Whau Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Whau Local Board held on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 at 6pm. This meeting proceeded via MS Teams. Either a recording or written summary will be uploaded on the Auckland Council website.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Kay Thomas

 

Members

Catherine Farmer

 

 

Warren Piper

 

 

Jessica Rose

6.02pm

 

Susan Zhu

 

 

ABSENT

 

Member

Ulalemamae Te'eva Matafai

 

 

Deputy Chairperson

Fasitua Amosa

 

 

 

IN ATTENDANCE

 

Ward Councillor

Tracy Mulholland

 

 


Whau Local Board

24 November 2021

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

Chairperson K Thomas opened the meeting, welcomed those present online and led the meeting in a karakia.

 

2          Apologies

 

Resolution number WH/2021/120

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member C Farmer:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)         accept the apologies from Member T Matafai and Deputy Chair F Amosa.

CARRIED

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number WH/2021/121

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member W Piper:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 27 October 2021, as true and correct.

 

CARRIED

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

There were no leaves of absence.

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.

 

7          Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

8          Deputations

 

8.1

Deputation: ReadingWarrior literacy project

 

Resolution number WH/2021/122

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member J Rose:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      receive the presentation on the ReadingWarrior literacy project and thank David Riley for his attendance.

CARRIED

 

9          Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

11

Whau Ward Councillor's update

 

Resolution number WH/2021/123

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member S Zhu:   

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      receive the report and thank Whau Ward Councillor, Tracy Mulholland, for her update.

CARRIED

 

 

12

Whau Quick Response Grants Round Two 2021/2022 grant allocation

NOTE: Chairperson K Thomas declared an interest in the Road Safety Education Limited’s application but had no conflict with this item.

 

 

Resolution number WH/2021/124

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member C Farmer:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      agree to fund, part-fund, or decline each application in Whau Quick Response Grants Round Two 2021/2022, as follows:

 

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Workshop Allocation

QR2221-201

Charlotte Museum Trust

Arts and culture

Towards venue costs, printing and facilitation at Charlotte Museum from 1 December 2021 to 28 February 2022

$2,000.00

$2,000.00

QR2221-203

Green Bay Community House

Community

Towards blinds and desk at Green Bay Community House from 6 December 2021 to 25 February 2022

$1,336.70

$1,336.70

QR2221-204

More for Kidz Foundation Trust

Community

Towards programme resources from 1 December 2021 to 31 May 2022

$1,000.00

$580.00

QR2221-205

West Auckland Community Toy Library

Community

Towards rent at 229 Portage Road from 1 December 2021 to 28 February 2022

$1,950.00

$1,200.00

QR2221-206

Auckland Basketball Services Limited

Sport and recreation

Towards coaching, basketballs and basketball bags from 1 December 2021 to 28 June 2022

$1,954.25

$600.00

QR2221-207

New Zealand Blue Light Ventures Inc

Community

Towards production and printing of Street Smart handbooks at Avondale College from 31 December 2021 to 31 March 2022

$1,960.00

$1,960.00

QR2221-208

Epilepsy Association of New Zealand Inc

Community

Towards fuel costs from 1 December 2021 to 30 November 2022

$500.00

$500.00

QR2221-209

Afghans Funeral Services Charity in New Zealand

Community

Towards education and sporting equipment from 15 December 2021 to 15 December 2022

$1,632.00

$1,000.00

QR2221-210

Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust

Community

Towards counselling and advertising at Youthline House from 1 December 2021 to 30 June 2022

$2,000.00

$1,500.00

QR2221-211

Everybody Eats Charitable Trust

Community

Towards kitchen equipment at 1790 Great North Road from 1 February 2022 to 31 March 2022

$2,000.00

$2,000.00

QR2221-212

Road Safety Education Limited

Community

Towards venue hire and facilitation at The Trusts Arena from 1 November 2021 to 30 June 2022

$2,000.00

$1,500.00

QR2221-214

Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa

Community

Towards designer fees for webpage and flyer at Crescendo Studio from 1 December 2021 to 31 March 2022

$2,000.00

$2,000.00

QR2221-216

Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust

Environment

Towards native plants, recycling bins and courier costs from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022

$1,989.70

$1,989.70

QR2221-217

Friends of Oakley (Te Auaunga) Creek Incorporated

Arts and culture

Towards purpose at Oakley Creek from 1 December 2021 to 30 June 2022

$2,000.00

$2,000.00 Conditional on working with Auckland Council to increase community input

QR2221-219

Waitakere Japanese Supplementary School

Community

Towards art supplies at 23 Kaurilands Road from 8 February 2022 to 10 April 2022

$700.00

$500.00

Total

 

 

 

$25,022.65

$20,666.40

 

 

CARRIED

 

 

13

Auckland Council's Performance Report: Whau Local Board quarter one 2021/2022

 

Resolution number WH/2021/125

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member W Piper:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      receive the performance report for quarter one ending 30 September 2021.

b)      note that the Customer and Community Services Capex work programme has been updated to reflect financial deferrals (Agenda Attachment C).

 

CARRIED

 

14

Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities Draft Strategy

 

Resolution number WH/2021/126

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member C Farmer:  

That the Whau Local Board:

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

b)        look forward to receiving advice on how the draft Ngā Hapori Momoho | Thriving Communities Strategy 2022-2032 will be implemented in practical terms, and the anticipated outcomes for local delivery (in particular local board-funded delivery) of community initiatives.

 

CARRIED

 

 

15

Draft Contributions Policy 2021

 

Resolution number WH/2021/127

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member J Rose:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)    welcome the opportunity to give feedback on Auckland Council’s draft Contributions Policy 2021.

b)    note that Auckland has not only a housing crisis but also a climate crisis and that all policies need to reflect the transformational shifts required to meet our emissions reduction commitments and question whether this policy has sufficient focus in this space.

c)    note the recommendations of Auckland Council’s draft Transport Emissions Reduction Plan and Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland Council’s Climate Plan and request that staff ensure alignment of these plans and policies.

d)    reiterate support for high-quality, compact urban form with a preference for brownfield over greenfield development and express concern that Auckland Council is still focusing excessive resource on future greenfields growth rather than acknowledging the need to shift towards high-density urban development and the community infrastructure and open space required to support this shift.

e)    note that in the context of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development and the Resource Management (Enabling Housing and other matters) Amendment Bill, the Auckland Unitary Plan will need to be updated and the Contributions Policy needs to take account of this and be a forward-looking policy.

f)     support policies that require developers to pay more of the cost of infrastructure, in particular for greenfields development, and ensure that policies are structured in such a way as to incentivise brownfields development and prevent urban sprawl, but equally ensure that brownfields developments have ample infrastructure including specifically access to green open space and community infrastructure.

g)    support the allocation of contributions in the areas where they are collected to ensure that developers of high-quality urban developments on brownfields sites are not bearing the cost of essential infrastructure to enable environmentally impactful urban sprawl, and to ensure that intensive urban development is complemented by ample provision of parks, open spaces, canopy cover, sunlight, access to community gardens and community infrastructure including libraries and community centres.

h)    support in principle the inclusion of projects beyond 10-years to the policy in stages starting with Drury and focusing on increasing contributions recovery for greenfields development, if this is considered an effective way as to shift the burden of infrastructure development on Auckland’s urban fringe towards the private sector and increase the attractiveness of development of brownfields sites with existing infrastructure, while ensuring that developers in urban areas still pay their fair share of the costs associated with infrastructure for development in terms of green open space and community infrastructure provision.

i)     note the proposal that contributions be paid at the time of building consent (six to 24 months earlier than is currently required), and request that staff consider a 50/50 split whereby half the contributions are paid at the time of building consent, rather than bringing forward the payment of contributions in full.

j)     note that a potential of requiring earlier contributions for developer could be an increase in house prices which could create a further obstacle for first-home buyers and request consideration of this impact in final decision-making, and request that any such impacts be monitored to ensure availability of information for any future policy review

k)    support the proposal regarding grants for Māori development.

