Kaipātiki Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Kaipātiki Local Board held in the Kaipātiki Local Board Office, 90 Bentley Avenue, Glenfield and via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 at 10.08am.

 

present

 

Chairperson

John Gillon

 

Deputy Chairperson

Danielle Grant, JP

 

Members

Paula Gillon

 

 

Melanie Kenrick

 

 

Cindy Schmidt

 

 

Andrew Shaw

 

 

Adrian Tyler

 

 

ABSENT

 

 

Ann Hartley, QSO

 

 

 


Kaipātiki Local Board

11 May 2022

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

Chairperson John Gillon opened the meeting followed by Member Adrian Tyler leading the meeting with a karakia.

 

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2          Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number KT/2022/94

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson D Grant, seconded by Member P Gillon:   

That the Kaipātiki Local Board:

a)         confirms the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, as true and correct.

CARRIED

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

5.1

Leave of Absence - Member Ann Hartley QSO

 

Resolution number KT/2022/95

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson D Grant, seconded by Member A Shaw:  

That the Kaipātiki Local Board:

a)         accept a request for leave of absence from member Ann Hartley QSO for the period from 10 May 2022 until the end of the electoral term.

CARRIED

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.

 

7          Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

8          Deputations

 

There were no deputations.

 

9          Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

11

Kaipātiki Local Board Chairperson's Report

 

There was no report provided at this time.

 

12

Members' Reports

 

There were no reports provided at this time.

 

13

Governing Body and Independent Maori Statutory Board Members' Update

 

There were no updates provided at this time.

 

Adjournment of Meeting

Resolution number KT/2022/96

MOVED by Chairperson J Gillon, seconded by Deputy Chairperson D Grant:  

That the Kaipātiki Local Board:

a)         agree to adjourn the meeting for 30 mins at 10.11am.

CARRIED

 

Meeting reconvened at 10.54am.

 

14

Local board consultation feedback and input into the Annual Budget 2022/2023

 

MOVED by Chairperson J Gillon, seconded by Member A Tyler:   

That the Kaipātiki Local Board:

a)         receive consultation feedback on the proposed Kaipātiki Local Board priorities and activities for 2022/2023.

b)        receive consultation feedback on regional topics in the Annual Budget 2022/2023 from people and organisations based in the Kaipātiki Local Board area.

c)         thank the 9,464 people and organisations from around Auckland who made submissions on the Annual Budget, including 460 from the Kaipātiki Local Board area.

Climate

d)        support the climate action package and Climate Action Targeted Rate, noting that 64% of individual submitters and 33% of organization submitters from the Kaipātiki Local Board area that responded to this question supported the proposal

e)         acknowledge the current financial constraints faced by Auckland Council, noting that the current proposed general rates would not deliver on the outcomes proposed to be delivered by the Climate Action Targeted Rate.

f)          request that council vigorously pursues legislative change to enable councils to re-introduce greater general tree protections to ensure our environmental future and mitigate the effects of climate change.

g)        request that local board views are sought at the very earliest stages of any projects being considered and delivered as part of the climate action package in the Kaipātiki local board area.

h)        request there be regular reporting to local boards and the general public on the outcomes being delivered with the targeted rate and that the package is reviewed on a regular basis for effectiveness.

i)          request a prompt and comprehensive review of how significant emissions reductions can be achieved through Auckland Council’s operational functions and business as usual procedures noting the possibility for reduced mowing in appropriate areas, the utilization of electric power tools, the potential utilization of resources like noxious trees, wattle, wild pine etc as mulch with all flow on emissions and ecological benefits.

Budget Pressures

j)          have mixed views on the budget pressures proposal, noting that 50% of individual submitters and 40% of organization submitters from the Kaipātiki Local Board area that responded to this question supported the proposal.

k)         support council utilizing borrowing headroom as a budget lever.

l)          note that there is insufficient information in the proposal to support the delay of capital investment as a budget lever, and we are concerned that such delays could be to essential infrastructure required to support intensification as the result of Government-mandated Unitary Plan changes. We request the opportunity to provide local board views on the proposal once further information is available.

m)       do not support asset recycling as a lever, particularly not the sale of parks, reserves, and open spaces.

n)        remain opposed to the Three Waters proposal, however if it is foisted on Auckland Council, then support the proposal to use the Government’s ‘Better Off’ support package funding as a lever to manage budget pressures.

o)        support the proposed general rates increase of 3.5% for 2022/2023.

Service Prioritisation

p)        have mixed views on the service prioritisation proposal, noting that 52% of individual submitters and 50% of organization submitters from the Kaipātiki Local Board area that responded to this question supported the proposal.

q)        note that there is insufficient information on the proposal to implement cost reductions in the form of efficiency savings and potential reduction in services as a budget lever. We request the opportunity to provide local board views on the proposal once further information is available.

