I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Ōrākei Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Thursday, 18 November 2021

3.00pm

St Chads Church and Community Centre
38 St Johns Road
Meadowbank

 

Ōrākei Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Mr Scott Milne, JP

 

Deputy Chairperson

Troy Elliott

 

Members

Troy Churton

 

 

Colin Davis, JP

 

 

Sarah Powrie

 

 

Margaret Voyce

 

 

David Wong, JP

 

 

(Quorum 4 members)

 

 

 

Kim Lawgun

Democracy Advisor

 

10 November 2021

 

Contact Telephone: 021 302 163

Email: Kim.lawgun@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


Ōrākei Local Board

18 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

8.1     Deputation - Update on the Clean Streams Project on behalf of the Tamaki Estuary Environmental Forum                  5

8.2     Deputation - David Riley, Reading Warrior                                                                       6

9          Public Forum                                                                            6

9.1     Public Forum - John Burns - Character Coalition Incorporated                                6

10        Extraordinary Business                                       7

11        Ōrākei Quick Response and Tree Protection Round One 2021/2022 grant allocations            9

12        Approval of the Agreement to Lease for the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland Incorporated for part of Hakumau Reserve 3-5 Tamaki Drive                                                       53

13        Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities Draft Strategy                                                      61

14        Submission on a proposed new national waste strategy and associated waste legislation      97

15        Draft Contributions Policy 2021                      103

16        Three Waters Economic Regulation Submission                                                        137

17        National Emissions Reduction Plan Discussion Document – draft council submission           145

18        Chairman and Board Member November 2021 report                                                                  151

19        Governance Forward Work Calendar             165

20        Ōrākei Local Board Workshop Proceedings 169

21        Resolutions Pending Action report                181

22        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 


1          Welcome

 

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 minutes of the Ōrākei Local Board meeting, held on Thursday, 21 October 2021, be confirmed 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

 

Part 13 of the Board’s Standing Orders 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 Ōrākei 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.

 

8.1       Deputation - Update on the Clean Streams Project on behalf of the Tamaki Estuary Environmental Forum

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To deliver a presentation to the Board during the deputation segment of the business meeting.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Julie Chambers on behalf of the Tamaki Estuary Environmental Forum, will be in attendance to address the Board to provide an update on the Clean Streams Project.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      receive the presentation and thank Julie Chambers for her attendance.

Attachments

a          Tamaki Estuary Environmental Forum Healthy Waters Innovate Auckland - Stream Monitoring Project................. 191

 

 

8.2       Deputation - David Riley, Reading Warrior

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To share information with the board about the literacy projects undertaken in West and South Auckland and seek support from the board to deliver similar projects in Ōrākei.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       David Riley, Reading Warrior will be in attendance to speak to the Board to share information about the literacy projects undertaken in West and South Auckland:

·   publishing books by groups underrepresented in children's literature

·   projects with young people in Youth Justice

·   a project to gift free books to families during COVID lockdown

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      receive the presentation and thank David Riley for his attendance.

Attachments

a          Reading Warrior Presentation...................... 199

 

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.

 

9.1       Public Forum - John Burns - Character Coalition Incorporated

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To deliver a presentation to the local board during the public forum segment of the business meeting.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       John Burns, Sally Hughes and Sue Cooper from Character Coalition Incorporated, will be in attendance to present to the local board on the group’s concerns about the impact the Council’s response to the National Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development may have on the Special Character Areas in the local board area.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      receive the presentation and thank John Burns, Sally Hughes and Sue Cooper for their attendance.

 

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.”


Ōrākei Local Board

18 November 2021

 

 

Ōrākei Quick Response and Tree Protection Round One 2021/2022 grant allocations

File No.: CP2021/16379

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the Ōrākei Local Board with information on applications in the Ōrākei Quick Response and Tree Protection Round One 2021/2022; to enable a decision to fund, part fund or decline each application.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Ōrākei Local Board adopted the Ōrākei Local Board Community Grants Programme 2021/2022 on 15 April 2021. The document sets application guidelines for contestable grants (Attachment A).

