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

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

5:15pm

Local Board Office
10 Belgium Street
Ostend
Waiheke

 

Waiheke Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Cath Handley

 

Deputy Chairperson

Kylee Matthews

 

Members

Robin Tucker

 

 

Bob Upchurch

 

 

Paul Walden

 

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Dileeka Senewiratne

Democracy Advisor

 

6 May 2022

 

Contact Telephone: 021 840 914

Email: dileeka.senewiratne@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


Waiheke Local Board

11 May 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

9          Public Forum                                                                                                                  5

10        Extraordinary Business                                                                                                5

11        Local board consultation feedback and input into the Annual Budget 2022/2023 7

12        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 


1          Welcome

 

Kua uru mai a hau kaha, a hau maia, a hau ora, a hau nui,

Ki runga, ki raro, ki roto, ki waho

Rire, rire hau…pai marire

 

Translation (non-literal) - Rama Ormsby

Let the winds bring us inspiration from beyond,

Invigorate us with determination and courage to achieve our aspirations for abundance and sustainability

Bring the calm, bring all things good, bring peace… good peace.

 

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 Waiheke Local Board:

a)         confirm the minutes of its ordinary meeting, held on Wednesday, 27 April 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

 

There was no petitions as this is a part of a Special Consultative Process.

 

8          Deputations

 

There was no deputations as this is a part of a Special Consultative Process.

 

9          Public Forum

 

There is no public forum as this is a part of a Special Consultative Process

 

 

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.”


Waiheke Local Board

11 May 2022

 

 

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

File No.: CP2022/05498

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive consultation feedback from the Waiheke Local Board area on:

·    proposed priorities and activities for the Waiheke Local Board Agreement 2022/2023. 

·    regional topics for the Annual Budget 2022/2023.

2.       To recommend any local matters to the Governing Body, that they will need to consider or make decisions on in the Annual Budget 2022/2023 process.

3.       To provide input on the proposed regional topics in the Annual Budget 2022/2023.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

4.       Local board agreements set out annual funding priorities, activities, budgets, levels of service, performance measures and initiatives for each local board area. Local board agreements for 2022/2023 will be included in the Council’s Annual Budget 2022/2023.

5.       Auckland Council publicly consulted from 28 February to 28 March 2022 to seek community views on the proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023. This included consultation on the Waiheke Local Board’s proposed priorities for 2022/2023 to be included in their local board agreement.

6.       Auckland Council received 11,550 pieces of feedback in total across the region including 99 submissions from the Waiheke local board area. The majority of local respondents (73 per cent) were generally supportive of the proposed local board priorities.  

7.       Full copies of submissions can be found at this link https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/submissions-annual-budget-2022-2023

8.       In the Annual Budget process there are financial matters where local boards provide recommendations to the Governing Body, for consideration or decision-making. This includes:  

·    proposed locally driven initiative capital projects outside local boards’ decision-making responsibility

·    release of local board specific reserve funds

·    any local board advocacy initiatives.

The Governing Body will consider these items as part of the Annual Budget decision-making process in June 2022.

9.       Local boards have a statutory responsibility to provide input into regional strategies, policies, plans, and bylaws. This report provides an opportunity for the local board to provide input on council’s proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023.

 

 

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendations

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)      receive consultation feedback on the proposed Waiheke 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 Waiheke local board area.

c)      recommend that the Governing Body approves any proposed locally driven initiative (LDI) capital projects, which are outside local boards’ allocated decision-making responsibility.

d)      provide input on regional topics in the proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023 to the Governing Body (Attachment A).

e)      provide its advocacy initiatives for the Annual Budget 2022/2023 to the Governing Body (Attachment B).

 

Horopaki

Context

10.     Each financial year Auckland Council must have a local board agreement (as agreed between the Governing Body and the local board) for each local board area. The Waiheke Local Board Agreement sets out how the Council will reflect the priorities in the Waiheke Local Board Plan 2020 in respect to the local activities to be provided in the Waiheke local board area and includes information relating to budgets, levels of service, and performance measures.

