Papakura Local Board






Minutes of a meeting of the Papakura Local Board held in the Local Board Chambers, 35 Coles Crescent, Papakura, Auckland on Wednesday, 13 September 2023 at 4.00pm.


Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present



Brent Catchpole


Deputy Chairperson

Jan Robinson



Felicity Auva'a



George Hawkins



Kelvin Hieatt



Andrew Webster



Te Hunga Kāore i Tae Mai | ABSENT







Te Hunga Āpiti kua Tae mai | ALSO PRESENT



Angela Dalton












He Hunga atu anō i Tae mai | IN ATTENDANCE












Papakura Local Board

13 September 2023




1          Nau mai | Welcome


Andrew Webster led the meeting in prayer/karakia.



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 PPK/2023/139

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member G Hawkins:  

That the Papakura Local Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 23 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



Acknowledgement – Hemi (James) Brown


Resolution number PPK/2023/140

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member F Auva'a:  

That the Papakura 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 its negotiator, settling its 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 relationships 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 Auckland Council acts within the provisions of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.





Acknowledgement - The Queen of England


Resolution number PPK/2023/141

MOVED by Member K Hieatt, seconded by Deputy Chairperson J Robinson:  

That the Papakura Local Board:


a)           acknowledge the first anniversary of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022. Queen Elizabeth II was a beloved monarch whose positive legacy continues today and will do into the future.



7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions


There were no petitions.



8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations



Deputation - Papakura City Football Club


David Johnson and Rose Te Hau from the Papakura City football Club board tabled a document and spoke to it. A copy of the document is publicly available on the auckland council website as an attachment to the minutes.


Resolution number PPK/2023/142

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Deputy Chairperson J Robinson:  

That the Papakura Local Board:

a)            whakamihi / thank David Johnson and Rose Te Hau, from the Papakura City Football Club Board of Directors, for their presentation on the potential for PCFC to gain use of Ōpaheke Park from May to 31st August 2024 and issues with McLennan Park.


b)            refer the request from Papakura City Football Club for the use of Ōpaheke Park from May to 31 August 2024 and issues with McLennan Park to the Parks and Community Facilities staff for investigation and response with a report back to the board on the outcome.




a     Tabled document - Printed Presentation



9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui  | Public Forum


There was no public forum.




10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business



Extraordinary Business - Councillor Dalton


Resolution number PPK/2023/143

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member A Webster:  

That the Papakura Local Board:


a)            agree to recieve Councillor Angela Dalton’s Update Report as an extraordinary business item 15.1.





Local board feedback on Māori seats for Auckland Council


Resolution number PPK/2023/144

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member A Webster:  

That the Papakura 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-taiptiopito / note that in the absence of receiving the feedback from public consultation prior to being asked to provide our feedback to the Governing Body, 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 on Auckland Council.


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


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





Submissions and feedback on the draft Papakura Local Board Plan 2023


Resolution number PPK/2023/145

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member G Hawkins:  

That the Papakura Local Board:

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







Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024


Resolution number PPK/2023/146

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Deputy Chairperson J Robinson:  

That the Papakura Local Board:

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

Papakura Local Board area context

i.              the Papakura Local Board area is bounded by the inlets and foreshores of the Manukau Harbour in the west, stretching from the Papakura Stream north of Takanini to Drury village in the south and Mill Road/Cosgrave Road in the east.

ii.            Papakura’s population has grown much more quickly than wider Auckland. The 2018 Census statistics showed a population of 57,636, a 26 per cent increase from 2013.

iii.           the population demographic is 26.8 percent Māori, 17 percent Pasifika, 23 percent Asian and 49 percent European. Almost a quarter of the population is under 15 years old and the median age is 32 years.

iv.           significant residential development has occurred and continues in and around the area. The number of dwellings consented was the third highest of all local boards, increasing by around 13 percent from 2020 to 2021. Around 65 percent of those dwellings were higher density housing.

v.            the Papakura area also has a strong presence of manufacturing, construction and retail activity.

vi.           Papakura is below the regional average in terms of connectedness and residents have longer than average commutes to work.

vii.          the State Highway One motorway runs through Papakura with the Great South Road main arterial running parallel to the motorway.

viii.        Papakura sits on the main rail trunk line with two train stations (Takanini and Papakura).  The Papakura train station is the third busiest in Auckland with over 2000 people using it every day.

ix.           Papakura is the most southern stop in the Auckland region for the Te Huia inter-regional service.

x.            efficient and effective movement of both freight and people is a priority for the Papakura Local Board as is encouraging people to use public transport.

