Franklin Local Board






Minutes of a meeting of the Franklin Local Board held in the Leslie Comrie Board Room, Level One Franklin: The Centre, 12 Massey Ave, Pukekohe on Tuesday, 12 September 2023 at 9.30am.


Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present



Angela Fulljames


Deputy Chairperson

Alan Cole



Malcolm Bell JP



Sharlene Druyven



Gary Holmes



Amanda Hopkins



Andrew Kay



Amanda Kinzett (from 9.39am)



Logan Soole



Franklin Local Board

12 September 2023




1          Nau mai | Welcome


The meeting was opened with karakia and the Chair welcomed everyone present.



2          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies


There were no apologies.



3          Te Whakapuaki i te Whai Pānga | Declaration of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.



4          Te Whakaū i ngā Āmiki | Confirmation of Minutes


Resolution number FR/2023/139

MOVED by Chairperson A Fulljames, seconded by Member G Holmes:  

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Tuesday, 22 August 2023, as true and correct.




5          He Tamōtanga Motuhake | Leave of Absence


There were no leaves of absence.



6          Te Mihi | Acknowledgements



Acknowledgement: Hemi (James) Brown


Resolution number FR/2023/140

MOVED by Chairperson A Fulljames, seconded by Member M Bell JP:  

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)            acknowledges the passing of Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki kaumatua and former Chair Hemi (James) Brown, who was instrumental in securing the future of the iwi as it’s negotiator, settling it’s Treaty of Waitangi claim in 2018, and also as an outstanding advocate for iwi recognition within local government.

He stood without fear on matters that would benefit his iwi and Māori, and instigated today’s mana whenua relationship structures with local government and the Crown.

Born and raised in the Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki rohe around Maraetai and its marae at Umupuia, he also shared whakapapa to neighbouring iwi, Ngāti Pāoa, Hauraki whānui, and East Coast iwi Ngāi Tai ki Tōrere, Te Aitanga a Mate and Ngāti Porou.

He focused on creating economic and business opportunities for the iwi on its whenua, setting up aquaculture and agriculture enterprises, and was also a member of the Independent Māori Statutory Board that advances Māori interests across Tāmaki Makaurau and ensures that Auckland Council acts within the provisions of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.




7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions


There were no petitions.



8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations


There were no deputations.



9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui  | Public Forum



Public Forum - Alan Bell – Ardmore Hall and Bell Field


Resolution number FR/2023/141

MOVED by Chairperson A Fulljames, seconded by Member A Hopkins:  

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)    thank Alan Bell for his presentation on the sale of Ardmore Hall and Bell Field.





Public Forum - Colin Bell – Ardmore Hall and Bell Field


Resolution number FR/2023/142

MOVED by Chairperson A Fulljames, seconded by Member M Bell JP:  

That the Franklin Local Board

a)    thank Colin Bell for his presentation on the sale of Ardmore Hall and Bell Field.





Public Forum – Mr Stokes – political signage


Resolution number FR/2023/143

MOVED by Chairperson A Fulljames, seconded by Member S Druyven:  

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)    thank Mr Stokes for his presentation about the issue of electoral sign hoardings at Mauku.

b)    request that appropriate staff contact Mr Stokes to outline the Auckland Council signage policy and how this applies to his property.





10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business


There was no extraordinary business.




Local board feedback on Māori seats for Auckland Council


Resolution number FR/2023/144

MOVED by Chairperson A Fulljames, seconded by Member L Soole:  

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)      whakarite / provide the following feedback to the Governing Body on whether Māori seats should be established for Auckland Council for the 2025 local elections.

             i)             tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that in the absence of receiving the feedback from public consultation prior to being asked to provide our feedback, the perspectives contained within have been informed through our ongoing relationships with mana whenua, and in particular an Ara Kōtui hui (a roopu comprising representatives from the five southern local boards and South Auckland mana whenua) on 5th September 2023.

               ii)          tautoko / support in principle Māori representation at Auckland Council’s Governing Body.

             iii)          tautoko / support in principle representation for mana whenua as the tangata whenua of Tāmaki-Makaurau.

             iv)          tono / request that the Governing Body, in making their decision, give significant weight to the preferences of mana whenua.



