Howick Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Howick Local Board held in the Howick Local Board Meeting Room, Pakuranga Library Complex, 7 Aylesbury Street, Pakuranga on Thursday, 16 November 2023 at 12.00pm.

 

Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present

 

Chairperson

Damian Light

 

Deputy Chairperson

Bo Burns

 

Members

Katrina Bungard

 

 

David Collings

Via electronic link

 

Bruce Kendall

 

 

John Spiller

 

 

Mike Turinsky

 

 

Adele White

 

 

Peter Young, JP

 

 


Howick Local Board

16 November 2023

 

 

 

1          Nau mai | Welcome

 

The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed everyone present.

 

 

2          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

 

 

3          Te Whakapuaki i te Whai Pānga | Declaration of Interest

 

Member P Young declared an interest in Item 13 - Howick Local Grant Round One and Multi-board Grant Round One 2023/2024 grant allocations - LG2407-148 and LG2407-143      Botany and Flat Bush Ethnic Association Incorporated.

 

Member M Turinsky declared an interest in Item 13 - Howick Local Grant Round One and Multi-board Grant Round One 2023/2024 grant allocations - LG2407-150 Young Life New Zealand Trust and MB2324-164 Bravo Company Charitable Trust.

 

 

4          Te Whakaū i ngā Āmiki | Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number HW/2023/214

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Member J Spiller:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)         whakaū / confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Thursday, 19 October 2023, as a true and correct record.

CARRIED

 

 

5          He Tamōtanga Motuhake | Leave of Absence

 

There were no leaves of absence.

 

 

6          Te Mihi | Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.

 

 

7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

 

8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations

 

Note: The Chair accorded precedence to Item 8.2 - Deputation - Marion Skelton of the Friends of Mangemangeroa at this time.

 

 

8.2

Deputation - Marion Skelton of the Friends of Mangemangeroa

 

Marion Skelton of the Friends of Mangemangeroa was in attendance to discuss the Combined Future Vision for the Mangemangeroa Reserve.

 

A PowerPoint presentation was given, as well as a written version of the presentation. Copies of the PowerPoint and written speech have been placed on the official minutes and are available on the Auckland Council website as minutes attachments.

 

Resolution number HW/2023/215

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Member A White:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)       whiwhi / receive the presentation from the Friends of Mangemangeroa.

b)       whakamihi / thank Marion Skelton for their deputation and attendance.

c)       tono / request that staff provide advice on issues raised, including: alternatives to the stockyard; the partnership agreement; and the status of the barn.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     16 November 2023, Howick Local Board: Item 8.2 - Marion Skelton of the Friends of Mangemangeroa - FOM's Presentation

b     16 November 2023, Howick Local Board: Item 8.2 - Marion Skelton of the Friends of Mangemangeroa - Marion Skelton's Written Statement

 

 

8.1

Deputation - Preshenka Pillay and Ann Voykovich of Stand Children's Services

 

Preshenka Pillay and Ann Voykovich of Stand Children's Services were in attendance to outline the work that they do in the Howick rohe.

 

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

 

Resolution number HW/2023/216

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Member K Bungard:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)       whiwhi / receive the presentation from Stand Children’s Services.

b)       whakamihi / thank Preshenka Pillay and Ann Voykovich for their deputation and attendance.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     16 November 2023, Howick Local Board: Item 8.1 - Preshenka Pillay and Ann Voykovich of Stand Children's Services - Stand's Presentation

 

 

Note: Item 8.2 – Deputation - Marion Skelton of the Friends of Mangemangeroa was considered prior to item 8.1 - Deputation - Preshenka Pillay and Ann Voykovich of Stand Children's Services.

 

 

9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui  | Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

 

10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

 

11

Governing Body Members' Update

 

There was no Governing Body Members’ update.

 

 

12

Chairperson's Report

 

Resolution number HW/2023/217

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Burns:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the Chairperson’s verbal update and written report.

