Upper Harbour Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Upper Harbour Local Board held in the Upper Harbour Local Board Office, 6-8 Munroe Lane, Albany, Auckland 0632 and Via Microsoft Teams on Thursday, 28 September 2023 at 9:30am.

 

Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present

 

Chairperson

Anna Atkinson

 

Deputy Chairperson

Uzra Casuri Balouch, JP

 

Members

Callum Blair

 

 

John Mclean

 

 

Kyle Parker

 

 

Sylvia Yang

 

 

 

 


Upper Harbour Local Board

28 September 2023

 

 

 

1          Nau mai | Welcome

 

The Chairperson A Atkinson opened the meeting with a Karakia.

 

 

2          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

 

 

 

3          Te Whakapuaki i te Whai Pānga | Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

4          Te Whakaū i ngā Āmiki | Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number UH/2023/111

MOVED by Member K Parker, seconded by Member J Mclean:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

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

 

CARRIED

 

 

5          He Tamōtanga Motuhake | Leave of Absence

 

There were no leaves of absence.

 

 

6          Te Mihi | Acknowledgements

 

6.1

Acknowledgement

 

Resolution number UH/2023/112

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson U Casuri Balouch, seconded by Member J Mclean:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)         whakamihi / acknowledge Hao Zhang and the Albany Village Library for the efforts they have made to make the Upper Harbour Local Board business meetings accessible to the community.

 

CARRIED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

 

8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations

 

8.1

Dr Mairi Jay - Heatstroke: a climate change killer

 

A pamphlet, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, was tabled. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minute attachment.

 

The executive summary of a handbook, Beating The Heat: A Sustainable Cooling Handbook For Cities, was tabled. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minute attachment.

 

A publication, We need urban trees more than ever – here’s how to save them from extreme heat, was tabled. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minute attachment.

 

Resolution number UH/2023/113

MOVED by Member K Parker, seconded by Deputy Chairperson U Casuri Balouch:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the deputation from Dr Mairi Jay, Dr Baskett and Pat Baskett and thank them for their attendance and presentation.

 

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     28 September 2023, Upper Harbour Local Board: Item 8.1 - Dr Mairi Jay - Heatstroke: a climate change killer - Heat exhaustion and heatstroke pamphlet.

b     28 September 2023, Upper Harbour Local Board: Item 8.1 - Dr Mairi Jay - Heatstroke: a climate change killer - Beating The Heat: A Sustainable Cooling Handbook For Cities - Executive Summary.

c    28 September 2023, Upper Harbour Local Board: Item 8.1 - Dr Mairi Jay - Heatstroke: a climate change killer - We need urban trees more than ever - here's how to save them from extreme heat publication.

 

 

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.

 

Resolution number UH/2023/114

MOVED by Chairperson A Atkinson, seconded by Member K Parker:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

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

 

CARRIED

 

 

 

 

8.3

Northshore City Baseball Club - Use of grounds at Rosedale Park

 

This item was withdrawn

 

 

9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui  | Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

 

10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

 

11

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

 

The Democracy Advisor, Max Wilde, was in attendance to support the item.

 

Resolution number UH/2023/115

MOVED by Member C Blair, seconded by Member S Yang:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whakaae / 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)      whakaae / 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.

 

CARRIED

 

 

12

Funding Auckland's Storm Recovery and Resilience.

 

Resolution number UH/2023/116

MOVED by Chairperson A Atkinson, seconded by Member S Yang:  

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)        tautoko / support Auckland Council agreeing to the funding package.

c)         whakarite / provide the following feedback on the design of the Category 3 buyout process:

i)          request that primary residences, holiday homes and rentals are included in the definitions for Category 3 residential properties

ii)         request that as the starting point the capital value is used to assess the buy-out price, as that is the value all home owners have agreed with after the right to object period that Auckland Council offers lapses

iii)       consider that homeowners without adequate or any insurance should not receive a payout up to the same level as those with insurance as outlined in the proposal

iv)       accept that it is not Auckland Councils role to provide 100 per cent of the value of all properties and request that consideration is given to a cap on the limits of payouts.

d)        tuhi ā-taipitopito note the need for a pragmatic, timely and not overly complex end to these buyouts will be important to those property owners impacted and involved in the process.