As per Standing Order 3.15.5, Member Holmes requested his dissenting vote be recorded.




Submissions and feedback on the draft Franklin Local Board Plan 2023


Resolution number FR/2023/145

MOVED by Member A Kinzett, seconded by Member S Druyven:  

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)      receive submissions and feedback on the draft Franklin Local Board Plan 2023.





Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024


Resolution number FR/2023/146

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson A Cole, seconded by Member A Hopkins:   

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)        request that the government and decision-makers note the following local context that informs this submission:

Franklin Local Board area context

             i)        the Franklin Local Board area is Auckland’s second largest board area, and spans the rural south from the Āwhitu Peninsula and Manukau Harbour in the west to Kawakawa Bay, Orere Point and the Hauraki Gulf in the east

            ii)        the board area makes up 23 percent of Auckland’s land area and includes 16 percent of Auckland’s road network, including 951km of rural roads and 297km of urban roads.

           iii)        the 2018 population of 75,387 is projected to grow to 160,671 by 2051

           iv)        the area contains one existing and three proposed new train stations, two state highways and one ferry terminal

            v)        communities of interest and movement of freight and people extends both north into urban Auckland, and south into the Waikato District Council and beyond.

           vi)        the board area includes both urban and rural areas, with three townships, sixteen villages and thirteen settlements, as well as significant areas of agricultural and horticultural production, and a number of quarries

         vii)        efficient and effective movement of both freight and people is a priority for Franklin.

        viii)        Franklin contains a number of Special Housing Areas, including in locations without access to public transport, and there are many areas with limited or no access to public transport

           ix)        growth in Franklin has not been supported by associated investment in roading infrastructure

            x)        the road network is no longer fit for purpose and requires significant investment to increase capacity and address safety issues, created by high volumes of traffic using roads and intersections not designed for high volumes of traffic.

b)        whakarite / provide the following feedback on the proposed direction of the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024.

              Maintaining and operating the system

           xi)        support in principle the focus on maintaining and operating the system

         xii)        support ongoing investment in public transport

        xiii)        note the need for investment in cross border public transport networks eg from the Waikato into Auckland and vice versa.

        xiv)        suggest tax should be used first to maintain the roading network, and rebuild it from its current state where years of ‘sweating the asset’ have allowed the local road network in Franklin to become significantly degraded

       xv)        suggest prioritisation for maintenance needs to take into account increased usage of roads associated with freight, and in Franklin this includes quarry routes

xvi)      note that heavy vehicles can do ten thousand times the damage to roads than cars and thus routes with high truck use (e.g. quarry, clean fill and produce trucks) could benefit from being upgraded and/or receive a higher allocation of maintenance and renewal funding

      xvi)        suggest a review of the policies associated with rebuilding the road network, so that  two percent of the network is renewed annually, up from the current 0.4 percent

    xvii)        suggest more funding be allocated to local road maintenance and local road improvements, including increasing the road resealing budget from six percent to the ideal 7.5 percent.

Increasing resilience

   xviii)        support in principle increasing resilience of the network

      xix)        note Franklin’s strategic location at the interface between Auckland and the North Waikato

       xx)        suggest that resilience needs to include planning for movement of people and freight north through Auckland and beyond, and south through Waikato and beyond

      xxi)        note the current reliance on State Highway One (the motorway) to travel north from Franklin, and south into and through Franklin, and that when traffic accidents occur on this route, movement comes to a standstill with congestion extending out into the feeder roads, thus impacting surrounding areas also

    xxii)        request the proposed upgrade to Mill Rd (South East Auckland) be funded to provide an alternative north/south route for both people and freight

 xxiii)          support the focus on rural and regional communities to ensure safe, resilient, sustainable and accessible networks, noting that rural communities are particularly vulnerable to loss of access to the network through weather events, that the rural production and associated freight requires accessible networks.

