Albert-Eden Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Albert-Eden Local Board held in the Albert-Eden Local Board Office, 114 Dominion Road, Mt Eden and online via Microsoft Teams, on Thursday, 28 September 2023 at 10.00am.

 

Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present

 

Chairperson

Margi Watson

 

Deputy Chairperson

Kendyl Smith

Entered the meeting via Microsoft Teams at 10.47am during Item 8.3.

Entered the meeting in-person at 11.14am during Item 11.

Members

José Fowler

 

 

Julia Maskill

Exited the meeting at 12.53pm during Item 20.

Re-entered the meeting at 12.59pm during Item 22.

 

Christina Robertson

 

 

Rex Smith

 

 

Jack Tan

Entered the meeting at 10.14am during Item 8.1.

 

Te Hunga Kāore i Tae Mai | ABSENT

 

 

Liv Roe

 

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

 

1          Nau mai | Welcome

 

Chairperson M Watson commenced the meeting with a karakia and welcomed all in attendance.

 

 

2          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies

 

Resolution number AE/2023/131

MOVED by Member R Smith, seconded by Member C Robertson:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)           accept the apology from Member L Roe for absence and Deputy Chairperson K Smith for potential lateness.

CARRIED

 

 

 

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 AE/2023/132

MOVED by Chairperson M Watson, seconded by Member C Robertson:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)           confirm the minutes of its ordinary meeting held on Thursday, 14 September 2023, as true and correct.

CARRIED

 

 

 

5          He Tamōtanga Motuhake | Leave of Absence

 

There were no leave of absence.

 

 

 

6          Te Mihi | Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.

 

 

 

7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

 

 

8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations

 

 

Deputation - David Bayliss - Greyfriars Eden Epsom Presbyterian Church

 

David Bayliss - Greyfriars Eden Epsom Presbyterian Church, was in attendance online via Microsoft Teams, to deliver a presentation outlining the church’s submission on the proposed community bike hub at Windmill Green, 2 Windmill Road, Mt Eden, Auckland

 

Resolution number AE/2023/133

MOVED by Member J Maskill, seconded by Member R Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      thank David Bayliss - Greyfriars Eden Epsom Presbyterian Church, for his attendance online via Microsoft Teams and Deputation presentation regarding the church’s submission on the proposed community bike hub at Windmill Green, 2 Windmill Road, Mt Eden, Auckland.

CARRIED

 

Note:   Member J Tan entered the meeting at 10.14am during item 8.1.

 

 

 

Deputation - Emily Melhuish - resident

 

Emily Melhuish – resident, was in attendance to deliver a presentation outlining their support on the proposed community bike hub at Windmill Green, 2 Windmill Road, Mt Eden, Auckland.

 

A powerpoint presentation was given. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

Resolution number AE/2023/134

MOVED by Member C Robertson, seconded by Member J Maskill:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      thank Emily Melhuish – resident, for their attendance and Deputation presentation outlining their support on the proposed community bike hub at Windmill Green, 2 Windmill Road, Mt Eden, Auckland.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     20230928 Albert-Eden Local Board, Item 8.2: Deputation - Emily Melhuish - resident - Powerpoint Presentation

 

 

 

Deputation - Paul Greaney - resident

 

Paul Greaney - resident, was in attendance to deliver a presentation outlining their submission on the proposed community bike hub at Windmill Green, 2 Windmill Road, Mt Eden, Auckland.

 

Resolution number AE/2023/135

MOVED by Member J Tan, seconded by Member J Fowler:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      thank Paul Greaney - resident, for their attendance and Deputation presentation outlining their submission on the proposed community bike hub at Windmill Green, 2 Windmill Road, Mt Eden, Auckland.

CARRIED

 

 

Note:   Deputy Chairperson K Smith entered the meeting via Microsoft Teams at 10.47am during item 8.3.

 

 

9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui  | Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

 

10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

 

11

Landowner approval and license to occupy for two community bike hub containers at Windmill Green, Mt Eden

 

Eva Obushenkova - Land Use Advisor, and Jo Heaven – Senior Community Lease Advisor, were in attendance to speak to the report.

 

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson K Smith, seconded by Member J Fowler:

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      whakahē / decline the landowner approval application from Auckland Transport for the placement of two shipping containers and an awning at Windmill Green, 2 Windmill Road, Mt Eden.

b)      request Auckland Transport to undertake further evaluation for a community bike hub for the Epsom Mt Eden area.

c)      thank Eva Obushenkova - Land Use Advisor, and Jo Heaven – Senior Community Lease Advisor, for their attendance and advice. 

 

 

An amendment was Moved by Member C Robertson, Seconded by Member J Maskill.

