I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Rodney Local Board Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee will be held on:




Meeting Room:



Thursday, 21 February 2019


Council Chamber
Orewa Service Centre
50 Centreway Road


Rodney Local Board Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee










Cameron Brewer


Deputy Chairperson

Louise Johnston



Brent Bailey



Tessa Berger



Beth Houlbrooke



Phelan Pirrie



Allison Roe, MBE



Colin Smith



Brenda Steele



(Quorum 5 members)




Robyn Joynes

Democracy Advisor - Rodney


15 February 2019


Contact Telephone: +64 212447174

Email: robyn.joynes@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz




Rodney Local Board Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee

21 February 2019



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17        Auckland Transport Update to the Rodney Local Board Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee December 2018                                                            5 



Rodney Local Board Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee

21 February 2019



Auckland Transport Update to the Rodney Local Board Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee December 2018

File No.: CP2019/01388




Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update to the Rodney Local Board’s Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee on transport related matters in its area, including the Local Board Transport Capital Fund.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       This report covers:

·   A summary of the board’s transport capital fund

·   A summary of consultation activity

·   Traffic Control Committee resolutions

·   An update on issues raised

·   Hill Street Interim Improvements

·   Transport Targeted Rate – New Bus Services

·   Speed Management Programme

·   Red Light Running

·   New Board Directors Appointed

·   2019 Auckland Bike Challenge.



Ngā tūtohunga


That the Rodney Local Board Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee:

a)      receive the Auckland Transport February 2019 update report.

b)      commit to the detailed design for construction of a footpath between number 33 Hudson Road and SH1, Warkworth, based on a rough order of costs of $729,000, which includes the standard pre-design contingency of 30%, noting that significant retaining work and relocation of a power pole will be required in the vicinity of 27 Hudson Road, together with a full drainage investigation and the possible installation of new drainage systems.

c)      delegate to the chairperson of the Rodney Local Board’s Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee the decision as to whether the footpath listed in resolution b) above will be constructed, using the remaining funds available to the local board in its Local Board Transport Capital Fund to 30 June 2020.





4.       This report updates the board on Auckland Transport (AT) projects and operations in the Rodney Local Board area, it summarises consultations and Traffic Control Committee results, and includes information on the status of the Local Board Transport Capital Fund.

5.       AT is responsible for all of Auckland’s transport services, excluding state highways. We report on a monthly basis to local boards, as set out in our Local Board Engagement Plan. This monthly reporting commitment acknowledges the important engagement role local boards play within the governance of Auckland on behalf of their local communities. 

6.       The Local Board Transport Capital Fund is a capital budget provided to all local boards by Auckland Council and delivered by AT. Local boards can use this fund to deliver transport infrastructure projects that they believe are important to their communities but are not part of AT’s work programme. Projects must also:

·   be safe

·   not impede network efficiency

·   be in the road corridor (although projects in parks can be considered if there is a transport outcome).

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

7.       The Rodney Local Board’s share of the Local Board Transport Capital Fund (LBTCF) allocated with effect from 1 July 2018, as per the local board funding policy, is $1,115,764 per annum.

8.       The total remaining in the current electoral term to the Rodney Local Board is $2,000,257. This comprises $884,493 that must be allocated to projects by 30 June 2019 and an additional $1,115,764 available for 2019/2020 that may be allocated.

9.       The table below reflects the status of projects to which LBTCF has already been committed:


Status update on current of Local Board Transport Capital Fund projects




Current status

Changes since last  update

Funds allocated in current political term

99 - Great North Road, Riverhead Footpath




497 - Pohutakawa to The Landing Footpath




593 - Matakana Valley Road Swales

Construction Approved



619 - Rodney Footpath Designs

Allocation Approved




10.     Project 593, Matakana Valley Road Swales, will be constructed during the 2018/2019 financial year in collaboration with Healthy Waters and AT’s maintenance team which has a road rehabilitation programmed.

