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




Meeting Room:



Thursday, 5 December 2019


Waitākere Ranges Local Board Office
39 Glenmall Place
Glen Eden


Waitākere Ranges Local Board










Greg Presland


Deputy Chairperson

Saffron Toms



Mark Allen



Michelle Clayton



Sandra Coney, QSO



Ken Turner



(Quorum 3 members)




Brenda  Railey

Democracy Advisor - Waitakere Ranges


2 December 2019


Contact Telephone: +64 21 820 781

Email: brenda.railey@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz




Waitākere Ranges Local Board

05 December 2019



ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                         PAGE


26        Project Twin Streams Review                                                                                      5

27        Chair's Report for December 2019 - Greg Presland                                                51



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

05 December 2019



Project Twin Streams Review

File No.: CP2019/20477




Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To report back to the Waitākere Ranges and Henderson-Massey Local Boards on the results of the Project Twin Steams (PTS) Strategic Review and clarify the next steps to be taken to develop the project.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       In 2018, the Parks, Sport and Recreation Department of Auckland Council, engaged with Henderson-Massey and Waitākere Ranges Local Boards to initiate a refreshed strategic plan for PTS.

3.       As a result of these initial meetings, the Waitākere Ranges Local Board requested that a strategic review be conducted prior to any planning being initiated, to bring key parties together to critically review the programme and provide for a new way forward for PTS which would include the development and agreement of a new framework for PTS delivery.

4.       The scope of the project included:

·     Assessment of PTS’ original purpose and outcomes with reference to available    reviews, plans and reports to determine how successful the original PTS model was.

·     A review of PTS’ present state.

·     An exploration of new opportunities for community engagement and kaitiakitanga.

·     Formal engagement of the project with the local boards and associated departments across Auckland Council to identify new opportunities and models of delivery.

5.       The resulting strategic review reflects a move to re-ignite PTS and provides a set of recommendations to frame the intended direction moving forward.

6.       The PTS Strategic Review Report is attached (Attachment A).


Ngā tūtohunga


That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      endorse the Project Twin Steams Strategic Review Report

b)      approve the development of a leadership group and strategic plan for future Project Twin Steams development.





7.       This report addresses the Strategic Review compiled by Community Think.

8.       PTS is now 16 years old and has been through numerous phases and departments in council. The original intent of the project has been established and now there is an opportunity to debrief the project and look at ways to develop it into a new model.

9.       Staff attended local board workshops with both boards in July 2018. Both board’s feedback was applied and informed the review contract.

10.     Community Think were appointed to the contract through a tender process to facilitate and write the review. This included a review of all known past reports and key stakeholders including council staff across departments, Mana whenua, Local Boards, community organisations that hold the PTS contracts and community members (the general public).

11.     These interactions took place through a series of meetings, workshops, conversations, online surveys and stalls in malls. Community Think attended local board workshops and hosted night-time and daytime community hui.

12.     A council reference group was established. It was important to find ways to include as many people as possible in this process.

13.     The Strategic Review in attachment A was compiled through this process.

14.     The budget allocated to PTS sits outside of the decision-making allocation of the local board. However, the board has a strong influence and can provide direction on the outcomes of the Strategic Review.

15.     The Strategic Review and Project Twin Streams aligns to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board Plan 2017 Outcomes: 1. People actively protect the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area, 2. Our unique natural habitats are protected and enhanced, 3. Local communities feel good about where they live, 5. Our urban centres are enjoyable places to be, 6. Our community spaces, parks, sports and recreation facilities meet local needs and are easy to get to.

16.     The Strategic Review and Project Twin Streams aligns to the Henderson-Massey Local Board Plan 2017 Outcome 1: A network of vibrant and loved urban neighbourhoods, Outcome 3: Communities know each other and work together on common interests, Outcome 4: Community facilities are vibrant and welcoming places at the heart of our communities, Outcome 5: It is easy to get around without a car, Outcome 6: Natural spaces are valued and restored.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

17.     The recommendations within the Strategic Review are to act as a springboard for the next phase of community leadership and strategic planning.

