I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Tuesday, 17 October 2023

10.00am

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Office
1 The Strand
Takapuna

 

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Toni van Tonder

 

Deputy Chairperson

Terence Harpur

 

Members

Peter Allen

 

 

Gavin Busch

 

 

Melissa Powell

 

 

George Wood, CNZM

 

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Henare King

Democracy Advisor

 

11 October 2023

 

Contact Telephone: 027 204 3466

Email: henare.king@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 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

9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui | Public Forum                                5

10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business     6

11        Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway public access                                                                    7

12        Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Round One and Multi-Board Round One 2023/2024 grant allocations                                                           17

13        Katoa, Ka Ora - draft Auckland Speed Management Plan 2024-2027                             29

14        Update on Joint Council-controlled Organisation Engagement Plans, work programme items (Jul-Sep 2023) and expected milestones (Oct-Dec 2023)                                 35

15        Feedback on the draft Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan                                        41

16        Devonport-Takapuna Local Board feedback on proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making                      45

17        Auckland Council submission on the Inquiry into Climate Adaptation                                     47

18        Amendment to the 2022-2025 Devonport-Takapuna Local Board meeting schedule       53

19        Chairpersons' Report                                         57

20        Elected Members' Reports                                59

21        Resolutions Pending Action report                  61

22        Devonport-Takapuna Local Board - Resource Consent Applications - August 2023                63

23        Devonport-Takapuna Local Board - Record of Workshops September 2023                             65

24        Hōtaka Kaupapa - Policy Schedule                  67

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

 


1          Nau mai | Welcome

 

The meeting was opened with a karakia.

 

Whakataka te hau ki te uru

Whakataka te hau ki te tonga

Kia mākinakina ki uta 

Kia mātaratara ki tai         

E hī ake ana te atakura   

He tio 

He huka 

He hau hū  

Tīhei mauri ora

Cease o winds from the west

Cease o winds from the south

Bring calm breezes over the land

Bring calm breezes over the sea

And let the red-tipped dawn come

With a touch of frost

A sharpened air

And promise of a glorious day.

 

 

2          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies

 

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 Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)          confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Tuesday, 12 September 2023 and the extraordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Tuesday, 26 September 2023, as true and correct.

 

 

 

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 Devonport-Takapuna 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.

 

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

 

 

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.”

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway public access

File No.: CP2023/15389

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update and receive feedback from the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board on the results of council investigations regarding public access over a private residential property adjacent to the 'Black Rock’ section of the informal Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Following the destruction of a raised concrete walkway in the ’Black Rock’ section of the informal Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway in 2011, the owners of the property at 9 Kitchener Road, Takapuna have informally allowed the public to cross their property boundary to link up with the rest of the coastal walkway.

3.       9 Kitchener Road is a privately owned residential property on a 1072m² coastal foreshore site. It is adjacent to the council owned reserve at R 21 Tiri Road (Thornes Bay).

4.       A replacement raised walkway structure has been investigated by Auckland Council. However, feedback from the council's engineering and coastal experts is that any new structure is likely to increase the council’s risk to future coastal inundation and storm surge events and as such, consenting and engineering requirements will add considerable costs to any project.

5.       The council entered into negotiations with the owners of 9 Kitchener Road seeking to formalise the informal public use, including an option for public access over the ‘toe’ of the property.

6.       In 2018 the owners indicated they were willing to sell the entire property to the council at a discounted price. However, any sale would be subject to conditions relating to the heritage scheduling, restoration, and future use of the property.

7.       To date, the council has been unable to come to an arrangement with the owners of 9 Kitchener Road for public access across the property and this has led to frustration on the part of the owners. The acquisition of the entire property is not supported by an identified council service use requirement.

8.       Representatives of the owners advised on 9 August 2023 that there are alternate conditions of sale to the council. These conditions relate to gifting a public access easement along the foreshore in return for various commitments from council, including uplifting of the heritage protection, removal of the cottage, construction of a dividing wall from the rest of the property, writing off rates arrears owed on the property and vehicle access. If the council did not meet these conditions, the owners would close public access across their property.

9.       The council cannot guarantee the conditions of sale that the owners have requested, as some conditions relate to statutory functions where the council does not have discretion.

10.     No budget is available in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 (Recovery Budget) to either construct a replacement raised walkway, dividing wall in the coastal marine area or for the council to acquire and maintain the entire heritage property.

11.     On 29 September 2023 public access over the land at 9 Kitchener Road was closed by the owners. In response the council has placed signage along the route recommending an alternate route using footpaths on Audrey Lane, Kitchener Road, Hurstmere Road and Minnehaha Avenue to return to the coastal walkway. This option is also preferred from a health and safety perspective.

12.     Staff will report to the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee on 30 November 2023 on the matter.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      tuhi / note that Auckland Council has been unable to come to an arrangement with the owners of 9 Kitchener Road, Takapuna for public access across the property, as the council cannot guarantee the conditions of sale that the owners have requested relating to statutory functions where the council does not have discretion.

b)      tuhi / note an alternate signposted route on formed legal road is available to the public via footpaths on Audrey Lane, Kitchener Road, Hurstmere Road and Minnehaha Avenue in order to return to the informal Takapuna-Milford coastal walkway.

c)       tuhi / note that Parks and Community Facilities staff will include Devonport-Takapuna Local Board feedback as part of the report to the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee on 30 November 2023 regarding public access along the 'Black Rock’ section of the informal Takapuna-Milford coastal walkway.

 

Horopaki

Context

13.     The Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway is an informal route comprising formed paved promenade, beach and lava rocks in the coastal marine area, legal road, paths atop underground Watercare Services Limited infrastructure, and crosses 72 private properties with boundaries that lie at or below mean high water springs. It is not a formed and owned council pathway.

14.     There is a public perception that the entire coastal walkway route is owned and maintained by the council, but the route has existed without any formal legal rights for public access for many years. The informal access afforded over the 72 private properties has existed purely at the goodwill of the various property owners.

15.     The coastal walkway was identified by the former North Shore City Council (NSCC) as a heritage trail as it passes through areas of preserved local historic architecture, coastal flora and unique geology features.

16.     In 2009 the former NSCC initiated a capital works programme for a physical upgrade of the coastal walkway. This was to enable the former NSCC to physically upgrade the coastal walkway and promote it as a significant asset to the public.

17.     In 2010, following completion of the Takapuna to Milford (Black Rock) alternative walkway options assessment, the NSCC resolved that it would over time attempt to secure formal access rights over the length of the informal route. Project cost estimates at the time, including land purchases were in the vicinity of $8.8 million.

18.     Destruction of the ‘Black Rock’ section of the coastal walkway during storm events in January and February 2011 led to Auckland Council seeking to secure formal access over approximately 30 private properties with a view to legalising and replacing the destroyed section of the coastal walkway.

19.     Subsequent budgetary constraints and the ongoing costs and complexities of constructing and maintaining a safe and resilient coastal walkway, future proofed against sea level rises, resulted in the project not actively progressing. Negotiations with affected landowners regarding securing legal access has only been undertaken on a reactive basis.

20.     In February 2012, the council’s Regional Development and Operations Committee resolved (resolution RDO/2012/28) that the council would require the legalising of the coastal walkway where it crossed approximately 30 private properties, including 9 Kitchener Road, before the capital works programme, initiated by the NSCC, could proceed.

21.     At its 24 July 2012 meeting, due to concerns regarding the potential for landowners to close public access across their properties, the Regional Development and Operations Committee resolved (resolution RDO/2012/4) that the council could progress discussions and settle with the owners of three specific properties, including 9 Kitchener Road, prior to conditional agreements being in place with other affected landowners.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Property information

22.     9 Kitchener Road is a privately owned residential property on a 1072m² coastal foreshore site (refer Attachment A figure 1). It is adjacent to the council owned reserve at R 21 Tiri Road (Thornes Bay).

23.     Under the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) the property is zoned Residential - Single House. 9 Kitchener Road, ‘The Clifton Firth Residence’ (ID 2683) is a Category A heritage schedule place under the AUP, with interiors excluded.

24.     In February 2022 a registered valuation assessed the property as having a market value of approximately $4.25 million.

 

History of negotiations

25.     The council’s intent was to formalise the informal pedestrian access along the route of the Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway, not to acquire entire properties.

26.     Negotiations between the council and the owners of 9 Kitchener Road to legalise the informal public walkway across the bottom part or the ‘toe’ of the property established that the owners were only willing to sell the entire property to the council, with conditions.

27.     The owners indicated a desire that the property ultimately be used as a venue for artists in residence. In order to achieve this wish, the owners agreed to gift half the value of the property to the council on the understanding that the council would restore the building and establish and fund the artists in residence. The remaining half value of the property would need to be purchased by the council at market value.

28.     Subsequent negotiations between the council and the owners resulted in a Heads of Agreement being signed in September 2018.

29.     The Heads of Agreement was conditional on the council approval to acquire 9 Kitchener Road. It proposed the mechanism for transfer of the property to the council on the following basis:

a)   removal of the AUP Heritage A scheduling from the property;

b)   restoration of the dwelling in consultation with a conservation architect at Auckland Council’s cost;

c)   dwelling will be used as a venue for artists in residence and managed by a trust established for that purpose; and

d)   Auckland Council to be responsible for all costs associated with the trust and ongoing management of the property.

30.     The council acquired condition assessments of the land and buildings, and valuations. Further negotiations have not progressed due to the conditions of sale sought by the owners and because a value was unable to be agreed as the owners wanted the property to be valued without reference to the AUP Heritage A scheduling. In addition, the council condition assessment of the dwelling and the cost to bring it to a habitable standard was considered impractical and prohibitive.

