I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Upper Harbour Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Thursday, 28 September 2023

9:30am

Upper Harbour Local Board Office
6-8 Munroe Lane
Albany
Auckland 0632 and Via Microsoft Teams

 

Upper Harbour Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Anna Atkinson

 

Deputy Chairperson

Uzra Casuri Balouch, JP

 

Members

Callum Blair

Kyle Parker

 

John Mclean

Sylvia Yang

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Max Wilde

Democracy Advisor (Upper Harbour Local Board)

 

19 September 2023

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 4142684

Email: Max.Wilde@AucklandCouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                         PAGE

1          Nau mai | Welcome                                                                                                        5

2          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies                                                                                         5

3          Te Whakapuaki i te Whai Pānga | Declaration of Interest                                         5

4          Te Whakaū i ngā Āmiki | Confirmation of Minutes                                                    5

5          He Tamōtanga Motuhake | Leave of Absence                                                            5

6          Te Mihi | Acknowledgements                                                                                       5

7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions                                                                                                5

8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations                                                                    5

8.1     Dr Mairi Jay - Heatstroke: a climate change killer                                            5

8.2     Whenuapai Ratepayers and Residents Association Incorporated - Analysis of submissions surveyed by Whenuapai Ratepayers and Residents Association on the draft Upper Harbour Local Board Plan 2023.                                        6

8.3     Northshore City Baseball Club - Use of grounds at Rosedale Park              7

9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui | Public Forum                                                                      7

10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business                                                              7

11        Changes to the 2022 - 2025 Upper Harbour Local Board meeting schedule         9

12        Funding Auckland's Storm Recovery and Resilience.                                            13

13        Local board feedback on Emergency Management Bill                                         21

14        Local board feedback into the council submission on Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill to the Environment Select Committee                                31

15        Local board feedback into the council submission to Fisheries New Zealand on bottom fishing access zones (trawl corridors) in the Hauraki Gulf                       33

16        Biodiversity Credit System – central government discussion document            35

17        Upper Harbour Local Board views on the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024                                                                                                             41

18        Hōtaka Kaupapa / Governance forward work calendar                                          51

19        Workshop records                                                                                                       55

20        Auckland Transport - West Hub Bulletin                                                                  61

21        Local Board Members' Reports - September 2023                                                  81

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

 


1          Nau mai | Welcome

 

The Chairperson A Atkinson will open the meeting with a Karakia.

 

 

2          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies

 

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

 

 

3          Te Whakapuaki i te Whai Pānga | Declaration of Interest

 

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.

 

 

4          Te Whakaū i ngā Āmiki | Confirmation of Minutes

 

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

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

 

 

 

5          He Tamōtanga Motuhake | Leave of Absence

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for leave of absence had been received.

 

 

6          Te Mihi | Acknowledgements

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for acknowledgements had been received.

 

 

7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions

 

At the close of the agenda no requests to present petitions had been received.

 

 

8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations

 

Standing Order 7.7 provides for deputations. Those applying for deputations are required to give seven working days notice of subject matter and applications are approved by the Chairperson of the Upper Harbour Local Board. This means that details relating to deputations can be included in the published agenda. Total speaking time per deputation is ten minutes or as resolved by the meeting.

 

8.1       Dr Mairi Jay - Heatstroke: a climate change killer

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive a deputation from Dr Mairi Jay on the potential effects of heatstroke resulting from climate change.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Dr Mairi Jay, a retired environmental planner, will be in attendance to provide a presentation  on the possible impacts of high temperatures and humidity in the Auckland region as a result of climate change.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the deputation from Dr Mairi Jay and thank her for her attendance and presentation.

 

Attachments

a          Heatstroke: a climate change killer - presentation......................................... 87

 

 

8.2       Whenuapai Ratepayers and Residents Association Incorporated - Analysis of submissions surveyed by Whenuapai Ratepayers and Residents Association on the draft Upper Harbour Local Board Plan 2023.

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive an update from the Whenuapai Ratepayers and Residents Association Incorporated on an analysis of submissions surveyed by Whenuapai Residents and Ratepayers Association on the draft Upper Harbour Local Bord Plan 2023 and inform the Upper Harbour Local Board of the wishes of the ratepayers in Whenuapai.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Haydon Mattson, Chairperson, Mark Nicholas, Deputy Chairperson and Dave Allen, Secretary, of the Whenuapai Ratepayers and Residents Association Incorporated,  representing the Whenuapai Ratepayers and Residents Association Incorporated, will be in attendance to provide an update on an analysis of submission surveyed by Whenuapai Residents and Ratepayers Associations  on the draft Upper Harbour Local Board Plan 2023 and inform the Upper Harbour Local Board of the wishes of the ratepayers in Whenuapai.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the deputation from Haydon Mattson, Chairperson, Mark Nicholas, Deputy Chairperson and Dave Allen, Secretary, of the Whenuapai Ratepayers and Residents Association Incorporated and thank them for their attendance and presentation.

 

Attachments

a          Whenuapai Ratepayes and Residents Association - 3 Year Plan presentation.................................................................................................... 99

 

 

8.3       Northshore City Baseball Club - Use of grounds at Rosedale Park

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive an update from the Northshore City Baseball Club on their usage of grounds at Rosedale Park and future opportunities.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       David Fegan, President Northshore City Baseball Club and Adam Lough, committee member Northshore City Baseball Club, representing the Northshore City Baseball Club, will be in attendance to provide an update on the Northshore City Baseball Clubs usage of grounds at Rosedale Park and future opportunities.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the deputation from David Fegan, President Northshore City Baseball Club and Adam Lough, committee member Northshore City Baseball Club, on behalf of the Northshore City Baseball Club and thank them for their attendance and presentation.

 

 

 

 

9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui | Public Forum

 

A period of time (approximately 30 minutes) is set aside for members of the public to address the meeting on matters within its delegated authority. A maximum of three minutes per speaker is allowed, following which there may be questions from members.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for public forum had been received.

 

 

10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business

 

Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“An item that is not on the agenda for a meeting may be dealt with at that meeting if-

 

(a)        The local authority by resolution so decides; and

 

(b)        The presiding member explains at the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public,-

 

(i)         The reason why the item is not on the agenda; and

 

(ii)        The reason why the discussion of the item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.”

