I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

1.00pm

This meeting will proceed via Microsoft Teams.
Either a recording or written summary will be
uploaded on the Auckland Council website.

 

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Izzy Fordham

 

Deputy Chairperson

Luke Coles

 

Members

Susan Daly

 

 

Patrick O'Shea

 

 

Valmaine Toki

 

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Guia Nonoy

Democracy Advisor

 

17 November 2021

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 301 0101

Email: guia.nonoy@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS            PAGE

1          Welcome                                                                                   5

2          Apologies                                                                                 5

3          Declaration of Interest                                          5

4          Confirmation of Minutes                                                         5

5          Leave of Absence                                                                    5

6          Acknowledgements                                              5

7          Petitions                                                                 5

8          Deputations                                                           5

9          Public Forum                                                                            6

10        Extraordinary Business                                       6

11        Allocation of Local Board Transport Capital Fund                                                                       7

12        Auckland Transport November 2021 update to the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board              11

13        Draft Contributions Policy 2021                        19

14        National Emissions Reduction Plan Discussion Document – draft council submission             53

15        Submission on a proposed new national waste strategy and associated waste legislation      59

16        Three Waters Economic Regulation Submission                                                          65

17        Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities Draft Strategy                                                      73

18        Local Ward Area Councillor's Update            111

19        Environmental agency and community group reports                                                                131

20        Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Governance Forward Work Calendar 2019 - 2022              141

21        Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record of Proceedings                                    149

22        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 


1          Welcome

 

Chairperson I Fordham will open the meeting held by Microsoft Teams and welcome

everyone in attendance. Member V Toki will lead a karakia.

 

 

2          Apologies

 

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

 

 

3          Declaration 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.

 

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)          confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Tuesday, 26 October 2021, as true and correct.

 

 

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for leave of absence had been received.

 

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for acknowledgements had been received.

 

 

7          Petitions

 

At the close of the agenda no requests to present petitions had been received.

 

 

8          Deputations

 

Standing Order 7.7 provides for deputations. Those applying for deputations are required to give seven working days notice of subject matter and applications are approved by the Chairperson of the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board. This means that details relating to deputations can be included in the published agenda. Total speaking time per deputation is ten minutes or as resolved by the meeting.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for deputations had been received.

 

 

9          Public Forum

 

A period of time (approximately 30 minutes) is set aside for members of the public to address the meeting on matters within its delegated authority. A maximum of 3 minutes per item is allowed, following which there may be questions from members.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for public forum had been received.

 

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“An item that is not on the agenda for a meeting may be dealt with at that meeting if-

 

(a)        The local authority by resolution so decides; and

 

(b)        The presiding member explains at the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public,-

 

(i)         The reason why the item is not on the agenda; and

 

(ii)        The reason why the discussion of the item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.”

 

Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-

 

(a)        That item may be discussed at that meeting if-

 

(i)         That item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

 

(ii)        the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

 

(b)        no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

Allocation of Local Board Transport Capital Fund

File No.: CP2021/17131

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To approve the projects prioritised by the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board for Auckland Transport to deliver from the Local Board Transport Capital Fund (LBTCF).

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       This report includes a summary of the LBTCF.

3.       Two projects are briefly described and recommended to be funded through the LBTCF. The report notes that this will expend nearly all the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board LBTCF budget of $400,000.

4.       There are risks that the latest COVID-19 lockdown may mean further budget cuts are necessary in the future, therefore it is expedient that prioritised projects are contracted out as soon as practicable.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      receive the Allocation of Local Board Transport Capital Fund report November 2021.

b)      approve expenditure of the Local Board Transport Capital Fund as follows (based on rough order costs):

·        $350,000 towards road improvement projects on Kawa and Motairehe Roads

·        $50,000 towards installation of a Locky-Dock EV bike charging station in Port Fitzroy.

 

Horopaki

Context

5.       Auckland Transport (AT) is responsible for all of Auckland’s transport services, excluding state highways.

6.       This report summarises the LBTCF projects in the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board area to enable the local board to allocate funding towards the projects it wishes to progress.

7.       The LBTCF is a capital budget provided to all local boards by Auckland Council and delivered by AT.  Local boards can use this fund to deliver transport infrastructure projects that they believe are important but are not part of AT’s work programme.  Projects must also:

·    be safe

·    not impede network efficiency

·    be in the road corridor (although projects running through parks can be considered if there is a transport outcome).

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

8.       The Local Board has indicated its prioritised list for consideration as per the chart below:

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Prioritised Projects

Project

Description

Estimates

Road Improvements

Kawa and Motairehe roads are unsealed and in desperate need of improvement.  There is an increase of population in the north with residents returning to the two marae areas during the pandemic. These roads are now used more frequently. 

Suggested areas for improvement along Kawa and Motairehe roads include sections of poor condition, add-ons to already concreted/sealed sections, and reduction of dust nuisance for households.  

$350,000*

Port Fitzroy Locky-dock

There is limited public electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure on the island and none in the north of the island. The island is large and it can be an issue with EV transport getting from one end of the island to the other on a single battery charge.

There are also boaties that land in Port Fitzroy who could use an electric bike.

The local board would like to support a Locky-dock EV bike charging station in Port Fitzroy to provide low-emission and active transport options.

This is also being submitted as an application under the Regional Streets for People programme and, if unsuccessful, will be investigated by the local board under the LBTCF.

$50,000*

*Estimates are Rough Order Costs only at this stage

9.       Auckland Transport recommends the local board supports the above projects with the allocation for the remainder of this financial year and next, totalling approximately $400,000.

10.     Funding all these projects will expend nearly all the LBTCF allocation with any left-over budget being available to deliver other minor projects at the local board’s discretion.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

11.     Auckland Transport engages closely with the council on developing strategy, actions and measures to support the outcomes sought by the Auckland Plan 2050, the Auckland Climate Action Plan and the council’s priorities.

12.     Auckland Transport’s core role is in providing attractive alternatives to private vehicle travel, reducing the carbon footprint of its own operations and, to the extent feasible, that of the contracted public transport network. These projects all support pedestrian and/or cyclist safety therefore contributing to climate change actions.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

13.     The impact of information in this report is mainly confined to AT.  Where LBTCF projects are being progressed by Auckland Council’s Community Facilities group, engagement on progress has taken place. Any further engagement required with other parts of the council group will be carried out on an individual project basis.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

14.    AT has workshopped with the local board on projects the local board wishes to progress.  At this workshop matters discussed included:

·    Priority of local board projects

·    Allocation of the remaining LBTCF to projects.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

15.     Mana Whenua provided feedback to the local board during the development of the local board plan in early 2019 on Kawa and Motairehe roads requesting improvements. The feedback noted wear and tear to vehicles, dust pollution and low visitor numbers.

16.     Road improvements to both marae along Kawa and Motairehe roads will positively impact Māori. Further engagement with Māori, or consideration of impacts and opportunities, will be carried out on an individual project basis.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

17.     Allocating the LBTCF budget as recommended will expend nearly all the funds in this political term.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

18.     The impact of the latest COVID-19 lockdown has not been factored into these recommendations. There is a risk that budgets might be impacted by budget cuts resulting from the August-November 2021 lockdown.

19.     After the last lockdown in 2020, projects that were already contracted out once the 2020/2021 Emergency Budget was resolved, continued to be delivered. The local board is, therefore, advised to allocate funding to its preferred projects as soon as possible.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

20.     Following the local board’s resolutions in this report Auckland Transport will develop more detailed proposals for the local board to review. The local board will then confirm final project scope and allocations through a specific Auckland Transport monthly report item.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Emma Petrenas, Elected Member Relationship Partner - North

Authorisers

Paul Thompson, Head of Community Engagement - North

Matthew Ah Mu – Programme Support Manager, Local Boards

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

Auckland Transport November 2021 update to the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

File No.: CP2021/17125

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update to the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board on transport related matters in their area.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       This report covers:

·        A general summary of operational projects and activities of interest to the board

·        Other Auckland Transport news of interest to the board

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      receive the Auckland Transport November 2021 update report.

 

Horopaki

Context

3.       Auckland Transport (AT) is responsible for all of Auckland’s transport services, excluding state highways. We report on a monthly basis to local boards, as set out in our Local Board Engagement Plan. This monthly reporting commitment acknowledges the important engagement role local boards play in the governance of Auckland on behalf of their local communities. 

4.       This report updates the local board on AT projects and operations in the local board area, it summarises consultations and Traffic Control Committee decisions.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

5.       Update on Auckland Transport operations:

Activity

Update

Airfields

Aircraft movements at Claris 2021 (compared to 2020)

January – 1528 (1365)

February – 1341 (1141)

March – 1142 (741)

April – 1462 (174)

May – 820 (432)

June – 600 (554)

July – 545 (655)

August – 369 (354)

September – 122 (822)

October – 179 (1247)

Perimeter fencing

The fencing work is currently suspended until outstanding materials are available again.

An update on progress will be provided to the local board when the contractor is able to recommence works on site.

Airfields maintenance

Airfields maintenance and operations continue as normal during any Covid lockdown period.

NOTAMs are in place restricting aircraft movements at Claris and Okiwi.

Helicopter activity

Chorus are undertaking permitted works mid-November.

Parking Enforcement

No update this month.

Wharves

Auckland Transport utilised Aotea Contractors to clean the boat ramps at Okupu and Whangaparapara during Level 3 restrictions, so these are safe to use.