e)         whaiere / express concern that resource consent applications for subdivisions in flood prone areas are continuing to be consented.

f)          whaiere / express concern that there will be insufficient funding for property buyouts.

g)        tono / request that for roading repairs required that improvements to active and public transport are properly considered. 

h)        tono / request that for roading repairs required that street trees are planted at the same time.

i)          tono / request that when the time comes to demolish Category 3 properties that effective waste minimisation techniques are used such as safe deconstruction leading to reusing materials first (including via community sectors) and then recycling.

j)          tono / request that if following the Category 3 buyout process land is to be made into parks or public spaces that local boards are the decision makers on the design of these areas.

k)         tono / request consideration is given to buyouts of non-residential properties as well as residential properties and sharing the cost of these with central government.

l)          tono / request Auckland Council considers a process for identifying properties that have no insurance so that appropriate mitigation can be put in place.

 

 

CARRIED

 

Note: Pursuant to Standing Order 1.9.3, Deputy Chairperson U Casuri Balouch requested her abstention be recorded for clause c) iii.

 

 

 

13

Local board feedback on Emergency Management Bill

 

Resolution number UH/2023/117

MOVED by Member J Mclean, seconded by Deputy Chairperson U Casuri Balouch:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

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

i)          recommend consideration should be given for greater local distribution of emergency management assets, expertise and planning, especially for region-wide emergencies

ii)         support the change requiring the Emergency Management Committee to identify and engage with those likely to be disproportionately impacted by emergencies, including those with disabilities

iii)       note that some communities and areas of Auckland are going to be more severely impacted by emergencies and will require targeted engagement and outreach and this is an area where the local boards can play a pivotal role

iv)       support the recognition that concurrent and consecutive events are likely to become more frequent, and therefore there needs to be provisions to manage these scenarios going forward

v)         support changes that allow for greater flexibility and agility during an emergency, including allowing Emergency Management Committees to meet via audio or audio-visual link and enabling the publishing of the National Emergency Management Plan online so as to be more responsive and more easily updated.

 

 

CARRIED

 

The meeting was adjourned at 11.10am

 

 

The meeting was reconvened at 11.20am

 

 

 

14

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

 

Resolution number UH/2023/118

MOVED by Member K Parker, seconded by Chairperson A Atkinson:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

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

i)          consider that the establishment of two new marine reserves, twelve high protection areas (HPA’s) and five seafloor protection areas (SPA’s) to maintain long term viability of fish stocks and kai moana for communities does not go far enough to protect the gulf.  These proposals should be adopted as a minimum

ii)         request that bottom trawling, scallop dredging, and Danish seining should be banned throughout the entire Hauraki Gulf / Tikapa Moana

iii)       advocate for statutory marine protections across the entire Tikapa Moana Te Moananui a Toi / Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

iv)       consider that the high protection areas around the Ōtata / Noises Island high protection area should be increased to the size recommended by the Hauraki Gulf Forum which was based on scientific analysis

v)         recommend customary rights within the Tikapa Moana Te Moananui a Toi / Hauraki Gulf Marine Park exclude bottom trawling, scallop dredging, and Danish seining methods

vi)       within the Hauraki Gulf, we support regenerative planting and restoration around the coastal areas of Hauraki Gulf including restoration of marginal ecosystems and fish nursery ecosystems such as seagrass meadows, mangrove forests and coral reefs

vii)      express concern around consenting issues and existing assets e.g power cables, council assets and undersea infrastructure and request appropriate consideration be given to how to manage these issues

viii)     request appropriate resources for enforcement and monitoring of the marine protections.

ix)       encourage exploration of sustainable alternative fishing methods

 

 

CARRIED

 

 

15

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

 

Resolution number UH/2023/119

MOVED by Member C Blair, seconded by Member S Yang:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)         whakarite / provide the following feedback on proposed bottom fishing restrictions in the Hauraki Gulf:

i)          do not support the four options presented in the Fisheries New Zealand discussions paper regarding bottom fishing access zones in the Tikapa Moana Te Moananui a Toi / Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

ii)         advocate for option zero which is a total ban on bottom trawling, scallop dredging, and Danish seining within the Tikapa Moana Te Moananui a Toi / Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

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

 

 

CARRIED

 

 

16

Biodiversity Credit System – central government discussion document

 

