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

 

Date:

Time:

Venue:

 

Tuesday, 19 April 2022

2.00pm

This meeting will proceed via MS Teams and a written summary will be uploaded to the Auckland Council website.

 

Albert-Eden Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Lee Corrick

 

Deputy Chairperson

Margi Watson

 

Members

Graeme Easte

 

 

Rachel Langton

 

 

Julia Maskill

 

 

Will McKenzie

 

 

Christina Robertson

 

 

Kendyl Smith

 

 

(Quorum 4 members)

 

 

 

Michael Mendoza

Democracy Advisor

 

12 April 2022

 

Contact Telephone: 021 809 149

Email: Michael.Mendoza@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

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 - Joanne Harland – Community Facilitator, SPiCE                      5

9          Public Forum                                                                                                                  6

10        Extraordinary Business                                                                                                6

11        Albert-Eden Local Board Work Programme Reallocations 2021/2022                    9

12        Albert-Eden Local Grants Round Two 2021/2022 grant allocations                      19

13        Local Board Transport Capital Fund Decision - Mt Albert Traffic Calming (South)                                                                                                                                       97

14        Auckland Transport - Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw 2022                      109

15        Transport Emissions Reduction Plan                                                                     151

16        Submission on central government’s proposals to transform recycling in Aotearoa                                                                                                                                     171

17        Local board feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Parks Management Plan      197

18        Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward Councillors' Updates                                           207

19        Chairperson's Report                                                                                                209

20        Board Members' Reports                                                                                          213

21        Albert-Eden Local Board 2022 Governance Forward Work Calendar                 221

22        Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Records                                                        227

23        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 Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         confirm the minutes of its ordinary meeting, held on Tuesday, 15 March 2022, including the confidential section, as true and correct.

 

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

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

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

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

 

7          Petitions

 

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

 

8          Deputations

 

Standing Order 7.7 provides for deputations. Those applying for deputations are required to give seven working days notice of subject matter and applications are approved by the Chairperson of the Albert-Eden 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 - Joanne Harland – Community Facilitator, SPiCE

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To enable an opportunity for Joanne Harland – Community Facilitator, SPiCE, to deliver a presentation during the Deputation segment of the business meeting.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Joanne Harland – Community Facilitator, SPiCE, will be in attendance to deliver a presentation to the local board regarding the SPiCE group’s proposed ‘Wild Initiative NO MOW’ project in the Albert-Eden area.

3.       As part of the proposed project, the SPiCE group will also seek from the local board landowner approval for a section of Watea Reserve to be used as the first park for a no mow initiative.

4.       The SPiCE group has engaged with the local community and found that the vast majority of park goers and neighbours are very supportive of the initiative.

5.       Details of the project are available via the link www.spice.org.nz/re-wilding-sandringham.html

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      thank Joanne Harland – Community Facilitator, SPiCE, for her attendance and Deputation presentation.

 

 

 

9          Public Forum

 

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

 

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

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Albert-Eden Local Board Work Programme Reallocations 2021/2022

File No.: CP2022/04628

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To approve reallocation of funding within the Albert-Eden Local Board’s 2021/2022 work programme.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Albert-Eden Local Board approved its work programme 2021/2022 on 15 June 2021 (resolutions AE/2021/79, AE/2021/80, AE/2021/81, AE/2021/82).

3.       As projects progress through the delivery process the specific work required and the cost of delivery can change. As a result, variations are sought to the work programme to ensure the local board’s locally-driven initiatives operational budget is optimised.

4.       The following activities within the work programme are tracking towards an underspend for the 2021/2022 financial year and have $122,056 budget available for reallocation:

a)   ID 96 LB event - Carols at Potters Park Christmas event - $12,000

b)   ID 97 Movies in Parks - $25,784

c)   ID 94 Event Partnership Fund - $5,000

d)   ID 1763 – Event Funding Agreements Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival - $20,000

e)   ID 1764 Community response fund - $8,272

f)    ID 80 - Placemaking: Thriving town centre local placemaking - $44,000

g)   ID 81 - Diverse Participation: Increase diverse community participation programming - $7,000.

5.       Underspend budget must be allocated to projects that can be completed by the end of the 2021/2022 financial year.

6.       It is recommended that the underspend budget from the above initiatives is reallocated to the following projects:

a)   a new Customer and Community Services work programme project: Sport and Active Recreation Facilities Plan Implementation - $120,000. Grant funding to:

i)    Auckland Badminton Association, Auckland Table Tennis Association and Olympic Weightlifting Association based at Pascoe Quarry Reserve. $80,000 funding to contribute towards completing a feasibility study for the site and conduct options assessment to determine the most feasible option to secure and increase capacity.

ii)   Marist Saints Rugby League based at Murray Halberg Park. $40,000 funding to contribute towards establishing partnership agreements, identifying community governance and foundational documents. Any unspent funding for this phase to be re-distributed to later project phases including design and consenting.

b)   Community grants (ID 98) - $2,056.

 

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      note the following locally-driven initiative operating expenditure Customer and Community Services work programme activity underspends which are available for reallocation:

i)        Carols at Potters Park Christmas event (ID 96) - $12,000

ii)       Movies in Parks (ID 97) - $25,784

iii)      Event Partnership Fund (ID 94) - $5,000

iv)      Event Funding Agreements Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival (ID 1763) - $20,000

v)      Community response fund (ID 1764) - $8,272

vi)      Placemaking: Thriving town centre local placemaking (ID 80) - $44,000

vii)     Diverse Participation: Increase diverse community participation programming (ID 81) - $7,000.

b)      approve the reallocation of $122,056 underspend locally-driven initiative operating expenditure towards the following activities:

i)        a new Customer and Community Services work programme activity: Sport and Active Recreation Facilities Plan Implementation - $120,000. Grant funding to:

A)      Auckland Badminton Association, Auckland Table Tennis Association and Olympic Weightlifting Association based at Pascoe Quarry Reserve. $80,000 locally-driven initiative operating expenditure to contribute towards completing a feasibility study for the site and conduct options assessment to determine the most feasible option to secure and increase capacity.

B)      Marist Saints Rugby League based at Murray Halberg Park. $40,000 locally-driven initiative operating expenditure to contribute towards establishing partnership agreements, identifying community governance and foundational documents. Any unspent funding for this phase to be re-distributed to later project phases including design and consenting.

ii)       Customer and Community Services work programme: Community grants (ID98) - $2,056 locally-driven initiative operating expenditure.

 

Horopaki

Context

7.       The Albert-Eden Local Board has an approved 2021/2022 work programme for the following operating divisions:

·        Customer and Community Services

·        Infrastructure and Environmental Services

·        Plans and Places.

8.       The local board receives performance updates on the work programme throughout the year; the last report was presented at the February 2022 business meeting.

9.       As projects progress through the delivery process the specific work required and the cost of delivery can change. As a result, variations are sought to the work programme to ensure the local board’s locally-driven initiatives operational budget is optimised.

10.     Underspent operational expenditure can be reallocated across departments, but must remain as operational expenditure (i.e. it cannot not be used as capital expenditure), and should be reallocated on the basis that delivery can be achieved before the end of the financial year. When funding is utilised for a grant, the funding agreement/grant agreement must be signed before the end of the financial year.

11.     Any budget reallocated in the current financial year must be spent by 30 June 2020 otherwise it will be treated as savings.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

12.     Staff have identified seven activities within the locally-driven initiative (LDI) operational work programme that will deliver an underspend for the 2021/2022 financial year. The total underspend amount to reallocate is $122,056.

13.     The following table provides a breakdown of the underspend against each activity.

Table 1: Work programme underspend for reallocation by the local board

ID

Activity Name

Reason for underspend

Underspend

amount

96

Carols at Potters Park Christmas event

Cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

$12,000

97

Movies in Parks

Cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

$25,784

94

Event Partnership Fund

Brazilian Day cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

$5,000

1763

Event Funding Agreements Albert-Eden Schools Cultural Festival

Cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

$20,000

1764

Community respond fund

Response fund for local board to allocate as appropriate

$8,272

80

Placemaking: Thriving town centre local placemaking

Surplus budget – delivery for the financial year included utilising deferrals from 2020/2021

$44,000

81

Diverse Participation: Increase diverse community participation programming

Surplus budget

$7,000

 

 

TOTAL

$122,056

 

Activities to reallocate budget – options analysis

14.     Staff have identified the following activities, which can be delivered by the end of the 2021/2022 financial year as possible options for reallocation of funding:

·        ID 98: Community grants

·        ID 99: Accommodation grants

·        NEW: Sport and Active Recreation Facilities Plan Implementation.

15.     There have been no other new or existing work programme lines identified which can receive and spend additional LDI operating budget before 30 June 2022.

Additional funding towards community and accommodation grants

16.     Albert-Eden Local Board has an approved Albert-Eden Community Grants Programme for 2021/2022. Budgets allocated the grants programmes are:

·        $140,5000 Community grants (ID 98)

·        $160,000 Accommodation grants (ID 99).

17.     In December 2021 the local board allocated $15,612 Asset Based Services operational expenditure from Legacy Rate Grants (ID 3159) towards Accommodation Grants (ID 99) (resolution AE/2021/211).

18.     There are contestable grant rounds still to occur this financial year:

·        one quick response round

·        one local grant round

·        one multi-board round

·        one accommodation support round (this is the only round per financial year).

19.     Historically there has been oversubscription in funds applied for, and there is likely to be capacity to spend some reallocated budgets in these lines before 30 June 2022.

20.     The local board has added additional funding to grants in previous financial years. In 2021, an additional $15,000 was allocated to community grants, and $12,300 was allocated to accommodation grants. In 2019, an additional $20,725 was allocated to community grants. No additional funding was allocated in 2020.

21.     There are current budgets allocated for community and accommodation grants, so outcomes will still be achieved if no additional funding is allocated at this time. Due to the nature of the grants programme, any additional funding is scalable.

22.     Funding towards community grants (ID 98) is recommended.

Additional funding towards Albert-Eden Sport and Active Recreation Facilities Plan Implementation

23.     Albert-Eden Local Board adopted the Albert-Eden Sport and Active Recreation Facilities Plan (SARFP) in 2021 (resolution AE/2021/191).

24.     The SARFP provides a comprehensive analysis of the need in the area including existing recreation and activity. The plan is intended to guide future investments into sport and recreation.

25.     Implementation of the SARFP supports the facilities network to be more fit-for-purpose to service current and future needs. Staff recommend that the local board contributes to the implementation of the SARFP through local board work programmes and budgets.

26.     Implementation of the SARFP can begin now, rather than wait until the adoption of the new 2022/2023 work programme.

27.     Competing demands on LDI operating funding could be reduced for the 2022/2023 work programme, as reallocation funding could be allocated now, and therefore less required from July 2022 onwards.

28.     The SARFP identifies 30 projects ordered by the asset owner (council, communities, and other/mixed). Each project is assigned a priority level (high, high-medium, medium, low), clarifying direction. The priority level reflects the score each project received through the assessment process.

29.     Staff have reviewed the priority projects and assessed them for readiness now.

30.     The options considered are included in Table 2.

Table 2: Funding options for Albert-Eden Sport and Active Recreation Facilities Plan Implementation

Option

Comment

1

Auckland Badminton Association, Auckland Table Tennis Association and Olympic Weightlifting Association based at Pascoe Quarry

 

 

Proposed development - Support investigations to secure the facilities and address capacity, accessibility and condition issues.

The recipients are invited to stage 2 of the Regional Sport and Recreation Facility Investment Fund in 2021, as well as to non-council funders.

Local Board investment in this project will demonstrate strong local board endorsement of the role these facilities play in the Albert-Eden area and surrounding community and provide cornerstone funding for the project.

