Waiheke Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Waiheke Local Board held via Skype for Business on Wednesday, 25 August 2021 at 5.15pm.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Cath Handley

 

Deputy Chairperson

Kylee Matthews

 

Members

Robin Tucker

 

 

Bob Upchurch

 

 

Paul Walden

 

 

 

ALSO PRESENT

 

Councillor

Pippa Coom

Until 7.17pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Waiheke Local Board

25 August 2021

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

Members opened the meeting with a karakia.

 

Kua uru mai a hau kaha, a hau maia, a hau ora, a hau nui,

Ki runga, ki raro, ki roto, ki waho

Rire, rire hau…pai marire

 

Translation (non-literal) - Rama Ormsby

Let the winds bring us inspiration from beyond,

Invigorate us with determination and courage to achieve our aspirations for abundance and sustainability

Bring the calm, bring all things good, bring peace… good peace.

 

 

2          Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

 

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/77

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Matthews:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 21 July 2021, as a true and correct record.

CARRIED

 

 

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

 

9.1

Public Forum - Waiheke Community Cinema - Latin American and Spanish Film Festival 2021

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/78

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member B Upchurch:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         thank Michael Somers representing Waiheke Community Cinema for his attendance to speak about the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival.

CARRIED

 

 

9.2

Public Forum - Blackpool Community Garden  - proposed watering system in Blackpool Reserve

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/79

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member P Walden:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         thank Helen Charters of Blackpool Community Garden for her attendance to speak about the proposed watering system in the Blackpool Reserve.

CARRIED

 

 

9.3

Public Forum - Shirin Brown and Kathy Voyles - Kennedy Point advocacy and breakwater ownership and public access

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/80

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Matthews:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         thanks Shirin Brown for her attendance to speak about the Kennedy Point advocacy and breakwater ownership and public access.

CARRIED

 

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

 

11

Councillor's Update

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/81

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member B Upchurch:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         receive Waitemata and Gulf Ward Councillor, Pippa Coom’s update.

CARRIED

 

 

 

12

Chairperson's report

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/82

MOVED by Member R Tucker, seconded by Member B Upchurch:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      receive the Chairperson, Cath Handley’s report.

b)      endorse Quiet Sky Waiheke’s application to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for a Special Use Airspace designation for Waiheke Island.

c)      seek support of the Planning Committee to achieve a Special Use Airspace designation for Waiheke Island.

CARRIED

Note: Correction required within Chair’s report for Dark Skies reference and Area Plan consultation document.

 

 

15

Review of Waiheke agrichemical dispensation

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendations

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      note that the proposed agrichemical dispensation (Attachment A) includes:

i.      standard methodologies for managing species from both previous dispensations, plus additional species that require more management compared to when the 2013 and 2017 dispensations were developed, such as moth plant, woolly nightshade, climbing asparagus, ginger and rhamnus.

ii.      an ability to address new and site-specific issues (e.g. establishment of a new species on a site, planting preparation and maintenance, managing a post-fire site) within defined parameters.

b)      note that the proposed agrichemical dispensation continues to avoid use of agrichemicals in areas such as playgrounds and hard surfaces (roads and footpaths), and also continues to provide a “lowest impact” methodology for main target species.

c)      approve the proposed agrichemical dispensation as per Attachment A of the agenda report.

d)      request a Programme of Works schedule and a Summary of Works Undertaken report be provided three monthly and be available for public perusal at the local board office and on the local board’s webpage.

 

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Chairperson C Handley

Deputy Chairperson K Matthews

Member R Tucker

Member B Upchurch

Against

Member P Walden

Abstained

 

The motion was declared carried by 4 votes to 1.

 

 

 

 

13

Auckland Transport Report - August 2021

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/83

MOVED by Member B Upchurch, seconded by Member R Tucker:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)            note that from local observation the Moa Avenue / Ocean View Road intersection is a known high-use crossing area on a natural desire line which is a critical hazard due to poor visibility for pedestrians and for traffic exiting Moa Avenue.

b)            urge Auckland Transport to progress safer pedestrian crossings with expediency at Moa Avenue/Ocean View.

c)            provide the following preliminary feedback to the proposed Auckland Transport City Centre Bus Plan which is aligned with goals of delivering on the City Centre Masterplan.