11.     The local board allocated $500,000 from its Local Board Transport Capital Fund towards the preparation of detailed designs and firm cost estimates for construction of several footpaths (RD/2018/87):

12.     AT staff previously reported back with the results of the assessment of footpath construction on Dairy Flat Highway, Dairy Flat; State Highway 1, Wellsford; Albert Road, Warkworth; Falls Road, Warkworth; Hudson Road, Warkworth; Alice Street, Riverhead; and Springs Road, Parakai. The proposals were assessed in terms of safety, the most appropriate side of the road, kerbing needs, stormwater, retaining required, lighting, planned development and other considerations relative to each individual site. Following receipt of the assessment results, the Rodney Local Board’s Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee resolved to (RODTP/2018/40):

b)      note that designs for the following four footpaths are expected shortly (pursuant to resolution RD/2018/87) and request that staff provide an update on these designs as soon as practicable, so as not to delay any possible construction:

·        Blue Gum Drive, Warkworth

·        Falls Road, Warkworth

·        Springs Road, Parakai

·        Arthur Street, Riverhead.

c)       note that the chairperson has an existing delegation to approve the construction of these footpaths as soon as designs are received and costs confirmed.

d)      request that AT staff provide a new rough order of costs for a footpath along Hudson Road, Warkworth, only between number 33 and SH1, which already has kerb and channelling in place.

13.     Designs for Blue Gum Drive, Warkworth; Arthur Street, Riverhead; and Springs Road, Parakai are nearing completion and contact will be made shortly with the chairperson to confirm construction of these footpaths.

14.     The Rodney Local Board requested a new rough order of costs for a footpath along Hudson Road, Warkworth, only between number 33 and SH1, which already has kerb and channelling in place (RODTP/2018/1).

15.     AT’s Programme Manager Local Boards advises that the rough order of costs equates to $729,000, which includes the standard pre-design contingency of 30%. He notes that work at the tight corner outside 27 Hudson Road is likely to include significant retaining walls, together with relocation of a power pole, and that a full drainage investigation and installation of new drainage systems will be required.

16.     The local board is asked for a direction on whether it wishes to proceed further with this project.

17.     The design for Falls Road, Warkworth, is a little more complex and AT staff are currently discussing timelines and possible cost-share with a local developer.

18.     The local board also agreed that a portion of the $500,000 previously allocated for footpath design will be spent engaging the services of a safety consultant to investigate the feasibility of a footpath outside Dairy Flat school. A consultant has now been engaged and a report on options available is expected in late February/early March.

19.     Discussions have taken place between AT staff and a local developer whom the community had indicated is willing to provide professional services at no cost for the design of a footpath on Omaha Drive, Omaha. AT staff are now waiting to hear back from the developer.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

20.     The impact of information (or decisions) in this report is/are confined to Auckland Transport and do/does not impact on other parts of the Council group.


Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

Auckland Transport consultations

21.     Over the last reporting period, AT has invited the local board to provide their feedback on the following proposals:



Details and Local Board Feedback

Wellsford and Parakai

Proposed safety improvements at 42 School Road, Wellsford and 138 Parkhurst Road, Parakai.

Documentation explaining proposed safety improvements at 42 School Road, Wellsford and 138 Parkhurst Road, Parakai, part of a programme to improve safety at high risk locations, was forwarded to members on 3 December 2018. No objections to the proposal were received.

Matakana Road, Matakana

New bus stops at 963 and 978 Matakana Road, Matakana.