31.     The council has provided information to the owners that the Category A Heritage status under the Auckland Unitary Plan is the strongest heritage protection given to properties or buildings in Auckland. To remove the heritage protection would require a plan change, public consultation and the final decision would be made by independent commissioners based on any evidence the site should no longer be protected.

32.     The council has tried to separate the heritage status of the property and any associated plan change process required from the negotiations relating to public access.

33.     Staff are recommending not to purchase 9 Kitchener Road for reasons including it not being an open space acquisition priority or arts facility provision priority, budgetary considerations, and uncertainty regarding the outcome of any plan change process to remove the heritage protection.

34.     Progress in coming to an arrangement with the owners of 9 Kitchener Road for public access across the property has been slow since 2020, due to business closedowns due to Covid-19 and subsequent council resourcing prioritisations and limitations as part of the Emergency and Recovery budgets. Staff acknowledge this has led to frustration on the part of the owners.

35.     The council indicated to the owners in mid-2022 that a decision on whether the council was still seeking public access was anticipated in October 2022. However, that timeline did not account for the 2022 local body elections and subsequent delay in forming a new council committee structure. The impact of the January and February 2023 storms on council resourcing was also unforeseen.

36.     Informal public access across the property as part of the coastal walkway continued during this period. 

37.     On 9 August 2023, the owners' lawyer put forward an alternative to the original proposal. The alternative was for the owners to transfer public pedestrian easement rights to the council over a 1.5-metre-wide strip along the foreshore, but only if the council:

a)   removed the AUP Heritage A scheduling from the property;

b)   created a dividing wall between the easement area and the rest of the property;

c)   formalised currently informal vehicular access to the property from Audrey Lane; and

d)   paid the owners an amount equal to the amount for the council rates arrears on the property.

 

38.     The owners' lawyer also advised that public access would be closed on 29 September 2023 unless these conditions of sale are met by the council. In response, advice has been provided to the owners’ lawyer that the council cannot guarantee all the conditions of sale for the easement the owners have requested, as some conditions relate to statutory functions where the council has legislative obligations and does not have discretion to follow different processes. Other conditions require further discussions with Watercare.

39.     Clarification was also provided by the owners’ lawyer that it was expected that the council would be required to build at its cost a delineating wall between the proposed easement area along the foreshore and the remainder of the property.

40.     The council has further advised the owners’ lawyer that Parks and Community Facilities staff intend to report to the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee on 30 November 2023 regarding public access across 9 Kitchener Road. Advice was also provided that the heritage status of the property and the process for a plan change to uplift the heritage status is a separate matter and will likely need to be addressed in a separate report to the committee.

41.     The owners of 9 Kitchener Road closed public access across their property on 29 September 2023.

Assessment

42.     From May to July 2023 staff assessed the proposed acquisition of 9 Kitchener Road against the council’s open space provision and open space acquisition policies, its location in the coastal marine area, natural and built heritage values, and in regard to arts provision in the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area.

43.     When assessed against the open space policies, staff concluded that acquisition of the entire property is not supported. This is on the basis that:

a)   Open space in the area is already well supplied and there is no need for additional land. The land itself is steep and unable to provide the recreational and open space outcomes that are associated with purchases of land this size.

b)   The council does not need to acquire the property to meet the needs of the community. There are several existing access points to the Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway. There is also a health and safety risk with the current state of the walkway.

c)   The council does not own or have public access easements over many of the privately owned properties that connect directly to the coastal marine area.

d)   The council is in the process of removing the route as a walkway in the local board greenways interim review. The walkway is not signposted as a council walkway.

e)   Acquiring 9 Kitchener Road will not improve the parks and open space that are already in the local board area. The public have informally sidled around the toe of the property to climb down craggy rock outcrops to Crown owned and coastal marine area land, which represents a constant health and safety hazard.

f)    Obtaining a right of way easement across the ‘toe’ of the property at 9 Kitchener Road to ensure the public maintains access to the foreshore area was previously proposed. However, this option could not be negotiated with the owners without any imposed conditions. In addition, this route would still direct the public to land not council owned, or under council management, does not address health and safety issues and is no longer recommended by staff.

g)   The council acquiring the entire heritage property would not provide substantial benefit to the public to enjoy and use the land for open space purposes. The property remains at high risk of decay and accelerated deterioration without a maintenance programme in place. The local area does not have significant ecological, cultural, or archaeological values.

h)   Acquisition of the entire property for the artist in residence trust model proposal is not supported, as no shortfall in arts provision in the local board area has been identified.

i)    Given its size, configuration, AUP zoning and heritage status which would restrict any council redevelopment, the heritage cottage cannot provide an alternate council use that would provide even a cost neutral funding model, for example a trust managed historic theatre for hire or other venue for hosting functions.

j)    The artist in residence venue and trust model would require extensive council investment, in terms of the initial acquisition and restoration of the heritage scheduled property, and ongoing operating costs.

44.     The 9 August 2023 offer to the council from the owners for granting a 1.5-metre-wide easement along the foreshore in return for the writing off of the outstanding rate arrears and requirement for the council to build a wall to delineate the easement area from the rest of the property has been assessed.

45.     Regardless of imposed conditions regarding the heritage status of the property that the council cannot meet, any easement in this location on rough, uneven volcanic rock would likely require a walking platform that council's engineering and coastal experts advise will need to be a structure with substantial coastal consenting and engineering requirements. 

46.     A public access easement in this location is not an option supported by the council staff. A preferred option would be a route further inland future proofed from storm damage or sea level rise.

47.     Staff have assessed that the most practical and responsible option to ensure public safety is to advise the public that an alternate route on council owned and managed land via footpaths on Audrey Lane, Kitchener Road, Hurstmere Road and Minnehaha Avenue exists to return to the coastal walkway (refer Attachment A figure 2).

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

48.     The council’s climate goals as set out in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan are:  

· to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and  

· to prepare the region for the adverse impacts of climate change. 

49.     As shown by the 2011 storm event, the informal Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway route is vulnerable to future coastal inundation and storm surge events.

50.     Legalising or acquiring any privately owned properties along the route, including 9 Kitchener Road, will increase the council’s exposure and liability to climate change risk. This risk comes with associated holding and operational costs, damage, repair, and replacement costs in an area where the physical options for walkway construction and management are already constrained.

51.     9 Kitchener Road is not in a flood prone area. A known 100-year rainfall event overland flow path that may impact the northern part of the property is identified on the council’s Geomaps.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

52.     All relevant council departments and Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) have been engaged on an ongoing basis since 2010 regarding legalising the informal Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway, including securing public access across privately owned properties along the route.

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

Local impacts and local board views

53.     Staff have consulted with the Devonport Takapuna Local Board regarding the informal Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway since 2010.

54.     The local board resolved on 6 March 2012 (resolution number DT/2012/75) that it supported progressing the legalisation of the coastal walkway.

55.     Following the council’s indicative approval to dispose of the endowment property at 2 The Strand, Takapuna in July 2020, and specifically allocate the proceeds of sale, the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board resolved on 1 December 2020 (resolution number DT/2020/186) that it supports the acquisition of 9 Kitchener Road for open space purposes.

56.     The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board also resolved (resolution numbers DT/2020/187, DT/2020/188, DT/2020/189, DT/2020/190, DT/2020/191 and DT/2020/192) requesting:

a)   an update from council departments and Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) regarding acquisition progress and timeframes;

b)   information if sales proceeds from the sale of the endowment property at 2 The Strand, Takapuna could be used to acquire 9 Kitchener Road;

c)   that ongoing dialogue continue between the council and the owners of 9 Kitchener Road;

d)   that the local board resolutions and supporting information be forwarded to the relevant Governing Body committee; and

e)   that the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Chair requests speaking rights when the matter is considered by the relevant council committee.

57.     The local board further resolved on 17 August 2021 (resolution number DT/2021/122) that the acquisition of public access across 9 Kitchener Road be the second ranked proposed priority option for the use of any sales proceeds from the sale of the endowment property at 2 The Strand, Takapuna.

58.     Parks and Community Facilities staff provided the local board with an update regarding the property, history of negotiations and responded to the December 2020 and August 2021 resolutions at a workshop held on 1 August 2023.

59.     This report provides the local board with an opportunity to confirm its position regarding this property.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

60.     Auckland Council is committed to meeting its responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its broader legal obligations to Māori. These commitments are articulated in the council’s key strategic planning documents, the Auckland Plan, the Long-term Plan 2021-2031, the Unitary Plan, Whiria Te Muka Tangata Māori Responsiveness Framework, and Kia Ora Tāmaki Makaurau - Māori Outcomes Performance Measurement Framework.

61.     9 Kitchener Road is likely to be within the boundaries of land originally acquired by the Crown from Māori from 1841 to 1844 through a series of historical land purchases.

62.     The property does not contain any known sites or places of significance to mana whenua.

63.     The provision of quality parks and open spaces has broad benefits for Māori, including:

·        helping facilitate Māori participation in outdoor recreational activity; and

·        helping make Auckland a green, resilient, and healthy environment consistent with the Māori world view of the natural world and their role as kaitiaki of the natural environment.

64.     Mana whenua have been consulted regarding the provision of open space in the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area as part of the development of the following plans:

·    Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Plan 2011;

·    Devonport-Takapuna Greenways plan 2015; and

·    Devonport-Takapuna Open Space Network Plan 2019.

65.     Should the council progress the securing of public access across 9 Kitchener Road and other private properties along the route of the Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway, mana whenua will be consulted as part of any subsequent legalisation and improvements to council owned land.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

66.     Budget to design, consent and construct a replacement raised walkway or dividing wall for the section of Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway route adjacent to 9 Kitchener Road, the acquisition of the entire property, acquisition of an easement by negotiation, the undertaking of urgent repairs to the cottage, and ongoing consequential maintenance is not contemplated in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 (Recovery Budget).

