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




Meeting Room:



Thursday, 18 August 2022


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


Puketāpapa Local Board










Julie Fairey


Deputy Chairperson

Jon Turner



Harry Doig



Ella Kumar, JP



Fiona Lai



Bobby Shen



(Quorum 3 members)




Selina Powell

Democracy Advisor


15 August 2022


Contact Telephone: 021 531 686

Email: selina.powell@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz



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25        The development of open space landscaping and built assets within the Three Kings Quarry Precinct                                                                                                   5


The development of open space landscaping and built assets within the Three Kings Quarry Precinct

File No.: CP2022/11677




Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To approve the concept plan for the development of open space landscaping and built assets within the Three Kings Quarry Precinct developed by Fletcher Living.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Working closely with Auckland Council staff, developer Fletcher Living produced a concept plan for the development of open space within their Three Kings Quarry Precinct development site.

3.       The concept plan focuses on areas within the quarry precinct that the developer will vest to the council, and land that the council already owns which Fletcher Living will develop on the council’s behalf.

4.       Fletcher Living has engaged Boffa Miskell to design the open space network within the quarry precinct, with park elements proposed to provide both passive and active recreation, as well as landscaping, planting and cultural narrative elements.

5.       The concept plan has been amended after consultation with the local board at three workshops in 2021 and another one in 2022.

6.       Development of the reserve and open space landscaping, assets and play elements (hereby referred to as the open space) will be developed by Fletcher Living at their cost and vested with Auckland Council.

7.       It is recommended that an Infrastructure Funding Agreement (IFA) is entered into between the council and Fletcher Living to record what is being delivered and handed over to the council. It is recommended this agreement includes details regarding the applicant’s contribution to maintenance costs.


Ngā tūtohunga


That the Puketāpapa Local Board:

a)      approve the concept plan (attachment A) and subsequent construction of the open space shown on the Three Kings Quarry Open Space Masterplan Revision E, prepared by Boffa Miskell and Fletcher Living.

b)      approve that the assets are taken on by the council upon practical completion and conclusion of agreed maintenance periods being:

i)        2-year developers maintenance obligation for all additional assets excluded from the Land Exchange Agreement, specific to the open spaces within the Land Exchange Agreement.

ii)       5-year developers maintenance obligation of land and assets vested with the council as part of the ongoing resource consent.

c)      delegate to the General Manager of Parks and Community Facilities authority to negotiate the infrastructure funding agreement on terms acceptable to the council’s Infrastructure Funding team, including maintenance periods.

d)      delegate to the General Manager of Parks and Community Facilities authority to assess and approve engineering detail for the open space development.




8.       Fletcher Living hold the resource consent (BUN60309797) for the earthworks, remediation, and development of the quarry which enables the open space formation.

9.       The open space network comprises two main portions:

a)   The southern portion which is entirely covered by a land exchange agreement and includes sports fields; and 

b)   The northern portion, also identified as the northern perimeter park, which will be developed as part of an ongoing resource consent (Riu-consent).

10.     The Three Kings Quarry Precinct open space network has been designed by the developer, Fletcher Living, working with landscape design company Boffa Miskell, and with significant input from Auckland Council Staff (Parks, Sport and Recreation, Community Facilities and Healthy Waters).

11.     The design builds on previously agreed actions from the Land Exchange Agreement 1 (LEA1), Infrastructure Funding Agreement 1, the Developer’s settlement agreements for the Three Kings Quarry, and aligns will previous planning documentation developed by Auckland Council in consultation with the Puketāpapa Local Board, including the Three Kings Plan 2014, and the Three Kings Local Park Needs Assessment 2021.

12.     This concept plan focuses on areas within the quarry precinct that the developer will vest with the council (northern portion), and land that the council already owns which Fletcher Living will be developing on the council’s behalf (southern portion).

13.     The following have been excluded from the concept plan:

(a)  Public areas outside of these formal processes, such as Western Reserve, are out of scope for this concept plan.

(b)  The specific design of the sports field is excluded from this approval as it forms part of separate approvals from existing agreements.

(c)  Proposals for a Whare Manaaki cultural facility, publicly accessible lifts, and details around park naming have also been excluded from this concept plan as the items are still being agreed upon. These will require separate approval from the local board should it be delivered on parkland or vested with the council.

