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




Meeting Room:



Tuesday, 19 June 2018


Waitematā Local Board Office
Ground Floor
52 Swanson Street


Waitematā Local Board









Pippa Coom


Deputy Chairperson

Shale Chambers



Adriana Avendaño Christie



Richard Northey, ONZM



Denise Roche



Vernon Tava



Rob Thomas



(Quorum 4 members)




Liz Clemm

Democracy Advisor - Waitematā


14 June 2018


Contact Telephone: (09) 353 9654

Email: liz.clemm@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz




Waitematā Local Board

19 June 2018



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Waitematā Local Board

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Regional Facilities Auckland 2017/2018 Third Quarter Report


File No.: CP2018/10773




Te take mō te pūrongo / Purpose of the report

1.       To present the Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) report for the third quarter to 31 March 2018.

Whakarāpopototanga matua / Executive summary

2.       Regional Facilities Auckland’s (RFA) purpose is to enrich life in Auckland by engaging people in the arts, environment, sports and events. RFA work in partnership with key stakeholders to present exciting, engaging and accessible experiences to those who live in and visit the city.

3.       RFA’s third quarter programme continued to deliver a diverse array of exhibitions, shows and entertainment.

4.       RFA finished the third quarter with an unfavourable net operational result of $3.4m against budget.  The operational cost excludes non-cash revenue and expenditure items.

5.       This was largely due to challenging, external revenue targets not being met by $7.7m. The main areas were:

·    lower than expected revenue from corporate sponsorships and donations due to a softening philanthropic environment

·    adverse weather conditions affecting Zoo visitation

·    less favourable commercial terms from the catering suppliers

·    cancellation of major musicals and concerts

·    lower than budgeted net revenue from the introduction of the international visitor charge at Auckland Art Gallery and

·    lower attendance numbers at some key events

6.       To offset the impact of this, tight cost control has been applied, saving $4.3m in staff costs,   essential non committed costs (such as marketing, ICT costs and staff training), and costs which will not result in significant service level reductions. However, due to the large portion of fixed costs and/or costs committed in the prior years, this is not at a level to offset the revenue loss.

7.       Highlight activities included:

·    Auckland Art Galley’s Yayoi Kusama’s The obliteration room far exceeded expectations. Since opening in December to closing at Easter weekend, 150,000 Gallery visitors placed over three million stickers in the room

·    The VOLVO Ocean Race used the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre as headquarters for 31 days during the Race Stopover, with 550,000 people passing through the venue. The Auckland City Mission Christmas Lunch at ANZ Viaduct Events Centre

·    During Auckland Anniversary weekend, the Tamaki Herenga Waka Festival was held at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre for the second year running. More than 30,000 visitors enjoyed this showcase of Māori heritage and culture of Tāmaki Makaurau. Matilda the Musical wrapped up on 22 October after a highly successful season

·    The Art of Banksy exhibition at Aotea Centre was phenomenally successful with over 46,000 tickets sold. 

·    Foo Fighters and Weezer played a one-off New Zealand concert in February and Ed Sheeran performed three concerts in March.

·    In early 2018 work began on two key renewals projects, the Auckland Zoo’s exciting new $50 million South-East Asia precinct that will entirely transform one-fifth of its public space, and the $42 million refurbishment of the Aotea Centre.

·    Integration of New Zealand Maritime Museum into RFA’s governance


Ngā tūtohunga / Recommendation/s

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      receive the Regional Facilities Auckland 2017/2018 Third Quarter Report



Ngā tāpirihanga / Attachments





Regional Facilities Auckland Third Quarter Report 2017/2018



Ngā kaihaina / Signatories


Simon  Tattersfield - Senior Local Board Advisor - Waitematā


Trina Thompson - Relationship Manager/Senior Advisor Waitematā Local Board


Waitematā Local Board

19 June 2018