Road Maintenance

Work completed in October 2021:

Dish channel/culvert clearing

·   Shoal Bay Road

·   Mulberry Grove Road

·   Gray Road

·   Aotea Road

·   Medland Road

Grading and Metalling

·   Mason Road

·   Schooner Bay Road

·   Te Rangitawhiri Road

·   Maungatawhiri Road

·   Rosalie Bay Road

Programmed work for November 2021:

Grading and Metalling

·    Whangaparapara

·    The Cape

·    Blind Bay Road

·    Mabeys Road

·    Kawa Road

·    Motairehe Road

Other Programmed Works

·   Whangaparapara Road Slip repair (Temporary)

6.       Update on Auckland Transport projects:

Activity

Issue reported

Expected completion

Summary of Previous updates

Update

Cowshed Bridge - river bank erosion around bridge

May 2018

Summer 2022

A Bailey Bridge was installed in October 2019. The bridge will be retained to allow safe access underneath the original bridge.

Programmed for design/consenting in the 2020/2021 financial year.

Consultants have visited the site in November 2020.

Received the initial planning report and other information as per our programme.

Hui undertaken on 2 June. Landowner consultations to take place. Arborist, ecologist and archaeologist reviews completed.

Extra Geotech investigations delayed by fully booked barge in winter. This will be rebooked for August or September 2021.

Pre-application meeting held with Auckland Council on 4 June.

Update given to mana whenua on 7 July hui.

Aiming for construction summer 2022.

Slips on Puriri Bay Road

September 2018

TBC

Discussions regarding consents have been held with Auckland Council. Proposed options have been put forward for community and Iwi consultation.

As part of the design process, a specialist arborist and ecologist have visited the projects.

Hui took place on the 2 September 2020.

Resource Consent applications were lodged with Council on 4th and 18th November.

Resource Consent obtained in March 2021.

Awaiting new financial year budget confirmation.

Slips on Aotea Road

March 2019

TBC

Consenting requirements prepared and documentation commencing.

Drilling investigations were carried out on site in December 2019. Designers report has been received.

As part of the design process, a specialist arborist and ecologist have visited the projects.

Hui took place on the 2 September 2020.

Lodged applications. More Resource Consent queries from Auckland Council which have been answered. Awaiting confirmation from Auckland Council on outcome.

Need to arrange construction works next financial year in line with new budget.

Subsidence on Shoal Bay Road at Pah Beach - The area opposite the Stonewall café

March 2019

TBC

Holding remedial works priced by contractor.

As part of the design process, a specialist arborist and ecologist have visited the projects this month.

Consultants fee offer received. 

Design consultants made a site visit in June 2021.

Report received from consultants, now need programme and budget confirmation, before committing to next phase of project.

Unsealed Roads Improvement Framework

7.       Delivery of the new programme will begin this financial year, once Covid restrictions allow.

8.       There will be an updated prioritised list, rather than a three-year programme, that will be published.  The order of the work will remain the same, but the number of sites Auckland Transport can address each year may change – due to Covid restrictions and project costs.

9.       The updated Unsealed Road Improvement Programme is noted below:

2021/22, 2022/23 and 2023/24 Programme

Road

Start

End

Treatment Description

Local Board

McLachlan Rd

548

4425

Widening/Drainage/Strengthening

Rodney - Kumeu

Old Kaipara Road (Warkworth)

0

5630

Localised Improvement Works

Rodney

Wilson Road (Warkworth)

490

1350

Localised Improvement Works

Rodney

Puriri bay Road

529

1187

Maintenance Seal

Aotea Great Barrier

Puriri bay Road

1187

1983

Maintenance Seal

Aotea Great Barrier

Puriri bay Road

1983

2291

Maintenance Seal

Aotea Great Barrier

Awaawaroa Road

954

1370

Maintenance Seal

Waiheke

Brook Road (Waiuku)

2174

2414

Maintenance Seal

Franklin

Ahuroa Road (Warkworth)

5393

7837

Seal Extension

Rodney

Ahuroa Road (Warkworth)

4935

5393

Seal Extension

Rodney

McLachlan Road (Kumeu)

548

4425

Widening/Drainage/Strengthening

Rodney

Man o War Bay Road (north)

204

4335

Localised Improvement Works

Waiheke

Old Kaipara Road

0

5630

Localised Improvement Works

Rodney

Wilson Road (Warkworth)

490

1350

Localised Improvement Works

Rodney

Inland Road

1146

5851

Widening/Drainage/Strengthening

Rodney

Govan Wilson Road

49

3638

Seal Extension

Rodney

Hamilton Road (Warkworth)

2900

3750

Maintenance Seal

Rodney

Totara Road (Waiheke)

105

167

Maintenance Seal

Waiheke

Anawhata Road

65

5227

Localised Improvement Works

Waitakere

Wright Road (Matakana)

0

3223

Localised Improvement Works

Rodney

Horseshoe Bush Road

5760

9080

Widening/Drainage/Strengthening

Rodney

Ahuroa Road

9152

12486

Seal Extension

Rodney

Ahuroa Road

12589

12920

Seal Extension

Rodney

Ahuroa Road

13020

13425

Seal Extension

Rodney

Ahuroa Road

13703

14156

Seal Extension

Rodney

Constable Road (Muriwai)

20

2230

Localised Improvement Works

Rodney

Goatley Road

0

2230

Localised Improvement Works

Rodney

Hepburn Creek Road

1424

3670

Localised Improvement Works

Rodney

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

10.     Auckland Transport engages closely with Council on developing strategy, actions and measures to support the outcomes sought by the Auckland Plan 2050, the Auckland Climate Action Plan and Council’s priorities.

11.     Auckland Transport’s core role is in providing attractive alternatives to private vehicle travel, reducing the carbon footprint of its own operations and, to the extent feasible, that of the contracted public transport network.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

12.     The impact of the information in this report is confined to Auckland Transport and does not impact on other parts of the Council group. Any engagement with other parts of the Council group will be carried out on an individual project basis.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

13.     The proposed decision of receiving the report has no local, sub-regional or regional impacts.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

14.     The proposed decision of receiving the report has no impacts or opportunities for Māori. Any engagement with Māori, or consideration of impacts and opportunities, will be carried out on an individual project basis.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

15.     There are no financial implications of receiving this report.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

16.     The proposed decision of receiving the report has no risks. Auckland Transport has risk management strategies in place for all their projects.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

17.     Auckland Transport will provide another update report to the local board at their next business meeting.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Emma Petrenas, Elected Member Relationship Manager - North

Authorisers

Paul Thompson, Head of Community Engagement – North

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 

 

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

Draft Contributions Policy 2021

File No.: CP2021/17140

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek feedback from local boards on the draft Contributions Policy 2021.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Development contributions allow for an equitable and proportionate share of the total cost of growth-related capital expenditure to be recovered from the development community.

3.       The Finance and Performance Committee adopted the draft Contributions Policy 2021 for consultation at its meeting on 16 September 2021 (FIN/2021/84). 

4.       Local board feedback is being sought to inform the Finance and Performance Committee’s consideration of the adoption of the Contribution Policy 2021 in December 2021.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      provide feedback on the draft Contributions Policy 2021 on the following key consultation topics:

i)       updating policy for capital projects in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031

ii)       inclusion of projects beyond 10-years to the policy in stages starting with Drury

iii)      requiring developers to pay their contributions earlier

iv)      proposal to support Māori development with grants

v)      any other issues.

Horopaki

Context

5.       Auckland’s population is expected to grow by 260,000 in the next ten years on top of the rapid population growth experienced in the last decade, bringing the projected population to approximately 1.9 million by 2031.

6.       Construction of 145,800 new dwellings is forecast in the next ten years. To support the development enabled by the Auckland Unitary Plan, the council is facing immediate demands for infrastructure in key growth areas and in response to construction on upzoned land, plan changes and the impact of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

7.       Development contributions allow for an equitable and proportionate share of the total cost of growth-related capital expenditure to be recovered from the development community. The Contributions Policy sets out how the council will recover from new development an appropriate and fair share of the cost of infrastructure investment attributable to growth. There were four key consultation topics:

i)     Updating policy for capital projects in the 10-year Budget

     The draft policy provides for the recovery of $2.4 billion of development contributions revenue from $9.0 billion of projects with a growth component included in the10-year budget.  The draft policy also included updated forecasts of population growth and dwelling construction. The combined impact of these changes is to lower the weighted average Development Contributions price from $23,900 to $21,100.

ii)    Inclusion of projects beyond 10-years to the policy in stages starting with Drury

          Extensive work has been undertaken in recent years on the infrastructure requirements to support growth in the investment priority areas. However, further work is required before these costs can be included in the contributions policy. Area specific amendments to the contributions policy will be proposed for consultation as the information becomes available.

          The first step in the Contributions Policy 2021 will be to add a programme of expenditure to fund some of the key infrastructure required to support growth in the Drury area. The impact of this change is to raise the Development Contributions price in Drury to $84,900 from between $11,000 and $18,300.

iii)    Requiring developers to pay their contributions earlier

          The council proposed that Development Contributions be paid at the time of building consent for all development (residential and non-residential) except non-commercial development on Māori land (explained further below). This requires Development Contributions due at building consent to be paid 6 to 24 months earlier than under the current policy and reverses the changes made to the policy in 2019. When combined with the other changes proposed this lowers the weighted average Development Contributions price to $19,300.

iv)   A proposal to support Māori development with grants

          The draft policy proposed continuing the support for marae development and papakāinga and Māori housing[1] on Māori land through grants available through the Cultural Initiatives Fund. These grants can cover payment of development contributions in appropriate circumstances, along with other kinds of development costs.