Waste Service Standardisation

r)         have mixed views on the waste service standardisation proposal, noting that 52% of individual submitters and 60% of organization submitters from the Kaipātiki Local Board area that responded to this question supported the retention of the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) system.

s)         support the proposal to amend the waste plan to enable a transition to a rates-funded refuse service, noting that:

i)      the general operating cost will go down by about $70 per household for all three services,

ii)     the PAYT model has not delivered on the expected reduction of waste or a saving in costs,

iii)   the PAYT model is less cost-effective for the council than rates-funded solutions because of more complex systems and duplication of workloads by multiple suppliers,

iv)   the rates funded system will significantly improve council’s ability to capture the majority of Auckland’s domestic refuse and manage it in accordance with best practice approaches supported by Auckland communities

v)    the rates-funded system is expected to produce less carbon emissions than the PAYT model due to less trucks being used.

t)          support the introduction of multiple-sized rubbish bin solution (whether PAYT or rates-based), but request the introduction of a fourth smaller bin option for those households that are super efficient at minimizing refuse.

u)        support the continuation of the fortnightly rates-funded recycling service.

v)         support the proposed rates-funded food scrap collection service.

w)        support the continuation of the annual rates-funded inorganic collection.

x)         request that the council work with the Government to put a greater onus of reducing waste onto manufacturers and retailers, through systems such as the German Green Dot (Der Grüne Punkt) scheme.

y)         request that the council work with other councils in New Zealand to develop consistency in recycling practices.

Other topics

z)         support the proposal to increase local board decision-making over local community services, and look forward to further discussions with the Governing Body and staff on this matter.

Local Board Advocacy for Annual Budget 2022/2023

Local Board Budgets

aa)      advocate for an increase in Kaipātiki Local Board capex renewal budget and asset maintenance budgets to ensure that all community facility assets that have been assessed as category 4 and 5 can be funded for repair or replacement in a timely manner.

bb)     note that we expect to only be able to afford to renew approximately 80% of category 4 and 5 assets in the current three-year period.

cc)      support the retention of the Kaipātiki Local Board Local Discretionary Initiative (LDI) Opex and Capex budgets.

dd)     support the continuation of the local board’s capital transport funding, to ensure that we can continue to reflect local community concerns and requests for changes and enhancements in the road corridor.

ee)      support the continued investment into parks/reserves, tracks and connections, and sports and recreational assets.

Targeted Rate Investment

ff)        support funding from the Water Quality Targeted Rate being invested in the prevention and management of pollution and sedimentation in the Wairau catchment.

gg)     support the continuation of investment from the Natural Environment Targeted Rate (NETR) into upgrading, rerouting and reopening tracks, and installing shoe hygiene stations, in the Kaipātiki area, to prevent or mitigate the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Compliance Investment

hh)     request that the relevant compliance enforcement teams be urgently provided sufficient budget and resources to effectively carry out their roles to a higher level of service than in recent years, noting that we consider that the enforcement of its many bylaws (including its compliance and enforcement responsibilities under a range of legislation) is a core and essential function of Auckland Council, and that the local board and the public expect that bylaws are enforced in a timely manner and in full.

Coastal Investment

ii)         support continued investment into renewing coastal assets around the Kaipātiki Local Board coastline.

jj)         request that staff continue to work with the Kaipātiki Local Board on the Little Shoal Bay Shoreline Adaptation Plan and options to prevent flooding and seawater inundation at Little Shoal Bay Reserve, to achieve the key outcomes for the reserve and surrounds adopted by the local board [resolution number KT/2020/190], including to protect the flat open grass field area and carparking areas, and to protect and enhance the freshwater ecosystem in the western side of the reserve.

Northcote Development

kk)      advocate for the continuation of investment into the Northcote Development, including the delivery of the Te Ara Awataha greenway and park developments, a new community building, town square and maximum public open space within the town centre, retention of mature trees, inclusion of cultural and heritage aspects and public art, walking and cycling links, and public transport connections, to support current and future residents of the Northcote area.

Northern Community Recycling Centre

ll)         support the inclusion of budget towards new and existing community recycling sites.

mm)   request that funding is allocated towards the establishment of a northern Resource Recovery Park to provide the “hub” in a community-led hub-and-spoke model of resource recycling in the northern local board areas.

nn)     request that funding is allocated to provide a Resource Recovery Centre in the Kaipātiki Local Board area.

One Local Initiative (OLI) - Birkenhead War Memorial Park Redevelopment

 

oo)     support funding for the local board’s One Local Initiative be brought forward to support the planning of this important project and to provide the impacted community with some certainty around delivery (Birkenhead War Memorial Park Redevelopment).