18.     Staff recommend the endorsement of the Strategic Review and further strategic planning because:

·    Current stakeholder buy-in and meeting community expectations

·    Responsible use of funds to best outcome

·    Refresh PTS to achieve greater social and environmental outcomes

19.     Community Stakeholders are supportive of using the review to progress a change in PTS.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

20.     PTS was leading in addressing climate change and showcases major opportunities and benefits to Auckland such as:

·    cleaner air and water i.e. cooler streams through planting and carbon sequestration and oxygen through trees.

·    healthier communities i.e. people connected to their whenua and protecting it.

·    better housing choice and places to live, helping prepare the catchment for the impacts of climate change i.e. flooded housing removed.

·    more accessible transport i.e. walkway cycleways.

21.     PTS aligns with many Auckland Council strategies that consider climate impact; The Auckland Plan, Parks and Open Space Strategic Action Plan 2013, Urban Ngahere (Forest) Strategy, Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy, Auckland Council’s Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy, Pest Free Auckland, Auckland Council Regional Pest Management Plan, Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

22.     The Strategic Review process engaged directly with Environmental Services, Healthy Waters, Community Empowerment, Local Board Services, Community Facilities and Parks Sport and Recreation.

23.     All departments engaged with see merit in moving into the next step of a strategic plan developed by the community and local board leadership to provide for broader outcomes.

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

Local impacts and local board views

24.     Waitākere Ranges Local Board has expressed a strong interest in the environmental outcomes and moderate interest in social outcomes.

25.     Henderson Massey Local board expressed strong interest in both environmental and social outcomes.

26.     The Waitākere Ranges Local Board and the Henderson-Massey Local Board helped provide input into the strategic review brief.

27.     During the course of the project, Local Board members have been kept up to date with the consultation process.

28.     PTS has resulted in a well maintained natural, streamside environment in the local board catchments.

29.     PTS has an international reputation around its social and environmental cohesion.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

30.     A workshop was held with Te Kawerau ā Maki and Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara who both approved of the review and have shown interest in engaging further in the next steps of the project.

31.     This project was discussed at the Parks Sport and Recreation North-West Mana Whenua Forum on Wednesday 7 August 2019. A refreshed model of PTS could result in greater engagement in the project from mana whenua.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

32.     Currently, Service Agreement and Funding Agreement contracts with the four trusts are signed for a 2-year period with a 1 year right of renewal. The duration of the funding contracts fits with the review and strategic plan process so that the next round of contracts will incorporate the new strategic plan once it is developed.

33.     Funding for the project is currently managed through Asset Based Services funds managed by Parks Sport and Recreation.

34.     A change in the project will provide for greater engagement and support from the local community to protect the resources and funding that sit within it.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

35.     Engaged community members are needed from both local board areas to join the leadership group, to make sure the community is setting the direction of the project. At the start of the strategic planning phase there will be a considered approach to engage community members to become involved from each board area.

36.     The project spreads across Waitākere Ranges and Henderson-Massey local board boundaries. Both local boards need to agree with the proposed process and to provide chosen members (from each board) to be directly involved in the leadership group and strategic planning. Board member appointments to the leadership group can take place once the review report is endorsed. 

37.     It is important to consider the community and capital resource that has been invested in the project. Strategic planning will support the ongoing local kaitiakitanga of the existing contracted catchment. Strategic planning will also help to make the delivery model broader to support further environmental initiatives across the wider catchment.

38.     Multiple Auckland Council departments need to be involved to make the most of the planning and implementation of the strategic plan. Through the process of the Strategic Review these departments have been engaged and are willing to be involved in the next phase.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

39.     The review provides some high-level recommendations that were developed as a part of the process of engagement, from the community, council and the trusts. These consider how the project could move into a new area through local board and community leadership.

40.     Engage a higher level of stewardship/leadership that acknowledges te Ao Māori for the whole catchment as a community and local board led project.

41.     This leadership could bring together the many threads that already exist within the PTS approach and extend them in new directions. It is intended as an evolving and responsive way to engage with the diverse, current and future communities of the catchment areas.

