Papakura Local Board






Minutes of a meeting of the Papakura Local Board held in the Local Board Chambers, Papakura Service Centre, 35 Coles Crescent, Papakura and via video conference (Skype for Business) on Wednesday, 5 May 2021 at 4.33pm.





Brent Catchpole


Felicity Auva'a


George Hawkins


Keven Mealamu


Sue Smurthwaite




Deputy Chairperson

Jan Robinson





Angela Dalton

Via Skype for Business




Papakura Local Board

05 May 2021




1          Welcome


Member Felicity Auva’a led the meeting in prayer.



2          Apologies


Resolution number PPK/2021/64

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member K Mealamu:   

That the Papakura Local Board:

a)         accept the apology from Deputy Chairperson Jan Robinson for absence.




3          Declaration of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.



4          Confirmation of Minutes


Resolution number PPK/2021/65

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member G Hawkins:  

That the Papakura Local Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 28 April 2021, as  true and correct.




5          Leave of Absence


There were no requests for leave 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.




Local Board views on Plan Changes (Private) 48, 49, 50, 51 and 61 in Drury


Resolution number PPK/2021/66

MOVED by Member S Smurthwaite, seconded by Member F Auva'a:  

That the Papakura Local Board:

a)      provide local board views on private plan changes 48 – 51 and 61 relating to Future Urban zoned land in Drury-Opāheke

Metropolitan Centre Zone (Plan Change 48)


1)            The Papakura commercial centre was zoned a metropolitan centre in the Auckland Unitary Plan and the Auckland Plan. 


2)            Papakura is more than a business centre, it has the fabric of a town centre and the social infrastructure that makes a Metropolitan centre, eg:  an Art Gallery, a Museum, a Library, a Recreation Centre, Council Service Centre and churches.


3)            The Papakura Local Board does not support the zoning of another metropolitan centre in a neighbouring suburb adjacent to the existing Papakura metropolitan centre area. 


4)            There will be an economic cost to the Papakura metropolitan centre if new town centres such as the proposed Drury are not zoned correctly at the right time. A holistic approach must be taken to ensure the impacts of the new town centres complement the existing centres..


5)            Intensification is occurring around the Papakura metropolitan centre. A vast number of four storey developments are already underway.


6)            The Papakura Business Association has a close relationship with the Takanini Business Association, recognising the close interconnection between the commercial businesses of Papakura and Takanini.


7)            The Papakura Local Board considers that the Papakura and Takanini commercial areas should be considered strategically as one entity given their close interdependence and close physical location. The Local Board is working closely with the Takanini Business Association to enhance this interdependence by actively supporting the establishment of a business improvement district for Takanini.


8)            The local board is actively working with Panuku Development Ltd and Council Corporate Property in meeting desired development outcomes for the sites to be divested and developed in the Papakura metropolitan centre, including the Takanini area.


9)            The local board has been working with the Papakura Commercial Projects Group which was established to facilitate development of the Papakura metropolitan centre.  Current membership of the Papakura Commercial Projects Group is:  the Papakura Local Board members, the Papakura Business Association, the Takanini Business Association, key Auckland Council and council controlled organisation (CCO) staff members.


10)         The Papakura rail and transport interchange reflects the significance of the  Papakura metropolitan centre, and is the sixth busiest rail station on the Auckland network and growing.


Council ability to provide infrastructure for development


11)         The local board believe the land should be released for development in line with Auckland Council’s Future Urban Land Supply Strategy to ensure council can manage the costs associated with the development of infrastructure to support growth. The local board has an advocacy point in the Local Board Plan 2020 regarding infrastructure to be in place before development happens.


Wider view of development in the immediate area


12)         The Local Board Plan 2020 contains a number of advocacy points pertaining to planning for good community outcomes as intensification occurs, including the following points:

·         The provision of greenspace within or nearby intensive developments

·         A reduction in the threshold criteria for walking distances to local parks or reserves

·         Provision of onsite parking

·         Provision of visitor on-street parking

·         Road widths that allow access for public transport, utility and emergency vehicles

·         Provision of shared pedestrian / cycleways.


13)         A holistic approach is needed that aligns with the Drury-Opāheke Structure Plan.


14)         These plan changes are intensive green field developments which will change the amenity of the immediate areas. They must align with the already consulted on Drury-Opāheke Structure Plan.