Transport

pp)     support increased investment into public transport options (including bus and ferry service) for residents across the North Shore and to inner and outer suburbs across Auckland.

qq)     support more shared paths and cycle networks across Kaipatiki.

rr)        advocate for solutions enabling cyclists to cross the Waitemata Harbour.

 

 

Member P Gillon moved an amendment by way of replacement for clause s)

 

MOVED by Member P Gillon, seconded by Deputy Chairperson D Grant:  

That the Kaipātiki Local Board:

s)         support the retention of the PAYT system for refuse, and believe that it does encourage people to be aware of, and reduce, the waste they send to landfill.

 

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Member P Gillon

Deputy Chairperson D Grant

Member M Kenrick

Against

Chairperson J Gillon

Member C Schmidt

Member A Shaw

Member A Tyler

Abstained

 

The motion was declared lost by 3 votes to 4.

LOST

 

 

Chairperson John Gillon put the substantive motion.

Resolution number KT/2022/97

MOVED by Chairperson J Gillon, seconded by Member A Tyler:  

That the Kaipātiki Local Board:

a)         receive consultation feedback on the proposed Kaipātiki Local Board priorities and activities for 2022/2023.

b)        receive consultation feedback on regional topics in the Annual Budget 2022/2023 from people and organisations based in the Kaipātiki Local Board area.

c)         thank the 9,464 people and organisations from around Auckland who made submissions on the Annual Budget, including 460 from the Kaipātiki Local Board area.

Climate

d)        support the climate action package and Climate Action Targeted Rate, noting that 64% of individual submitters and 33% of organization submitters from the Kaipātiki Local Board area that responded to this question supported the proposal

e)         acknowledge the current financial constraints faced by Auckland Council, noting that the current proposed general rates would not deliver on the outcomes proposed to be delivered by the Climate Action Targeted Rate.

f)          request that council vigorously pursues legislative change to enable councils to re-introduce greater general tree protections to ensure our environmental future and mitigate the effects of climate change.

g)        request that local board views are sought at the very earliest stages of any projects being considered and delivered as part of the climate action package in the Kaipātiki local board area.

h)        request there be regular reporting to local boards and the general public on the outcomes being delivered with the targeted rate and that the package is reviewed on a regular basis for effectiveness.

i)          request a prompt and comprehensive review of how significant emissions reductions can be achieved through Auckland Council’s operational functions and business as usual procedures noting the possibility for reduced mowing in appropriate areas, the utilization of electric power tools, the potential utilization of resources like noxious trees, wattle, wild pine etc as mulch with all flow on emissions and ecological benefits.

Budget Pressures

j)          have mixed views on the budget pressures proposal, noting that 50% of individual submitters and 40% of organization submitters from the Kaipātiki Local Board area that responded to this question supported the proposal.

k)         support council utilizing borrowing headroom as a budget lever.

l)          note that there is insufficient information in the proposal to support the delay of capital investment as a budget lever, and we are concerned that such delays could be to essential infrastructure required to support intensification as the result of Government-mandated Unitary Plan changes. We request the opportunity to provide local board views on the proposal once further information is available.

m)       do not support asset recycling as a lever, particularly not the sale of parks, reserves, and open spaces.

n)        remain opposed to the Three Waters proposal, however if it is foisted on Auckland Council, then support the proposal to use the Government’s ‘Better Off’ support package funding as a lever to manage budget pressures.

o)        support the proposed general rates increase of 3.5% for 2022/2023.

Service Prioritisation

p)        have mixed views on the service prioritisation proposal, noting that 52% of individual submitters and 50% of organization submitters from the Kaipātiki Local Board area that responded to this question supported the proposal.

q)        note that there is insufficient information on the proposal to implement cost reductions in the form of efficiency savings and potential reduction in services as a budget lever. We request the opportunity to provide local board views on the proposal once further information is available.

Waste Service Standardisation

r)         have mixed views on the waste service standardisation proposal, noting that 52% of individual submitters and 60% of organization submitters from the Kaipātiki Local Board area that responded to this question supported the retention of the Pay As You Throw (PAYT) system.

s)         support the proposal to amend the waste plan to enable a transition to a rates-funded refuse service, noting that:

i)       the general operating cost will go down by about $70 per household for all three services,

ii)      the PAYT model has not delivered on the expected reduction of waste or a saving in costs,

iii)    the PAYT model is less cost-effective for the council than rates-funded solutions because of more complex systems and duplication of workloads by multiple suppliers,

iv)    the rates funded system will significantly improve council’s ability to capture the majority of Auckland’s domestic refuse and manage it in accordance with best practice approaches supported by Auckland communities

v)      the rates-funded system is expected to produce less carbon emissions than the PAYT model due to less trucks being used.