In the 2020/2021, contestable round of the Regional Sport and Recreation Facility Investment Fund several projects leveraged regional investment on the back of securing local board and non-council funding.

This option is recommended

2

Marist Saints Rugby League Club based at Murray Halberg Park

 

 

 

Proposed development - development of a community hub to replace the existing clubroom building and support wider recreation and community outcomes.

This project is in early stages. It is a multi-partner project with both sport and recreation and community outcomes. Whilst not yet confirmed, it has already attracted offers of funding from community and government sources. If these offers are able to be confirmed it is likely to attract funding from other sources further into the project.

The next steps are to establish a partnership agreement (for example a Memorandum of Understanding), identify the most appropriate community governance model and structure, and develop foundation documents for the chosen governance model.

Later phases of the project are to undertake design work and consenting, and secure additional funding for construction.

Investment in this project now will assist the parties to set up the project appropriately and be well positioned to secure external funding and make future applications to other funding sources.

This option is recommended

 

31.     When projects identified in the SARFP were initially assessed the Windmill Park – covering courts was noted.

32.     There is an identified significant undersupply of indoor/covered court capacity. This project would support development of high participation codes or netball and tennis.

33.     The SARFP identified that there is an opportunity to undertake a feasibility study to investigate the costs and benefits of covering courts (and potential remarking), recognising any site constraints, and to futureproof any potential shortfall that maybe created through University of Auckland-Epsom campus closure.

34.     Staff have undertaken further investigation of this project and this is not an option to progress at this point.

35.     The local board 2021/2022 Community Facilities Work Programme includes development of a Windmill Park Concept Plan (ID 31127). This process should be undertaken and completed before any feasibility study for covered courts is done, as the concept plan process will inform a covered courts study.

36.     There is insufficient capacity and time to deliver a feasibility study, including arranging an external party to deliver a feasibility study, prior to June 2022. This is the most significant factor. If this project was progressed there is a high risk that the funding allocated towards it would be lost to savings.

37.     Given the above analysis, staff recommend the following reallocation of budget:

Table 3: Recommended activities to reallocate funding towards

ID

Activity Name

Activity Description / how budget will be spent

Recommended reallocation amount

NEW

Albert-Eden Sport and Active Recreation Facilities Plan Implementation

Funding grant to Auckland Badminton Association, Auckland Table Tennis Association and Olympic Weightlifting Association based at Pascoe Quarry Reserve.

The funding will contribute towards completing a feasibility study for the site and conduct options assessment to determine the most feasible option to secure and increase capacity.

$80,000

Funding grant to Marist Saints Rugby League based at Murray Halberg Park.

The funding will contribute towards establishing partnership agreements, identifying community governance and foundational documents.

Any unspent funding for this phase can to be re-distributed to later project phases including design and consenting.

$40,000

98

Community grants

Additional funding added to the programme budget, to allocate to community grants through future funding rounds.

$2,056

 

 

TOTAL

$122,056

 

 

 

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

38.     The proposed work programme reallocation does not significantly impact on greenhouse gas emissions or contribute towards adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

39.     When developing the work programmes council group impacts and views are presented to local boards. There are no further impacts to be considered with this reallocation of funding.

40.     Relevant departments within Auckland Council have been consulted regarding the reallocations and advice provided as subject matter experts. No objections or concerns have been raised by delivery staff.

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

Local impacts and local board views

41.     The reallocation of funding within the local board’s work programme supports strong delivery and optimisation of the local board’s available budget for 2021/2022.

42.     The nature of the reallocation aligns with the local board’s work programme and the Albert-Eden Local Board Plan 2020.

43.     A workshop was held with the local board on 8 March 2022 outlining underspends at that time and early options for reallocation, which included community and accommodation grants.

44.     The possibility of bringing forward the implementation of the SARFP was also identified in March 2022.

45.     Further workshops were held with the local board on 5 April 2022 which updated underspends in existing projects and provided initial advice on options within the SARFP which may be considered for funding. Following that workshop staff were able to review the scale of underspends available, the readiness of community-led projects to receive funding grants and the capacity of Auckland Council to undertake any planning work related to council assets.

46.     Finalised advice is contained in this report and reflected in the recommendations.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

47.     Where aspects of the proposed work programme are anticipated to have a significant impact on activities of importance to Māori then appropriate engagement will be undertaken.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

48.     Reallocation of funding is regarded as a prudent step for the local board to take in order to optimise its LDI operating budget for the 2021/2022 financial year.

49.     The activities recommended to receive funding align with the Albert-Eden Local Board Plan 2020.

50.     Should the local board choose not to support the reallocation of the funding from the initiatives identified above, the funding would be offered up as budget savings.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

51.     There is a risk that despite the reallocation, some of the budget remains unspent at the end of the financial year. However, delivery staff from the relevant departments believe it is feasible to deliver the recommended activities within the timeframes required, and the risk of non-delivery is considered to be low, as outlined in the options analysis section.

52.     Covid-19 may interrupt the ability delivery work programme activities. Delivery departments will endeavour to adapt work programme activities for delivery where feasible.

53.     Specific risks and mitigations for each recommended programme are below:

Table 4: Risks and mitigations of reallocation options

Risk

Mitigation

Additional funding towards community and accommodation grants

More funding is allocated than can be distributed through upcoming grant rounds, and funding is lost to savings.

Staff recommend a small proportion of the available funding is added to community grants.

Funding towards Albert-Eden Sport and Active Recreation Facilities Plan implementation

Implementation of the SARFP should be seen as an ongoing commitment. Beginning now indicates the local board has made a commitment to funding implementation of the SARFP each year in the work programme (noting that year 1 of the work programme is adopted and years 2 and 3 are adopted in principle).

The local board developed and adopted the plan and agreed to its implementation. Implementing the plan has many benefits. The local board will need to prioritise the funding amount for implementation each year against all other work programme projects and current opportunities in the community. Beginning implementation now reduces funding pressure for 2022/2023 work programme.

Funding is allocated to implementation of the SARFP in general and not to a specific project/s and/or to projects which are not able to be implemented. There is insufficient time to seek a decision on the specific project, and therefore funding is at risk to be lost to savings at the end of financial year, June 2022.

Staff analysis and recommendations include the specific project options, risks to delivery and recommended projects to be funded.

 

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

54.     The funding will be reallocated according to the local board’s resolution, and the relevant department will progress with the delivery of the next steps.

55.     If funding grants to external groups are resolved by the local board, funding agreements will be prepared, outlining the purpose of the funding and accountability requirements.

56.     The Albert-Eden Local Board 2021/2022 work programme will be updated to reflect the board’s formal decisions and any variations will be reflected from the quarter three performance report onwards.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Emma Reed – Senior Local Board Advisor

Authoriser

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Albert-Eden Local Grants Round Two 2021/2022 grant allocations

File No.: CP2022/04113

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To fund, part-fund or decline the applications received for Albert-Eden Local Grants Round Two 2021/2022.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Albert-Eden Local Board adopted the Albert-Eden Local Board Community Grants Programme 2021/2022 on 18 May 2021 (Attachment A). The document sets application guidelines for contestable grants.

3.       This report presents applications received for the for Albert-Eden Local Grants Round Two 2021/2022 (Attachment B).

4.       The local board has set a total community grants budget of $140,500 for the 2021/2022 financial year. A total of $77,656.46 was allocated in the previous grant rounds. This leaves a total of $62,843.54 to be allocated to one quick response and one local grants round.

5.       Eighteen applications were received for Local Grants Round Two 2021/2022, requesting a total of $124,481.15.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      agree to fund, part-fund or decline each application in Albert-Eden Local Grants Round Two 2021/2022 listed in the following table:   

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Eligibility

LG2201-218

Hamish Annan

Arts and culture

Towards the costs of delivering a free interactive performance artwork named "Access", including the costs of rehearsal venue hire, performance fees, creative advisor fee, photographer's fee, producer's fee, website, administration, transport, production, design, and marketing costs.

$7,789.00

Eligible

LG2201-203

The Upside Downs Education Trust

Community

Towards the speech-language therapy fees for seven children with Down Syndrome in the local board area.

$7,000.00

Eligible

LG2201-207

Mt Albert Community Playgroup Incorporated

Community

Towards Rattray Room hire at Mt Albert Community and Leisure Centre from May 2022 to April 2023.

$5,893.75

Eligible

LG2201-210

Big Buddy Mentoring Trust

Community

Towards the office rental costs from July to September 2022.

$6,000.00

Eligible

LG2201-212

Auckland Swords Club Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of a bespoke storage cupboard for the sporting equipment.

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2201-213

Point Chevalier Croquet Club Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of the kitchen upgrade, interior storage, and appliances.

$7,519.99

Ineligible

LG2201-214

YMCA North Incorporated

Community

Towards the "Raise Up" Mt Albert Crew event and programme costs between May 2022 to April 2023 including meeting, camp, recruitment, uniform, training, marketing, materials, graduation, equipment, venue hire, workshop facilitators, transport, mileage, gifts, and prizes costs.

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2201-220

Aotearoa Ethnic Communities Trust NZ

Community

Towards equipment (for the soapmaking, wellbeing, stress management, and oil mixology class), travel, advertising, and refreshments for the "Mobile Migrant Support Project".

$7,976.91

Eligible

LG2201-221

Eden Epsom Tennis & Squash Club

Community

Towards the upgrade of the security system including the purchase and installation of external and internal close circuit cameras.

$6,235.00

Eligible

LG2201-223

Access Community Radio Auckland Incorporated

Community

Towards the costs of purchasing catering essentials (kitchen items) for the "Auckland Settlement Hub" at 875 New North Road, Mt Albert.

$4,231.00

Eligible

LG2201-227

Mt Eden Community Patrol Incorporated

Community

Towards the purchase of equipment, jackets, uniforms, first aid kits and advertising to participate in patrols.

$5,000.00

Eligible

LG2201-229

City Pathway Trust

Community

Towards the cost of helping people experiencing pressing needs, especially with accommodation support, reemployment, and reeducation.

$5,000.00

Eligible

LG2201-231

The Whanau Community Trust

Community

Towards the cost of delivering 10 weeks of Financial Capability Programme, "Kash is King" at the Whānau Community Centre, Mt Roskill, including the costs of tutors and coordinators fee, classroom usage, course materials and resources.

$7,600.00

Eligible

LG2201-232

Kowhai Intermediate School

Events

Towards the event management fees and centennial luncheon held at Eden Park on 22 October 2022 including the cost of venue hire, catering, and security.

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2201-224

St George's Anglican Church Epsom

The Diocese Of Auckland

Historic Heritage

Towards the building contractor’s insurance cost.

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2201-208

Anthony Fong Fitness

Sport and recreation

Towards the venue hire and the Group Fitness Trainer's Fee for the Stretch n’ Flex Classes.

$8,000.00

Ineligible

LG2201-209

Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the delivery of the 2-day "Resettled Community Soccer Tournament" in July 2022, including the venue hire at the YMCA Mt Albert, trophies, prizes, referees, refreshments, participant transport, administration (includes event coordination), and contingency costs.

$6,235.50

Eligible

LG2201-216

The Auckland Table Tennis Association Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the purchase of one table tennis table, and wages for the development coach and junior coaches for the 'Junior Development” programme.

$8,000.00

Eligible

Total

 

 

 

$124,481.15

 

 

 

 

 

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’s Community Grants Policy supports each local board to adopt a grants programme.

8.       The local board grants programme sets out:

·        local board priorities

·        lower priorities for funding

·        exclusions

·        grant types, the number of grant rounds and when these will open and close any additional accountability requirements.

9.       The Albert-Eden Local Board adopted the Albert-Eden Local Board Community Grants Programme 2021/2022 on 18 May 2021 (Attachment A). The document sets application guidelines for contestable grants.

