Waitematā Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Waitematā Local Board held over Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, 12 April 2022 at 1.00pm.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Richard Northey, (ONZM)

 

Deputy Chairperson

Alexandra Bonham

 

Members

Glenda Fryer

 

 

Graeme Gunthorp

 

 

Kerrin Leoni

 

 

Julie Sandilands

 

 


Waitematā Local Board

12 April 2022

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

Chair Northey opened the meeting with a karakia.

 

 

2          Apologies

 

 

 

There were no apologies.

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

 

Member

Attendance

 

Chair Richard Northey

 

Deputy Chair Alex Bonham

 

Member Glenda Fryer

 

Member Graeme Gunthorp

 

Member Kerrin Leoni 

 

Member Julie Sandilands

 

 

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/45

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

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

CARRIED

 

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

There were no leaves of absence.

 

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.


 

7          Petitions

 

7.1

Petition to extend the Parnell Baths opening season

 

In the absence of Max Ryan, Chair Northey presented a petition on behalf of 300 residents calling for an extension to the opening season of Parnell Baths.

 

Petition Prayer:

Petition to extend Parnell Outdoor Pools Swimming Season for 2022.

 

A copy of the petition text and signatures has been placed in the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/46

MOVED by Chairperson R Northey, seconded by Member GF Fryer:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)          receive the petition and thank Max Ryan for the petition.

 

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     12 April 2022, Waitematā Local Board, Item 7.1 - Petition to extend the Parnell Baths opening season

 

 

8          Deputations

 

There were no deputations.

 

9          Public Forum

 

9.1

Public Forum - Sarah Trotman

 

Sarah Trotman was in attendance to speak about the Ombudsman’s report on the process followed by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for the proposed National Erebus Memorial at Dove-Myer Robinson Park.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/47

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      thank Sarah Trotman for her presentation and attendance at the meeting.

CARRIED

 


 

9.2

Public Forum - Jo Malcolm

 

Jo Malcolm was in attendance to speak about the Ombudsman’s findings on the process followed by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for the proposed National Erebus Memorial at Dove-Myer Robinson Park. The Ombudsman’s report tabled at the meeting can be found at this link.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/48

MOVED by Chairperson R Northey, seconded by Member GF Fryer:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      thank Jo Malcolm for her tabled presentation and attendance at the meeting.

CARRIED

 

 

9.3

Public Forum - Roger Burton

 

Roger Burton was in attendance to give an update on Taurarua/Mataharehare, Dove-Myer Robinson Park.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/49

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      thank Roger Burton for his presentation and attendance at the meeting.

CARRIED

 

 

9.4

Public Forum - Anne Coney

 

This item did not proceed.

 

 

9.5

Public Forum - Gael Baldock

 

Gael Baldock was in attendance to speak about consultation and transparency.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/50

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      thank Gael Baldock for her tabled presentation and attendance at the meeting.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     12 April 2022, Waitematā Local Board, Item 9.5 - Public Forum - Gael Baldock Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.6

Public Forum - Steve Philips

 

Steve Philips was in attendance to speak about a request for pohutukawa planting at Mataharehare,

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/51

MOVED by Member KL Leoni, seconded by Chairperson R Northey:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      thank Steve Philips for his presentation and attendance at the meeting.

CARRIED

 

9.7

Public Forum - Allan Matson

 

Allan Matson was in attendance to speak about the Waitematā Local Board member vacancy, the NPS-UD and RMA (Enabling Housing) Act, and the Ley’s Institute.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/52

MOVED by Chairperson R Northey, seconded by Member GF Fryer:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      thank Allan Matson for his presentation and attendance at the meeting.

CARRIED

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

11        Notices of Motion

 

Under Standing Order 2.5.1 (LBS 3.11.1) a Notice of Motion has been received from Member Leoni for consideration under item 13.

