I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Ōrākei Local Board will be held on:
Thursday, 17 September 2020
This meeting will be held at St Chads Church and Community Centre, 38 St Johns Road, Meadowbank or proceed via Skype for Business depending on COVID-19 level restrictions.
A written summary will be uploaded on the Auckland Council website.
Ōrākei Local Board
OPEN ADDENDUM AGENDA
Mr Scott Milne, JP
Colin Davis, JP
David Wong, JP
(Quorum 4 members)
11 September 2020
Contact Telephone: 021 302 163
Ōrākei Local Board
17 September 2020
14 Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan 2020 5
Ōrākei Local Board
17 September 2020
File No.: CP2020/12717
Te take mō te pūrongo
Purpose of the report
1. To seek adoption of the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan.
2. The Ōrākei Local Board approved the development of the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan and allocated $40,000 of Locally Driven Initiative (LDI) Opex funding as part of the Parks, Sports and Recreation work programme for the 2019/2020 financial year (OR/2019/104).
3. The purpose of the plan is to document and deliver a community-led vision for the long-term holistic management, ecological restoration and improvement of the Pourewa Valley.
4. The plan’s development involved consultation and collaboration with several key community and volunteer stakeholders, mana whenua, the Ōrākei Local Board and council staff to establish objectives and desired outcomes for the Pourewa Valley.
5. The plan proposes several recommendations and prioritises initiatives and key actions with the objective of fostering ecological enhancement by enabling resources to be allocated to works that achieve the greatest environmental gains.
That the Ōrākei Local Board:
a) adopt the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan (Attachment A to the agenda report).
b) refer to the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan to inform future work programme decisions on prioritised actions, developments and projects and required funding.
6. The development of the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan was prompted by the adoption of the Kepa Bush Reserve Integrated Plan (OR/2018/175) which identifies the connectivity of this bush reserve to adjacent areas of significant ecological value in the wider Pourewa Valley.
7. Some of the recommended actions informed by the ecological input for the Kepa Bush Reserve Integrated Plan extend beyond the plan’s scope due to the impact on the wider Pourewa Valley and on land that is not owned by Auckland Council.
8. The wider Pourewa Valley is located within the Tāmaki Ecological District, which is one of eight ecological districts in the Auckland Ecological Region. Kepa Bush and other reserves within the valley are designated as Significant Ecological Areas (SEAs).
9. For the purpose of the plan, the Pourewa Valley is defined as the natural drainage catchments feeding into the Pourewa Creek, an area including St Johns Bush, Selwyn Bush, Kepa Bush and Tahapa Reserve, as well as other private land, residential land, green and open spaces as shown in Figure 1. The red line denotes the agreed project area.
Figure 1: Pourewa Valley area
10. The bodies of water within this defined area include Pourewa Creek, as far downstream as Hobson Point and Tāmaki Drive, but exclude Ōrākei Basin.
11. The purpose of the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan is to create a community-led project that provides the following coordinated outcomes:
· agreed vision, aims and project area
· development and action plans
· areas for plant and animal pest control
· relevant resource documents.
12. The plan includes a description of the valley’s ecology, land use history, current land use and volunteer groups working within the valley, as well as ecological and improved access outcomes.
13. In August 2020, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) started construction of section two of the shared pathway between Glen Innes and Tāmaki Drive. This section runs from St Johns Road to the Ōrākei Basin.
14. As part of this significant infrastructure project, NZTA is working closely with council staff and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to develop planting plans that will support the restoration efforts of the local community groups and the Ōrākei Local Board.
Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu
Analysis and advice
15. The plan provides a community-led vision for the whole of the Pourewa Valley and identifies:
· land ownership throughout the valley and potential future land developments
· priorities for environmental improvements and opportunities to advocate for further ecological enhancement
· priorities for community projects
· opportunities to work with residential and private landowners to contribute to the enhancement of the valley.
16. The plan development process included interactive and targeted community engagement involving community stakeholder interviews and a workshop of the key stakeholders/interest groups already working in the valley.
17. The interview phase provided staff with an understanding of the environment, the successes and challenges that the various community stakeholders encountered and identified opportunities for improvement and enhancement of the valley’s ecological and historical values.
18. These interviews were followed by a facilitated workshop held in December 2019 involving representatives from community and residents’ associations, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, local board members and staff.
19. From the workshop the group collectively developed a vision for the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan which aspires to recognise the valley catchment as a world-class urban sanctuary of local, regional and national significance that offers:
· clean water
· restored and pest free thriving bush, intertidal and estuarine areas
· abundant native plants and fauna
· key access ways and connections
· celebration of the valley’s historical, cultural and natural features.
20. Integral to this vision is the stewardship of the volunteer restoration groups, the kaitiakitanga of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and the support of the Ōrākei Local Board.
21. The workshop was also the forum for establishing critical key aims for the plan and group discussion of the ongoing process for information sharing between all parties.