42.     Community Parks to contract out the strategic plan phase with local board direction.

CHANGES ADD: Authorisers Linda Smith & Mark Bowater


Ngā tāpirihanga






Project Twin Streams Strategic Review, dated November 2019



Ngā kaihaina



Paul Duffy - Parks Advisor - Devonport Takapuna


Mace Ward - General Manager Parks, Sports and Recreation

Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

05 December 2019











































Waitākere Ranges Local Board

05 December 2019



Chair's Report for December 2019 - Greg Presland

File No.: CP2019/20687




Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To update the Waitākere Ranges Local Board members on projects, activities and issues.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Board members are responsible for leading policy development in their areas of interest, proposing and developing project concepts, overseeing agreed projects within budgets, being active advocates, accessing and providing information and advice.


Ngā tūtohunga


That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      receive the Chair’s report for December 2019.




At the inaugural meeting I set out eleven matters that I wanted the board to focus on this term.  I thought I should repeat the list and then report on what is happening.


These included:

1.   Climate change:  Every decision we make should have a climate change filter applied to it.

2.   The marine environment:  Our streams and lagoons should be clean and our beaches should always be swimmable.

3.   The housing crisis:  We should not have working people and their kids living in cars.  And our young teachers, police officers and nurses should be able to afford to buy their own homes in Auckland.

4.   Glen Eden renewal:  We need to kick on with the Civic square project and get Glen Eden ready for intensification and for the City Rail Link.

5.   Kauri dieback:  Work needs to continue on this scourge of the Waitākere Ranges.  Research of the issue and education of local communities on detection and prevention, as well as the upgrading of our tracks, so we can walk without fear must continue.

6.   Tree protection:  Our advocacy and activism in this area must continue.

7.   Weeds and pests: Titirangi is, unfortunately, known as the weed capital of the country.  And the rest of the Ranges is also struggling to deal with this problem.

8.   Arts and Culture:  Our local board area is blessed with as divine art as can be imagined.  This term, we wish to secure Shadbolt House as a writer's residence.

9.   Public Transport:  If we are going to become truly sustainable then our PT needs to be outstanding.  And the claw back of public transport from the rural area needs to stop and be reversed.

10. Development of the Te Henga Marae:  This term, I want to make sure there are no roadblocks to completion of this very important project for Te Kawerau ā Maki.

11. Oversight role of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area.  This is one of our most important jobs.

As I look through this report, I see that there have been significant events that relate to water quality, community, homelessness, the environment and arts and culture.

Water quality and Laingholm Beach

I was really pleased when Auckland Council announced that Laingholm Beach was to be taken off the list of closed beaches.  Clearly the targeted water quality rate is having an effect and this is welcome.

But there has been a very strong local community effort and a citizen science programme run by locals and the Laingholm Wai Ora group.  They have been collecting water samples for some time and the data as well as the moral imperative created by the locals’ work meant that it was important that the problems be identified and rectified.

Congratulations to all concerned.  And we need to get to the situation where all of our west coast beaches remain open, even when there is heavy rainfall.

The Glen Eden Christmas Festival


This was held on the weekend.  It was a slightly different design to previous years.  This year, there was no parade.  Instead, there was a stage set up with various performances, everything from Prospect School's Kapa Haka to Yosakoi Sadan, a Japanese Cultural Group to Peter Pan, various fairies and elves and a number of others.  Even Superman appeared.

The stage MC was Johnny Angel, also known as the Pacific Elvis.  He was hilarious.  I hope he gets invited back.

Wahi Wha 

Elsewhere there were stalls with things for kids to do, bouncy castles, a woman on stilts and various cartoon characters who had come to life.

And a whole lot of kids who clearly had a great time.

Not having a parade meant that costs were reduced.  The safety costs associated with closing the main road are rather large.  I think the more concentrated festival also worked better.

Can I thank Gayle Marshall and the Glen Eden Protection Society, Leanne Appleby, Kyle Turner and the Glen Eden Community House, Family Action and everyone else who helped organise and run this event.

I appreciate that the festival takes a huge amount of time and work but I hope that they are able to repeat the festival next year.



Local security has been in the news lately.  Action by the authorities taken in Henderson has dispersed homeless people from there and we have seen a few more in Glen Eden. 

And one of our local businesses, the Kebab Shop owned by Zuhaib Abbas Bangash has received national media attention for his outstanding display of generosity in offering free food to the local homeless. 