Green Space / Play Space


15)         It is imperative that green space is considered as a whole for both passive and active recreation.  Planning needs to take into account how passive and active recreation spaces relate to the wider parks and reserve network in these private plan changes.  It is not the time to limit green space because of council’s constrained budget or a fear that council will not be able to pay for the upkeep of these parks.  This is the time to make space for the green areas, thinking about the number of people who will be residing in the area and the needs they will have.  Council has a policy to get people being more active. Provision needs to be made for the spaces to support people being active in all sorts of ways.


16)         Parks and reserves need to be close by where children have an area to kick a ball around and utilise play equipment.


17)         While the concept plans look nice with tree lined streets and courtyard areas these are not a substitute for parks and reserves that are vested in council and thereby protected from a change in purpose.  The plan changes appear to have very limited green space, apart from plan change 61.


18)         Providing green space alongside a river has nice amenity but again is not a substitute for parks and reserves.  They are not always suitable for kids to kick a ball around or a family game of volley ball etc.


19)         The board believes the threshold for walking distance to green spaces should be reduced in intensive developments.  More green space should be planned for to ensure suitable amenity for those living in these developments.


20)         The local board has an expectation that the developer would provide reserve areas that included multi-generational opportunities such as adult fitness equipment or exercise stations as well as play equipment as these developments are not close to any other facilities. This reflects the Local Board Plan 2020 advocacy point relating to developers funding the development of playgrounds in line with council standards.


21)         Ensure there is a green space for local community gardens that has room for a shed for storage of community tools.


22)         The board has received advice that the tree canopy in Papakura is sitting below the region’s average at 13 per cent.  The Local Board Plan 2020 details an initiative supporting the Urban Ngahere programme (increasing the tree coverage and creating vegetation corridors for native bird flight paths).  The board would like to see significant planting of trees to support this initiative within these developments.




23)         Plan for connected pathways that link to reserves and key infrastructure. 


24)         This is also the time to look at how reserves connect to support the urban forest corridors concept.


25)         Reserves should be linked by shared off road cycleways to encourage active travel modes.


Parking and road widths


26)         The board has concerns about the lack of off-street parking in new developments in general. The design of the developments needs to allow for onsite parking for each lot to minimize cars that will be parking on the berms as there is nowhere else to park.


27)         A minimum of two onsite parking spaces for every unit should be a requirement in the consent conditions.


28)         On street visitor parking should also be made available and be a required in the consenting process.


29)         The board has fielded complaints from other subdivisions in relation to narrow road widths and the inability for emergency and service vehicles to access. There are already issues within the Addison development with narrow roads not being wide enough for emergency vehicles or rubbish trucks to enter. The Police have also approached the board about this issue.


30)         Please ensure input on this development is sought from the fire, ambulance and police services. The services have complained to the board in the past about the narrow widths of new subdivision roads.


Public transport


31)         While current thinking is everyone should be using public transport (PT), the reality is that the PT option does not work for everyone. PT does not necessarily run near where the people need it to go or within the timeframes people need it. PT tends to be linear and in a north to south orientation. Even if people can take public transport to work, they still need to have vehicles for:

·         the weekly shopping

·         accessing medical services

·         transporting of dependents to and from school, sports and other cultural after school activities

·         attending community and other leisure and cultural events, or

·         visiting friends or relatives.


32)         Public transport is demand driven and will not be in place until development increases.  Hence the need to be planning to cater for cars initially.


33)         Public transport options need to be available nearby so people can get to where they need to go. The public transport services need to adequately cater to the population including older people, ie: a kneeling bus.


Mana whenua input


34)         The board encourages consultation with mana whenua and implementing recommendations proposed into the design of the development.




35)         The board recommend appropriate stormwater treatments in line with the latest three waters legislation requirements.  All efforts should be made to retain and treat stormwater to ensure the optimum to the receiving environment.


36)         Rain harvesting and the recycling of stormwater should be a requirement given the latest drought in Tāmaki Makaurau.


b)      appoint the Local board Chairperson Brent Catchpole and Deputy Chairperson Jan Robinson to speak to the local board views at hearings on private plan changes 48 – 51 and 61

c)      delegate authority to the chairperson of Papakura Local Board to make a replacement appointment in the event the local board member appointed in resolution b) is unable to attend the private plan change hearing.






Local board consultation feedback and input into the 10-year Budget 2021-2031


Resolution number PPK/2021/67

MOVED by Member F Auva'a, seconded by Member K Mealamu:  

That the Papakura Local Board:

a)         receive consultation feedback on the proposed Papakura Local Board priorities and activities for 2021/2022 and key advocacy initiatives for 2021-2031.

b)         receive consultation feedback on regional topics in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 from people and organisations based in the Papakura local board area.

c)            approve its advocacy initiatives for inclusion (as an appendix) to its 2021/2022 Local Board Agreement:

1)            Seek Panuku support to progress Papakura as a future vibrant metropolitan centre (as identified in the Auckland Unitary Plan).  This will ensure Papakura continues to develops over time into a larger commercial and retail centre on a key transport hub to support residential growth in surrounding areas.


