Whau Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Whau Local Board held in the Whau Local Board Office, 31 Totara Avenue, New Lynn on Wednesday, 27 March 2024 at 1.00pm.

 

Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present

 

Chairperson

Kay Thomas

 

Deputy Chairperson

Fasitua Amosa

 

Members

Ross Clow

 

 

Catherine Farmer

 

 

Sarah Paterson-Hamlin

 

 

Warren Piper

 

 

Susan Zhu

 

 

Te Hunga Āpiti kua Tae mai | ALSO PRESENT

 

Councillor

Kerrin Leoni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Whau Local Board

27 March 2024

 

 

 

1          Nau mai | Welcome

 

Chairperson K Thomas opened the meeting with a karakia.

 

 

2          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

 

 

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.

 

The following are declared interests of elected members of the Whau Local Board:

 

Member

Organisation

Position

Kay Thomas

New Lynn Citizens Advice Bureau

Volunteer

Western Quilters

Member

Citizens Advice Bureau
Waitākere Board

Chair

Literacy Waitākere

Board Member

West Auckland Heritage Conference

Committee Member

Whau Wildlink Network

Member

Fasitua Amosa

Equity NZ

Vice President

Massive Theatre Company

Board Member

Avondale Business Association

Family Member is Chair

Silo Theatre Trust

Board Member

Ross Clow

Portage Licensing Trust

Trustee

Te Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust

Patron

Bay Olympic Sports Club

Life Member

Forest and Bird Society

Member

Waitākere Ranges Protection Society

Member

New Lynn Heritage Protection Society

Member

Trust Community foundation Limited

Trustee

Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club

Member

Libraries

Family Member is Librarian

Catherine Farmer

Avondale-Waterview Historical Society

Member

Blockhouse Bay Historical Society

Member

Blockhouse Bay Bowls

Patron

Forest and Bird organisation

Member

Grey Power

Member

Sarah Paterson-Hamlin

New Zealand Down Syndrome Association

Employee

Warren Piper

New Lynn RSA

Associate Member

New Lynn Business Association

Member

Susan Zhu

Chinese Women Association of New Zealand

Member / Legal Advisor

Chinese Medicine Council of New Zealand

Member / Deputy Chair

 

 

External Organisations

Lead

Alternate

The Avondale Business Association

Kay Thomas

Ross Clow

The Blockhouse Bay Business Association

Warren Piper

Sarah Paterson-Hamlin

The New Lynn Business Association

Warren Piper

Kay Thomas

The Rosebank Business Association

Warren Piper

Fasitua Amosa

The Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust

Ross Clow

Sarah Paterson-Hamlin

 

 

4          Te Whakaū i ngā Āmiki | Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number WH/2024/10

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member S Zhu:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)          whakaū / confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 28 February 2024, including the confidential section, as true and correct.

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

 

 

8.1

Deputation: Synergy Sports and SportHub Community Centre

 

David Guo was in attendance to address the board.

 

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

 

Resolution number WH/2024/11

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member S Zhu:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the presentation and thank David Guo – GM and founder of the Synergy Sports and SportHub Community Centre, for his attendance.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     27 March 2024, Whau Local Board: Item 8.1 Deputation - Synergy Sports and Sport Hub presentation

 

 

8.2

Deputation: Continuing Crescendo’s Impact in the Community

 

Cat Percy and Lisa Carrington were in attendance to address the board.

 

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

 

Resolution number WH/2024/12

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Deputy Chairperson F Amosa:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the presentation and thank Cat Percy and Lisa Carrington from Crescendo for their attendance.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     27 March 2024, Whau Local Board: Item 8.2 Deputation - Crescendo Impact Report

 

 

8.3

Deputation: Community Waitākere

 

Kerry Allan and Chris Burton were in attendance to address the board.

 

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

 

Resolution number WH/2024/13

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member S Zhu:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the presentation and thank Kerry Allan and Chris Burton from Community Waitākere for their attendance.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     27 March 2024, Whau Local Board: Item 8.1 Deputation - Community Waitākere presentation

 

 

9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui  | Public Forum

 

 

9.1

Public Forum - Steve McDonald - Waitākere Grey Power Association Inc.

 

Steve McDonald from Grey Power was in attendance to address the board.

 

Resolution number WH/2024/14

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member C Farmer:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)        whiwhi / receive the presentation on meeting with the Deputy Mayor and discussion points and thank Steve McDonald from Waitākere Grey Power Association Inc. for his attendance.

