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




Meeting Room:



Thursday, 18 June 2020


Local Board Office

560 Mt Albert Road

Three Kings


Puketāpapa Local Board










Harry Doig


Deputy Chairperson

Julie Fairey



Ella Kumar, JP



Fiona Lai



Bobby Shen



Jon Turner



(Quorum 3 members)




Selina Powell

Democracy Advisor - Puketapapa


15 June 2020


Contact Telephone: 021 531 686

Email: selina.powell@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz




Puketāpapa Local Board

18 June 2020



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23        Arts Community and Events venue partners interim service approach                 5 



Puketāpapa Local Board

18 June 2020



Arts Community and Events venue partners interim service approach

File No.: CP2020/07975




Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek approval for an interim service approach for Arts Community and Events venue partners for 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       More than half of the Arts Community and Events (ACE) venues portfolio is managed by 122 partners.

3.       Fifty-five of these partners (including one partner in the Puketāpapa Local Board area) have contracts and funding agreements that expire on 30 June 2020.

4.       Key concerns for these partners are:

·        the council’s expectation of service delivery from 1 July 2020

·        levels of activity they should be delivering

·        funding availability

·        their responsibilities as employers.

5.       The recommended approach is, firstly, a clarification that services should continue from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020.

6.       Secondly, it is to ensure a sustained level of service from the ACE venues portfolio while Emergency Budget deliberation is underway.

7.       Finally, it is to provide a pro rata interim payment (12 weeks of the annual amount) covering the first quarter of FY 2020/2021, to ensure the above can be delivered.


Ngā tūtohunga


That the Puketāpapa Local Board:

a)      approve interim payment be made to Wallace Arts Centre for $99,551 plus CPI.




8.       Auckland Council provides spaces in the community where all Aucklanders can come together to do things that interest them, stretch themselves, have fun, participate, connect, interact, discover new things and learn about each other.

9.       There is an Arts Community and Events (ACE) venue in almost every neighbourhood across Auckland, and the ACE team ensures this diverse portfolio – including community centres, community art galleries, theatres and both rural and urban community halls – is delivering for local communities.

10.     This portfolio contains more than 240 ACE Venues with 122 partners managing over half of these on behalf of the council.

11.     These partnerships are managed with a variety of contracts and agreements in place and funding of over $8m per annum, in addition to in-kind support and resources, including asset provision.   

12.     To help protect Aucklanders during the COVID-19 response, Auckland Council made the decision to temporarily close the Arts, Community and Events venues including community centres, community art galleries, theatres and venues for hire and to support its partners to do the same.

Partner insights

13.     Staff have continued to be in close contact with ACE venue partners through all Alert Levels to answer queries where possible and offer support to their decision-making where appropriate, including:

·   varying contracts to explicitly relieve them of responsibilities under their contracts and funding agreements, as they could not deliver their service under Alert Level Four or Three

·   prioritising final contract payments due in Q3 and Q4 of the current financial year

·   supporting the reopening of venues at Alert Level Two, including implications of group and capacity restrictions.

14.     Staff surveyed ACE venue partners during this time to gather insights on the impacts of COVID-19. Key considerations for partners were:

·   financial security, including uncertainty of funding that might be available in FY 2020/2021

·   concern about their ability to continue to pay staff and deliver expected services and programmes to their local communities.

15.     Fifty-five of these 122 partners have contracts and funding agreements that expire on 30 June 2020.

16.     From survey results and subsequent conversations with partners, the key concerns being are as follows.

·   Are they expected to open and deliver services from 1 July 2020?

·   What level of service should they be delivering?

·   What funding is available for them to continue to deliver services?

·   Concerns regarding their responsibilities as employers.

17.     While our ACE venue partners are aware that the Emergency Budget consultation and deliberation is underway, a number have notified us that without an arrangement they may have to suspend services until the Emergency Budget is adopted and implemented in August 2020.

18.     Staff are also aware of concerns raised by local board members and these were discussed in workshops when ACE staff visited local boards to discuss facility reopening plans over the last month.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Interim service delivery support

19.     The recommended approach is to clarify that services should continue from 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020, ensuring a sustained level of service from the ACE venues portfolio while Emergency Budget deliberation is happening.