2)            Request funding to develop Papakura train station into a key transport hub with additional park-and-ride capacity, an expanded bus interchange and other actions such as an on-demand bus service, to manage car park demand at the Papakura train station.


3)            Request the reinstatement of the Local Board Transport Capital Fund to the pre-Covid-19 level of $21 million annually and for the $38 million previously allocated through the Local Board Transport Capital Fund to local boards, which was lost through the Covid-19 Emergency Budget, to be restored to allow the local board to continue the development of the shared walking and cycling pathways from Elliot St to Pescara Point and the Hūnua Trail.


4)            Request funding for Papakura parks and reserves to keep pace with the significant development occurring around Papakura, eg:

·         Hingaia stage 2

·         Prince Edward Park softball pitch.


5)            The Papakura Local Board supports the Franklin Local Board advocacy for funding for Auckland Transport to provide a public transport service that links south east Auckland communities to transport nodes at Papakura train station, Pine Harbour and Botany to allow for environmentally sustainable transport choices and access to council services and facilities.


6)            Request funding for Auckland Transport to progress east/west links (both road and shared pathways) in Papakura connecting State Highway one and Mill Road, including neighbourhood loops.  This is an advocacy point in the Papakura Local Board Plan 2020.


7)            Request funding in the 10-year budget to create a community recycling centre, resource recovery park (eco-park) and e-waste facility to effectively service Papakura residents.


8)            Request funding from the Water Quality Targeted Rate to:


·         deliver gross pollutant traps to reduce pollution flowing into the Manukau Harbour and


·         further investment in the Papakura area and associated southern catchments to allow for growth.


9)            The Papakura Local Board supports the Manurewa Local Board advocacy point requesting funding from the Natural Environment Targeted Rate for pest control.


10)         Request the Governing Body include funding to support the roll out of the Urban Ngahere Strategy in the south.


11)         The Papakura Local Board supports the Franklin Local Board advocacy request for council to fund a response to manage the cumulative effects of housing intensification, including ad hoc, Kāinga Ora projects, where single family dwellings are replaced by higher density housing with no corresponding social infrastructure investment.


12)         The Papakura Local Board supports the Franklin Local Board advocacy request that Auckland Transport funding be increased for the FY2021-2024 for renewal, rehabilitation and maintenance, prioritising rehabilitation of roads that support the development of Auckland, ie:  roads and bridges supporting quarrying activity such as Papakura-Clevedon Road, Alfriston-Brookby Road, Whitford-Maraetai Road, Hūnua Road, Settlement Road to Beach Road and on to Hingaia Road and Elliott Street.


13)         The Papakura Local Board supports the Howick Local Board advocacy request for increased regional funding to address the impact of climate change, sea level rise, and weather related events on the coastline.


14)         The Papakura Local Board supports the Howick Local Board advocacy request for funding to upgrade rural roads to urban standards, including widening narrow bridges, in response to growth of our urban areas, eg:  Alfriston Road.


15)         Request an addition to the planning work programme to undertake a review of the Unitary Plan rules in terms of addressing narrow roads, on-site parking and visitor parking in new developments and the issue of tree protection given the significant number of trees being lost to development.


d)        provide the following input on regional topics in the proposed 10-year Budget 2021-2031 to the Governing Body:

Investment package


i)             The Papakura Local Board support the proposed 5 percent rates increase and 3.5 percent in later years


ii)         The board is supportive of the $90 million savings, however, does not believe it is sustainable year on year for ten years. 


iii)        The board is supportive of the $70 million asset recycling, however, does not believe it is sustainable year on year for ten years.


iv)        The board believe the divestment policy should be reviewed to enable funding to stay in the local board area.


v)         The board has an ongoing concern at the local level about development contributions.


vi)           The board supports increasing the borrowing cap to 290 percent providing it doesn’t impact on interest rates and the credit rating.


Climate change


vii)         The board supports the Climate Change proposal.  The Papakura Local Board Plan 2020 has an objective for the board to “champion climate change initiatives” under outcome four, a treasured environment and heritage.


viii)        The board supports working with communities to develop skills, knowledge and capacity to reduce emissions and respond to climate change impacts.


ix)           The board advocates for:


·         appropriate management responses through reserve management, infrastructure and local plans.