11.     The local board agreements 2022/2023 will form part of the Auckland Council’s Annual Budget 2022/2023.

12.     Auckland Council publicly consulted from 28 February to 28 March 2022 to seek community views on the proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023, as well as local board priorities and proposed activities to be included in the local board agreement 2022/2023.

13.     Due to the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, significant pressure has been placed upon the council’s financial position. This has created significant flow on effects for the council’s proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

14.     This report includes analysis of consultation feedback, any local matters to be recommended to the Governing Body and seeks input on regional topics in the proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023.

Consultation feedback overview 

15.     As part of the public consultation Auckland Council used a variety of methods and channels to reach and engage a broad cross section of Aucklanders to gain their feedback and input into regional and local topics.   

16.     In total, Auckland Council received feedback 11,550 pieces of feedback in the consultation period. This feedback was received through:

·    written feedback – 9,464 online or hard copy forms, emails or letters

·    in person – 2,086 pieces of feedback through online Have Your Say events, or independently managed phone interviews. All events (except one which didn’t have any attendees) were moved to an online platform or cancelled due to the red Covid-19 traffic light setting.

·    Full copies of submissions can be found at this link. https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/submissions-annual-budget-2022-2023

 

Feedback received on the Waiheke Local Board’s priorities for 2022/2023

17.     The Waiheke Local Board consulted on the following priorities for 2022/2023:

·    Progressing the Mātiatia Strategic Plan

·    Continuing delivery of the Tawaipareira Reserve Concept Plan, including a new playground, learn to ride and pump track

·    Progressing prioritised actions within the Rangihoua / Onetangi Sports Park Management Plan

·    Implementing recommendations from the Waiheke Destination Management Plan and collaborating with businesses and tertiary providers to create diverse economic/career opportunities on the island

·    Commencing the growing stage of the Waiheke Ngahere (Forest) Strategy to enhance biodiversity, increase canopy cover and improve Waiheke Island’s carbon footprint

·    Working with our community and businesses to progress actions within the Waiheke Island Climate Action Plan

·    Supporting initiatives which protect, restore and enhance the island’s natural environment

18.     99 submissions were received on Waiheke Local Board’s priorities for 2022/2023. The majority of local respondents (73 per cent) were generally supportive of the proposed local board priorities.

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19.     Consultation feedback on local board priorities will be considered by the local board when approving their local board agreement between 21-23 June 2022.

Information on submitters

20.     The tables and graphs below indicate the demographic categories people identified with. This information only relates to those submitters who provided demographic information.

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Key themes

21.     Key themes of note across the feedback received (through written, in-person and social media channels) included:

Those in support:

·    Prioritise climate action and environmental initiatives

·    Increase safe footpaths and cycleways

·    Support community environmental programmes

·    Increase local board authority and budget

·    Support affordable housing and the homeless

·    Food resilience

·    Marine protection

·    Improved waste management / composting facilities

Those not in support:

·    Rakino Hall repair

·    Focus on essential infrastructure, toilets, track maintenance.

·    Living on Waiheke is not affordable

Other:

·    Rakino Hall repair

·    Ensure roads are fit for purpose and safe

 

Feedback on other local topics

22.     Key themes across feedback received on other local topics included:

·        Environmental protection

·        Climate action

·        Zero carbon, zero waste

·        Governance and local decision-making

·        Youth career opportunities

·        Cultural and community wellbeing

·        Public toilet at McKenzie Reserve

·        Arts facilities

·        Sports facilities

·        Swimming pool

 

Overview of feedback received on regional topics in the Annual Budget 2022/2023 from the Waiheke Local Board area

23.     The proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023 sets out Auckland Council’s priorities and how to pay for them. Consultation on the proposed Annual Budget asked submitters to respond to four key questions on:

1.   Climate

2.   Budget Pressures

3.   Operating Spending Prioritisation

4.   Waste Service Standardisation

24.     The submissions received from the Waiheke Local Board area on these key issues are summarised below, along with an overview of any other areas of feedback on regional proposals with a local impact.

