Kōmiti Mō Te Hurihanga Āhuarangi me Te Taiao / Environment and Climate Change Committee

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Environment and Climate Change Committee held in the Reception Lounge, Auckland Town Hall, 301-305 Queen Street, Auckland on Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 9.30am.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Cr Richard Hills

 

Deputy Chairperson

Cr Pippa Coom

 

Members

Deputy Mayor Cr Bill Cashmore

 

 

Cr Fa’anana Efeso Collins

From 9.35am

 

Cr Linda Cooper, JP

 

 

Cr Angela Dalton

 

 

Cr Chris Darby

 

 

Mayor Hon Phil Goff, CNZM, JP

Until 11.16am, Item C1

 

Cr Shane Henderson

From 9.47am, Item 10.1

 

Cr Tracy Mulholland

 

 

Cr Daniel Newman, JP

 

 

Cr Greg Sayers

 

 

Cr Desley Simpson, JP

 

 

Cr Sharon Stewart, QSM

 

 

Cr Wayne Walker

From 9.43am, Item 10.1

 

Cr John Watson

From 9.48am, Item 10.1

 

IMSB Member Glenn Wilcox

From 9.43am, Item 10.1

 

Cr Paul Young

 

 

ABSENT

 

 

Cr Josephine Bartley

 

 

Cr Dr Cathy Casey

 

 

Cr Alf Filipaina

 

 

Cr Hon Christine Fletcher, QSO

 

 

IMSB Member Karen Wilson

 

 

 


Environment and Climate Change Committee

28 November 2019

 

 

 

The Chairperson opened the meeting with a karakia.

 

 

Acknowledgement

 

The Chairperson acknowledged the passing of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act, congratulated the Government for their leadership and thanked Parliament for the bipartisan approach to the most important issue for our city and Aotearoa.

 

 

1          Apologies

  

Resolution number ECC/2019/1

MOVED by Cr L Cooper, seconded by Cr P Young:  

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)         accept the apologies from Cr Josephine Bartley, Cr Cathy Casey and Cr Alf Filipaina for absence on council business, and Cr S Henderson and Cr W Walker for lateness.

CARRIED

 

 

2          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

3          Confirmation of Minutes

 

            There will be no confirmation of minutes.

 

 

4          Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

 

5          Public Input

 

There was no public input.

 

 

 

6          Local Board Input

 

There was no local board input.

 

 


 

 

7          Extraordinary Business – Major

 

7.1

Consultation on a more effective landfill levy: Submission development

 

Resolution number ECC/2019/2

MOVED by Mayor P Goff, seconded by Cr P Coom:  

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)            consider an extraordinary item Consultation on a more effective landfill levy: Submission development at Item 10 – Consideration of Extraordinary Items of this agenda, noting:

i)          the reason why this matter was not on the agenda is because the consultation document was only released on the morning of 27 November 2019, after the agenda had been published.

ii)        the reason why this matter cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting is the submission deadline is before the next Environment and Climate Change Committee meeting in March 2020; and the levy is a critical matter for this committee and for council and requires political input.

CARRIED

 

Cr E Collins entered the meeting at 9.35 am.

 

Note:   The Chairperson accorded precedence to Item 10 – Consideration of Extraordinary Items at this time.

 

10        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

10.1

Consultation on a more effective landfill levy: Submission development

 

The report for this item was tabled. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

Cr W Walker entered the meeting at 9.43 am.
IMSB Member G Wilcox entered the meeting at 9.43 am.
Cr S Henderson entered the meeting at 9.47 am.
Cr J Watson entered the meeting at 9.48 am.

Note:   changes to the original motion were incorporated under clause a), with the             agreement of the meeting.

 

Resolution number ECC/2019/3

MOVED by Cr R Hills, seconded by Cr P Coom:  

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee

a)         appoint a political working group comprised of the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee, two Local Board Chairs, Cr W Walker and one member of the Independent Māori Statutory Board to work with staff on developing and finalising council’s submission on the Reducing waste: A more effective landfill levy paper.

b)        delegate authority to the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee and the Independent Māori Statutory Board member of the political working group to approve council’s submission on the Reducing waste: A more effective landfill levy paper.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     28 November 2019, Environment and Climate Change Committee: Item 10.1 - Consultation on a more effective landfill levy: Submission development, report  

 

 

8

2019/2020 Regional Environment and Natural Heritage Grant Programme allocation

 

A presentation was provided. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.  

Cr G Sayers left the meeting at 10.39 am.