 

Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-

 

(a)        That item may be discussed at that meeting if-

 

(i)         That item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

 

(ii)        the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

 

(b)        no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

Changes to the 2022 - 2025 Upper Harbour Local Board meeting schedule

File No.: CP2023/13618

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek approval changes to the 2023-2024 Upper Harbour Local Board meeting schedule in order to accommodate the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 (the Long-Term Plan) and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 (Annual Plan) timeframes.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Upper Harbour Local Board adopted the 2022-2025 meeting schedule at its business meeting on 24 November 2022 (resolution number UH/2022/134).

3.       At that time the specific times and dates for meetings for local board decision making in relation to the local board agreement as part of the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 were unknown. 

4.       The local board is being asked to approve three meeting dates as an addition to, and the deletion of one meeting date from, the Upper Harbour Local Board meeting schedule so that the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 timeframes can be met.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      approve the addition of three meeting dates to the 2022-2025 Upper Harbour 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, 9.30am

ii)       Thursday, 2 May 2024, 9.30am

iii)      Thursday, 13 June 2024, 9.30am.

b)      approve the removal of one meeting date from the 2022-2025 Upper Harbour Local Board meeting schedule to accommodate the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 timeframes as follows:

i)        Thursday, 23 November 2023, 9:30am.

 

Horopaki

Context

5.       The Local Government Act 2002 (LGA) and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (LGOIMA) have requirements regarding local board meeting schedules.

6.       In summary, adopting a meeting schedule helps meet the requirements of:

·    clause 19, Schedule 7 of the LGA on general provisions for meetings, which requires the chief executive to give notice in writing to each local board member of the time and place of meetings.  Such notification may be provided by the adoption of a schedule of business meetings.

·    sections 46, 46(A) and 47 in Part 7 of the LGOIMA, which requires that meetings are publicly notified, agendas and reports are available at least two working days before a meeting and that local board meetings are open to the public.

 

7.       The Upper Harbour Local Board adopted its 2022-2025 business meeting schedule at its business meeting on 24 November 2022 (resolution UH/2022/134).

8.       The timeframes for local board decision-making in relation to the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 were unavailable when the meeting schedule was originally adopted.

9.       The board is being asked to make decisions in late-November 2023 and late-April and early-June 2024 to feed into the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 processes. These timeframes are outside the board’s normal meeting cycle. 

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

10.     The Local Board has two choices:

i)        Add the meetings as additions to the meeting schedule

Or

ii)       Add the meetings as extraordinary meetings.

 

11.     For option one, statutory requirements allow enough time for these meetings to be scheduled as additions to the meeting schedule and other topics may be considered as per any other ordinary meeting. However, there is a risk that if the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 timeframes change again or the information is not ready for the meeting, there would need to be an additional extraordinary meeting scheduled.

12.     For option two, only the specific topic the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 may be considered for which the meeting is being held. There is a risk that no other policies or plans with similar timeframes or running in relation to the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 process could be considered at this meeting.

13.     Since there is enough time to meet statutory requirements, staff recommend option one, approving this meeting as an addition to the meeting schedule, as it allows more flexibility for the local board to consider a range of issues. This requires a decision of the local board.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

14.     This decision is procedural in nature and any climate impacts will be negligible. The decision is unlikely to result in any identifiable changes to greenhouse gas emissions. The effects of climate change will not impact the decision’s implementation.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

15.     There is no specific impact for the council group from this report.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

16.     This report requests the local board’s decision to schedule additional meetings and consider whether to approve them as extraordinary meetings or additions to the meeting schedule.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

17.     There is no specific impact for Māori arising from this report. Local boards work with Māori on projects and initiatives of shared interest.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

18.     There are no financial implications in relation to this report apart from the standard costs associated with servicing a business meeting.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

19.     If the local board decides not to add this business meeting to their schedule this would result in the input of this local board not being able to be presented to the Governing Body for their consideration and inclusion in the 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

20.     Implement the processes associated with preparing for business meetings.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Max Wilde - Democracy Advisor (Upper Harbour Local Board)

Authorisers

Matthew Kerr – Acting Local Area Manager

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

Funding Auckland's Storm Recovery and Resilience.

File No.: CP2023/13547

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide local boards with an opportunity to provide input regarding the funding package that has been provisionally agreed with central government.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Seven months on from severe weather events in January and February 2023, many Aucklanders with impacted homes are still facing a challenging and uncertain future.

3.       Auckland Council has worked with central government to secure a funding package that would enable people in the region to move forward with certainty, as quickly as possible.

4.       The proposed funding package includes just under $2 billion of investment in storm recovery efforts for three key activities:

·        repairing storm damage to the transport network

·        Making Space for Water (the council’s flood mitigation programme) and other resilience projects

·        Category 3 property buyouts.

5.       If we do not accept the funding package, we will still need to fund the necessary infrastructure improvements but would not be in a position to buy out Category 3 homes.

6.       Public consultation is underway from 11-24 September.

7.       Local board feedback will be provided to the Governing Body along with public feedback ahead of its decision-making on 6 October 2023.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour 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 feedback on whether the local board supports Auckland Council agreeing to the funding package

c)      whakarite / provide feedback on features of the package that the local board would like to comment on

d)      whakarite / provide feedback on the design of the Category 3 buyout process.

 

Horopaki

Context

8.       Severe weather events in January and February 2023 have had a devastating and lasting impact on many communities and thousands of individuals across Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland. Flooding and land slips have damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and up-ended lives and communities. Essential lifeline infrastructure and facilities have been impacted and are in urgent need of repair. This includes roads, bridges, stormwater systems and community facilities.

9.       Seven months on, many Aucklanders with impacted homes are still facing a challenging and uncertain future. We need to support these Aucklanders and improve the resilience of our infrastructure so that we are better prepared and can mitigate the impacts of severe weather events.

10.     Auckland Council has worked with central government to secure a funding package that would enable people in the region to move forward with certainty, as quickly as possible.

11.     To achieve all the outcomes of the package the government would provide just under $1.1 billion of new and reprioritised existing funding, with the council investing around $900 million. This is the same “locally-led, centrally-supported” approach that has been taken with other regions affected by the January and February storm events, just at a larger scale. It is different from the Christchurch earthquake recovery, where central government funded all the purchase of properties.

