Waitākere Ranges Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board held via Skype for Business on Thursday, 26 August 2021 at 4.06pm.

 

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.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Saffron Toms

Deputy Chairperson

Greg Presland

Members

Mark Allen

 

Michelle Clayton

 

Sandra Coney, QSO

 

Ken Turner

 

ALSO PRESENT

 

Independent Maori Statutory Board member

Glenn Wilcox

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

Ward Councillors

Linda Cooper

 

Shane Henderson

 

Note:   All members attended via electronic link.


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

26 August 2021

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

Chair Saffron Toms opened the meeting and welcomed those present.

 

 

2          Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

 

 

3          Declarations of Interest

 

Members were 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 Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

Board Member

Organisation/Position

Mark Allen

-   Community Waitākere – Executive Officer

-   Bethells Valley Fire – Senior Fire Fighter

-   Waitākere Licensing Trust – Trustee

Michelle Clayton

-   Glen Eden Community House – Treasurer

-   Glen Eden Residents’ Association – Treasurer

-   Waitākere Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) – Committee Member

-   The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust – Trustee

-   Glen Eden Returned Services Association (RSA) – Member

-   Glen Eden Railway Trust – Member

Sandra Coney

-   Cartwright Collective – Member

-   Women’s Health Action Trust – Patron

-   New Zealand Society of Genealogists – Member

-   New Zealand Military Defence Society – Member

-   Pest Free Piha – Partner is the Coordinator

-   Piha Tennis Club – Patron and Partner is the President

-   Piha Wetland Trust – Partner is a Trustee

-   Waitākere Ranges Pest Free Alliance – Partner is the Co-Chair of this group

-   Waitematā District Health Board – Elected Member & Chair of Hospital Advisory Committee

Greg Presland

-   Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust – Trustee

-   Combined Youth Services Trust – Trustee

-   Glen Eden Bid – Member

-   Titirangi Ratepayers and Residents Association – Member

-   Waitākere Ranges Protection Society - Member

-   Titirangi RSA - Member

Saffron Toms

-   Titirangi Community House – Secretary

-   Huia-Cornwallis Residents and Ratepayers Association – Committee Member

Ken Turner

-   Huia-Cornwallis Residents and Ratepayers Association – Committee Member

Member appointments

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

External community group or organisation

Lead

Alternate

Aircraft Noise Community Consultative Group

Mark Allen

Saffron Toms

Ark in the Park

Mark Allen

Sandra Coney

Friends of Arataki and Waitākere Regional Parkland Incorporated

Michelle Clayton

Sandra Coney

Glen Eden Business Improvement District (Glen Eden Business Association)

Michelle Clayton

Greg Presland

Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre Trust

Ken Turner

Mark Allen

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery

Mark Allen

Saffron Toms and Sandra Coney

The Rural Advisory Panel

Ken Turner

Saffron Toms

 

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/107

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Clayton:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)          confirm the minutes of its ordinary meeting, held on Thursday, 22 July 2021 as true and correct.

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

 

8.1

Deputation - Titirangi Community House

 

This item was withdrawn.

 

8.2

Deputation - Tula'i Pasifika Youth Leadership Programme for 2021

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/108

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Member M Clayton:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      receive the presentation and thank Michelle Buchan for her attendance.

CARRIED

 

 

9          Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

 

11

Waitākere Ward Councillors' Update

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/109

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)          thank Waitākere Ward Councillors’ Linda Cooper and Shane Henderson and Independent Māori Statutory Board member Glenn Wilcox for their verbal updates.

CARRIED

 

 

12

Local Board Annual Report 2020/2021

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/110

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Deputy Chairperson G Presland:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      adopt the draft 2020/2021 Waitākere Ranges Local Board Annual Report as set out in Attachment A to the agenda report.

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

c)      note that the draft 2020/2021 Waitākere Ranges 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

 

13

Auckland Council's Performance Report: Waitākere Ranges Local Board for March to June 2021

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/111

MOVED by Member S Coney, seconded by Chairperson S Toms:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

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

b)      note the financial performance report in Attachment B of the 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

 

 

14

Proposal to make a new Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/112

MOVED by Member S Coney, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitakere Ranges Local Board:

a)          provide the following general feedback on the draft Statement of Proposal in Attachment A of the 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:

i)           support all reserves being excluded from the bylaw and remaining prohibited under the Reserves Act 1977.

ii)         support Auckland Council not using the bylaw to manage issues associated with homelessness and support Auckland Council’s commitment to a compassionate enforcement approach to protect vulnerable Aucklanders.

iii)        express concern that no consideration has been given to the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008, the purpose and objectives of which the Council must have regard to when making any decisions about areas located within the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Overlay of the Auckland Unitary Plan.

iv)        express concern that little consideration has been given to the environmental issues arising from freedom camping in natural areas, nor the pressures that arise for local residents and day visitors in visitor destinations in the coastal areas of Auckland.