The Waiheke Local Board:

                      i.        note that many Waiheke residents and visitors regularly travel to and from the city centre via the downtown ferry terminal, and that the downtown ferry terminal is a vital nexus that needs to be fully considered within any transport planning.

                    ii.        endorse investment in public transport improvements, including the roll out of electric bus and ferry fleets, as a means to respond to climate change and to collectively reduce carbon emissions.

                   iii.        support the proposed plan’s intents to more fully deliver an accessible and integrated bus network which is more user and pedestrian friendly.

                   iv.        support the better connection via improved bus network services and infrastructure of the downtown ferry terminal to places of employment as well as to key service destinations such as hospitals and sites of education that many Waiheke residents need to use.

                    v.        support the Stage 1 proposal to create dedicated reliable bus corridors along Customs Street/Fanshawe Street and Wellesley Street, along with improving bus stop quality and accessibility.

·         The establishment of dedicated Customs Street/Fanshawe Street corridors that progress to and through the city centre will provide opportunities for greater frequency of connecting services enabling more options to a wider range of destinations within proximity to the ferry terminal.

·         Waiheke users will be transitioning at least once as they move between ferry and bus services and the provision of safe and secure, accessible, high quality bus stops and waiting environments with journey planning information is vital to positive user experiences.

                   vi.        support the Stage 2 proposal to provide new customer centric bus facilities downtown which will; enable people to make their transfer in one place, potentially integrate inter-regional coaches and urban buses, include dedicated driver facilities, bus parking areas and electric charging points, improve customer experience and safety, provide cycling, micromobility and other active mode facilities.

·         The establishment of planned integration hubs that support transfer to local and wider urban and regional networks within proximity to the downtown ferry terminal and connected with bus priority linkages will enhance connection opportunities available to Waiheke based users.

·         There is a specific need to ensure that regular, accessible and direct bus service connections are available for ferry users to and from Auckland, Greenlane and Middlemore Hospital that are directly accessible adjacent to the ferry buildings.

                  vii.        endorse the identification on p33 of the draft plan consultation document that to ensure that the bus services using downtown (either at Lower Albert Street or passing through) can link effectively with Britomart and the ferry terminal, that a Customs Street transit mall may be considered along with enhanced pedestrian and bus user infrastructure.

                viii.        support the Stage 3 proposal to change bus services to simplify the network with routes which run through the city centre instead of just to the city centre.

·         Through services will decrease the amount of buses standing in the city centre and lead to the downtown area having excellent access between ferries, buses and trains.

·         The through-routing will improve access to desired destinations for many bus passengers including  access to the Auckland Hospital which would be improved significantly by running buses beyond Wellesley Street and onto Grafton Road.

CARRIED

 

 

 

14

Minutes of the Waiheke Transport Forum 4 August 2021

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/84

MOVED by Member B Upchurch, seconded by Member R Tucker:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         note the minutes of the Waiheke Transport Forum business meeting dated 4 

         August 2021.

b)      consider the Transport Forum request for the board to seek further information with regards consultation and consideration of continuing to meet the needs of existing activities as part of the Matiatia Wharf north pier renewal as outlined in the member report.

CARRIED

 

Note: With the agreement of the members, Item 15 was taken before Item 13.

 

 

16

Adoption of the Ngahere Analysis Report 2021

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/85

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson K Matthews, seconded by Member R Tucker:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      adopt the Waiheke Urban Ngahere (Forest) Analysis Report 2021 as per Attachment A to this report.

b)      delegate authority to the Local Area Manager and the General Manager, Parks, Sport and Recreation, to make minor changes and amendments to the text and design of the Waiheke Local Board Urban Ngahere (Forest) Analysis Report 2021 that are required before public release.

CARRIED

 

 

17

Proposal to make a new Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/86

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Matthews:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         provide the following feedback on the draft Statement of Proposal in Attachment A of this agenda report to make a new Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Te Ture ā-Rohe Noho Puni Wātea ā-Waka 2022 / Auckland Council Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw 2022 for public consultation:

i.      request the Governing Body prohibit freedom camping on the island in its entirety because:

a)    Waiheke Island operates predominately on septic tanks and chemical toilets destroy the essential biodiversity of septic systems.

b)    Waiheke has no public dump station.

c)    Waiheke’s roading infrastructure is not currently fit for purpose as is recognised by Auckland Transport, and the predominance of narrow roads are not suitable for large camper vans which would add to existing significant well-recorded safety concerns especially for walkers and cyclists, which are prioritised in local board, council and Auckland Transport statutory plans.