12.     As a locally-led effort, Auckland Council is expected to take the lead on the design and implementation of any package. This means we have a number of detailed decisions to make as part of our main decision whether to proceed with the co-funded package.

13.     Public consultation is taking place from 11-24 September. Details can be found at https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/recoveryfunding

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

14.     The proposed funding package includes just under $2 billion of investment in storm recovery efforts for three key activities, as outlined in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Proposed central government and Auckland Council contribution to recovery

 

Central government funding

Auckland Council funding

Total

Transport network recovery

$309 million

$81 million

$390 million

Making space for water and other resilience projects

$380 million

$440 million

$820 million

Category 3 home buy-outs

$387 million

$387 million

$774 million

Total

$1,076 million

$908 million

$1,984 million

 

Transport network recovery

15.     Auckland Council is projecting that $390 million will be needed to make repairs to roads and bridges that were damaged by the severe weather. This includes the Mill Flat Road bridge, access to Karekare and Piha, and a number of roads in the west, the north and on Aotea / Great Barrier Island that were significantly damaged. The funding would ensure that repairs can be undertaken with greater certainty.

Making Space for Water and other resilience projects

16.     A critical part of recovery is making sure we are better prepared for future severe weather. Improving resilience is essential to provide security for those who will continue to live in hazard-prone areas. This includes the flood risk management projects such as those that we have outlined in the Making Space for Water programme that we consulted on last month.

17.     This programme would allow us to create new ‘blue-green networks’ in areas with critical flood risks, and to rehabilitate streams so that they are more resilient to floods. We would be able to increase our stormwater maintenance and overland flow path management.

18.     This portion of the funding package could also be used for other resilience projects, such as community based geotechnical projects where risks can be mitigated. Importantly, the funding package would allow us to move more quickly with our efforts to build resilience.

Category 3 property buy-outs

19.     Homes in Category 3 are not safe to live in because the risk from future flooding or landslips is intolerably high. Options to reduce this risk at a property or community level are not available or affordable. Homes in these areas should not be rebuilt or remain on their current sites.

20.     Central government’s co-funding conditions for Category 3 properties are that they must be:

·        residential

·        impacted by the severe weather events of January and February 2023

·        subject to ongoing intolerable risk to life, and

·        without an economic way to mitigate the risk.

21.     The proposed funding package would provide up to $774 million to buy Category 3 homes and allow people affected by the January and February severe weather events to move on with their lives. The funding for this would be split evenly between Auckland Council and central government.

22.     The $774 million is based on current estimates of around 700 homes to be included in this category. If this maximum amount is exceeded, central government and the council have agreed to work together in good faith to decide next steps.

23.     Auckland Council would need to administer the buy-out process from start to finish, including the purchase and removal of homes, and the ongoing management of the land. We know that there would be extra costs that wouldn’t be fully co-funded through the proposed funding package, including the costs of demolishing buildings, and any costs arising from the ongoing management of the land. We will also need to consider how we best make use of the newly acquired land, for example public parks and blue-green networks.

24.     We need to make some decisions about how the buy-out process would work, including the price we pay for Category 3 houses, how this works with insurance, and any conditions (e.g. price caps or exclusions) that might need to be put in place. Given the complexity of the task, we are proposing to take an approach where we work towards decisions that are simple, fair, cost-effective, timely, and give certainty to affected Aucklanders.

Accepting the funding package

25.     If Auckland Council accepts the funding package:

·        We will receive additional government funding to accelerate our efforts to increase the resilience of our infrastructure.

·        We can get on with making improvements that would otherwise take decades to achieve.

·        We can offer a process forward for Category 3 property owners.

·        We will need to find extra revenue to meet the council funding commitment.

26.     If Auckland Council does not accept the funding package:

·        We won’t receive all the proposed funding from central government, although we could still anticipate receiving some of the transport funding in the normal way, and could apply to the National Resilience Plan for further funding without a guarantee of our applications being successful.

·        We will still need to fund the necessary infrastructure improvements and may need to take longer to do this using the available council funding methods.

·        We won’t be in a position to buy out Category 3 homes: some property owners would face severe hardship and people would remain at risk.

27.     Accepting the funding package would be a significant step in the recovery process. We acknowledge that recovery is not happening as quickly as affected communities would like. There is a difficult balance between moving quickly and moving accurately, especially with so many thousands of potentially affected homes needing individual technical assessments. It’s important that everyone can have confidence in the information and evidence available so that we can make robust, defensible and enduring decisions.

28.     We also need to balance the needs of impacted homeowners with the needs of the wider community and consider the affordability and hazard management impacts for all Aucklanders.

Methodology of Category 3 buy-outs

29.     If we go ahead with the funding package, the details of the purchase methodology for Category 3 properties would need to be determined, and would have a strong influence on how simple, fair, cost-effective and timely our process could be, and how much certainty we could offer affected homeowners.

30.     Some of the policy details we need to consider include:

·        How we define Category 3 residential properties. We need to consider whether we should make different provisions for holiday homes and rentals that are assessed as being in Category 3, compared to primary residences. We will not be purchasing non-residential properties.

·        How we set the buy-out price. If our starting point is to take a ‘fair value’ approach, we need to decide how we assess that. Using capital value (the valuation that helps us to assess rates bills) would be the quickest option but wouldn’t necessarily reflect the true market value of every individual house. Establishing market value would be a much slower option: it could delay the process and would add further administrative costs. We could adopt a hybrid approach that gets most of the money to homeowners sooner and allows the balance to be resolved through valuation. Other alternatives would be to offer a fixed sum to all Category 3 homeowners or establish a sliding scale of payment based on hardship.

·        The size of owner contributions. Like all investments, property ownership carries risks. Aucklanders, through Auckland Council, do not guarantee owners against loss. Auckland Council will need to consider whether to offer 100% of the value of the property, or a lesser amount, provided we can meet our objective of removing people from situations of intolerable risk. This could take the form of a cap on buy-out offers above a certain amount.

·        What we do about insurance settlements, and uninsured and underinsured properties. Government and council contributions are intended to ‘top up’ rather than replace any amounts received through private insurance or EQC (Earthquake Commission). We still need to decide how this would work in practice. We also need to determine a fair outcome both for homeowners and for the Aucklanders who will have to fund buy-outs. This will mean we need to consider if Aucklanders who had no insurance or limited insurance should receive more, less or the same as other Category 3 homeowners.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

31.     The response that is being proposed in this funding package is a one-off, made necessary by the urgent and extraordinary scale of events.