3.       This report presents applications received in the Ōrākei Quick Response and Tree Protection Round One 2021/2022 (Attachment B).

4.       The local board has set a total community grants budget of $279,000.00 for the 2021/2022 financial year. A total of $111,900.00 was allocated to the Local Grant Round One and Multi-board Grant Round One. This leaves a total of $167,100.00.

5.       Eight applications have been received for Quick Response Round One 2021/2022 requesting a total of $20,290.94, and no applications were received for the Tree Protection Round One 2021/2022.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      agree to fund, part-fund, or decline each application in the Ōrākei Quick Response Round One 2021/2022 listed in the following table:   

Table One: Ōrākei Quick Response Round One 2021/2022 grant applications

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Eligibility

QRTP2212-112

Young Mariners of New Zealand Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the costs of venue hire, pool hire and other small costs regarding the "Young Mariners Easter Regatta 2022"

$3,000

Eligible

QRTP2212-106

Blue Light Ventures Incorporated

Community

Towards the costs of producing and printing 760 Street Smart Handbooks

$1,540

Eligible

QRTP2212-102

David Riley

Arts and culture

Towards sponsorship of 30 Kainga pukapuka (home books) packs, to be delivered to schools in the Waitemata local board area

$3,000

Eligible

QRTP2212-107

Meadowbank Community Toy Library Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of 25 per cent rent at the St Chads Church

$725

Eligible

QRTP2212-111

Mission Bay Business Association

Community

Towards the costs of a wooden Santa letter box and two face painters for Mission Bay Christmas

$2,702.61

Eligible

QRTP2212-113

Nga Watene Maori O Akarana Maori Wardens

Community

Towards a koha

$3,000

Eligible

QRTP2212-105

The Scout Association of New Zealand

Community

Towards the costs of a new water tank including installation

$3,323.33

Eligible

QRTP2212-108

Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust

Community

Towards counsellor helpline training, management, and support from December 2021 to June 2022

$3,000.00

Eligible

Total

 

 

 

$20,290.94

 

 

 

 

Horopaki

Context

6.       The local board allocates grants to groups and organisations delivering projects, activities and services that benefit Aucklanders and contribute to the vision of being a world class city.

7.       Auckland Council Community Grants Policy supports each local board to adopt a grants programme.

8.       The Ōrākei Local Board adopted the Ōrākei Local Board Community Grants Programme 2021/2022 on 15 April 2021. The document sets application guidelines for contestable grants.

9.       The local board grants programme sets out:

·   local board priorities

·   lower priorities for funding

·   higher priorities for funding

·   exclusions

·   grant types, the number of grant rounds and when these will open and close

·   any additional accountability requirements.

10.     The community grant programmes have been extensively advertised through the council grants webpage, local board webpages, local board e-newsletters, Facebook pages, council publications, radio, and community networks

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

11.     The aim of the local board grant programme is to deliver projects and activities which align with the outcomes identified in the local board plan. All applications have been assessed utilising the Community Grants Policy and the local board grant programme criteria. The eligibility of each application is identified in the report recommendations.

12.     Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, staff have also assessed each application according to which alert level the proposed activity is able to proceed. In addition, staff have also provided comments regarding how the application responds to the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

13.     The Local Board Grants Programme aims to respond to Auckland Council’s commitment to address climate change by providing grants to individuals and groups for projects that support and enable community climate action.

14.     Community climate action involves reducing or responding to climate change by local residents in a locally relevant way. Local board grants can contribute to expanding climate action by supporting projects that reduce carbon emissions and increase community resilience to climate impacts. Examples of projects include local food production and food waste reduction; increasing access to single-occupancy transport options; home energy efficiency and community renewable energy generation; local tree planting and streamside revegetation; and educating about sustainable lifestyle choices that reduce carbon footprints.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

15.     Based on the main focus of an application, a subject matter expert from the relevant department will provide input and advice. The main focus of an application is identified as arts, community, events, sport and recreation, environment or heritage.

