify any new interests they have not previously disclosed, an interest that might be considered as a conflict of interest with a matter on the agenda.

The following are declared interests of the Whau Local Board.


Board Member

Organisation / Position

Tracy Mulholland

·                New Lynn Business Association – Business Associate

Susan Zhu

·            Chinese Oral History Foundation – Committee member

·            The Chinese Garden Steering Committee of Auckland – Board Member

Derek Battersby

·            Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust –Trustee

·            New Lynn Tennis Club – Patron

·            West Lynn Gardens – Patron

·            Tag Out Trust – Chairman

Catherine Farmer

·            Avondale-Waterview Historical Society – Member

·            Blockhouse Bay Historical Society – Member

·            Portage Licensing Trust – Trustee

·            Blockhouse Bay Bowls – Patron

·                Avondale RSA Associate – Member

·                Forest and Bird organisaion - Member

Duncan Macdonald

·            Avondale Business Association – Chairman

·            Avondale Community Society – Chairman

·            Avondale RSA – Committee Member

·            Avondale-Waterview Historical Society - Member

·            Avondale Jockey Club – Member

Te’eva Matafai

·                Pacific Events and Entertainment Trust - Co-Founder

·             Miss Samoa NZ - Director

·             Miss World Samoa - Director

·             Malu Measina Samoan Dance Group - Director/Founder

·             Pasifika Festival ATEED - Samoa Village Coordinator

·                Aspire Events - Director

David Whitley

·               Rosebank Business Association - Member

·               Pathways to the future  - Past trustee

·               REINZ - Member

·               Don Oliver Youth Sports Foundation  - Past trustee

·               Chamber of Trade - Mentor

·               Lopdell House - Trustee

The register was updated for member Catherine Farmer with the addition of membership to Forest and Bird organisaion.


4          Confirmation of Minutes


Resolution number WH/2017/42

MOVED by Member D Macdonald, seconded by Deputy Chairperson S Zhu:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 26 April 2017, as a true and correct record.



5          Leave of Absence



Resolution number WH/2017/43

MOVED by Member T Matafai, seconded by Deputy Chairperson S Zhu:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      accept leave of absence from member Derek Battersby for the period of 5 June to 11 June 2017.



6          Acknowledgements


There were no acknowledgements.


7          Ward Councillor’s Update


Apology from Cr Clow was noted.


8          Deputations


There were no deputations.


9          Public Forum


There was no public forum.


10        Extraordinary Business


There was no extraordinary business.


11        Notices of Motion


There were no notices of motion.



Annual Budget 2017/2018


Resolution number WH/2017/44

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson S Zhu, seconded by Member D Macdonald:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)         confirm the 2017/2018 LDI budgets of:



Local community services


Local parks, sport and recreation


Local environmental management


Local planning





b)        agree the following advocacy initiatives for inclusion in the 2017/2018 Local Board Agreement:

Funding for a Whau pool/ recreation centre in next LTP

Planning for recreation and aquatic facilities is in progress. The board wishes to continue to highlight the importance of delivering this facility in a timely manner, recognising the rapidly increasing population in the Whau.

Funding for land purchase / reorientation for better open space provision

Access to funding for purchasing and reorientation of local open space.  The Whau Open Space Network Plan has considered the regional policy in a local context and identifies under-resourced areas. There are opportunities for purchase as well as reorientation of specific sites to address low access areas, poor park connections and community safety concerns.

Increased support for local economic development 

The Whau Economic Development Plan has identified the need improved business and job numbers and quality in Whau’s town centres and industrial areas. New Lynn has had significant infrastructural investment in recent years and this investment was premised on both residential and business/employment growth. Avondale is experiencing intense development and alongside Rosebank and Kelston industrial areas and Blockhouse Bay and Green Bay town centres should be supported to improve business and job opportunities.


c)         provide the following views on regional financial policy issues:

Rates increase

Support 2.5% increase

Rating stability

Support pause in business reduction

Tourism promotion

Support funding tourism promotion and major events from a targeted rate on accommodation providers

Housing infrastructure

Support developing targeted rate option in funding policy noting that any specific targeted rates will be further consulted on

Living Wage for Council staff funded from savings



d)        recommend the following  2016/2017 LDI opex to be deferred to 2017/2018:

Avondale Development coordination


Greenways co-ordination and promotion


Whau migrant business support






13        Consideration of Extraordinary Items


There was no consideration of extraordinary items.  





12.58pm                                             The Chairperson thanked Members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.