 

 

 

12

Ward Councillor's report

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/53

MOVED by Chairperson R Northey, seconded by Member KL Leoni:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

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

 

CARRIED

 


 

13

Notice of Motion - Member Leoni - Waste Minimisation Education in Waitematā

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/54

MOVED by Member KL Leoni, seconded by Member GF Fryer:  

.That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      request that staff communicate up-to-date regional messaging on waste reduction and recycling rules to Waitematā residents and businesses via Waitematā Local Board’s communication channels; and encourages innovation in extending these channels for this purpose

b)      note that, in Ōtara and Manurewa, a scheme is being trialled to promote better understanding of rules relating to what are permitted and prohibited items in recycling and rubbish bins

c)      note that the Waitematā Local Board is already supporting a number of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting initiatives in the Board area

d)      request that staff consider extending the Ōtara/Manurewa trials, and/or adopting any scheme that eventuates from them, in Albert-Eden, Puketāpapa and Waitematā

e)      request that staff consider timing the launching of the trial or scheme in Albert- Eden, Puketāpapa and Waitematā in conjunction with the opening of Waiōrea, the new Community Education and Recycling Centre at Western Springs Garden

f)       request that staff use Waitematā Local Board’s communication channels to encourage Waitemata-based applications to the Auckland Council Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund to promote or achieve waste minimisation and reuse and recycling, particularly for both:

i)       construction waste, given the high rate of construction in our area, and

ii)      the retail and hospitality industries

g)         to comprehensively advertise and support any new container return scheme introduced by government.

CARRIED

 

 

14

Waitematā Local Board Member Vacancy

 

Trina Thompson, Local Area Manager, was in attendance to speak to this report.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/55

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)          resolve to appoint Genevieve Sage to fill the vacancy until the next triennial election, which takes place on 8 October 2022, pursuant to section 117 (3) of the Local Electoral Act, and that Genevieve Sage be sworn in as a Member at the local board’s business meeting on 17 May 2022

b)         note that the substantial and complex nature of the work and decisions facing the Board make it desirable to make an appointment

c)          note that the board have selected Genevieve Sage because she was the next highest polling unsuccessful candidate at the last election and so has demonstrated democratically derived public support, she has sought to be appointed, and she has knowledge and skills that would be useful for the Board

d)         resolve that the outcome of the appointment be publicly advertised after the report and resolutions have been published.

CARRIED

 

 

15

Appointment to the vacant local board seat on the Auckland Domain Committee

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/56

MOVED by Member GF Fryer, seconded by Member KL Leoni:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      appoint Chair Northey to the vacant local board member seat on the Auckland Domain Committee

b)      appoint Deputy Chair Bonham as Deputy Chair of the Auckland Domain Committee.

 

CARRIED

 

16

Changes to local board members appointments and delegations

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/57

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)          consider and approve new appointments for board members to the portfolio topic areas, external appointments and delegations as below

b)         note that these appointments, delegations, and portfolios will be reviewed at the June or July meeting of the board, following and as a result of Genevieve Sage’s confirmation next month.

 

Local Board Portfolio Areas

Portfolio holder

Co portfolio holder

Arts, Culture and Events

Member K Leoni

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Māori outcomes

Member K Leoni

Chair R Northey

Community Development

Chair R Northey

Member G Fryer

Environment and Infrastructure

Member J Sandilands

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Parks, Sport and Recreation

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Chair R Northey

Local Economic Development

Member G Fryer

Member K Leoni

Transport

Member G Gunthorp

Member J Sandilands

Planning and Heritage

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Member G Gunthorp

 

 

 

Business Associations

 

 

Heart of the City

Chair R Northey

Member G Gunthorp

Newmarket Business Association

Member G Gunthorp

Member G Fryer

Parnell Business Association

Member G Gunthorp

Member G Fryer

Ponsonby Business Association

Member G Fryer

Deputy Chair A Bonham

K Road Business Association

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Chair R Northey

Uptown Business Association

Member K Leoni

Member J Sandilands

Grey Lynn Business Association

Member J Sandilands

Member K Leoni

 

Other

 

 

Ponsonby Community Centre Board

Chair R Northey

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Grey Lynn Community Centre Committee

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Member J Sandilands

Auckland Central CAB and Ponsonby/Grey Lynn CAB

Chair R Northey

Member G Fryer

CRL Aotea Community Liaison Group

Member G Gunthorp

Chair R Northey

CRL Karangahape Road Liaison Group

Chair R Northey

Deputy Chair A Bonham

CRL Mt Eden Community Liaison Group

Member K Leoni

Member G Fryer

CRL Albert Street Business Forum

Member G Gunthorp

Member G Fryer

CRL C1 and C2 Community Liaison Group

Member G Gunthorp

Member J Sandilands

 

