Hauraki Gulf Forum

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Hauraki Gulf Forum held in the Waiheke Local Board boardroom, 10 Belgium Street, Ostend, Waiheke on Monday, 4 December 2023 at 1:00pm.

 

Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present

 

Co-chairperson

Mayor Toby Adams

Hauraki District Council

Co-chairperson Tangata Whenua

Ms Nicola MacDonald

Tangata Whenua

from 1.07pm, Item 3

Members

Cr Andrew Baker

Auckland Council

 

Ms Charmaine Bailie

Tangata Whenua

 

Mr Andrew Baucke

Department of Conservation

 

Mr Joe Davis

Tangata Whenua

via electronic link, from 1.39pm, Item 4.3

 

Cr Christine Fletcher

Auckland Council

via electronic link

 

Ms Cath Handley (Alt)

Waiheke Local Board (Auckland Council)

until 4.24pm, Item 8

 

Mr Terrence Hohneck

Tangata Whenua

from 1.07pm, Item 3

 

Mr Jacob Hore

Ministry for Primary Industries

 

Cr Mike Lee

Auckland Council

until 3.18pm, Item 7

 

Cr Kerrin Leoni

Auckland Council

 

Cr Warren Maher

Waikato Regional Council

 

Mr Martin Mariassouce

Te Puni Kōkiri

 

Mr Chris Ollivier

Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board (Auckland Council)

 

Cr James Sainsbury

Matamata-Piako District Council

via electronic link

 

Mayor Len Salt

Thames-Coromandel District Council

until 4.24pm, Item 8

 

Te Hunga Kāore i Tae Mai | ABSENT

 

 

Mr Paul Majurey

Tangata Whenua

 

 

Cr Paaniora Matatahi-Poutapu

Waikato District Council

 

 

Mr Dean Ogilvie

Tangata Whenua

 

 

Ms Bianca Ranson

Waiheke Local Board (Auckland Council)

 

 

Cr Wayne Walker

Auckland Council

 

 

Te Hunga Āpiti kua Tae mai | ALSO PRESENT

 

 

Cr Gary Gotlieb

Thames-Coromandel District Council

 

 


 

 

 

Blair Anderson, Pou Rāhui, Ngāti Pāoa , opened the meeting with a mihi and karakia. Member Martin Mariassouce responded on behalf of the Forum.

 

 

Co-Chairperson Mayor Toby Adams welcomed everyone to the meeting.

 

 

The co-chairpersons took turns to chair agenda items. Mayor T Adams chaired Items 1 to 3, 6 and 8 to 10 and Ms N MacDonald chaired Items 4 to 5, 7 and 11.

 

1          Apologies

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/21

MOVED by Cr W Maher, seconded by Member C Bailie:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)         accept the apologies from:

Absence

Mr D Ogilvie

Ms B Ranson

Cr W Walker

 

Lateness

Mr J Davis

Ms N MacDonald

Mr T Hohneck

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

 

2          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

3          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/22

MOVED by Cr W Maher, seconded by Cr A Baker:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Monday, 11 September 2023, as a true and correct record.

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4          Public Forum

 

4.1

Public Forum - Kina Barrens

 

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

 

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/23

MOVED by Member C Bailie, seconded by Mayor L Salt:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Alex Radley for his update on kina barrens.

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

Attachments

a     4 December 2023, Hauraki Gulf Forum, Item 4.1 - Public Forum - Kina Barrens - presentation

 

 

4.2

Public Forum - Waiheke Marine Project update

 

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

 

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/24

MOVED by Member C Bailie, seconded by Mayor L Salt:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Leigh Takirau and Grant Crawford for their update on the Waiheke Marine Project.

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

Attachments

a     4 December 2023, Hauraki Gulf Forum, Item 4.2 - Public Forum - Waiheke Marine Project update - presentation

 

 

4.3

Public Forum - 'Bare Dirt' campaign

 

A presentation was given in support of the item. A link to the presentation is as follows: https://youtu.be/2QU4RWoqtM8.

 

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/25

MOVED by Member C Bailie, seconded by Mayor L Salt:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      thank Angus Robson and Geoff Reid for their update on the ‘Bare Dirt’ campaign.

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

 

 

4.4

Public Forum - Asian Paddle Crab (Charybdis japonica) trapping project at Okiwi (Aotea Great Barrier)

 

The request for public forum had been withdrawn.

 

 

 

5          Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

 

6

Co-Chairs' Report

 

 

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/26

MOVED by Cr K Leoni, seconded by Co-chairperson Tangata Whenua Ms N MacDonald:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the Co-Chairs’ report.

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

 

Note:   The Co-chairperson accorded precedence to Item 9 – Executive Officer’s Report and Item 10 – Hauraki Gulf Forum Meeting Schedule 2024-2025, at this time.

 

 

9

Executive Officer's Report

 

A revised version of Attachment A Technical Officers’ Hui – 30 October 2023, was tabled and a copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/27

MOVED by Cr C Fletcher, seconded by Member C Bailie:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the Executive Officer’s report.

