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

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

1.00pm

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

 

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Izzy Fordham

 

Deputy Chairperson

Luke Coles

 

Members

Susan Daly

 

 

Patrick O'Shea

 

 

Valmaine Toki

 

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Guia Nonoy

Democracy Advisor

 

20 April 2022

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 301 0101

Email: guia.nonoy@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 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     John Ogden, Prue Smith & Lotte McIntyre, pig control at Medlands Beach 5

9          Public Forum                                                                            6

10        Extraordinary Business                                       6

11        Local Ward Area Councillor's Update                9

12        Local board feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Parks Management Plan                    27

13        Submission on central government’s proposals to transform recycling in Aotearoa                                                                              69

14        Transport Emissions Reduction Plan              95

15        Environmental agency and community group reports                                                                117

16        Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Governance Forward Work Calendar 2019 - 2022              125

17        Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record of Proceedings                                    133

18        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 


1          Welcome

 

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

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

 

 

2          Apologies

 

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

 

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.

 

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)          confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Tuesday, 22 March 2022, as true and correct.

 

 

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

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

 

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

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

 

 

7          Petitions

 

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

 

 

8          Deputations

 

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

 

8.1       John Ogden, Prue Smith & Lotte McIntyre, pig control at Medlands Beach

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To deliver a presentation to the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board during the deputation segment of the business meeting regarding issues on pigs at Medlands Beach.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       John Ogden, Prue Smith and Lotte McIntyre on behalf of the committee members of the Oruawharo Medlands Ecovision (OME) would like to bring to the attention of the local board, the on-going feral pig issues affecting ratepayers at Medlands Beach and other parts of Aotea Great Barrier Island.

3.       An email letter had been received from Lotte McIntyre, on behalf of the OME, for reference is appended to this report as Attachment A.

4.       John Ogden had provided written support materials (Attachment B) and will speak to it at the business meeting.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)      receive the presentation regarding pig control at Medlands Beach.

b)      thank John Ogden, Prue Smith and Lotte McIntyre on behalf of the committee members of Oruawharo Medlands Ecovision for their virtual attendance via MS Teams.

 

Attachments

a          20220412 Email letter from Oruawharo Medlands Ecovision........................... 143

b          20220419 Email letter from John Ogden............................................................ 145

 

 

9          Public Forum

 

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

 

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

 

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

Local Ward Area Councillor's Update

File No.: CP2022/04130

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

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

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

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

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

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

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Councillor Pippa Coom's April 2022 update

11

      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

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Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

Local board feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Parks Management Plan

File No.: CP2022/04540

 

  

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[1].

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 on all chapters of the draft plan, with varying levels of support and criticism.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier 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 [local board member names] to speak to the hearings panel on the board’s feedback in 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 between 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 the following 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 a plan for 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:

o keeping 35,000ha of forest healthy

o aiming to reduce visitor vehicle emissions

o revegetating 200ha of retired farmland

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

o providing more shade and shelter for visitors and animals

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

o following the direction set by our scientists on regional priorities

o implementing pest control programmes

o continuing to protect kauri from kauri dieback disease

o 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:

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

o recreation planning to unlock the potential opportunities in the Hūnua Ranges

o planning for expected rapid growth in visitor numbers at Te Ārai

o providing for other opportunities across the regional parks network

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

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

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

o 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[2]

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:

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

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

o 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.

 

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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

39

c

Summary of response to local board input

53

d

Submitters identified by local board area

55

     

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Signatories

Author

Jo Mackay - Project Manager

Authorisers

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

Claudia Wyss - Director Customer and Community Services

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 

 


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

File No.: CP2022/04085

 

  

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 Aotea / Great Barrier 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

75

b

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

83

c

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

89

     

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Signatories

Authors

Jacob van der Poel - Advisor Operations and Policy

Authorisers

Carol Hayward - Team Leader Operations and Policy

Louise Mason – General Manager Local Board Services

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 

 


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Transport Emissions Reduction Plan

File No.: CP2022/04538

 

  

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 Aotea / Great Barrier 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:

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

·    ways to increase uptake of walking, cycling and public transport for communities in its 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.

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.[3]

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[4]).

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.[5] 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

107

b

The behavioural science behind reducing Auckland’s transport emissions

111

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Szening Ooi - Principal Transport Advisor

Authorisers

Jacques Victor – General Manager Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

Louise Mason – General Manager Local Board Services

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

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Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

Environmental agency and community group reports

File No.: CP2022/04102

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

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

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

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

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

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)    note the Aotea / Great Barrier Natural Environment-Islands monthly update – March 2022 report

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Aotea / Great Barrier Natural Environment-Islands monthly update – March 2022 report

119

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

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Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

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

File No.: CP2022/04541

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

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

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

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

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

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

·     clarifying what advice is expected and when

·     clarifying the rationale for reports.

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

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

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

b)          note the board will take a recess from council business from Monday 4 July to Friday 15 July 2022 (inclusive).

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

April 2022 Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board governance forward work calendar

127

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

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Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record of Proceedings

File No.: CP2022/04542

 

  

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

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

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

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

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

4.       The record of proceedings for the local board’s workshops held on Tuesday 15th of March, Tuesday 29th of March, Tuesday 5th of April and Tuesday 12th of April 2022 are appended to the report.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board:

a)    note the record of proceedings for the local board workshops held on Tuesday 15 March, Tuesday 29 March, Tuesday 5 April and Tuesday 12 April 2022.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

20220315 Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record

135

b

20220329 Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record

137

c

20220405 Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record

139

d

20220412 Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Workshop Record

141

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Guia Nonoy - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager

 

 


Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board

26 April 2022

 

 

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ATTACHMENTS

 

Item 8.1      Attachment a    20220412 Email letter from Oruawharo Medlands Ecovision      Page 143

Item 8.1      Attachment b    20220419 Email letter from John Ogden Page 145


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

[2] 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.

[3] Auckland Council (2020). Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan. https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/plans-projects-policies-reports-bylaws/our-plans-strategies/topic-based-plans-strategies/environmental-plans-strategies/aucklands-climate-plan/Pages/default.aspx

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

[5] 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.