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

11.     The local board has set a total community grants budget of $140,500 for the 2021/2022 financial year. A total of $77,656.46 was allocated in the previous grant rounds. This leaves a total of $62,843.54 to be allocated to one quick response and one local grants round.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

12.     The aim of the local board grants 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.

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 with projects that support community climate change action. Community climate action involves reducing or responding to climate change by 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

·        decreasing use of single-occupancy transport options

·        home energy efficiency and community renewable energy generation

·        local tree planting and streamside revegetation

·        education about sustainable lifestyle choices that reduce carbon footprints.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

14.     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.

15.     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

16.     Local boards are responsible for the decision-making and allocation of local board community grants.  The Albert-Eden 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.

17.     Staff will provide feedback to unsuccessful grant applicants about why they have been declined, so they can increase their chances of success in the future.

18.     A summary of each application received through Albert-Eden Local Grants Round Two 2021/2022 (Attachment B) is provided.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

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

20.     Eight applicants applying to Albert-Eden Local Grants Round Two indicate projects that target Māori or Māori outcomes.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

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

22.     The local board has set a total community grants budget of $140,500 for the 2021/2022 financial year. A total of $77,656.46 was allocated in the previous grant rounds. This leaves a total of $62,843.54 to be allocated to one quick response and one local grants round.

23.     Eighteen applications were received for Local Grants Round Two 2021/2022, requesting a total of $124,481.15.

24.     Relevant staff from Auckland Council’s Finance Department have been fully involved in the development of all local board work programmes, including financial information in this report, and have not identified any financial implications.

 

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

25.     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.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

26.     Following the Albert-Eden Local Board allocating funding for round two of the local grants, grants staff will notify the applicants of the local board’s decision.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Albert-Eden Local Board Grants Programe 2021/2022

25

b

Albert-Eden Local Grants Round Two 2021/2022 - grant applications

31

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Moumita Dutta - Senior Grants Advisor

Authorisers

Pierre Fourie - Grants & Incentives Manager

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


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Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Local Board Transport Capital Fund Decision - Mt Albert Traffic Calming (South)

File No.: CP2022/04626

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To approve Albert-Eden Local Board’s Local Board Transport Capital Fund (LBTCF) project Mount Albert (South) Traffic Calming proceed to construction.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Auckland Transport manages the LBTCF on behalf of Albert-Eden Local Board.  On an as-required basis, Auckland Transport provides advice to support local board decision-making. This month a decision relating to the LBTCF is required.

3.       In 2019, the local board approved a number of projects and Auckland Transport started investigation and design. Unfortunately, these projects were cancelled in 2020 by budget restrictions caused by the response to COVID 19.

4.       When LBTCF budgets for all local boards were reinstated in 2021, Albert-Eden local board requested cost estimates for a range of projects and in October 2021 initiated work on the new list of projects (resolution AE/2021/172).

5.       This report is to approve construction of one of these projects, the Mount Albert (South) traffic calming project.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      approve construction of the Local Board Transport Capital Fund project Mount Albert (South) Traffic Calming as per the designs provided in Attachment A to the report.

 

Horopaki

Context

6.       The LBTCF is an Auckland Transport fund established in 2012, to allow local boards to deliver small projects in their area that would not normally be prioritised by Auckland Transport. The Albert-Eden Local Board receives approximately $1,158,070 annually.

7.       In August 2019, in Resolution Number AE/2019/156 Albert-Eden Local Board, allocated a budget and asked Auckland Transport to investigate delivering a traffic-calming project in Mount Albert.

8.       In October 2021, through Resolution number AE/2021/172 the local board requested that Auckland Transport investigate thoroughly and deliver a number of projects using the LBTCF.

9.       One of these projects is the Mount Albert (South) traffic calming project that involves construction of traffic calming between Mount Albert, New North and St Lukes roads. See map below.

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10.     This project has been discussed by the local board for a number of years and involves installation of the traffic calming devices (speed bumps and tables) within the area to reduce speed, making the area safer for residents and for students of the local schools. Maps and plans are included as Attachment A.

11.     In 2019, when the project started Auckland Transport completed, investigation and design processes including public engagement in early-2019. The results of which were workshopped with the local board during that year.

12.     During this process the plan was workshopped with the local board a number of time, most recently in late-2019.  At which time Auckland Transport’s project team presented the final designs shown in Attachment A, answered questions and Members confirmed that they supported the layout.

13.     Delivery was scheduled in 2020, however was delayed by the impact of COVID 19 and budget cuts. At that time the project had already accrued costs of $100,352 for design and engagement activities.

14.     Auckland Transport is introducing a new 30kmph speed zone around Mt Albert Grammar in roughly the same area and Auckland Transport’s advice is that this engineering work will support the new speed limit.

15.     Since October 2021 Auckland Transport has been re-checking details of the plan and is now ready to proceed to construction.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

16.     Delivering this project meets a long-term Albert-Eden Local Board plan for this area. Installing traffic calming in this area is included as a key initiative of the Albert-Eden Local Board Plan 2020, support the objective “Our transport options increase safety and minimise harm”.

17.     The key features of the project are:

a)     Threshold treatments at the entrances to the area that let motorist know that they are entering a slower, residential environment;

b)     Traffic calming throughout the area to physically slow vehicles in the area;

c)     A large raised crossing on Alberton Ave to allow Mount Albert Grammar students safer access to the school;

d)     A splitter island at the New North Road entrance to Alexis Ave.

18.     Auckland Transport’s technical advice is that project will reduce vehicle speeds in this area and will improve safety at both the entrance to Alexis Ave and for people crossing Alberton Ave.

19.     The project team are aware of Mount Albert Grammar and Auckland Council discussions about possible improvements at the site of the Mount Albert Aquatic Centre and have spoken to the relevant parties. Nothing proposed will have a technical impact on this project.

20.     In March 2022, plans for the project were circulated to all Albert-Eden Local Board members confirming what will be delivered.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

21.     Auckland Council has declared a climate emergency, Auckland Transport’s advice is that lower speed neighbourhoods are safer so encourage people to use lower emission modes of transport including walking, cycling and electric scooters. Further the safety changes in this area may encourage more people to use public transport.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

22.     Council’s Parks Sport and Recreation team are currently involved in a long-term discussion about the future of the Mount Albert Aquatic Centre. This team has been approached about the project, however their work is strategic and the projects will not be delivered together. If the Auckland Council project is delivered it will be in some years and Auckland Transport’s advice is that it will not impact on the Mount Albert Traffic Calming (South) project.

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

Local impacts and local board views

23.     During its development and planning Albert-Eden Local Board discussed this project at workshops with Auckland Transport.  The most recent workshop in late-2019 confirmed details of the design and these have not changed.

24.     More recently, the local board has expressed support for the project in all discussions with Auckland Transport and in March 2022 was sent a copy of the design planned.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

25.     The actions being consider do not have specific impacts on Māori.  Both Auckland Transport and Auckland Council are committed to meeting their responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and its broader legal obligations in being more responsible or effective to Māori. Auckland Transport’s Maori Responsiveness Plan outlines the commitment to 19 mana whenua tribes in delivering effective and well-designed transport policy and solutions for Auckland. We also recognise mataawaka and their representative bodies and our desire to foster a relationship with them. This plan is available on the Auckland Transport website - https://at.govt.nz/about-us/transport-plans-strategies/maori-responsiveness-plan/#about

26.     Any Auckland Transport project that requires consultation with iwi will include that activity within its project plan.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

27.     This report requires consideration of a significant financial commitment for construction of up to $614,684 by the Albert-Eden Local Board.

28.     Auckland Transport’s advice is that the project is ready to proceed to construction, the cost is higher than expected however at this time Auckland Transport believes that it can cover the additional cost within another work stream, Road Safety. Therefore this report recommends Albert-Eden Local Board approve the project for construction.

29.     Further, consideration needs to include the local board’s existing investment of $100,352 in the design work and engagement required for this project. If the local board chooses to cancel the project at this time that money would be lost.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

30.     Albert-Eden Local Board must consider the risk involved in this decision, the funds committed from this report broadly fall into three categories:

·       Community concerns about the changes, which can be mitigated by a pro-active engagement approach and by public support from the local board;

·       Unexpected costs.  This risk is inherent in any project and is mitigated in two ways. First, the project includes a built-in contingency. Second, if the unexpected cost is significant the local board will be made aware of it as quickly as possible and options to manage it can be discussed.  Including investing more money, scaling back the project of looking for alternative funding options;

·       Delivery timelines and disruption, are another inherent risk in any project. Bad weather, COVID lockdowns and other unpredictable circumstances can all slow down projects. The only mitigation is to make sure that the local board and community are kept well informed of changes.

31.     The risks and their mitigations are well-understood by the project team and can generally be mitigated, project delivery is unlikely to be stopped but could be delayed by these risks. This is a relatively low level of risk for the local board.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

32.     If the Albert-Eden Local Board approves proceeding to construction at this meeting then the next steps will be:

a)     The resolution provides an instruction to Auckland Transport to start construction of this project;

b)     Auckland Transport will start building as soon as possible, including informing the community;

c)     Auckland Transport will provide regular progress updates until the project is completed.

 

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

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Title

Page

a

Mt Albert Traffic Calming (South)

103

     

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Signatories

Author

Ben Stallworthy – Elected Member Relationship Partner, Auckland Transport

Authorisers

Stephen Rainbow – Central Engagement Hub Manager, Auckland Transport

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

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Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Auckland Transport - Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw 2022

File No.: CP2022/04492

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek local board input on Auckland Transport’s proposed Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw 2022.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Auckland Transport proposes to use bylaw-making powers granted to Auckland Transport under the Local Government Act 2002 and the Land Transport Act 1998 to replace five existing, legacy bylaws with a new ‘Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw’.

3.       A single bylaw encompassing all activities in the road corridor will make it easier for members of the public to find information about regulations, and for Auckland Transport to regulate activities in a consistent and appropriate way.

4.       As part of developing the proposed bylaw, a consolidation and refresh of regulations will be undertaken, and new provisions may be proposed where appropriate.

5.       Public consultation occurred in January and February 2022, and the new bylaw is expected to be operational in June 2022.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      provide feedback on the draft Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw 2022 ahead of it being submitted to the Auckland Transport Board for final approval.

Horopaki

Context

6.       There are five bylaws relating to activities in the road corridor that require an approval from Auckland Transport. These are:

·      Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw 2015;

·      Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw 2013;

·      Rodney District Council General Bylaw 1998 Chapter Six Stock on Roads;

·      Franklin District Council Stock on Roads Bylaw;

·      Legacy Bylaw Provisions on Construction in the Road Corridor and Other Public Places 2015.

7.       Auckland Transport has developed a draft bylaw to regulate activities within the road corridor that were previously covered under these bylaws, such as construction; trading, events, and filming; and livestock on roads.

8.       The new bylaw should streamline processes and ensure activities across the road corridor are done so legally and safely and will be made under the bylaw-making powers granted to Auckland Transport under the Local Government Act 2002 and the Land Transport Act 1998.

9.       The proposed bylaw is a consolidation and refresh of regulations in the above bylaws. New provisions may also be proposed where appropriate, for example to future proof for planned activities such as climate change adaptations.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

10.     Of the five bylaws listed above, three have expired (Rodney and Franklin livestock bylaws, and Public Safety and Nuisance bylaw) and one will expire at the end of March 2022 (Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw 2015). The legacy bylaw provisions on Construction in the Road Corridor and Other Public Places Bylaw - a combined legacy bylaw approved in 2015 which covers seven bylaws from pre-amalgamation councils – is due to expire in October 2022.

11.     The existing bylaws do not cover everything they need to, because:

·      they were written before some innovations, situations or issues emerged, or

·      new operational issues have now been identified which need to be addressed to enable better management of the transport system.