Reducing emissions

     xxiv)      support in principle reducing emissions

       xxv)      suggest electrification of Auckland’s bus fleet be funded through the Public Transport Infrastructure fund

     xxvi)      suggest a focus on low carbon needs to extend beyond urban areas and also fund initiatives in rural areas

    xxvii)      note with disappointment and frustration the lack of investment or focus in Auckland Transport’s ‘Future Connect’ or any provision of walking and cycling networks beyond metropolitan urban Auckland.


xxviii)        support in principle the focus on safety

   xxix)        suggest that safety includes addressing the poor quality of road surfaces through increased road maintenance budget (as communicated through Franklin based New Zealand Police Area Commanders)

    xxx)        suggest that safety includes personal safety on public transport

   xxxi)        suggest that in a rural environment like Franklin, with a high number of trucks and high speeds, safety for cyclists means off-road or separate cycling routes

  xxxii)        suggest that the traffic volume on roads in Franklin has increased to such an extent that the capacity and design of existing roads, and in particular intersections on high use rural roads, are no longer fit for purpose and present significant safety issues (as communicated through Franklin based New Zealand Police Area Commanders)

xxxiii)        suggest that safety on high volume and high speed rural roads needs to be addressed through road design, capacity and intersection improvements, and not just speed reductions.

Sustainable urban and regional development

xxxiv)        support in principle sustainable urban and regional development

  xxxv)        suggest that future planning timeframes need to be extended beyond the 30 years currently being used by Supporting Growth

xxxvi)        suggest that policy statements about transport should not be developed in isolation from policies and planning for land use and climate change, and suggest better collaboration and co-ordination between central and local government is needed

xxxvii)        suggest better alignment is needed between central and local government to ensure growth in greenfield areas only happens concurrent with investment in the transport networks needed to support growth, recognising this includes roading and public transport

xxxviii)        note the disconnect between central government policies which enable intensified housing and limited parking, and the local reality on the ground, where limited parking and lack of public transport creates real issues in new subdivisions

xxxix)        note that use of transport networks in Franklin is impacted by housing development without associated development of local economy and local employment, leading to increased car movements as people travel (large distances) elsewhere to employment

       xl)          suggest budget is needed for public transport provision and road network upgrades to address the legacy of high intensity Special Housing Areas in isolated areas with no employment across Franklin

      xli)          suggest support for and a focus on cross-regional transport planning is needed, noting that Franklin is strategically located where South Auckland meets the North Waikato, and that movement of freight and people occurs not just north into Auckland, but south into the Waikato and east into the Bay of Plenty.

Integrated freight system

    xlii)          support in principle an integrated freight system

   xliii)          support investment in KiwiRail allowing for additional tracks and electrification of the network, noting this also supports movement of freight

   xliv)          support investment in freight networks that support movement from west to east Franklin to support productivity and market demand

    xlv)          suggest investment in freight routes needs to be done in a way that minimises future maintenance and makes the road safe for all road users

   xlvi)          suggests closer consideration be given to how the road freight intercepts with the rail network, with potential to reduce truck movements on Franklin’s roads and reduce carbon as a climate action

 xlvii)          suggest that a freight depot in Franklin and/or North Waikato connected with the rail network would support the considerable amounts of produce exported from Pukekohe and surrounding areas

xlviii)          suggest collaboration with representative groups for industry and agriculture, by both local and central government together, to better understand how the transport network can support the effective movement of freight within Franklin and beyond.

Strategic investment programme

   xlix)          support Auckland rail third and fourth rail mains

          l)          support Auckland Metropolitan Level Crossing Upgrade

        li)          request the upgrade to Mill Road, South-East Auckland, be included in the strategic investment programme

       lii)          request that the package of Supporting Growth projects that support growth in Pukekohe and Drury, and connections to State Highway 1, are included in the Strategic Investment Programme.