67.     A 17 February 2022 registered valuation for 9 Kitchener Road assessed the property as having a market value of approximately $4.25 million. The estimated cost to acquire the property at a 50 per cent discount (based on the existing offer from the owners) was $2,125,000. However, the council and the owners were unable to agree on this valuation.

68.     Estimated costs to restore the building were estimated to be approximately $800,000 based on a 2018 condition assessment and resultant increased costs due to inflation. Estimated ongoing operational costs to maintain the property would be approximately $25,000 per year.

69.     Advice from the council’s Heritage team is that the cost of a council-initiated plan change to potentially uplift the heritage status of the property is approximately $40,000 and upwards. The council’s Heritage team will need to advise on whether they would support this option. The cost of a privately initiated plan change (by the owners) would be approximately $60,000 and upwards. The success of an application under either option is dependent on a heritage expert determining that the heritage rationale for the initial scheduling no longer applies.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

70.     The Takapuna to Milford coastal walkway is not a formed and owned council pathway, and it poses health and safety risks and hazards to the public.

71.     The council is in the process of removing the route as a walkway in the local board greenways interim review. Signage on the Watercare pump station on the council owned reserve at R 21 Tiri Road (Thornes Bay) warns the public that the route requires a reasonable level of fitness and is not suitable for prams or unsupervised children.

72.     As council could not guarantee conditions of sale, the owners of 9 Kitchener Road closed public access across their property on 29 September 2023.

73.     In response staff can advise that interim council information signage has been placed advising walkway users that an alternate route on formed legal road is available via footpaths on Audrey Lane, Kitchener Road, Hurstmere Road and Minnehaha Avenue to return to the coastal walkway.

74.     An article was posted on Our Auckland on 30 September 2023 advising the public of the closure. More permanent signage will eventually be installed along the walkway route with a QR code linking to the website page.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

75.     Subject to receipt of the local board’s resolution, Parks and Community Facilities staff will report to the 30 November 2023 Planning, Environment and Parks Committee on the matter.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Images

 

      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Anthony Lewis - Specialist Technical Statutory Advisor

Authorisers

Taryn Crewe - General Manager Parks and Community Facilities

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Round One and Multi-Board Round One 2023/2024 grant allocations

File No.: CP2023/13135

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To fund, part-fund or decline the applications received for Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Round One and Multi-Board Round One 2023/2024.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       This report presents applications received for the Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Round One as shown in Attachment B to the agenda report and Multi-Board Round One 2023/2024 as shown Attachment C to the agenda report.

3.       The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board adopted the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Community Grants Programme 2023/2024 on 20 June 2023 as shown in Attachment A to the agenda report. The document sets application guidelines for community contestable grants.

4.       The local board has set a total community grants budget of $200,000 for the 2023/2024 financial year.

5.       Forty-one applications were received for Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants, Round One 2023/2024, requesting a total of $241,037.28 and ten multi-board applications were also received requesting a total of $48,529.20.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      agree to fund, part-fund or decline each application in Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Round One 2023/2024 listed in the following table:   

Table One: Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Round One 2023/2024 grant applications.

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Eligibility

LG2402-107

New Zealand Theatre Month Trust Board

Arts and culture

Towards artist fee, production expenses, and marketing for "The End of the Golden Weather" performance on Christmas Day 2023 at Takapuna Beach or the PumpHouse Theatre

$2,500.00

Eligible

LG2402-109

New Korean Symphony Orchestra Charitable Trust

Arts and culture

Towards venue hire costs and printing for an orchestra concert at Peter Rea Auditorium, Westlake Boys School

$3,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-110

Dance Therapy NZ

Arts and culture

Towards salaries, venue hire, facilitation, and mentoring for Dance 4 Us workshops at Takapuna Methodist Church

$6,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-137

The Lake House Trust Inc

Arts and culture

Towards production materials, transport, promotions, and per-diems for artists for the Piki e te Tūārā Ascend the Threshold 2023 Sculpture Symposium at Lake House Arts

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-140

Aroha Vietnam Incorporated

Arts and culture

Towards marketing, catering, decorations, and venue hire at Devonport Community House for a Lunar New Year Festival

$3,500.00

Eligible

LG2402-147

Depot Arts and Music Space Trust

Arts and culture

Towards acoustic fins, curtains, sound equipment connections, and installation costs at Depot Arts and Music Space

$6,425.62

Eligible

LG2402-149

Devonport Business Association Inc

Arts and culture

Towards film production costs including editor, director, and producer fees for a short film documentary on New Zealand's anti-nuclear protest movement

$5,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-151

Smoky Mirror Arts Company

Arts and culture

Towards venue hire, costumes, set equipment, tech hire, marketing, photography, catering, performer costs, and director fee

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-101

Miss Aslihan Canan Verran

Community

Towards mental health professional fees and venue hire at the Takapuna War Memorial Hall

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-104

Conscious Events Limited

Community

Towards costs of venue hire at Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre

$7,685.00

Eligible

LG2402-108

North Shore Budget Service

Community

Towards signage, venue hire, laptop, monitor, and computer equipment, programme facilitation and development, and volunteer expenses including supervision and travel for the delivery of digital and financial literacy workshops in the Devonport-Takapuna area

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-112

Construkt Associates Limited

Community

Towards the costs of creating a features map of Lake Pupuke including digital creation of the map, and the creation of brochures

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-116

Open and Connect NZ Inc

Community

Towards venue hire, volunteer training, materials, marketing, Macbook, speakers koha, gifts and prizes, mileage, and project coordinators salary for the We Meet NZ Community Connections project at various locations in the Devonport-Takapuna area

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-123

Project Employ Limited

Community

Towards chairs and tables for the Project Employ Flourish Café in Takapuna

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-125

Forrest Hill Community Garden

Community

Towards a water tank, a table and seats, fruit trees, glasshouse louvres, a laptop, and a pizza oven for use at the Forrest Hill Community Garden

$7,971.96

Eligible

LG2402-126

Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust

Community

Towards dog food for the delivery of a mobility assistance dog service in the Devonport-Takapuna area

$3,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-128

Respect Trust

Community

Towards a table, umbrella, and a protective cover

$1,030.00

Eligible

LG2402-129

Takapuna Community Facilities Trust

Community

Towards workshop materials, waste management, speakers and specialists fee, marketing, and venue hire for Let's Rethink - Reduce - Reuse Workshops at Sunnynook Community Centre

$7,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-132

Takapuna Croquet Club Inc

Community

Towards lighting, paint, and labour costs for refurbishing the North Shore Croquet Club

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-143

Circability Trust

Community

Towards workshop tutor fees for an 8 week social circus physical literacy programme at Devonport Library, Takapuna Library and adjacent outdoor spaces

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-144

New Zealand Blue Light Ventures Inc

Community

Towards the printing of the Blue Light Ventures Street Smart handbooks for distribution at schools in the Devonport-Takapuna area

$5,719.00

Eligible

LG2402-146

Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust

Community

Towards training services, including clinical support and supervision for volunteer helpline counsellors

$4,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-150

Cup Of Tea With Bubs and Me

Community

Towards company registration, web domain name costs, participation vetting, volunteer training programme, trolleys, and kitchenware.

$979.00

Eligible

LG2402-158

Sunnynook Community Centre Management Committee

Community

Towards security camera equipment and installation at Sunnynook Community Centre

$6,150.00

Eligible

LG2402-142

Milford Mariners Inc

Environment

Towards storm debris removal at the Wairau estuary

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-145

Pupuke Birdsong Project

Takapuna Community Facilities Trust

Environment

Towards venue hire, Te Ao Māori services (opening and closing ceremony, waiata, and speaker hire), marketing, waste management, event management, snorkeling, kayaking, and weaving workshops at Killarney Park

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-152

Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust EMR

Environment

Towards facilitation, planning, travel, admin and management, catering, promotion, kaimahi fee, and Poi making workshop costs for the Discover Takapuna Reef event

$2,350.00

Eligible

LG2402-105

Lions Club of Devonport Charitable Trust

Events

Towards traffic management, road closure notices, St Johns attendance, marketing, cleanup cost, consultant fees, and volunteer costs

$7,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-115

Takapuna Beach Business Association Inc

Events

Towards stage hire (including audio, sound etc), marketing expenses (online and print), event logistics (waste management and portaloo hire) for the Takapuna Chinese New Year Festival at Takapuna Beach and the surrounding area

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-119

New Zealand China International Trade Association

Events

Towards marketing, equipment costs including sound system, stage hire, screens, lighting equipment, and generator hire for the Year of Dragon Celebration in Takapuna 2023 event

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-130

Takapuna Beach Business Association

Events

Towards marketing, stage hire, portaloo hire, and waste management for the Takapuna Beach Latin Fiesta

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-139

Takapuna Beach Business Association

Events

Towards marketing, stage hire, portaloo hire, and waste management for the Takapuna Beach Summer Days Festival

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-141

Takapuna Beach Business Association

Events

Towards stage hire, marketing, portaloo hire, and waste management for the I Love Takapuna Easter Festival at Waiwharariki Anzac Square and Hurstmere Green

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-111

Milford Tennis Club Inc

Sport and recreation

Towards coaching fees for a junior coaching programme at Milford Tennis Club

$8,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-114

North Shore Squash Rackets Club

Sport and recreation

Towards racket ball equipment including rackets and balls for use at North Shore Squash Rackets Club

$565.00

Eligible

LG2402-121

Gymnastics Community Trust

Sport and recreation

Towards trophy replacement for annual prizegiving

$3,355.00

Eligible

LG2402-133

SANZ 1st Devonport Scout Group

Sport and recreation

Towards storage containers, food containers, and water bottles to be used by the Devonport Scout group