16.     The grants programme has no identified impacts on council-controlled organisations and therefore their views are not required.

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

Local impacts and local board views

17.     Local boards are responsible for the decision-making and allocation of local board community grants. The Ōrākei Local Board is required to fund, part-fund or decline these grant applications in accordance with its priorities identified in the local board grant programme.

18.     The local board is requested to note that section 48 of the Community Grants Policy states “We will also provide feedback to unsuccessful grant applicants about why they have been declined, so they will know what they can do to increase their chances of success next time”.

19.     A summary of each application received through Ōrākei Quick Response Round One 2021/2022 is provided (Attachment B).

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

20.     The local board grants programme aims to respond to Auckland Council’s commitment to improving Maori wellbeing by providing grants to individuals and groups who deliver positive outcomes for Maori. Auckland Council’s Maori Responsiveness Unit has provided input and support towards the development of the community grant processes.

21.     Three applicants applying to Ōrākei Local Grants Round One have indicated their projects target Māori or Māori outcomes.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

22.     The allocation of grants to community groups is within the adopted Long-term Plan 2021-2031 and local board agreements.

23.     The local board has set a total community grants budget of $279,000.00 for the 2021/2022 financial year.

24.     A total of $111,900.00 was allocated to the Local Grant Round One and Multi-board Grant Round One. This leaves a total of $167,100.00.

25.     Eight applications have been received for Quick Response Round One 2021/2022 requesting a total of $20,290.94.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

26.     The allocation of grants occurs within the guidelines and criteria of the Community Grants Policy and the local board grants programme. The assessment process has identified a low risk associated with funding the applications in this round.

27.     Due to COVID-19, this risk is low as assessors would consider the implications of COVID restrictions as part of assessment. Where projects are impacted by changes in alert level the grants and incentives team, work with recipients on amended project plans so that the number of projects not delivered is minimised.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

28.     Following the Ōrākei Local Board allocation of funding for the local grants round one, Grants and Incentives staff will notify the applicants of the local board’s decision.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Ōrākei Grants Programme 2021/2022

15

b

Ōrākei Quick Response and Tree Protection Round One - applications summary

19

      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Arna Casey - Grants Advisor

Authorisers

Rhonwen Heath - Head of Rates Valuations and Data Management

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


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Ōrākei Local Board

18 November 2021

 

 

Approval of the Agreement to Lease for the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland Incorporated for part of Hakumau Reserve 3 - 5 Tamaki Drive 

File No.: CP2021/16698

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To approve the agreement to lease for the Outboard Boating Club (OBC) of Auckland Incorporated (OBC) for part of Hakumau Reserve at 3-55 Tamaki Drive.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Over several years there have been discussions between council and OBC, about OBC’s occupation and use of Hakumau Reserve. These discussions have included options to lease or purchase the reserve.

3.       In August 2020 the Ōrākei Local Board resolved, to consider subject to conditions, granting a long-term lease of part of the reserve area to OBC.

4.       Since that time staff have been in discussions with OBC to negotiate terms of the lease for consideration by the board.

5.       These discussions have recently been completed and OBC have indicated their acceptance of the proposed terms for a lease.

6.       As the reserve is a classified recreation reserve under the Reserves Act 1977 and there is no park management plan for the reserve, public notification of the intent to consider a new lease is required together with iwi consultation with iwi groups with an interest in the area.

7.       In addition, there are several aspects related to the access to and fencing of the proposed leased area at Hakumau Reserve that need to be resolved. These will be conditions that OBC will need to satisfy under the Agreement to Lease.