CARRIED

 

 

10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

 

11        Ngā Pānui mō ngā Mōtini | Notices of Motion

 

Under Standing Order 2.5.1 (LBS 3.11.1) or Standing Order 1.9.1 (LBS 3.10.17) (revoke or alter a previous resolution) a Notice of Motion was received from Member S Zhu, seconded by Member W Piper for consideration under item 12.

 

12

Notice of Motion – Member Susan Zhu – Resource Consent Feedback

 

Resolution number WH/2024/15

MOVED by Member S Zhu, seconded by Member W Piper:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      kopou / appoint Chair K Thomas as lead, and Member S Zhu as alternate, on resource consent matters and delegate authority to that member, including any alternate, to:

i)    provide the local board views, if any, on whether a resource consent should proceed as a non-notified, limited notified or fully notified application

ii)   prepare and provide local board’s views, if any, on notified resource consents and speak to those views at any hearings if required

iii)  provide the local board’s views on matters relating to or generated by the COVID-19 (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 while this legislation remains in force.        

CARRIED

 

Note: Under Standing Order 1.9.7, Member C Farmer requested her dissenting vote be recorded.

 

 

13

Whau Ward Councillor's update

 

Whau Ward Councillor K Leoni was in attendance online to speak to the report.

 

Resolution number WH/2024/16

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member S Paterson-Hamlin:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the report and thank Whau Ward Councillor K Leoni, for her update.

CARRIED

 

 

14

Allocation of the Whau Local Board Transport Capital Fund 2022-2025 remaining budget

 

Resolution number WH/2024/17

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Deputy Chairperson F Amosa:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      whakaū / confirm the allocation of $375,000  from the Local Board Transport Capital Fund 2022-2025 to the St Georges Road Pedestrian Improvements.

b)      whakaae / approve the allocation of the remaining $492,132 from the Local Board Transport Capital Fund 2022-2025 to the following projects:

i)       $94,600 additional budget required to construct the South Lynn project.

ii)      $380,000 to the Rosebank Road pedestrian Improvements near Orchard Street/Rosebank Road Intersection.

iii)     $17,532 for lines marking and signage improvements for Green Bay School on Godley Road.

c)      prioritise wayfinding to connect finished portions of Te Whau Pathway e.g from Queen Mary Reserve to Archibald Park to be funded from any cost savings or alternative funding that becomes available.

CARRIED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Project Kōkiri - Setting priorities for Auckland Transport project and programme engagement

 

Resolution number WH/2024/18

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member W Piper:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      tono / request Auckland Transport to:

i)       collaborate with the local board on the following projects or programmes:

Local Board Transport Capital Fund projects:

A)      Hepburn Road Raised Crossing

B)      South Lynn Road Improvements

C)      St Georges Road Pedestrian Improvements

D)      Rosebank Road pedestrian Improvements

E)      Godley Road lines marking and signage improvements

People powered streets:

A)      Avondale open streets – Great North Road and Crayford Street West

Climate Action Transport Targeted Rate (CATTR):

A)      Kelston and New Lynn priority area.

ii)      consult on the following projects or programmes:

Community Initiated Engineering Programme:

A)      25 Veronica Street Signalised Mid-Block – Intersection Improvements

B)      73 Hepburn Road Pedestrian Improvements

C)      Kinross Street Pedestrian Improvements -123 Kinross Street (Craig Avon Park), Blockhouse Bay - Pedestrian improvements

D)     Blockhouse Bay Bus Improvements

Road Safety:

A)      St Jude Street and Blockhouse Bay Road Intersection improvements

B)      Tiverton Road – between Blockhouse Bay Road and Pitcairn Place – possible raised Pedestrian crossing

Parking:

A)      Delta Avenue Car Park

B)      Stock Street and Drury Street, New Lynn.

iii)     inform the local board about the following projects or programmes:

A)      Margan Avenue (Astley Avenue to Thom Street – New Footpath)

B)      Stock Street, Drury Street Paid Parking 

C)      Maioro Street Corridor Improvements. 

b)      whakarite / provide the following projects or programmes for Auckland Transport to consider for inclusion in future work programmes:

i)       high-quality, safe walking, cycling and other active transport connections to encourage mode shift, improve utilisation, and reduce carbon emissions from our transport system connections to parks and key destinations, from New Lynn to Glen Eden.

ii)      options to deliver a multi-storey New Lynn park-and-ride to increase transit use, reduce vehicle kilometres travelled, and encourage mode shift.

iii)     improved public transport services, including bus services for areas not easily accessible in Whau (with a focus on areas of higher deprivation and the Rosebank peninsula), train network and service improvements (with good alternative options during the Western Line closure), and better wayfinding infrastructure throughout the network.

iv)     progress on the development of the Avondale-Southdown rail line to support freight movement.

v)      cycleway connections west to Glen Eden and ultimately to Twin Stream cycleway.