8.       The proposed changes to the Contributions Policy 2021 were reported to the Finance and Performance Committee at its meeting on 16 September- see Attachment A  Draft Contributions Policy 2021.

Consultation

9.       Formal public consultation was held in September and October 2021. To support the consultation a number of documents were made available on the Have Your Say website, https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/dc-policy.

10.     Two online Have Your Say events were held to provide opportunities for developers and other interested parties to learn more about the draft policy, ask questions and provide their feedback. A third event was also held to allow interested parties to present their views directly to the Finance and Performance Committee. All comments have been captured and will be reported through to the Finance and Performance Committee to inform decision-making on the final policy.

11.     A summary of the feedback received from submitters is set out in Attachment B: Draft Contributions Policy 2021 – Analysis of feedback received.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement guidance

12.       Recommendations in this report have a neutral climate impact as they relate to the funding of capital investment rather than decisions on the activities to be undertaken.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views guidance

13.       The information presented on the projects included in the draft Contributions Policy 2021 was developed in conjunction with the following council-controlled organisations and council units:

·    Auckland Transport

·    Eke Panuku Development Auckland

·    Healthy Waters

·    Community Facilities

·    Community and Social Policy.

14.        The Chief Economist Unit and Research Investigations and Monitoring Unit supported analysis of the impact of higher development contributions on the pace of development and on land and house prices. 

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

15.        The development contribution price varies by location depending on the cost of infrastructure required to support development in an area.

16.        Local board feedback is being sought to inform the Finance and Performance Committee’s consideration of the adoption of the Contribution Policy 2021 in December 2021.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

17.        Recent legislative changes require the contributions policy to support the development of Māori land. Feedback from iwi on the draft policy was sought as part of consultation and via engagement with the Tāmaki Makaurau Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum.  All developers, including mana whenua, were provided an opportunity to present their feedback to the Finance and Performance Committee on 12 October.

18.        The Tāmaki Makaurau Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum have provided their feedback which has been included in Attachment B: Draft Contributions Policy 2021 – Analysis of feedback received.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

19.     The 10-year budget assumes development contributions revenue of $2.7 billion. After completing the analysis of the cost of investments in the 10-year budget that can be recovered with development contributions and the impact of the proposed policy changes, it is estimated that the revenue will be $2.6 billion. The achievement of this revised revenue forecast requires as a first step the implementation of a contributions policy updated for the capital expenditure decisions in the 10-year budget and the other changes proposed in this report.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

20.     The recommendation requesting local boards views does not present any risk. The risks associated with amending the contributions policy are set out in the report to the 16 September Finance and Performance Committee, Attachment A: Development Contributions Policy 2021 Consultation.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

21.     Feedback from the public consultation will be reported to the Finance and Performance Committee workshop on 10 November 2021.

22.     Potential changes to the draft will be reported at the Finance and Performance Committee workshop on 1 December 2021. Staff will report to Finance and Performance Committee for the final policy adoption on 9 December 2021. Local board feedback will be included in the report.

23.     The Contributions Policy 2021 is proposed to be implemented in January 2022.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Development Contributions Policy 2021 report to the Finance and Performance Committee

23

b

Draft Contributions Policy 2021 – Analysis of feedback received

39

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Andrew Duncan - Manager Financial Policy

Authorisers

Ross Tucker - General Manager, Financial Strategy and Planning

Glenn Boyd - Acting General Manager, Local Board Services

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

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Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

National Emissions Reduction Plan Discussion Document – draft council submission

File No.: CP2021/17146

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To invite local board input into Auckland Council’s submission to the National Emissions Reduction Plan.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Ministry for the Environment has released for public consultation a discussion document seeking to inform the development of the first National Emissions Reduction Plan.

3.       This describes existing actions the Government has committed to and sets out new proposed actions it may include in the National Emissions Reduction Plan to further reduce emissions and meet climate targets.

4.       The document proposes a range of new strategies and policies for consideration which span every sector of the economy and include changes to our funding and finance system, the way we organise our urban areas, and a shift to a circular economy.

5.       The Government is required to publish the National Emissions Reduction Plan by the end of May 2022.

6.       Auckland Council already has existing strategic direction in emissions reduction through Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan and has agreed positions that have recently been provided through previous submissions on climate change and transport emissions.

7.       As such, the council will not, in the main, be developing new positions through this submission, but will base it on relevant strategies and these existing agreed positions.

8.       Local board input into that submission is sought, closing on 17 November for feedback to be considered in the council’s submission or 19 November 2021 for feedback to be appended.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      provide feedback on the National Emissions Reduction Plan discussion document to inform the council’s draft submission.

 

Horopaki

Context

9.       The Government is required to develop a National Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) which will set direction for climate action for the next 15 years.

10.     The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) released a discussion document on 13 October 2021 which describes existing actions the Government has committed to and sets out new proposed actions it may include in the ERP to further reduce emissions and meet climate targets. Feedback is sought on these proposed new actions.

11.     The discussion document – Te hau mārohi ki anamata Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future is available at the following link: https://consult.environment.govt.nz/climate/emissions-reduction-plan/.

12.     An eight-page summary of the discussion document is available at the following link: https://environment.govt.nz/assets/publications/Snapshot-of-the-emissions-reduction-plan-discussion-document.pdf

13.     The ERP is part of an extensive climate change programme being undertaken by the Government.

14.     The Climate Change (Zero Carbon) Response Amendment Act (Act) set a national target to reduce net emissions for all greenhouse gases to zero by 2050, except for biogenic methane which has a separate target. The net zero target is required of Aotearoa New Zealand to meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement, which is to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels. 

15.     The Act requires Government to set five yearly emissions budgets out to 2050. The budgets set a limit on how much greenhouse gases can be produced across each of the five-year periods. The first budget will be for four years only.

16.     The Act also established He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission (the Commission) to provide independent, expert advice to government on actions that will reduce emissions and meet Aotearoa New Zealand’s 2050 emission reduction and adaptation goals.

17.     The Commission’s role includes reviewing Aotearoa New Zealand’s emissions targets and recommending emissions budgets every five years.

18.     On 31 May 2021, the Commission provided the Government with advice on the first three emissions budgets (2022-2025, 2026-2030, 2031-2035).

19.     The Government proposes to broadly accept the Commission’s recommended budgets. It has also agreed in principle to recognise changes in projected forestry emissions that were not available when the Commission prepared its advice.

20.     Final decisions on the first three budgets will be made and published alongside the ERP.

21.     Next year, the Government will publish a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) which responds to the first National Climate Change Risk Assessment. The Act requires risk assessments to be carried out every six years.

22.     Government is also addressing climate change through the resource management reforms, for both mitigation and adaptation through for example land use planning and intensification, and identification of areas to avoid for development.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Summary of National Emissions Reduction Plan discussion document

Purpose

23.     The ERP, which must be in place by the end of May 2022, will set out strategies and policies to meet the first emissions budget (2022-2025).

24.     The policies in the ERP will span every sector of the economy and include changes to our funding and finance system, the way we organise our urban areas, and a shift to a circular economy.

25.     The ERP will also set out strategies and policies to manage the impacts the proposed policies may have on employers and employees, regions, iwi, and wider communities.

Focus of public consultation

26.     The Commission consulted earlier in 2021 on emissions budgets and the policy direction of the ERP. This discussion document gives more detailed information on new strategies and policies that the Government may include in the ERP. Since some other ideas have already been consulted on, this discussion document does not represent a full draft ERP.

27.     Government policy will not, by itself, meet the full extent of any given emissions budget. Therefore, the Government is also wanting to hear about steps which communities and particularly the private sector can take to enable a low carbon transition, and what they need from Government to support those changes.

28.     Decisions are still to be made on the new strategies and policies. Many are dependent on future funding decisions, including decisions on future Emissions Budgets and how policies will be implemented.

29.     Through this public consultation, the areas which Government is seeking feedback on are:

·     Overall strategy

·     Meeting the net-zero challenge

Transitioning pathway

Working with our Tiriti partners

Making an equitable transition

·      Aligning systems and tools

Government accountability and coordination

Funding and finance o Emissions pricing o Planning

Research, science and innovation

Behaviour change

Moving Aotearoa to a circular economy

·      Transitioning key sectors

·      Transport o Energy and industry

·      Building and construction

·      Agriculture

·      Waste

·      Fluorinated (F) – gases

·      Forestry.

30.     The council has significant interest in the ERP and has existing strategic direction in emissions reduction including through Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.

31.     As such, the council will not, in the main, be developing new positions through this submission. Instead, it will be based on relevant strategies and existing agreed positions in council’s recent submissions (see below).