CARRIED

 

 

13

Howick Local Grant Round One and Multi-board Grant Round One 2023/2024 grant allocations

 

Resolution number HW/2023/218

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Burns:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)         whakaae / agree to fund, part-fund, or decline each application in Howick Local Grants round one 2023/2024 listed in the following table:

Table One: Howick Local Grant round one 2023/2024 grant applications

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Amount approved

LG2407-106

Auckland Seniors Support And Caring Group Incorporated

Community

Towards venue hire, operating costs and tutor fees

$4,500.00

$3,000.00

LG2407-136

Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust

Community

Towards videography and photography costs

$3,000.00

Declined

LG2407-129

Blue Light Ventures Incorporated

Community

Towards the costs of producing and printing 1026 Street Smart Handbooks

$3,591.00

$1,500.00

LG2407-111

Botany Chinese Association Incorporated

Arts and culture

Towards the cost of venue hire and various teachers

$3,000.00

$1,700.00

On the condition that they provide an accountability report for past grants.

LG2407-119

Cockle Bay Residents and Ratepayers Association Incorporated

Environment

Towards phase two of the Cockle Bay Beach Reserve Planting and Restoration Project

$6,000.00

$6,000.00

Subject to a landowner approval.

LG2407-149

Cockle Bay Tennis Club Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the salaries and wages of two junior tennis coaches

$10,000.00

Declined

LG2407-101

Communicare CMA (Auckland) Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of venue hire and transport

$6,695.60

$6,000.00

LG2407-121

Counties Manukau Touch Association

Sport and recreation

Towards the cost of venue hire and sports equipment for the Counties Manukau Touch, Community Growth Programme from November 2023 to March 2024

$17,006.66

Declined

LG2407-103

Dance Therapy NZ

Arts and culture

Towards the costs of equipment, wages and salaries for project 'Dance 4 Us Howick & STARS Pakuranga'

$14,000.00

Declined

LG2407-123

Harlequin Music Theatre Incorporated

Arts and culture

Towards the cost of additional sound equipment from Protel and a foldback system from Helix Audio

$48,208.00

$2,387.10

LG2407-141

Howick Brass Incorporated

Events

Towards stage and lighting hire for the Howick Brass, Christmas on Stockade hill

$4,000.00

$4,000.00

LG2407-151

Howick Gymnastic Club Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the cost of a spotting platform for Howick Gymnastic Club

$3,665.00

$3,665.00

LG2407-140

Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the cost of security cameras and door repairs

$18,688.85

$10,000.00

LG2407-124

Howick Squash Club Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards replacing the vinyl and carpet at the Howick Squash Club

$44,654.00

$8,000.00

LG2407-110

Howick Village Association Incorporated

Arts and culture

Towards the cost of a Traffic Management Plan for the Howick Village Cultural Food Festival 2024

$5,820.00

$5,820.00

LG2407-114

Huntington Park Residents & Ratepayers Association Incorporated

Community

Towards the costs of the Huntington Park Christmas Lighting Competition and Neighbors Day

$3,000.00

$1,500.00

LG2407-125

Life Education Trust Counties Manukau

Community

Towards the delivery of the Life Education health and well-being programme covering running costs of the mobile classrooms including educational resources, insurances and professional development for teachers

$9,790.56

$2,000.00

LG2407-104

Mellons Bay School Board of Trustees

Arts and culture

Towards the cost of replacing the Mellons Bay School Kapa Haka uniforms

$3,816.25

$3,000.00

LG2407-112

New Zealand Multicultural Arts Association Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of venue hire

$4,260.00

Declined

LG2407-142

Pakuranga Athletic Club Incorporated

Sport and recreation

Towards the cost of a bbq, pit covers, bouncy castle hire, equipment hire, medals, ribbons, hot water zip, and other sports equipment

$8,000.00

$2,691.00

LG2407-135

Pakuranga-rahihi Playcentre

Community

Towards the cost of removing bark and new bark, play cube and shock pad and turf for the Pakuranga-rahihi Playcentre play area

$7,825.88

$4,242.88

LG2407-127

Rainbow Celebrating Life Trust

Community

Towards stage costs, dj and videography hire, security guard wages, insurance costs volunteer wages, portaloos and advertising

