Hibiscus and Bays Local Board






Minutes of a meeting of the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board held in the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board office, 2 Glen Road, Browns Bay on Tuesday 12 September 2023 at 2:00pm.


Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present



Gary Brown


Deputy Chairperson

Julia Parfitt, JP



Jake Law



Sam Mills



Alexis Poppelbaum, JP



Victoria Short



Gregg Walden (via MS Teams)



Leanne Willis




Hibiscus and Bays Local Board

12 September 2023




1          Nau mai | Welcome


The chairperson opened the meeting and welcomed those in attendance.


            The Senior Local Board Advisor led the karakia timatanga.



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 HB/2023/131

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson J Parfitt, seconded by Member L Willis:  

That the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board:

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




5          He Tamōtanga Motuhake | Leave of Absence


There were no leaves of absence.



6          Te Mihi | Acknowledgements


The local board acknowledged Travis Committie for his recent win at the Te Pou Emerging Talent Awards, along with the members of his team in Auckland Council’s Parks and Community Facilities department. 



7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions


There were no petitions.



8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations


There were no deputations.




9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui  | Public Forum


There was no public forum.



10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business


There was no extraordinary business.




Submissions and feedback on the draft Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Plan 2023


Resolution number HB/2023/132

MOVED by Chairperson G Brown, seconded by Deputy Chairperson J Parfitt:  

That the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive submissions and feedback on the draft Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Plan 2023.

b)      kohuki / consider feedback when finalising the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Plan 2023.






Local board feedback on Māori seats for Auckland Council


Resolution number HB/2023/133

MOVED by Member A Poppelbaum, seconded by Member V Short:  

That the Hibiscus and Bays 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 the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has been asked to provide feedback to the Governing Body before public consultation ends (24 September 2023) making it difficult for the local board to accurately represent and reflect the views of our community

ii.         tautoko / support the establishment of Māori seats for the Auckland Council 2025 local elections

iii.        kohuki / consider that some initial feedback received from our community to local board members on this matter, demonstrates a preference for Māori representation to be elected democratically, as opposed to the current situation where Independent Māori Statutory Board membership is by selection and/or appointment

iv.        kohuki / consider that if the Governing Body (on support from local boards, councillors and the public) decide to establish Māori seats, that the Parliamentary model be used



Implications for the Independent Māori Statutory Board

v.         tono / request that if Māori seats are established in 2025, that a review takes place on the future function and role of the Independent Māori Statutory Board

vi.        tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that when the Independent Māori Statutory Board was established in 2010 under the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009, it was required to perform important responsibilities and powers to ensure the newly established Auckland Council acted in accordance with Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and to help the council improve outcomes for, and be more responsive, to Māori

vii.      kohuki / consider that Auckland Council has evolved significantly since 2010 and operationalised a lot of the necessary elements to advance and reflect the interests of Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau and therefore the Independent Māori Statutory Board’s function and responsibilities are now required to be reviewed to better reflect what the current needs are to support Auckland Council in upholding its responsibilities to Māori

viii.     kohuki / consider that the future function of Independent Māori Statutory Board, following a review and consultation, would be significantly different to its current roles and responsibilities and may, on the outcome of the review, require legislative change to remove voting rights on Auckland Council committees following the establishment of elected Māori seats

ix.        kohuki / consider that the advisory support element of the Independent Māori Statutory Board is important to our local board (and in our draft local board plan 2023) and we would be concerned that if in any situation we had Māori seats but no Independent Māori Statutory Board, that our local board would have a reduced ability to seek advice and support on matters of improving our responsiveness to Māori.






Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024


Resolution number HB/2023/134

MOVED by Member J Law, seconded by Deputy Chairperson J Parfitt:  

That the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board:

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

i.          tautoko / support the draft Auckland Council submission on the Government Policy Statement that a long-term vision is required to sustainably fund improvements and maintenance of New Zealand’s transport networks as Fuel Excise Duties and Road User Charges are not sufficient to carry the programme and will continue to be stretched with increased vehicle fuel efficiency and uptake of electric vehicles

ii.         tautoko / support the strategic priorities for the Government Policy Statement 2024, including greater emphasis put on emissions reduction, increasing resilience and maintaining and operating the condition of the existing transport system, as these are consistent with the positions stated in the draft Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Plan 2023

iii.        kohuki / consider that the strategic priority of increasing resilience should be more widely considered and rather than just natural and anthropogenic hazards these should also reflect the resilience of key elements of the transport system – to enable transport partners to ensure community connections are maintained on routes at risk of being cut-off due to climate change events, and transport partners are able to ensure the settings for provision of public transport networks are also resilient, reliable and affordable

iv.        kohuki / consider that the strategic priority of maintaining and operating the condition of the existing transport system should use 2019 as the baseline for operating conditions to measure expectations against, as this is last available year without major disruptions

v.         tautoko / support the consideration for co-funding of unsealed road improvement programmes to create more resilient links between urban and rural communities. This aims to increase safety and reduce erosion caused by unsealed roads in rural communities

vi.        tautoko / support public transport projects that encourage people towards mass rapid transport, reduce commute times, increase productivity across the region, and is aligned with other key regional transport projects such as the Northern Busway and Waitematā Harbour connections, which free up existing routes for freight movement and inter-regional travel

vii.      kohuki / consider the inclusion of Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth projects in North Auckland and Warkworth as a future mass rapid transit route, to ensure that transport links to these projects are considered for future funding

viii.     tono / request that the Government Policy Statement explicitly recognises the contribution of partnerships such as Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth, for the interconnected planning needed to deliver transformational transport projects in Tier 1 cities

ix.        tautoko / support the upcoming Ministry of Transport led Future of the Revenue System review, as there is a clear long-term need to reform transport system funding, and there is growing need for investment across the transport system in order to better unlock the movement of people and freight as well as to fund climate adaptation costs

x.         kohuki / consider that reductions to funding for walking and cycling activity classes will have adverse effects on the community resilience of the Hibiscus and Bays and will not align well with the draft Local Board Plan 2023.






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


There was no consideration of extraordinary items.





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