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)           approve the landowner approval application from Auckland Transport, and the license to occupy, for the placement of two shipping containers and an awning at Windmill Green, 2 Windmill Road, Mt Eden, noting the approval will be subject to the following:

i)             term – 2 years

ii)            rent - $1.00 plus Goods and Services Tax (GST) per annum, if requested

iii)          all other terms and conditions will be in accordance with the Reserves Act 1977 and the Auckland Council Community Occupancy Guidelines 2012

iv)          Auckland Transport will be required to remove the containers or reapply once the license to occupy expires

v)           ensuring that the bike hub is located so as to avoid closing off one end of the carpark permanently, with temporary devices used to ensure a safe operational area when the hub is open

vi)          managing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) concerns, such as with additional lighting and fencing

vii)         ensuring the final layout does not impact trees in the reserve

viii)       requiring the bike hub operators collaborate with Greyfriars Presbyterian Church on opening hours and other matters to minimise clashes with church programming

ix)          staff assessing the impact of the bike hub after six months to identify any further improvements that need to be made

x)           ensuring that the look and feel is suitable for the site.

b)           note that Windmill Green is zoned as a recreation reserve.

c)           note that Albert-Eden has an overall shortage of open space and that it is desirable to make the most of what we do have.

d)           note that the land is currently exclusively used for carparking, and that Auckland Transport’s assessment is that the area proposed is currently under-utilised for parking.

e)           note that Mt Eden/Epsom is a geographical gap in the planned strategic network of bike hubs, and that exhaustive investigation has shown that Windmill Green is the best available option.

f)            note that increasing access to cycling is a key part of our current Local Board Plan and the draft of the 2023-2026 Local Board Plan, and of our Climate Action Plan.

g)           note that discussions with Auckland Transport since initial feedback was sought have confirmed the feasibility of establishing the bike hub without permanently closing one end of the carpark.

h)           note that the majority of the feedback received was supportive.

i)             note the concerns raised in community feedback.

j)       thank Eva Obushenkova - Land Use Advisor, for a very clear and comprehensive report, and for her and Jo Heaven – Senior Community Lease Advisor, attendance to speak to the report.

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Member J Maskill

Member C Robertson

Chairperson M Watson

Against

Member J Fowler

Deputy Chairperson K Smith

Member R Smith

Member J Tan

Abstained

 

The amendment was declared lost by 3 votes to 4.

 

 

Note:   The chairperson adjourned the meeting at 11.59am and reconvened the meeting at 12.16pm.

 

The chairperson put the substantive motion.

 

The motion was voted in parts.

 

Resolution number AE/2023/136

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson K Smith, seconded by Member J Fowler:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      whakahē / decline the landowner approval application from Auckland Transport for the placement of two shipping containers and an awning at Windmill Green, 2 Windmill Road, Mt Eden.

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Member J Fowler

Deputy Chairperson K Smith

Member R Smith

Member J Tan

Against

Member J Maskill

Member C Robertson

Chairperson M Watson

Abstained

 

The motion was declared carried by 4 votes to 3.

CARRIED

 

Resolution number AE/2023/137

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson K Smith, seconded by Member J Fowler:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

b)      request Auckland Transport to undertake further evaluation for a community bike hub for the Epsom Mt Eden area.

c)      thank Eva Obushenkova - Land Use Advisor, and Jo Heaven – Senior Community Lease Advisor, for their attendance and advice.

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Member J Fowler

Member J Maskill

Member C Robertson

Deputy Chairperson K Smith

Member R Smith

Member J Tan

Chairperson M Watson

Against

Abstained

 

The motion was declared carried by 7 votes to 0.

CARRIED

 

 

Note:   Deputy Chairperson K Smith entered the meeting room in-person at 11.14am during item 11.

 

 

12

Funding Auckland's Storm Recovery and Resilence

 

An information document was tabled for this item. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

Resolution number AE/2023/138

MOVED by Chairperson M Watson, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that input is being sought from local boards at the same time as public consultation due to the very tight timelines involved and the need to provide certainty for impacted Aucklanders.

b)      whakarite / provide the local board’s feedback as outlined in the tabled document.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     20230928 Albert-Eden Local Board, Item 12: Funding Auckland's Storm Recovery and Resilience - Albert-Eden Local Board Feedback

 

 

13

Local board feedback on Emergency Management Bill

 

Resolution number AE/2023/139

MOVED by Chairperson M Watson, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)           generally support the more significant changes introduced by the Emergency Management Bill as per below:

i)             Greater recognition of the role of Māori and enhancing Māori participation:

ii)           Changes to the requirements regarding the Emergency Management Committee Plan (currently the Group Plan)

iii)         Critical infrastructure

iv)         The role of Emergency Management Committees compared to the functions and duties of local authority members of Emergency Management Committees

v)           Changes regarding emergency designation - State of Emergency and Notice of Transition Period

vi)         Regulations and Director’s rule-making powers

vii)        Infringements.

CARRIED

 

 

 

14

Biodiversity Credit System – central government discussion document

 

Resolution number AE/2023/140

MOVED by Member J Maskill, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)           whakarite/ provide feedback to help inform the proposed council submission that will be presented to the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee on 5 October 2023.

b)          highlight the importance of biodiversity and a supporting scheme, aiming for optimum conservation.

c)           note that the system will need to be properly resourced and clear on how it will be worked out with landowners and administered with Local Government, including Local Boards.