32.     As climate change increases the risk of severe weather events, Auckland Council will not be in a position to continue to buy out other flood- and slip-affected homes. We are working to improve public awareness of hazards, so that Aucklanders are better able to manage their risks. We are also reviewing our approach to the planning and development of homes in areas with natural hazards, however the impact of this is confined largely to new development, and doesn’t address the legacy of thousands of homes that are already built in higher-risk areas.

33.     We are strongly advocating to central government to establish a national scheme to support recovery from future events, and to put in place better processes for managed retreat in advance of disaster.

34.     Both the Auckland Plan 2050 and Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan advocate for greater resilience to severe storms and flood events. A key principle of the proposed Tāmaki Makaurau Recovery Plan is ‘Opportunities to build resilience and avoid future harm are sought proactively’.

35.     The funding received from central government for Making Space for Water and other resilience projects will enable Auckland Council to implement the initiatives within these plans in a way that both builds resilience to the impacts of climate change, and has a lower carbon impact than the solutions that have historically been utilised.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

36.     The Recovery Office is working with Legal, Finance, the Chief Planning Office and the Mayoral Office to consider the approach set out by the Crown, the implications for council, and the appropriate parameters for council’s actions at each stage of the negotiations and potential implementation process. The Executive Leadership Team sub-group also spans the relevant parts of the council that are necessary to input and/or be involved in this process.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

37.     During August, local boards and local communities provided feedback on the draft Tāmaki Makaurau Recovery Plan, which will inform how government funding for infrastructure will be allocated. Staff are currently analysing the feedback to inform the final content of the Plan.

38.     This report provides the opportunity for local boards to give feedback specifically on the funding agreement that has been agreed in-principle with central government.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

39.     The Recovery Office is engaging with mana whenua representatives to discuss the Tāmaki Makaurau Recovery Plan. Meetings are underway and will continue throughout September.  These meetings also provide opportunity to discuss the government funding package.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

40.     Auckland’s recovery from the severe weather events of early 2023 is going to require significant investment, with or without central government co-funding. The proposed package increases the total investment into Auckland, with over $1 billion in new and reprioritised central government funding.

41.     Significant funding from Auckland Council would still be required to deliver on the activities described in this package.

42.     If we agree to proceed with the funding package, we would initially use borrowing to fund Auckland’s share of the proposal, until we can make more considered funding decisions in the next long-term plan. This is due to be consulted on in early 2024.

43.     Using borrowing in the short term would mean we could get the infrastructure repairs and the Category 3 buy-out process moving quickly.

44.     Based on initial timing projections the additional council debt required is likely to peak at $650 million. This would increase the debt-to-revenue ratio by 7 – 9 per cent over the next five to seven years, remaining within current debt limits.

45.     The council has a number of options to fund the proposed package in the long-term plan, including reducing or deferring other capital spending, sale of assets, service reductions, and rates. These decisions may also be impacted by the outcomes of the government’s water reform process.

46.     If the council were to proceed with the full proposed programme and fund it using only rates, then this would require an additional rates increase equivalent to 3.1 per cent of general rates, which could be phased in over two years. Any rates increase would be on top of other significant budget pressures the council is facing. Current indications suggest overall rates increases of over 10 per cent for 2024/2025 for residential ratepayers, if cost reductions or funding sources are not found.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

47.     Risks and mitigations with the Crown offer process are identified in Table 2.

Table 2. Risks and mitigations with the Crown offer process

            Risk

Mitigations

More than 700 properties are identified as category 3.

Good faith commitment with the Crown to develop a joint response if this situation arises.

Eligibility criteria for the National Resilience Plan have not yet been defined, meaning there is a risk to accessing the pre-committed funding for resilience

Address within terms of the agreement

Significant additional funding required from Auckland Council

An existing risk that will need to be addressed in the Long-term Plan 2024-2034, regardless of the Crown offer.

Terms of the Crown offer do not adequately provide for the complexity of the council processes needed to undertake buy outs.

Policy and legal analysis is underway to consider the implications of the terms of the agreement, to be reported to the Governing Body.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

48.     Technical assessment of affected homes and remediation of damaged infrastructure will continue throughout the decision-making process.

49.     Public consultation is underway from 11-24 September 2023.

50.     The Governing Body will meet on 6 October 2023 to consider input from local boards and feedback from public consultation and will decide whether to agree to the proposed funding package.

51.     If the package is agreed, the council will begin conversations with confirmed Category 3 home-owners at the end of October 2023.

52.     From November 2023, voluntary buy-outs for Category 3 properties will begin, as technical assessments are confirmed.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Megan Howell – Recovery Specialist

Authorisers

Mat Tucker – Group Recovery Manager

Louise Mason - General Manager Local Board Services

Matthew Kerr - Acting Local Area Manager

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

Local board feedback on Emergency Management Bill

File No.: CP2023/13549

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To request local board input into the development of the Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee’s submission on the Emergency Management Bill.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Emergency Management Bill intended to replace the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 is open for submissions until 3 November 2023. The Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee will make a submission to the Emergency Management Bill.

3.       Further to the memo to Governing Body, local board members and Independent Māori Statutory Board dated 17 August, this report invites local boards to provide input into the development of the Committee’s submission. A high-level overview of the Emergency Management Bill is provided, and a more detailed summary of the Emergency Management Bill’s more significant changes is attached.

4.       Decisions on the Emergency Management Bill, submissions to it and subsequent progress will be made by the government formed after the general election in October 2023.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

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

 

Horopaki

Context

5.       The Emergency Management Bill (the Bill) to replace the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 (CDEM Act) is open for submission until 3 November 2023 and can be accessed via legislation.govt.nz

6.       The Bill is a part of the programme of policy work known as the Trifecta Work programme that arose out of the government’s response to the 2017 report of the Technical Advisory Group on Better Reponses to Natural Disasters and other Emergencies.