 

Key Question 1: Climate

25.     Aucklanders were asked about a proposed climate action package which will be funded by a targeted rate. The climate action package includes investments in low-carbon public transport, active walking and cycling networks; and urban ngahere (forest) canopy cover.

26.     This is proposed to be funded through $574 million from a targeted rate over the next 10 years as well additional funding from government co-funding.

27.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Waiheke Local Board area.

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Key themes

28.     Key themes of note across the feedback received included:

Those in support

•     Improve public transport accessibility and affordability including electric/hydrogen ferries, buses, trains.

•     Better infrastructure for walking / cycling.

•     Doesn’t go far enough, set tangible targets.

•     Do/Fund as much as possible now, don’t delay.

•     Increase tree canopy.

•     Should be at the forefront of every council decision.

 

Those not in support

•     Rates are already too expensive and people can’t afford higher rates.

•     Find savings in other areas (staff costs, fleet vehicles, projects) .

•     Government role.

•     Focus on existing infrastructure.

•     Climate change is not an issue.

 

Key Question 2: Budget Pressures

29.     Aucklanders were asked about a range of levers proposed to manage on-going budget pressures. Council are forecasting a budget shortfall of $85 million for 2022/2023 compared to what was budgeted for in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. This is due to on-going impacts of COVID-19 on revenue and growing inflationary pressure.

30.     A range of levers are proposed to manage the budget pressures including:

-     Using the Government’s Better Off support package funding

-     Changing the timing of some capital spending

-     Implementing cost reductions in the form of efficiency savings and a potential reduction in some services

-     Keeping the previously agreed general rates increase of 3.5 per cent for 2022/2023 and;

-     Continuing work on the sale or long-term lease of non-strategic assets as required.

31.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Waiheke Local Board area.

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Key themes

32.     Key themes of note across the feedback received included:

Those in support

·        Rates should not increase any further.

·        Seems financially prudent.

·        Reduce council staff, consultants and salaries.

·        Maintain environmental programmes.

 

Those not in support

·        Reduce council staff and salaries.

·        Oppose asset sale.

·        Oppose reduction in service levels.

·        Borrow more now for infrastructure required.

·        Reduce spending on non-necessary projects.

33.    Since consultation, further reduction in revenue caused by the COVID-19 omicron outbreak and rising interest and inflation costs has compounded budget pressures.

34.    Local Board Chairs attended a Finance and Performance Committee workshop outlining the increased pressures and a briefing was held for all local board members.

 

Key Question 3: Operating Spending Prioritisation

35.     Aucklanders were asked to provide feedback on a proposal that would see council prioritise operating spending to help manage on-going budget pressures. A set of criteria to be used when making decisions about cost reductions, including those that could reduce, stop or change some services, was proposed.

36.     The proposal involves implementing $15 million of additional permanent cost reductions in the form of efficiency saving and low-priority service reductions across the group in 2023/2024, growing to $30 million per annum from 2024/2025 onwards.

37.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Waiheke Local Board area.

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Key themes

38.     Key themes of note across the feedback received included:

Those in support

·        Focus on doing core services well.

·        Prioritise climate action, environmental protection and waste minimisation.

·        Partner with more communities.

 

Those not in support

·        Do not cut existing service levels.

·        Reduce council staff.

·        Climate action is a must.

 

I don’t know/Other comments

·        Improve efficiencies and productivity.

·        Require more specifics, priorities are too vague.

·        Concentrate on core services and infrastructure.

 

Key Question 4: Waste Service Standardisation

39.     Aucklanders were asked about a proposal to standardise waste services and charges across Auckland. The proposal would involve a move to a region-wide rates funded refuse collection service and see a choice of three bin sizes (with different pricing for each) to accommodate different household needs.

40.     Auckland Council are also proposing to include standardising which properties can opt-out of waste management services and charges across Auckland.

41.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Waiheke Local Board area.

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Key themes

42.     Key themes of note across the feedback received included:

Those supporting rates funded

·        Paying too much already.

·        Waste is already minimal due to self management.