d)    there is insufficient staff resource to enforce and monitor the proposed maximum two-day limit, and the resultant impact on the environment and public health and safety.

e)    Waiheke has Auckland’s most significant housing shortfall for residents and its workforce in, but not limited to, the peak and shoulder holiday season which is also the peak freedom camping period. Therefore, any available public facilities and space needs to be prioritised 100% for genuine social needs.

ii.       advise that Waiheke has a noted history for several years of near daily complaints to local board members and staff from the public in peak season due to instances of reported environmental damage, disruption to enjoyment of life in one’s home, crime, lack of beach access, and so on, due to people camping in vehicles and the Waiheke Local Board seeks a paradigm shift as is enabled in this case by the Governing Body’s decisions within this by-law review. 

iii       note the four proposed prohibited sites on Waiheke (in addition to all areas held under the Reserves Act 1977) being:

·         Kennedy Point Wharf Carpark Donald Bruce Road, Surfdale, Waiheke Island

·         Onetangi Cemetery 191 Onetangi Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island

·         Onetangi Sports Park (Rangihoua), 133-165 O'Brien Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island

·         Waiheke Island Artworks 2-4 Korora Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island

iv.   note the bylaw will not be used to manage issues associated with homelessness and request staff investigate options to enable Onetangi Sports Park to be an area that can support vulnerable or homeless members of the community when required.

v.    request the Governing Body allocate additional funding to increase service levels for compliance activities including Responsible Camping Ambassadors during peak season, particularly at night when vehicles are parked up, due to concern over Council’s ability to enforce the bylaw and the cost of enforcement and monitoring. Local discretionary funding is limited and intended for local initiatives rather than policy enforcement.

vi.   request that, should the Governing Body not support island-wide prohibition, that staff work with car ferry services to implement communication, alignment and education with regard to self-contained vehicle travel and the maximum time limits stipulated within the new bylaw and simultaneously commits its members as members of the Finance and Performance Committee to sufficiently fund dedicated on-island compliance and enforcement resources.

CARRIED

 

 

18

Auckland Council’s Performance Report: Waiheke Local Board for March to June 2021

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/87

MOVED by Member R Tucker, seconded by Member B Upchurch:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      receive the performance report for March to June 2021.

b)      note the financial performance report in Attachment B of the agenda report will remain confidential until after the Auckland Council Group results for 2020/2021 are released to the New Zealand’s Exchange (NZX) which are expected to be made public on or about 30 September 2021.

CARRIED

 

 

19

Local Board Annual Report 2020/2021

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/88

MOVED by Member R Tucker, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Matthews:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      adopt the draft 2020/2021 Waiheke Local Board Annual Report as set out in Attachment A (Confidential until 28 September 2021) to the agenda report.

b)      note that any proposed changes after the adoption will be clearly communicated and agreed with the chairperson before the report is submitted for adoption by the Governing Body on 27 September 2021.

c)      note that the draft 2020/2021 Waiheke Local Board Annual Report, as set out in Attachment A to the agenda report, will remain confidential until after the Auckland Council group results for 2020/2021 are released to the New Zealand Stock Exchange which are expected to be made public by 28 September 2021.

 

CARRIED

 

20

Community Forum record of proceedings

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/89

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member B Upchurch:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      note the Community Forum record of proceedings dated 11 August 2021.

 

CARRIED

 

 

21

Waiheke Local Board Workshop record of proceedings

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/90

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member B Upchurch:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      note the record of proceedings for the local board workshops held on 21 and 28 July and 4 and 11 August 2021.

CARRIED

 

 

22

List of resource consent applications - 5 July to 31 July 2021

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/91

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member B Upchurch:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      note the list of resource consents applications related to Waiheke Island 5 July to 31 July 2021.

CARRIED

 

 

23

Local board governance forward work calendar - Sepember 2021 update

 

Resolution number WHK/2021/92

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member B Upchurch:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      receive its Governance Forward Work Calendar dated September 2021.

CARRIED

 

 

24        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

Members closed the meeting with a karakia.

 

Waiho i te toipoto kaua i te toiroa

Let us keep close together, not far apart

 

 

 

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

 

CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Waiheke Local Board HELD ON

 

 

 

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