 

Internal organisation

Lead

Alternate

Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

Chair R Northey

Member K Leoni

Ponsonby Park Project Control Steering Group

Member G Gunthorp

Member G Fryer

 

 

 

Residents Associations

Lead

Auckland City Centre Residents Group

Chair R Northey

Parnell Community Trust

Member G Fryer

Parnell Community Committee

Member G Fryer

St Mary’s Bay Residents Association

Member G Fryer

Grafton Residents Association

Member K Leoni

Herne Bay Residents Association

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Freemans Bay Residents Association

Member G Gunthorp

Grey Lynn Residents Association

Member J Sandilands

Western Bays Residents Association

Member G Fryer

 

 

Other

 

 

Ports of Auckland Community Reference Group

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Chair R Northey

Meola Stream Community Liaison Group

Member J Sandilands

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Taskforce on Alcohol and Community Safety in the Central City

Joint lead – Chair R Northey

Joint lead – Deputy Chair A Bonham

 

 

Delegation

Lead

Alternate

General landowner consents (excluding for filming and events)

Chair R Northey

Deputy Chair A Bonham

Landowner consents for filming

Member K Leoni

Chair R Northey

Events landowner consents

Member K Leoni

Member A Bonham

Liquor licences

Chair R Northey

Member A Bonham

Resource consent feedback

Member A Bonham

Member G Gunthorp

Notified resource consents

Member A Bonham

Member G Gunthorp

 

CARRIED

 

 

Note: Item 18 – Asset recycling disposal recommendations - 21 Newton Road, Newton and part of Nuffield Lane, Newmarket (Allot 31 Sec 11 and Lots 36 & 37 DP 22483) was considered prior to item 17 – Transport Emissions Reduction Plan

 

18

Asset recycling disposal recommendations - 21 Newton Road, Newton and part of Nuffield Lane, Newmarket (Allot 31 Sec 11 and Lots 36 & 37 DP 22483)

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/58

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      note that 21 Newton Road and part of Nuffield Lane, Newmarket (allot 31 Sec 11 and Lots 36 and 37 DP 22483) are not required for strategic purposes or future funded public works

b)         endorse the proposed disposal of 21 Newton Road, Newton

c)          request that Eke Panuku and Council staff provide advice and work with the tenants of 21 Newton Road, particularly the Tool Library and Hackland, to help them find an alternative location

d)         endorse the proposed disposal of approximately 155m2 (subject to survey) of Nuffield Lane, Newmarket (Allot 31 Sec 11 and Lots 36 & 37 DP 22483).

CARRIED

 

17

Transport Emissions Reduction Plan

 

Robert Simpson, Transport Strategy Manager, was in attendance to speak to this report.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/59

MOVED by Member J Sandilands, seconded by Deputy Chairperson A Bonham:  

That the Waitematā 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 as set out in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan and that shifting transportation methods is the most effective lever for reducing transport emissions

c)          strongly support of the direction of the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan. Most notably:

i.      The focus on mode-shift as an emissions reduction strategy

ii.     The acknowledgement of the importance of urban form in transport emissions reduction

iii.   The link between emissions reduction and wellbeing outcomes (through better urban form, fewer road deaths, increased walking and cycling…)

e)          commend the intention to investigate the barriers to more rapid change, and the intention to use behavioural science techniques and campaigns to encourage public buy-in to the plan and to individual lifestyle changes

f)           strongly urge Auckland Transport and Auckland Council adequately to complete and rapidly fund the actions identified in the plan, in order to hit the emissions reductions targets identified in the plan, as well as other targets, such as vision zero. This includes funding for projects, as well as adequately supporting staff to deliver on these outcomes. To be successful, this plan is time-critical

 

