Waiheke Local Board






Minutes of a meeting of the Waiheke Local Board held in the Waiheke Local Board office, 10 Belgium Street, Ostend, Waiheke on Wednesday, 8 February 2023 at 1.00pm.


Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present



Cath Handley


Deputy Chairperson

Bianca Ranson



Kylee Matthews



Robin Tucker



Paul Walden



Te Hunga Kāore i Tae Mai | ABSENT







Te Hunga Āpiti kua Tae mai | ALSO PRESENT















He Hunga atu anō i Tae mai | IN ATTENDANCE












Waiheke Local Board

08 February 2023




1          Nau mai | 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          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies


There were no apologies.



3          Te Whakapuaki i te Whai Pānga | Declaration of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.



Annual Budget 2023/2024 local board consultation content


Resolution number WHK/2023/1

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member R Tucker:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)    express grave concern that the formula used to allocate cuts to Local Board spending has a disproportionate impact on Waiheke and the Hauraki Gulf Islands and should be reconsidered.


b)    note that when considered on a per capita basis based on the 2018 census that the proposed budget cuts represent spending cuts of $42.20 per head for Waiheke compared to between an estimated $7.50 to $15.75 in the other local board areas.


c)     would entirely accept its responsibility for budget savings using an equitable formula per head across council’s twenty-one local boards, and if those also included savings in centrally allocated local budget spending.


d)    note that the Chair will be requesting the Governing Body review the consultation material wording which describes what the board is able to influence, as the ability for the board to influence the majority of the local operating budget is negligible.


e)    approve local consultation document content (Attachment A) and local supporting information content (Attachment B) for inclusion in the Annual Budget 2023/2024 consultation material.


f)      delegate authority to the local board Chair to approve any changes required to finalise the local consultation document and supporting information content for the Waiheke Local Board for the Annual Budget 2023/2024. 


g)    approve the following Have Your Say event in the local board area during the Annual Budget 2023/2024 consultation period:


i)     Community forum, 4-6pm, Wednesday, 1 March 2023, Waiheke Local Board office, 10 Belgium Street, Ostend


h)    delegate authority to the local board Chair to approve any changes required to the Have Your Say event.


i)      delegate to the following elected members and staff the power and responsibility to receive feedback and hear from the public through “spoken (or New Zealand sign language) interaction” at the council’s public engagement events during the consultation period for the Annual Budget 2023/2024:


i)      local board members and Chair


ii)     General Manager Local Board Services, Local Area Manager, Local Board Senior Advisor, Local Board Advisor, Local Board Engagement Advisor, Local Board Democracy Advisor


iii)    any additional staff approved by the General Manager Local Board Services or the Group Chief Financial Officer







Request for Waiheke Local Board Comment on Vector Blanket Tree Trimming Consent Application




Resolution number WHK/2023/2

MOVED by Member P Walden, seconded by Member K Matthews:  

That the Waiheke Local Board

a)    defers this item until the 22nd of February Board Meeting


b)    supports broad dissemination of this application to raise public awareness.


c)     requests the planners allow for a second extension to enable the board to seek community views to inform the board’s feedback to the planners.







Te Whakaaro ki ngā Take Pūtea e Autaia ana | Consideration of Extraordinary Items


Resolution number WHK/2023/3

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member R Tucker:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:


a)         note under Standing Order 2.4.5 an item of extraordinary business has been received from Chairperson Cath Handley for consideration at Item 6 – Consideration of Extraordinary Item of this agenda, noting:


i)               the reason the matter was not on the agenda is the matter has arisen after the board’s business meeting agenda had closed.


ii)              the reason why this matter cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting is that there are currently no board members appointed on the Emergency Response Network and there is another weather event evolving.


b)         appoint Deputy Chair Bianca Ranson and Board member Robin Tucker as board representatives on the Emergency Response Network groups.




Member Bianca Ranson closed the meeting with a karakia.


Waiho i te toipoto kaua i te toiroa

Let us keep close together, not far apart



1:55 pm                                              The Chairperson thanked Members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.