$12,000.00

$2,450.00

LG2407-130

Rainbow Celebrating Life Trust

Community

Towards the cost of venue hire, choreographer fees and insurance

$6,000.00

$354.00

LG2407-147

Sowers Trust

Community

Towards the cost of bus hire including insurance kilometers and petrol

$4,000.00

$4,000.00

LG2407-115

Special Olympics Howick-Pakuranga

Sport and recreation

Towards the cost of weekly taxis from 1 December 2023 to 30 November 2024

$6,900.00

$6,900.00

LG2407-107

Friends of Mangemangeroa Society Incorporated

Environment

Towards the cost of gardening items from Bunnings, Mitre10, The Warehouse, and the Stilh shop

$4,697.00

$4,697.00

LG2407-139

The Howick & Districts Historical Society Incorporated

Arts and culture

Towards the cost of replacing the electrical switchboard at the Howick Historical Village

$7,989.82

$7,989.82

LG2407-133

Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust

Community

Towards the cost of volunteer clinical supervision and support and training services

$7,500.00

Declined

Total

 

 

 

$278,608.62

$91,896.80

 

CARRIED

 

Resolution number HW/2023/219

MOVED by Member A White, seconded by Member P Young:  

That the Howick Local Board:

b)        whakaae / agree to fund, part-fund, or decline each application in Multi-board Grants round one 2023/2024 listed in the following table:   

Table Two: Multi-board Grant round one 2023/2024 grant applications

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Amount approved

MB2324-159

Anxiety NZ Trust

Community

Towards wages to employ part time specialist community educator to work across Auckland (December 2023 - November 2024)

$52,000.00

$2,000.00

MB2324-132

Asthma New Zealand Incorporated

Community

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

$43,973.20

Declined

MB2324-122

CNSST Foundation

Community

Towards marketing cost, tutor fee, venue hire, Programme Coordination and Educational Support, operating and admin cost to run Chinese Cultural Competency Training Programme from 15 January 2024 to 30 November 2024

$21,000.00

Declined

MB2324-141

John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation

Sport and recreation

Towards swimming instructor and bus driver cost to deliver Community Swim project in five swimming facilities in Auckland from 1 February 2024 to 13 December 2024

$60,000.00

$5,000.00

MB2324-111

Kila's Style Trust

Community

Towards venue hire of Nora Swann HQ in Burswood from (January 2024 - January 2025)

$50,000.00

Declined

MB2324-158

Better Men Limited – Lee Clark

Community

Towards start up cost to deliver Defying Depression, Cool2Care project from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024

$250,000.00

Ineligible

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)

$22,280.00

$1,000.00

Total

 

 

 

$499,253.20

$8,000.00

CARRIED

 

Resolution number HW/2023/220

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Burns:  

That the Howick Local Board:

c)         whakaae / agree to fund, part-fund, or decline each application in Howick Local Grants round one 2023/2024 listed in the following table:

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Amount approved

LG2407-148

Botany and Flat Bush Ethnic Association Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of venue hire, and trainer fees

$2,460.00

Declined

LG2407-143

Botany & Flat Bush Ethnic Association Incorporated

Community

Towards the cost of printing flyers

$2,260.00

$400.00

Total

 

 

 

$4,720.00

$400.00

 

CARRIED

Member P Young declared an interest in this item and did not vote.

 

Resolution number HW/2023/221

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Burns:  

That the Howick Local Board:

d)        whakaae / agree to fund, part-fund, or decline each application in Howick Local Grants round one 2023/2024 listed in the following table:

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Amount approved

LG2407-150

Young Life New Zealand Trust

Community

Towards the cost of wages for four youth workers for the Rangatahi Hauora (Well-Being) and Development Program

$35,416.00

$15,000.00

Total

 

 

 

$35,416.00

$15,000.00

 

CARRIED

Member M Turinsky declared an interest in this item and did not vote.

 

Resolution number HW/2023/222

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Member B Kendall:  

That the Howick Local Board:

e)         whakaae / agree to fund, part-fund, or decline each application in Multi-board Grants round one 2023/2024 listed in the following table: 

Application ID

Organisation

Main focus

Requesting funding for

Amount requested

Amount approved

MB2324-164

Bravo Company Charitable Trust

Community

Towards tramping and tenting related cost to deliver Well-being for fathers project from 4 December 2023 to 31 July 2024

$33,906.00

$2,000.00

Total

 

 

 

$33,906.00

$2,000.00

 

CARRIED

Member M Turinsky declared an interest in this item and did not vote.