 

g)         emphasise the importance of public awareness and buy-in as crucial. Active modes need to be promoted as sexy, exciting, healthy, and virile. The downsides to the environment and to mental- and physical- health of car use need to be highlighted, perhaps drawing on learnings from early smoke-free campaigns

h)         emphasise the importance of early replacement of diesel and other high carbon emitting buses. Post-COVID, there clearly remain psychological barriers to public transport utilisation. People need to feel comfortable and safe while using public transport. This includes encouraging and enforcing measures to reduce the transmission of disease and also to reduce and prevent passenger behaviour which others find threatening or abusive. Opening windows or improved ventilation systems may be part of that solution

i)           encourage the immediate implementation of low-cost, low-barriers-to-change projects, such as low-speed streets, and pedestrian and cycle markings to remind users of the opportunities and rights of active-modes to the use of the public realm, given the time-critical nature of this plan and the subsequent actions arising from it. As a dense urban area, Waitematā is an ideal location for active modes and also for fast, efficient and prioritised public transport. Larger projects can concurrently be started, in order to ensure we hit our emissions reduction targets on time

j)           support the maintenance of half-price public transport on a permanent basis

k)          support maximum car-parking limits in malls and shopping centres, which encourages people to shop local and reduces transport distances

l)           support the increased provision of shared cars to allow people to get rid of/not purchase their own cars, which would encourage the use of public transport/active modes on shorter trips, as well as reduce the need for private parking in residential areas, making those areas more active mode friendly, and resulting in a better public realm.

m)        strongly urge Auckland Transport to advocate to Waka Kotahi to develop a tradable energy quota scheme in which it could be that all adults are allocated the same amount of fuel. The total amount of fuel allocated would reduce each year. Fuel may be sold to others to incentivise and reward reducing emissions and to encourage the innovation of low carbon strategies. This rationing should apply to all transport modes: boat, aviation and on-road (or off-road) vehicles

n)         note that the most recent IPCC report says that greenhouse emissions must peak in 2025, as “A key message from recent Special Reports is the urgency to mitigate GHG emissions in order to avoid rapid and potentially irreversible changes in natural and human systems” (IPCC 2019b, 2018b, 2019a), and that leadership at all levels is necessary to meet these challenges.

CARRIED

 

 

Note: Item 18 – Asset recycling disposal recommendations - 21 Newton Road, Newton and part of Nuffield Lane, Newmarket (Allot 31 Sec 11 and Lots 36 & 37 DP 22483) was considered prior to item 17 – Transport Emissions Reduction Plan.


 

19

Classification of a reserve located at 73, 190 and 200-208 Meola Road, Point Chevalier (MOTAT 2)

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/60

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      resolve to classify the following unclassified recreation reserves pursuant to Section 16 of the Reserves Act 1977:

i)       Lot 1 Deposited Plan 206507, containing 11.0054 hectares of land, comprised in Record of Title NA134D/49, as a recreation reserve subject to the Reserves Act 1977

ii)      Lots 1 and 2 Deposited Plan 129813, containing 0.2818 hectares of land, comprised in Record of Title NA76A/636, as a recreation reserve subject to the Reserves Act 1977

iii)     Allotments 51-53 Section 9 Suburbs of Auckland, containing 0.3306 hectares of land, comprised in Record of Title NA24A/1433, as a recreation reserve subject to the Reserves Act 1977

iv)     Allotment 50 Section 9 Suburbs of Auckland, containing 0.0329 hectares of land, comprised in Record of Title NA26B/286 (part only), as a recreation reserve subject to the Reserves Act 1977.

 

CARRIED

 

 


20

Te Hā Noa - Victoria Street linear park project update

 

Oliver Smith, Manager Programme Delivery City Centre and Tam White, Senior Advisor City Centre Programmes were in attendance to speak to this report.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/61

MOVED by Member G Gunthorp, seconded by Member J Sandilands:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)          provide final feedback below on the preliminary design for the Te Hā Noa – Victoria Street linear park project following public feedback

b)         support this project, as it will improve safety for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and micro-mobility users), and increase pedestrian, business and resident amenity

c)          provide feedback on the general treatment & design:

i)           acknowledge budget constraints which may lead to reduced levels of finish, however, ask that pedestrian environs are given the highest quality finishes possible

ii)         recommend if feasible, the cycleway should be given different treatment from the road

d)         provide feedback on urban ngahere:

i)           recommend that the maximum possible number of trees and vegetation should be added to the project. These must be protected from potential impact incidents (e.g. from vehicles).