CARRIED

 

15

Bottom Fishing Access Zones in the Hauraki Gulf Tīkapa Moana Marine Park – Fisheries New Zealand discussion paper

 

Resolution number AE/2023/141

MOVED by Member J Maskill, seconded by Member R Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)           request that its concerns be noted about the rapidly declining health of the marine ecosystem in the Hauraki Gulf/Tīkapa Moana, both in marine life and seabird populations.

b)          disagree with all four of the options that have been put forward that would allow bottom trawling corridors. Our reason is that, as stated by the Hauraki Gulf Alliance in its submission, “mobile bottom contact fishing methods have no place in our coastal fisheries let alone the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. This is supported by a number of leading ecologists and the overwhelming public opposition from New Zealanders”.

c)           recommend that the new Hauraki Gulf Fisheries Plan adopt a more urgent management approach by entirely banning bottom trawling in the Hauraki Gulf.

d)          support the recommendations made on behalf of the Hauraki Gulf Alliance in its submission on bottom fishing access zones in the Hauraki Gulf:

i)             That mobile, bottom contact fishing methods, including bottom trawling, Danish seining and dredging, should be prohibited throughout the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

ii)           That authorisation is granted to innovators seeking to use lower impact fishing techniques such as trapping, longlining and hand gathering.

iii)         That encouragement is provided for the establishment of small-scale local fisheries, including whanau business, in regional areas so coastal communities can have access to affordable, fresh fish.

e)           note concern around the impact of bottom trawling on the spread of exotic Caulerpa within the Tikapa Moana Te Moananui a Toi / Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

CARRIED

 

 

16

Auckland Council submission on Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill

 

Resolution number AE/2023/142

MOVED by Member J Maskill, seconded by Member R Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)           wish to share its deep concern about the ongoing decline in the health of Tīkapa Moana/Hauraki Gulf, which is New Zealand’s only marine park, and its marine life and seabirds.

b)          support the protective intent of the Hauraki Gulf/Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill [‘the Bill’].

c)           note that more protection to the Gulf area is required than is proposed by the Bill, given that, whilst the Bill would add 19 new marine protection areas, this would only increase protection from 6.7 per cent to just over 18 per cent of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

d)          request provisions in the Bill that would facilitate addition of further protected areas to a timetable that reflects the urgency of addressing the decline of the health of Tīkapa Moana.

e)           note that the decline in species is not just due to commercial fishing methods but also from run off attributed to housing/commercial developments into the numerous rivers/streams which run into the Gulf, which, despite the provisions of the Resource Management Act and other legislation, contributes to a build-up of silt/sediment and damages water health.  

f)            request, following-on from resolution e), that consideration is given to establishing a stricter statutory regime to control this destructive impact of development specifically on the Hauraki Gulf/Tīkapa Moana, along with allocation of responsibilities for enforcement and enforcement cost recovery from offenders.

CARRIED

 

 

17

Amendment to the 2022-2025 Albert-Eden Local Board meeting schedule

 

Resolution number AE/2023/143

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson K Smith, seconded by Member J Tan:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      approve the addition of three meeting dates to the 2022-2025 Albert-Eden Local Board meeting schedule to accommodate the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 timeframes as follows:

i)       Thursday, 30 November 2023, 10.00am

ii)      Thursday, 2 May 2024, 10.00am

iii)     Thursday, 13 June 2024, 10.00am.

CARRIED

 

 

18

Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward Councillors' Updates

 

Resolution number AE/2023/144

MOVED by Member J Maskill, seconded by Member R Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward Councillor Julie Fairey’s August 2023 Ward Councillor Report.

CARRIED

 

 

19

Chairperson's Report

 

Resolution number AE/2023/145

MOVED by Member C Robertson, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive Chairperson M Watson’s verbal September 2023 report.

CARRIED

 

 

 

20

Board Members' Reports

 

Resolution number AE/2023/146

MOVED by Chairperson M Watson, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive Members J Fowler and C Robertson’s verbal Board Member Reports for September 2023.

CARRIED

 

 

Note:    Member J Maskill exited the meeting at 12.53pm during item 20.

 

 

21

Hōtaka Kaupapa/Governance Forward Work Programme Calendar

 

Resolution number AE/2023/147

MOVED by Member C Robertson, seconded by Deputy Chairperson K Smith:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive the Hōtaka Kaupapa/Governance Forward work programme calendar for September 2023.

CARRIED

 

 

 

22

Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Records

 

Resolution number AE/2023/148

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson K Smith, seconded by Member J Tan:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receive the Albert-Eden Local Board Workshop Records for the workshops held on 17 August 2023 and 7 and 14 September 2023.

CARRIED

 

 

 

Note:   Member J Maskill re-entered the meeting at 11.59am during item 22.

 

 

 

 

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

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

 

 

 

1.03pm.                                              The chairperson thanked members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.

 

CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Albert-Eden Local Board HELD ON

 

 

 

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