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

Attachments

a     4 December 2023, Hauraki Gulf Forum, Item 9 - Executive Officer's Report - revised version of Attachment A

 


 

 

10

Hauraki Gulf Forum Meeting Schedule 2024-2025

 

 

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/28

MOVED by Mayor L Salt, seconded by Cr W Maher:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      agree the schedule of meeting dates for 2024 and 2025 as follows:

2024

-     4 March

-     10 June

-     26 August

-     25 November

2025

-     3 March

-     19 May

-     25 August

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

 

 

7

Sewage discharge into the Gulf: Parnell sinkhole and Beachlands proposal

 

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

 

 

MOVED by Member T Hohneck, seconded by Member C Ollivier:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      record its outrage at the assault on the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf from the direct discharge of raw sewage into the harbour as a result of the Parnell sinkhole;

b)      mihi to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for their rangatiratanga in laying a rāhui tapu over the affected area of Te Waitematā;

c)      thank the Watercare teams that worked tirelessly to repair the sinkhole;

d)      thank Mark Bourne and Nathaniel Wilson of Watercare for their oral briefing;

e)      strongly support current and future three-waters investment to ensure networks surrounding the Hauraki Gulf are resilient, including with regard to climate impacts;

f)       thank NZIER for its report;

g)      call on Watercare to consider additional investment in Hauraki Gulf restoration projects, to match the impact of the discharge, as outlined in the NZIER report;

h)      strongly oppose the proposed option for a pipeline being built into the Hauraki Gulf to discharge treated sewage from the Beachlands area.

 


 

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/29

MOVED by Cr K Leoni, seconded by Member C Handley (Alt) an amendment to clause g) of the original motion:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

g)      call on Watercare to consider additional investment in Hauraki Gulf restoration projects, including providing financial resource for iwi kaitiaki experts, to match the impact of the discharge, as outlined in the NZIER report;

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

Note:   Under Standing Order 3.14.4, the following member requested that his abstention be recorded as follows:

·         Member A Baucke

Note:   Under Standing Order 3.14.5, the following member requested that his dissenting vote be recorded as follows:

·         Cr W Maher.

 

 

The substantive motion was put in parts.

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/30

MOVED by Member T Hohneck, seconded by Member C Ollivier:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      record its outrage at the assault on the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf from the direct discharge of raw sewage into the harbour as a result of the Parnell sinkhole;

b)      mihi to Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for their rangatiratanga in laying a rāhui tapu over the affected area of Te Waitematā;

c)      thank the Watercare teams that worked tirelessly to repair the sinkhole;

d)      thank Mark Bourne and Nathaniel Wilson of Watercare for their oral briefing;

e)      strongly support current and future three-waters investment to ensure networks surrounding the Hauraki Gulf are resilient, including with regard to climate impacts;

f)       thank NZIER for its report;

g)      call on Watercare to consider additional investment in Hauraki Gulf restoration projects, including providing financial resource for iwi kaitiaki experts, to match the impact of the discharge, as outlined in the NZIER report;

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

Note:   Under Standing Order 3.14.4, the following member requested that his abstention be recorded as follows:

·         Member A Baucke

 

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/31

MOVED by Member T Hohneck, seconded by Cr K Leoni:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

h)      strongly oppose the proposed option for a pipeline being built into the Hauraki Gulf to discharge treated sewage from the Beachlands area.

CARRIED / KUA MANA

 

Note:   Under Standing Order 3.14.4, the following members requested that their abstentions be recorded as follows:

·         Member A Baucke

·         Cr C Fletcher

·         Member J Hore

·         Cr W Maher

·         Cr J Sainsbury

·         Mayor L Salt

Note:   Under Standing Order 3.14.5, the following member requested that his dissenting vote be recorded as follows:

·         Cr A Baker.

 

 

Attachments

a     4 December 2023, Hauraki Gulf Forum, Item 7 - Sewage discharge into the Gulf: Parnell sinkhole and Beachlands proposal - presentation

 

 

 

8

Forum Member updates

 

Presentations from Biosecurity New Zealand and Ngāti Pāoa were given in support of the item. Copies have been placed on the official minutes and are available on the Auckland Council website as minutes attachments.

 

Member C Ollivier recommended urging the relevant Ministers to respond with haste to briefings received on Caulerpa and to take urgent action and the inclusion of clause c) was agreed to by the meeting.

 

A written update on kina barrens, led by Fisheries NZ, was tabled and a copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

Fisheries NZ and the Department of Conservation also provided a brief oral update on progress under Revitalising the Gulf.

 

A briefing to incoming Ministers on the Caulerpa crisis from the Aotea Great Barrier Environmental Trust was tabled and a copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

 

Resolution number HGF/2023/32

MOVED by Chairperson N MacDonald, seconded by Cr A Baker:  

That the Hauraki Gulf Forum:

a)      note the updates provided

b)      thank the presenters from Biosecurity NZ, Ngāti Pāoa, Fisheries NZ, and the Department of Conservation

c)      urge the Minsters of Biosecurity, Conservation, and Oceans and Fisheries to respond with haste to briefings received on Caulerpa and to take urgent action.

CARRIED / KUA MANA


 

 

Note:   Under Standing Order 3.14.4, the following members requested that their abstentions be recorded as follows in relation to clause c) above:

·         Member A Baucke

·         Member J Hore

 

 

Attachments

a     4 December 2023, Hauraki Gulf Forum, Item 8 - Forum Member updates - Biosecurity New Zealand presentation

b     4 December 2023, Hauraki Gulf Forum, Item 8 - Forum Member updates - Ngāti Pāoa presentation

c    4 December 2023, Hauraki Gulf Forum, Item 8 - Forum Member updates - Fisheries New Zealand written update re kina barrens

d    4 December 2023, Hauraki Gulf Forum, Item 8 - Forum Member updates - Aotea Great Barrier Environmental Trust briefing to incoming Minsters re Caulerpa Crisis

 

 

 

 

11        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

 

 

Blair Anderson, Pou Rāhui, Ngāti Pāoa closed the meeting with a karakia.

 

 

 

 

 

4.36pm                                               The Co-Chairpersons 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 Hauraki Gulf Forum HELD ON

 

 

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