·         Ensuring that development decisions involving the coastline take into account the impacts of climate change


·         Identifying local coastal hazards due to climate change and the communities most affected and where possible to reduce the impacts from these hazards


·         Ensuring the town planning regulations consider sustainable practices and reduce risks related to coastal inundation


·         Governing Body funding to address climate change impacts and coastal erosion hazards, including sea level rise, when planning upgrades of parks, walkways and other assets in coastal areas.



Water quality


x)            The board supports the water quality targeted rate proposal to increase and extend the rate. 


xi)           The Papakura Local Board Plan 2020 outlines the board’s objectives and initiatives under outcome four: A treasured environment and heritage.  The objective is for more people to enjoy the environment in and around our harbour and streams with initiatives to improve water quality, removal of mangroves, and supporting the joint efforts of the Manukau Harbour Forum.


Community investment


xii)         The Papakura Local Board has found it difficult to provide a view on the proposed Community Investment approach as they don’t have enough information to understand how the proposal will impact at the local level.


xiii)        The Papakura Local Board Plan 2020 under “outcome two, a community enriched by its diversity, where people feel connected and lead active, healthy lives” talks about:


·         Community facilities needing to be accessible for people of all abilities, including older or differently abled people. 


·         A multi-purpose approach to these facilities provides good value for money.


xiv)        The Papakura Local Board Plan 2020 also has the following objective under outcome two:


·         Services and facilities meet the community’s needs now and into the future”


Natural environment targeted rate


xv)         The Papakura Local Board supports the natural environment targeted rate proposal and would like to see projects in the local area.


Extending urban rating area


xvi)        The Papakura Local Board supports extending the urban rating area.


Charging farm and lifestyle properties in the urban rating area residential rates


xvii)       The Papakura Local Board defers to the Governing Body the decision in relation to the charging farm and lifestyle properties in the urban rating area residential rates


Extending the city centre targeted rate


xviii)     The Papakura Local Board supports extending the city centre targeted rate.




Electricity resilience targeted rate


xix)        The Papakura Local Board supports the electricity resilience targeted rate.


Reinstatement of accommodation targeted rate


xx)         The Papakura Local Board supports option 3 for the reinstatement of the accommodation targeted rate, being:  reinstate the Accommodation Targeted Rate from 1 July 2022 and lower spending to around $14.5 million in 2021/2022 financial year.


Paremoremo Public transport targeted rate


xxi)        The Papakura Local Board believes this targeted rate is an Upper Harbour Local Board decision.


Rodney targeted rate


xxii)       The Papakura Local Board believes the Rodney targeted rate is a Rodney Local Board decision.



xxiii)     The Papakura Local Board had no objection to:

·         Dog license fee

·         Animal management fee

·         New fee for building and resource consents

·         Increase in deposit application fee

·         New fee for pre-application meetings.

xxiv)     The board supports increasing venue hire fees by six percent - but is aware of community groups who are struggling to hire facilities at the current rates.


Removing library fee


xxv)       The Papakura Local Board do not support the removal of the library late return fee.


xxvi)     The Papakura Local Board supports reducing the penalty fee for late returns.




13        Consideration of Extraordinary Items


There was no consideration of extraordinary items.





Decision-making responsibilities policy


Resolution number PPK/2021/68

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member S Smurthwaite:  

That the Papakura Local Board:

a)      thank the joint governance working party for listening to local boards and attempting to make changes to provide clarity for staff.

b)        endorse the draft Decision-making Responsibilities of Auckland Council’s Governing Body and local boards policy.

c)         reiterates its feedback provided at the 2 December 2020 Papakura Local Board business meeting in relation to the allocations and delegations in the decision-making policy:


 i)         The local board experiences some frustrations around the implementation of the allocation of decision-making table, and seeks more effective influence on:

-          local parks events and activities, including the use of alcohol and alcohol bans

-          particular resource consents and plan changes

-          regional decisions that allocate development contributions

-          regional policy decisions that impact at the local level, especially around ensuring that budget follows the policy to the local level

-          sale of council assets, and the inability to reinvest in the local area.


 ii)        The local board requests that council officers and departments are trained in the allocation of decision-making and are proactively responsive to it, so that they can advise and implement it effectively


 iii)       The local board requests that the council organisation as a whole (including Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs)) resource the allocation of decision-making appropriately, as it often feels that organisational advice, support and delivery is skewed towards regional decision-making.


d)        request the joint governance working party further consider allowing local board decision making in relation to local procurement of trade services, supply of goods and utilisation of local entertainers or talent.








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