$3,137.70

Eligible

LG2402-134

North Harbour Triathlon Club Incorporate

Sport and recreation

Towards lifeguard water safety services at Takapuna beach for the North Harbour Triathlon Club Swim Run Series

$6,000.00

Eligible

LG2402-138

New Zealand AFL Inc T/A New Zealand AF

Sport and recreation

Towards uniforms, medals, and footballs for the AFL NZ Youth Programme at Sunnynook Park

$2,189.00

Eligible

LG2402-148

Ngataringa Tennis Club

Sport and recreation

Towards a tennis ball machine and tennis balls for use at the Ngataringa Tennis Club

$2,480.00

Eligible

LG2402-157

Glenfield Rugby League Club

Sport and recreation

Towards the purchase and installation of two heat pumps at the Glenfield Rugby League Club

$8,000.00

Eligible

Total

 

 

 

$245,037.28

 

 

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

b)      agree to fund, part-fund or decline each application in Devonport-Takapuna Multi-board Round One 2023/2024, listed in Table Two:

Table Two: Devonport-Takapuna Multi-board Round One 2023/2024 grant applications

 

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Eligibility

MB2324-104

North Shore Centres of Mutual Aid Inc

Community

Towards overall operating expenses for service delivery from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024

$8,000.00

Eligible

MB2324-132

Asthma New Zealand Incorporated

Community

Towards Nurse Educator Expertise cost from 4 December 2023 to 31 March 2024

$8,000.00

Eligible

MB2324-133

North Harbour Community Patrol

Community

Towards fuel and vehicle related cost to continue community patrol in North Shore area from 1 December 2023 to 29 November 2024

$1,489.20

Eligible

MB2324-135

Good Bitches Trust

Community

Towards cake boxes, flyers, staff cost, operational cost, promotional cost, volunteer training and recognition to deliver Baking It Better project in Auckland from 15 December 2023 to 30 November 2024

$2,640.00

Eligible

MB2324-136

Upside Youth Mentoring Aotearoa

Community

Toward a portion of wages of mentoring manager and three mentoring coordinators (December 2023 - November 2024)

$5,000.00

Ineligible

MB2324-142

Bellyful New Zealand Trust

Community

Towards meal production, service delivery costs, sustaining volunteer support and engagement, attracting and onboarding new volunteers in North Shore (November 2023 - November 2024)

$3,480.00

Eligible

MB2324-143

Big Brothers Big Sisters Auckland

Community

Towards mentor development program in The Parenting Place (December 2023 - May 2024)

$2,500.00

Eligible

MB2324-146

Rainbow Youth Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of venue hire, marketing and promotion costs, food from countdown, tote bags, art supplies, koha for facilitators, Orange Sky annual subscription, and catering costs of meetings (November 2023 - December 2023)

$3,500.00

Eligible

MB2324-120

Harbour Sport Trust

Events

Towards transportation, waste management, potable loo, security, and temporary fencing cost to run Shore to Shore Fun Run event on 7 April 2024

$6,420.00

Eligible

MB2324-151

Yoga Limited T/A Hot Yoga Works

Sport and recreation

Towards support due to hardship during COVID and Auckland rains (Auckland CBD August 2023 - December 2023)

$7,500.00

Eligible

Total

 

 

 

$48,529.20

 

 

 

 

 

Horopaki

Context

6.       The local board allocates grants to groups and organisations delivering projects, activities and services that benefit Aucklanders and contribute to the vision of being a world class city.

7.       Auckland Council’s Community Grants Policy supports each local board to adopt a grants programme.

8.       The local board grants programme sets out:

·    local board priorities

·    lower priorities for funding

·    higher priorities for funding

·    exclusions

·    grant types, the number of grant rounds and when these will open and close

·    any additional accountability requirements.

 

9.       The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board adopted the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Community Grants Programme 2023/2024 on 20 June 2023 as shown in Attachment A to the agenda report. The document sets application guidelines for community contestable grants.

10.     The community grants programmes have been extensively advertised through the council grants webpage, local board webpages, local board e-newsletters, Facebook pages, council publications and community networks.

11.     The local board has set a total community grants budget of 200,000 for the 2023/2024 financial year.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

12.     The aim of the local board grants programme is to deliver projects and activities which align with the outcomes identified in the local board plan. All applications have been assessed utilising the Community Grants Policy and the local board grant programme criteria. The eligibility of each application is identified in the report recommendations.

13.     Four applications have been submitted through the Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Round One 2023/2024 by the Takapuna Beach Business Association. Under the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Community Grants Programme 2023/2024, applicants who have received one successful Devonport-Takapuna Local Grant application are a lower priority, and applicants become ineligible once they have received two successful grant applications within the current financial year.

14.     The Takapuna Beach Business Association are eligible for a maximum of two successful grant applications during the 2023/2024 financial year, through the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Community Grants Programme 2023/2024.

 

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

15.     The local board grants programme aims to respond to Auckland Council’s commitment to address climate change by providing grants to individuals and groups with projects that support community climate change action. Community climate action involves reducing or responding to climate change by residents in a locally relevant way. Local board grants can contribute to expanding climate action by supporting projects that reduce carbon emissions and increase community resilience to climate impacts. Examples of projects include:

·    local food production and food waste reduction

·    decreasing use of single-occupancy transport options

·    home energy efficiency and community renewable energy generation

·    local tree planting and streamside revegetation

·    education about sustainable lifestyle choices that reduce carbon footprints.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

16.     Based on the main focus of an application, a subject matter expert from the relevant department will provide input and advice. The main focus of an application is identified as arts, community, events, sport and recreation, environment or heritage.

17.     The grants programme has no identified impacts on council-controlled organisations and therefore their views are not required.

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

Local impacts and local board views

18.     Local boards are responsible for the decision-making and allocation of local board community grants.  The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board is required to fund, part-fund or decline these grant applications in accordance with its priorities identified in the local board grant programme.

19.     Staff will provide feedback to unsuccessful grant applicants about why they have been declined, so they can increase their chances of success in the future.

20.     A summary of each application received through Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants, Round One 2023/2024 and multi-board applications is provided in Attachment B and Attachment C.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

21.     The local board grants programme aims to respond to Auckland Council’s commitment to improving Maori wellbeing by providing grants to individuals and groups who deliver positive outcomes for Maori. Auckland Council’s Maori Responsiveness Unit has provided input and support towards the development of the community grants processes.

22.     Twenty applicants applying to Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Round One and six applicants applying to the Multi-board Round One 2023/2024 indicated that their projects targeted Māori or Māori outcomes.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

23.     The allocation of grants to community groups is within the adopted 10-year Budget 2021/2031 and local board agreements.

24.     The local board has set a total community grants budget of 200,000 for the 2023/2024 financial year.

25.     Forty-one applications were received for Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants, Round One 2023/2024, requesting a total of $241,037.28 and ten multi-board applications were also received requesting a total of $48,529.20.

26.      Relevant staff from Auckland Council’s Finance Department have been fully involved in the development of all local board work programmes, including financial information in this report, and have not identified any financial implications.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

27.     The allocation of grants occurs within the guidelines and criteria of the Community Grants Policy and the local board grants programme. The assessment process has identified a low risk associated with funding the applications in this round.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

28.     Following the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board allocating funding for round one of the local grants and multi-board grants, grants staff will notify the applicants of the local board’s decision.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Devonport-Takapuuna Local Grants Programme 2023-2024

 

b

Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Round One 2023-2024

 

c

Devonport-Takapuna Local Grants Multi-Board Round One 2023-2024

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Vincent Marshall - Grants Advisor

Authorisers

Pierre Fourie - Grants & Incentives Manager

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Katoa, Ka Ora - draft Auckland Speed Management Plan 2024-2027

File No.: CP2023/14926

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the local board with a summary of public consultation feedback, respond to previous queries and seek formal resolutions supporting the location and scope of proposed speed limit changes.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.     Auckland Council and Auckland Transport (AT) have adopted a Vision Zero goal of eliminating road transport related deaths and serious injuries (DSI) within the Auckland road network by 2050.

3.       Setting safe speed limits that recognise the function, safety, design, and layout of roads is a fast and cost-effective way to reduce DSI. AT is conducting a phased review of speed limits and has completed three phases of changes to date.

4.       A speed management plan for the Auckland region is a government requirement and will set safe and appropriate speed limits to reduce road deaths and serious injuries. Katoa, Ka Ora is the name of this plan, and it is overseen by the Tāmaki Makaurau Transport Safety Governance Group, a group of eight organisations partnering to deliver safe transport for all.

5.       AT workshopped Katoa, Ka Ora with local boards in February and March 2023, and local boards provided formal feedback about the proposal in March and April 2023, specifically the five development approaches within the speed management plan.

6.       Public consultation for Katoa, Ka Ora was open from 24 July to 28 August 2023.

7.       AT has analysed and summarised the consultation feedback received and provided responses to previous local board queries about Katoa, Ka Ora. This information is provided as a series of attachments to this report for local board members to review.

8.       Further, the report seeks local board support for the location and scope of the proposed speed limit changes within its area.

9.       Once all feedback has been considered and edits and reviews completed, the team will seek approval of the plan from the Regional Transport Committee in early 2024.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      note the summary of public consultation feedback received on the proposed Katoa, Ka Ora speed limit changes (Attachment D) 

b)      note AT’s responses to previous local board queries about Katoa, Ka Ora (Attachment A) 

c)       note AT’s legal obligations under the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 (Rule) and that the Rule requires best efforts to complete safe and appropriate speed limit setting near schools by 2027 

d)      note that since June 2020, when the programme started, road deaths reduced 30 per cent in the areas where speed limits have changed  

e)      support the location and scope of the proposed speed limit changes identified for this local board area (Attachment C and Attachment E) 

f)       support speed limit review near schools that do not have current or proposed safe speed limits including Takapuna School and Forrest Hill School.  

g)      support speed limit review of additional locations requested in public consultation feedback and recommended for the next future consultation in Attachment C. 