14.     Acquisition of the open space has been approved by the governing body through the agreements mentioned in point ten above.

15.     This open space network will be the main recreational asset within the Three Kings Quarry residential development, serving both the growing communities within and around the site and the existing communities surrounding the precinct.

16.     The concept design has been amended through consultation with the local board at local board workshops on 03 June, 08 July and 09 September 2021, and on 07 July 2022.

17.     The Puketāpapa Local Board expressed their support to progress to a formal endorsement of the concept plan, and delegation to staff to progress detailed design and delivery via formal development processes.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

18.     The concept plan was developed in collaboration with Auckland Council staff and consultation with the local board throughout 2021 and 2022.

19.     The total reserve area (including the sports field) will be 72,468m2, making this a significant new parks network for the Puketāpapa area.

20.     The concept plan proposes elements that provide for both passive and active recreation, as well as outlining landscaping, planting and storytelling / cultural art opportunities.

21.     Key outcomes within the plan include:

·        High-quality opportunities for play, active and passive recreation, and community activity.

·        Integration with the existing local parks network, including Western Reserve and Three Kings Reserve, as well as providing access to key community facilities and destinations such as the Fickling Centre and Mt Roskill Library, Mt Eden Road transport hub, and Three Kings Town Centre.

·        Improved connections east to west and north to south through the site, as identified within the Greenways Plan Review.

·        Celebration of the geological history of the maunga previously (or still) found on site, as well as the rich cultural history of the site as a pa and Māori settlement.

·        A sense of place/identify within the reserve network and wider development site.

·        Increased biodiversity and significant Urban Ngahere coverage within the reserve.

·        Provision of flood detention, stormwater management, and wastewater overflow areas to effectively manage three waters infrastructure within the quarry.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

22.     In June 2019, Auckland Council declared a climate emergency and a commitment to the community to look at ways to consider climate implications in everything that we do.

23.     Any formal development of park infrastructure will contribute to climate change through carbon emissions, particularly during the construction and renewal phases, and through ongoing maintenance. This needs to be carefully considered when creating new park assets.

24.     There will be a net positive benefit for the formation of a reserve and associated landscaping within a former quarry site. The planting and trees will over time absorb and store a portion of the carbon dioxide emissions made during park creation. The design also incorporates natural products such as timber seating, reuse of quarry rock and natural play elements which will help to reduce emissions over a longer period of time.

25.     Enhanced stormwater management within the park and road network will increase the resilience of the parks, the wider quarry area, and the catchment as a whole as climate change increases the intensity and likelihood of flooding and rain events.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

26.     Parks, Sport and Recreation (PSR), Community Facilities and Healthy Waters staff have provided input throughout the development of the concept plan. Council staff support the overall concept, with final details to be approved at the engineering plan approval stage.

27.     The Community Facilities Landscape Architecture team are satisfied with the assets proposed and will confirm robust design at the engineering plan approval stage.

28.     The Community Facilities Asset Management Team have assessed the ongoing operational costs and is satisfied with the assets proposed.

29.     The concept plan aligns with strategic direction from previously endorsed strategic park plans, including the Public Toilet Provision Assessment, Play Network Assessment, and Three Kings Local Parks Needs Assessment.

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

Local impacts and local board views

30.     The proposed concept plan will provide recreational benefits to the local community and add environmental benefits of the site.

31.     The local board has delegated decision-making responsibility for the development of recreation reserves within the Puketāpapa Local Board area. Local Board workshops were held on 03 June, 08 July and 09 September 2021, and again on 07 July 2022 to discuss the concept plan.

32.     The Local Board indicated general support for the park's service outcomes proposed for the site. Positive feedback was received for the play space, open space areas including walkways, and the delivery of assets by the developer.

33.     The feedback included the below key points:

a)   ensure that the passive open space has sufficient drainage;

b)   ensure that the exercise equipment is age-friendly;

c)   suggest consideration of a short section of handrail at the corners of the main access ramps;

d)   ensure geotechnical information has been provided and that assets and land are confirmed as safe prior to vesting;

e)   ensure that the Kingsway Stairs Park is flat;

f)    not supportive of transformers on public land;

g)   suggest a bike channel on the Kingsway stairs; and

h)   uncertain about the lighting of volcanic features.