AT sought local board feedback during July for a pair of new bus stops on Matakana Road, required as part of the implementation of the new services in Warkworth and the Kowhai Coast. At that time feedback from the Local Board and Matakana primary school identified planned changes to the school infrastructure and the parking area at 978 Matakana Road which conflicted with the proposed location. As a result of this, the location of the proposed bus stops, along with the location and configuration of the proposed crossing location was amended, allowing for a new driveway on the western side of 978 Matakana Road. Further investigation indicated that a formalised crossing facility at this new location will significantly increase pedestrian safety, but to achieve appropriate visibility for both pedestrian and motorists the proposed eastbound bus stop will need to be situated outside number 963 Matakana Road. An amended plan was forwarded to members on 18 December. Member Houlbrooke raised concerns about there having been no resolution to east-bound traffic on Matakana Road being held up when buses were at the stop; the bus stops not being relocated to Matakana Wharf Road, where the Kowhai Connection used to stop and as the community had requested; and the installation of a marginal strip down the centre of Matakana Road for vehicles turning right into the new carpark, and those turning right out of it. In relation to the issue of congestion members were advised that the 997 bus route runs only 7 round trips a day, involving only one bus; outbound trips occur approximately 1 ½ hours apart, with the return journey approximately 1/2 an hour after the outgoing; that buses were typically present at a stop for 10-20 seconds only; and that for most of the day, the bus stop kerb spaces will be empty, improving visibility from the eastern car park access. In relation to the use of Matakana Wharf Road, the bus used on the Kowhai Connection was smaller than the current vehicles used and Ritchies, the operator, had expressed concern at the size of the area for turning, which is particularly risky if there are parked vehicles and a reversing maneuver is required. In addition. If this turnaround as it stands was to be used, passengers would be dropped off on gravel, which would be less than ideal from an accessibility point of view (i.e. wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs etc.). Assuming most passengers were for Matakana township, they would then face a walk on gravel and/or grass. Further to the request for installation of a right turn bay, use and safety concerns were considered. The car park turning is primarily used for school drop off/pick up and at weekends. On-site observations have shown that there are gaps in the traffic to allow right turning movements to be made safely and with only limited impact on traffic flow. Whilst the proposed location of the bus stops may preclude a right turn bay, they provide a benefit to turning traffic as NSAAT restrictions will be implemented with the bus stops and would act in a similar manner to a right turn bay. The NSAAT restrictions installed will also ensure that the driveway will not be blocked.

Wellsford and Helensville transport targeted rate bus services

Proposed infrastructure required to support new bus services proposed as part of the transport targeted rate.

Documentation for infrastructure required to support implementation of new bus services proposed under the local board's transport targeted rate was forwarded to members on Monday. The proposals included new bus stop markings, concrete hardstands, new kerb and footpath, bus stop signs, bus stop shelter, street lighting and new pedestrian refuge crossings where practical. The proposed stops were located at 12 Station Road; 25 and opposite 25 Neville Street; 799 and opposite 799 Kaipara Coast Highway; 1091 and 970 Kahikatea Flat Road; 1578 and 1591 Kahikatea Flat Road; and Opoto Place. Comments were received from Members Pirrie, Houlbrooke and Smith. Member Pirrie said the Opoto Place stop seemed very close to the intersection and that perhaps it should be moved 4-5m back so there was no potential for it to block the intersection. Member Pirrie also asked whether requests for pedestrian crossing facilities on Kaipara Coast Highway should be directed to NZTA or AT. Member Houlbrooke raised concerns about the proposal for Neville Street, advising she was not aware the local board was proposing an additional stop at this location for the new Warkworth-Wellsford service, or why this would be necessary in addition to the existing stops at Baxter Street and on Whitaker Road, adding that if the local board is to fund the construction of any new bus shelters for the RLBTTR Warkworth-Wellsford bus, she would have hoped they would be on the north side of town in the vicinity of the Atlas site. Additional stops on both sides of Neville Street will remove yet more valuable parking. Member Houlbrooke said she could see the benefit for Wellsford residents coming to Warkworth to shop at Countdown; however, as these stops are right outside she asked what the rationale behind their location was and suggested that in the main, grocery shopping will still be done by private vehicle. Member Smith raised concerns about the use of cobblestones at the intersection of Station Road and Rodney street, which he said were very slippery. Members concerns will be addressed in the consultation feedback.


Traffic Control Committee resolutions

22.     AT's resolution and approval process ensures the most appropriate controls and restrictions are put in place and can be legally enforced. Decisions made by AT’s Traffic Control Committee in relation to regulatory processes relevant to the Rodney Local Board during December are listed below:


Report Type

Nature of Restriction


Mahurangi East Road, Tamatea Drive, Snells Beach

Permanent Traffic and Parking changes combined

Lane Arrow Markings, No Stopping At All Times, Bus Stop, Bus Shelter, Traffic Islands, Stop Control, Flush Median, Edge Line


Motutara Road, Domain Crescent, Jack Butt Lane, Waitea Road, Muriwai

Permanent Traffic and Parking changes combined

No Stopping At All Times, Stopping, Standing, Parking Restriction, Traffic Island, Road Hump, Give-Way Control, Stop Control




Issues Raised by Elected Members

23.     Most issues raised by elected members and local board staff are resolved promptly by AT’s Elected Member Relationship Manager. Those which require further investigation are responded to by the relevant department of AT through its customer response team. The list appended as Attachment A summarises these issues to 31 January 2019.