12.     The core components of the bylaw will be based on existing bylaw rules around activities in, on, under and above the road corridor to ensure that relevant activities are undertaken safely, without damaging Auckland Transport assets. The bylaw will also detail which approvals are required.

13.     Key proposed changes to the bylaw are outlined in Attachment A and the full draft bylaw is included as Attachment B.

14.     Where possible, Auckland Transport intends to future-proof bylaws to allow for strategic outcomes and activities, such as changes to who uses parts of the road corridor.

15.     In addition, the ability to set fees and charges or reclaim costs associated with permits, licenses, leases, inspections, investigations or enforcement will be included where appropriate.

Public consultation

16.     Auckland Transport undertook engagement with the public in January and February 2022, by distributing information to all database contacts including Business Improvement Districts and advisory boards. A letter was posted to rural livestock owners.

17.     An electronic survey was advertised using social media and media releases.

18.     Facilitated focus groups were conducted with industry leaders and representatives from the following groups:

·      construction and traffic management;

·      events and filming;

·      trading (including micro-mobility, mobile vendors and performers);

·      livestock.

19.     Written submissions were invited, and seven people spoke to a hearings panel. 

20.     A more detailed review of public engagement and the emergent themes was supplied to local boards in mid-March and is included as Attachment C.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

21.     Auckland Transport is strongly committed to providing alternatives to private vehicle travel, reducing the carbon footprint of its own operations and, to the extent feasible, that of the wider transport network by encouraging use of electric vehicles, use of non-car transport and public transport.

22.     This bylaw contributes directly to these goals, including new provisions for managing electric vehicle parking and better regulating micro-mobility (i.e. electric scooters), both of which will directly lower emissions.

23.     Further, the bylaw seeks to address some of the issues currently experienced managing traffic around filming, events and work in the road corridor. Better traffic management improves the efficiency all types of transport, reducing carbon emissions.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

24.     Officers from Auckland Transport and Auckland Council worked together to develop the draft bylaw and investigated two options to make sure that Auckland Transport and Auckland Council bylaws remain compatible, and avoid regulatory gaps:

·      option one was for both organisations to develop ‘mirror’ bylaws, which are identical, and then each entity just enforces the aspects under their respective legal remits;

·      option two was for each organisation to develop ‘zipper’ style bylaws, where each bylaw covers the aspects under control of the organisation, and the two bylaws together cover the full needs with no overlap.

25.     The ‘Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw’ has utilised the ‘zipper’ approach as:

·      the bylaw relates to approval processes for activities within the transport network (for example, construction of a vehicle crossing or running a mobile stall); and

·      Auckland Transport’s mandate for bylaws is much narrower than Auckland Council’s. ‘Zipper’ bylaws allow fewer, clearer, and more succinct bylaws that are consistent across activities; and

·      Auckland Transport can still delegate enforcement powers to Auckland Council, e.g., for permitting micro-mobility providers.

26.     Provisions relating to trading, events and filming have been aligned with the Auckland Council Public Trading, Events and Filming Bylaw 2022, which takes effect from 26 February 2022 and regulates similar activities in public places other than the road corridor.

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

Local impacts and local board views

27.     This report is to formalise local board feedback on the draft bylaw.

28.     Local board members were invited to attend an online briefing for local boards on 18 February 2022. In addition, local board workshops with subject matter experts were organised for boards that requested one.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

29.     Both Auckland Transport and Auckland Council are committed to meeting their responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and its broader legal obligations in being more responsible or effective to Māori. Auckland Transport’s Māori Responsiveness Plan outlines the commitment to 19 mana whenua tribes in delivering effective and well-designed transport policy and solutions for Auckland. Auckland Transport also recognise mataawaka and their representative bodies and our desire to foster a relationship with them. This plan is available on the Auckland Transport website - https://at.govt.nz/about-us/transport-plans-strategies/maori-responsiveness-plan/#about

30.     The actions being considered are likely to have few specific impacts on Māori, because the bylaw consolidates a number of existing bylaws into one new bylaw.  Further, the bylaw changes do not impact on land or water rather on behaviours so do not impact on Māori kaitiakitanga of these resources.

31.     At the time this report was written, specific Māori engagement is being undertaken. Representatives of mana whenua tribes have been contacted and hui are currently underway. This feedback is not currently available but will be included in the information provided to the Auckland Transport Board.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

32.     There are no financial implications for local boards providing feedback on the proposed bylaw.

33.     For Auckland Transport, this bylaw will have limited financial impact. The bylaw consolidates existing bylaws into one bylaw and does not create significant new revenue streams, nor public expenditure.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

34.     Three of the bylaws have expired and a fourth is due to expire in 2022. Without a replacement bylaw, Auckland Transport does not have the legal right to give approval for activities in the road corridor or enforce certain behaviours on the road network. For example, Auckland Council’s current regulation of public hire micro-mobility devices is regulated through the Auckland Transport Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw 2015, which expires at the end of March 2022.

35.     Although Auckland Transport will not be able to have this new bylaw in place before the end of March the aim is to mitigate risk by getting approval as quickly as possible.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

36.     Based on feedback received from local boards, iwi and through the public consultation, Auckland Transport staff will make recommendations to the Auckland Transport Board on any proposed changes to the draft bylaw.

37.     The Auckland Transport Board will decide in May 2022 whether to go ahead with the changes to the draft bylaw as proposed.

38.     The Activities in the Road Corridor bylaw is expected to become operative in June 2022.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Quick guide – Activities in the road corridor bylaw 2022

115

b

Draft bylaw – Activities in the road corridor

121

c

Consultation report – Activities in the road corridor

143

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Kat Ashmead - Senior Advisor Operations and Policy

Andrew McGill – Head of Integrated Network Planning, Auckland Transport

Authorisers

Louise Mason - GM Local Board Services

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

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Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Transport Emissions Reduction Plan

File No.: CP2022/04491

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide a progress update on the development of the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan and seek formal feedback.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are developing a Transport Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) to deliver a 64 per cent reduction in transport emissions by 2030 and achieve wider wellbeing outcomes. Improving equitable access to sustainable transport modes is a key principle of the TERP.

3.       The TERP gives effect to the commitments in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan to halve regional emissions by 2030 and transition to net zero emissions by 2050.

4.       The TERP is being developed in the wider context of increasing government action on climate change. This includes the development of the government’s Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which is expected to introduce policy changes and additional funding to better enable the delivery of sustainable transport modes.

5.       A recommended TERP pathway will be presented to the Environment and Climate Change Committee for approval in July 2022. Implementation of the pathway will require significant additional funding, policy changes and the reshaping of the urban environment by the Auckland Council group and Government.

6.       A bespoke TERP emissions model has been developed to identify the scale of the challenge. Preliminary modelling indicates that change is possible, but the level of transformation required is immense. Three key observations arise from the modelling work so far:

·    although central government has outlined several actions in its ERP, these do not go far enough, nor do they act fast enough to achieve a 64 per cent reduction in emissions. TERP must fill a large gap between the baseline and the target;

·    all levers across transport and a range of other sectors will need to be pulled as hard as they can be within the timeframe available;

·    among the levers, mode shift is by far the most powerful to meet the 2030 target. However, significant mode shift to all sustainable modes is required, especially active modes. A compact urban form and accelerated decarbonisation of the public and private vehicle fleet are also crucial.

7.       Achieving a low carbon transport system will bring many other benefits for all Aucklanders, including cleaner air, safer streets, reduced transport costs and easier ways of getting around the city. The TERP will set out a pathway to deliver this vision.

8.       Previous local board feedback shows overwhelming support for more investment in sustainable transport. There is also broad support for policies that suppress private vehicle travel, such as congestion pricing, subject to the adequate provision of sustainable options.

9.       Local boards have a critical role to play in advocating for specific improvements that support their communities transitioning to low carbon travel e.g. addressing safety hotspots, accelerating the delivery of walking, cycling and micromobility networks, and improving the coverage, frequency, and hours of operation for public transport.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive the progress update provided on the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan

b)      note the scale of the challenge to meet Auckland’s transport emissions reduction target and that mode shift is the most powerful lever for reducing transport emissions

c)      provide feedback on:

i)        ways to dramatically reduce transport emissions in its local board area, or more broadly, while achieving broader wellbeing outcomes;

ii)       ways to increase uptake of walking, cycling and public transport for communities in its local board area;

iii)      barriers that might prevent the implementation of a sustainable, healthy, accessible, and equitable transport system for Auckland, and potential solutions;

iv)      ways to build public support for the initiatives that will be introduced as part of the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan.

 

Horopaki

Context

10.     Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are developing a Transport Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) to deliver a 64 per cent reduction in transport emissions by 2030. As transport is Auckland’s largest source of emissions, modelling has shown that this steep reduction in transport emissions is necessary to fulfil Auckland’s commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and transition to net zero emissions by 2050.[1]

11.     The TERP also seeks to achieve wider wellbeing outcomes for mana whenua, mataawaka and Auckland’s diverse communities.

Past decisions and information provided

12.     The TERP’s approach and governance framework were endorsed by the Environment and Climate Change Committee in August 2021 (ECC/2021/32). In December 2021, the Committee noted the urgency of Auckland’s decarbonisation challenge and unanimously endorsed Auckland Council and Auckland Transport taking quick and decisive action to reduce the region’s transport emissions through several ‘early actions’ that can be advanced prior to the approval of the TERP (ECC/2021/45).

13.     A memo on the TERP was provided to local board members in October 2021 (Attachment A), followed by two local board briefings which were held online in November and December 2021.

Broader policy context

14.     The TERP is being developed in the wider context of increasing government action on climate change. Central government is due to finalise its Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) in May 2022. Its ERP discussion document in November 2021 set out targets in key areas, including a 20 per cent reduction in vehicle kilometres travelled.

15.     Central government’s ERP discussion document also includes many highly ambitious policy interventions that will be required to achieve those targets, which are well-aligned with Auckland’s TERP.

16.     In its present state, however, the ERP leaves too many of its actions until after 2030. Therefore, the TERP cannot rely on government’s ERP alone to meet Auckland’s targets. The TERP needs to pull hard on all the levers available and advocate for government to bring forward the actions and investment it outlines in its ERP.

17.     The National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS – UD) is another key instrument due to take effect that, over time, has the potential to enable significant emissions reductions through more compact urban forms. Auckland Council’s response to the NPS will be crucial.

18.     The systemic changes that will be delivered through the ERP, resource management reforms, and the NPS - UD will create an environment that is much more conducive to reducing transport emissions than is currently the case – the near future context will be very different from what it is today.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Understanding the scale of the challenge

19.     As reported to the Environment and Climate Change Committee in December 2021, preliminary modelling shows that a large gap remains between the baseline and Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri’s modelled 64 per cent pathway, even accounting for initiatives within the government’s ERP. Modelling shows that there is likely only one pathway available for the TERP: it needs every lever available, and it needs to pull each of them as hard as it can. 

20.     The figure below illustrates the gap between the projected baseline (shown in red) and the target (shown in green).

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21.     Modelling shows that significant reduction in vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT) is the only plausible strategy to achieve a 64 per cent reduction in transport emissions by 2030. Reducing VKT will require rapid and transformational improvements to public transport, walking and cycling options for all Aucklanders. Land use changes that enhance accessibility by bringing destinations closer will also be required, to make walking, cycling and public transport systematically the most competitive modes for daily trips.

22.     Staff are also engaging with the freight, rail, shipping, and aviation sectors to understand the opportunity for emissions reduction within these sectors, opportunities for cross-sector collaboration, and potential barriers that need to be resolved.