            Timeframe for development of the National Emissions Reduction Plan

Milestone

Date

Discussion document released

13 October 2021

Draft submission available

12 November 2021

Deadline for incorporated feedback

17 November 2021

Deadline for appended feedback

19 November 2021

Consultation period closes

24 November 2021

Emissions Reduction Plan published

May 2022

Further material

32.     Relevant strategies and existing agreed positions in the council’s recent submissions are mainly from:

·    Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/plans-projects-policies-reports-bylaws/our-plans-strategies/Pages/te-taruke-a-tawhiri-ACP.aspx

 

·    He Pou a Rangi – the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice to Government (2021)

https://www.climatecommission.govt.nz/our-work/advice-to-government-topic/inaia-tonu-nei-a-low-emissions-future-for-aotearoa/submissions/organisation-submissions/

 

·    Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi: Transport Emissions: Pathways to Net Zero by 2050 – Ministry of Transport Discussion Document (2021).

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

33.     The Climate Change Commission’s advice to Government, and the subsequent emissions budgets and emissions reduction plan, have the potential to strongly influence Auckland’s ability to achieve its regional emissions reduction targets of halving emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions by 2050, as adopted by council through Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.

34.     The council’s submission to the National Emission Reduction Plan consultation document can reiterate its position and advocate for an ERP that places Auckland in the best position to achieve its, and Aotearoa’s emission reduction targets.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

35.     Feedback from relevant council departments and Council Controlled Organisations on the draft submission will be sought. The council-group was involved in establishing existing council positions.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

36.     Local board views are being sought on the draft submission and will be incorporated into the council’s final submission as appropriate.  Local boards provided strong direction through the development of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan, and this will inform the overall direction of the submission.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

37.     The Climate Change Commission have clearly stated that climate change action will compound disadvantage for Māori if it does not address policy, legislative, or other barriers that prevent Māori from exercising their rights under the Treaty.

38.     Both the Commission and the Minister for Climate Change have highlighted the need for a Treaty based partnership approach to be embedded in the ERP to enable an equitable transition for Iwi/Māori. This aligns well with the direction set by Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan. A strategy to mitigate the impacts on iwi and Māori is a legal requirement of the ERP.

39.     Feedback from mana whenua, the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB), and the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum on previous related submissions and Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri will be used in the development of this submission.

40.     Feedback on the draft submission will be sought from the IMSB and nineteen iwi entities.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

41.     It is not yet possible to quantify the budgetary consequences for the council. However, the rate and scale of change that will be required of the council under the ERP is likely to require a large increase in funding. It is well established that climate mitigation and adaptation action taken now will be less costly than delaying action.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

42.     There is little risk in making a submission on the consultation on the ERP.

43.     Risks in relation to local government’s role in the implementation of the ERP, e.g., funding and financing, will be considered as part of the council’s response.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

44.     Local board resolutions on the ERP draft will be included in the Auckland Council submission on this matter.

45.     Below are the key dates for input into the submission:

·     17 November: deadline for feedback to be considered in the council’s submission

·     19 November: final date for any formal local board feedback to be appended to the submission

·     24 November: final submission will be approved by Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Environment and Climate Change Committee and an IMSB Member (as agreed at the Environment and Climate Change Committee on 24 November 2021 (ECC/2021/41))

·     02 December: The final submission will be reported retrospectively to the Environment and Climate Change Committee and circulated to elected members.

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Jacob van der Poel - Policy Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Acting General Manager Local Board Services

 

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

Submission on a proposed new national waste strategy and associated waste legislation

File No.: CP2021/17145

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To invite local board input into Auckland Council’s submission to the Government’s proposed new waste strategy and changes to waste legislation.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       On 15 October 2021, the Ministry for the Environment released its consultation document on proposals for a new national waste strategy together with other issues and options relating to new waste legislation.

3.       This describes existing actions the Government has committed to and sets out new proposed actions it may include in the new national waste strategy to transform the way New Zealand manages its waste.

4.       The consultation document seeks feedback on the following three areas:

·        Part 1: seeking support for changes to how Aotearoa New Zealand manages its waste and support for moving towards a circular economy

·        Part 2: seeking feedback on a proposed new waste strategy

·        Part 3: seeking feedback on the development of more comprehensive legislation on waste: issues and options.

5.       A draft submission is being prepared by staff for discussion and endorsement by the Environment and Climate Change Committee. Local board input into that submission is being sought, with a deadline of 10 November at 5pm for feedback to be considered in the council’s submission or 22 November 2021 at 5pm for feedback to be appended.

6.       The council’s submission will be developed based on policy positions articulated in relevant council strategy, such as Te Mahere Whakahaere me te Whakaiti Tukunga Para i Tāmaki Makaurau 2018 / Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018 and other recent council submissions on government policy relating to waste management and minimisation.

7.       Waste Solutions staff will lead the development of the council’s submission which is due to the Ministry for the Environment by 26 November 2021.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      provide feedback on the Government’s proposed new waste strategy and proposed changes to waste legislation for inclusion in an Auckland Council submission, noting that feedback is required by 5pm on 22 November 2021 to be appended.

 

Horopaki

Context

8.       On 15 October 2021, the Ministry for the Environment released its consultation document, Te kawe i te haepapa para: Taking responsibility for our waste: Proposals for a new waste strategy – issues and options for new waste legislation.

9.       A snapshot of the consultation document has also been made available online.

10.     This consultation intersects with other central government and Ministry for the Environment initiatives that focus on reducing waste and associated environmental impacts. These include:

·    the design of a container return scheme for beverage containers

·    the development of a national action plan for plastics

·    the increase and expansion of the waste levy

·    reducing greenhouse gas emissions from organic wastes via a proposed Emissions Reduction Plan.

11.     Recent Auckland Council submissions to the Ministry for the Environment on waste related topics have largely supported the government to use existing legislative tools to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags, to address single-use plastics, restrict the export of plastic wastes, and increase and expand the waste levy.

12.     These previous submissions related to specific aspects of the waste system. The current consultation proposes changes to the wider national policy framework for waste management and minimisation in Aotearoa New Zealand.

13.     The reasons for the proposed changes include the need to:

·    transform the way waste is managed, noting that Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the highest generators of waste per person in the world

·    strengthen and better align the existing legal framework that crosses the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, the Litter Act 1979, the Local Government Act 2002, the Health Act 1956 and the Resource Management Act 1991

·    address technical problems within the Waste Management Act 2008.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Summary of the consultation document

14.     The consultation document seeks feedback across three separate areas as follows:

·    Part 1: seeking support for changes to how Aotearoa New Zealand manages its waste and support for moving towards a circular economy

·    Part 2: seeking feedback on a proposed new waste strategy

·    Part 3: seeking feedback on the development of more comprehensive legislation on waste: issues and options.

15.     Part 1 outlines the need to transform waste management and global shifts to a circular economy.

16.     Part 2 relates to a proposed new waste strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand to replace the 2010 Waste Strategy. The new strategy will reset the vision, direction and priorities for waste minimisation, along with setting targets for waste reduction.

17.     Part 3 details issues and options relating to a review of existing waste legislation. It sets out to reset the purpose, principles, governance, roles and responsibilities for waste management and minimisation, replacing the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and the Litter Act 1979.

Development of the council’s submission

18.     The council’s submission will be developed based on policy positions articulated in related plans and strategies together with evidence and data from subject matter experts from across the council family, and input from previous mana whenua engagement and public submissions. We are also seeking local board feedback to inform our submission.

19.     Auckland Council’s position on waste management is guided by Te Mahere Whakahaere me te Whakaiti Tukunga Para i Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018  (‘the Waste Plan 2018’), and Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.

20.     The Waste Plan 2018 is guided by the vision ‘Auckland aspires to be Zero Waste by 2040, taking care of people and the environment and turning waste into resources’ and sets out over 100 actions to achieve this vision. It continues a zero-waste vision that was originally set out in Auckland Council’s first Waste Minimisation and Management Plan 2012.

21.     Auckland Council is a member of the WasteMINZ Territorial Local Authority working group that will also be responding to the consultation document.

22.     Submissions received by the Ministry for the Environment as part of this consultation process will inform the government’s decisions regarding new waste legislation.

Timeframe for development of the Submission on a proposed new national waste strategy and associated waste legislation

Milestone

Date

Discussion document released

15 October 2021

Deadline for appended feedback

22 November 2021 at 5pm

Consultation period closes

26 November 2021

23.     The new waste strategy is to be finalised in 2022. A bill will be developed and introduced to Parliament later in 2022 for new legislation.

Further material and links

24.     Consultation document - Te kawe i te haepapa para: Taking responsibility for our waste: Proposals for a new waste strategy – issues and options for new waste legislation.

25.     A snapshot – consultation document - Taking responsibility for our waste: Proposals for a new waste strategy – issues and options for new waste legislation: A Snapshot.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

26.     The disposal and treatment of waste comprises around four per cent of Aotearoa’s gross greenhouse gas emissions. The main sources include organic waste, wastewater treatment, incineration and open burning, and biological waste treatment (composting).

27.     The consultation period aligns with a separate consultation led by the Ministry for the Environment on a national Emissions Reduction Plan. The outcomes from both consultations will influence the development of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the waste sector, and Auckland’s ability to achieve its regional emissions reduction targets of halving emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions by 2050, as adopted by the council through Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

28.     Feedback on the consultation document from relevant council departments and council-controlled organisations will be sought from subject matter experts.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

29.     Changes to the waste strategy and legislation would impact many aspects of waste management including public awareness and education campaigns, purchasing choices, the way waste is collected and managed, and individual roles and responsibilities.