Hill Street Interim Improvements

24.     AT is continuing to work with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to investigate and deliver short term solutions to improve the capacity and efficiency of the Hill Street intersection during peak periods. The installation of signal detection and CCTV equipment for improved monitoring on Sandspit Road, Matakana Road and SH1 was completed in December 2018 and made operational at the end of January 2019.

25.     AT and NZTA are collaborating on the further design and investigation of pedestrian improvements for Hill Street and hope to have these completed by the end of February 2019.   

26.     The timing for implementing any further changes is being confirmed with NZTA, to align with intersection rehabilitation work which is programmed early in 2019, pre-seal repairs for this work having been carried out in November 2018.

27.     Further updates on the interim improvements for Hill Street will be made available once final designs are confirmed and works are programmed.


Transport Targeted Rate – New Bus Services

28.     New bus services are being introduced in the Rodney area on 24 February 2019. The 128 between Helensville and Hibiscus Coast Station joins Kaukapakapa and Waitoki to the wider Auckland public transport network, while the 998 between Wellsford and Warkworth joins up with the Kowhai Coast bus services and the 995 to Hibiscus Coast Station.

29.     At Hibiscus Coast Station, passengers can transfer to services for the Hibiscus Coast, North Shore, City Centre, Waitoki, Kaukapakapa and Helensville and Northern Express.

30.     The 128 will run every 90 minutes on weekdays and two-hourly on weekends, and the 998 will run hourly seven days a week. Both new services are funded by Rodney ratepayers via the Rodney Transport Targeted Rate.

31.     AT ran an event in Wellsford on Friday, 15 February at the Wellsford Community Centre, where people were assisted with journey planning, AT HOP cards and concessions. 

32.     The marketing and communications campaign for the new services includes:

·    A comprehensive brochure about the new 998 Wellsford service

·    Posters

·    Newspaper advertisements

·    E-briefings to stakeholders and community groups

·    Social media

·    Media activity.


33.     AT is encouraging people to plan their journeys, and pick up a timetable from customer service centres, libraries and local board offices, download timetables online at   https://at.govt.nz/timetables or use the online Journey Planner, which was made available for these services from 10 February 2019.


Speed Management Programme

34.     Auckland has a serious problem with people dying needlessly or being seriously injured on our roads. In 2017 alone, 64 people died and a staggering 749 others were seriously injured, a 70% increase since 2014.

35.     In Rodney, road deaths have increased 107% from 2013 to 2017, making up 12% of Auckland’s total death and serious injury (DSi) rates. The Rodney area had the highest level of DSi of all local board areas in 2017, 28% of these in 2017 involving vulnerable road users – people walking and cycling.

36.     AT and the Rodney Local Board have been collaborating to bring down this unacceptably high number of deaths and serious injuries. Both acknowledge that one of the fastest ways to reduce the trauma on our roads is to set safe and appropriate speeds. Speed determines both the likelihood of a crash occurring and the severity of the outcome.

37.     Later in February, AT will be consulting on the Safe Speeds Bylaw and residents are being encouraged to participate in the consultation process.

38.     To read more about the project and make a submission visit: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/reducing-speed-limits/


Red Light Running

39.     AT launched an eight week regional awareness campaign for Red Light running on 4 February 2019.

40.     In Auckland between 2013 and 2017, running red lights at signalised intersections resulted in the deaths of seven people, with 93 people being seriously injured.

41.     AT is substantially increasing its investment in safety and has a target of reducing deaths and serious injuries by 60% over the next ten years. This investment, including additional safety cameras, will improve high-risk routes and intersections, creating a more forgiving and safe road network.

42.     This is relevant to the new memorandum of understanding recently signed between AT and the NZ Police for the ongoing enforcement of Auckland’s red-light safety cameras at high risk intersections.