Taking a systems approach

23.     Cities around the world are increasingly taking a systems approach to transforming energy-intensive transport systems into sustainable, healthy, and accessible ones. This approach recognises that “climate action could be more efficient and effective if focused on systems as a whole, so that – by design – systems require less energy and materials, and produce less emissions, while achieving wider wellbeing outcomes, such as improving our health and safety, and subsequently better lives” (OECD 2022[2]).

24.     Taking a systems approach to tackling Auckland’s carbon-intensive transport system means firstly addressing its car-oriented status quo and the cycle of induced demand, urban sprawl, and the long-standing erosion of active and shared transport modes that further perpetuate car dependency.

25.     Induced demand, urban sprawl and erosion of shared and active transport modes are the source of high emissions and a number of negative impacts on people’s wellbeing, such as air and noise pollution, congestion, road injuries and fatalities, reduced travel options and unequal access to opportunities.

26.     Without addressing the challenges of the transport system as a whole, there is a tendency for incremental improvements to dominate, focusing on technological and pricing solutions without changing the underlying system.

Developing a package of interventions

27.     The TERP takes a systems approach in developing a high-level programme of interventions, which work synergistically to create a transport system that is sustainable-by-design and achieves broader wellbeing goals.

28.     These interventions draw from best practice around the globe and fall under broader themes, examples of which are likely to include:

·      accessible neighbourhoods in an accessible region

·      using online options where appropriate e.g., working from home

·      replacing private vehicles trips with active, public, and shared modes

·      transitioning to zero emissions vehicles

·      better options for moving goods.

29.     Auckland Transport’s increased emphasis on addressing climate change and road harm means that there is a range of programmes underway that can be scaled up and funded as part of the implementation of the TERP pathway.

30.     The scale of transformation required to drastically cut transport emissions will not be possible without fixing the existing inequities of the transport system. Improving equitable access to sustainable transport modes is therefore a key principle of the TERP. In most instances the types of interventions needed to bring about significant emissions reductions will also help improve transport equity. However, a small number of specific interventions (road pricing, for example) have the potential to make the transport system more unaffordable for some communities and additional mitigations will be required as part of the TERP programme.

Assessing the broader impacts of TERP

31.     An impact assessment will be undertaken to assess the social, environmental, financial, and cultural impacts of the TERP. This assessment could:

·      help inform decision-makers of the impacts on society as a whole;

·      support future decision-making about intervention design (e.g. to mitigate inequitable impacts, where to concentrate certain efforts);

·      provide a sense of the type and scale of co-benefits (in addition to emissions reduction) and costs;

·      show the changes to costs and benefits over time (i.e., 2030 and beyond).

Identifying barriers and potential solutions

32.     Work is underway to identify the legislative, regulatory, financial, and cultural impediments to achieving emissions reductions of the scale required by the TERP. The purpose in identifying these systemic barriers is not to set a cap on the ambition of the TERP but rather to document the reforms required at both central and local government level as part of the implementation of the TERP. Some of these barriers are features of the way in which institutions or funding mechanisms have been designed, others are more cultural in nature.

33.     Many of the impediments are already well known and in many cases work is underway outside of the TERP process to address them. The barriers workstream of the TERP will bring this together and point to areas where further work is required over and above what is already underway across different agencies.

34.     The output from this workstream will include:

·      an assessment of the criticality of resolving specific barriers for the ability to achieve rapid and significant emissions reductions;

·      an assessment of the relative ease of resolving each barrier;

·      the role of Auckland Council and Auckland Transport in resolving each barrier – resolution of many of the barriers will fall within the remit of central government and local government’s role may be one of advocacy;

·      a high-level forward work programme, based on the above, to address the identified barriers.

35.     Continued collaboration between Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Waka Kotahi, and the Ministry of Transport on many of these issues will be crucial to the resolution of many of the barriers identified by this workstream.

Engagement

36.     Staff have engaged with mana whenua, local boards, and a range of stakeholder groups in the development of the TERP. These groups include:

·      Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum and iwi chairs;

·      local boards;

·      Auckland Council’s demographic advisory panels;

·      transport advocates, ranging from Bike Auckland to the Automobile Association;

·      business interests such as the Sustainable Business Council and Employers Manufacturers Association;

·      academics and experts in public health, Māori health, community psychology, injury prevention, disability access, sustainability transitions, climate finance;

·      frontline community groups such as South Seas Healthcare.

37.     Feedback has generally been positive. There is widespread recognition on the need for systems change to achieve Auckland’s climate goals and address the problems caused by decades of transport and land use policies that have prioritised private vehicle travel over other sustainable modes.

38.     Deep and sustained engagement with iwi Māori and Auckland’s diverse communities is necessary to reimagine a low carbon transport future for Auckland. Staff are exploring how the implementation of the TERP could be supported over a longer period through the use of deliberative democracy, living labs and wānanga to better enable citizen participation and identify community aspirations as well as barriers in transitioning to a sustainable, healthy, and accessible transport system.

Supporting the implementation of the TERP

Building public support

39.     The TERP requires a thoughtful public communications approach to proactively socialise the scale of change required to achieve the region’s climate goals.

40.     Auckland Transport and Auckland Council communications staff, with guidance from the Transport Emissions Reference Group, are developing an agreed set of principles to guide on-going and future communication campaigns and behavioural change programmes, as well as assess funding requirements for any dedicated additional campaigns/programmes to support the TERP.

Applying behavioural science to transport emissions reduction

41.     Achieving a two thirds reduction in transport emissions by 2030 requires a range of responses, including the purposeful application of behavioural science. Information sharing or communication campaigns alone will not be sufficient.

42.     Rather than assuming people’s preferences are fixed, social scientists point to “malleable preferences” and the opportunity to redesign infrastructure and services to bring about significant behavioural change and improved wellbeing.[3] A memo by Dr Jesse Allpress from Auckland’s RIMU provides an overview of the behavioural science behind reducing transport emissions (Attachment B).

Measuring Aucklanders’ access to opportunities via sustainable modes

43.     Reducing VKT without impacting negatively on people’s wellbeing requires a focus on accessibility (people’s ability to reach desired services and activities) instead of mobility (people’s ability to travel faster and further).

44.     Staff are developing a regionwide assessment framework to measure access to social and economic opportunities via walking, cycling and public transport. This framework will:

·      measure access across the urban area to destinations (‘opportunities’) that enable the people of Tāmaki Makaurau to fulfil their daily needs consistently and reliably;

·      identify current barriers to access to opportunities for the people of Tāmaki Makaurau;

·      assess distribution of access across Tāmaki Makaurau and across demographic groups and understand how different factors (e.g. age, level of ability) could limit a person’s potential use of the transport network;

·      inform investment and planning for transport infrastructure and services, land-use planning, and the location of new facilities. This will involve integrating the framework into policy and investment decision-making processes over time.

Assessing willingness and ability to change travel behaviour

45.     An initial project will investigate Aucklanders’ most frequent car trips with a focus on the real and perceived viability of non-driving alternatives. The research will survey over 4000 car drivers in Auckland on their ability and willingness to travel in alternative ways. These perceptions will be compared to ‘objective’ travel data from Google Maps.

46.     The research will identify:

·      where negative perception matches actual experience (to target service improvement);

·      where negative perception does not match actual experience (to target other behavioural interventions);

·      the suburbs and population groups where access to alternative modes of travel is poorest, so these inequities can be addressed via the TERP.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

47.     Auckland has less than 100 months to transform its current transport and land use system to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target. Meeting this target will require a fundamental shift from traditional transport planning and investment processes. Incremental change, reliance on existing practices and focusing on standalone policy instruments will simply not be enough.

48.     A transport emissions reduction plan needs an integrated mix of policies. Supply-side interventions that make public transport, walking and cycling more attractive will only lead to emissions reduction if they replace trips that were previously made in private cars. A stronger focus on demand-side approaches is also required, e.g., congestion pricing and changes to the supply and cost of parking.

49.     While technological innovation and fleet improvements will play an important role in the transition to low carbon transport, particularly beyond 2030, these policies need to be combined with interventions that reduce the demand for travel in private vehicles and increase the use of sustainable transport modes.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

50.     Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are jointly developing the TERP. This is reflected in the composition of the working groups and in all levels of the governance framework.

51.     The Auckland Transport Board is represented in the Transport Emissions Reference Group, which provides staff with oversight and direction on the TERP.

52.     The TERP’s recommended pathway will be recommended to both the Environment and Climate Change committee and the Auckland Transport Board for their endorsement in mid-2022.

53.     Implementation of the TERP will require concerted action from multiple agencies. Auckland Transport will be particularly critical to the success of implementation given its key role in relation to many aspects of Auckland’s transport network.

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

Local impacts and local board views

54.     The TERP is a strategic regional plan and will not include area-specific projects. However, implementation of a transport decarbonisation pathway will have significant impacts at the local level.

55.     Local board feedback on the Climate Change Commission’s draft advice, the government’s Emissions Reduction Plan discussion document and Auckland Transport’s Regional Land Transport Plan shows overwhelming support for more investment in sustainable transport. There is also broad support for policies that suppress private vehicle travel, such as congestion pricing, subject to a range of caveats, such as the adequate provision of sustainable options.

56.     Local boards have a critical role to play in advocating for specific improvements that support their communities to transition to low carbon travel, e.g. addressing safety hotspots, accelerating the delivery of walking, cycling and micromobility networks, and improving the coverage, frequency, and hours of operation for public transport.

57.     Staff are seeking feedback from the local boards on the following topics:

·     ways to dramatically reduce transport emissions in the local board area, or more broadly, while achieving broader wellbeing outcomes;

·     ways to increase uptake of walking, cycling and public transport for communities in the local board area;

·     barriers that might prevent the implementation of a sustainable, healthy, accessible, and equitable transport system for Auckland, and potential solutions;

·     ways to build public support for the initiatives that will be introduced as part of the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan.

58.     Successful implementation of the TERP at a local level will require Council Controlled organisations (CCOs) to urgently review how they currently design, consult on, fund, and implement minor capital works, as recommended in the Independent Panel’s review of Auckland Council’s CCOs.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

59.     Addressing climate change for the benefit of current and future generations aligns strongly with Māori values of environmental and inter-generational wellbeing.

60.     Some of the low carbon transport interventions that Mana Whenua and Mataawaka have advocated for in previous submissions include more reliable and affordable public transport as well as safe walking and cycling facilities.

61.     Partnership with iwi, hapū and Māori organisations in delivering climate action is a common theme in submissions received. Equity is also a strong focus for many submitters, highlighting the need for a transport system that increases access, choice, and affordability, particularly for lower income groups and those living outside of the urban core.

62.     Reducing transport emissions to mitigate against the worst impacts of climate change has significant positive implications for Māori. These include cleaner air, fewer traffic-related deaths and serious injuries, lower transport costs, and more equitable access to opportunities for whānau. However, without additional support, some low carbon transport policies could adversely impact on disadvantaged communities.

63.     The Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum and Independent Māori Statutory Board are represented on the Transport Emissions Reference Group, which provides staff with oversight and direction on the TERP.

64.     Staff have presented to the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum twice on the TERP and have also written directly to iwi chairs to seek early feedback.

65.     A series of hui will be held between March 2022 and April 2022 to seek input from Mana Whenua and Mataawaka on the TERP, including solutions that will support Māori communities in Tāmaki Makaurau to transition to low carbon travel. The council expects to continue working with Mana Whenua and Mataawaka to co-design solutions as part of the implementation of the TERP.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

66.     Development of the TERP is being funded from within existing Auckland Council and Auckland Transport budgets.

67.     Delivery of the recommended pathway will require significant investment from both Auckland Council and central government over a period of many years. As part of the assessment of the wider impacts of the TERP, high level costings of the recommended pathway will be worked up. Detailed costings of specific interventions are beyond the scope of this plan, but this work will be undertaken over time as specific projects move closer to implementation.