 

Arna Casey – Grants Advisor was in attendance virtually to speak to this item.

 

 

14

Local board appointment for Play Leadership Group

 

Resolution number HW/2023/223

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Member K Bungard:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)      kopou / appoint Deputy Chairperson Bo Burns and Member Bruce Kendall to participate in the Play Leadership Group.

CARRIED

 

 

15

Howick Local Board Transport Capital Fund – Gravel Paths Project

 

Resolution number HW/2023/224

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Member A White:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)      whakamana / authorise Auckland Transport to allocate a total of $375,000 from the Local Board Transport Capital Fund 2022-2025 to design and construct the Flat Bush Gravel Paths project.

CARRIED

 

John Gillespie - Head of Stakeholder and Elected Member Engagement (AT) and Lorna Stewart – Elected Member Relationship Partner (AT) were in attendance to speak to this item.

 

 

16

Auckland Council’s Performance Report: Howick Local Board for Quarter One 2023/2024

 

Resolution number HW/2023/225

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Burns:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the performance report for quarter one ending 30 September 2023.

CARRIED

 

 

17

Howick Local Board Delegated Feedback

 

Resolution number HW/2023/226

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson B Burns, seconded by Member A White:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the delegated feedback on the AT Interim Speed Management Plan submitted on 8 April 2022, as follows:

i)          the Howick Local board supports reducing death fatalities locally & nationally via well thought out speed management planning

ii)         the Howick Local board supports a healthier environment with the vision of less vehicles on the road, BUT The Howick Local Board emphasizes that for this to happen better public transport connections need to be implemented incorporating wider routes before locals will trust catching reliable public transport on time.

iii)       the Howick local board supports the three-year speed management programme and reducing speeds ONLY in targeted areas such as Public beaches, Small town centres/Villages, Where AT works/engineering is being done, Bridges or one way bridges, Community events, Schools, Primary Schools, areas around retirement villages/hospitals and targeted local roads that have been identified below. A blanket approach will not work for reducing speed.

iv)       the Howick local board would like to see New Zealand become higher than 19th in the international road safety programme.

v)         the Howick Local Board believes that driver behaviour is a significant issue, and that in many cases speed reduction will not prevent this. We therefore support the installation of traffic calming methods that will affect a slower driving culture and thinking

vi)       the Howick Local Board want to see a firmer commitment to traffic speed enforcement on identified roads attached, including the use of speed cameras with infringements

vii)      the Howick local board requests that all primary schools in the HLB area are engaged in the three-year safe speed programme educating children to walk/cycle safely to school through an AT partnership programme

viii)     the Howick local board does not support the blanket approach of reducing speed on all residential areas as a whole. Many streets in our area are problematic and the Howick Local Board request individual streets are looked at in order and identified what speed management plan/calming method is suited best.

ix)       the Howick Local Board requests that Auckland Transport advise a timeline in which these roads will be addressed and what are the recommended suitable options and timeline for implementation

x)         the Howick Local Board requests the roads outlined below in our area are acknowledged and placed in priority order to be assessed for 2022/23 due to community safety concerns.

xi)       Traffic Calming means: Speed Bumps, Road Markings, Crossings & Operational Cameras operating/Speed lights flashing

xii)      Streets Identified as Priority that need traffic Calming / Cameras to be operating with infringement

A)        Bradbury Road Mellons Bay Road Pah Road, Cockle Bay Whitcombe Road

B)        Buckland’s Beach Road Paparoa Road

C)        Litten Road Cockle Bay Road Sommerville Road Cascades Road Wellington Street Moore Street Union Road

D)        Beach Road Glenmore Road

E)        The Parade Buckland’s Beach Laings Road

F)        Whitcombe Road Aviemore Drive Pakuranga Road Te Ara Kahikatea Thomas road.

G)       Thyme court Tornish Drive Tsar court Villarosa lane Accent drive Arrowsmith Road Baverstock road Dione Place Dunoon Close Erica Road Fernloche place Fintry Place Flintridge Drive Heidi Cres Helianthus Ave.

H)        Karson place Kestev Drive Lastel Place Magnolia place Maypark cres Middlefield drive.