Horopaki

Context

10.     AT is Auckland’s Road Controlling Authority (RCA). Part of this role is reviewing and ensuring that speed limits across Auckland are safe and appropriate for road function, safety, design, and use. 

Alignment with Central Government policy

11.     In 2019, Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) adopted a vision of a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes and launched the ‘Road to Zero’ national strategy.  The strategy’s target is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on New Zealand’s roads by 40 per cent by 2030. A key part of the strategy is protecting vulnerable road users, for instance children travelling to school.

12.     The strategy’s action plan includes the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 (the Rule) which sets out requirements road controlling authorities must comply with when setting speed limits. The Rule requires road controlling authorities to make best efforts to have speed limit changes for roads outside schools completed by December 2027, and these changes must be built into speed management plans.

13.     The Rule groups schools into two classifications; category one and category two. Most Auckland schools are classified as category one, or schools where children may be out and about outside the school gate. To comply with the Rule, speed limits of 30km/h (fixed or variable) are required in the area outside of the school. Category two schools are where children are more likely to be picked up or dropped off within the school grounds.

Alignment with Auckland Council policy

14.     Auckland Council’s Governing Body has consistently supported the programme.

15.     In 2018, Auckland Council’s Planning Committee in Resolution Number PLA/2018/83 requested that AT accelerate its road safety and speed management programme, including direction to work with partners like New Zealand Police and Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency).

16.     Since then, both Auckland Council’s Planning Committee; and in this term the Transport and Infrastructure Committee have been regularly briefed. In April 2023, the Transport and Infrastructure Committee unanimously carried recommendations on the proposed approach and provided feedback supporting consistent, easy-to-understand changes that communities can understand. See Resolution Number TICCC/2023/44.

Auckland Transport’s role

17.     Katoa, Ka Ora is fundamental to Auckland’s Vision Zero approach to road safety and is aligned to the Auckland Plan 2050 vision of a safe transport network, free from death and serious injury. So, after receiving endorsement from Auckland Council and the Auckland Transport Board, the safe speeds programme has progressively reviewed roads across Auckland reducing speed limits on many roads.

18.     In the most recent phase of speed limit changes, the programme focuses on town centres, roads near schools and rural marae.

19.     Katoa, Ka Ora is the first speed management plan under the 2022 Rule. It follows three phases implemented between June 2020 and March 2023 under previous legislation. The phases can be summarised as follows:

a)   Phase One covered approximately 11 per cent of the local road network and focused on the highest risk roads.

b)   Phase Two covered approximately 8 per cent of the network and had a significant focus on safe speeds for rural roads and roads near schools.

c)   Phase Three covered approximately 19 per cent of the network and included roads around schools, rural roads, town centre roads, rural marae and roads requested by the community.

20.     Since early 2022, Katoa, Ka Ora has evolved based on insights gathered during 64 separate engagements with local boards, mana whenua, stakeholder groups and local communities.

21.     Katoa, Ka Ora focuses on safety around schools so AT directly surveyed all schools with proposed speed limit changes in late-2022 and early 2023. The summary results of the local schools survey was shared with each local board as part of the February/March 2023 workshop follow-up.

22.     Information about the iterative engagement process used to develop Katoa, Ka Ora was shared with local boards in two rounds of workshops held in February/March 2022 and in February/March 2023.

23.     Katoa, Ka Ora implementation is planned to start in 2024, and the Rule requires that every proposed change is consulted on. Public consultation for Katoa, Ka Ora was open from 24 July to 28 August 2023. 7801 pieces of feedback were received.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

24.     Katoa, Ka Ora has been consulted on with the public and with local boards. This report updates local boards on:

a)   The results of the public consultation conducted from 24 July to 28 August 2023 in each local board area, including AT’s responses to the changes requested by members of the public.

b)   AT’s response to the local board feedback provided in April 2023, including AT’s responses to changes requested by members of the public.

25.     This information is included in attachments to this report and AT’s overall considerations for this local board area are summarised in a two-page summary infographic (Attachment B).

26.     Additionally, the full consultation report will be published on the AT website by early November 2023.

27.     The attachments provide a clear summary of what people in this local board area said about the programme so local board members are aware of community sentiment as they consider AT’s technical advice.

Technical advice

28.     AT’s technical advice is that from a statutory perspective, AT must act in accordance with its legal purpose to contribute to an effective, efficient and safe land transport system; the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport and its legal obligations under the Rule. This includes finalising a speed management plan within legal timeframes and setting safe speed limits near all schools by 2027. Under these legal obligations, AT must act once it has reviewed a road and found the speed limit is unsafe.

29.     In accordance with our legal obligations to make best efforts to set safe speed limits near all schools by 2027, we are proposing to include a review of permanent speed limits near all remaining schools in a future consultation.

30.     Further, the impact of speed reduction on the number of DSI is statistically significant.  In Auckland:

a)   Since June 2020, when the safe speed programme started road deaths reduced 30 per cent in the areas where speed limits have changed.

b)   In comparison, over this same period, the rest of the network has seen a 9 per cent increase in road deaths.

31.     30km/h is the internationally accepted speed at which there is a sensible balance between maintaining traffic movement and still significantly reducing the chances of people walking or cycling being killed or seriously injured if they are struck by a vehicle. This is the reason that the 30km/h speed around schools is used for the safe speed programme.

32.     In summary, AT’s advice is that Katoa, Ka Ora meets a statutory requirement to reduce speed across the city. The proposed speed of 30km/h near schools is consistent with legislative requirements and is supported by substantial overseas research and study that demonstrates significant reductions in DSI on roads operating at this speed, with minimal disruption to traffic flow.  

33.     Additionally, speed reductions delivered to date by the programme are already reducing DSI. It is for these reasons that AT’s advice to the local board is to support the programme.

Customer research

34.     As directed in Auckland Council’s letter of expectation, AT has completed customer research to more deeply understand the views and needs of Aucklanders on this issue. The latest research shows that 61 per cent of Aucklanders believe that lower speed limits could help reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on Auckland roads, with 74 per cent of Aucklanders willing to accept increases in travel time if it would help make travel safer in Auckland.

35.     Overall, around 44 per cent of Auckland residents oppose speed limit reductions and 43 per cent support. After being informed about the decrease in road deaths and serious injuries on roads where speed limits have been reduced, support for the speed limit reductions increases to 57 per cent and opposition decreases. Support remains highest for speed limit reductions near schools, kindergartens, or other community facilities at 74 per cent.

36.     Recent customer research on safety near schools shows the safety of children travelling to school is a critical and increasing concern to parents. Their experiences of high-speed vehicles, near misses, crime and ‘stranger danger’ around schools mean an increasing number of parents drive their children to and from school. School speed limits, and physically separating children from danger are strongly supported by parents and in locations with comprehensive speed management parents feel more comfortable letting their children walk to school.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

37.     The primary climate change benefit of safe and appropriate speed limits is that they support and encourage walking, cycling and micro-mobility by reducing the risk to vulnerable road users, making these modes more attractive.

38.     A key action required in the Auckland Council Transport Emissions Reduction Plan is to ‘rapidly deliver safe speeds across urban Auckland’ in order to create a more pleasant urban environment and make it safer for children to travel independently.

39.     A recent road safety perceptions study was completed in town centres where speed limits were reduced, and safety improvements introduced. Overall, 19 per cent of people surveyed say they participate in at least one active mode activity (e.g., walking or cycling) more often since the projects have been completed. This is a direct contribution towards encouraging people to walk or cycle instead of using cars that produce carbon emissions.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

40.     The Safe Speeds Programme was endorsed by the Auckland Council Planning committee and the current term Transport and Infrastructure Committee.

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

Local impacts and local board views

41.     AT has visited all local boards during February and March 2023 to discuss the proposed changes.

42.     Summaries of community, school and mana whenua requests were provided to local boards in February and March 2023 to support their consideration of this topic.

43.     In post-workshop resolutions local boards indicated their level of support for the programme. Common themes were higher levels of support near schools, town centres and places where people are out and about.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

44.     Māori are overrepresented in DSI statistics making up 12 per cent of Auckland’s population and 16 per cent of road deaths and serious injuries.

45.     Engagement with iwi at the northern, central, and southern transport kaitiaki hui has taken place regarding the wider programme since 2021. In 2022, the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum confirmed their strategic plan has an objective to reduce road deaths for mana whenua and mātāwaka. Across 2022 and 2023 a series of hui and a wānanga with mana whenua were completed for Katoa, Ka Ora.

46.     Mana whenua are, in general, supportive of the Safe Speeds Programme and the positive safety, community and environmental outcomes arising through safe and appropriate speed limits.

47.     Ongoing engagement regarding further requests are being reviewed and considered for inclusion in the full Katoa, Ka Ora Speed Management Plan. These requests have been shared with local boards at their workshops in February and March 2023.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

48.     Although there are no specific financial implications arising from local boards providing views on Katoa, Ka Ora, the introduction of safe speed limits has considerable social cost implications.  Reducing the harm caused by road crashes impacts on the community by reducing hospital costs, insurance costs and Accident Compensation Corporation costs, all of which are of direct financial benefit to the communities that the local board represents.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

49.     Public understanding regarding the ‘why’ for safe speeds needs continued communication. Comprehensive communications including the evidence and key facts have been provided to increase understanding and support of safe speeds. 

50.     Funding constraints may require the scale of the plan to be reduced or delivery to be slowed or delayed.  Clear updates will be given should there be changes to funding throughout the duration of the programme.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

51.     The Safe Speeds Programme Team will review and consider all feedback received from local boards. We will use this, along with feedback from the Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Mana Whenua Treaty Partners and our legal and safety obligations as a road controlling authority, to help edit and finalise Katoa, Ka Ora, a speed management plan for Auckland.

