Whau Local Board






Minutes of an extraordinary meeting of the Whau Local Board held in the Whau Local Board Office, 31 Totara Avenue, New Lynn on Wednesday, 2 December 2020 at 11.00am.


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




Kay Thomas


Deputy Chairperson

Susan Zhu

Via Skype for Business


Fasitua Amosa

Via Skype for Business


Catherine Farmer



Warren Piper



Jessica Rose






Ulalemamae Te'eva Matafai





Whau Local Board

02 December 2020




1          Welcome


            Chair K Thomas led the meeting in a karakia.


2          Apologies


Resolution number WH/2020/149

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member J Rose:  


That the Whau Local Board:

a)         accept the apology from Member T Matafai for absence.





3          Declaration of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.


Members are 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 are 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 Whau Local Board:






Kay Thomas


·         New Lynn Citizens Advice Bureau

·         Friends of Arataki

·         Western Quilters

·         Citizens Advice Bureau    

       Waitākere Board


Committee member




Susan Zhu


·      Chinese Oral History Foundation

·      The Chinese Garden Steering

     Committee of Auckland

·       Sport Waitākere

Committee member

Board Member


Member of Tu Manawa Active Aotearoa Advisory Group Panel

Fasitua Amosa


·         Equity NZ

·         Massive Theatre Company

·         Avondale Business Association

Vice President

Board member

A family member is the Chair

Catherine Farmer


·      Avondale-Waterview Historical  Society

·      Blockhouse Bay Historical Society 

·      Portage Licensing Trust

·      Blockhouse Bay Bowls

·      Forest and Bird organisation

·      Grey Power









Te’eva Matafai


·      Pacific Events and Entertainment Trust

·      Miss Samoa NZ

·      Malu Measina Samoan Dance Group

·      Pasifika Festival Village

     Coordinators Trust ATEED

·      Aspire Events









Warren Piper


·      New Lynn RSA

·      New Lynn Business Association

Associate Member


Jessica Rose



·         Women in Urbanism-Aotearoa, 

       Auckland Branch

·         Forest & Bird

·         Big Feels Club

·         Frocks on Bikes

·         Bike Auckland

·         Department of Conservation

Committee member




Former co-chair

Former committee member


Member appointments

Board members are appointed to the following bodies. In these appointments the board members represent Auckland Council.

External organisation




Aircraft Noise Community Consultative Group

Warren Piper

Catherine Farmer

Avondale Business Association

Kay Thomas

Warren Piper

Blockhouse Bay Business Association

Warren Piper

Fasitua Amosa

New Lynn Business Association

Susan Zhu

Kay Thomas
Warren Piper

Rosebank Business Association

Fasitua Amosa

Warren Piper

Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust

Fasitua Amosa

Jessica Rose


 4         Leave of Absence


There were no leaves of absence.




10-year Budget 2021-2031 consultation


Resolution number WH/2020/150

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member C Farmer:  

That the Whau Local Board:

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

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

c)      agree to hold one Have your Say event on Tuesday, 9 March 2021 at 6.30pm at the Bay Olympic Football Club and one drop-in event on Saturday, 27 February 2021 at 10am at Archibald Park.

d)      delegate authority to the local board Chair to approve any changes required to the Have Your Say event.

e)      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.

f)       welcome the opportunity to provide the following feedback on the Mayoral proposal (included in the Minutes Attachments) and potential regional consultation topics for the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

g)      note the recommendation in Mayoral proposal for a one-off 5 per cent increase        to general rates for the 2021/2022 financial year, and support public consultation on this proposal.

h)      reiterate its feedback as resolved in relation to the 2020/2021 Emergency budget regarding the financial levers available to Auckland Council, noting in particular:

i)      the local board supports increasing debt given low interest rates and

       Auckland Council’s currently high credit rating

ii)     the local board views capital expenditure deferrals as its second-most

       preferred lever

iii)    cuts to operational budgets are not preferred as a lever for the local board

      and only minimal reductions would be tolerated, noting that such cuts        

      would have the most visible impact on communities and in particular the  

      most vulnerable

iv)    sale of assets is the least preferred lever for the local board, noting

      significant concerns around privatisation and selling income-generating   


i)       support the extension of the Natural Environment Targeted rate and Water Quality Targeted rate, noting that both preventing the spread of Kauri Dieback Disease and improving water quality of the Whau River and Manukau Harbour are among the issues of highest concern to our communities.

j)       support the retention in the 2021-2031 Long-term Plan of the Whau Aquatic and Recreation Facility (the Whau Local Board’s One Local Initiative) and note that there are relatively few community assets and no under-performing assets in the Whau Local Board area which could be sold or optimized to offset the cost of this project.