I)          Murphys road between Stancombe and Ormiston road.

b)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the delegated feedback on speed limit changes proposed as part of Phase Three of Auckland Transport’s Safe Speeds Programme submitted on 23 May 2022, as follows:

i)          the board has considered all public feedback and proposes the following on these particular roads: -

A)        Accent Drive – to remain at 60 kph

B)        Baverstock Road – to remain at 50 kph

C)        Botany Road – to remain at 60 kph

D)        Chapel Road – to remain at 60 kph

E)        East Tamaki Road – to remain at 60 kph

F)        Harris Road – to remain at 60 kph

G)       Helianthus Avenue – either leave at 60 kph or make all the road 50 kph, its senseless to make just a 15-metre length 50 kph with 60 kph either side of it. (Road is adjacent to Ormiston Primary School)

H)        Murphys Road – make all of Murphys road 60 kph so it is consistent.

I)          Ormiston Road – leave at 60 kph for all of this road.

J)        Pakuranga Road – leave at 60 kph

K)        Smales Road – leave at 60 kph

L)        Springs Road – leave at 60 kph

M)       Stancombe Road – leave at 60 kph

N)        Te Ara Kahikatea – either leave at 60 kph or make all the road 50 kph, same reason as Helianthus (above) as this road adjoins Ormiston Junior College.

O)       Te Irirangi Drive – leave at 80 kph where it is currently 80 kph, this is a major arterial where traffic needs to flow.

P)        Thomas Road – support reduction to 50 kph

Q)       Ti Rakau Drive – leave at 60 kph

ii)         the Board does not support lowering speed limits carte blanche across urban streets. Drivers who choose to ignore speed limits will do so irrespective of whatever limit is set.

iii)       the Board supports speed reduction where there is significant pedestrian traffic (i.e. beachfronts).

iv)       the Board supports the use of temporary speed reduction (40km/h School Speed Zones) in locations where children are entering/leaving school grounds.

v)         the Board supports the use of traffic calming measures on roads where there has been a frequency of crashes due to poor driver behaviour. Road narrowing or the addition of traffic islands would impede the ability to speed.

vi)       the Board does not support significant speed reduction:

A)        to replace enforcement of speed, or other driver behaviour. Dangerous driving/racing - particularly involving youth - can often be resolved by interaction with Police. Enforcement should be considered as an essential tool for changing driver behaviour

B)        on commuter routes. The larger arterial and well used roads need to have their existing speed limits maintained in the majority of cases or the city will grind to even more of a stand-still than is has already, particularly in peak flows. Congested traffic is generally able to keep moving on roads with higher speed limits. Penalising law-abiding drivers by increasing journey times is both unfair and not the answer.

vii)      the Howick Local Board also notes the following:

A)        from the summary statements at the end of the document that far more people do not support the Safe Speed Programme than do support it. The reasons that non-supporters give are many and varied however they all have a strong element of common-sense about them which should be given more credence.

B)        the report states that Alexander Street in Cockle Bay goes through more than one local board area – this is not the case.

C)        the report states that Marne Road and Settlement Road are included in supplementary feedback for Pakuranga however these roads are both in Papakura.

c)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the delegated feedback on Auckland Council’s submission on the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill (the Bill) submitted on 16 August 2022, as follows:

i)          the Board strongly supports the goal of government that Aotearoa New Zealand is smokefree by 2025.

ii)         the Board supports the endorsement of this goal by Auckland Council

iii)       the Board supports the introduction of the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill, and its measures to help reduce smoking rates as outlined:

A)        significantly reducing the number of retailers able to sell smoked tobacco products

B)        aiming to prevent young people from taking up smoking by prohibiting the sale the sale of smoked tobacco to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009

C)        aiming to make smoked tobacco products less appealing and addictive.

iv)       the Board recommends that any changes relating to this amendment Bill form part of any ongoing anti-smoking education programme.

v)         the Board support any further amendment that will increase/enhance smoke-free environments.

vi)       the Board notes that the practice of vaping by young people is also of concern and requires urgent action.

d)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the delegated feedback on the Auckland Climate Grant 2022/23 submitted on 22 August 2022, as follows:

i)          the Board welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback for inclusion in Auckland Climate Grant.