ii)         suggest that where possible, rain gardens, green walls, lawns and other high-impact, low-maintenance green solutions are utilised to green up the area and generate a calming oasis-like feel

e)          provide feedback on the pedestrian environs & amenity:

i)           support the inclusion of a wider footpath on the southern side of Victoria Street.

ii)         note that the pedestrian crossing to the north of Elliot Street suffers from a large number of pedestrian/vehicle conflicts. General traffic numbers on Elliot Street must be greatly reduced in order to decrease these conflicts

iii)        urge that footpath design must consider mobility-impaired users, particularly on steeper sections of Victoria Street

f)           provide feedback on micro-mobility:

i)           support the inclusion of a two-way cycleway on the southern side of Victoria Street

ii)         note that given the eastern end of the project area finishes at Bowen Street, the design must allow for onward connections east (Bowen Street) and south (Kitchener Street)

iii)        support cycle and scooter parking as being required in appropriate locations, including geo-fenced zones for hire bikes and scooters. There may be a demand for safe overnight bike parking within or close to the CRL

g)         provide feedback on public transport:

i)           emphasise the importance of pedestrian amenity and priority along High Street and Lorne Street, given the removal of bus routes from Victoria Street means there will likely be higher pedestrian counts to/from Queen Street, Customs Street and Britomart

ii)         recommend enabling people to cross the road as soon as they exit the CRL station without diversion, as planning for this will reduce risk when people do this anyway. The proposed wide footpath at the CRL portal appears to be suitable, however it should be expected that on exiting, some pedestrians may look to immediately cross Victoria Street north (i.e. not at the pedestrian crossing). This may put pedestrians in conflict with fast moving cycles and cars. Some road furniture may be required to discourage this behaviour (while not preventing it completely)

h)         provide feedback on the general traffic, car parking & loading zones:

i)           support the narrowing of Victoria Street to a single lane in each direction

ii)         support the removal of general parking from Victoria Street

iii)        support the proposed loading zone configuration for 4 vehicles on the northern side of Victoria Street, and requests that additional spaces are considered on other side streets (e.g. Kitchener Street)

iv)        recommend the Interim City Loading and Servicing Plan, the Queen Street Loading and Servicing Detailed Plan and the Midtown Parking, Loading and Servicing Detailed Plan should include:

A)         Loading zones (for service and delivery vehicles only) should be provided on side streets in the area

B)         Disabled parking should be provided on side streets

C)         WLB discourage coach parking on Victoria Street and instead divert it to Kitchener St or where it currently is on Wellesley St near Albert Park. It is unclear why coaches would have leave to use the linear park when most traffic cannot

D)         With the removal of street parking the Victoria Street carpark does need to be retained and some thought might go into using it to optimise outcomes for business, residents and visitors.

CARRIED

 

 

21

Wellesley Street Bus Improvements Project - Feedback Report

 

Ben Stallworthy, Elected Member Relationship Manager, Auckland Transport, was in attendance to speak to this report.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/62

MOVED by Member G Gunthorp, seconded by Member J Sandilands:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)          provide final feedback below to Auckland Transport in respect to the preliminary design for Stage One of the Wellesley Street Bus Improvements project

b)         support this project, as it will increase bus efficiency

c)          provide feedback on the general treatment & design:

i)           note that the proposed treatments appear appropriate to the situation

d)         provide feedback on the urban ngahere:

i)           note that no additional trees have been proposed

ii)         request far more shade trees and other vegetation be included in the corridor, especially considering the high level of airborne pollutants from diesel buses

e)          provide feedback on the pedestrian environs & amenity:

i)           recommend the mid-block pedestrian crossing should be narrowed from 3 lanes to 2 lanes (or 2.5) to improve pedestrian ease of crossing

ii)         recommend that pedestrian amenity (e.g. drinking fountains) should be included in the plans

iii)        urge that signage must highlight the availability of public bathrooms in the area, including those in Aotea Station (currently planned to be behind the gate line)

iv)        support wayfinding signage to cultural amenities in the area, including the Art Gallery, Town Hall, Aotea Centre, theatres, libraries, universities, and other cultural attractions

v)         note that as this area suffers from social issues, designs must prioritise safety with good visibility, lighting and CCTV

vi)        recommend working closely with the Public Arts team to ensure that we can enhance the urban realm. This is the cultural centre of Waitemata and there are opportunities to connect to the Art Gallery, Central Library, Aotea Centre etc.