30.     The vision and direction of government efforts to support a circular economy may stimulate opportunities for greater reuse, recycling and recovery of materials such as through local resource recovery centres. Principles proposed for a new waste strategy such as taking responsibility for waste and delivering equitable and inclusive outcomes underpin the changes proposed and the way those would be assessed and delivered.

31.     Local board views provided on the draft submission will be either incorporated within the report or appended to the submission, depending on when feedback is received. Local boards provided strong direction through the development of the Waste Plan 2018 and other related recent submissions on government policy and these views will inform the overall direction of the submission.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

32.     Staff have contacted the Independent Māori Statutory Board, the Tāmaki Makaurau Kaitiaki Forum and the Infrastructure and Environmental Services Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum to alert them to this proposal and the opportunity to input.

33.     The proposal includes opportunities for Māori expertise in any new independent advisory bodies, and increased Māori participation in decision-making at different levels, especially investment. It also seeks to address the gap in current waste management legislation around te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Māori.

34.     Previous feedback from consultation on the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan included 214 submissions received from Māori, with three from Para Kore Marae. These submissions showed key areas of support were for increasing the waste levy, resources and support for Māori initiatives, the food scraps kerbside collection (particularly from south Auckland respondents), Community Recycling Centres and local jobs, advocating for product stewardship (particular a container deposit scheme) and a focus on construction and demolition waste.

35.     Feedback expressed on previous related submissions, including consultation undertaken in March 2018 on the draft Waste Plan 2018 and Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri will be incorporated into the development of this submission.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

36.     The submission can be developed within existing budget provision and as part of business as usual central government advocacy activity.

37.     As the consultation is on proposed policy and legislation changes, it is not yet possible to quantify the budgetary consequences for the council. Potential financial implications for the council will be considered as part of the council’s submission.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

38.     No risks related to the local board input into this process have been identified.

39.     Potential risks to the council arising from strategy and legislation changes will be considered as part of the council’s submission.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

40.     The consultation document contains 43 questions that the Ministry is seeking responses to. Following discussion with staff, the feedback template provides a targeted list of questions that local boards may wish to focus their feedback on. This has been sent separately to the Senior Advisors and Advisors.

41.     Any local board feedback received after 10 November, but before 5pm 22 November 2021 will be appended to the council’s submission.

42.     The final submission is due to the Ministry for the Environment by 26 November 2021. A copy of the final submission will be provided to all elected members, local board members, and the Independent Māori Statutory Board once submitted.  

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Jacob van der Poel - Policy Advisor

Authorisers

Carol Hayward - Team Leader Policy & Operations Manager

Glenn Boyd - Acting General Manager Local Board Services

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

Three Waters Economic Regulation Submission

File No.: CP2021/17135

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To outline the Government’s Economic Regulation and Consumer Protection for Three Waters Services in New Zealand discussion paper, circulated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and to seek feedback from local boards.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       On 27 October 2021, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released a discussion paper, “Economic Regulation and Consumer Protection for Three Waters Services in New Zealand”.

3.       The discussion document describes how the economic regulator is envisioned to operate and what its statutory obligations would be. The discussion document also provides a brief explanation of why economic regulation is required in the face of three waters reform. Finally, it asks for feedback on several topics.

4.       The views of local boards on the proposal are requested by 6 December 2021 to enable those views to influence the overall submission and to be included as an attachment to the council submission.

5.       Final submissions from Auckland Council to Government on this topic are due at 5pm on 20 December 2021.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      provide feedback for inclusion in Auckland Council’s submission on the Economic Regulation and Consumer Protection for Three Waters Services in New Zealand discussion paper

b)      make the following points in the administrative areas of:

i)        the need for economic regulation

ii)       the type of regulation and who would pay the costs

iii)      what parts of three waters the regulation would apply to

iv)      should the regulation apply to all providers

v)       how and when should regulation be implemented

vi)      what should be the statutory objectives of the regulation regime

vii)     what should compliance and enforcement look like

viii)    who the economic regulator should be

ix)      whether we need additional consumer protections and how those are regulated

c)       make the following points in the policy areas of:

i)        how the regulator should liaise with local government to ensure the growth aspirations of Auckland are met

ii)       how the regulator should liaise with local government to ensure the social, cultural, and environmental aspirations of Auckland are met.

Horopaki

Context

6.       On 27 October 2021, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released a discussion paper, “Economic Regulation and Consumer Protection for Three Waters Services in New Zealand”.

7.       The issues of economic regulation and consumer protection for three waters services in New Zealand is related, but separate, to the broader issue of the Water Services Bill. They require separate submissions as they are two different processes run by two different bodies and on different timeframes. There is a separate process to provide feedback about the reform in general. This process is to provide feedback on only the proposed economic regulation.

8.       According to central government, economic regulation will have a crucial role to play in driving the level of efficiency that will be required to keep water services affordable in the long run.

9.       Economic regulation ensures that the best outcomes for consumers will occur when there are monopoly markets, and the suppliers have a large amount of market power.

10.     In this case, it is proposed that the economic regulator will also act as the consumer protection regulator and be funded through levies.

11.     It is proposed that the Commerce Commission act in both capacities to regulate the newly-formed three waters industry in New Zealand after the Water Services Bill is enacted.

12.     The discussion document describes how the economic regulator is envisioned to operate and what its statutory obligations would be. The discussion document also provides a brief explanation of why economic regulation is required in the face of three waters reform. Finally, it asks for feedback on several topics.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

13.     What follows is a short summary of the discussion document and the areas where feedback is sought through the submissions process.

What is economic regulation and why do we need it?

14.     Economic regulation protects consumers from the problems that can occur in markets with little or no competition and/or a large amount of market power. The regulation is intended to make businesses in the market behave similarly to how they would in a competitive market.

15.     Utilities tend to be what is known as a “natural monopoly”. These markets are more cheaply served by one firm rather than many because of massive fixed costs.

16.     Without regulation, markets with natural monopolies tend to have higher prices and/or lower outputs and/or lower output quality.

17.     While consumer involvement in the governance of natural monopolies is helpful, it is not sufficient to ensure the best outcomes for consumers. Consumer involvement must work in concert with regulation.

18.     Ultimately, the purpose of economic regulation is to advance the long-term interests of consumers. This ensures that suppliers deliver high-quality services that reflect consumer demand and incentivises improved efficiency. It also ensures any gains by the suppliers are passed through to the consumers.

What type of regulation is being proposed and who would pay the costs?

19.     There are several types of regulation – price-quality, information disclosure, and quality-only. In this case, it is proposed that the regulator be a price-quality regulator.

20.     Price-quality regulators essentially set upper limits on the price that can be charged by the supplier while setting lower limits on the quality of service that must be delivered.

21.     Typically, price-quality regulators operate on regulatory cycles of four to six years. It is proposed that the economic regulator operate on a five-year cycle, with the possibility of the first regulatory cycle being shorter.

22.     Economic regulation has costs. These costs come from two places. On one hand, the economic regulator costs money to operate and administer. On the other hand, the suppliers incur compliance costs to meet the requirements of the regulator.

23.     It is proposed that the administrative costs of the regulator be recovered through levies. This is a straightforward, transparent, and standard way of recovering these costs. Ultimately these costs are borne by the consumers.

24.     The cost to the supplier of complying with regulation is also ultimately borne by the consumers. Since both categories of regulatory costs are borne by the consumers, it is necessary to design the regulations to ensure they are net beneficial to consumers.

25.     Given the amalgamation proposed by the Water Services Bill will increase the market power of the water providers, it is likely that regulation is necessary. Further, the research for the Water Services Bill finds that even the current absence of profit motives, and the obligations to promote the social, cultural, environmental, and financial wellbeing of communities has been insufficient to ensure delivery of effective and efficient three waters service. Put another way, there is probably a case for economic regulation, even in the absence of the proposed three waters amalgamation.

26.     Thus, the MBIE’s recommendation is that three waters be price-quality regulated.

27.     However, there is also a question as to whether the regulation should be applied generically across all suppliers or tailored to individual suppliers. Given the inflexibility of generic regulation and Government’s strong commitment to water service quality, it is recommended that the price-quality regulation be flexible to allow for different incentives to the different suppliers.

What parts of three waters should regulation apply to?

28.     The delivery of stormwater services is fundamentally different to drinking water and wastewater.

29.     While drinking water and wastewater services are delivered directly to the beneficiaries (that is, the person drinking the water or flushing the toilet), stormwater services have a public good element as well. When the stormwater in one area is managed, it could make other areas less likely to flood, for instance. This means that it is difficult to identify and charge the consumers of stormwater services.

30.     Additionally, while drinking water and wastewater infrastructure is easily identified, stormwater infrastructure is more difficult. Stormwater systems are often integrated into roading networks, use natural topographical features, and are owned by various land holders and infrastructure providers.

31.     Internationally, when stormwater systems are operated alongside drinking water and wastewater, they tend to be economically regulated.

32.     The preliminary view put forward by the MBIE is that stormwater should be economically regulated, but it will be less straightforward to demonstrate that it is net beneficial.

Should the regulation apply to all providers?

33.     Three waters reform is proposed to result in four main entities serving approximately 85% of the population. The remainder would be served by small community or private schemes, or through self-supply. A recent study for Taumata Arowai suggested that there could be between 75,000 and 130,000 unregistered drinking water suppliers.

34.     None of these small-scale suppliers serves more than 5,000 customers. There are only three non-defense force suppliers that serve between 500 and 5,000 customers. 