43.     The key objectives of the campaign are:

·        To raise awareness around the dangers of running red lights and to change behaviour to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injury crashes at signalised intersections across the Auckland region.

·        To encourage drivers to stop completely at red traffic lights, and to stop at amber traffic lights when it is safe to do so.

·        To increase driver awareness regarding the serious consequences of red light crashes and reinforce that drivers should always stop at red lights.

·        To encourage positive behaviour strategies relating to intersection safety, such as ‘Red means stop. No exceptions.’

44.     The overall objective is to help contribute to the annual 2.6% reduction in deaths and serious injuries on the Auckland local network.

45.     AT’s Community Transport staff will be involved in the campaign, engaging with drivers at events, shopping malls and universities to raise awareness of the risk of running red lights and to promote safe road user behaviour near high risk signalised intersections. Community Transport staff will also support NZ Police to deliver an intersection enforcement programme.

46.     The target audience for the campaign is all road users in Auckland, with a primary focus on those aged between 20-39 years old, mostly in Auckland Central areas.


New Board Directors Appointed

47.     Auckland Council’s Appointments, Performance Review and Value for Money Committee appointed three new board directors to the boards of AT and Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) at its December meeting.

48.     Following a rigorous selection process, Dr Jim Mather was appointed as a director to the AT board, and Candace Kinser and Jennifer Rolfe were appointed as directors to the RFA board.

49.     Dr Jim Mather is of Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe and English descent. He has 25 years of leadership experience and is currently Chair of Radio New Zealand, Director of Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited and a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Risk and Advisory Committee.

50.     Dr Mather previously led Māori Television and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and was Chief Executive of the Pacific Business Trust from 2002 to 2005. He is also a qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

51.     A former New Zealand Army officer, Dr Mather was awarded the Sword of Honour in recognition of his distinguished achievements in officer training.


Auckland Bike Challenge

52.     AT is partnering with the Children’s charity Variety for the 2019 Auckland Bike Challenge. Variety’s ‘Bikes for Kids’ Programme provides disadvantaged Kiwi children with their own new bike and helmet, allowing them to experience the freedom and independence that comes with owning a bike. Auckland Bike Challenge participants will be given the option of raising funds for Bikes for Kids at the same time as undertaking the challenge.

53.     Those who meet fundraising targets will be invited to attend the presentation of bikes they have funded to the recipients. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three individuals who fundraise the most, and the top organisation within each size category.

54.     The 2019 Auckland Bike Challenge will be the fourth time that AT’s Travel Demand team has delivered this annual challenge. This workplace challenge is aimed at encouraging people to cycle more, particularly for work. More than 4,300 people from 499 businesses in Auckland took part in the 2018 challenge, including almost 1,000 new riders.

55.     Since the Challenge’s inception, over 17 of Auckland’s elected representatives have taken part. Each local board has a dedicated team within the Auckland Bike Challenge platform under Auckland Council. Governing Body members can sign up through the Governing Body team under Auckland Council.

56.     The Challenge will run from 1 – 28 February. Further information on the Challenge is available at: https://www.lovetoride.net/auckland?locale=en-GB. To participate in 2019’s challenge, register online and cycle for at least 10 minutes anywhere, anytime during the month of February.

57.     The Auckland Bike Challenge is part of a national campaign, the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, being run by the New Zealand Transport Agency, Love to Ride, councils and other local partners around the country.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

58.     The proposed decision of receiving the report has no impacts or opportunities for Māori. Any engagement with Māori, or consideration of impacts and opportunities, will be carried out on an individual project basis.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

59.     The proposed decision of receiving the report has no financial implications.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

60.     Auckland Transport has risk management strategies in place for the transport projects undertaken in the local board area.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

61.     Auckland Transport will provide a further update report to the Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee at its next meeting.


Ngā tāpirihanga






Local issues list



Ngā kaihaina



Ellen Barrett – Elected Member Relationship Manager


Jonathan Anyon – Elected Member Relationship Team Manager

Lesley Jenkins - Relationship Manager


Rodney Local Board Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee

21 February 2019