8.       This report recommends that the board approve the Agreement to Lease for part of Hakumau Reserve. Staff will report further to the board at the conclusion of the public notification and iwi consultation.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      grant to the the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland Incorporated an agreement to lease for part of Hakumau Reserve comprising 5,168 square metres (more or less) of reserve land at 3-5 Tamaki Drive, Auckland, and contained in Certificate of Title NA633/119 (Attachment A) subject to the following terms and conditions:

i)       term for the agreement to lease – two years commencing 22 November 2021

ii)       conditional on:

A)      Auckland Council undertaking public notification and iwi consultation of the proposed lease in accordance with the Reserves Act 1997

B)      the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland Incorporated re-designing and relocating the security fence on the southern side of the Pohutukawa trees in alignment with the proposed lease boundary

C)      the new boundary fencing to make provision for pedestrian access to and over the proposed leased area via a pedestrian gate

D)      the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland Incorporated undertaking adequate marketing and signage, including installing clearly visible entrance signage and prominent online information, of the availability for public use of at least two boat launching ramps and parking

E)      provision of landowner approval from the Ōrākei Local Board for the form and design of the fencing, construction of any potential new entrance from Tāmaki Drive and design and installation of signage

F)      the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland Incorporated obtaining all necessary regulatory consents where required

G)      no permanent structures other than fencing, access gates, and signage relating the use of the land are permitted in the proposed lease area”.  

H)      any other terms or conditions that Auckland Council deems necessary.

 

Horopaki

Context

9.       This report considers a recommendation to grant an Agreement to Lease for part of Hakumau Reserve to the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland Incorporated.

10.     The Ōrākei Local Board is the allocated authority relating to local, recreation, sport and community facilities, including leasing of parts of local parks and reserves.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

11.     The land at 3-5 Tamaki Drive Auckland is classified as Recreation Reserve under the provisions of the Reserves Act 1977 and is described as part of the land below the Mean High Water Mark in the Auckland Harbour, contained in Certificate of Title NA633/119. The total area of the reserve is 1.0377 Hectares.

12.     For several years there have been informal discussions between Council and OBC on options for OBC to occupy and use Hakumau Reserve, in association with the boating activities at the OBC premises adjacent to the reserve.

13.     Two options were previously considered; purchase of the land by OBC or a lease of the reserve area.

14.     The purchase option was not supported by council staff and the local board given the strategic nature of the reserve and the future potential of the reserve to meet the growing recreation needs of Auckland.

15.     In August 2020 a report was presented to the board recommending a lease of part of the reserve to OBC. The resolution from the board business meeting is as follows;

Resolution number OR/2020/71

That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)         has had regard to the following requirements and principles of the Reserves Act 1977 in relation to Hakumau Reserve to provide for the preservation and management of Hakumau Reserve for the benefit and enjoyment of the public in particular active and passive recreational use of the Reserve, and its environmental and potential landscape amenity, ensuring as far as possible the preservation of access for the public to and along the sea coast of Hobson Bay and fostering and promoting the preservation of the coastal environment.

b)        considering these principles, approve the following outcomes for Hakumau Reserve (3-5 Tāmaki Drive, Auckland), as described in the report:

·    Placemaking

·    Youth spaces and facilities

·    Fitness

·    Recreation and play

·    Site activation

·    Boating.

b)      approve in principle a proposed lease footprint with the Outboard Boating Club no more than half of Hakumau Reserve having regard to the above outcomes.

c)      enter into lease discussions with the Outboard Boating Club, based on the following principles as the starting point for a lease agreement with the Outboard Boating Club at Hakumau Reserve:

·   a long term (33 year) commercially based lease (value to be guided by independent market valuation)

·   Outboard Boating Club securing and controlling entry to the leased area with fencing and a vehicle barrier arm

·   re-design and relocation of Outboard Boating Club’s Tāmaki Drive fence to southern side of the Pohutukawa trees in alignment with the proposed lease boundary

·   adequate marketing by Outboard Boating Club (clearly visible entrance signage and online information) to enable public use of at least two ramps (as per consent conditions)

·   providing pedestrian access over the leased area via a pedestrian gate that is open during daylight hours

·   providing a licence with conditions to some or all of the area which Outboard Boating Club currently occupies but that falls outside of the proposed lease area  

·   providing board landowner approval at a later date to allow Outboard Boating Club reconfiguration of lease area including the potential build of a new entrance from Tāmaki Drive.

d)      request the Community Facilities Property and Commercial team enter into lease negotiations with the Outboard Boating Club on the basis of the proposed lease footprint and principles set out in this report.