There has been some controversy about the role of the local Business Improvement District and I appreciate that there are differing views about what has happened.  Can I say that there has been no pressure from the local board on anyone to try and stop Mr Bangash from his charity.  We have not formulated a formal position.  And, my personal view is that he should be congratulated for his generosity.

The Business Improvement District, the Police and local board members have met to discuss matters and there are a number of actions that are being taken.

One quick action that has been implemented is extended opening hours for the public toilet.  There were complaints of pretty appalling behaviour and I hope the extended hours will mean this ceases.  The plan includes installation of a further security camera and it is hoped this will improve nighttime safety in this area.

Another action is to install gates at the Glen Eden railway station.  Currently the promise of a free ride is too attractive for some.  The installation of gates in Henderson saw a significant reduction of anti-social activity and the same benefit should come to Glen Eden.  AT has advised me that this is not in the current work plan but I will be advocating for them to accelerate this particular project.

There will be greater police presence.  Titirangi Community Constable, Will Flapper, will spend more time here and I hope the new Glen Eden Community Constable will be appointed soon.  Locals will also have seen the mobile Police station parked in the area recently.  We hope to see it here regularly.

There is an inter-agency group based in the Whau area which includes representatives from different agencies that meets regularly.  The idea is to deal with issues in a timely manner with adequate resources.

The idea is a good one but the organisation needs to cover the entire West area.  The trouble with “solving” the issue on a board by board area is that often the problem is dispersed, not resolved.

There are no quick fixes.  The background problems for homeless people are often longstanding and complex.  And sometimes they are caused by disastrous events which there but for the grace of god the rest of us will never experience.



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The Titirangi Chicken project is pretty well complete, and I am pleased to note that I have not seen a chicken in the area for at least a week although, I have received a report about a couple of stragglers who have not yet been caught.  Nearly 220 chickens have been captured. 

They were checked by vet staff.  They are remarkably healthy and have been rehomed, most of them to a farm in Ardmore.  The capture techniques used were humane and no birds so far have been injured by the capture process nor has there been a need to euthanise any of them.

The initial capture technique involved getting the chickens into a regular feeding pattern and then dropping a net on them when they gathered to feed.  New techniques, including capturing at night to capture the harder to trap ones.

I appreciate that some people thought the chickens were quaint and added to the character of the village.  But the basic problem was there were too many of them.  And, they were causing significant damage to the bush, were implicated in the spread of Kauri dieback and the presence of large numbers of rats, were messing up the area and were posing a traffic hazard.  And I have had many distressing complaints from people suffering from sleep deprivation caused by incessant rooster crowing.  Time will tell if we actually have been successful, but I have my fingers crossed!

The contractors who performed the work, Treescape, should be thanked for their work and the officers involved should also be commended, particularly Jon Cranfield who oversaw the project and senior manager Barry Potter who stepped up and kicked matters off when I suggested to him that the situation was now an emergency.

It would be good to think about the future.  My impression is that native bird numbers have declined lately, and it would be good for their numbers to be strengthened.  Locals can help by having feeding stations with sugar water on their properties.  We could work on making Titirangi a renowned native bird haven rather than the renowned chicken haven that it was in the past.



Open Studios

This is a regular event sponsored by the local board where local artists' work is showcased and members of the public are invited into artists’ studios to inspect and hopefully purchase their work.  Visitor maps are prepared and tours are organised.

This year the festival was launched at Arataki Visitor's Centre with the centre having some of the art on display.  I thought this was a really good idea.  The Waitākere Ranges are clearly an inspiration for local artists and to host their art nestled in the great forest of Tiriwa was a nice touch.

The event has grown from strength to strength with this year over 80 artists and 40 studios taking part.  This included 12 new artists that are opening up their studios for the first time.

The feedback that I have had from this event has been overwhelmingly positive.  Hopefully everyone involved will make sure that the event continues on for the foreseeable future.



Nor reira tena koutou tena koutou tena koutou katoa.

Greg Presland

Waitakere Ranges Local Board Chairperson

Phone +6421998411



Ngā tāpirihanga


There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina



Brenda  Railey - Democracy Advisor - Waitakere Ranges


Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau