Waitematā Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Waitematā Local Board held via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 4.30pm. Either a recording or written summary will be uploaded to the Auckland Council website.

 

present

 

Chair

Richard Northey, (ONZM)

 

Deputy Chair

Alexandra Bonham

 

Members

Adriana Avendano Christie

 

 

Glenda Fryer

 

 

Graeme Gunthorp

 

 

Kerrin Leoni

 

 

Julie Sandilands

 

 


Waitematā Local Board

30 November 2021

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

Chair Richard Northey opened the meeting with a karakia and welcomed those in attendance.

 

2          Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

 

Note:   A roll call was conducted by Chair Richard Northey that ascertained the following members were in attendance at the commencement of the meeting:

 

Member

Attendance

Chair Richard Northey

Deputy Chair Alex Bonham

Member Adriana Avendano Christie

Member Glenda Fryer

Member Graeme Gunthorp

Member Kerrin Leoni 

Member Julie Sandilands

 

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number WTM/2021/287

MOVED by Chairperson R Northey, seconded by Deputy Chairperson A Bonham:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)          confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Tuesday 16 November 2021, as a true and correct record.

CARRIED

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

There were no leaves of absence.

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.

 

7          Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

8          Deputations

 

There were no deputations.

 

9          Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

11        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

12        Procedural motion to exclude the public

Resolution number WTM/2021/288

MOVED by Chairperson R Northey, seconded by Member G Gunthorp:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      exclude the public from the following part(s) of the proceedings of this meeting.

The general subject of each matter to be considered while the public is excluded, the reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter, and the specific grounds under section 48(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 for the passing of this resolution follows.

This resolution is made in reliance on section 48(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and the particular interest or interests protected by section 6 or section 7 of that Act which would be prejudiced by the holding of the whole or relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting in public, as follows:

 

C1       Annual Budget 2022/2023 consultation

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Particular interest(s) protected (where applicable)

Ground(s) under section 48(1) for the passing of this resolution

The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.

s7(2)(c)(i) - The withholding of the information is necessary to protect information which is subject to an obligation of confidence or which any person has been or could be compelled to provide under the authority of any enactment, where the making available of the information would be likely to prejudice the supply of similar information or information from the same source and it is in the public interest that such information should continue to be supplied.

In particular, the report contains information covered in confidential Finance and Performance workshops and information relating to the draft Mayoral proposal which has not been finalised or released publicly. This report can be restated on 9 December once the final Mayoral Proposal and the material relating to the Annual Budget is available following the Finance and Performance Committee meeting on 8 December 2021

s48(1)(a)

The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.

 

The text of these resolutions is made available to the public who are present at the meeting and form part of the minutes of the meeting.

CARRIED

 

 

 

4.36pm            The public was excluded.

 

Resolutions in relation to the confidential items are recorded in the confidential section of these minutes and are not publicly available.

 

2.58pm            The public was re-admitted on Thursday 2 December 2021.

 

restatementS

 

It was resolved while the public was excluded:

 

 

C1

Annual Budget 2022/2023 consultation

 

The motion was taken in parts. Resolution numbers WLB/2021/288 to WLB/2021/292

MOVED by Chairperson R Northey, seconded by Member J Sandilands:

For clarity, the resolution reads as follows:

 

a)      approve local consultation document content (Attachment A to the agenda report) and local supporting information content (Attachment B to the agenda report) for inclusion in the Annual Budget 2022/2023 consultation material.

b)      delegate authority to the local board chair to approve any changes required to finalise the local consultation document and supporting information content for the Waitematā Local Board for the Annual Budget 2022/2023. 

c)       approve the following Have Your Say event in the local board area during the Annual Budget 2022/2023 consultation period:

i)       hearing style event, Tuesday 22 March 2022, 4.30pm – 6pm

d)      delegate authority to the local board chair to approve any changes required to the timing or nature of the Have Your Say event

e)      delegate to the following elected members and staff the power and responsibility to hear from the public through “spoken (or New Zealand sign language) interaction” in relation to the local board agreement at the council’s public engagement events during the consultation period for the Annual Budget 2022/2023:

i)       Local board members and chair

ii)       General Manager Local Board Services, Local Area Manager, Senior Local Board Advisor, Local Board Advisor, Local Board Engagement Advisor

iii)      any additional staff approved by the General Manager Local Board Services or the Group Chief Financial Officer

f)       provide the following feedback on potential regional consultation topics:

i)           financial policy:

A)             support the proposed changes to Animal Control Fees in line with inflation and including the reduced fee for good dog owners

B)             support the proposed changes to Cemetery Fees in line with inflation

C)            support the proposed Regulatory Fees updates, in line with inflation

D)            support the proposed new approach of triennial review of Fees and Charges, provided there are annual inflation adjustments and where inflation is below five per cent. Otherwise, fees and charges should be reviewed annually 

E)             urge that the uniform annual charge proportion of the rates be significantly reduced because of the need to respond to the increasing inequity of wealth and opportunity in Auckland

F)             do not support a cap on rates rises arising from revaluations

ii)          Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Act 2021:

A)             support the proposed changes to the Revenue and Financing Policy

B)             support the proposed changes to the Rates Remission and Postponement policy

C)             support the proposed changes to the Māori Freehold Land Remission and Postponement Policy 

D)             recommend that Auckland Council actively investigate guaranteeing loans for Māori housing provision because facilitating the provision of affordable housing should be a priority

iii)         proposed changes to waste services:

A)             support the review of the Kerbside Refuse Collection Charging Policy. Recommend that, for equity, ease, reduced emissions and cost saving reasons and because it has not proved to have significant conservation benefits, collections throughout the region not be charged for on a pay as you throw basis but recommend it is included in the general rates. We see the present refuse collection fixed annual charge as being regressive and therefore urge refuse collection costs be included in the general rate

B)             support the Food Scraps Targeted Rate rollout but also prefer it to be included in the general rates

C)             support the Opt-out Policy for Multi-Unit Development and recommend it should also apply to wherever the council cannot provide a reasonable service

D)             do not support services that encourage multiple bins blocking the footpaths and urge that the relevant regulations, the form of refuse service delivery and the charging policy need to be changed to discourage or prevent this happening

E)             advocate that the council itself or through contractors offers effective daily services for all apartments, including to prevent bin clutter on footpaths

F)             support per service standardised charging for businesses

G)            support per service standardised charging for multi separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit

iv)         climate action:

A)             strongly support the introduction of a Climate Action Targeted Rate and express preference for the proposed updated option one

B)             recommend that Auckland Council consult also on an additional option of a significantly higher targeted rate that provides more extensive and varied environmental services covering the entire region and providing a broader range of emission reduction initiatives

C)            support the four key principles used to develop the climate action package: (higher impact, wide regional benefits, address inequity and can be started fast) and recommend a fifth principle being “responsive, and flexible to meet the climate change challenges effectively”

D)            believe that the climate action package clearly aligns with the Waitematā Local Board Plan 2020 outcomes and the local board’s own climate change initiatives   

E)             recommend setting a clear vision of the full range of council’s climate change response in the consultation document, including initiatives that are not funded by the climate change targeted rate but by the general rate and other revenue sources.

v)          the budget package:

A)             note that the recently announced Government grant of $126 million to the Auckland Council is very welcome but significantly reduces the pressure only on Council’s 2022/23 budget but does not address what is advised to be a long term $30million - $40million annual operating cost pressure

B)             oppose the proposal that the council cost base and services be cut by that amount annually in the longer-term, preferring the Value for Money process to identify specific efficiencies

C)             oppose the proposed consultation on priority objectives for future service cuts. If such a generalised consultation were to occur it needs to have added to the proposed priority objectives: Community Safety, Urban Design, and Affordable Housing

