Devonport-Takapuna Local Board






Minutes of an extraordinary meeting of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board held in the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Office, 1 The Strand, Takapuna on Tuesday, 26 September 2023 at 10.00am.


Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present



Toni van Tonder


Deputy Chairperson

Terence Harpur



Peter Allen



Gavin Busch



Melissa Powell



George Wood, CNZM (online)




Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

26 September 2023




1          Nau mai | Welcome


The meeting was opened with a karakia.


Whakataka te hau ki te uru

Whakataka te hau ki te tonga

Kia mākinakina ki uta 

Kia mātaratara ki tai         

E hī ake ana te atakura   

He tio 

He huka 

He hau hū  

Tīhei mauri ora

Cease o winds from the west

Cease o winds from the south

Bring calm breezes over the land

Bring calm breezes over the sea

And let the red-tipped dawn come

With a touch of frost

A sharpened air

And promise of a glorious day.



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 Matapaki Tūmatanui  | Public Forum


There was no public forum.




Funding Auckland's Storm Recovery and Resilience


Resolution number DT/2023/179

MOVED by Chairperson T van Tonder, seconded by Member M Powell:  

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)    support the funding package proposed by the Crown and Council for the repair of storm damaged transport infrastructure and Category 3 buyouts.

b)    recommends additional Crown funding be sought to deliver the Making Space for Water programme noting that:

i)          we are yet to see a comprehensive list of necessary stormwater improvements in our Local Board area that will remediate all areas that were impacted by the Auckland Anniversary weather events, including Castor Bay (Beach Road & Braemer Stream), Bayswater Peninsula (Beresford), Brian Byrnes (Inga Road), Milford (Shakespeare and Alma), Sunnynook and parts of Devonport (including Lake Road), and as such we are not certain that these upgrades are funded or prioritised in this programme.

ii)         there will be a significant cost to Council to resource this programme of work especially given the requirement for specialist staff.

iii)       notes that the Crown contribution per capita is far lower for Auckland at $233.53 per person, when compared to $1,143.26 per person in the Hawkes Bay region (Hastings and Napier received $203.5m for a combined population of 178,000).

c)    Transport

iv)       requests that roads which service the largest residential populations are prioritised. Roads leading to holiday homes or low-density housing would be lower priority.

d)    Making space for water

i)          recommend that building and resource consents in areas upstream of flooded catchments be urgently reviewed to ensure no further stormwater impacts are created downstream from future development.

ii)         strongly recommend that new building and resource consents proposed in flood prone areas are not granted by Auckland Council planners until new planning tools are developed that addresses the need for risk mitigation and resilience.

iii)       recommend increased monitoring of existing consents in areas upstream of flooded catchments to ensure best practice storm water management is delivered and signed off by stormwater experts.

iv)       recommend mana whenua, community groups and local residents are directly involved in local resilience projects due to their specialist local knowledge.

v)         request that stormwater maintenance, street sweeping, and catchpit cleaning schedules are made available to the public so they can see when their drains have most recently been cleaned or are scheduled for their next clean.

vi)       request a list of all proposed stormwater upgrades be made publicly available so the Local Board and residents can be kept informed of proposed infrastructure upgrades.

vii)      strongly recommend better coordination between departments of council, including Watercare, Plans and Places, Healthy Waters, and Auckland Transport when addressing the proposed programme of work through Making Space for Water.

e)    Buyout

i)          note insurers such as State Insurance have publicly declared Category 3 homes are now uninsurable. We acknowledge the stress that this will cause to impacted homeowners and support expediting the categorisation and buyout process

ii)         recommend that an independent arbitration process is established to review any appeals to the categorization process

iii)       recommend owner-occupied properties are prioritized, with lower priority being rented (investment properties) and holiday homes.

iv)       recommend properties that can create flood mitigation to neighbouring properties are prioritised. Eg: Flood water retention area created once house is removed.

v)         recommend the use of a hybrid setting of the buyout price if Auckland Council and the homeowner do not agree on the price within 8 weeks of the initial offer. If hybrid process is needed, consider a payout initially of 90% of the capital value to at least allow the homeowner to have some financial certainty. The remaining 10% can be further negotiated.

vi)       recommends an agreement is established with Crown on additional costs relating to property buy-outs, including if the total cost is higher than currently estimated, the cost of property removal or demolition, and the cost of repurposing the land.

vii)      recommends that the total purchase amount excludes any insurance payout already spent on the house to make it habitable as the homeowner had to have a place to live. Any unused insurance payout should to be taken off the total settlement amount.

viii)     request an update on the total number of category 3 properties in our Local Board area

f)     Other

i)          note that many impacted residents struggle to understand Council process or Council speak, and that our older residents and migrants will benefit from face-to-face communication, rather than written correspondence. As such we recommend employment of additional empathic staff who can communicate in common languages to support impacted homeowners to understand the process and their rights.

ii)         note that Auckland Council will, in future, take a position that it is not responsible for purchasing properties impacted by future weather events and as such, recommend the delivery of a strong public awareness campaign so that homeowners grow to understand their own hazards and the steps they can take to mitigate risk.

iii)       support Auckland Council working with the Crown and advocating for a robust and effective programme of managed retreat and climate resilience to fortify our city (and our Country) against future climate disaster.

iv)       note that the Council share of cost will initially be debt funded.

v)         do not support a local targeted rate for local stormwater improvements; and instead consider that the cost should be shared across Auckland, given the whole city’s stormwater infrastructure ought to be fit for purpose for today and the future.

vi)       request that when agreement has been reached with property owners, the Local Board is notified.

vii)      request that once agreement for buyout has been reached, that property removal is undertaken with immediacy to avoid derelict and abandoned houses.

viii)     recommend that a plan is developed in consultation with local boards on the future use and maintenance of the land that remains following buyout to mitigate the risk of the land becoming unkempt.

ix)       circulate these resolutions to the local MP’s for the North Shore, Northcote, and Te Tai Tokerau, and the Cyclone Recovery Spokespeople for the major parties.

x)         acknowledge this incredibly challenging time for the people in our community who have been badly impacted from the severe weather events of 2023.







The Chairperson closed the meeting with a karakia.


Unuhia, unuhia

Unuhia mai te urutapu nui

Kia wātea, kia māmā,

te ngākau te tinana, te hinengaro

i te ara takatū

Koia rā e Rongo

e whakairia ake ki runga

Kia tina! Haumi e!

Hui e! Tāiki e!

Draw on, draw on

Draw on the supreme sacredness

To clear and to set free

the heart, the body and the inner essence

In preparation for our pathways

Let peace and humility

 be raised above all

Manifest this! Realise this!

Bind together! Affirm!




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