·        Reintroduce weekly recycling (encourages recycling).

·        Introduce weekly compost collection (community based).

·        More education.

 

Those not in support (prefer PAYT)

·        Minimise already via composting and minimisation.

·        Polluter should pay.

·        Encourages waste minimisation.

·        Promote circular economy.

 

Other comments:

·        Introduce food scrap service.

·        Introduce bylaws to prevent waste.

·        Understand where is recycling going.

·        Incentivise waste minimisation.

·        PAYT may disadvantage some communities.

 

Recommendations on local matters 

43.     This report allows the local board to recommend local matters to the Governing Body for consideration as part of the Annual Budget process, in June 2022. This includes:

·    proposed locally driven initiative capital projects outside local boards’ decision-making responsibility

·    release of local board specific reserve funds.

·    local advocacy initiatives.

Funding for Locally Driven Initiatives (LDI)

44.     Local boards are allocated funding for locally driven initiatives (LDI) annually, to spend on local projects or programmes that are important to their communities. Local boards have decision-making over the LDI funds but need approval from the Governing Body where:

·    operational LDI funding is to be converted into capital LDI funding.

·    the release of local board specific reserve funds is requested, which are being held by the council for a specific purpose.

·    a LDI capital project exceeds $1 million.

45.     It is noted that the Waiheke Local Board received Governing Body approval in 2016 to allocate LDI funding to enable up to $1m debt funded towards development of a swimming pool. This project is still being progressed with Te Huruhi School representatives and the Waiheke Pool Society.

Local board advocacy

46.     Local boards are requested to provide approved advocacy initiatives which considers the consultation feedback above. This allows the Finance and Performance Committee to consider these advocacy items when making recommendations on the Annual Budget 2022/2023 to the Governing Body in June.

47.     The board’s draft feedback on regional topics and advocacy areas are attached (Attachment A and B).

48.     The advocacy initiatives approved by the local board will be included as an appendix to the 2022/2023 Local Board Agreement.

Local board input on regional topics in the Annual Budget 2022-2023

49.     Local boards have a statutory responsibility for identifying and communicating the interests and preferences of the people in its local board area in relation to Auckland Council’s strategies, policies, plans, and bylaws, and any proposed changes to be made to them. This report provides an opportunity for the local board to provide input on council’s proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

50.     The decisions recommended in this report are part of the Annual Budget 2022/2023 and local board agreement process to approve funding and expenditure over the next year.

51.     Projects allocated funding through this Annual Budget process will all have varying levels of potential climate impact associated with them. The climate impacts of projects Auckland Council chooses to progress, are all assessed carefully as part of council’s rigorous reporting requirements.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

52.     The Annual Budget 2022/2023 is an Auckland Council Group document and will include budgets at a consolidated group level. Consultation items and updates to budgets to reflect decisions and new information may include items from across the group.

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

Local impacts and local board views

53.     The local board’s decisions and feedback are being sought in this report. The local board has a statutory role in providing its feedback on regional plans.

54.     Local boards play an important role in the development of the council’s Annual Budget. Local board agreements form part of the Annual Budget. Local board nominees have also attended Finance and Performance Committee workshops on the Annual Budget.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

55.     Many local board decisions are of importance to and impact on Māori. Local board agreements and the Annual Budget are important tools that enable and can demonstrate the council’s responsiveness to Māori.

56.     Local board plans, developed in 2020 through engagement with the community including Māori, form the basis of local board area priorities. There is a need to continue to build relationships between local boards and iwi, and the wider Māori community.

57.     Analysis provided of consultation feedback received on the proposed Annual Budget includes submissions made by mana whenua and the wider Māori community who have interests in the rohe / local board area.

58.     Ongoing conversations between local boards and Māori will assist to understand each other’s priorities and issues. This in turn can influence and encourage Māori participation in the council’s decision-making processes.

59.     Some projects approved for funding could have discernible impacts on Māori. The potential impacts on Māori, as part of any project progressed by Auckland Council, will be assessed appropriately and accordingly as part of relevant reporting requirements.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

60.     This report is seeking the local board’s decisions on financial matters in the local board agreement that must then be considered by the Governing Body.