ii)         the Board supports the intent of the Auckland Climate Grant programme and hopes that it will become an enduring mechanism to assist with mitigating the effects of climate change into the future.

iii)       the Board notes it is evident that the contestable amount of $300,000 for the current financial year is very small in the context of all the purposes and priority areas outlined in the report, therefore the HLB believes that any outcomes from grants relating to this programme should be both visible and measurable, to the extent that this is possible.

iv)       the Board acknowledges that Auckland Council has a carbon neutral policy going forward and that it would be desirable to direct funds from the grant programme into areas that are scientifically proven to assist with a reduction in Co2 production. The massive amount of intensification in the Auckland Region is leading to an on-going loss of canopy cover, which in itself contributes to global warming by reducing the carbon-sink function that trees provide.

v)         the Board notes that there is an opportunity for emerging housing areas to establish community volunteer groups to identify sites for planting canopy species within their own neighbourhoods. Additionally, it is understood that many parts of Auckland, including Howick, do not currently meet the minimum threshold for canopy cover, as outlined in council policy. This needs to be addressed immediately, especially in the context of council selling off a number of ‘pocket’ parks and reserves, which currently contain trees that assist with reducing carbon in the atmosphere.

vi)       the Board notes the board will encourage people and community groups to apply for funding for tree planting from the Climate Change Grant Programme once it is in place.

vii)      the Board, as a general principle, feels that a lot of small grants from the proposed scheme will not be meaningful or measurable, so the board prefers to see allocations of a more substantial amount so that larger scale projects along the lines of ‘Urban Forests’, which would have visible results, can be enabled.

e)         tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the delegated feedback on the National Policy Statement - Freshwater Management 2020 submitted on 3 October 2022, as follows:

i)          in regards to Long Term Visions for Freshwater Management provides the following feedback:

A)        all lakes, natural dams, rivers, creeks, streams, aquifers should be considered to be national treasures (taonga) and treated with the utmost respect, and be protected by the national or local authority in which they exist.

B)        New Zealand rivers are known for their natural beauty and are a major attraction for tourists, trampers, fisherfolk, boaties, rafting companies and a multitude of other recreational users. They must be protected in their current natural state and not be considered in the future for hydro energy generation.

C)        water storage dams (e.g. those in the Hunua ranges and Waitakere Ranges) must continue to be well managed as they are critical for the provision of a large proportion Auckland’s potable water supply. Consideration should be given to the enhancement of filtration capacity to cope with events such as recent slips which contaminated the Hunua dams with sediment meaning supply was severely constrained for some time.

D)        it has already been acknowledged by some territorial authorities that rainwater should be captured for some domestic uses, as well as restricting overland flows in rain events. This approach should be broadened to investigate the capture and retention of overland flows during significant rainfall events, to be used in industry, or for commercial purposes (e.g. for cooling or cleaning purposes).

E)        additional potable water capacity must be planned for, in line with the population projections for Auckland over the next 15 – 20 years.

ii)         in regards to the proposed Freshwater Management Units, provides the following feedback:

A)        in line with the majority of sentiment around the country, the board supports the retention of the ownership and management of locally owned water assets by the existing relevant territorial authorities.

iii)       in regards to the values and Use of Freshwater and the Environmental Outcomes sought, provides the following feedback:

A)        it is important to restore formerly natural waterways so that native fauna and flora can re-establish and survive in habitats that they once flourished in. There has been too much degradation of rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands in the interests of commercialism, farming, human habitation and forestation and some natural balance needs to be restored.

B)        there needs to be far better monitoring of resource consent conditions for building sites, and stronger enforcement and penalties for offending contractors. Silt and rubbish incursion into formerly clean watercourses has become a major plague across Auckland, and undoubtedly other parts of the country as well.

C)        freshwater recreational opportunities for fishing should be maintained and protected from degradation from farming runoff, industrial pollution and silt from building activity. Trout fishing, for instance, is a major tourist attraction bringing many anglers to New Zealand in normal times. This ‘tourist dollar earner’ should not be overlooked as it a major contributor to the New Zealand economy.