CARRIED

 

 

16

Representation review and local board reorganisation

 

Resolution number WH/2024/19

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member R Clow:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      welcome the opportunity to provide feedback on the review of representation arrangements and the proposal to reduce the number of local boards.

b)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that Whau Local Board is not impacted by the review of representation arrangements and will therefore defer feedback to the affected local boards.

c)      tautoko / support the status quo of 21 local boards in Auckland Council, noting that over the past fourteen years local board areas have developed distinct identities amongst their communities.

d)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that the proposed amalgamated boards are not necessarily aligned on communities of interest, with the Henderson Massey and Waitākere Ranges being examples.

e)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that a reduced number of local boards with the current legislative limit of twelve members per board would impact their ability to fully represent their communities, especially when the large population numbers of the amalgamated local boards are considered.

f)       tuhi ā-taipitopito / note public and elected member concern that the proposal to reduce local boards is primarily a cost saving measure and does not align with the principle of subsidiarity.

g)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that the tightness of the current timeframe between a decision from the Local Government Commission and the 2025 local government elections will create confusion in the voting public and will likely lead to an even lower turnout of voters.

h)      tono / request that if consultation shows substantial public support for a reduced number of local boards, that the reduction process is considered and thorough, with the emphasis on communities of interest rather than utilising the blunt device of ward boundaries.

i)       tautoko / support the options of the status quo of twenty-one local boards and the option of fifteen amalgamated boards being put forward for public consultation.

CARRIED

 

Note: Under Standing Order 1.9.7, Member W Piper requested his dissenting vote be recorded against clause c).

 

 

17

Proposals for More Empowered Local Boards

 

Resolution number WH/2024/20

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member S Zhu:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      welcome the opportunity to provide feedback on staff proposals for more empowered local boards.

b)      tautoko / support the proposal for more empowered local boards, noting the recommendations of the 2016 Governance Framework Review (GFR) and the Governing Body’s October 2021 decision to approve Increased Local Board Decision-making.

c)      tautoko / support the separation of the More Empowered Local Boards proposal from the Fewer Local Boards proposal and are concerned that the conflation of the two proposals suggests to the public that local boards cannot be more empowered unless the number of local boards is reduced.

d)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that while work on empowering local boards has been occurring, local boards have lost Landowner Approval Rights over applications for stormwater connections into our parks and reserves and have also lost the ability to receive advice on these applications from our Parks and Reserves staff.

e)      urge Council and council-controlled organisations management and governance support local boards to give full effect to the provisions included in, and envisaged by, the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 (LGACA) and enabled by Auckland Council to do so noting that according to the principle of subsidiarity enshrined in LGACA that nonregulatory decisions should be made by local boards except where decisions are better made on an Auckland-wide basis.

f)       tono / request therefore that the allocation of decision-making responsibilities be thoroughly reviewed, noting that regional decisions often impact heavily on local boards and that, despite not being consulted by the Governing Body over the decision to remove local rubbish bins, local board members have had to endure the associated public displeasure.

g)      i)       tautoko / support the proposal for Auckland Council to develop minimum standards for all or most local community services in discussion with local boards and commit to funding these.

         ii)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note its concern that areas of significant deprivation may require local community services beyond agreed and funded minimum service levels

         iii)     tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that these areas of deprivation may be within local board areas with fewer assets and lower levels of funding, therefore the local board may be unable to raise funds to advance some or all their local community services beyond agreed and funded minimum service levels.

iv)     tuhi ā-taipitopito / note its concern that such situations would further entrench inequity in the provision of services across the Auckland region.

g)      tono / request information on whether delegated decision-making over local transport activities such as town centre improvements and street trading activities, would be funded by Auckland Transport.

h)      welcome the opportunity for local boards to have greater opportunities for local procurement.

i)       tautoko / support the opportunity to have decision-making over local planning and policy development for local community services for such things as open space and town centres.

j)       i)       tautoko / support the ability of local boards to acquire and develop open space acquisition in high-growth areas (including through demolition of under-utilised assets to free up open space).

ii)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that the Whau Local Board area has few under-utilised assets

iii)     tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that the Whau Local Board will be unable to fund the acquisition of the most significant open space in our area, Avondale Racecourse and that that open space and the sports fields on it are likely to be sold for housing development once the rezoning process is completed.

k)      tono / request that staff investigate ways that common and / or generic advice can be  shared with all local boards without staff having to attend twenty-one workshops.