 

 

vii)      note that Beresford Lane will be an essential pathway through and while beyond the scope of this project future work there needs to be based in mind and there should be consultation with the lessee of Beresford Square to ensure the anticipated street movements happen

f)           provide feedback on micro-mobility:

i)           note that there are no cycle lanes proposed for Wellesley Street

ii)         request information regarding additional planned east-west midtown cycle connections (e.g. Mayoral Drive)

g)         provide feedback on public transport:

i)           support the proposed high-efficiency bus lanes on Wellesley Street. Bus priority is crucial in the city centre to ensure reliability and reduce idling (a major contributor of pollutants)

ii)         note that given the high volume of diesel buses using this corridor, and the hill slope requiring high engine revving, air quality is some of the worst in the city. This should be mitigated through use of electric buses, reduced idling, and inclusion of additional greenery

iii)        note that the proposed wide footpath at the CRL exit (between Bledisloe House and the CRL building) appears to be suitable, however it should be expected that on exiting, some pedestrians may look to immediately cross Wellesley Street north (i.e. not at either pedestrian crossing). This may put pedestrians in conflict with buses. Some road furniture may be required to discourage this behaviour (while not preventing it completely)

h)         provide feedback on the general traffic, car parking & loading zones

i)           support the exclusion of general traffic from Wellesley Street between Albert and Queen Streets

ii)         note that Elliot Street is a rat run and suffers from lots of illegal parking. Discouraging vehicles from using Elliot St is very important. Please ensure the “local traffic” restrictions address these issues

iii)        recommend that the Interim City Loading and Servicing Plan, the Queen Street Loading and Servicing Detailed Plan and the Midtown Parking, Loading and Servicing Detailed Plan should include:

A)         Loading zones (for service and delivery vehicles only) should be provided on side streets in the area

B)         Disabled parking should be provided on side streets

i)           provide feedback on consultation:

i)           recommend the consultation should include the simplified bus route map, showing the volume of buses using this corridor, justifying the bus only section

ii)         recommend the consultation should also show the general traffic circulation plan, so drivers can understand their options.

CARRIED

 

22

Reallocation of budget for work programme 2021/2022

 

Nick Palmisano, Local Board Advisor, was in attendance to speak to this report.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/63

MOVED by Chairperson R Northey, seconded by Member GF Fryer:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      approve the reallocation of $78,709 from the ID 554 Parnell Festival of Roses and ID552 Event Partnership Fund underspend and the remaining Auckland Council filming revenue towards the following activities:

i)       ID 555: Community Grants Waitematā - $31,709

ii)      NEW: Bike Hub Queen’s Wharf - $15,000

iii)     ID 540: Placemaking Waitematā, Gardens, Food, & Sustainability - $10,000

iv)     NEW: Western Springs Association Football Club - $22,000 with consideration of a grants programme allocation if an application is received

b)         request Infrastructure and Environmental Services consider a proposal from For the Love of Bees for an organic farming mentoring programme as part of the Board’s 2022 / 2023 Work Programme.

CARRIED

 

23

Local board feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Parks Management Plan

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/64

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)          receive the public feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Parks Management Plan and acknowledges the time, effort, and wisdom in most of the contributions of those who submitted

b)         reiterate the Board’s earlier feedback on the Management Plan in resolution number WTM/2021/42 and provide formal feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Park Management Plan to the hearings panel as set out below:

i)           notes and supports that under this Plan the regional parks will remain under Auckland Council control and rejects the misinformation behind, and fear of Māori involvement in, the tenor of many submissions in opposition, over 1300 from out of Auckland, which argue that a relationship with the Hauraki Gulf Forum or with mana whenua would be harmful

ii)         consequently supports the Plan’s proposals for involvement by, and partnerships or co-governance with iwi and hapū that have a close connection with and for a particular park, noting that consultation and involvement with both Māori and the general public would continue

iii)        supports the parks always being accessible to all and supports better disability access and public transport provision to enhance that accessibility including for Waitemata residents