35.     For even smaller (less than 500 customers) providers, it is likely that the owners of three waters supplier and the consumers of the services are largely the same people. Therefore, it is less critical to have a regulatory framework to ensure consumer wellbeing.

36.     Since the goal of the reform is to further consumer wellbeing, these other suppliers should only be regulated if the cost of regulation is outweighed by the benefits.

37.     Given the small scale and relatively high compliance costs, the MBIE has recommended that regulatory framework only apply to the new water service entities created by the Water Services Bill.

How and when should regulation be implemented?

38.     To be effective, price-quality regulation requires high quality information on the assets, costs and quality of service provided by regulated suppliers. However, the Three Waters Reform Programme has found that the scope and quality of the available information is not currently at the level that would be required to implement an effective economic regulation regime.

39.     Because of this information gap, it is unlikely that the regulatory regime would be operational by the time the new three waters entities are set to begin operation in 1 July 2024.

40.     However, starting the new entities operations without a regulatory framework in place poses its own risk.

41.     Therefore, the Government’s recommendation is that there should be a graduated approach to implementing a conventional cost-based price-quality path, with the first regulatory pricing period beginning 1 July 2027. In the interim the industry would improve its data and the regulator would work with the industry on information disclosure.

42.     This interim period from 1 July 2024 through to 30 June 2027 would leave the supplies unregulated in terms of price-quality. There are two potential solutions to this gap. The first is that the regulator impose a price-quality path based on incomplete information but using its best judgment. The second option is that an interim price-quality path be implemented by government. There are significant pros and cons to each option and the MBIE is seeking feedback on this issue.

What should be the statutory objectives of the regulation regime?

43.     Recently in New Zealand, regulatory regimes are set to achieve four goals.

a)     There must be incentives to innovate and invest

b)     There should be incentives to improve efficiency

c)      That the efficiency gains must be shared with consumers

d)     Lastly, suppliers are limited in their ability to turn profits. This point is irrelevant to the three waters reform scenario.

44.     However, there is scope for the economic regulator to have responsibility for a broader range of objectives (including issues such as climate change and Te mana o te Wai).

45.     There is also a question as to how Te Tiriti o Waitangi considerations factor into the design of any economic regulatory regime for the three waters sector.

46.     The MBIE seeks feedback on what the precise role of the economic regulator should be and whether it should be expanded in the ways described above.

What should compliance and enforcement look like?

47.     Compliance and enforcement are essential for regulation to be effective.

48.     An economic regulator’s compliance and enforcement toolkit typically includes education initiatives, warning letters, infringement offences, pecuniary penalties, enforceable undertakings, and other civil remedies such as out-of-court settlements.

49.     The MBIE is seeking feedback on whether there needs to be any other tools in the toolkit.

Who should the economic regulator be?

50.     To be effective, regulators need to be at arms-length from government, transparent, accountable, credible, freely share information, and act in a coordinated way with policy agencies.

51.     There are three potential options for the economic regulator: Taumata Arowai, the Commerce Commission, or a new regulatory authority created specifically for economic regulation of three waters.

52.     The MBIE’s multi-criteria analysis suggests that the Commerce Commission is best suited to be the economic regulator. 

Do we need additional consumer protections and how are those regulated?

53.     Due to the nature of the three waters sector, there may be other consumer protections required. There likely needs to be rules around the acceptable likelihood and duration of supply outages, the acceptable level of leakage from reticulated supply networks, the level of resilience to natural and man-made hazards, and the amount of innovation and efficiencies delivered to consumers.

54.     These protections will be required because three waters is a natural monopoly and consumers cannot go elsewhere when unhappy with their service.

55.     Importantly, the current democratic, consultation, and governance mechanisms that are provided for in the Local Government Act 2002 will not apply to the proposed new Water Services Entities. In addition, the Ombudsman’s current role in dealing with complaints about local government agencies will cease.

56.     These points suggest that regulation needs to consider these angles of consumer protection above and beyond the standard roles of an economic regulator.

57.     There is also a need for additional protections for vulnerable consumers. It is recommended that that there should be a positive obligation on the regulator to consider interests of vulnerable consumers, and that minimum service level requirements are flexible enough able to accommodate a wide range of approaches to addressing consumer harm and vulnerability.

58.     The MBIE is seeking feedback on how the consumer protection regime could be designed in a way that contributes to equitable outcomes and mitigates unintended impacts on Māori. This includes impacts on different iwi/hapū, Māori landowners, urban Māori consumers, and rural Māori consumers. Additionally, views are sought on how the consumer protection regulator could be expected to consider Treaty obligations, and the cultural competency of the economic regulator to recognise the significance of water as a taonga for Māori.

59.     As with economic regulation, a multi-criteria analysis suggests that the Commerce Commission should be the consumer protection regulator.

How should consumer disputes be resolved?

60.     There are several ways that consumer disputes can be resolved.

61.     The preliminary preferred option put forward by the MBIE is for mandatory provision of consumer dispute resolution services, but feedback is sought as to whether this should be achieved through a new scheme or by expanding the mandate of an existing scheme.

62.     Traditionally, vulnerable populations face difficulties in accessing dispute resolution schemes. Therefore, it is important that both suppliers and the dispute resolution provider ensure that underserved and vulnerable communities can participate in processes that affect them including dispute resolution processes.

Local Board Feedback

63.     While the MBIE has posed 46 questions to submitters in the discussion document, only a few are acutely relevant. The following 11 questions are the most critical for the council family to provide feedback:

a)      What are your views on whether the stormwater networks that are currently operated by local authorities should be economically regulated, alongside drinking water and wastewater?

b)      Do you consider that the economic regulation regime should be implemented gradually from 2024 to 2027, or do you consider that a transitional price-quality path is also required?

c)      If you consider a transitional price-quality path is required, do you consider that this should be developed and implemented by an independent economic regulator, or by Government and implemented through a Government Policy Statement?

d)      What are your views on how Treaty of Waitangi principles, as well as the rights and interests of iwi/Māori, should be factored into the design of an economic regulatory regime for the three waters sector?

e)      Who do you consider should have primary responsibility for determining the structure of three waters prices: a. The Water Services Entity, following engagement with their governance group, communities, and consumers; b. The economic regulator; or c. The Government or Ministers?

f)       Who do you think is the most suitable body to be the economic regulator for the three waters sector? Please provide reasons for your view.

g)      What are your views on whether minimum service level requirements should be able to vary across different types of consumers?

h)      What are your views on whether the regulatory regime should include a positive obligation to protect vulnerable consumers, and that minimum service level requirements are flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of approaches to protecting vulnerable consumers?

i)       What are your views on how Treaty of Waitangi principles, as well as the rights and interests of iwi/Māori, should be factored into the design of a consumer protection regime for the three waters sector?

j)       Do you agree with the preliminary view that the Commerce Commission is the most suitable body to be the consumer protection regulator for the three waters sector?

k)      Do you consider that there should be special considerations for traditionally under-served or vulnerable communities? If so, how do you think these should be given effect?

64.     A recommendation requesting the views of local boards on the proposal is included in this report.

65.     Local board views are requested by 6 December 2021 to enable those views to influence the overall submission and to be included as an attachment to the council submission.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

66.     The discussion paper acknowledges that addressing climate change challenges and ensuring water service resilience is one of the drivers of the overall Three Waters Reform. However, the economic regulation regime is not being considered for these reasons directly.

67.     The proposed economic regulation framework does not have direct impacts on greenhouse gas emissions or climate. However, it may be in the purview of the regulator to ensure consumer expectations are met with regards to environmental and climate outcomes.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

68.     Relevant council departments and council-controlled organisations have been identified and contributions will be sought from them in developing the council group’s response to the Economic Regulation and Consumer Protection for Three Waters Services in New Zealand discussion paper.

69.     While overall three waters reform will have a direct impact on council and council-controlled organisations, economic regulation put in place after that reform will not have any impact on council or remaining council-controlled organisations.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

70.     Local board views are sought as part of the development of the council’s submission and will be reported back to Governing Body. Local board resolutions will be included as part of council’s submission. 

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

71.     The overall three waters reform is, in part, to recognise and provide for iwi/Māori rights and interests with a specific focus on service delivery. It is proposed that iwi/Māori will have a greater role in the new Three Waters system, including pathways for enhanced participation by whānau and hapū as these services relate to their Treaty rights and interests.

72.     On a price-quality basis, economic regulation of the three waters industry does not directly impact on Māori any differently than other three waters services consumers. However, the overall three waters reform and specific topics within the economic regulation of three waters are likely to be of significant interest. In particular, how treaty obligations are considered, the recognition of water as taonga for Māori, and the overrepresentation of Māori in the group of consumers vulnerable to price shocks.

73.     Māori outcomes leads within the council family are being consulted on these topics.

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Financial implications

74.     The submission can be developed within existing budget provision and as part of business-as-usual central government advocacy activity.

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Risks and mitigations

75.     There is little risk in making a submission on the economic regulation of three waters. Conversely, there is high risk if we do not make a submission. As the work programme progresses, staff can provide further information about the potential impacts on council’s activities.

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Next steps

76.     The office of the Chief Economist is current drafting a submission on behalf of Auckland Council.

77.     Staff are preparing a report for the Governing Body seeking a delegation of Governing Body members to approve the council’s submission.