CARRIED

 

 

18

Local board feedback on freshwater management in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

 

Resolution number WH/2024/21

MOVED by Member W Piper, seconded by Member S Paterson-Hamlin:   

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that the Whau local board area is located at one of the narrowest parts of the Auckland isthmus with coastal areas along the Waitematā and Manukau Harbours.  There are several waterways throughout with the Whau River and its tributaries. The Whau River is the historical Māori portage route between the two harbours and several areas within Whau have mahara tapu (sacred memory) and significance for Māori throughout Tāmaki Makaurau.

b)      tautoko / support the direction being proposed in the region-wide vision statement of the plan.

c)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that the board area sits within both the proposed Hauraki and Manukau Freshwater Management Units (FMUs), and any issues caused by crossed boundaries will need to be managed.

d)      tautoko / support using land use controls in the AUP to mitigate the effects of urbanisation on freshwater systems, recognising the importance of permeable spaces such as parks and open spaces.

e)      tautoko / support adding resilience as a value to the AUP so that our freshwater systems are resilient to climate change.

f)       tautoko / support adding amenity as a value recognising the connection Aucklanders have with water and that this contributes to people’s mental health and well-being.

g)      tautoko / support setting aspirational targets  for water quality to be included in the AUP.

h)      tautoko / support increased investment programmes  into waterways so that degradation is halted and reversed.

i)       tautoko / support the restoration of Whau wetlands, streams and rivers which feed into the Waitematā and Manukau harbours, noting that the southern coast of the Whau has a high levels of E-coli.

j)       tautoko / support embeding matauranga Māori in the plan.

k)      tautoko / support promoting community stream restoration programmes as an approach to achieving targets and acknowledge the work of volunteers along the Whau River including Ecomatters, Whau River Catchment Trust, Te Whau Pathway Trust, Whau Wildlink and Sea Cleaners.

l)       tono / request staff include a new freshwater impact statement within the Climate impact section of meeting agenda reports for project effects on surrounding freshwater areas.

CARRIED

 

 

19

Local board input to Auckland Council Submission on the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024-2034

 

Resolution number WH/2024/22

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Deputy Chairperson F Amosa:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that the deadline for local board feedback on Auckland Council’s submission to the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024-2034 was Tuesday, 26 March as the Transport and Infrastructure Committee had an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday, 27 March to approve the council submission.

b)      tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the tabled delegated decision of the Whau Local Board, made on 26 March 2024, to provide feedback to the Auckland Council Submission on the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024-2034.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     27 March 2024, Whau Local Board: Item 19 - Feedback on the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2024-2034

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Update on Watercare and Eke Panuku work programmes for Quarter Three (Jan - Mar 2024) and CCO Engagement Plans

 

Resolution number WH/2024/23

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member S Zhu:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)          whiwhi / receive the update on council-controlled Organisation Engagement Plans and Watercare and Eke Panuku work programmes for Quarter Three (Jan-Mar 2024).

b)         tuhi ā-taipitopito / note its disappointment that Council-controlled organisation engagement plans have not been updated since June 2022, despite these plans being recommended in the 2020 Review of Auckland Council’s Council-Controlled Organisations.

c)          congratulate Watercare on the completion of the upgrades to the New Lynn Water Pump Station and Dunsdale Avenue Central Interceptor site.

d)         tuhi ā-taipitopito / note that the cost of installing a playground has increased exponentially since Watercare began to occupy the Miranda Reserve site and request staff investigate the possibility of Watercare contributing a higher proportion of the funds required to restore a playground at the reserve.

CARRIED

 

 

21

Chair's Report - Kay Thomas

 

Resolution number WH/2024/24

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Deputy Chairperson F Amosa:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive Chair Kay Thomas’ March 2024 report.

CARRIED

 

 

22

Hōtaka Kaupapa / Governance Forward Work Programme

 

Resolution number WH/2024/25

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member R Clow:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive the Hōtaka Kaupapa / Governance Forward Work Programme for March 2024.

CARRIED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

Whau Local Board Workshop Records

 

Resolution number WH/2024/26

MOVED by Chairperson K Thomas, seconded by Member W Piper:  

That the Whau Local Board:

a)   tuhi ā-taipitopito / note the records of the workshops held on 7, 14, 21 February, and 6, 13 March 2024.

CARRIED

 

 

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

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

 

2.30pm                                               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 Whau Local Board HELD ON

 

 

 

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