iv)        supports prioritizing protecting and restoring indigenous biodiversity, including educational resources about this

v)         supports applying more through pest management in most regional parks

vi)        acknowledges and supports the desire that regional parks management plans balance the need to offer recreation and education, while much also being natural wild places

vii)      wants central city and inner suburbs residents to have realistic opportunities to go surfing, kayaking, and snorkelling, in our regional parks, and because of public transport realities there will need to be some provision to hire such equipment

viii)     supports a tailored approach to different parks

ix)        supports enabling some long tramps as well as short strolls

x)         supports retaining some farms and adding more horticulture while transitioning farming to a more regenerative and low carbon agricultural and horticultural model

xi)        supports where there is livestock on farms priority be given to rare breeds, noting that saving rare breeds is important for food security, with educational signage

xii)      urges the addition of “Adapt to climate change” to the reinstatement of the other 19 principles of park management

xiii)     urges policies progressively to reduce carbon emissions in and related to regional parks, including from travelling to them

xiv)     supports developing best practice plans to protect and restore wetlands

xv)      reinforces our strong recommendation to advocate to Auckland Transport for improved public transport in the weekends, particularly from the city centre to the following regional parks:

A)         Tawharanui via Matakana

B)         Piha via Titirangi

C)         Orere Point via the Botanic Gardens and Clevedon

D)         Muriwai Beach and

E)         Wenderholm

xvi)     supports ensuring the carless and the less well-off can gain the benefits of regional park visits

xvii)   actively seek to develop a regional park on the Auckland Isthmus, and give serious consideration to the proposed Headland Park at Wynyard Point for a regional park

xviii)  recommends clearly stated and communicated dog access policy decisions about which parks are suitable for dogs off leash, which only on leash and which ban dogs entirely, dependent on the nature of each park and its wildlife

c)          appoint Chair Richard Northey and Deputy Chair Alex Bonham to speak to the hearings panel on the Board’s feedback in b) on 9 May 2022.

CARRIED

 


24

Auckland Transport - Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw 2022

 

An document summarizing the feedback which will be submitted was tabled, and appears on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/65

MOVED by Member G Gunthorp, seconded by Deputy Chairperson A Bonham:

That the Waitematā 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

b)         support proposal 2 on electric vehicle charging

i)           request AT also publish the criteria used to determine whether approval will be granted

ii)         reiterate the Board’s view is that there must be no impediment to any footpath or road user

iii)        not support the use of cable covers by applicants as they have the potential to impede footpath users (especially those in wheelchairs and prams), will create clutter and visual pollution, and may be targets for vandalism

c)          strongly recommend on proposal 3 that if AT is to use its discretion it must be able to justify the reasoning behind decision-making and be consistent in approach

d)         note that while the draft clause on proposal 4 appears suitable, an additional point should be considered for inclusion:

i)           Public display of the approval for road/footpath closure. At present, it is unclear whether the footpath (or road) closures are approved/legal. The contractors should be required to publicly display the Auckland Transport approval on the hoardings / cones.

e)          recommend that the changes to this bylaw enable the play street guidelines developed by Jacqueline Collins to be adopted by AT

f)           recommend that the bylaw anticipates and accommodates any changes to the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management Plans

g)         note that being able to enable play streets and community or local business association-led events like street parties or placemaking at low cost is strongly desired by the board, the community and local business and council staff working with them

h)         support the definition of micro-mobility in the proposed bylaw, with the omission of the word “lightweight” to accommodate technological changes and give consideration for bike trailers (carrying people or cargo) to be included in the definition

i)           strongly recommend that the bylaw enables berm planting. This would include enabling residents to do lower-level planting as a matter of right, but also, where appropriate, to plant trees that augment the urban ngahere

j)           note that council has the mapping tools developed to assist in understanding overlays and locations of utilities, and that it is possible this could be used to support communities to develop planting plans or let individuals know whether they can plant a tree outside their home

k)          note that recent changes to planning rules mean it is likely there will be significantly less private space for planting, so meeting the goal of 30% coverage requires optimisation of street space for multiple good outcomes

l)           note that the risk that some plantings are not well-maintained is real but low-impact and adverse effects could be mitigated by clear rules and guidelines; and that the positive outcomes for visual interest, urban cooling, biodiversity and community wellbeing of street plantings are well-established by research

m)        approve the tabled feedback document reflecting the resolutions above.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     12 April 2022, Waitematā Local Board, Item 24 - Auckland Transport - Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw 2022, Feedback

