Waitākere Ranges Local Board






Minutes of a meeting of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board held via Skype for Business on Thursday, 7 May 2020 at 10.04am.


As required under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Act 2020, either a recording of the meeting or a written summary will be published on the Auckland Council website.





Greg Presland


Deputy Chairperson

Saffron Toms



Mark Allen



Michelle Clayton



Sandra Coney, QSO



Ken Turner



Note:   All members attended via electronic link.



Waitākere Ranges Local Board

07 May 2020



Note:   Pursuant to Resolution WTK/2020/16 of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board, the Standing Orders of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board have been updated to allow a person other than a member of the local board to participate in a meeting by means of audio link or audio-visual link if the person is otherwise approved to participate in accordance with Standing Orders Sections 6 and 7.


1          Welcome

Chairperson G Presland 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 were 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 Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

Board Member


Mark Allen

-   Community Waitākere – Executive Officer

-   Bethells Valley Fire – Senior Fire Fighter

-   Waitākere Licensing Trust – Trustee

Michelle Clayton

-   Glen Eden Community House – Treasurer

-   Glen Eden Residents’ Association – Treasurer

-   Waitākere Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) – Committee Member

-   The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust – Trustee

-   Glen Eden Returned Services Association (RSA) – Member

-   Glen Eden Railway Trust – Member

Sandra Coney

-   Waitematā 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

-   Community Waitākere – family member has contract

Greg Presland

-   Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust – Trustee

-   Combined Youth Services Trust – Trustee

-   Glen Eden Bid – Member

-   Titirangi Ratepayers and Residents Association – Member

-   Waitākere Ranges Protection Society - Member

-   Titirangi RSA - Member

-   Maungakiekie Golf Club – Member

Saffron Toms

-   Titirangi Community House – Secretary

Ken Turner


Member appointments

Board members are appointed to the following external community groups and organisations for the 2019-2022 triennium. In these appointments board members represent Auckland Council:

External community group or organisation



Aircraft Noise Community Consultative Group

Mark Allen

Saffron Toms

Ark in the Park

Mark Allen

Sandra Coney

Friends of Arataki and Waitākere Regional Parkland Incorporated

Michelle Clayton

Sandra Coney

Glen Eden Business Improvement District (Glen Eden Business Association)

Michelle Clayton

Greg Presland

Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre Trust

Ken Turner

Mark Allen

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery

Mark Allen

Saffron Toms and Sandra Coney

The Rural Advisory Panel

Ken Turner

Saffron Toms



4          Leave of Absence


There were no leaves of absence.



5          Acknowledgements


There were no acknowledgements.



6          Petitions


There were no petitions.



7          Deputations


There were no deputations.



8          Public Forum


There was no public forum.



9          Extraordinary Business


There was no extraordinary business.



Note:   The meeting adjourned due to connectivity issues at 10.19am and reconvened at 10.25am.





Local board decisions and input into the Annual Budget 2020/2021


Resolution number WTK/2020/26

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

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         receive consultation feedback on Waitākere Ranges Local Board priorities for 2020/2021

b)        receive consultation feedback on regional proposals in the Annual Budget 2020/2021 from people or organisations based in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area

c)         recommend the Glen Eden Business Improvement District targeted rate to the Governing Body with no change

Waitākere rural sewerage service and targeted rate

d)        support the Waitākere rural sewerage pump out service continuing, and note:

             i)        this is the view taken by 73 per cent of submitters in the local board area, and 78 per cent of submitters across the region

            ii)        the need to improve water quality of harbours, streams and lagoons is strongly supported by submissions

e)         support the status quo option “continue the Waitākere septic tank service subsidised by all general ratepayers”, recognising that rural sewerage systems are part of the regional infrastructure and recognising the public good outcomes it supports, and note:

             i)        it aligns to the “Our Waters Future” discussion document principles:

