Rodney Local Board






Minutes of a meeting of the Rodney Local Board held in the Council Chamber, Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Road, Orewa on Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 5.30pm.





Phelan Pirrie


Deputy Chairperson

Beth Houlbrooke



Brent Bailey



Steve Garner



Danielle Hancock



Tim Holdgate



Louise Johnston



Vicki Kenny



Colin Smith



Rodney Local Board

02 December 2020




1          Welcome


            The Chairperson opened the meeting and welcomed those in attendance.


2          Apologies


There were no apologies.



3          Declaration of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


4          Confirmation of Minutes


Resolution number RD/2020/173

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson B Houlbrooke, seconded by Member B Bailey:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday 18 November 2020, as a true and correct record.


            Note:   Pursuant to Standing Order 1.9.3 member Colin Smith and member Tim Holdgate                        requested their abstention be recorded.


5          Leave of Absence


There were no leaves of absence.


6          Acknowledgements


There were no acknowledgements.


7          Petitions


There were no petitions.


8          Deputations


There were no deputations.


9          Public Forum


There was no public forum.


10        Extraordinary Business


There was no extraordinary business.



Review of decision-making policy


Resolution number RD/2020/174

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Member B Bailey:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)       provide the following feedback on the review of decision-making policy:

i)       support the proposal for a review of the decision-making policy, to be undertaken by the Joint Governance Working Party in early 2021 before the adoption of the long-term plan to examine and recommend improvements to the current decision-making framework


b)     provide the following feedback on the allocations and delegations in the decision-making policy:


i)       consider allocating operational management and maintenance of regional parks to local boards as the relationship between local and regional parks and the potential efficiencies and investment decisions would be better achieved locally

ii)      allocate to local boards town centre strategy and policy in addition to the maintenance and improvements of the local street environment and local centres to enable local boards to respond to growth and influence the outcomes their communities are seeking         

         iii    request allocation of maintenance of Drainage Districts to the Governing                  Body as a regional asset as work is under-resourced and unfunded and                     would be better aligned with region-wide stormwater management and                       delivery

c)      endorse the proposed approach to the 2021-2031 Long-term Plan consultation.





10-year Budget 2021-2031 consultation


Note: changes to the original motion, adding new clause i) was made under delegation.

Resolution number RD/2020/175

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Member D Hancock:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      approve the local consultation document content (Attachment A to the agenda report) and local supporting information content (Attachment B to the agenda report) for inclusion in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 consultation material

b)      delegate authority to the local board chairperson to approve any changes required to finalise the local consultation document and supporting information content for the Rodney Local Board for the 10-year Budget 2021-2031

c)      note the change to the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 consultation period from 15 February and 15 March to 22 February and 22 March due to Audit New Zealand review timelines

d)      confirm two Have Your Say events in the local board area during the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 consultation period between 22 February and 22 March 2021;

i)       Wellsford Community Centre

ii)      jointly with Hibiscus & Bays and Upper Harbour local boards targeting Asian communities

e)      hold two local community events; one at the Point Wells community day and the other at either the Kumeū New World or Helensville Countdown supermarket 22 February and 22 March 2021

f)       delegate authority to the local board chairperson to approve any changes required to the Have Your Say events

g)      delegate to the following elected members and staff the power and responsibility to hear from the public through “spoken (or New Zealand sign language) interaction” in relation to the local board agreement at the council’s public engagement events during the consultation period for the 10-year Budget 2021-2031:

i)       local board members and chairperson

ii)      General Manager Local Board Services, Local Area Manager, Local Board Senior Advisor, Local Board Advisor, Local Board Engagement Advisor

iii)     any additional staff approved by the General Manager Local Board Services or the Group Chief Financial Officer

h)      delegate to Chairperson Phelan Pirrie and Deputy Chairperson Beth Houlbrooke to prepare and provide feedback on the Mayoral proposal (Attachment C) and potential regional consultation topics for the 10-year Budget 2021-2031

i)       the following feedback is provided under delegation on the Mayoral proposal (Attachment C) and potential regional consultation topics for the 10-year Budget 2021-2031:

i)             consider adding an additional option for consultation of a rates increase of eight per cent in the first year of the Long-term Plan 2021-2031, and then five per cent for the subsequent two years, to determine how the public feels about a larger increase to address the $1 billion shortfall in the budget

ii)            provide different scenarios for levels of service and corresponding rates increases to the public as part of the Long-term Plan 2021-2031 consultation, so that the public can make an informed decision as to what they will receive for varying levels of rates

iii)           acknowledge that addressing climate change is important and that a higher priority must be given to the imminent crisis of failing assets, to avoid Auckland going backwards

iv)            to avoid incurring greater future costs and higher future rates request an increase in funding in the following two areas:

A)        road maintenance and renewals, both sealed and unsealed – ensuring sufficient funding is allocated to maintain at least 12 per cent of Auckland’s road network each year

B)        community facilities maintenance and renewals - to provide enough funding to keep assets at a good standard to save costs in the long-run

v)            consider that one of the most effective ways to tackle climate change, and should be the highest priority, is via accessible and affordable public transport that parts of Auckland still do not have, or have very little access to

vi)           in response to point 33 in the Mayoral Proposal, “The Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020 may be used to allow some development to be brought forward through development levies placed on properties to pay for infrastructure. A pilot of this concept in Milldale has proved successful,” while we support this funding mechanism, the success of the Milldale development has been undermined by residents not having access to public transport, and if council is going to tackle climate change, large-scale greenfield developments such as Milldale need to ensure that plans include public transport and should be designed so that residents do not have to get in their car to commute

vii)         express concern that an increased target for asset recycling for each of the next three years from $20 million to $70 million per annum is unachievable as the local board has very few assets to consider divesting

viii)        propose that reserve contributions under the Local Government Act 2002 are increased to the maximum seven per cent to enable much needed investment in reserve acquisition and development and this could provide funding for the local board’s One Local Initiative, which the community is already part funding by selling a privately owned facility that they have outgrown

ix)           express concerns on the proposal for $90 million of the $120 million in cost savings for Auckland Council in the Emergency Budget being maintained on an ongoing basis, and request to see evidence of how this could be achieved as we are concerned that the required staffing cuts to achieve ongoing cost savings will be so deep that they will impact on our ability to deliver on our work programme.




a     2 December 2020 - Rodney Local Board, Item 12 - 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Mayoral Proposal - Attachment C  



13        Consideration of Extraordinary Items


There was no consideration of extraordinary items.   





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