20.     In consultation with Auckland Council’s Commercial & Finance and Legal departments, staff have determined that the best approach to both sustain service and to address the level of uncertainty that exists with ACE venue partners is to provide interim funding covering the first quarter of FY 2020/2021.

21.     To do this will require a pro rata interim payment (12 weeks of the annual amount).

22.     Interim funding will enable ACE venue partners to operate throughout July, August and September. In August 2020, after local boards approve their work programmes staff will make contract/grant payments to for the balance of approved funding to partners for the remaining quarters of FY 2020/2021.

23.     For the Puketāpapa  Local Board area the partnership under consideration is:

ACE venue partner

Interim payment



Annual contract amount

Funding mechanism


Budget source

Key relationship holder

Wallace Arts Centre (Pah Homestead)








ABS opex

Arts and Culture

24.     Staff are aware of the concerns this uncertainty is causing ACE venue partners and have advised them in writing that this approach will be brought to local boards as governors of local facilities and locally funded services.

25.     This approach requires a commitment to advance funding for the first quarter of FY 2020/2021 ahead of the Emergency Budget approval and decisions to finalise local board work programmes for FY 2020/2021.

26.     Options for consideration by the board are:


Option one

Option two

Recommended Approach

Option three


Defer funding decision until the Emergency Budget is confirmed


Allocate interim partial payment


Allocate full pro rata 12 weeks payment



No interim payment is made


A payment of less than pro rata amount is made at a later date


An interim payment can be made early July



·      Possible suspension of services

·      Risk of these partners not being able to reopen


·      Negotiations on level of service and new Key Performance Indicators would need to be entered into for the first quarter

·      New contracts generated and agreed

·      Neither Auckland Council nor ACE venue partners have resources or time to manage this


·      Service is sustained at current level – doors remain open

·      The impact of different funding scenarios can then be workshopped with board and partners as the Emergency Budget is considered


Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

27.     ACE venues can have a positive climate impact as they enable people to connect, participate and recreate locally without having to travel long distances. They help foster a sense of community and contribute positively to people’s views of where they live.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

28.     Auckland Council provides fair, easy and affordable access to safe and welcoming venues through the Arts, Community and Events department of the Customer and Community Directorate.

29.     The Community Places and Arts and Culture units manage the relationship and contracts with ACE venue partners.

30.     Subject to the outcome of this decision, staff will work with Community Facilities to manage implications for council-owned assets.

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

Local impacts and local board views

31.     A number of local board workshops were conducted through May and early June 2020 on the Auckland Council approach to COVID-19 Level 2 and the phased reopening of local community facilities.

32.     During these workshops local boards:

·   were informed the majority of ACE venue partners reopened promptly at Level Two

·   expressed an interest in the status of ACE venue partner delivery and FY2020/2021 funding

·   considered additional funds due to marked loss in revenue from classes and bookings.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

33.     Art Community and Events venues support diverse, equitable, and affordable access to spaces to all Aucklanders, including Māori.

34.     Programming through Arts Community and Events venues supports Māori outcomes, and showcases work from Māori content creators and artists.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

35.     This approach requires a total commitment of $99,551 from the Puketāpapa  Local Boards Asset Based Services opex funding in advance of the Emergency Budget approval and decisions to finalise local board work programmes for FY 2020/2021.

36.     This total amount will not be available for reallocation in future decision making.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

37.     Risks associated with this decision and mitigations are



A decision could preempt significant budgetary decisions

This is an interim approach, consistent with the council’s managed provision in this portfolio

The recommended approach may not provide sufficient surety for partners

Staff will communicate with partners and inform them of the Emergency Budget consultation process


Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

38.     Subject to local board approval, staff will organise agreements and payments to partners no later than mid-July 2020.

39.     Staff will continue to work with these partners to assess the impact of different funding scenarios, if any, to funding levels, service delivery, outcome areas, or key performance indicators for the remainder of FY 2020/2021. This will inform discussions on local board work programmes once the Emergency Budget has been approved.


Ngā tāpirihanga


There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina



Kat Teirney – Senior Project Lead – Community Places


Graham Bodman – General Manager – Arts Community & Events

Nina Siers - Relationship Manager for Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Puketāpapa