7.       Comment is sought on the Bill as currently presented. Please note that decision-making on the progress of the Bill will be made by the government formed after the general election in October 2023.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Emergency Management Bill

8.       The Emergency Management Bill updates the emergency management system to improve performance, modernise the current legislative and regulatory framework, and acknowledge the importance of community resilience and preparedness. The Bill builds on the CDEM Act and:

·        restructures the Bill to a more modern approach

·        includes current provisions with minor amendment

·        introduces new language and terminology, as a consequence of the shift from ‘Civil Defence Emergency Management’ to ‘Emergency Management’

·        introduces more significant change consistent with the Technical Advisory Group’s recommendations and the government’s response.

A more modern Bill

9.       The Bill is structured with parts and sub-parts (some accompanied with outlines of their contents) and makes extensive use of headings. Some sections of the CDEM Act are moved to the Schedules of the Emergency Management Bill.

Current provisions minorly amended

10.     Much of the current CDEM Act is carried over with minor amendment. The placement of these clauses within the Bill’s structure means provisions carried over may be placed in a different order than they appeared in the CDEM Act.

Language and terminology

11.     Changes to language and terminology appear throughout the Bill including:

New terminology

Outgoing terminology

Emergency Management

Civil Defence Emergency Management

Emergency Management Committee

Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee

Emergency Management Committee Plan

Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee Group Plan

Coordinating Executive

Coordinating Executive Group

Area Controller

Group Controller

Area Recovery Manager

Group Recovery Manager

emergency designation

a state of emergency or a transition period

 

More significant changes

12.     The more significant changes introduced by the Bill are summarised briefly below, and in more detail in Attachment A.

Greater recognition of the role of Māori and enhancing Māori participation

13.     The role of iwi and Māori has been increasingly recognised in the practice of emergency management since the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes. The Bill recognises the role of iwi and Māori in emergency management at all levels, through representation, requiring each committee to improve its capability and capacity to engage with iwi and Māori, and making involvement consistent nationally.

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

14.     Emergency Management Committees will need to engage with representatives of disproportionately impacted communities (such as seniors and the disabled), iwi and Māori, and other people or groups as appropriate, before it approves a Plan. This is to encourage more proactive engagement with communities as a part of Plan development.

 

Critical infrastructure

15.     New requirements are introduced in addition to changing the terminology from ‘lifeline utilities’ to ‘critical infrastructure’ entities/sector. The requirement to share information is made explicit for the purpose of the Bill. A new requirement to develop and publish the planned level of service during emergencies is introduced.

16.     The provisions in the Bill are part of a wider policy development programme to develop a more resilient model led by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, that recognises a broader range:

·        of infrastructure (i.e. banks)

·        of potential threats (i.e. cyberattack)

·        and their dependencies and interdependencies.

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

17.     The Bill clarifies the different roles of Emergency Management Committees and local authorities. Some new requirements are added, and business continuity is provided for separately. The provisions are expressed in similar terms although the function and duties of local authorities are more oriented towards action.

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

18.     The term ‘emergency designation’ is introduced, meaning either a state of emergency or notice of transition. The Bill also requires the appointment of people able to declare a state of emergency or give a notice of transition period from the representatives on the Emergency Management Committee.

Regulations and Director’s rule-making powers

19.     The Bill expands the range of matters regulations can be made for, including operational matters, infringement offences and breaches of rules. A new power is granted to the Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to make rules regarding roles and responsibilities in specific situations, technical standards, training, qualifications and other matters.

Infringements

20.     The Bill sets up a framework for issuing, serving and payment of infringement notices for offences made under the regulation making powers of the Bill, for the purposes of the Bill.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

21.     The definition of emergencies in the CDEM Act and the Bill includes naturally occurring emergencies such as severe weather and drought. It is widely anticipated that these types of emergencies will become more frequent and severe as a consequence of Climate Change.

22.     The Bill updates the regulatory framework under the CDEM Act. Under the framework emergency management comprises the four R’s - Reduction, Readiness, Response and Recovery. Emergency management practice seeks to:

·        reduce the risk from emergencies

·        raise awareness of and preparedness for emergencies

·        provide a platform for effective response to and recovery from emergencies.

23.     The changes signalled by the Bill will be complemented by the review of the National Emergency Management Plan, the roadmap for the implementation of the National Disaster Resilience Strategy and the wider policy work related to infrastructure.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

24.     The Bill and proposed changes to the framework for emergency management has implications across the Auckland Council group, due to our obligations as:

·    managers of critical infrastructure

·    providers of key information during emergencies

·    potential staff to be redirected to support response and recovery activities.

25.     Auckland Emergency Management is working with various parts of Auckland Council and CCO’s including Auckland Plan Strategy and Research, Healthy Waters, Local Board Services, Ngā Mātārae, Auckland Transport and Watercare on the development of the submission to the Bill.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

26.     This report requests input from local boards into the development of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee’s submission on the Bill.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

27.     There is a high level of interest amongst iwi and Māori. NEMA has held several national hui. Similarly, engagement with marae and related discussions indicate an awareness and interest.

28.     We have written to iwi and Māori to encourage them to both make their own submission on the Bill and provide comment or feedback that can be reflected in the development of Auckland Council’s submission. If there is interest, a hui on this topic may be held.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

29.     The changes signalled in the Bill will require amended or additional processes and practices and introduce additional cost across the emergency management system, it is uncertain when they will arise.

30.     It is also unclear how such costs will fall between participating Emergency Management Committees, local authorities, ratepayers, critical infrastructure entities and sectors, their shareholders and consumers. There may also be implications for capacity amongst participants across the emergency management system, critical infrastructure entities and sectors.

31.     The full financial and resource implications may not be known until the Bill is enacted, the National Emergency Management Plan reviewed, the roadmap for the implementation of the National Disaster Resilience Strategy completed and critical infrastructure policy confirmed. These programmes will be subject to the decision-making of the government to be formed after the General Election in October 2023.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

32.     The general direction of policy on which the Bill is based has been signalled for some time. The submission process is the most effective means of managing risk of unfavourable change.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

33.     A workshop of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Committee to consider the recommendations of the draft submission is scheduled for 18 October 2023. Materials will be circulated to Committee members in preparation for the workshop.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Summary of the Emergency Management Bill's more significant changes

27

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Wayne Brown – Principal Recovery Advisor

Authorisers

Paul Amaral – General Manager,  Auckland Emergency Management

Louise Mason – General Manager, Local Board Services

Matthew Kerr – Acting Local Area Manager

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

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28 September 2023

 

 

Local board feedback into the council submission on Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill to the Environment Select Committee

File No.: CP2023/13554

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek local board feedback into the council submission on the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill to the Environment Select Committee.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Environment Select Committee is seeking views on the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill (the Bill).