78.     The views of local boards on the proposal are requested by the 6 December 2021 to enable those views to influence the overall submission and to be included as an attachment to the council submission.

79.     The deadline for the final submission to Government is 20 December 2021.

 

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Attachments

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Signatories

Author

Shane Martin - Senior Economist

Authorisers

Jim Stabback - Chief Executive

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities Draft Strategy

File No.: CP2021/16866

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek support for the draft Ngā Hapori Momoho/Thriving Communities Strategy 2022-2032.  

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities was adopted in 2014 as council’s strategy for community and social wellbeing. A review of the plan in 2018 identified it needed to be refreshed to align with the Auckland Plan 2050 outcomes and better address the changes and challenges in Tāmaki Makaurau. 

3.       These challenges include growing socio-economic disparities, population growth and intensification, the impacts of climate change and more recently COVID-19. These impact on communities’ ability to thrive. 

4.       Through the refresh process we heard from diverse communities across the region on what is needed to help them thrive. These insights have shaped the draft strategy. 

5.       The draft Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities strategy sets out the high-level direction for the next 10 years to respond to these challenges and to what communities told us was important. 

6.       The draft strategy has four main outcome areas which are the building blocks for thriving: 

·    Manaakitanga | Quality of life: 

All Aucklanders enjoy the essentials of a good life and fulfil their potential  

·    Whanaungatanga | Community Connection
Aucklanders are connected and feel as though they belong 

·    Kotahitanga | Collective action:  

All Aucklanders can participate and they take collective action to meet common goals 

·    Kaitiakitanga | Sustainable futures:  

Aucklanders are connected to and care for the environment. 

 

7.       The high-level outcomes are supported by objectives that cascade to three key shifts in the way we work:  from “one-size fits all” to targeting our responses, from adhoc and siloed to working in integrated ways, and shifting from council as expert to enabling community leadership. 

8.       Four investment principles focus resources to impact on community challenges. This will ensure there is a strong, intentional link between aspiration, investment and action, and that we focus on communities who experience the greatest inequities.

9.       A key constraint is that there is currently no additional budget attached to the strategy. This means the pace of change will be reliant on future budget and implementation planning to either seek new investment or to refocus existing resources to the strategy’s objectives.

10.     Another limitation is that many of the barriers to people thriving relate to complex socio-economic factors where the council is not the primary deliverer.  

11.     The draft strategy will be reported to the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee in February 2022 for adoption. 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      support the draft Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities Strategy 2022 – 2032 as set out in Attachment A to this report. ​ 

 

Horopaki

Context

12.     The Auckland Plan Participation and Belonging outcome in particular sets the aspiration that ‘All Aucklanders will be part of and contribute to society, access opportunities, and have the chance to develop to their full potential’ 

13.     Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities was adopted in 2014 as council’s community and social wellbeing plan. It is a core plan to deliver the Auckland Plan 2050 which has a strong focus on fostering an inclusive Auckland where everyone has the chance to thrive. 

14.     In 2018 a review of Ngā Hapori Momoho identified several improvement areas. This included refreshing the strategy to better align it the new Auckland Plan 2050 and to address the changes and growing challenges facing Auckland.  

Diverse community voices have shaped the draft strategy approach

 

15.     The refreshed draft Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities strategy (Attachment A) has been informed by feedback from the diverse communities of Tāmaki Makaurau, key sector stakeholders, partners, and mana whenua. These voices are central to both the content of the strategy and how it will be used.  

16.     During 2019 and 2020 staff looked at feedback from over 50 previous public engagements, and then undertook face to-face interviews, focus groups and online hui. We heard from over 400 community groups and leaders from across the region on what it means to thrive and what council can do to support that.  

17.     Staff presented the findings from this community engagement to local boards in April 2021 and can be viewed by the public by following this link: https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/thriving-communities.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Auckland is facing local and international challenges impacting thriving communities  

18.     At the 2018 Census there were nearly 1.6 million usual residents in Auckland, an increase of 11% since the 2013 Census, and this is projected to grow to 2.4 million by 2050[2].

19.     Tāmaki Makaurau is very diverse – it is home to the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world, and 40% of the population were born overseas.  

20.     Whilst many of those living in Auckland can make the most of all this region has to offer, there are still many who have limited capability to access social and economic resources and opportunities compared to the general population.  

21.     Many Aucklanders do not have access to the things they need to thrive. This restricts their ability to fully participate in society and in activities that have meaning and value to them. 

22.     Tāmaki Makaurau’s strong economic growth has not been shared equally, with Māori and Pasifika communities making considerably less each week than the rest of the Auckland population.  

23.     Over a third (38.5%) of Pasifika people and 46% of young people in Auckland are living in overcrowded and unsuitable homes[3].

24.     Only 50% of Aucklanders feel a sense of belonging in their neighbourhoods, and 49% have felt isolated and lonely[4]

25.     Tāmaki Makaurau is facing some key challenges over the next 10-20 years that provide the strategic drivers for the refreshed strategy. We need to respond to these if we want to maintain social cohesion and ensure all our people and communities are thriving.   

Challenge 1 

Challenge 2 

Challenge 3 

Growing wealth and income inequality will mean too many whānau cannot thrive. 

The pace and scale of growth and social change could undermine Aucklander’s sense of belonging and connection.

Our changing climate will make outcomes worse for those communities already struggling.

 

26.     More recently other significant changes both locally and globally are contributing to why we need a strategy that takes an intentional approach to supporting thriving, inclusive and sustainable communities:  

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Changing the way council works can help address community challenges 

27.     In recognition of the 2018 review findings and from our community and stakeholder engagement, we know there needed to be some key shifts in the underlying thinking and approach of the council. We also need to be explicit in our priorities. Key shifts proposed include the following:

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To

Ad hoc and siloed

Working in integrated ways

We will work across the Auckland Council group, with government and across communities and sectors to support Aucklanders to thrive. We will share data, evidence and learning. 

 

We will prioritise interventions which support coordination and collective impact to deliver on the multiple outcomes which impact Aucklander’s wellbeing (social, environmental, cultural and economic).

One size fits all

Targeting our responses

We will change our current services, activities and ways of working to better meet the needs of whānau and communities, particularly those experiencing the greatest disparity in outcomes.  

We will tailor services and activities to meet local needs and opportunities. 

Council as expert

Enabling community leadership

We will support communities (whānau, hapū, iwi, people) to lead their own responses. We will enable them to define, deliver, and monitor the things that enable them to thrive.

What we want to achieve – an overview of the draft strategy 

28.     To guide how we respond to these identified challenges and to support the key shifts we need to make, the draft strategy sets out four outcomes and six objectives. The outcomes set out where communities want to be in the future. Objectives identify where to focus to get there.  

Outcomes: Four building blocks for thriving 

29.     The draft strategy has four main outcome areas which if achieved would contribute to thriving communities. 

·    Manaakitanga |Quality of life 
All Aucklanders enjoy the essentials of a good life and fulfil their potential  

 

·    Whanaungatanga | Community connection 
Auckland are connected and feel as though they belong 

 

·    Kotahitanga | Collective action 
All Aucklanders can participate and they take collective action to meet common goals 

 

·    Kaitiakitanga | Sustainable futures 
Aucklanders are connected to and care for the environment. 

 

Objectives: Where should we focus our action 

30.     To help give direction on how we might achieve the intended outcomes, we have identified six objective areas which will provide guidance on what actions could be taken by the organisation to contribute to the outcomes. 

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31.     While we have grouped action areas under each objective many of these will contribute to multiple objectives. Many are focused on addressing complex societal challenges which council does not have all the levers, resource or influence to directly address.  

32.     These objectives do however provide direction on how we can use the levers available to us (such as our procurement power) to affect and influence change, within our control.  

Investment principles will help us to invest in what will make the greatest difference 

33.     The draft strategy proposes we invest in our resource to make the biggest impact, and this will be guided by four key principles:

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34.     Auckland Council also has a range of roles and levers that we can use to effect change in conjunction with partners to help communities thrive.  

35.     Our presence in and understanding of the community is one of our most powerful tools. This can be utilised in several areas: urban form, procurement, community facilities, our workforce, transport, community development and grants.  

Strengths of the draft strategy  

36.     As an outcome focused strategy, it provides focus and direction, but is not prescriptive on processes or actions. It provides scope for creative and innovative responses to achieving the outcomes and objectives.  

37.     The high-level outcomes and objective in the strategy cascade to key shifts, investment principles and to three-year implementation plans. This will ensure there is a strong and intentional link between aspiration, investment and action.   

38.     The draft strategy also presents both council and partners with an opportunity to do things differently, apply new approaches and have the flexibility to respond to local needs in ways that are appropriate and effective.  

39.     This is important as it not only addresses current challenges but allows flexibility to respond to emerging challenges in the future as our intended end outcomes will not change.  

40.     It also presents us with an opportunity to partner with our communities to incorporate existing and emerging approaches from global research as well as those generated in Aotearoa, so that we are using all tools available to collectively to achieve the outcomes.  

Constraints and limitations of the draft strategy 

41.     Nga Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities is a 10-year strategy focused on long-term outcomes. It will take some time to see progress and the impact of actions, especially given the complexity of the challenges. 

42.     A key limitation is that many of the barriers to people thriving relate to complex socio-economic factors that council does not hold the primary levers for. 

43.     Council is, however, well-placed to use all of its resources and levers more effectively and work alongside central government and communities to support change. 