 

Resolution number ECC/2019/4

MOVED by Cr D Newman, seconded by Cr W Walker:  

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)         approve the grant allocations for the 2019/2020 Regional Environment and Natural Heritage Grant programme funding round, as listed below and detailed in Attachment B of the agenda report:

Applicant

Project Title

Amount recommended

Regional Environment and Natural Heritage funded projects (general rates)

For the Love of Bees Charitable Trust

Urban Farmers Alliance Tāmaki Makaurau Teaching Programme

$31,000

Kaitiaki and Friends of Te Aroha Group

Kaitiaki and Friends of Te Aroha

$10,000

Tread Lightly Charitable Trust

Tread Lightly Caravan and Tread Lightly Drain Game 2020

$29,000

Specpro Media Limited

How to Save the World Podcast – Season One

$10,000

The Painga Project

Kohukohunui – A Wairoa River student education and science collaboration.

$15,000

The Forest Bridge Trust

Fencing Hoteo Forest Remnants, Riparian Margins and Wetlands

$30,000

Earth Action Trust

Live Lightly!! Newcomers

$8,000

Jan McIntosh

Organic Edible Garden

$17,000

Kaipātiki Project Incorporated

Eco Fest North 2020

$7,500

Wainui School

Garden to Table

$3,243

Roseline Klein

Maungawhau Ecological Restoration – Weeding and Planting Below Clive Road

$6,000

Including:
(2019/2020: $2,000; 2020/2021: $2,000; 2021/2022: $2,000)

Te Matuku Bay Landcare Group

Environmental Weed Control – Te Matuku Scenic Reserve

$10,000

Karekare Landcare under the umbrella of Karekare Ratepayers and Residents Trust

Karekare Landcare Equipment 2019/2020

$8,000

Kiwi Harvest Limited

KiwiHarvest Mobile Community Kitchen Educator

$7,000

Jenny Christianson

Trial of Methodology of Non-chemical Ecological Restoration Year Two

$2,000

Natural environment targeted rate funded projects

The Forest Bridge Trust

CatchIT Schools

$17,000

Matuku Reserve Trust Board

Wetland Accessibility Trail and Wetland Education Design Plan

$10,000

Friends of Wairaki Stream under the umbrella of Friends of Oakley (Te Auaunga) Creek Incorporated

Formation of Safe Pest Animal Control Access

$10,000

Meier and Wilson Limited

Trilateral Pilot Project for Environmental Protection and Restoration

$15,000

SCOW Incorporated

Project Weta

$10,000

The Whau River Catchment Trust

Rosebank Peninsula Coastal Restoration Project

$10,000

Motuihe Trust

Continued Restoration of Native Habitat on Motuihe Island

$5,500

Friends of Oakley Creek Te Auaunga Incorporated

Oakley Creek –Te Auaunga Restoration Project

$15,000

Urban Ark – Manawa Taiao under the umbrella of Auckland Foundation

Urban Landscape Integration of Volunteer Pest Eradication and Biodiversity Groups

$7,000

Community Waitakere Charitable Trust

Harbourview – Orangihina Robust Predators and Weeds Monitoring – Biodiversity Recovery Project

$5,000

Gecko New Zealand Trust

South Rodney Joined Up Action Project

$5,000

Pest Free Kaukapakapa under the umbrella of Kaukapakapa Residents and Ratepayers Association

Pest Free Kaukapakapa

$5,000

Community Cat Coalition Incorporated

The Community Cat De-Sexing Project

$10,000

Projects funded by both Regional Environment and Natural Heritage grant (general rates) and Natural Environment Targeted Rate

Waiheke Collective under the umbrella of The Waiheke Resources Trust

Coordinator Role for the Waiheke Collective

$70,000

Including:
(2019/2020: $40,000; 2020/2021: $15,000; 2021/2022: $15,000)

Makaurau Marae Maori Trust

Whakahaere Kīrearea o Oruarangi Awa

$40,000

Pest Free Kaipātiki Restoration Society Incorporated

Pest Free Kaipātiki Restoration Assistant

$50,000

Including:
(2019/2020: $30,000; 2020/2021: $10,000; 2021/2022: $10,000)

Motuora Restoration Society Incorporated

Restoration of Motuora

$10,000

EcoTrack and EcoEngage under the umbrella of Pest Free Kaipātiki Restoration Society Incorporated

Consolidation of the EcoTrack Database and Application

$35,000

Kaipātiki Project Incorporated

Pest Control and Bird Monitoring Capability in the Upper Waitematā

$30,000

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society New Zealand Incorporated