D)             do not believe there should be any general cuts in operating funding and levels of service. In these uncertain times and with growing inequity it is absolutely vital that public agencies including council must maintain jobs provided by itself, contractors and businesses and also that the morale, opportunities, quality of life and level of public services for all, particularly the disadvantaged, must be maintained

E)             believe that the first and predominant lever to use to maintain services is that of general rates, and that the increase for 2022/2023 needs to be at least at the rate of inflation. We believe that the general rates rise needs to be set at an effective appropriate level of at least last year’s five per cent to ensure the level and range of our services are maintained in the longer-term and that this option should be consulted on

F)             the second most appropriate lever to use is more borrowing. We should be prepared to borrow more for a few years if necessary up to the 290 per cent approved cap

G)            we do not think it is either practicable or desirable to increase the proposed level of asset sales. For both these reasons we believe the budgeted level of asset sales should be reduced from $70million to $50millon

H)             we strongly prefer that capital projects are not deferred. The case for this is almost as strong as for maintaining service levels and for the same reasons. We also have a responsibility to maintain quality effective assets

I)               suggest consideration should be made for more revenue raising for high emission activities (e.g., surcharges for using high emission vehicles  and parking charges)

J)              prefer no sales of shareholdings. Both the port and the airport shareholdings must continue to be defined in all our policies, including our significance policy, as being strategic assets. The airport used to be wholly publicly owned and its historic central importance to the Auckland economy and identity remains as strong as ever. Before the amalgamation of Auckland Council both Auckland and Manukau Cities often used to ensure they had an Airport Board director, and the Auckland Council should do so now. Any proposal for a reduction in our airport shareholding must be fully consulted on and can only be for a specific percentage within the context of our shareholding remaining classified as being strategic.  It is essential for council to retain at least a blocking strategic shareholding (at least 10 per cent) in Auckland Airport to ensure it is never run down like rail was

g)         agree the following key advocacy initiatives for Annual Budget 2022/2023:

i)           Climate Action - we need to prepare now for climate chaos by building resilient low emission, energy efficient infrastructure, and supporting and empowering our communities and businesses to adapt, survive and, if we act with urgency and commitment, thrive.  Walkability, micromobility, affordable and accessible public transport is key. But there is so much more we can do to enable low carbon lifestyles. We support taking a holistic and equitable approach, harnessing our diverse knowledge

We can draw down carbon if we invest in nature-based solutions in our parks and coastal edge. This includes regenerative farms, green walls, urban ngahere and wetlands through the city. It includes the safe disposal of refrigerants and greater take up of renewable energy generation. We strongly support realising Auckland’s Climate Plan and emission targets

ii)          Affordable Housing –whether or not our population continues to increase, we believe housing is a fundamental human right and the council should be actively building housing as well as enabling others to provide decent, affordable and often fully accessible housing meeting universal design criteria, including building more intensified affordable housing on its existing and new pensioner housing complexes. Council should also prioritise, support and partner affordable housing to be provided by iwi, co-housing groups, and by community housing associations and providers through advice, bonds, guaranteeing loan finance in particular, and facilitating resource and building consents

iii)         Provide Community facilities to meet growth in our local board area – we are advocating for funding for community facilities where provision is short, and the population is growing. We want: to restore and reopen the Leys Institute for library and community use; funding the shortfall required to deliver our One Local Initiative, the much-needed park project at 254 Ponsonby Road; and to continue to meet the demand for a library, hall and community centre serving Grey Lynn, and Westmere by restoring funding to council’s ten-year plan to renew the existing facilities or building a new joint facility before the current facilities reach the end of their life

h)          note that information in this report is confidential until 9 December following the Finance and Performance Committee meeting on 8 December 2021 when the final Mayoral Proposal and the material relating to the Annual Budget will be made publicly available

Restatement

i)            agree to restate the decisions in the open section of the minutes but the report and attachments remain confidential until 9 December 2021.

 

 

2 December 2021 2.59 pm                The Chair 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 Waitematā Local Board HELD ON

 

 

 

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