61.     The local board also provides input to regional plans and proposals. There is information in the council’s consultation material for each plan or proposal with the financial implications of each option outlined for consideration.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

62.     The council must adopt its Annual Budget, which includes local board agreements, by 30 June 2022. The local board is required to make recommendations on these local matters for the Annual Budget by mid May 2022 and present to the Finance and Performance Committee on 25 May, to enable and support the Governing Body to make decisions on key items to be included in the Annual Budget on 7 June 2022.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

63.     The local board will approve its local board agreement and corresponding work programmes in June 2022.

64.     Recommendations and feedback from the local board will be provided to the Finance and Performance committee for consideration ahead of that Committee making recommendations to the Governing Body for decision.

65.     The final Annual Budget 2022/2023 (including local board agreements) will be adopted by the Governing Body on 29 June 2022.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Waiheke Local Board input on regional topics in the proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023

19

b

Waiheke Local Board draft advocacy initiatives

21

      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Janine Geddes - Senior Local Board Advisor

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Local Area Manager – Aotea/Great Barrier and Waiheke Local Boards

 

 


Waiheke Local Board

11 May 2022

 

 

Annual Budget 2022/2023

Waiheke Local Board feedback on regional topics

 

Topic

Proposal

Support /

Do not support

Local Board Input

Climate Action

To introduce a climate action targeted rate

 Support

The board supports the proposed additional investment in climate change, and notes:

·      the current investment strategy advantages the larger urban catchments at the expense of the smaller and/or rural catchments

·      The board support the investment in electrification.

·      The board support the continued investment into the public transport network to ensure rebuilding patronage post COVID without sacrificing service levels.

·      The board notes that the climate action targeted rate will deliver initiatives across all areas of Auckland equitably, not necessary equally.

Budget Pressures

To manage on-going budget pressures

 Support

·      The board notes local budgets need to be retained to enable local delivery of projects which support the council’s direction and the local board plan. The Waiheke Local Board budget is already very small and focused on core services and facilities and any reduction will have a disproportionate impact on Waiheke

Operating Spending Prioritisation

On how council will choose which services to reduce, stop or change

Support

·      The board supports the continued investment into the public transport network to ensure rebuilding patronage post COVID without sacrificing service levels.

 

Waste

To move from a planned region-wide pay-as-you-throw system to a region-wide rates-funded refuse collection system

 Support

·      In line with the Tīkapa Moana Hauraki Gulf Islands WMMP 2018 the board requests support for community-led food scrap solutions, including a review of previous local schemes and trials, prior to introducing a food scraps targeted rate for Waiheke Island as planned.

To standardise the opt-out rules for residential multi-unit developments (10 or more units)

 N/C

·     

To standardise the opt-out rules for residential and lifestyle properties with between two and nine units

 N/C

·     

To standardise the opt-out rules for non-residential properties

 N/C

·     

To apply a minimum base charge to every separately used or inhabited part of a property

 N/C

·     

 

Topic

Proposal

Local Board Input

Other Issues

Any other issues, including:

• Local board decision-making over local community services

• Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2022/2023

• Changes to fees and charges

·      N/C

 

Waiheke Local Board key advocacy initiatives

Refer to Attachment B

 


Waiheke Local Board

11 May 2022

 

 

Advocacy initiatives 

A key role of the local board is to advocate for initiatives that the local board may not have decision-making responsibilities or funding for in this 10-year Budget, but recognise the value it will add to the local community.

Key advocacy areas for this local board include:   

Initiative

Description

Advocating to

Priority Advocacy Areas FY23

Retention of funding allocated to the Mātiatia Strategic Plan

 

The board is progressing a strategic plan for council-owned land at Mātiatia and requests that any future development is guided by this plan and appropriate funding is allocated within the Long-term Plan 2021-2031 (LTP) and continues to be allocated in the Regional Land Transport Plan 2021-2031 (RLTP) for both transport and non-transport infrastructure related priorities.