68.     Some of the early interventions identified in this report may require additional funding to that which is signalled in the Long-term Plan (LTP) and Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). Funding implications will be investigated and reported back to the committee as part of the pre-implementation decision making process.

69.     In the ERP discussion document, the government indicated its intention to substantially increase funding for public transport and active modes. Auckland would expect to benefit from a good proportion of any additional government funding given its greater potential for mode shift than other parts of New Zealand. Any confirmation of additional government funding would likely come through the final ERP and the government’s budget, both due in May 2022.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

70.     The table below provides the key risks associated with the TERP. The paper presented to the Environment and Climate Change Committee on 2 December 2021 includes the full risk register. 

Risks

Mitigation update

There may not be sufficient evidence to credibly support the assumptions that will go into the model, especially if there is a delay to the technical work required, and some interventions will be difficult to model.

A consultancy has been engaged to provide advice on international best practice in terms of assessing the likely emissions reduction potential of interventions.  This is being augmented by work undertaken internally to document the experiences of many international and domestic cities that have implemented the types of interventions that will be included in the recommended pathway. 

Current central and local government funding, planning and regulatory frameworks are not reformed quickly enough to enable the transformation required to meet the transport emissions reduction goals in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri. 

Work on identifying barriers to implementation and potential ways of unlocking them is an important aspect of the TERP.  Responsibility for addressing many of them lies with other agencies and continued collaboration will be essential as the work proceeds.  Government’s ERP discussion document proposes solutions for several key regulatory, fiscal, and legislative barriers.

Disruption from the scale of change required could disproportionately impact disadvantaged communities.

Equity has been one key focus area for the work to date.  Many of the interventions proposed will help address current transport inequities, e.g., vastly improved public and active transport will help address lower levels of access and travel choice for certain parts of Auckland.  Other interventions such as road pricing will require specific mitigation measures.

The equity impacts of the recommended pathway will be assessed and presented to the committee.

Strong support for climate action does not always translate into support for specific action at the local level.

A public communications campaign is needed to identify the wider benefits of decarbonisation, the risks of inaction and the ways to ensure a Just Transition. Early work on this has started with the Reference Group.

The implementation of specific actions within the chosen pathway will be subject to public consultation processes.

Auckland Council is not seen to model good emissions reducing behaviours within its own corporate activities

Auckland Council will be asking Aucklanders to make considerable adjustments to the way they travel around the city. It is important for the perceived credibility of the plan that council’s own practices are seen to role model best practice in reducing transport emissions. While the transition to a lower emissions fleet is a start, work should be undertaken immediately to consider what else could be done, particularly around site specific travel plans, encouragement for staff to use public transport, parking privileges.

 

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

71.     A recommended pathway will be presented to the Environment and Climate Change Committee for approval in July 2022. Feedback from local boards will be summarised and included in the committee report.

72.     Implementation of the TERP will follow the committee’s decision in 2022. Local boards will have an opportunity to provide input on the interventions in the endorsed pathway as they are planned and implemented in the future. 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Local board memo October 2021 - TERP

161

b

The behavioural science behind reducing Auckland’s transport emissions

165

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Szening Ooi - Principal Transport Advisor

Authorisers

Jacques Victor - GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

Louise Mason - GM Local Board Services

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


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Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Submission on central government’s proposals to transform recycling in Aotearoa

File No.: CP2022/04082

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To outline the opportunity and process for local board members to give feedback on the Ministry for the Environment’s consultation document: Te kapanoni i te hangarua: Transforming recycling.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       On 13 March 2022, the Ministry for the Environment released its consultation document on proposals to transform recycling in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

3.       The consultation document seeks feedback on the following three proposals:

i)    a container return scheme that encourages people to return their empty beverage containers for recycling

ii)   improvements to household kerbside recycling, including nationwide standardised material collections and urban food scraps collection

iii)   separation of food scraps from general waste for all businesses.

4.       Approval of the submission is proposed to be delegated by the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee at its 7 April 2022 meeting to two councillors and an Independent Māori Statutory Board representative.

5.       Waste Solutions staff will lead the development of Auckland Council’s submission which is due to the Ministry for the Environment by 8 May 2022.

6.       Auckland 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.       Feedback provided by local boards through the development of the Waste Plan 2018 and other related recent submissions on government policy will inform the overall direction of the submission.

8.       Local boards can provide formal feedback by 5.00pm on 21 April 2022 to inform the council’s submission or by 5.00pm on 4 May 2022 to be appended to the council’s submission.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      provide feedback on the Ministry for the Environment’s consultation document: Te kapanoni i te hangarua: Transforming recycling discussion document to inform the council’s draft submission.

 

Horopaki

Context

9.       On 13 March 2022, the Ministry for the Environment released its consultation document, Te kawe i te haepapa para: Te kapanoni i te hangarua: Transforming recycling.

10.     The document covers three proposals:

i)    a container return scheme that encourages people to return their empty beverage containers for recycling

ii)   improvements to household kerbside recycling, including nationwide standardised material collections and urban food scraps collection

iii)   separation of food scraps from general waste for all businesses.

11.     These are part of the wider Ministry for the Environment work programme including:

·     a new waste strategy and associated legislation

·     implementation of the 2021 National Plastics Action Plan

·     the increase and expansion of the waste levy

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

12.     The reasons for the changes include the need to:

·     substantially increase our recycling rates noting that Aotearoa/New Zealand only recycles and composts about one-third of materials we place on the kerbside, with the rest going to landfills (many countries recycle two-thirds)

·     reduce carbon emissions noting that the waste sector contributed around four per cent of our total greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, and around nine per cent of biogenic methane emissions.

13.     Recent Auckland Council submissions to the Ministry for the Environment on waste related topics have supported development of a new waste strategy and legislation, developed in partnership with Māori, to move to a circular economy.

14.     The council has been a long-time advocate for a national container return scheme, and co-led work with Marlborough District Council in 2020 to co-design a scheme with a wide range of sector stakeholders. The council has also supported work to standardise kerbside collections and highlighted the importance of reducing carbon emissions from organic waste in our recent submissions.

Timeframe

15.     Submissions close on 8 May 2022. A delegated authority to approve the council’s submission is being sought in advance because the submission will be due before the next the Environment and Climate Change Committee meeting.

16.     The Ministry for the Environment has provided indicative timeframes for the proposals:

·     2025 for implementation of the Container Return Scheme

·     2024-2030 for various requirements related to kerbside collections

·     2025-2030 for businesses in metropolitan areas to separate their food waste depending on availability of processing facilities.

17.     These timeframes are subject to decisions on each proposal, together with other decisions pending and initiatives already underway. For example, decisions on whether to enact regulation under current legislation or wait until new legislation is in force.

 

 

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Proposal 1: a container return scheme

18.     A container return scheme (CRS) is proposed to incentivise people to return their empty beverage containers for recycling and/or refilling in exchange for a 20 cent per container refundable deposit.

19.     A CRS could increase beverage container recovery to 85 per cent or higher, increasing the number of containers recycled annually by over one billion.

20.     The scheme should reduce the large amount of recyclable material lost to landfill, reduce litter and emissions, and support a circular economy in recycling and reuse options.

21.     A snapshot of the proposal is included in Attachment A.

Proposal 2: improvements to household kerbside recycling

22.     The proposal includes two core proposals to improve household kerbside recycling:

i)    collecting a standard set of materials across the country to reduce confusion and improve the quality and quantity of collected recycling

ii)   all urban populations to have a kerbside food scraps collection to reduce climate emissions and recycle nutrients back to the soil.

23.     It also includes four supporting areas of improvement:

i)    requirement for both council and private-sector reporting on household kerbside collections

ii)   setting targets/performance standards for councils; being a minimum baseline performance and a high achieving target for kerbside diversion

iii)   separate collection of glass and paper/cardboard; and

iv)  require all councils to provide a kerbside recycling collection to urban households.

24.     A snapshot of the proposal is included in Attachment B.

Proposal 3: separation of food scraps for all businesses

25.     This proposal is to require all businesses to collect food waste separately from other waste materials in order to reduce climate emissions and recycle nutrients back into our soil. Food waste diverted from landfills can be used to feed animals, improve soil quality and generate energy.

26.     Feedback is sought on the different ways a requirement to separate food waste could be introduced and how it would affect businesses. A snapshot of the proposal is included in Attachment C.

Auckland Council’s position on the proposal

27.     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.

28.     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.

29.     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.

30.     Staff will also advise the Waste Advisory Political Advisory Group of the consultation and offer an opportunity to input. Input will also be sought from mana whenua through the Infrastructure and Environmental Services Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum.

31.     Staff are also contacting the Independent Māori Statutory Board and Tāmaki Makaurau Kaitiaki Forum to alert them to this proposal and the opportunity to provide input.

Timeframe for consultation on Transforming Recycling 

Milestone

Date

Discussion document released

14 March 2022

Deadline for incorporated feedback

21 April 2022

Deadline for appended feedback

4 May 2022

Consultation period closes

8 May 2022

Decision-making on proposals

Later this year

Further material

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

a)   Te Mahere Whakahaere me te Whakaiti Tukunga Para i Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018  

b)   Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

33.     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).

34.     The Transforming Recycling proposal includes measures to divert organic waste going to landfill, in alignment with the proposed Emissions Reduction Plan. The outcomes from this consultation, including potential diversion of food scraps by businesses, will 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 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

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.     The proposals would impact on a range of council services such as kerbside collections and litter services, our work in supporting community initiatives including the resource recovery network, and programmes to raise public awareness and education amongst others. The proposals would have wider impacts on environmental outcomes and economic costs and opportunities including local opportunities to support a circular economy.

37.     Local board views will be sought on the draft submission and either incorporated within the report or appended to the submission, depending on when they are able to provide their views. 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

38.     Staff have contacted the Independent Māori Statutory Board, 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.

39.       The consultation document outlines opportunities for iwi involvement in the management of recycling schemes as well as job or entrepreneurial opportunities in the provision of the container return scheme. We will work with iwi to advocate for these types of opportunities in our submission. This aligns with the IMSB’s 2021 Schedule of Issues of Significance for Māori for council to identify Māori social procurement opportunities including in recycling and waste management.

40.     Feedback expressed on previous related discussions and submissions, including consultation undertaken in 2021 on the submission to the Ministry for the Environment on a new waste strategy and legislation, will be incorporated into the development of this submission.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

41.     The submission can be developed as part of business-as-usual central government advocacy activity.

42.     Potential financial implications of the proposals for the council will be considered as part of the council’s submission.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

43.     There is minimal risk in making a submission on the Ministry’s consultation document.

44.     Potential risks to the council arising from implementation of proposals will be considered as part of the council’s submission. 

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

45.     Local board resolutions on the Transforming Recycling submission/draft will be included in the Auckland Council submission on this matter.