t)          support the introduction of multiple-sized rubbish bin solution (whether PAYT or rates-based), but request the introduction of a fourth smaller bin option for those households that are super efficient at minimizing refuse.

u)        support the continuation of the fortnightly rates-funded recycling service.

v)         support the proposed rates-funded food scrap collection service.

w)        support the continuation of the annual rates-funded inorganic collection.

x)         request that the council work with the Government to put a greater onus of reducing waste onto manufacturers and retailers, through systems such as the German Green Dot (Der Grüne Punkt) scheme.

y)         request that the council work with other councils in New Zealand to develop consistency in recycling practices.

Other topics

z)         support the proposal to increase local board decision-making over local community services, and look forward to further discussions with the Governing Body and staff on this matter.

Local Board Advocacy for Annual Budget 2022/2023

Local Board Budgets

aa)      advocate for an increase in Kaipātiki Local Board capex renewal budget and asset maintenance budgets to ensure that all community facility assets that have been assessed as category 4 and 5 can be funded for repair or replacement in a timely manner.

bb)     note that we expect to only be able to afford to renew approximately 80% of category 4 and 5 assets in the current three-year period.

cc)      support the retention of the Kaipātiki Local Board Local Discretionary Initiative (LDI) Opex and Capex budgets.

dd)     support the continuation of the local board’s capital transport funding, to ensure that we can continue to reflect local community concerns and requests for changes and enhancements in the road corridor.

ee)      support the continued investment into parks/reserves, tracks and connections, and sports and recreational assets.

Targeted Rate Investment

ff)        support funding from the Water Quality Targeted Rate being invested in the prevention and management of pollution and sedimentation in the Wairau catchment.

gg)     support the continuation of investment from the Natural Environment Targeted Rate (NETR) into upgrading, rerouting and reopening tracks, and installing shoe hygiene stations, in the Kaipātiki area, to prevent or mitigate the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Compliance Investment

hh)     request that the relevant compliance enforcement teams be urgently provided sufficient budget and resources to effectively carry out their roles to a higher level of service than in recent years, noting that we consider that the enforcement of its many bylaws (including its compliance and enforcement responsibilities under a range of legislation) is a core and essential function of Auckland Council, and that the local board and the public expect that bylaws are enforced in a timely manner and in full.

Coastal Investment

ii)         support continued investment into renewing coastal assets around the Kaipātiki Local Board coastline.

jj)         request that staff continue to work with the Kaipātiki Local Board on the Little Shoal Bay Shoreline Adaptation Plan and options to prevent flooding and seawater inundation at Little Shoal Bay Reserve, to achieve the key outcomes for the reserve and surrounds adopted by the local board [resolution number KT/2020/190], including to protect the flat open grass field area and carparking areas, and to protect and enhance the freshwater ecosystem in the western side of the reserve.

Northcote Development

kk)      advocate for the continuation of investment into the Northcote Development, including the delivery of the Te Ara Awataha greenway and park developments, a new community building, town square and maximum public open space within the town centre, retention of mature trees, inclusion of cultural and heritage aspects and public art, walking and cycling links, and public transport connections, to support current and future residents of the Northcote area.

Northern Community Recycling Centre

ll)         support the inclusion of budget towards new and existing community recycling sites.

mm)   request that funding is allocated towards the establishment of a northern Resource Recovery Park to provide the “hub” in a community-led hub-and-spoke model of resource recycling in the northern local board areas.

nn)     request that funding is allocated to provide a Resource Recovery Centre in the Kaipātiki Local Board area.

One Local Initiative (OLI) - Birkenhead War Memorial Park Redevelopment

 

oo)     support funding for the local board’s One Local Initiative be brought forward to support the planning of this important project and to provide the impacted community with some certainty around delivery (Birkenhead War Memorial Park Redevelopment).

Transport

pp)     support increased investment into public transport options (including bus and ferry service) for residents across the North Shore and to inner and outer suburbs across Auckland.

qq)     support more shared paths and cycle networks across Kaipatiki.

rr)        advocate for solutions enabling cyclists to cross the Waitemata Harbour.

CARRIED

Note: Under Standing Order 1.9.7 Member P Gillon and Deputy Chairperson D Grant requested to abstain from voting on clause d) and e)

 

Note: Under Standing Order 1.9.7 Member M Kenrick, Member C Schmidt and Member A Shaw requested their votes be recorded against clause m)

 

Note: Under Standing Order 1.9.7 Member A Shaw requested his vote be recorded against clause n)

 

 

15        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.


 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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