 

 

25

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

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/66

MOVED by Member J Sandilands, seconded by Member GF Fryer:

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)          provide feedback below 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

b)         provide feedback on the container return scheme:

i)           strongly support the implementation of a container return scheme in New Zealand, but suggest a higher refund amount than the proposed 20c. This would encourage a greater number of returns, as well as future-proof the scheme by ensuring the refund amount is robust between implementation and when the scheme is first reviewed

ii)         support all proposed options to receive the refunds, and recommend that the final scheme includes two of these options: the option to donate the refund to charity, as well as one or two others of the proposed options (cash, voucher, electronic credit). It may be necessary to include both cash and electronic credit as many people do not use one or the other

iii)        support the inclusion of variable scheme fees provided these didn’t overly complicate the scheme or increase participation costs

iv)        agree with the proposed scope of container material types, but also support mandating more containers that are made of these materials in order to increase the percentage of beverage containers in the scheme. Any inclusion of alternative container packaging within the scheme should be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and evaluated against a container package mandate

v)         not agree with the proposal to exempt fresh milk packages from the scheme, but acknowledge that technical solutions will be necessary for commercial milk use as potentially container size/shape.

vi)        not support the exemption of containers in an established return/refillable scheme, as the number of containers in such schemes is currently very low. This would add complexity to the scheme for very little benefit.

vii)      support return locations at supermarkets, shopping centres and community centres. Dairies and other small beverage retailers should only be included if there are no other return sites within a five-minute walking distance

 

c)          provide feedback on kerbside recycling:

i)           generally support the proposed improvements to household kerbside recycling. A problem facing kerbside recycling today is the high amount of contamination in kerbside recycling caused by individuals being unaware of what is recyclable, and how material needs to be prepared for recycling. The standardisation of material types across the country would allow for an effective public awareness and education campaign that would address these issues.  A clearer, standardised, labelling of materials would help lower contamination and increase recycling rates

ii)         support the recycling of all of the proposed materials and support the inclusion of new materials in the future, evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The proposed requirement for separate collections of glass and of paper/ cardboard should greatly reduce cross contamination from damp and dirty materials and increase the proportion of effective recycling of both materials. We support the diversion of food and garden waste from landfills. Both Councils and the Government have a strong role to play in diverting waste from landfills, and should work together to achieve this

d)         provide feedback on separation of business food waste:

i)           The Waitematā Local Board fully supports businesses diverting their food waste from landfills, and supports this occurring for all commercial businesses by 2030. Relevant businesses have higher quantities of food waste due to the large number of customers they service, and are therefore diversion activities can have a greater impact than diversion by households. Businesses are also able to make food waste diversion a part of their business-as-usual operations, for example by installing separate bins and training staff

e)          urge that creative compulsory and voluntary measures to collect, recover and recycle construction sand demolition materials be developed and implemented urgently, as they make up about 70% of all waste to landfill. This includes measures such as waste plans during construction.

CARRIED

 

26

Chairperson's report

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/67

MOVED by Member GF Fryer, seconded by Member KL Leoni:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      receive the Chair’s report for April 2022.

CARRIED

 

 

27

Board member reports

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/68

MOVED by Chairperson R Northey, seconded by Member KL Leoni:  

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      receive the written reports from Deputy Chair Bonham and Member Gunthorp and receive verbal reports from Member Fryer, Member Leoni, and Member Sandilands for April 2022.

CARRIED

28

Governance Forward Work Calendar

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/69

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      receive the governance forward work calendar as at 12 April 2022.

CARRIED

 

 


29

Waitematā Local Board workshop records

 

Resolution number WTM/2022/70

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

That the Waitematā Local Board:

a)      receive the Waitematā Local Board workshop records for the workshops held 22 March, 29 March and 5 April 2022.

CARRIED

 

 

30        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

 

4.17 pm                                              The Chair thanked Members, staff and public for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.

 

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

 

 

 

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