General feedback

      liii)          oppose any increase in excise tax, noting that all fuel taxes inequitably impact isolated rural communities that have no access to public transport, and therefore no alternative to private car travel

      liv)          support congestion charges and user pays toll roads, as these are more equitable means of collective revenue for rural communities

       lv)          note that currently Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport (through Supporting Growth) do not work well with local boards to create outcomes that are fit for purpose and reflect the current local context and future needs

      lvi)          suggest that Auckland Transport and local boards are best placed to understand the transport needs of Auckland’s communities

    lvii)          suggest that Auckland Transport should have more autonomy over how central government funding is allocated within Auckland

   lviii)          suggest Waka Kotahi/NZTA should focus on outcomes, and not dictate through methods, projects, or prescriptive funding

      lix)          request these resolutions are attached in their entirety to Auckland Council’s submission.





Local board feedback on Emergency Management Bill


Resolution number FR/2023/147

MOVED by Member L Soole, seconded by Member A Kinzett:  

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)      whakarite / provide the following input to the development of Auckland Council’s submission on the Emergency Management Bill:

Greater recognition of the role of Māori and enhancing Māori participation

i)       support the purpose of the bill intention that includes providing greater recognition of the role of Māori and enhancing Māori participation throughout the emergency management system

ii)     note that mana whenua marae and iwi organisations in the Franklin Local Board provided significant community support during the January 2023 weather events

iii)    support the proposal that Emergency Management Committees:

A.     fund mana whenua marae at a level that enables marae to be functional Community Emergency Hubs during emergencies.

B.     identify hazards and risks and develop plans to address the emergency management needs of iwi and Māori within their area

C.     recognise and communicate the role and contribution of iwi and Māori.

D.     note that it is essential that emergency management committees actively involve iwi and Māori communities when assessing and revising Emergency Management Committee Plans. This should involve notifying them of proposed revisions and taking their input into account when considering these proposals

iv)    support the National Emergency Management Plan as a mechanism for collaboratively developing national planning arrangements with Māori, ensuring their active participation and input , noting implementing guiding principles for the appointment of Māori representatives to Emergency Management Committees and Coordinating Executives are made in a manner that reflects and respects Māori perspectives and needs

v)     support the reimbursement of iwi and Māori organisations for certain welfare expenses incurred in connection with an emergency.

Requirements for Emergency Management Committee Plans

vi)    note that Auckland is distinct from other districts in scale and diversity. An Auckland Emergency Management Committee may need to adopt a different approach from most to reflect the Auckland context, and provide a greater degree of resource support, including to those that are geographically isolated or service deprived

vii)   endorse the proposal that Emergency Management Committees engage with communities that are likely to be disproportionately impacted by emergencies, noting that in the Auckland context this includes communities that are deprived through isolation from council, public and emergency services i.e. rural and coastal settlements, as well as financially deprived communities

viii)          request that in developing the Auckland Council submission on the         Emergency Management Bill, that staff specifically address the needs         of those deprived of access to public, council and emergency services.

Critical infrastructure

ix)   note that in Auckland infrastructure is managed by multiple providers e.g. Counties Energy and Vector. This is another example of the differences in scale in the Auckland context that an Auckland emergency management committee must specifically address

x)    note that stormwater infrastructure, including roadside ‘swales’ in rural areas, must function efficiently to mitigate the impact of weather events

xi)   note that community spaces, particularly in rural and geographically isolated areas, provide safe places for communities to set up their own local community response centres. Proposed legislation should actively encourage the Auckland Emergency Management committee to fund and work with communities on improvements to some of these spaces so that they are better prepared to accommodate the community during emergencies e.g. by providing or facilitating access to reliable communications, water, generators etc.




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


There was no consideration of extraordinary items.


The meeting closed with karakia




9.54 am                                              The chairperson thanked members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.