CARRIED

 

16.     The proposed lease area is shown shaded blue on Attachment A. The lease area is 5168m2 more or less, being half of the total reserve area of 1,0337m2

17.     The lease area is for the parking of vehicle and boat trailer parking while using the launching ramps on the adjacent OBC land. No structures other than fencing, access gates and signage relating to the use of the proposed lease area, are envisaged.  

18.     Staff held several discussions with OBC representatives to negotiate the terms of the lease and updated the board on negotiations at a workshop on 14 October.

19.     At the board business meeting on 21 October the board reconfirmed the August 2020 resolution and added;

·    note that the Board has received a full briefing on the progress of the lease negotiations at its workshop held on 14 October 2021;

·    note that a lease for the reserve requires public notification and iwi engagement and that the Board wishes to advertise the intent to consider a lease prior to 10 December 2021 as the Reserves Act requires advertisements after this date to have an extended public notification period until February 2022;

·    agree to continue to work with the Parks and Reserves team at Auckland Council to offer the Outboard Boating Club a lease for an agreed area of Hakumau Reserve, with an annual payment at, or similar to, that proposed by officers and agreed in principle by the Club

·    request that the lease arrangement be referred to as a hybrid community lease and not a commercial or a community lease.

CARRIED

20.     The information from the workshop and business meeting was provided to OBC representatives who accepted the lease terms on that basis.

21.     Staff propose a two year term for the agreement to lease to allow the parties sufficient time to meet the conditions and obtain the required approvals for.

Area outside of the proposed lease area 

22.     The terms of the use for the rest of the reserve area outside the proposed lease area are yet to be finalised. A licence has been proposed, however staff are suggesting this is best managed by way of the existing landowner approval process.

23.     The board’s earlier resolution shows the area is envisaged for occasional use by OBC, and to also provide for the wider recreation needs of the public. This additional use was aimed at supporting occasional larger events by OBC.

24.     A letter dated September 2020 from the club to the local board, was discussed during negotiations. The request from OBC in the letter was for a licence for the area outside the lease area to be available to OBC each weekend between Labour weekend and Anzac Day.

25.     Section 53 of the Reserves Act 1977 allows for exclusive use of an area not leased to be approved for not more than 40 days per annum. The timeframe suggested above exceeds the limitation in the Act, estimated to be 54 days per annum.

26.     To balance the need of OBC and wider public staff suggest that OBC seek landowner approval for each instance that it seeks to use the area outside of the proposed lease area. Any other groups seeking to use the area will need landowner approval and the process ensures that council grants approval for community use of the reserve in a consistent way.       

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

27.     The site is not in a flood plain area or flood sensitive area.

28.     There are two small overland flow paths that cross part of the site to the boat ramp area on the adjacent property. These do not impact on the use of the area. 

29.     The site does not appear to be affected by tsunami events, with the perimeter and boat ramp area on the adjacent property being subjected to wave action in the event of a 9.5 event in South America.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

30.     This matter has been progressed with participation from Parks Sport and Recreation, Land Advisory, Local Board Financial Advisory and Legal Services.

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

Local impacts and local board views

1.       As noted, the use of Hakumau Reserve has been a longstanding unresolved issue between council and OBC. This proposal provides direction that both the local board and OBC support.

2.       The board has longer term plans to redevelop the western half of Hakumau Reserve to improve the public recreation opportunities at this strategic site. There is currently no timeframe or budget allocation for this.

3.       The number of visitors to the general area and importance of Tāmaki Drive in terms of amenity and recreation cannot be overstated and the value of Hakumau Reserve is regarded as significant in terms of supporting several open space outcomes.