D)        this board submitted to the NPS on Wetlands last year and would like to reinforce that it believes that the reinstatement of a significant percentage of New Zealand’s former wetlands to their previous natural form is important, both for form and for the function that they provide. For example, a buffer for lowland flooding and for habitat for nationally threatened species of flora and fauna.

iv)       in regards to local freshwater management, provides the following feedback:

A)        the community feedback from Howick is strongly in support of improving freshwater quality and the majority feeds into the Tamaki Estuary.

B)        the abundance and health of our native freshwater species has been the measure of the health of our fresh water streams.

v)         in regards to local freshwater management, notes the following:

A)         large percentage of Howick’s population do not appreciate that water going down the streets drains is the same water native species live in and that the Tamaki Estuary is a place where people fish and swim in and other species require clean water to live in.

B)        many of the feeder streams are now open concrete troughs and need naturalisation and riparian Shade planting to allow freshwater species a navigable healthy environment.

C)        more stream water quality monitors are needed so pollution events can be picked up faster and offenders educated or fined.

D)        a faster response is required from the pollution hot line team and bigger consequences for large offences.

f)          tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the delegated feedback on the Tūpuna Maunga Authority - Integrated Management Plan (IMP) submitted on 6 October 2022, as follows:

i)          the Board welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the Tūpuna Maunga Authority - Integrated Management Plan (IMP).

ii)         The Board notes that native planting restoration plans outlined in the proposed amendment do not relate to the Howick Local Board area.

iii)       The Board supports the facilitation of the restoration of the natural, spiritual and indigenous landscape of the various maunga.

iv)       The Boardsupports the delivery of the Values and Pathways, the Polices of the Tupu Maunga Authority and the Annual Tupuna Maunga Operational Plan.

v)         The Board supports the resolution to undertake public consultation.

vi)       The Board supports the planting of new natives, in an integrated manner as follows:

A)        that the removal of existing exotic or undesirable trees is only carried out when a tree is approaching the end of its natural life or is visibly diseased and poses a threat to other trees, or to visitors to the maunga. Such decisions should be made in conjunction with an arborists report. The Howick Local Board does not support the blanket removal of healthy trees on Auckland’s maunga as they currently provide habitat for native species, shelter for humans and animals and support for desirable trees in the same vicinity. Native trees are generally very slow growing and therefore it makes sense from an ecological perspective to integrate them over time into already forested areas of the maunga.

B)        that consideration is given to planting native understory species of plants and trees that provide good ground coverage around other new larger native specimens, to prevent excessive weed growth and support the establishment of the larger specimen trees.

C)        that land that is to be replanted is not left bare any longer than necessary and is planted with quick growing pioneer species such as manuka, kanuka, karamu and koromiko to protect against soil loss and minimise weed growth.

vii)      supports pest control on the maunga to ensure the return and protection of native species of fauna and flora. Emphasis should be given to the protection of young seedlings from browsing by pest animals and to the protection of native birdlife and invertebrates from introduced mammalian predators. A suite of pest control measures could be considered if poisoning was culturally unacceptable (e.g. trapping with DOC 200 devices, the use of self-resetting control devices such as Good Nature traps, and the placement of shields around larger trees to prevent climbing predators accessing the upper limbs where nesting takes place).

viii)     requests that consideration be given to those who are physically disabled and cannot negotiate to walk to the summits of the maunga to enjoy the view. Perhaps two of three times a year dispensation could be given to allow organised small buses or vans to transport these people up and to and from the maunga.

CARRIED

 

Ian Milnes – Senior Local Board Advisor was in attendance to speak to this item.

 

 

18

Howick Local Board Connecting With Communities

 

Resolution number HW/2023/227

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Member B Kendall:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the report on the 19 October 2023 Community Forum.

CARRIED

 

 

19

Howick Local Board Workshop Records

 

Resolution number HW/2023/228

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Burns:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the workshop records for the workshops held on 26 October and 2, 9 November.

CARRIED

 

 

20

Hōtaka Kaupapa | Governance Forward Work Calendar

 

Resolution number HW/2023/229

MOVED by Chairperson D Light, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Burns:  

That the Howick Local Board:

a)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the Hōtaka Kaupapa included as Attachment A of the agenda report.

CARRIED

 

 

 

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

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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