Resolution number UH/2023/120

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

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

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

i)          support the need for a biodiversity credit system for New Zealand

ii)         consider the implications of reduced biodiversity and support partnership measures that reduce the impact of biodiversity loss

iii)       support a biodiversity credit system that recognises both positive actions to support biodiversity and actions that avoid decreases in biodiversity

iv)       support a biodiversity credit system that extends past terrestrial environments, to include freshwater/estuaries, and coastal marine environments

v)         support a biodiversity credit system that covers all land types

vi)       acknowledge the value of all seven of the following identified principles of a New Zealand biodiversity credit system:

A)        principle 1 - permanent or long-term (e.g 25-year) impact

B)        principle 2 - transparent and verifiable claims

C)        principle 3 - robust, with measures to prevent abuse of the system

D)        principle 4 - reward nature-positive additional activities

E)        principle 5 - complement domestic and international action

F)        principle 6 - no double-counting, and clear rules about the claims that investors can make

G)       principle 7 - maximise positive impact on biodiversity

vii)      support the following four of the seven identified principles to be the top four principles that underpin a New Zealand biodiversity credit system:

A)        principle 1 - permanent or long-term (e.g 25-year) impact

B)        principle 2 - transparent and verifiable claims

C)        principle 3 - robust, with measures to prevent abuse of the system

D)        principle 7 - maximise positive impact on biodiversity

viii)     support the following assurances to be in place for landholders and/or purchasers participating in a biodiversity credit system:

A)        that the enhanced biodiversity is verifiable scientifically

B)        that the system if open and transparent

C)        that the users of such biodiversity credits are not companies whose other interests are unethical e.g companies with significant exposure to fossil fuels, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, adult entertainment, civilian firearms, military weapons and nuclear power industries. 

D)        that the system will not be forced on landowners

ix)       acknowledge the following benefits of a regulated biodiversity credit system:

A)        lower administrative burden

B)        standardisation of measurement

C)        maximisation of biodiversity gains.

x)         acknowledge the following risks of a biodiversity credit system:

A)        greenwashing

B)        the benefits are not as great as projected

C)        the market fails

D)        not enough Biodiversity is achieved.

xi)       support the Government investigate being involved in the following necessary components of a biodiversity credit system:

A)        project provision (while working alongside councils)

B)        quantification of activities or outcomes

C)        monitoring measurement and reporting

D)        verification and claims

E)        operation of the market and registry.

xii)      request that analysis is undertaken of systems worldwide that are working to ascertain the best options for what government should be involved in.

xiii)     support a biodiversity credit system that complements the resource management system

xiv)     support a biodiversity credit system that targets keystone species protection and restoration. Noting that many councils have put resources into identifying key focus areas

xv)      request that Ministry for Primary Industries work with Auckland Council to best address issues such as working together, enforcement, follow up and identification of priority areas.

 

CARRIED

 

 

17

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

 

The Local Board Advisor, Robert Marshall, was in attendance to support the item.

 

Resolution number UH/2023/121

MOVED by Chairperson A Atkinson, seconded by Deputy Chairperson U Casuri Balouch:  

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.

 

CARRIED

 

 

18

Hōtaka Kaupapa / Governance forward work calendar

 

Resolution number UH/2023/122

MOVED by Member J Mclean, seconded by Member S Yang:  

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.

 

CARRIED

 

 

19

Workshop records

 

Resolution number UH/2023/123

MOVED by Member C Blair, seconded by Deputy Chairperson U Casuri Balouch:  

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).

 

CARRIED

 

 

20

Auckland Transport - West Hub Bulletin

 

Resolution number UH/2023/124

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson U Casuri Balouch, seconded by Chairperson A Atkinson:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

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

 

CARRIED

 

 

21

Local Board Members' Reports - September 2023

 

Resolution number UH/2023/125

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson U Casuri Balouch, seconded by Member K Parker:  

That the Upper Harbour Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the verbal reports from Deputy Chairperson U Casuri Balouch, Member J Mclean, Member S Yang, Member K Parker, Member C Blair and Chairperson A Atkinson.

 

CARRIED

 

 

 

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

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

 

 

12.03 pm                                            The chairperson thanked members for their attendance and attention to business and closed the meeting with a Karakia.

 

CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Upper Harbour Local Board HELD ON

 

 

 

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