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

·     5.00pm on 21 April 2022: deadline for feedback to be considered in the council’s submission. Formal feedback to inform the council’s submission needs to be returned to Jacob van der Poel (Jacob.vanderpoel@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz)

·     5.00pm on 4 May 2022: final date for any formal local board feedback to be appended to the submission. Formal feedback to inform the council’s submission needs to be returned to Jacob van der Poel

·     as there is no Environment and Climate Change Committee meeting scheduled before the due date for submissions a committee report is being prepared to seek approval from the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee meeting on 7 April 2022. This will seek delegated authority for two councillors and a member of the Independent Māori Statutory Board for the approval of the council’s submission

·     the final submission is due to the Ministry for the Environment by 8 May 2022. A copy of the final submission will be provided to all elected members, local board members, and the Independent Māori Statutory Board once submitted.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Container Return Scheme: Snapshot of the consultation Wellington: Ministry for the Environment

177

b

Te whakapiki i te hangarua paeara ā-kāinga Improvements to household kerbside recycling: A Snapshot Wellington: Ministry for the Environment

185

c

Te whakawehe i ngā para kai ā-pakihi Separation of business food waste

191

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Jacob van der Poel - Advisor Operations and Policy

Authorisers

Carol Hayward - Team Leader Operations and Policy

Louise Mason - GM Local Board Services

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


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Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Local board feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Parks Management Plan

File No.: CP2022/04544

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To enable local boards to provide formal written feedback to the draft Regional Parks Management Plan (draft plan) hearings panel.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Parks, Arts, Community and Events (PACE) Committee approved the draft plan for public consultation on 2 December 2021. Through the 12-week public consultation period from 10 December 2021 to 4 March 2022, 4684 submissions were received from individuals, organisations and mana whenua. A summary of the submissions received is in Attachment A and submitters identified by local board area are in Attachment D. Local boards can use Attachment D to find local board specific submissions on the review’s hearings page[4].

3.       The draft plan provides a policy framework to manage the use, protection and development of 28 regional parks. Mutukaroa / Hamlins Hill Regional Park, a portion of the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park called the Hūnua Falls Special Management Zone and the Botanic Gardens have been excluded from the draft plan.

4.       The draft plan presents the vision, values, management framework, general policies, and specific information and management intentions for each park. It provides a management response to key areas of focus, including:

·       increased involvement of mana whenua in accordance with te Tiriti partnership principle;

·       adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change on regional parks;

·       focus on biodiversity protection;

·       adding value to visitor experiences;

·       acknowledging that collaboration with others is increasingly important to achieve the aspirations of this draft plan.

5.       In preparing the draft plan, staff considered the suggestions and input from mana whenua, local boards, community and organisations as required under the Reserves Act 1977 and Local Government Act 2002 and reviewed legislative requirements and current council policy.

6.       Of the 4684 written submissions received within the submission period , more than 3830 submissions were generated from a campaign website (www.handsoff.nz) through which 3646 people sent an identical submission. Commentators on mainstream and social media claimed the draft plan hid an intention to transfer control of regional parks without proper consultation to either the Hauraki Gulf Forum or to iwi authorities. This raised concern for many people and prompted them to submit via the campaign website.

7.       The proposal in the draft plan to investigate joining relevant parks to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park does not lead to transfer of control to the Hauraki Gulf Forum, even under the legislative changes being proposed by the Forum. No transfer of control away from the council is proposed in the draft plan.

8.       Some other groupings of identical submission points were submitted by motor campervan users, the Waitākere community and the Pakiri community.

9.       Across all submissions a large variety of comments were received, between them commenting on all chapters of the draft plan, with varying levels of support and criticism.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendations

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive the public feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Parks Management Plan.

b)      provide formal feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Park Management Plan to the hearings panel.

c)      appoint a local board member to speak to the hearings panel on the board’s feedback noted in resolution b) on 9 May 2022.

 

Horopaki

Context

10.     The PACE committee has decision-making responsibility over the regional parks as identified in Schedule 1 to the Allocation of Decision-Making Responsibility Table in the Long-term Plan.

11.     Under the Reserves Act 1977 and Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008, the 2010 Regional Parks Management Plan was due for review.

12.     In August 2020 the PACE committee notified an intention to prepare a new plan (PAC/2020/36). The council sought suggestions from the community (in September and October 2020) as required under the Reserves Act. A summary of the suggestions was provided to elected members including local board members in December 2020.

13.     Following the agreed principles for local board involvement in regional policies, all local boards were invited to input their suggestions for the review (January-March 2021). Local boards are invited now to review submissions on the draft plan and provide feedback to the hearings panel. Interested local boards held workshops earlier in April 2022 prior to this business meeting.

14.     Engagement with 16 mana whenua and the Tāmaki Makaurau Mana Whenua Forum occurred throughout the preparation of the draft plan, to meet Reserves Act requirements to give effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to align to the council’s commitments to improving Māori outcomes.

15.     The draft plan is intended to serve as the reserve management plan for the regional parkland that is held under the Reserves Act 1977 (noting the exclusions outlined in paragraph 22).

16.     Under s 41(3) of the Reserves Act, the plan must adequately incorporate and ensure the use and management of the reserve is aligned to the purposes for which it is classified and ensure compliance with the principles set out under the relevant classification in the Act.

17.     It also fulfils the requirement for a management plan for the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park under s19 of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008. The council must give effect to the Act and its objectives when preparing the plan for the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.

18.     Regional parkland that is not held under the Reserves Act is held under the Local Government Act 2002, for which this is a discretionary plan.

19.     The Regulatory Committee appointed hearings panel members at its meeting on 14 December 2021. The hearings panel members are: Councillor Linda Cooper (chair), Councillor Christine Fletcher, Independent Māori Statutory Board Member Glenn Wilcox, independent David Hill, independent James Whetu.

20.     Once finalised the draft plan will replace the 2010 plan. The timeline and process from here is provided later in this report. The intention is to finalise the plan for adoption in this political term.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

The draft Regional Parks Management Plan

The draft plan covers 28 regional parks with some exclusions

21.     The draft plan provides a policy framework to manage the use, protection and development of 28 regional parks. The PACE Committee resolved to exclude the Auckland Botanic Gardens (Resolution number PAC/2020/36) and the Mutukaroa / Hamlins Hill Regional Park and Hūnua Falls area of the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park (Resolution number PAC/2021/69) from this omnibus plan for these reasons.

·       the Botanic Gardens is a different type of regional park and will have its own management plan;

·       a management trust established to govern the Crown-owned portion of Mutukaroa / Hamlins Hill is not currently active, and is subject to Treaty settlements, so it was not possible to develop a plan chapter at this point;

·       a significant part of the Hūnua Falls area is subject to completed and pending Treaty settlements which transfer land from the Crown to iwi but retain the council as the administering body. The council must jointly prepare part of this land with its iwi owner, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki. A larger part of Crown-owned land in the same vicinity is subject to similar Treaty settlement legislation with four future iwi owners (Ngāi Tai, Ngāti Paoa, Ngaati Whanaunga and Ngāi Koheriki) once all four settlements are completed. These areas and the arrival area to the falls have been excluded from the draft plan.

Consideration of suggestions

22.     Local boards provided 245 suggestion points, which were considered in drafting the plan (see Attachments B and C).

23.     From the first round of public consultation during September and October 2020, 789 submitters including 53 organisations and a petition from 3681 petitioners provided suggestions and comments to be considered in the council’s review.

24.     Full consideration was given to the thousands of individual suggestion points in preparing the draft plan. Particular interest came from submissions relating to track closures in the Waitākere Ranges, dogs, conflicts between vehicle users and others on Muriwai beach, requests for more recreational activities, and a petition seeking the end to the killing of farmed animals for animal rights reasons.

Outline

25.     The draft plan structure is as follows.

·       book one: context, vision, values, a management framework and general policies;

·       book two: a chapter for each of 28 regional parks, including park vision and description, mana whenua associations, recreational provision, challenges and opportunities, management intentions and key stakeholders;

·       maps to illustrate the parks;

·       appendices: most of the appendices provide supporting factual information. Appendix 4 presents track development principles and criteria for development of new tracks.

26.     The full draft plan runs to 508 pages with 60 maps. Due to its size, it is not appended to this report. The draft plan may be downloaded in full or in part at https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/regional-parks-management-plan 

Key points

27.     Through this draft plan the regional parks will remain under Auckland Council control as the treasured taonga of Tāmaki Makaurau. Concerns were raised by commentators in mainstream and social media during the consultation period in January-February 2022 suggesting the draft plan proposed to transfer some regional parks to the Hauraki Gulf Forum. These concerns are misplaced. The proposal in the draft plan to investigate joining relevant parks to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park does not lead to transfer of control to the Hauraki Gulf Forum, even under the legislative changes being proposed by the Forum. No transfer of control away from the council is proposed in the draft plan.

28.     The plan safeguards the natural, undeveloped feel of the regional parks that people have consistently told us they value and enjoy. Aucklanders will retain free access to opportunities to explore and enjoy our unique and stunning coastline, forests and farmland.

29.     However, the draft plan notes that the context of park management is changing. Mana whenua have expressed that they want to be involved in park management at all levels. The need to protect biodiversity is more important than ever in the face of climate change and population growth pressures. We need to reorient our activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on parks as in other aspects of council’s business. At the same time Aucklanders want to enjoy these special places in ever greater numbers, and the council faces increasing pressures to do more with limited resources.

Proposals in the draft plan

30.     The draft plan responds to the changing context by:

·       seeking to follow the partnership principle under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, setting a course to work with mana whenua at management, project and operational levels;

·       mitigating and preparing for climate change by:

keeping 35,000ha of forest healthy

aiming to reduce visitor vehicle emissions

revegetating 200ha of retired farmland

referencing council’s shoreline adaptation plans and council’s biodiversity work to face increased drought, fire risk, and hotter temperatures

providing more shade and shelter for visitors and animals.

·       seeking to protect the unique precious biodiversity in our regional parks by:

following the direction set by our scientists on regional priorities

implementing pest control programmes

continuing to protect kauri from kauri dieback disease

supporting the significant contributions made by conservation volunteers.

·       continuing to recognise and protect the cultural heritage on regional parks, which is of significant value to mana whenua and to Aucklanders;

·       responding to recreation requests by prioritising:

track network planning in the Waitākere Ranges to identify next steps beyond the existing track reopening programme

recreation planning to unlock the potential opportunities in the Hūnua Ranges

planning for expected rapid growth in visitor numbers at Te Ārai

providing for other opportunities across the regional parks network.

·       responding to the growing population and increasing diversity of Aucklanders by:

seeking to cater for different cultural needs where we can safely do so

aiming to provide more information about heritage and nature to build understanding and a sense of identity and connection

continuing education programmes and supporting others to deliver also.

·       overcoming budget limitations by seeking to collaborate with others to deliver the outcomes of this plan, including reviewing the commercial activities framework.

31.     The draft plan aligns to, and references, current council policies, strategies and programmes, noting management of regional parks touches on many areas of council policy and activity.

Public consultation on the draft plan

32.     As required by section 41(6) of the Reserves Act (for land held under that Act), the draft plan was open for public consultation from 10 December 2021 to 4 March 2022. The Reserves Act provides for written comments from submitters followed by hearings.

33.     Given the high level of interest in this draft plan, the consultation period was publicised widely through council channels, emails to mana whenua, previous submitters and a wide list of regional park stakeholders, via social media, on regional parks and through leisure centres. Hard copies were available in a number of libraries and in the Arataki Visitor Centre and a public online briefing was held.

34.     The consultation also followed the special consultative procedure under s.83 of the Local Government Act 2002, noting that a summary was not required under s.87(2)(a). The requirement to adopt the special consultative procedure stems from the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008 and applies to the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.

Submissions received

35.     Some 4684 written submissions (excluding duplicates) were received within the submission period including from mana whenua, individuals, and 82 organisations. Of those more than 3830 submissions were generated from a campaign website of which 3646 were identical.

36.     The table shows the number of submissions and identical campaign submissions received by local board area (where this information was provided). Attachment D lists submitters (other than the identical form submitters) who provided their local board area or postal code. The full list including campaign form submitter names is published on the hearings page.