3.       The purpose of the Bill is to seek to address environmental decline in the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana due to human activities.

4.       This Bill also seeks to contribute to the restoration of the health and mauri of the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana. It proposes to do this by establishing two marine reserves, five seafloor protection areas, and 12 high protection areas in the Hauraki Gulf, and acknowledging customary rights within seafloor protection areas and high protection areas.

5.       The council will be providing a submission to the Environment Select Committee on this matter and the local board has an opportunity to provide their feedback into this submission.

6.       A memo will be circulated to local board members prior to providing their feedback with further information about the opportunity to provide input into the council submission on the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill.

7.       Local board feedback received by 29 September 2023 will be incorporated into the council submission. Feedback received after this and before 16 October 2023 will only be appended to the submission. The consultation closes 1 November 2023.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whakarite / provide feedback on the Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill to be incorporated into the council’s submission to the Environment Select Committee.

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Robyn Joynes - Local Board Advisor

Authorisers

Matthew Kerr – Acting Local Area Manager

 

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

Local board feedback into the council submission to Fisheries New Zealand on bottom fishing access zones (trawl corridors) in the Hauraki Gulf

File No.: CP2023/13555

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek local board feedback into the council submission to Fisheries New Zealand on bottom fishing access zones (trawl corridors) in the Hauraki Gulf.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Fisheries New Zealand is seeking views on proposed bottom fishing restrictions in the Hauraki Gulf (Tīkapa Moana / Te Moananui-ā-Toi).

3.       The consultation is looking at four options for establishing bottom fishing access zones, also known as trawl corridors.

4.       Currently, bottom-trawling and Danish seining are banned in just over a quarter of the Hauraki Gulf’s waters. This consultation is looking at options that would increase this area. The trawling ban relates to the creation of 19 new marine protection areas in the Hauraki Gulf and also the new Hauraki Gulf Fisheries Plan.

5.       The proposals seek to protect key seafloor habitats by excluding bottom trawling and Danish seining from the Hauraki Gulf, except within defined areas. 

6.       Full details of the four proposed options are in the consultation document and included in Attachment A to the agenda report.

7.       The consultation opened on 30 August and closes at 5pm on 6 November 2023.

8.       The council will be providing a submission to Fisheries New Zealand on this matter and the local board has an opportunity to provide their input into this submission which is due Friday 29 September 2023.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)   whakarite / provide the following preference on one of the following options and/or feedback on proposed bottom fishing restrictions in the Hauraki Gulf:

i)          Option 1: Danish seine fishing banned from 74.1 per cent and trawl fishing banned from 77.1 per cent of the Gulf shallower than 200 metres and limit these fishing methods to six defined zone

ii)       Option 2: Danish seine fishing banned from 79.4 per cent and trawl fishing banned from 82.4 per cent of the Gulf shallower than 200 metres and limit these fishing methods to five defined zones.

iii)      Option 3: Danish seine fishing banned from 86.6 per cent and trawl fishing banned from 88.5 per cent of the Gulf shallower than 200 metres and limit these fishing methods to four defined zones

iv)      Option 4: Danish seine fishing banned from 87.3 per cent and trawl fishing banned from 89.2 per cent of the Gulf shallower than 200 metres and limit these fishing methods to four defined zones

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Discussion document Bottom Fishing Access Zones in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park (Under Separate Cover)

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Robyn Joynes - Local Board Advisor

Authorisers

Matthew Kerr – Acting Local Area Manager

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

Biodiversity Credit System – central government discussion document

File No.: CP2023/13716

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an overview of central government’s discussion document entitled ‘Helping nature and people thrive – Exploring a biodiversity credit system for Aotearoa New Zealand’, and its potential implications for Auckland Council should such a system be advanced.

2.       To provide an opportunity for local boards to offer any feedback to council staff to help inform the preparation of a council submission on the proposed Biodiversity Credit System.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

3.       Central government (Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation) published a discussion document on 7 July 2023 (weblink: Biodiversity Credit System) which is exploring the potential for a ‘biodiversity credit system’ that could be developed for Aotearoa New Zealand. Central government is seeking feedback on the need for and possible design of a biodiversity credit system, and the potential roles of government and Māori in implementing it.

4.       Staff from Natural Environment Strategy are coordinating the development of a proposed Auckland Council submission. Staff are inviting feedback from local boards, mana whenua and the Rural Advisory Panel, to help shape the proposed Auckland Council submission which will be considered by the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee on 5 October 2023.

5.       Natural Environment Strategy staff provided a webinar to overview the discussion document with approximately 40 local board members on 21 August 2023. Local board feedback is due no later than 29 September 2023.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whakarite / provide any feedback to council staff to help inform a council submission on the proposed Biodiversity Credit System by 29 September 2023.

 

Horopaki

Context

6.       The development of a national biodiversity credit system is intended to be used to increase funding opportunities from the private sector towards restoration efforts. This could be a catalyst to, or supplement, council activities, such as the regulatory implementation of the National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPSIB) and the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM).

7.       The government’s discussion document is very much an initial consultation to start the national conversation about a potential biodiversity credit system that could be developed for Aotearoa New Zealand. Consequently, the government’s discussion document is very exploratory in nature and does not set out a specific proposed system with clear scope, roles and implementation mechanisms to provide feedback on, rather it discusses a number of different approaches that could be taken to different aspects of designing and implementing such a system.

Main points covered in discussion document

8.       The discussion document explains:

a)      what biodiversity credits and a biodiversity credit system are with some international examples that are emerging

b)      what the benefits could be in the Aotearoa New Zealand context

c)      different approaches that could be taken to the scope and design of a system, and

d)      the distinct roles that government could play.

9.       The discussion document includes consultation questions that seek views on the different approaches and roles for a biodiversity credit system.