CARRIED

 

 

16

Reporting back a decision made under delegation

 

Resolution number WH/2021/128

MOVED by Member W Piper, seconded by Member S Zhu:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      receive the decision of the Whau Local Board made under delegation on 31 August 2021 providing feedback on the Auckland Light Rail project.

b)      note that the delay in reporting back this feedback was due to a requirement for confidentiality which has subsequently lapsed.

 

CARRIED

 

 

17

Three Waters Economic Regulation Submission

 

Resolution number WH/2021/129

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member S Zhu:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)    welcome the opportunity to give feedback on the Three Waters Economic Regulation Regime but note that, in providing this feedback, local board is not endorsing the Three Waters proposal.

b)    note its view that the economic regulation regime should not focus solely on financial aspects and consumer protection, but should have the four well-beings as its primary objectives.

c)    request that the economic regulator liaise with local government to ensure that social, cultural and environmental aspirations are met, and in particular with Auckland Council to ensure its growth aspirations are met.

d)    note its view that stormwater networks currently operated by local authorities should be included in the economic regulation regime, alongside drinking water and wastewater, because of its public good aspect, noting in particular:

         i)        water quality has consistently been identified as an issue of high importance to residents of the Whau Local Board area.

       ii)        there are significant issues with water quality in the Whau River and Manukau Harbour and these problems are at least partly caused and are certainly compounded by inadequate stormwater infrastructure, noting in particular that wastewater intrusion into the stormwater system creates major environmental and health issues.

      iii)        well managed stormwater systems can have positive environmental effects, as well as prevent or lessen the impacts of flooding events.

      iv)        because of the impact of stormwater runoff transport on networks, Auckland Transport, Waka Kotahi and KiwiRail should also be included in this process.

e)    note that it has no specific preference around the process for implementation of this transition and how this is guided, provided that the social, cultural, environmental and financial well beings of communities are prioritised as a key part of this process.

f)     note its view that the economic regulator should have responsibility to ensure a consistent approach to consumer protection.

g)    note that because the four water entities will be new bodies, it is essential that the economic regulation regime has expertise and experience in impartial monitoring and compliance and that the Whau Local Board therefore considers the Commerce Commission to be the most suitable body to be the economic regulator.

h)    support the regulator to have the ability to vary minimum service levels across different types of consumers, noting that this system needs to be responsive to the communities it is serving.

i)     support the inclusion of a positive obligation to protect vulnerable consumers, with minimum service level being flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of approaches to protecting vulnerable consumers.

j)     support the prominent inclusion Treaty of Waitangi principles as a fundamental part of the design of this regime, noting in particular that while the formal involvement and representation of mana whenua is of critical importance, this must be balanced against consideration of the needs and preferences of Māori people in the community including those who are not represented by any recognised mana whenua entity.

k)    support the development of special considerations for traditionally under-served or vulnerable communities and recommend that the economic regulator liaise with local government to bring this into effect.

l)     request that, in the Auckland context, provisions be included to ensure that the regulator is responsive to the plans and priorities of local communities as expressed through local board plans, and that the role of local boards in advocating for their communities is reflected in the statutory objectives of the regulator.

 

CARRIED

 

 

18

Whau Local Board Workshop Records

 

Resolution number WH/2021/130

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member J Rose:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)   note the records of the workshops held on 20 October and 3 November 2021.

CARRIED

 

19

Governance Forward Work Calendar

 

Resolution number WH/2021/131

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member C Farmer:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      receive the governance forward work calendar for November 2021.

CARRIED

 

 

20        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

DATE:.........................................................................

 

 

 

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