52.     We have requested to workshop Katoa, Ka Ora a Speed Management Plan for Auckland with the Transport and Infrastructure Committee in November 2023. Confirmation of a date is yet to be received.

53.     Once all feedback has been considered and edits and reviews completed, the team will seek approval of the plan from the Regional Transport Committee in early 2024.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Attachment A - Devonport-Takapuna Safe Speeds Response to Resolutions

 

b

Attachment B - Devonport-Takapuna Safe Speeds Infographic

 

c

Attachment C - Devonport-Takapuna Safe Speeds Responses to Public Feedback

 

d

Attachment D - Devonport-Takapuna Safe Speeds LB Feedback Summary

 

e

Attachment E - Devonport-Takapuna Safe Speeds Katoa Ka Ora Map Devonport-Takapuna

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Eric van Essen - Programme Director, Strategic Programmes, Auckland Transport

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Update on Joint Council-controlled Organisation Engagement Plans, work programme items (Jul-Sep 2023) and expected milestones (Oct-Dec 2023)

File No.: CP2023/15032

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the local board with an update on the Joint Council-controlled Organisation (CCO) Engagement Plans, CCO work programme (Jul-Sep 2023), and expected milestones in its area for Quarter Two (Oct-Dec 2023). 

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The 2022/2023 CCO Local Board Joint Engagement Plans were adopted in June 2022. These plans record CCO responsibilities and local board commitments with Auckland Transport, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Eke Panuku Development Auckland and Watercare.

3.       CCOs provide local boards with the CCO work programme in their area. Each work programme item lists the engagement approach with the local board, activity status, updates and milestones anticipated for the next quarter.

4.       The engagement plans expired in June 2023 and have not been updated since June 2022. Annual Budget 2023/2024 impacts on CCOs delayed a review starting in the first half of 2023.

5.       A current review of the plans is not recommended due to disruptions and unknowns from:

·    Water Services Reform Programme

·    Tātaki Auckland Unlimited no longer having dedicated staff to support local boards

·    Auckland Transport rolling out a new local board relationship programme

·    reviewing the CCO Accountability Policy through the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

6.       This report does not include work programme updates from Tātaki Auckland Unlimited or Auckland Transport.

7.       Auckland Transport will provide their work programme updates through Forward Work Programme briefing packs coming to November 2023 local board workshops.

8.       This report provides an update on Eke Panuku and Watercare work programme items from July to September 2023 and the engagement approach and anticipated milestones for Quarter Two (Oct-Dec 2023). 

9.       The next CCO quarterly report will be provided in February 2024.  

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the council-controlled organisation update on engagement plans, the work programme (Jul-Sep 2023) and anticipated milestones and engagement approaches for Quarter Two (Oct-Dec 2023).

 

Horopaki

Context

What are CCO Local Board Joint Engagement Plans?

10.     The 2020 Review of Auckland Council’s council-controlled organisations recommended that CCOs and local boards adopt an engagement plan to:

·    help cement CCO and local board relations

·    agree on a common understanding of accountability between CCOs and local boards

·    coordinate CCO actions better at the local level.

11.     These plans record the commitment between Auckland Transport, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Eke Panuku Development Auckland, Watercare and the local boards to work together.

12.     Each local board adopted their 2022/2023 CCO Local Board Joint Engagement Plans in June 2022. These plans include CCO responsibilities and local board commitments.

CCO work programme items

13.     CCOs provide local boards with a work programme that lists the different CCO projects happening in the local board area.

14.     The work programme is not a full list of projects in the local board area. It includes work programme items for engagement purposes.

15.     Each work programme item records an engagement approach with the local board, activity status, updates and milestones anticipated for the next quarter.

16.     The engagement approach is based on the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) standards which are provided in Table 1 below. Note that the “involve” and “empower” categories are not included in the CCO reporting as decided when the joint engagement plans were adopted.

Table 1: International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Engagement Approach Levels

CCO engagement approach

Commitment to local boards

Inform

CCOs will keep local boards informed.

Consult

CCOs will keep local boards informed, listen to and acknowledge concerns and aspirations, and provide feedback on how local board input influenced the decision. CCOs will seek local board feedback on drafts and proposals.

Collaborate

CCOs will work together with local boards to formulate solutions and incorporate their advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

 

CCO Local Board Joint Engagement Plans have expired

17.     The CCO Local Board Joint Engagement Plans expired in June 2023. The plans have not been updated since June 2022.

18.     The plans were not updated in the first half of 2023 due to disruptions to CCOs caused from Annual Budget 2023/2024 impacts.  

19.     A current review of the Joint CCO Engagement Plans is not recommended since:

·    the Water Services Reform Programme may replace Watercare with a new water entity

·    Tātaki Auckland Unlimited no longer has dedicated support staff to support local board engagement and liaison following Annual Budget 2023/2024 impacts

·    Auckland Transport is currently rolling out work which future engagement plans would need to consider, such as:

Forward Works Programme (full list of Auckland Transport projects in the local board area)

Local Board Transport Capital Fund

Regional Land Transport Plan

Local Board Transport Plans

·    the CCO Accountability Policy will be updated as part of the next Long-term Plan which the CCO engagement plans would need to align. 

What are the next steps?

20.     The CCO quarterly reporting will continue to provide work programme updates from Watercare and Eke Panuku.

21.     Local board staff will:

·    work with Auckland Transport on providing clarity on local transport plans and how the transport plans would either replace or integrate with the Joint CCO Engagement Plans

·    liaise with Tātaki Auckland Unlimited on what engagement and reporting resource they are able to provide to local boards following their restructure

·    investigate what engagement requirements and role the new water entity will have with the Joint CCO Engagement Plans

·    provide support to local boards on advocating for any changes wanted to the CCO Accountability Policy through developing the next Long-term Plan. 

22.     Auckland Transport will provide updates on their work programme through the Forward Works Programme workshops starting in November 2023. 

23.     Local boards received the last update to the CCO work programme and engagement approach in July 2023.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

24.     The following sections provide an update on work programme items for Eke Panuku and Watercare. 

25.     More detailed updates to the CCO work programme are provided in Attachments A-B.

Eke Panuku Development Auckland

·    Takapuna Market

Eke Panuku completed an EOI and found a new market operator who began operations at the site with no gaps in market delivery. The new market operator ran their first market on Sunday 3 September 2023.

 

·    Waiwharariki

The square is open and a community celebration event is being planned.

 

26.     Eke Panuku’s work programme items are provided in Attachment A.

 

Watercare

·    Alma Road wastewater pipeline replacement and Pump Station refurbishment

Works are nearly complete. The last of the piping is being buried in the trenches and connected to the pump station. The final stages of the electrical upgrades are underway.

 

27.     Watercare’s work programme items are provided in Attachment B.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

28.     This report does not have a direct impact on climate, however the projects it refers to will.

29.     Each CCO must work within Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Action Framework. Information on climate impacts will be provided to local boards on a project or programme basis.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

30.     Local boards advise CCOs of issues or projects of significance, communicate the interests and preferences of their communities and allow for flexibility in terms of engagement, recognising differing levels of interest.

31.     The work programme items are shared with the integration teams that implement local board work programmes and give council staff greater ongoing visibility of CCO work programmes.

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

Local impacts and local board views

32.     This report on the CCO work programme items provides the communication of up-to-date information from CCOs to local boards on projects in their area.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

33.     This report does not have a direct impact on Māori, however the projects it refers to will.

34.     Local boards and CCOs provide opportunities for Māori to contribute to their decision-making processes. These opportunities will be worked on a project or programme basis. 

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

35.     This report does not have financial impacts on local boards.

36.     Any financial implications or opportunities will be provided to local boards on a project or programme basis.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

37.     Some local boards expressed concern over the quality of CCO work programme reporting in April and July 2023, in particular with Auckland Transport. Auckland Transport is currently working on a relationship project which has objectives to deliver:

·    an enhanced process to develop transport plans that reflect local board input and priorities

·    more consistent and timely reporting, updates and analysis on local projects and issues

·    improved support for communication and engagement with local communities.

38.     Auckland Transport will be presenting Forward Work Programme briefing packs to local boards at November 2023 workshops which will address their CCO quarterly updates.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

39.     The local board will receive the next CCO work programme report in February 2024 which will include an update on projects from Quarter Two (Oct-Dec 2023) and expected milestones for work in Quarter Three (Jan-Mar 2023).

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Eke Panuku Development Auckland work programme update

 

b

Watercare work programme update

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Maclean Grindell - Senior Advisor Operations and Policy

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Feedback on the draft Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan

File No.: CP2023/14903

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek formal views on the draft Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan 2023-2031 and to provide information received from public consultation.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Auckland Transport (AT) is seeking feedback from local boards on the draft Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP). In particular, AT is seeking feedback on the service improvements proposed for the local board’s area.

3.       The RPTP is the main plan for public transport services in Auckland. It also includes a vision, goals, policies, and targets that relate to the planning and delivery of the public transportation system.

4.       AT will use the local board’s formal views, along with feedback received via public consultation, to finalise the plan. The AT Board is expected to adopt the final plan in November 2023.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      provide feedback to Auckland Transport on the draft Auckland Regional Public Transport Plan 2023-2031, in line with the template provided in Attachment A.

Horopaki

Context

5.       The Regional Public Transport Plan is Auckland’s main plan for public transport (PT) services. It outlines how PT will be managed and improved over the next eight years, with a detailed focus on the first three years. This includes the services that will operate during this period (and how they will change) and the goals, policies and actions that will shape PT.