10.     Biodiversity credits are a way of attracting funding from the private sector, to invest in efforts by landowners to protect, maintain and enhance indigenous vegetation and habitats, including shrublands, grasslands, wetlands and natural and regenerating native forests. The credits are intended to recognize, in a transparent and consistent way, landholder projects or activities that protect, maintain and enhance indigenous biodiversity, or positive outcomes, e.g., a one per cent increase (or avoided decrease) in the indigenous biodiversity of a hectare.

11.     By purchasing credits, people and organisations can finance and claim credit for their contribution to ‘nature-positive’ actions and outcomes. This is an emerging approach that is gaining considerable interest internationally. In Aotearoa New Zealand, credits could relate to protecting, restoring, and enhancing nature on public and private land, including whenua Māori (Māori land).

12.     A biodiversity credit system could recognise efforts to protect, enhance and restore indigenous biodiversity in any habitat (on land, in freshwater, and / or coastal and marine environments) or only in some. Biodiversity credits could represent work on whole ecosystems or catchments or focus on endangered or taonga species or remnant habitats.

13.     The discussion document suggests seven principles that could apply to the design of a government supported biodiversity credit system. The principles would let people know what they can expect when they participate in a biodiversity credit system and what is expected of them. For example, the system should have clear rules for the claims investors can make to avoid ‘greenwashing,’ should reward nature-positive activities additional to business as usual, and the system should maximise positive impact on biodiversity (including uplifting mauri and mana of biodiversity).

14.     The discussion document also explains the components of a fully functioning system, including measurement, verification and reporting, legal recognition, potential ways credits can be traded and the roles of industry experts. It notes that regional and district councils could potentially play a role in providing expertise to landowners for biodiversity credit activities and / or projects.

15.     The government is exploring the possible roles it could play to support the establishment of a biodiversity credit system for Aotearoa New Zealand that would operate with both integrity and impact. It suggests the following two roles but notes that a blend of these options may be appropriate, which could evolve over time:

a)      market enablement: where it provides policies and guidance for the development and uptake of voluntary schemes in Aotearoa New Zealand, and potentially funding for system development as the market is established. An enablement role seeks to influence the outcomes and operation of the market, using non-regulatory tools such as good practice guidance and optional standards.

b)      market administration: where it establishes and manages a voluntary biodiversity scheme and is active in the ongoing management and administration. A market administration role includes setting a regulatory framework, with tools to direct the outcomes and the operation of the market.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Potential implications for Auckland Council

16.     Given the nature of the government’s discussion document, it is difficult to be certain about the potential implications of a biodiversity credit system for Auckland Council as no clear proposals have been made about its scope, design and implementation or different roles central government and councils will have within the system.

17.     There are potential benefits that a biodiversity credit system could have for funding protection, restoration, and enhancement of indigenous biodiversity on public and private land in the Auckland region. Depending on the scope and design of a biodiversity credit system (which will be developed following feedback on this initial consultation being undertaken by central government), it could be of relevance to initiatives undertaken locally seeking to achieve positive biodiversity and freshwater outcomes as they complement regulatory requirements (e.g. tree planting, stream restoration etc). However, as discussed in paragraph 12 above, one of the suggested principles for a biodiversity credit system is ‘it should reward nature-positive activities additional to business as usual’. For example, this suggests that funding derived from a credit should not serve to substitute funding provided to existing council programmes.

18.     As the discussion document is at an early, exploratory stage, it is not clear yet what role councils should play or how the council group including local boards might benefit. The Ministry for the Environment (MfE), stated in a recent presentation to the Te Uru Kahika Resource Managers Group on 31 August 2023 that it is very open to hearing suggestions from councils.

19.     Our feedback is likely to include a number of our own questions and different views from the council group about the system scope, design and implementation. In some instances, we may also be able to suggest different options for consideration by central government, e.g. in relation to the role councils could play:

a)      little or no involvement by council?

b)      some partnership with central government to help identify focus areas for achieving best biodiversity outcomes?

c)      council acts as a translator / navigator providing advice to landowners in the region about use of biodiversity credits and where to focus efforts?

20.     There are 23 questions asked in the discussion document. Natural Environment Strategy staff have identified the key questions that are more about the system design and overall approaches that could be taken, which we thought local boards may want to focus any feedback on. These can be found in Attachment A to the agenda report.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

21.     Feedback from Upper Harbour Local Board is due no later than 29 September 2023, to help inform the proposed council submission that will be presented to the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee on 5 October 2023.

22.     As part of preparing the council submission, staff will consider and present the potential impacts on climate, Māori and local board views as well as the financial implications, risks and mitigations in the report to the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee. Due to this being an initial consultation to start the national conversation about a potential biodiversity credit system, central government’s discussion document is very exploratory in nature and does not set out a specific proposed system with clear scope, roles and implementation mechanisms to provide feedback on. Therefore, it is difficult to assess the potential impacts and implications at this stage, and this may become more evident in subsequent central government consultations when a more defined approach to the design and implementation of a biodiversity credit system has been developed and proposed.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Key consultaton questions

39

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Taran Livingston - Lead Analyst NES

Authorisers

Dave Allen - Manager Natural Environment Strategy

Matthew Kerr – Acting Local Area Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

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28 September 2023

 

 

Upper Harbour Local Board views on the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024

File No.: CP2023/13188

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive the Upper Harbour Local Board’s feedback on the proposed direction of the 2024 draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024/25-2033/34.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Ministry of Transport has released the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024/25-2033/34 for public consultation.

3.       The 2024 draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024/25-2033/34 sets out the priorities for a 10-year period to 2034 and is updated every three years.  It outlines what the government wants to achieve in land transport, and how it expects to see funding allocated between types of activities across the land transport system.

4.       The 2024 draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024/25-2033/34 identifies six strategic priorities that the government wants its investment programme to achieve (Attachment A):

·   Maintaining and operating the system – the condition of the existing transport system is efficiently maintained at a level that meets the current and future needs of users.

·   Increasing resilience – the transport system is better able to cope with natural and anthropogenic hazards.

·   Reducing emissions – transitioning to a lower carbon transport system.

·   Safety – transport is made substantially safer for all.

·   Sustainable urban and regional development – people can readily and reliably access social, cultural, and economic opportunities through a variety of transport options. Sustainable urban and regional development is focused on developing resilient and productive towns and cities that have a range of low-emission transport options and low congestion.

·   Integrated freight system – well-designed and operated transport corridors and hubs that provide efficient, reliable, resilient, multi-modal, and low carbon connections to support productive economic activity.