Table 1: Number of submissions by local board area[5]

Local board area

Number of 'unique' submissions

Number of repeat campaign submissions

Albert-Eden

56

99

Aotea / Great Barrier

2

0

Devonport-Takapuna

40

130

Franklin

40

208

Henderson-Massey

21

31

Hibiscus and Bays

112

350

Howick

23

184

Kaipātiki

19

100

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu

7

10

Manurewa

2

45

Maungakiekie-Tāmaki

19

117

Ōrākei

41

271

Ōtara-Papatoetoe

1

10

Papakura

7

43

Puketāpapa

10

31

Rodney

172

241

Upper Harbour

20

117

Waiheke

19

72

Waitākere Ranges

166

114

Waitematā

25

106

Whau

18

37

Outside Auckland

73

1313

Location not provided

112

17

Regional / national organisations

33

0

Totals

1038

3646

Grand total

4684

 

37.     Thousands of comments (supportive and critical) were received, covering many parts of the draft plan. The summary of submissions presents an overview of:

·       responses to the feedback form questions;

·       emailed comments on the general sections of the draft plan;

·       all comments relating to each regional park chapter.

38.     Four groupings of submitters presented the same or similar comments. These were in respect to:

·       seeking continued council control of regional parks (the campaign submission);

·       opposition to aspects of the draft plan in respect to Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, including:

seeking access to closed tracks and seeking to not be excluded from the central part of the forest long-term

seeking changes to reinstate aspects of the 2010 management plan for the park including the 2010 vision

opposition to any proposals that might facilitate increased numbers of visitors and change the wilderness aspect of the park.

·       more opportunities for overnight stays for self-contained certified campervans from campervan users;

·       local community views on Pakiri Regional Park.

39.     All submissions are publicly viewable on the council’s hearings page at https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/hearings/find-hearing/Pages/Hearing-documents.aspx?HearingId=526.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

40.     The draft plan aims to embed the mitigation and adaptation policies from Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan. The proposed adaptation and mitigation policies are outlined in paragraph 30. The expected impact of the mitigation policies will be to gradually reduce emissions associated with farming and visitor vehicles over time, and to retain and increase the carbon stored in permanent indigenous forest.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

41.     Advice from staff across the council group helped to draft this plan including from:

·       Parks, Sport and Recreation in particular regional parks and visitor experience;

·       Community Facilities in particular land advisory, farming and sustainability;

·       Infrastructure and Environmental Services including coastal, biosecurity, natural environment teams;

·       Auckland Plan Strategy and Research including the chief sustainability office, strategic advice, natural environment strategy and Hauraki Gulf;

·       Ngā Matarae / Māori Outcomes;

·       Plans and Places in particular heritage;

·       Community and Social Policy.

42.     Auckland Transport, Auckland Unlimited (Screen Auckland in particular) and Watercare were engaged over aspects of the draft plan relevant to their roles.

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

Local impacts and local board views

43.     A summary of all the submissions received from the community and organisations is in Attachment A.

44.     Attachment B provides the collated local board suggestions for the review from March 2021. Attachment C presents the common themes from local boards’ input and the draft plan response.

45.     A list of submitters by local board area (where known) is in Attachment D.

46.     This report is presented to enable local boards to include comments on the draft plan for the hearing panel, following workshops earlier this month of April 2022. The hearings panel has set aside Monday 9 May to listen to local board representatives.

47.     Local boards will be provided with updates on the hearings panel report and PACE committee decisions.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

48.     The Reserves Act is one of the acts in the First Schedule to the Conservation Act 1987. In performing functions and duties under the Reserves Act, the council must give effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

49.     Treaty obligations are overarching and not something to be considered or applied after all other matters are considered.

50.     The draft plan acknowledges council’s obligation to iwi in relation to Te Tiriti o Waitangi / the Treaty of Waitangi in regional parks management planning. In developing the draft plan council aimed to honour these obligations.

51.     The draft plan’s intentions to involve mana whenua in park management and acknowledgement of mana whenua associations with regional parkland, impact positively on mana whenua and council’s commitments to improve Māori outcomes (in particular Kia ora Tāmaki and Kia ora Te Taiao, which relates to the role of Māori as kaitiaki).

52.     Sixteen of the 19 mana whenua in the region and the Tāmaki Makaurau Mana Whenua Forum, formerly the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum, engaged during the drafting of the plan.

53.     Mana whenua aspire to a more substantive role including co-governance and co-management. The role of mana whenua with respect to regional parks and how the draft plan portrays mana whenua and partnerships was the most highlighted point across all mana whenua engagement. The Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum sought clarity on how the council views its partnership role, in particular seeking co-governance for mana whenua of the regional parks. It also sought recognition of case law that confirmed mana whenua priority for business opportunities on Reserves Act land.

54.     In chapter one the draft plan identifies that governance of the regional parks rests with the council’s governing body. While it does not provide for co-governance of the regional parks, the draft plan acknowledges that this is part of a broader discussion.

55.     The policy chapter titled Mana Whenua Partnerships provides for potential co-management acknowledging paragraph 60) but does not specify how this should occur, as there are a variety of emerging models of co-management. Given the number of iwi involved and the variety of associations with different regional parks it would not be appropriate to specify models in this plan. This chapter includes policies aligning to council’s commitment to improve Māori outcomes and to address mana whenua aspirations as outlined in the Issues of Significance 2021-2025, including:

·       setting an enabling framework to build partnerships at all levels;

·       enabling an expanded mana whenua role beyond cultural heritage; the draft plan reflects mana whenua interest in all areas of park management;

·       supporting a Māori identity on parks and Māori wellbeing including through park naming (the draft plan reflects the decisions made by this committee on 11 November inviting mana whenua to provide Māori names for six parks (PAC/2021/61).

56.     The first management intention in each park chapter is to work with mana whenua to explore their priorities and involvement in delivering the intentions for that park.

57.     Several mana whenua and the Tāmaki Makaurau Mana Whenua Forum submitted on the draft plan.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

58.     There are no cost implications arising from local board feedback.

59.     Costs relating to the review are covered from the project budget. Hearings’ commissioner costs are met from existing operational budgets.

60.     This draft plan sets aspirations for the care, management and use of regional parks. The policies and management intentions are not costed nor prioritised and in many cases they are aspirational. The draft plan provides for the regional community to partner in support of council to deliver the outcomes in the plan.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

61.     The following table outlines relevant risks and mitigations.

 

 

Risk

Mitigation

The draft plan sets out ambitions that exceed the current budget. There is a risk that it will raise expectations beyond current resource capacity in the Long-term Plan.

The draft plan explicitly identifies the intentions are not fully funded and explains funding decisions are through the Long-term Plan and annual budgets.

It opens the door to collaboration with and resourcing by others and notes plan delivery will involve setting priorities across its wider portfolio and is impacted by changes to budget and revenue, such as impacts from Covid-19.

Many suggestions and submissions relate to issues that are beyond the scope of the plan and are not addressed, raising the risk that people think the council is not responsive.

Continue to communicate that the plan covers matters relating to the management of the regional parks covered by the plan, setting the scene for management for the next decade.

If the correct processes under the Reserves Act 1977 and other legislation are not followed, the review process could be open to challenge.

·    confirm the legal status of regional park land holdings and check the statutory and other obligations over each land parcel to ensure compliance;

·    ensure legal requirements regarding consultation processes are correctly followed.

The large number of submissions received through the ‘campaign’ website is evidence that many were unnecessarily concerned there was a plan to move the regional parks from council control.

The Our Auckland article titled ‘No plan to change ownership or management of Auckland’s regional parks’ released on 11 February 2022 provided reassurance that council was not planning to relinquish control of the regional parks.

 

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

62.     The next steps will be:

·       local board feedback provided through the minutes to this report will be sent to the hearings panel;

·       the hearings panel will hear from representatives of local boards on 9 May 2022;

·       hearings with submitters are booked for the week of 16 May 2022;

·       deliberations are booked for the week of 23 May 2022;

·       providing the hearings panel completes its report with recommendations for changes by 30 June 2022, the panel’s recommendations will be reported to the PACE committee on 11 August 2022.

63.     The review’s target is to present to the PACE committee a final amended regional parks management plan for adoption at its meeting on 22 September 2022.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Summary of submissions to the draft plan (Under Separate Cover)

 

b

Local board input to the preparation of the draft plan (Under Separate Cover)

 

c

Summary of response to local board input (Under Separate Cover)

 

d

Submitters identified by local board area (Under Separate Cover)

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Jo Mackay - Project Manager

Authorisers

Justine Haves - General Manager Regional Services Planning, Investment and Partnership

Claudia Wyss - Director Customer and Community Services

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward Councillors' Updates

File No.: CP2022/04451

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an opportunity for the Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward Councillors to update the local board on Governing Body issues they have been involved with since the previous local board meeting.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

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

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward Councillors Christine Fletcher and Cathy Casey’s verbal updates.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Michael Mendoza - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Chairperson's Report

File No.: CP2022/04452

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To facilitate an opportunity for the local board chairperson to provide a written and/or verbal update on projects, meetings and other initiatives relevant to the local board’s interests.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       In accordance with Standing Order 2.4.7, the chairperson will update board members by way of a report.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive Chairperson L Corrick’s April 2022 report.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Chairperson L Corrick - April 2022 Report

211

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Michael Mendoza - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

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Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Board Members' Reports

File No.: CP2022/04470

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To facilitate an opportunity for local board members to provide a written update on projects and events-attended since the previous month’s meeting and to discuss other matters of interest to the board.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       This is an information item and it is optional for board members to provide a written board member report for inclusion in the agenda.

3.       Local board members are recommended to use a Notice of Motion, rather than a Board Member Report, should a member wish to propose a recommendation or request action to be undertaken by staff.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive the Board Member Reports for April 2022.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Deputy Chairperson Watson - April 2022 Board Report

215

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Michael Mendoza - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

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Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Albert-Eden Local Board 2022 Governance Forward Work Calendar

File No.: CP2022/04472

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the Albert-Eden Local Board with its 2022 Governance Forward Work Calendar, which is a schedule of items that are expected to be reported to the local board during business meetings and workshops for 2022.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       This report contains the governance forward work calendar, a schedule of items that will come before the Albert-Eden Local Board during business meetings and workshops for 2022. The local board’s governance forward work calendar is appended to this report under Attachment A.

3.       The calendar aims to support the local board’s 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 to the local board’s monthly business meetings and distributed to relevant council staff.  At times there may be items that will arise that are not programmed or noted in the governance calendar.  Local board members are welcome to discuss changes to the calendar.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      note the April 2022 edition of the Albert-Eden Local Board 2022 Governance Forward Work Calendar.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Albert-Eden Local Board 2022 Governance Forward Work Calendar - April 2022 edition

223

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Michael Mendoza - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

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Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Records

File No.: CP2022/04477

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an opportunity for the local board to receive the records of its recent workshops held following the previous month’s local board business meeting.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       In accordance with Standing Order 12.1.4, the local board shall receive a record of the general proceedings of each of its workshops held since the previous month’s local board business meeting.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive the Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Records for the workshops held on the 22 and 29 March and 5 April 2022.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Record - 22 March 2022

229

b

Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Record - 29 March 2022

233

c

Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Record - 5 April 2022

235

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Michael Mendoza - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

19 April 2022

 

 

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19 April 2022

 

 

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[2] OECD (2021). Transport strategies for net-zero systems by design. https://www.oecd.org/climate-change/well-being-lens/

[3] Creutzig, F., Niamir, L., Bai, X. et al. (2022). Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation consistent with high levels of well-being. Nature Climate Change, 12, 36–46.

[4] https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/hearings/find-hearing/Pages/Hearing-documents.aspx?HearingId=526

[5] Notes: Duplicate submissions from the same submitter were excluded. The first of the identical campaign submissions is counted in the ‘unique’ submissions column. The campaign submissions provided postal codes which have been mapped to local board areas. Postal code areas do not match local board areas. The local board area forming the largest portion of the postal code area was assigned to the postal code, however some of these submitters may be resident in a neighbouring area.