4.       The board wishes to provide for the preservation and management of Hakumau Reserve for the benefit and enjoyment of the public in particular active and passive recreational use.  This is to ensure the environmental and potential landscape amenity and the preservation of access for the public to and along the sea coast of Hobson Bay and fostering and promoting the preservation of the coastal environment.

5.       Hakumau Reserve is also on the schedule of reserves to be included into the Omnibus Reserve Management Plan for the board area. This work is underway. A board decision about Hakumau Reserve ahead of approval of the Omnibus Reserve Management Plan will need to be incorporated into the plan. 

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

6.       benefits to the community, which includes Māori.

7.       The Local Board will be consulting with iwi as part of this process.

8.       The grant of any new lease is subject to both iwi consultation and public advertising.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

9.       A rental has been agreed which recognises the significance of the site on Tamaki Dr, the long-term nature of the lease of 33 years and that a large part of the reserve will be for the exclusive use of the OBC.

10.     The rental from this proposal is unbudgeted income for the board. With the constraints on council’s overall budgets, the board would like to utilise this income to improve Hakumau Reserve assets. This may be constrained by council policies about how income is to be managed.

11.     Lilliputt Golf is also located on the western end of the reserve. That lease is managed by Eke Panuku, on a two-year lease with a six-month termination clause with the lease expiring 31 July 2022. 

12.     The financial implications have been reviewed by the board’s Lead Financial Advisor who supports this section of the report. 

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

13.     Staff propose undertaking public notification and iwi consultation concurrently. Iwi consultation will be by way of email rather than a presentation to a Mana Whenua Forum. There is some risk with this approach in that iwi may feel that there is insufficient time to engage on the proposal.

14.     The Reserves Act provides for a one-month notification period.

15.     With the significance of the site location there may be submissions opposing the proposal. If there are submissions that need to be heard, a hearing may be required.

16.     If a hearing is required, the board will need to establish a hearing panel. This can be some or all the board members, or the board may choose to ask for an independent panel – a register of suitable people is available for this purpose. 

17.     The requirement for a hearing will extend the timeframe before a formal consideration of a recommendation to grant a lease.

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Next steps

18.     If the board approves the recommendation in this report, staff will arrange for advertisements on the council website and in the New Zealand Herald and arrange for notices to be sent to iwi groups with an interest in the area.

 

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Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Attachment A Lease Area Plan

59

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Ron Johnson - Senior Community Lease Advisor

Authorisers

Taryn Crewe - General Manager Community Facilities

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


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18 November 2021

 

 

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Ōrākei Local Board

18 November 2021

 

 

Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities Draft Strategy

File No.: CP2021/16727

 

  

 

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 Ōrākei Local Board:

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

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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 (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.  

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 per cent since the 2013 Census, and this is projected to grow to 2.4 million by 2050[1].

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 per cent) of Pasifika people and 46 per cent of young people in Auckland are living in overcrowded and unsuitable homes[2].

24.     Only 50 per cent of Aucklanders feel a sense of belonging in their neighbourhoods, and 49 per cent have felt isolated and lonely[3]. 

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 draft 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[4].

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[5]. 

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 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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Attachments

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Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities Draft Strategy

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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

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


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Ōrākei Local Board

18 November 2021

 

 

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

File No.: CP2021/16648

 

  

 

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 Ōrākei 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.

 

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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.


 

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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.

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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.  

 

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Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

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Signatories

Author

Jacob van der Poel - Policy Advisor

Authorisers

Carol Hayward – Team Leader Policy & Operations Manager

Glenn Boyd – Acting General Manager Local Board Services

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


Ōrākei Local Board

18 November 2021

 

 

Draft Contributions Policy 2021

File No.: CP2021/16567

 

  

 

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 Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      resolve feedback on the Contributions Policy 2021 on the 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.