6.       The purpose of the RPTP is to enable consultation with the public and PT operators on the planning of PT services. This is a requirement of the Land Transport Management Act 2003.

7.       Public consultation on the draft RPTP ran from 17 July to 17 August 2023, and AT received over 3,200 responses. This compares well to the 462 responses the previous (2018) RPTP received.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

8.       Public feedback was generally very supportive of the content of the draft RPTP. This includes:

·    strong support for the plan’s vision and goals

·    support for the action areas within the plan

·    support for most proposed service improvements (with the main exception of the removals of ferry services to Gulf Harbour and Northcote Point).

9.       Feedback that was not supportive of the content of the draft RPTP included:

·    wanting further improvement and/or faster delivery

·    concerns that PT is too expensive or does not provide value for money

·    comments that a greater percentage of the cost of operating PT should come from users (via fares).

10.     The RPTP includes AT’s aspirations to do more in further improvements and faster delivery if and when more funding for PT becomes available.

11.     AT has provided a breakdown of the top areas submitters from each local board commented on to assist the board in providing feedback (Attachment B).

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

12.     Public transport has a key role to play in helping to reduce emissions, as set out in Auckland Council’s Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway (TERP). The RPTP acknowledges the ambitious targets the TERP has for increased PT usage, and the actions and improvements included in the RPTP will play an important role in making progress towards those targets.

13.     One of the RPTP’s goals is ‘enhancing the environment and tackling the climate emergency’. This goal guides efforts of transition to a low-emission PT system, encouraging mode shift, and adapting infrastructure to a changing climate.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

14.     Auckland Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee endorsed the overall strategic direction for the draft RPTP in April 2023. This included the vision and goals for the plan, and a ‘balanced’ approach to service improvements.

15.     Following public consultation closing, AT also engaged with the council’s advisory panels to get specific feedback about aspects of the plan relevant to the panels’ expertise.

16.     AT has also worked with Auckland Council and Eke Panuku staff to ensure, where possible, the draft RPTP is aligned with other strategic plans and projects across the council group.

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

Local impacts and local board views

17.     AT held a range of public information events across the region at libraries, community centres, bus and train stations. AT also held two on-line drop-in sessions. Across all of these events, AT had hundreds of conversations with the public which will also be used to inform changes to the plan. In addition, some members of the public called AT to ask questions and seek clarification on content in the plan.

18.     Public feedback was generally supportive of the vision and goals in the draft RPTP and requested additional service improvements (beyond what AT is currently funded to deliver).

19.     Proposed service improvements in the draft RPTP in the local board’s area were set out in a memo from AT, dated 12 July 2023.

20.     AT set out the feedback received from residents of the local board’s area in a memo and supporting material (Attachment B and Attachment C) provided for a workshop on the draft RPTP held 19 September 2023.

21.     Workshops to date have been positive, with most local boards supporting AT’s proposals for service improvements and initiatives to reduce the cost of public transport to users (such as the proposed weekly fare cap and extended transfer window).

22.     Some local boards have also requested more information around the use of existing services and expressed an interest in exploring the potential for on-demand AT local services to operate in their area.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

23.     AT has held multiple hui with mana whenua as part of the development of the RPTP and will be making changes to the draft RPTP based on their feedback.

24.     The draft RPTP includes a Māori outcomes section (part 3.7), which outlines key areas of concern to mana whenua and mataawaka and where more detail can be found in the plan.

25.     AT intends to revise part 3.7, and other relevant parts of the RPTP, to reflect feedback received from Māori (both mana whenua and mataawaka).

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

26.     There are no financial implications of providing feedback to AT on the draft RPTP.

27.     The RPTP is required to be a realistically fundable plan, and AT’s budget for additional services is constrained (and fully allocated to the service improvements proposed in the draft RPTP).

28.     Any feedback provided regarding service level improvements should take into account AT’s financial constraints, and the trade-offs that may be required to implement them (for example, increasing services on one route is likely to require reductions on another route).

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

29.     There are no risks associated with providing feedback to AT on the draft RPTP.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

30.     AT will use the feedback provided by the local board, along with feedback received from the public and other stakeholders, to finalise the draft RPTP.

31.     The AT Board will consider adopting the revised RPTP at their 29 November 2023 meeting.

32.     If adopted, the final RPTP will be publicly released in early December 2023.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

RPTP feedback template for local boards

 

b

DTLB snapshot

 

c

Memo - Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Luke Elliot - Principal Planner, Auckland Transport

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board feedback on proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making

File No.: CP2023/15171

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To enable the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board to provide feedback on the proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making, which will be appended to Auckland Council’s submission. 

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Government is seeking feedback on a proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making. This is a first step from central government to provide additional support for local government to manage risks to people and property from natural hazards such as floods, landslides and coastal inundation. 

3.       The proposed NPS-NHD would direct decision-makers to take a risk-based approach to natural hazards when making planning decisions relating to new development. The proposed NPS-NHD will identify three natural hazard risk categories (high, moderate and low). It will direct decision-makers to address the level of risk based on the likelihood and consequence of a natural hazard event, and then assess the tolerance to a natural hazard event in relation to the proposed new development.

4.       Tolerance is based on many factors, including the willingness and capability of those affected by the risk (eg, the community, Māori or the Crown) to bear the direct and indirect risks and costs of the natural hazard.

5.       Based on a decision-maker’s assessment of natural hazard risk and the tolerance to the risk, the proposed NPS-NHD will direct the decision-maker to:

·        in high natural hazard risk areas, avoid new development unless the level of risk can be reduced to at least a tolerable level

·        in moderate natural hazard risk areas, reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable

·        in low natural hazard risk areas, enable new development.

6.       The NPS-NHD would have an immediate effect because decision-makers would need to have regard to the NPS-NHD when making decisions on resource consents or designations and give effect to the NPS-NHD for any private plan change decisions on and from the commencement date of the NPS-NHD. Local authorities would also need to give effect to the NPS-NHD through updating their planning instruments as soon as reasonably practicable. Until a plan change has been made, decisions will rely on existing plans, including the plan’s rules to trigger the need for a consent. As part of a plan change, local authorities may choose to remap natural hazard risk areas and reclassify the level of natural hazard risk accordingly, but the NPS-NHD will not require them to do so.

7.       Remaining Māori land is disproportionately exposed to natural hazard risk, and developing Māori land can be challenging. The proposed NPS-NHD seeks to acknowledge and deliver on the Treaty of Waitangi principles of active protection and tino rangatiratanga by requiring decision-makers. It will do this by requiring decision-makers to engage early and involve tangata whenua (through existing resource management processes) when making decisions on new developments on specified Māori land where a high or moderate risk exists.

8.       The full content of the proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making can be found at: https://consult.environment.govt.nz/environment/proposed-nps-for-natural-hazard-decision-making/

9.       Auckland Council has been given the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making.

10.     The timeframe for member feedback and approval process for the submission is below:

·        Friday 6 October 2023 - feedback will be incorporated into council’s submission.

·        Friday 10 November 2023 – feedback will be appended to council’s submission. 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      provide feedback to be appended to Auckland Council’s submission on the proposed National Policy Statement for Natural Hazard Decision-making.

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Henare King - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Auckland Council submission on the Inquiry into Climate Adaptation

File No.: CP2023/14906

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To inform local board members of the Environment Committee’s Inquiry into Climate Adaptation and invite local board input into Auckland Council’s submission.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Parliament’s Environment Committee has opened an Inquiry into Climate Adaptation, with submissions due on 1 November 2023.

3.       This inquiry will consider what new powers, roles and responsibilities will be needed to support community-led retreat and how the costs of adaptation will be met.  The Ministry for the Environment has developed an Issues and Options paper to assist the Inquiry (refer Appendix A).

4.       The inquiry is expected to report back in 2024, and its findings are expected to inform development of a Climate Change Adaptation Bill. This bill would be the third piece of legislation in the resource management reforms, following the Spatial Planning Act and the Natural and Built Environments Act.

5.       Auckland Council staff are preparing a submission for the inquiry, led by the Chief Sustainability Office.  However, the tight timeframe means that we are proposing a delegated sub-group of the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee will approve the submission after the draft submission has been circulated to elected members for comments.

6.       Local boards are invited to provide input into Auckland Council’s submission.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      whakarite / provide feedback to be appended to the final Auckland Council submission on the Inquiry into Climate Adaptation.

 

Horopaki

Context

7.       On 25 August 2023, the Environment Committee opened its Inquiry into Climate Adaptation. The inquiry is open for public submissions until 1 November 2023.

8.       The inquiry will consider what new powers, roles and responsibilities will be needed to support community-led retreat and how the costs of adaptation will be met.

9.       For the purposes of its inquiry, the Environment Committee is particularly interested in:

·    The current approach to community-led retreat and adaptation funding, its strengths, risks and costs

·    Lessons learned from severe weather events and natural disasters in Aotearoa New Zealand for community-led retreat and funding climate adaptation

·    Effective mechanisms for community-led decision making

·    The role of the private sector in managing climate risk

·    Potential institutional arrangements, including roles and responsibilities of central and local government agencies, iwi and hapū

·    Māori participation, Crown obligations, and how to best give effect to the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi, and integrate matauranga Māori and te ao Māori across the adaptation system

·    Alignment and integration with existing legislation and regulatory framework, including the reformed resource management system and any changes needed to regulatory powers and potential economic or other incentives needed to support adaptation actions (both before and after extreme events)

·    Funding sources, access to them and principles and criteria for cost sharing

·    Targets or indicators for assessing progress to more resilient communities and infrastructure.