Pest Free Hibiscus Coast

$45,000

Including:
(2019/2020: $25,000; 2020/2021: $10,000; 2021/2022: $10,000)

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand

Ecological Enhancement of the Awaawaroa Wetland Reserve

$24,900

Beyond the Fence under the umbrella of Le Roys Bush and Little Shoal Bay Reserves Charitable Trust

Beyond the Fence Weed and Pest Control Halo

$15,000

Sir Peter Blake Trust

Blake Virtual Reality in Schools Programme

$30,000

Protect Piha Heritage Society Incorporated

Pest free Piha by 2025

$30,000

Friends of Okura Bush Incorporated

Remnant Restoration

$30,000

Southern Seabird Solutions Trust

Seabird Campaign Targeting Recreational Fishers

$15,000

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated

South-East Wildlink

$24,900

Biosense Limited

An Interactive, Virtual Reality Experience within a Kauri Dieback-Affected Forest

$35,000

CUE Haven Community Trust

CUE Haven Native Forest Reserve Restoration

$25,000

Chirag Jindal under the umbrella of New Zealand Speleological Society

Terrestrial LiDAR Mapping of Auckland Lava Caves

$30,000

East Coast Bays Community Project Incorporated

Hibiscus and Bays Pest Free Small Projects

$30,000

Including:
(2019/2020: $20,000; 2020/2021: $10,000)

Awhitu Peninsula Landcare Incorporated

Pest Free Kauritutahi Creek

$20,000

New Zealand Native Forests Restoration Trust

Drone Vegetation Mapping

$7,000

Windy Hill Rosalie Bay Catchment Trust

Double Tap – Field Trial in Windy Hill Sanctuary

$7,400

Including:
(2019/2020: $5,400; 2020/2021: $2,000)

Total

$922,443

(including $440,000
from targeted rates
budget)

 

2019/2020: $836,443 (including $440,000
from targeted rates budget)

 

2020/2021: $49,000

 

2021/2022: $37,000

 

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     28 November 2019, Environment and Climate Change Committee: Item 8 - 2019/2020 Regional Environment and Natural Heritage Grant Programme allocation, presentation   

 

 

 

 

9

Update on Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund September 2019/2020 funding round

 

Resolution number ECC/2019/5

MOVED by Cr L Cooper, seconded by Cr R Hills:  

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)      note the information contained in this report on allocation of funds to medium and large (over $5,000) grant applications for the 2019/2020 Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund, September 2019 funding round.

b)      note that allocations for the 2019/2020 Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund, September 2019 funding round will be presented for decision-making in the confidential section of this meeting.

CARRIED

 


 

 

11        Procedural motion to exclude the public

Resolution number ECC/2019/6

MOVED by Cr R Hills, seconded by Cr P Coom:  

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

a)      exclude the public from the following part(s) of the proceedings of this meeting.

The general subject of each matter to be considered while the public is excluded, the reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter, and the specific grounds under section 48(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 for the passing of this resolution follows.

This resolution is made in reliance on section 48(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and the particular interest or interests protected by section 6 or section 7 of that Act which would be prejudiced by the holding of the whole or relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting in public, as follows:

 

C1       CONFIDENTIAL: Update on Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund September 2019/2020 funding round

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Particular interest(s) protected (where applicable)

Ground(s) under section 48(1) for the passing of this resolution

The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.

s7(2)(h) - The withholding of the information is necessary to enable the local authority to carry out, without prejudice or disadvantage, commercial activities.

In particular, the report contains sensitive information about some commercial applications that should not be released to competitors.

s48(1)(a)

The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.

 

The text of these resolutions is made available to the public who are present at the meeting and form part of the minutes of the meeting.

CARRIED

 

 

10.59 am         The public was excluded.

 

 

Resolutions in relation to the confidential items are recorded in the confidential section of these minutes and are not publicly available.

 

 

11.18 am         The public was re-admitted.

 


 

 

restatementS

 

It was resolved while the public was excluded:

 

 

C1

CONFIDENTIAL: Update on Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund September 2019/2020 funding round

 

Resolution number ECC/2019/7

MOVED by Cr D Newman, seconded by Cr R Hills:  

That the Environment and Climate Change Committee:

c)         note that the agenda report, Attachment C of the agenda report, and resolutions will remain confidential until reasons for confidentiality no longer exist.

  

 

 

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

 

CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Environment and Climate Change Committee HELD ON

 

 

 

DATE:.........................................................................

 

 

 

CHAIRPERSON:........................................................