22. The draft plan was then developed by a core community-led advocacy group representative of the volunteer groups involved in the restoration and enhancement of the Pourewa Valley. These groups included:
· Eastern Bays Songbird Project (Selwyn Bush)
· Forest and Bird “Wednesday Group” (Selwyn Bush)
· Friends of Kepa Bush
· Friends of Pourewa Valley (catchment-wide)
· Hapua Thrive (catchment-wide)
· Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Volunteers (Pourewa Creek Recreation Reserve)
· Pourewa Restoration “Sunday Group” (Selwyn Bush)
· Roy Clements Group (Selwyn Park)
23. Among the key stakeholders there is a high level of satisfaction with the recommended actions and how the plan aims to improve and enhance several desired service outcomes for the valley.
Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi
Climate impact statement
24. The Pourewa Valley is located within the Tāmaki Ecological District and its habitat is recognised as a Significant Ecological Area.
25. Auckland Council has declared a climate emergency and has key policy documents that set out how to tackle this emergency and at the same time deliver the Auckland Plan’s environmental vision. These policy documents include Auckland’s Climate Action Framework, Auckland Growing Greener and the Low Carbon Strategic Action Plan.
26. The recommendations set out in the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan will ensure the sound management of this important ecological and storm water catchment and provide positive outcomes in terms of carbon sequestration and flood mitigation.
Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera
Council group impacts and views
27. The development of the plan and its vision for the Pourewa Valley aligns with the aspirations and outcomes sought by a range of council departments working in the catchment area of the valley and includes input from the following key council departments and Council Controlled Organisations:
· Parks Sports and Recreation
· Community Facilities
· Environmental Services
· Healthy Waters
· Auckland Transport
Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe
Local impacts and local board views
28. Staff presented the draft plan at local board workshops held in July and August 2020 seeking local board feedback which included:
· ensure a coordinated weed and pest control approach across all agencies and major landowners, including NZTA as it constructs Section 2 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path
· develop a communications plan for ongoing advocacy of the plan
· liaise with major landowners and agencies in the valley
· support the appointment of a field officer
· assemble a resource library accessible to community groups, the local board, members of the public and council departments.
29. The final version of the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan incorporates local board feedback and aligns with outcome Four of the Ōrākei Local Board Plan 2017: “Our natural environment is valued, protected and enhanced for present and future generations”.
Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori
Māori impact statement
30. The plan was developed with input from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to address impacts on their land, Pourewa Reserve and engagement was undertaken at key points throughout the plan’s preparation to enable Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei to shape and influence the content of the plan.
31. Whai Maia Limited, a charitable entity and subsidiary of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust, has been involved in the development of the plan since its inception. Whai Maia focus on whanau outcomes and manage programmes involving health, employment, education, tourism, and arts and culture.
32. The outcomes of the plan align with Whai Maia desired outcomes and embody the protection, restoration and enhancement of the natural environment and environmental health.
33. These are key Te Aranga design principles of Mana, Taiao and Mauri Tu founded on intrinsic Māori cultural values and designed to provide practical guidance for enhancing outcomes for the built environment. The principles have arisen from a widely held desire to enhance mana whenua presence, visibility and participation in the design of the physical realm.
Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea
34. The Ōrākei Local Board’s work programme for 2020/2021 includes a project for Pourewa Valley that contributes to implementing this plan and delivering the prioritised actions for year one of the plan’s adoption. The approved funding amount is $55,000 LDI Opex.
35. One of the primary key actions of the plan is to establish a Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan community-led advocacy group and for this group to appoint a part-time field officer / community coordinator (external or board discretionary funding permitting) whose responsibilities will include the coordination of environmental restoration and improvement activities, as well as weed and pest control. It is anticipated that the funding for the field officer will be sought through the Natural Environment Targeted Rate (NETR).
36. The “Ecological Volunteers and Environmental Programme” is an ongoing annual programme which supports community plus volunteer ecological and environmental initiatives across the local board area, several of which occur in the Pourewa Valley. The allocated funding for this programme is $60,000 of LDI Opex, which is shared across the whole of the Ōrākei Local Board area.
37. The Eastern Bays Songbird Project is a project included in the local board Infrastructure and Environmental Services (I&ES) work programme for 2020/2021.
38. The funding for these two projects is not negatively impacted by the approval of the project for Pourewa Valley.
Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga
Risks and mitigations
39. A coordinated approach between all interested parties including the local board, community volunteer stakeholders, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, private landowners, council departments and council-controlled organisations is critical to achieving the key aims set out in the plan.
40. There is a risk that varying and competing activities and/or demands from the wide range of public and private landowners within the valley may impede progress with ecological restoration improvements and other highly valued outcomes such as improved community access and a shared history of the area.
41. Collaboration amongst all parties will ensure that efforts are complementary and targeted most efficiently. Local board advocacy for the plan’s priorities and key actions identified for implementation amid potential varying and competing demands will assist with the delivery of successful outcomes.
Ngā koringa ā-muri
42. Upon adoption of the Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan by the Ōrākei Local Board, it is intended that plan actions identified for the 2020/2021 work programme will proceed for delivery.
43. Progress reports will be made available to the local board quarterly with routine updates communicated during monthly workshops.
Pourewa Valley Integrated Plan (Sept 2020)
Jacqui Thompson Fell - Parks & Places Specialist
Mace Ward - General Manager Parks, Sports and Recreation
Adam Milina - Relationship Manager - Albert-Eden & Orakei Local Boards