10.     The inquiry is expected to report back in 2024, and its findings are expected to inform development of a Climate Change Adaptation Bill. This bill would be the third piece of legislation in the resource management reforms, following the Spatial Planning Act and the Natural and Built Environments Act.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

11.     The Ministry for the Environment released a paper to inform and support submissions titled ‘Community-led retreat and adaptation funding: issues and options’

12.     A template is attached for local board feedback (refer Attachment A).

13.     The table below sets out the key timeframes for local board input on the submission:

Date

Action

2 October 2023

Briefing for local board members

5 October 2023

Report to Planning, Environment and Parks Committee (for delegation)

6 October 2023

Deadline for local board feedback to be considered for incorporation into the submission

20 October 2023

Draft submission shared with local boards

27 October 2023

Deadline for local board feedback to be appended to the final Auckland Council submission

1 November 2023

Closing date for submissions

2 November 2023

Copy of final council submission circulated to Planning, Environment and Parks Committee members, local board members and the Independent Māori Statutory Board.

 

 

 

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

14.     One of the goals of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan is “to adapt to the impacts of climate change by ensuring we plan for the changes we face under our current emissions pathway”.

15.     Under our current emissions pathway, Auckland will continue to experience ongoing sea-level rise, coastal inundation and erosion, and more frequent and severe weather events like those Aucklanders experienced in early 2023.

16.     Globally there needs to be urgent and rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

17.     Regardless of the global trajectory in emissions, Auckland and New Zealand need to adapt to the impacts of climate change that are already happening and are likely to continue.

18.     The Inquiry into Climate Adaptation will likely inform the development of national legislation which will have implications for how Auckland Council undertakes adaptation.

19.     This submission contributes to Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan through action B1 (Ensure our approach to planning and growth aligns with low carbon, resilient outcomes), sub-action 8 (Collaborate to ensure climate change mitigation and adaptation is a priority in national planning legislation).

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

20.     The development of the proposed Climate Adaptation Bill is likely to be informed by the findings of the Inquiry into Climate Adaptation. This legislation will have significant impacts across the Auckland Council group.

21.     A technical team, made up of experts from across the council group, will prepare a first draft of the council’s submission.

22.     Learnings from the 2023 severe weather events will be incorporated into the submission by the Recovery Office and Auckland Emergency Management as they are deemed relevant to climate adaptation.

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

Local impacts and local board views

23.     Local authorities will play a key role in implementation in climate adaptation, as they:

·    are the closest government bodies to communities and represent local views

·    have a responsibility to plan for and invest in improving community resilience,

·    enhance community resilience through public education, infrastructure provision and land use planning processes.

24.     Local board views are being sought on the Parliamentary Environment Committee’s Inquiry into Climate Adaptation, which is considering options for community-led retreat and adaptation funding and will be appended to council’s final submission.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

25.     There are implications for Māori within a potential future climate adaptation system.

26.     Central government are engaging directly with Māori regarding climate adaptation.

27.     A communication on the Auckland Council submission on the Inquiry into Climate Adaptation has been sent to all iwi entities and their feedback sought. IMSB secretariat staff will work with the council’s technical team throughout the development of the submission.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

28.     The submission will be developed within existing resources.

29.     The Inquiry into Climate Adaptation will be considering funding sources for climate adaptation, as well as the role of local government.

30.     There are potentially significant financial implications for local government within a future climate adaptation system. Council’s submission provides an opportunity to state our position on how funding of climate adaptation should operate in the future.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

31.     Financial and legal expertise will be sought in the development of the submission to identify possible financial, legal and reputational risks to the council associated with climate change adaptation.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

32.     Given the tight timeframes provided to us by Central Government we will be requesting a delegated sub-group to finally approve the council submission by 1 November 2023.

33.     A technical team, made up of experts from across the council group, will prepare a first draft of the council’s submission.

34.     Please note that due to tight timeframes this may not align with scheduled local board business meetings and any inputs from local boards may need to either be delegated or utilise the urgent decision process.

35.     Local board feedback to be incorporated into the council’s submission was due by 6 October 2023.

36.     Local board feedback to be appended to the council’s submission is due by 27 October 2023.

37.     Once local board feedback has been formalised, Local Board Services staff will email this feedback to be appended to council’s submission.

38.     Once the findings of the Inquiry into Climate Adaptation are released in 2024, staff will provide local boards with a memo summarising the conclusions.

 

 

DAS the Signatories are:

 

Author Petra Pearce – Lead Climate Resilience Advisor

Authorisers:  Lauren Simpson -Chief Sustainability Officer

         Louise Mason – General Manager, Local Board Services

         Your Local Area Manager

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Attachment A - Template for submission points on the Inquiry into Climate Adaptation

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Petra Pearce – Lead Climate Resilience Advisor

Authorisers

Lauren Simpson – Chief Sustainability Officer

Louise Mason – General Manager, Local Board Services

Trina Thompson – Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Amendment to the 2022-2025 Devonport-Takapuna Local Board meeting schedule

File No.: CP2023/14277

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek approval for three meeting dates to be added to the 2023-2024 Devonport-Takapuna 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 Devonport-Takapuna Local Board adopted its 2022-2025 meeting schedule on Tuesday, 15 November 2022 (DT/2022/158).

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 the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board meeting schedule so that the modified 10-year Budget 2024-2034 and the Annual Budget 2024-2025 timeframes can be met.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

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

i)       Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 10.00am

ii)       Tuesday, 30 April 2024, 10.00am

iii)      Tuesday, 11 June 2024, 10.00am.

 

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 Devonport-Takapuna Local Board adopted its 2022-2025 meeting schedule during its Tuesday, 15 November 2022 business meeting.

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 local 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.     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.

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

Author

Rhiannon Foulstone-Guinness – Local Board Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Chairpersons' Report

File No.: CP2023/15149

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the opportunity for the Chairperson of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board to provide updates on the projects and issues relevant to the board.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      receive and thank Chairperson van Tonder for her report.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Toni van Tonder - Chairs Report - 17 October 2023

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Henare King - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Elected Members' Reports

File No.: CP2023/14912

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the opportunity for the members of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board to provide updates on the projects and issues they have been involved in since the August 2023 meeting.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      receive and thank member Terence Harpur for their written report.

b)      receive and thank member Melissa Powell for their written report.

c)       receive and thank member George Wood for their written report.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Terence Harpur - Members Report - 17 October

 

b

Melissa Powell - Members Report - 17 October

 

c

George Wood - Members Report - 17 October

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Henare King - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Resolutions Pending Action report

File No.: CP2023/14913

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board with the status and update of all resolutions that are pending action from staff.

Whakarāpopototanga matua                          

Executive summary

2.       This is a regular information-only report which aims to provide greater visibility of actions that the local board have requested of operational staff.

3.       Note that, unlike an agenda report, staff will not be present to answer questions about the items referred to in this report. Local board members should direct any questions to the local board support staff.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      note the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board resolutions pending action report as at 11 October 2023.

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Devonport-Takapuna Resolutions Pending Action - October 2023

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Henare King - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board - Resource Consent Applications - August 2023

File No.: CP2023/14911

 

  

 

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

Attached is the list of resource consent applications related to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area received from 27 August to 29 September 2023.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      note the list of resource consents applications (Attachment A) related to the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area received from 27 August to 29 September 2023.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board - Resource consent applications - September 2023

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Henare King - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board - Record of Workshops September 2023

File No.: CP2023/14914

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide a record of Devonport-Takapuna Local Board workshops held during September 2023.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       At the workshop held on 5 September 2023, the board was briefed on:

·    Local Board Services

-     Local Board Special Consultative Procedure Feedback

·    Connected Communities

-     Monthly Update

-     Te Puni Kōkiri introduction

·    Local Board Financial Advisory

-     Draft Annual Report 2022/2023

·    Parks and Community Facilities

-     Stanley Bay Toilet Provision

·    Tāmaki Makaurau Recovery Office

-     Milford Recovery Engagement

·    Infrastructure and Environmental Services

-     Devonport Community Recycling Centre

 

3.       At the workshop held on 19 September 2023, the board was briefed on:

·    Local Board Services

-     Local Board Plan changes post-Special Consultative Procedure

·    Auckland Transport

-     Regional Public Transport Plan

-     Local Board Transport Capital Fund

-     Sunnynook and Sycamore Intersection Improvements

·    Active Communities

-     Play Advocacy

·    Connected Communities

-     Crime Prevention

 

4.       At the workshop held on 26 September 2023, the board was briefed on:

·    Local Board Services

-     Long-term Plan and Annual plan

-     Local Board Plan amendments (organisation feedback)

 

5.       Records of these workshops are attached to this report. The full workshop records are also available on the Auckland Council website.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      receive the records of the workshops held in September 2023

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

5 September 2023 Workshop Record

 

b

19 September 2023 Workshop Record

 

c

26 September 2023 Workshop Record

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Henare King - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

17 October 2023

 

 

Hōtaka Kaupapa - Policy Schedule

File No.: CP2023/14915

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To provide an update on reports to be presented to the Board for 2023.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Hōtaka Kaupapa – Policy Schedule (formerly known as the Governance Forward Work Calendar) was introduced in 2016 as part of Auckland Council’s quality advice programme. The schedule aims to support local boards’ governance role by:

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

·    clarifying what advice is expected and when it will be provided.

·    clarifying the rationale for reports.

3.       The schedule also aims to provide guidance to staff supporting local boards and greater transparency for the public. The schedule is updated monthly, reported to local board business meetings, and distributed to council staff.

4.       The October 2023 Hōtaka Kaupapa – Policy Schedule for the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board is provided as Attachment A. The information contained within this attachment is as accurate as possible at the time of reporting.

 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      note the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Hōtaka Kaupapa – Policy Schedule for October 2023 as set out in Attachment A of this agenda report.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Hōtaka Kaupapa – Policy Schedule October 2023

 

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Henare King - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Trina Thompson - Local Area Manager