k)      support the climate change component of the Mayoral proposal, noting that significant investment to accelerate action against climate change has been identified as a key issue for our communities.

l)       support water strategy reform, as this is becoming an increasingly urgent issue in the face of both climate change and population growth and intensification, noting in particular:

i)        support for the recommended option for investment in Healthy Waters that

would see continuation of the status quo for investment levels, noting the lack of available funding for new capital projects, but enabling new / growth projects from 2025 and support to Kāinga Ora areas provided that Kāinga Ora are willing to contribute to community outcomes to support growth and intensification

ii)      support the WaterCare Board recommended investment scenario if

       feasible, noting that it is not yet clear how this will be funded, as this is                the best option for growth readiness, certainty of supply and clean                    beaches  and waterways.

m)     express significant concern around the proposals set out in respect of community investment and support the alternative option for significant additional investment to keep the asset portfolio the same size and keep service levels the same, noting:

i)       the board’s view as stated above that cutting operational expenditure, including local community services and the maintenance, operations and renewals of our community assets, will have the most significant and most visible impact on those who are the most vulnerable.

ii)      the Whau Local Board area has relatively few community assets and relatively high levels of deprivation, and it would be devastating for our communities if assets were lost, or services reduced or fundamentally changed, particularly in the context of COVID-19 and its economic and social impacts.

iii)      the local board sees the retention of a permanent, fixed physical presence

        for our community services (including local board offices) as critical to           maintain a high level of service and retain the trust and confidence of the         community

iv)      Auckland has an aging population and the local board supports reducing            barriers to participation for our older residents and for those with                        disabilities, and is concerned that possible changes associated with this            proposal, which might include replacing asset-based services with “pop-          up” or online/technology-based initiatives will have the opposite effect.

n)      note the recommendations around Panuku’s funding model and support a more focused role for Panuku with a shift away from asset disposals in favour of rates and debt funding, noting in particular its concern around the lack of progress in implementing the New Lynn Urban Plan, the Crown Lynn development and the Merchant Quarter and requesting that staff investigate the options around delivery of a New Lynn multi-storey park-and-ride, including whether Panuku could consider this as an optimisation activity.

o)      support increased investment in Māori outcomes and note that Auckland Council will not be able to deliver on its stated commitments to Māori without significant investment.









a     2 December 2020, Whau Local Board: Item 10 - 10-year Budget 2021-2031 consultation - Mayoral Proposal




Review of decision-making policy


Resolution number WH/2020/151

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member J Rose:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      endorse the proposed approach to the long-term plan consultation.

b)      welcome the opportunity to give the following feedback on the allocations and delegations in the decision-making policy.

c)      request that any changes to the decision-making policy be integrated with the implementation of findings of the Governance Framework Review, noting in particular:

i)     that an equity funding model for local boards that acknowledges deprivation           be implemented as soon as possible in the Long-term Plan

ii)    that a regional network planning focus on assets will negatively impact               local board areas with few assets because of the legacy nature of such               assets and would reinforce current discrepancies and that multi-board               funding would have a similar impact, although on a smaller scale

iii)    that strong feedback has been received from our creative sector noting            that the local vs regional split does not work for the arts, which is by                 nature sub-regional or multi-board focused, though also noting the need          for a cautious approach to  ensure that any Multi-board funding occurs               only in consideration of accurate data on how many people from each local          board area use an asset / facility

iv)    that the movement of projects from the Joint Governance Working Party to          the Council Controlled Organisations Review because of overlap could              result in these projects receiving less consideration.

d)         request further clarity on those responsibilities delegated by the Governing             Body to Council-controlled organisations to ensure that the public             understands who is responsible for what, and that expectations around             communication and accountability of CCOs to local boards are met.

e)         request that a simple process for disputes resolutions around delegations and             allocations be developed and clearly communicated to local boards.

f)          note that Auckland Council’s commitments to Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi             are not visible in these allocations and support further consideration being             given to how Māori (whether via the Independent Māori Statutory Board or             through formal relationships with mana whenua entities) can be involved in             Auckland Council’s decision-making.

g)         support consideration of increased delegations to local boards around the             development of area plans, noting in particular the Whau Local Board’s             concern to see more spatial planning in the Avondale area to ensure that             intense growth currently underway achieves good community outcomes and             that essential infrastructure, community assets, accessible green space,             canopy cover, and the need to mitigate against the impacts of climate change             and reduce carbon emissions are given adequate consideration.

h)         support consideration of increased support and empowerment for local             boards around local economic development, noting that this has always been             a high priority for local boards but that organizational support and resourcing             has been lacking in this area for a long time and that now in the context of             COVID-19 recovery this has become critical.


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