5.       The 2024 draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024/25-2033/34 proposes an increase in National Land Transport Fund revenue from $15.5 billion in 2021/22-2023/24 to $20.8 billion in 2024/25- 2026/27, an increase of $5.3 billion (34 per cent). 

6.       This requires a funding package of $7.7 billion, because revenue over 2021/22-2023/24 was augmented by a $2 billion Crown loan.

7.       The proposed between $7-8 billion funding package is made up of:

·     Increases in fuel taxes over three years ($1.4 billion)

·     Crown grants of $2.9 billion, including $500 million from the Climate Emergency Recovery Fund, which would be added to the walking and cycling activity class

·     Hypothecating traffic infringement fee revenue to the National Land Transport Fund to increase the safety activity class

·     A $3.1 billion Crown loan.

8.       The Ministry of Transport has provided four weeks for consultation on the 2024 draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024/25-2033/34, with submissions closed on Friday, 15 September 2023.

 

9.       The deadline for local board view’s to be appended to the Auckland Council submission was 14 September 2023 which did not allow adequate time for the item to be bought to a business meeting, therefore the feedback was approved using the following urgent decision process:

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Arrangements for making urgent decisions

 

The Local Area Manager, Lesley Jenkins, and the Senior Local Board Advisor, Heather Skinner, were in attendance to support the item.

 

Resolution number UH/2022/137

MOVED by Member C Blair, seconded by Member K Parker: 

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      delegate authority to the chairperson and deputy chairperson, or any person acting in these roles, to make urgent decisions on behalf of the local board, if the local board is unable to meet.

b)      confirm that the Local Area Manager, chairperson, and deputy chairperson (or any person/s acting in these roles) will authorise the use of the local board’s urgent decision mechanism by approving the request for an urgent decision in writing.

c)      note that all urgent decisions made, including written advice which supported these decisions, will be included on the agenda of the next ordinary meeting of the local board.

 

CARRIED

10.     The supporting documentation in Attachments A and B of this agenda report, which includes the Draft Government Policy Statement on land transport 2024 (Attachment A) and the  2024 draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2023/24-2033/34 memo for elected members and Independent Māori Statutory Board members 22/08/2023 (Attachment B), were provided to support the Upper Harbour Local Board’s formal feedback process.

11.     A copy of the Upper Harbour Local Board formal feedback, submitted on 14 September 2023, is available under Attachment C of this agenda report.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)   whiwhi / receive the Upper Harbour Local Board’s feedback on the proposed direction of the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024 as set out in Attachment C of this report.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Draft-Government-Policy-Statement-on-land-transport-2024 (Under Separate Cover)

 

b

Draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2023/24 - 2033/34 memo for elected members and Independent Māori Statutory Board members 22/08/23

45

c

Urgent Decision draft Government Policy Statement on Land transport 2024

49

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Robert Marshall - Local Board Advisor

Authorisers

Matthew Kerr – Acting Local Area Manager

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

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28 September 2023

 

 

Hōtaka Kaupapa / Governance forward work calendar

File No.: CP2023/10120

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive the updated Hōtaka Kaupapa / governance forward work calendar for September 2023 – November 2023.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Hōtaka Kaupapa / governance forward work calendar for the Upper Harbour Local Board is in Attachment A to the agenda report. The calendar is updated monthly, reported to business meetings, and distributed to council staff.

3.       The Hōtaka Kaupapa / governance forward work calendars were introduced in 2016 as part of Auckland Council’s quality advice programme and aim to support local boards’ governance role by:

·     ensuring advice on meeting agendas is driven by local board priorities

·     clarifying what advice is expected and when

·     clarifying the rationale for reports.

4.       The calendar also aims to provide guidance for staff supporting local boards and greater transparency for the public.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the Upper Harbour Local Board Hōtaka Kaupapa / governance forward work calendar for September 2023 – November 2023.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Hōtaka Kaupapa / governance forward work calendar September 2023 - November 2023.

53

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Max Wilde - Democracy Advisor (Upper Harbour Local Board)

Authorisers

Matthew Kerr - Acting Local Area Manager

 

 


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Workshop records

File No.: CP2023/10122

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive the records of the Upper Harbour Local Board workshops held on Thursday 10 August 2023, and Thursday 7 September 2023. A copy of the workshop records is attached (refer to attachments A and B).

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the records of the Upper Harbour Local Board workshops held on Thursday 10 August 2023 and Thursday 7 September 2023 (refer to attachments A and B).

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Upper Harbour Local Board - record of workshop 10 August 2023.

57

b

Upper Harbour Local Board - record of workshop 7 September 2023.

59

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Max Wilde - Democracy Advisor (Upper Harbour Local Board)

Authorisers

Matthew Kerr – Acting Local Area Manager

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

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Auckland Transport - West Hub Bulletin

File No.: CP2023/10123

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive the Auckland Transport West Hub Bulletin for September 2023.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Auckland Transport West Hub Bulletin for September 2023 for the Upper Harbour Local Board is in Attachment A of the agenda report.

3.       The Auckland Transport West Hub Bulletin is a monthly update to keep the local board informed about what is happening in the local board area during the previous month and about plans in the future. It includes:

·     information about current projects being undertaken in the local board area.

·     a list of projects that are being consulted on.

·     other transport related information about the local board area.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the Auckland Transport West Hub Bulletin for September 2023.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Auckland Transport West Hub Bulletin - September 2023.

63

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Max Wilde - Democracy Advisor (Upper Harbour Local Board)

Authorisers

Matthew Kerr – Acting Local Area Manager

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

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Local Board Members' Reports - September 2023

File No.: CP2023/10124

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an opportunity for members to update the Upper Harbour Local Board on matters they have been involved in over the last month.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       An opportunity for members of the Upper Harbour Local Board to provide a report on their activities for the month.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the verbal and written local board members reports.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Max Wilde - Democracy Advisor (Upper Harbour Local Board)

Authorisers

Matthew Kerr – Acting Local Area Manager

 

 


 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

Item 8.1      Attachment a    Heatstroke: a climate change killer - presentation. Page 87

Item 8.2      Attachment a    Whenuapai Ratepayes and Residents Association - 3 Year Plan presentation.                                Page 99


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