44.     A key constraint is that there is no additional budget to support delivery of the strategy, so the pace of change will be subject to how effectively existing resources and budget can be realigned and directed to the strategy’s new objectives.  

45.     New investment will need to be considered as part of future annual and long-term budget processes. 

46.     There is opportunity, however, for reprioritisation of existing resource and investment to be considered as part of implementation planning. The outcome of this will be reported to the governing body as part of the first three-year implementation plan (FY22-25). 

47.     The draft strategy relies heavily on the significant cooperation and commitment across the council, elected members and community partners for it to be effective.  This in turn relies on visible and active leadership, and ongoing monitoring of progress and impact.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

48.     During engagement, we heard from communities that the environment was a significant contributor to their wellbeing. Climate change and environmental degradation are a threat to the way our communities aspire to live in Tāmaki Makaurau. 

49.     The Kaitiakitanga outcome was created to reflect the voices of mana whenua and community, through prioritising environmental wellbeing and encouraging community action and sustainability. Actions developed in the Thriving Communities three-year implementation plans will need to consider the connection between the wellbeing of our communities and the wellbeing of the environment. 

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

50.     This is a strategy for the whole council group and will also be used to challenge and guide council teams and CCO’s in their implementation roles.  

51.     Staff and teams from across the council and CCO’s have been involved in the refresh process, including attending a series of workshops to help identify existing and future actions to support what communities told us was important.  

52.     Going forward staff will work closely with the council group on implementation planning and the development of the first three-year implementation plan.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

53.     Local boards have a strong interest, and play a key role, in creating thriving communities in their areas. All local boards have local board plan outcomes that support thriving communities, and many are already working towards several Thriving Communities objectives.

54.     Community engagement included communities from across all local board areas.  

55.     The findings from the engagement phase were shared with elected members and engagement participants in early 2021. They were also published on the Thriving Communities Have Your Say page. 

56.     Staff attended local board workshops in October 2021 to share the high-level draft strategy. Local boards were broadly supportive of the approach and provided helpful feedback that has helped shape the revised draft.  Common themes in local board feedback include: 

·    concern for isolated communities

·    a strong desire to build the strategy into work plans. Boards could see the benefit of the approach and were eager to turn this into a practical response through their local plans

·    concerns about funding the strategy, and opportunities to leverage existing or additional resource to support their communities.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

57.     The 2018 Census found that over 23% of Aotearoa’s Māori population live in Tāmaki Makaurau, making up 11.5% of Auckland’s population – the highest Māori population in any city in Aotearoa[5].

58.     The average age of Auckland’s Māori population is 24.9 years, compared to Auckland’s average of 34.7 years. As this young population grows and reaches working age, Māori will be a critical part of supporting our economy and ageing population. 

59.     Although Māori make up a large proportion of Tamaki Makaurau’s population, they have not equitably shared in our economic growth. In 2018 the median income for all Aucklanders was $34,000, but for Māori it was $27,000[6]. 

60.     By focusing on achieving equitable outcomes for Māori, this strategy will make a positive impact on the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of tangata, whanau and hapori.  

Engagement to understand the needs of Māori communities 

61.     To ensure the strategy is relevant and effective for Māori, staff undertook individual engagement interviews with 17 mana whenua iwi and two mataawaka organisations.  

62.     Key inputs into the strategy from the engagement process include:

·    an environmental objective to reflect the importance of whenua to wellbeing and thriving

·    focus on achieving equity

·    recognition that whakawhanaungatanga and connection is central to thriving communities.

Delivering Māori outcomes 

63.     The council’s direction for delivering Māori outcomes is set out in Kia Ora Tamaki Makaurau, which reflects the aspirations of Auckland ‘s Māori communities.  

64.     The draft strategy supports the Schedule of Issues of Significance 2021 by addressing the four pou of social, cultural, economic, and environmental wellbeing for Māori in Tamaki Makaurau. 

65.     Mana whenua and Mataawaka will have an opportunity to provide further feedback on the draft plan in November 2021. 

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

66.     There is currently no additional budget attached to the draft Ngā Hapori Momoho /Thriving Communities strategy. This means in the short term it will need to be delivered within existing budgets and resources of council and CCOs. Where any additional investment is required, this will need to be considered through the long-term plan or annual plan processes.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

If <event>: 

Then <impact>: 

Possible mitigations: 

If it is not clear that the draft strategy should drive reprioritisation of existing resources.   

It may create expectations that there will be additional budget to support the implementation of the draft strategy. 

All public-facing communications and guidance about the draft strategy will make it clear it is intended to focus & re-prioritise existing resources.  

Future budget and implementation planning will identify how actions will be funded from existing budgets or through seeking new investment.  

If the draft strategy is viewed as too ‘high level’ and does not provide clear enough direction 

The draft strategy may fail to have any meaningful impact on the way the organisation delivers services and therefore would have no meaningful impact on the desired outcomes.  

Develop a strong implementation plan and ensure there is visible and active senior leadership to drive implementation.  

The objectives will provide appropriate level of direction without being too prescriptive.  

Incorporating a measurement framework in the implementation plan to help understand impact. 

 

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

67.     Community engagement on the draft strategy will be undertaken in November 2021.

68.     This feedback and local board resolutions will be reported to the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee in February 2022, when the committee considers the draft strategy for adoption.  

69.     The draft strategy will be supported by a three-year implementation plan with tailored actions, and a monitoring and evaluation framework to track progress and impact. These two items are being developed for consideration in April 2022. 

 

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Signatories

Authors

Mackenzie Blucher - Graduate Policy Advisor

Dave Jaggs - Senior Policy Advisor

Authorisers

Kataraina Maki - General Manager - Community and Social Policy

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

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Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

Local Ward Area Councillor's Update

File No.: CP2021/16323

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an opportunity for the local ward area councillor to update the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board on Governing Body issues and other points of interest to the local board.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Standing Orders 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 provides provision in the local board meeting for local ward area councillors to update their local board counterparts on regional matters of interest to the local board.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      receive the written report update from the Waitematā and Gulf Ward Councillor, Pippa Coom.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Councillor Pippa Coom's November 2021 update

113

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

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Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

Environmental agency and community group reports

File No.: CP2021/16326

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an opportunity for Aotea Great Barrier community groups and environmental agencies with interest or role in the environment or the work of the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board to have items considered as part of the board’s business meeting.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       To support open and more direct interaction between the board, local groups and others, the local board has extended an invitation to either speak at the board’s business meeting via Public Forum or put items forward and have reports included in the Agenda.

3.       Inclusion of items on the Agenda is at the discretion of the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Chairperson in discussion with the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Local Area Manager. Any items submitted will be included under a cover report which will have the recommendation that “item xyz be noted or received”.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)   note the Aotea / Great Barrier Natural Environment-Islands monthly update – October 2021 report.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Aotea / Great Barrier Natural Environment-Islands monthly update – October 2021

133

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

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23 November 2021

 

 

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Governance Forward Work Calendar 2019 - 2022

File No.: CP2021/16331

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To present the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board with its updated governance forward work calendar.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Governance Forward Work Calendar 2019 - 2022 is appended to the report as Attachment A. The calendar is updated monthly, reported to business meetings and distributed to council staff for reference and information only.

3.       The governance forward work calendars are part of Auckland Council’s quality advice programme and aim to support local boards’ governance role by:

·        ensuring advice on meeting agendas is driven by local board priorities

·        clarifying what advice is expected and when

·        clarifying the rationale for reports.

4.       The calendar also aims to provide guidance for staff supporting local boards and greater transparency for the public.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      note its Governance Forward Work Calendar for the political term 2019 - 2022 as at November 2021.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

November 2021 Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board governance forward work calendar

143

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

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23 November 2021

 

 

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record of Proceedings

File No.: CP2021/16337

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To note the records for the Aotea / Great Local Board workshops held following the previous business meeting.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Under section 12.1 of the current Standing Orders of the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board, workshops convened by the local board shall be closed to the public. However, the proceedings of every workshop shall record the names of members attending and a statement summarising the nature of the information received, and nature of matters discussed.

3.       The purpose of the local board’s workshops is for the provision of information and local board members discussion.  No resolutions or formal decisions are made during the local board’s workshops.

4.       The record of proceedings for the local board’s workshops held on the 19th of October 2021, 2nd of November 2021 and 9th of November 2021 are appended to the report.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)    note the record of proceedings for the local board workshops held on Tuesday 19 October 2021, Tuesday 2 November 2021 and Tuesday 9 November 2021.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

20211019 Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record

151

b

20211102 Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record

153

c

20211109 Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record

155

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

23 November 2021

 

 

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23 November 2021

 

 

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23 November 2021

 

 

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[1] Māori housing grants are only available for housing developments undertaken in conjunction with an urban marae and must fill the same general purpose as papakāinga

[2] Stats NZ (2020). 2018 Census data – Auckland region. Retrieved from https://www.stats.govt.nz/tools/2018-census-place-summaries/auckland-region

[3] Stats NZ (2020). 2018 Census household crowding. Retrieved from https://www.stats.govt.nz/

[4] Allpress, J. and Reid, A. (2021). Quality of Life survey 2020: results for Auckland. Auckland Council technical report, TR2021/16

[5] Stats NZ (2020). 2018 Census. Retrieved from https://www.stats.govt.nz/

[6] ibid