A)     recognise that water is a treasured taonga

B)     work together to plan and deliver better water outcomes

C)     deliver catchment scale thinking and action

D)     focus on achieving right-sized solutions with multiple benefits

E)      rural communities must be part of council’s thinking about Auckland’s water future

            ii)        in our area, the west coast and northern Manukau Harbour beaches are popular visitor destinations for all Aucklanders so there is a significant regional benefit in improving the water quality to protect recreational value, public health and the environment in these areas

           iii)        we have concerns that improving poor water quality in the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area and the Manukau Harbour is being reduced to individual responsibility; with council intervention limited to a regulatory approach only

           iv)        the Waitākere rural sewerage pump out service started as part of a response to poor water quality. It included the establishment of local Water Liaison Groups, recognition that council and community needed to work together, and that regulation alone was not enough

            v)        there is a need to take a catchment-wide and behaviour change approach in order to maintain and improve water quality and clarity in streams, lagoons, estuaries and coastal environments

           vi)        the pump-out service ensures all septic tanks in a catchment are pumped out at regular intervals with council coordination and oversight

               vii)            it provides fair and equitable access to pump out services for remote communities, that may otherwise be disadvantaged. The travel distance may make a commercial service to an individual household unattractive to the industry in some areas.  This has proven to be the case with private providers of waste recycling

        viii)        investigations are yet to fully determine the sources of contamination in the Manukau Harbour, and beaches in areas with reticulated sewerage are just as contaminated. For example, at Te Henga it is known that livestock and bird life contribute to the poor water quality of the lagoon. Maintenance and management of council’s own on-site wastewater systems are also under scrutiny from the community in coastal areas such as Piha, Te Henga, and it is critical these are kept to a high standard

           ix)        there has been a lack of evaluation of the pump out service and other interventions over the years, which needs to be addressed going forward. There is no clear evidence that either the regulatory or non-regulatory approach has worked to improve water quality to date. We strongly support a two-pronged approach in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area

            x)        there is concern from rural communities that they are not getting a fair share of services as the emphasis is on urban infrastructure. This is reflected in submissions on the rural sewerage topic from Waitākere residents. Some 80 per cent of the Water Quality Targeted Rate is funding the Western Isthmus water quality improvement project

           xi)        there is concern about the increasing cost of the pump out service which needs to be addressed in negotiating a new contract for service.  It is expected that costs will be at or near the current cost.

f)          recommend the Water Quality Targeted Rate be used to:

             i)        accelerate the investigation and amelioration of sources of contamination of the Manukau Harbour and west coast lagoons

            ii)        increase locally targeted educational programmes on how to effectively operate and maintain on-site wastewater systems, including how to conserve water, the use of environmentally friendly household products

g)        recommend council’s Infrastructure and Environmental Services department continues to work at a community catchment level in the coastal settlements of Piha, Karekare, Te Henga, Fosters Bay and Huia in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area, which have high risks for on-site wastewater systems across a range of factors

h)        note changes in the intensity of land use and household types in areas with high risks for on-site wastewater systems need to be closely monitored and managed through council’s regulatory system

Annual budget

i)          provide the following feedback on the Annual Budget 2020/2021:

             i)        One Local Initiative programme: investing in the regeneration of Glen Eden Town Centre is an important economic stimulus. We recommend work on preparing the business case resumes speedily or that the Governing Body approves the release of the earmarked capital funds directly to the local board to accelerate to the project delivery stage



            ii)        Active transport: delivering a completed Auckland-wide walking and cycling network needs to be accelerated. The increased use of walking and cycling paths over the lockdown period shows the latent potential. In our area there needs to be an emphasis on links to Western Line train services from the surrounding communities to improve access to public transport

           iii)        Regional environmental programmes: weed and pest control programmes for the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area need at least the same level of base funding from general rates, supported by the Natural Environment Targeted Rate to implement the new Regional Pest Management Plan. The targeted rate is meant to enhance existing base-line service levels for the environment, not replace them

           iv)        Te Henga quarry: we are advocating for regional funding and the reinstatement of the Quarry Aftercare Fund, to develop this area as a park to provide additional recreation to the regional park, to address unmet demand, filming opportunities, failed restoration and Health & Safety concerns of current usage.


Note:   A copy of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board written feedback on the Annual Budget 2020/2021 will be available on the Auckland Council website via this link: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/topics-you-can-have-your-say-on/annual-budget-2020-2021/Pages/submissions-received-.aspx



11        Consideration of Extraordinary Items


There was no consideration of extraordinary items.





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