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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 lower 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[6] 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 worked with us on 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Development Contributions Policy 2021 report to the Finance and Performance Committee

107

b

Draft Contributions Policy 2021 – Analysis of feedback received

123

     

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Signatories

Author

Andrew Duncan - Manager Financial Policy

Authorisers

Ross Tucker - General Manager, Financial Strategy and Planning

Glenn Boyd - Acting General Manager Local Board Services

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


Ōrākei Local Board

18 November 2021

 

 

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18 November 2021

 

 

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Ōrākei Local Board

18 November 2021

 

 

Three Waters Economic Regulation Submission

File No.: CP2021/16888

 

  

 

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 Ōrākei 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.

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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 resolution 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.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

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.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

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.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Shane Martin - Senior Economist

Authorisers

Jim Stabback - Chief Executive

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


Ōrākei Local Board

18 November 2021

 

 

National Emissions Reduction Plan Discussion Document – draft council submission

File No.: CP2021/16988

 

  

 

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 Ōrākei 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

o  Transitioning pathway

o  Working with our Tiriti partners

o  Making an equitable transition

·     Aligning systems and tools

o  Government accountability and coordination

o  Funding and finance o Emissions pricing o Planning

o  Research, science and innovation

o  Behaviour change

o  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 (by COB)

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 (resolution number 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

Authors

Jacob van der Poel - Policy Advisor

Authorisers

Glenn Boyd - Acting General Manager Local Board Services

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


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Chairman and Board Member November 2021 report

File No.: CP2021/16519

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the Ōrākei Local Board Chairman and Members with the opportunity to provide an update on projects, activities and issues in the local board area.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

a)      that the Ōrākei Local Board Chairman and Board Member November 2021 report be received.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Chairman and Board Member November 2021 Report

153

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Kim Lawgun - Democracy Advisor

Authorisers

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


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Governance Forward Work Calendar

File No.: CP2021/16520

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To present the Ōrākei Local Board with a governance forward work calendar.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       This report contains the governance forward work calendar, a schedule of items that will come before the Ōrākei Local Board at business meetings and workshops over the coming months. The governance forward work calendar for the local board is included in Attachment A to the agenda report.

3.       The calendar aims to support local boards’ governance role by:

·   ensuring advice on agendas and workshop material is driven by local board priorities

·   clarifying what advice is required and when

·   clarifying the rationale for reports.

4.       The calendar will be updated every month. Each update will be reported back to business meetings and distributed to relevant council staff. It is recognised that at times items will arise that are not programmed. Local board members are welcome to discuss changes to the calendar.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      note the draft governance forward work calendar as at November 2021.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

2021 Governance Forward Work Calendar - 18 November 2021

167

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Caroline Teh – Senior Local Board Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


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Ōrākei Local Board Workshop Proceedings

File No.: CP2021/16521

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To note the records for the Ōrākei Local Board workshops held following the previous business meeting.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Local Board workshops are an informal forum held primarily for information or discussion purposes, as the case may be and at which no resolutions or decisions are made.

3.       Attached are copies of the records for the Ōrākei Local Board workshops held on 7, 21 and 28 October 2021.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Ōrākei Local Board records for the workshops held on 7, 21 and 28 October 2021 be noted.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Ōrākei Local Board workshop record - 7 October 2021

171

b

Ōrākei Local Board workshop record - 14 October 2021

175

c

Ōrākei Local Board workshop record - 28 October 2021

179

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Caroline Teh – Senior Local Board Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 


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Resolutions Pending Action report

File No.: CP2021/16522

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the Ōrākei Local Board with an opportunity to track reports that have been requested from staff.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation

That the Ōrākei Local Board:

a)      note the Ōrākei Local Board resolutions pending action report – November 2021.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Ōrākei Local Board resolutions pending action report – November 2021

183

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Caroline Teh – Senior Local Board Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 



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ATTACHMENTS

 

Item 8.1      Attachment a    Tamaki Estuary Environmental Forum Healthy Waters Innovate Auckland - Stream Monitoring Project Page 191

Item 8.2      Attachment a    Reading Warrior Presentation Page 199


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

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

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

[5] ibid

[6] 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