34.     Changes have been made in response to these questions, and any remaining concerns will be assessed by the parks planning team at engineering plan approval in keeping with local board advice and council guidelines.

35.     The development of the concept plan for open space in the quarry precinct aligns with the following Puketāpapa Local Board Plan 2020 outcomes and objectives:

Outcome One: Inclusive communities that are healthy, connected and thriving

Objective: Places that we live, learn, work and play support us to have healthier, more active lifestyles.

Outcome Three: Our environment is protected and enhanced for present and future generations

Objective: We all take care of waterways, parks and public spaces.

Outcome Four: Well-planned neighbours and vibrant public spaces

Objective: A well-used network of facilities and public spaces that are inviting, safe and promote wellbeing.

Outcome Five: Transport options that are reliable, accessible and less polluting

Objective: Making getting around safer.

Objective: More walking, cycling and use of public transport.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

36.     Fletcher Living has undertaken regular engagement with mana whenua who have determined interest in the project at both an individual and collective level, starting in 2013 when the land began the transition from a decommissioning quarry into a future housing project, continuing up to the present day with the creation of the concept plan.

37.     As the project transitions from the master planning stage to the design and delivery phase, hui with mana whenua groups continue every few months. These hui designs are workshopped for mana whenua input, particularly related to open spaces and landscaping and cultural narrative expression and artwork opportunities.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

38.     There are no financial implications related to actions, recommendations or decisions required for community facilities other than consequential OPEX of maintaining the park and assets in the future.

39.     The developer will cover the entire capital expenditure to develop the open spaces. Funding will be required to ensure ongoing maintenance of new assets and landscaping constructed within the reserve at the conclusion of the maintenance periods agreed in accordance with an Infrastructure Funding Agreement and the LEA1.

40.     Landscaping and assets proposed as part of the LEA1, for the southern portion of the open space network are subject to a two-year liability defects period. The council will maintain soft landscaping and assets identified within schedule nine of the LEA1 immediately after practical completion and will actively notify the developer of any defects. All defects will be covered by the developer at their sole cost during this period.

41.     For all additional hardscape assets excluded from the LEA1, the developer agreed to maintain for a period of two years. This will be managed through an infrastructure funding agreement.

42.     The developer has also agreed to a 5-year maintenance obligation for the land, all hard and soft scape assets for the northern perimeter park that will vest to the council as part of the ongoing resource consent that sits outside of the LEA1.

43.     Community Facilities have conducted a high-level assessment and estimated the consequential operational expenditure per annum for all of the proposed works that fall outside of existing agreements to be approximately $146,000 ex GST subject to detailed design. This includes $28,000 for those assets excluded from the LEA1 area and $118,000 for areas outside of the Land Exchange Agreement area to vest in council.

44.     Operational expenditure will commence following practical completion and conclusion of maintenance periods in accordance with an Infrastructure Funding Agreement. Practical completion for all stages of the development is currently expected to be in the 2025/26 financial year.

45.     The parks network will vest with the council in stages, as the development progresses. Staging of the developments will ensure that each vested parcel is safe for the public and serves a purpose in relation to the wider park for connection or recreation. Obligated maintenance periods will begin after the completion of each stage.

46.     The Lead Financial Advisor, from the Corporate and Local Board Performance, Financial Strategy and Planning team expressed their support regarding the consequential operating expenses that will be created by this proposal.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

47.     Risks for the delivery of the open space network are cost escalation and inadequate handover. These items will be managed via an Infrastructure Funding Agreement that will be signed by both the developer’s representative and Auckland Council to ensure that proper handover of all documents, warranties, as-builts and producer statements occurs. Engineering plan approval will also be obtained for all assets vested with the council before construction commencement.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

48.     The developer wishes to develop the open space network as soon as possible once the Local Board’s approval is granted, engineering plan approval has been obtained and the infrastructure funding agreement has been signed.

49.     The plans will progress to the engineering plan approval (EPA) stage and council staff will assess and endorse engineering detail based on the local board’s decision on this business case. All assets to vest with the council will require sign-off via the EPA process.


Ngā tāpirihanga






Three Kings Quarry Precinct Concept Plan



Ngā kaihaina



Lea van Heerden - Senior Parks Planner


Mace Ward - General Manager Parks, Sports and Recreation

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager




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