Governing Body

Auckland Transport

Waka Kotahi

Including Waiheke ferry services within the Public Transport Operation Model (PTOM), including an integrated ticketing system

Passenger ferry services from Mātiatia and Kennedy Point wharves need to be incorporated into the Public Transport Operation Model (PTOM) system to ensure resilience, equity and affordability. The matter is being actively pursued with the Governing Body, Auckland Transport and the Minister of Transport.

Auckland Transport

Governing Body

Central government

Retention of funding to deliver the Waiheke 10-year Transport Plan providing safer roading and infrastructure that supports Waiheke’s character and water management needs

In line with the Waiheke 10-year Transport Plan and the Memorandum of Understanding with Auckland Transport, the board requests retention of funding to deliver safer quality roading, footpaths and a cycling network to a standard consistent with the rest of Auckland (taking into account Waiheke’s character).  This includes safe school travel networks. Effective water management using water sensitive design techniques to cope with road run-off are also essential. The board also seeks a review of the criteria for transport infrastructure investment to ensure it takes account of populations, which substantially fluctuate due to visitors. Extension of the New Zealand Cycle Trail through Waiheke continues to be a future aspiration.

Auckland Transport

Governing Body

Visitor Impact



Waiheke Island is considered an island sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf, and an environmental and arts destination. The board seeks appropriate funding for increased services, infrastructure, monitoring, maintenance and improvement projects which address the impact of tourism while also providing local benefit. Finalisation and implementation of the Destination Management Plan will be key for this priority.

Governing Body

Auckland Unlimited

Auckland Transport

Helipad consenting framework

The board supports a review of all helicopter activity to inform funded HGIDP plan changes so all resource applications for helicopter pads and associated movements and flight paths are publicly notified. That will enable other users of airspace, critical services, the community, environmental specialists and advocates, to contribute meaningfully.

That would help address the issues of loss of public amenity, natural ecosystems, cultural values, the impacts on the visitor economy, the right to quiet enjoyment of life, the current lack of alignment with the Local Board Plan, and public safety concerns.

Governing Body

Auckland Transport

Carbon Reduction



The effect of climate change on our environment will be catastrophic and the board encourage and support urgent carbon reduction initiatives.

In addition to the board’s Climate Action Plan there are a number of local low carbon initiatives in progress:

·    Ngahere Strategy

·    Community composting projects

·    Community resource recovery park

·    Electric Island Waiheke partnership

·    Electric vehicle and bike charging station installation

·    Electric bus and waste collection vehicles

·    Slower speeds review

Governing Body

Auckland Transport,

Central Government

Review into regulatory monitoring and compliance enforcement resourcing

 

The board request the Governing Body review regulatory compliance enforcement across Auckland Council and consider allocation of additional funding to increase local service levels for compliance activities including animal management staffing, sediment prevention, Responsible Camping Ambassadors during peak season, particularly at night when vehicles are parked up, due to concern over Council’s lack of capacity  to enforce its bylaws.

Governing Body


 


The board will also continue to advocate in the following areas:

Marine protection and restoration



Marine protection and restoration continue to be a priority. The board funds and/or actively supports a number of local initiatives such as:

·    Rāhui

·    Water quality and marine education initiatives

·    Waterway enhancement projects

·    Marine reserve development

·    Community initiatives such as the Waiheke Marine Project and Kelp management projects

·    Environmental grants

The board supports continued progression of marine protection via advocacy within the Hauraki Gulf Forum.

Governing Body

Central Government

Wetland and waterway protection

There should be a greater focus on protection of wetlands and waterways. Sedimentation management is essential, as is testing and monitoring our marine environment and waterways. More resource is required to ensure environmental protection and enforcement.

Governing Body

Auckland Transport

Regional coastal asset funding to remediate/relocate/replace Rakino Hall

 

 

Rakino Hall has been progressively deteriorating over the last 15 years with limited maintenance. The hall provides shelter for those waiting for boats or ferries, supports community development, and serves emergency management purposes. Remediation, relocation, or replacement is necessary to continue to provide a public facility on the island. Renewal budgets are insufficient to resolve the issue and the board seek coastal asset funding to support resolution.