v)         note that overnight camping is provided for within camping grounds and in numerous places within the Waitākere Ranges regional parkland for a small fee.

vi)        express concern that all land, including local parks, held by Auckland Council under the Local Government Act, including the road corridor, is proposed to be available for freedom camping unless specified as prohibited, rather than appropriate locations being specifically identified in the bylaw, and notes that this is a significant change from the existing bylaw where freedom camping is prohibited unless specified.

vii)      does not support freedom camping being allowed by default in all road corridors in Auckland, as this will put added pressure on arterial, suburban and rural roads and potentially allow freedom camping in:

A)         carparks servicing neighbourhood shops.

B)         slip roads servicing private driveways.

C)         carparks servicing public transport, such as park and rides.

D)         carparks servicing parks and reserves (where outside the reserve boundary).

E)         pocket parks and paper roads.

F)         outside schools, early learning centres and kindergarten.

G)         beachfront carparks and boat launching areas on the Tasman and Manukau Harbour Coasts.

H)         pull off areas, slow vehicle bays, lookouts, entrances to regional and local park tracks and other areas on non-curbed and channelled rural and coastal roads that could be used for camping in the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area (note that the Board will create and forward a list of roads and parks that it would like to see in Schedule 1 or 2). 

b)         support the use of general rules for all areas where freedom camping is permitted, as proposed in the draft Statement of Proposal in Attachment A, and supports the following options:

i)           General rule 1: Self-containment rule – Option C, that freedom camping vehicles must be certified self-contained, help to prevent toilet waste, and cooking and washing wastewater being left behind.

ii)         General rule 2: Maximum stay rule – Option B, maximum one night stay, to help ensure a turnover of carpark spaces, and minimise conflict with other users of the area/neighbours.

iii)        General rule 3: Set departure time rule – Option B, 8am departure time, to help ensure a turnover of carpark spaces, and minimise conflict with other users of the area/neighbours.

iv)        General rule 4: No-return period rule – Option C, No return to the same street/parking area within 4 weeks, to ensure fair access to the area, help make it easier to enforce, and minimise conflict with other users of the area/neighbours.

c)          request that the Governing Body consider additions to “Schedule 2: Designated areas where freedom camping is prohibited” which will be provided by 10 September 2021.

d)         express concern that any bylaw on freedom camping may not be able to be adequately enforced as there doesn’t appear to be any budget for an enhanced service level of compliance identified in the 10-Year Budget 2021-2031.

e)          request the opportunity to speak at the Governing Body Committee meeting on 23 September 2021, noting the local board endorse the Chair to speak on behalf Board.

f)           request clarification on the process to revise and update both Schedule 1: Designated areas where freedom camping is restricted and Schedule 2: Designated areas where freedom camping is prohibited both prior to and after the adoption of the new Bylaw.

CARRIED

 

 

15

Delegated local board feedback on the Discussion Document: Tuākī Kaupapa Here A Te Kāwanatanga Mō Te Whakawhanake Whare, Tāone Anō Hoki | Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/113

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Chairperson S Toms:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)          note the Board’s feedback on the Discussion Document: Tuākī Kaupapa Here A Te Kāwanatanga Mō Te Whakawhanake Whare, Tāone Anō Hoki | Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development.

CARRIED

 

 

16

Delegated local board feedback on the Exposure Draft of the Natural and Built Environments Act

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/114

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Deputy Chairperson G Presland:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)          note the Board’s feedback on the Exposure Draft of the natural and Built Environments Act.

CARRIED

 

 

17

Local Board Member Report - Member Coney

 

Adam Milina, Local Area Manager, was in attendance to speak to this item.

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/115

MOVED by Member S Coney, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)          receive Member Coney’s attached report for August 2021.

b)         request council staff are asked to organise regular - at least twice yearly - meetings with Regional Parks' management to enable the Board at an early stage to be briefed on and provide input into projected capital works and other programmes as they apply to Regional Parks in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area.

CARRIED

 

 

18

Chair's Report - August 2021

 

A copy of the Chair’s tabled report has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/116

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Deputy Chairperson G Presland:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)          receive Chair Saffron Toms’ tabled report for August 2021.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     26 August 2021, Waitākere Ranges Local Board: Item 18 - Chair's Report - August 2021

 

 

19

Workshop Records

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/117

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)          receive the attached workshop records and supporting materials for 15 and 22 July and 5 and 12 August 2021.

CARRIED

 

 

20

Governance Forward Work Programme

 

Resolution number WTK/2021/118

MOVED by Member M Clayton, seconded by Member S Coney:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)          receive the governance forward work programme for August 2021.

CARRIED

 

21        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.23pm                                               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 Waitākere Ranges Local Board HELD ON

 

 

 

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