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

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

xvi.        note that trucks do significantly more damage to roads than cars and thus routes with high truck use (eg: support quarries) need a higher allocation of renewal funding

xvii.       suggest a review of the policies associated with rebuilding the road network, so that two per cent of the network is renewed annually, up from the current 0.4 per cent

xviii.     suggest more funding be allocated to local road maintenance and local road improvements

Increasing resilience

xix.        support in principle increasing resilience of the network

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 Papakura and south into, and through Papakura; 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 creating gridlock

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

xxiii.     request that at a minimum the designation for the Mill Road corridor through Papakura be prioritised

xxiv.     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

xxv.       support in principle reducing emissions

xxvi.     suggest electrification of Auckland’s bus fleet be funded through the Public Transport Infrastructure bucket of funding

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

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


xxix.     support in principle the focus on safety

xxx.       suggest that safety includes addressing the poor quality of road surfaces through increased road maintenance budget

xxxi.     suggest that safety includes personal safety on public transport

xxxii.    suggest that separate off road shared pathways be the default for cycleway safety that connect up with other parts of the network

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

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

xxxvii. 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

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

xxxix.   suggest budget is needed for public transport provision and road network upgrades to address the legacy of isolated high intensity housing areas with no employment across Papakura and Franklin local board areas

Integrated freight system

xl.           support in principle an integrated freight system

xli.          support investment in KiwiRail and electrification of the network, noting this also supports movement of freight

xlii.        support investment in freight networks that enhance east / west movements both in Papakura and Franklin to improve productivity and market demand

xliii.       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

Strategic investment programme

xliv.       support the Auckland third and fourth rail lines

xlv.        support Auckland Metropolitan Level Crossing Upgrade and Removal Programme

xlvi.       request the upgrade to Mill Road, south-east Auckland, be included in the strategic investment programme, including designating the Mill Road route through Papakura

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

General feedback

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

xlix.       support congestion charges and user pays toll roads, as these are more equitable means of collective revenue for communities, however, the board is cognisant of lower income families being impacted as they have no other option than to use their vehicles given public transport availability

l.              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

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

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

liii.          suggest Waka Kotahi/NZTA should focus on outcomes, and not dictate through methods, projects, or prescriptive ‘buckets’ of funding.

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





Approval of the maintenance budget allocation in the 2023/2024 Papakura Local Board Customer and Community Services work programme


Resolution number PPK/2023/147

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member F Auva'a:  

That the Papakura Local Board:

a)      whakaae / approve the amendment including budget to its adopted 2023/2024 Customer and Community Services work programme, specifically:

i.              addition of a new activity line – Full Facilities Contracts Park Bins Top-up, utilising $54,656 from the 2023/2024 community grants budget line (ID365).

ii.            note that the amendment to the 2023/24 work programme, and reallocation of budget is required as a direct result of the Auckland Council annual budget decisions i.e. to find savings through reducing the number of and associated service of bins across Auckland.






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



Consideration of Extraordinary Items - Councillor Angela Dalton's Update Report


Councillor Angela Dalton tabled an update. A copy of the document can be viewed on the Auckland council website as an attachment to the minutes.


Resolution number PPK/2023/148

MOVED by Chairperson B Catchpole, seconded by Member A Webster:  

That the Papakura Local Board:


a)            receive the tabled report, and verbal update from Councillor Dalton on Governing Body matters.




a     Tabled document - Councillor Dalton's September Update



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