Governing Body

Catchment management planning

Funding for the development and implementation of Catchment and/or Stormwater managements plans and progressive upgrade of stormwater infrastructure is essential. This includes flooding and stormwater management, ensuring adequate capacity within the aquifer, monitoring of the drainage network and appropriate maintenance and infrastructure development using low impact design.

Governing Body

Accommodation Providers Targeted Rate (APTR)

The Waiheke Local Board request that the Accommodation Providers Targeted Rate (APTR) be revoked or at the least Waiheke is moved from Zone B to Zone C. Feedback notes the rate is inequitable as is not universally applied to similar areas in Auckland, the burden of cost falls on Auckland travellers (65% to 70% of users historically), is not applied ot other providers of visitor services e.g. ferries. The Waiheke Local Board Plan commits council to incentivise long term stays over day trippers but the APTR disincentivizes accommodation provision and incentivises day trippers.

Governing Body

Community Swimming Pool

A feasibility study into developing a community swimming pool on three sites has been completed and the board has granted funding to the Waiheke Pool Society for a business case to consider development for the Te Huruhi School Pool.

Note the Waiheke Local Board received Governing Body approval in 2016 to allocate LDI funding to enable up to $1m debt funded towards development of a swimming pool.

Governing Body

Devolution of decision-making to Local Boards

 

With the extension of the Governance pilot, the board seeks active support from the Governing Body and council controlled organisations for the agreed Waiheke Pilot to provide an increased level of decision-making and greater flexibility on matters such as transport and place-shaping projects. The pilot also provides an opportunity for local policy and planning issues to be advanced and for increased local operations leadership.
The Auckland Transport Memorandum of Understanding formalises the working relationship with the local board.

Governing Body

Council controlled organisations

 

Pest Plant management in road corridors

Road corridors are major pathways for weeds and failure to manage this issue creates a disincentive for adjoining landowners to manage pest plants on their properties. Auckland Council needs to set an example of good management practice using a ‘minimum herbicide’ approach and working with volunteers and adjoining landowners.

Governing Body

Affordable housing, emergency housing, worker accommodation, senior housing and aged care

 

The number of Waiheke residents aged 65-plus has increased by 53.7 per cent since 2006 and there is a lack of residential care and respite facilities to meet the needs of this ageing population. There is also a lack of affordable housing options.

The board supports a number of local initiatives such as:

·    Progressing the Waiheke Housing Strategy

·    Working with community groups to progress aged care facilities

·    Supporting Healthy Homes programmes

·    Advocating for regulation changes, to meet identified community housing needs

·    Funding for local community housing organisations

Implementation of Waiheke Area Plan recommendations will also be progressed once finalised.

Governing Body

Eke Panuku Development Auckland

Central Government

Artworks complex upgrade

The board requests that the Governing Body address the inequity of legacy funding for art galleries, and develop a policy framework for determining the funding of asset-based services, which include community art galleries as a priority.

The Artworks complex provides a valuable arts and culture facility for the community and for visitors to the island. Governing Body support is required to progress future upgrades of the complex.

Governing Body

Sustainable safe transport options including development of cycleways

Safe active transport options such as pedestrian, cycling and bridle path networks are a priority as many Waiheke roads are steep, narrow and not well suited to walking and cycling. Investment will provide low impact tourism options, support an active lifestyle and provide safe options for our community and school children.

Auckland Transport

Governing Body

Advocate for marine sewerage pump out facilities on the northern side.

This is being considered as part of the toilet project under the pilot programme.

Auckland Transport

Governing Body

Ensure accessibility and connectivity from lower Queen Street and Quay Street to the Central Area Wharves

Accessibility to all downtown transport hubs is a priority. This includes during major events, with a primary emphasis on seamless connectivity for ferry users to hospitals and the airport, especially for those with mobility issues.

Auckland Transport’s 10-year Plan for Waiheke includes this advocacy area.

Auckland Transport