Waitākere Ranges Local Board






Minutes of a meeting of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board held in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board Office, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden on Thursday, 4 May 2017 at 9.38am.





Greg Presland




Deputy Chairperson

Saffron Toms





Sandra Coney, QSO





Neil Henderson





Steve Tollestrup





Denise Yates, JP
















Waitākere Ranges Local Board

04 May 2017




1          Welcome


The Chairperson opened the meeting and welcomed those present.


2          Apologies


There were no apologies.


3          Declaration of Interest

Members were 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 Waitakere Ranges Local Board.


Board Member

Organisation / Position

Sandra Coney

·        Waitemata District Health Board – Elected Member

·        Women’s Health Action Trust – Patron

·        New Zealand Society of Genealogists – Member

·        New Zealand Military Defence Society – Member

·        Cartwright Collective – Member

·        Titirangi RSA – Member

·        Portage Trust – Member

·        West Auckland Trust Services - Director

Neil Henderson

·        Portage Trust – Elected Member

·        West Auckland Trust Services (WATS) Board – Trustee/Director

·        Whau River Catchment Trust - Employee

Greg Presland

·        Lopdell House Development Trust – Trustee

·        Titirangi Residents & Ratepayers Group – Committee Member 

·        Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust – Trustee

·        Combined Youth Services Trust – Trustee

·        Glen Eden Bid - Member

Steve Tollestrup

·        Waitakere Licensing Trust – Elected Member

·        Waitakere Task force on Family Violence – Appointee

Saffron Toms


Denise Yates

·        Friends of Arataki Incorporated – Committee member

·        EcoMatters Environment Trust – Trustee



Member appointments

Board members are appointed to the following bodies. In these appointments the board members represent Auckland Council.


Board Member

Organisation / Position

Sandra Coney

·           Friends of Arataki Incorporated – Trustee

Neil Henderson

·           Friends of Arataki Incorporated – Trustee

·           Rural Advisory Panel - Member

Steve Tollestrup

·           Glen Eden Business Improvement District

Greg Presland

·           Glen Eden Business Improvement District (alternate)

Saffron Toms

·           Ark in the Park


4          Confirmation of Minutes


Resolution number WTK/2017/54

MOVED by Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member N Henderson:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Thursday, 27 April 2017, as a true and correct record.

b)        notes the correction to 18 d) Approves the scheduled formal engagement events:

Swanson Market (Pop-up stall) should be 9.00am – 11.00am

Laingholm Village Hall should be Wednesday, 21 June 2017



5          Leave of Absence


There were no leaves of absence.


6          Acknowledgements


There were no acknowledgements.


7          Ward Councillors update


Apologies from Councillors Penny Hulse and Linda Cooper were 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 WTK/2017/55

MOVED by Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member D Yates:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)     agrees the following final 2017/2018 LDI funding envelopes:

i)     Total Local Community Services - $827,000

ii)    Total Local Parks, Sports and Recreation - $116,000

iii)   Total Local Environment Development - $361,000

iv)   Total Local Planning and Development - $28,000

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

i)          Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area

·                Governing Body to fund the Waitakere Ranges Heritage area Programme at previous levels including an additional allowance for the writing of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Monitoring Report in 2018, and each 5 years thereafter

·                Auckland Council to properly identify and resource WRHA objectives

·                Council to prioritise financial resources to support the WRHA in the long-term particularly around environmental matters

ii)      Glen Eden

·            Glen Eden Urban Design Framework and Implementation Plan to be fully funded in the next Long-term Plan: $32m, and resourcing to be included. 

c)    agrees that full funding and implementation of the Glen Eden Urban Design Framework and Implementation Plan in the next Long-term Plan is the key advocacy point for the organisation to work to.

d)    provides the following views on regional financial policy issues:

i)       supports a rates level of 3.5% as identified in the current Long-term Plan, as a reasonable means to prevent cuts in services and to respond to community needs.

ii)       supports business and residential ratepayers each receiving the same rates increase in 2017. 

iii)       does not support a targeted rate on accommodation providers for providers within the Waitakere Ranges Local Board area to be used for tourism promotion. 

The local board is not against a form of levy for international tourists to be used for improvement of infrastructure and addressing visitor impact. The board is concerned that the current proposal may impact smaller local providers in a disproportionate way and potential to diminish the level of Council control over ATEED. The local board considers that this should be a central government and industry-led process such as a bed or airport tax. 

iv)     supports payment of a living wage to council staff and contractors


e)    recommends $65,000 of 2016/2017 LDI Opex to be deferred to 2017/2018

2016/17 LDI Operation projects that meet the criteria for deferral

Local Parks design guidelines


Gateway Signs


WHRA residents pack



f)     that the Glen Eden Town Square development funding allocation of $372,000 (capex) in 16/17 carry forward to the next financial year to give certainty to the project.




Resolution number WTK/2017/56

MOVED by Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Deputy Chairperson S Toms:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

g)    supports in principle the costs of new housing infrastructure  growth being met at least in part by developers  through the use of targeted rates over agreed development areas. 


       The local board considers housing infrastructure to be a government issue in terms of unchecked regional growth, lack of a comprehensive government policy, and of availability of alternative funding sources.




Secretarial note:  Members Neil Henderson and Sandra Coney wished for their vote against the above resolution be recorded.




Local Government New Zealand conference and Annual General Meeting 2017


Resolution number WTK/2017/57

MOVED by Member D Yates, seconded by Deputy Chairperson S Toms:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      nominate Chair Greg Presland and Member Steve Tollestrup  to attend the Local Government New Zealand 2017 Conference and Annual General Meeting from Sunday 23 July to Tuesday 25 July 2017

b)      confirm that conference attendance including travel and accommodation will be paid for in accordance with the current Auckland Council Elected Member Expense Policy

c)      note that any members who wish to attend the AGM must provide their names to the Kura Kāwana project team as soon as possible to ensure that they are registered with LGNZ.






14        Consideration of Extraordinary Items


There was no consideration of extraordinary items.   




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