I hereby give notice that an extraordinary meeting of the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Wednesday, 1 May 2024

5:00 pm

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board Office
Shop 17B
93 Bader Drive
Māngere

 

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Tauanu’u Nick Bakulich

 

Deputy Chairperson

Togiatolu Walter Togiamua

 

Members

Joe Glassie-Rasmussen

 

 

Makalita Kolo

 

 

Christine O'Brien

 

 

Papaliitele Lafulafu Peo, JP

 

 

Harry Fatu Toleafoa

 

 

(Quorum 4 members)

 

 

 

Jacqueline Robinson

Democracy Advisor

 

27 April 2024

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 262 5283

Email: jacqui.robinson@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 


Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

01 May 2024

 

 

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          Long-Term Plan 2024-2034: local board consultation feedback and input                                                                  7

 

 


1          Nau mai | Welcome

 

 

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.

 

 


Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

01 May 2024

 

 

Long-Term Plan 2024-2034: local board consultation feedback and input

File No.: CP2024/04604

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1)      To receive consultation feedback from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area on:

·        proposed priorities, activities and advocacy initiatives for the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board Agreement 2024/2025

·        regional topics for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

2)      To recommend any local matters or advocacy initiatives to the Governing Body, that they will need to consider or make decisions on in the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 process.

3)      To provide input on the proposed regional topics in the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

4)      Local board agreements set out annual funding priorities, activities, budgets, levels of service, performance measures and initiatives for each local board area. Local board agreements for 2024/2025 will be included in the Council’s Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

5)      Auckland Council publicly consulted from 28 February to 28 March 2024 to seek community views on the proposed Long-term Plan 2024-2034. This included consultation on the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board’s proposed priorities for 2024/2025 to be included in their local board agreement, and key priorities and advocacy initiatives for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

6)      Auckland Council received 27,978 submissions in total across the region and 1,286 submissions from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area. Submissions were generally supportive of the Board’s priorities for both the 2024/2025 financial year and the Long-Term Plan 2024-2034.

·            There was preference by submitters on the overall direction of the LTP with the results as follows:

·          26 per cent - do less

·          47 per cent - proceed with the proposal

·          19 per cent - do more

·         There was a clear indication that the community supported the local board priorities for 2024/2025 and for the 10-year budget with the results as follows:

·          76 per cent of individuals and 73 per cent of organisations supported all or most priorities.

7)      In the Long-term Plan process there are matters where local boards provide recommendations to the Governing Body, for consideration or decision-making. This includes any local board advocacy initiatives. The Governing Body will consider these items as part of the Long-term Plan decision-making process in May/June 2024:

·        any new/amended business improvement district targeted rates

·        any new/amended local targeted rate proposals

·        proposed locally driven initiative capital projects outside local boards’ decision-making responsibility

·        release of local board specific reserve funds

·        any other local board advocacy initiatives.

8)      Local boards have a statutory responsibility to provide input into regional strategies, policies, plans, and bylaws. This report provides an opportunity for the local board to provide input on council’s proposed Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive consultation feedback on the proposed Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board priorities and activities for 2024/2025 and key advocacy initiatives for 2024-2034

b)      whiwhi / receive consultation feedback on regional topics in the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 from people and organisations based in the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board area

c)       whakarite / provide input on regional topics in the proposed Long-term Plan 2024-2034 and advocacy initiatives to the Governing Body.

 

Horopaki

Context

9)      Each financial year Auckland Council must have a local board agreement (as agreed between the Governing Body and the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board) for each local board area. The local board agreement sets out how the Council will reflect priorities in the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board Plan 2023 in respect of the local activities to be provided in the local board area, and includes information relating to budgets, levels of service, and performance measures.

10)    The local board agreements 2024/2025 will form part of the Auckland Council’s Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

11)    Auckland Council publicly consulted from 28 February to 28 March 2024 to seek community views on the proposed Long-term Plan 2024-2034. The consultation content included information on regional proposals to be decided by the Governing Body, and information on the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board’s proposed priorities for 2024/2025 to be included in their local board agreement, and key local board priorities and advocacy initiatives for 2024-2034.

12)    Auckland Council is facing key financial challenges including adapting to economic fluctuations, paying for growth, the rising cost of asset ownership, storm response and resilience and a limited funding system. To address this, strategic choices and direction must be made in the council’s proposed Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

13)    Local boards have a statutory responsibility to identify and communicate the interests and preferences of people in their local board area in relation to the content of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

14)    This report includes analysis of consultation feedback, any local matters to be recommended to the Governing Body and seeks input on regional topics in the proposed Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

Consultation feedback overview 

15)    As part of the public consultation for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 Auckland Council used a variety of methods and channels to reach and engage a broad cross section of Aucklanders to gain their feedback and input into regional and local topics.

16)    In total, Auckland Council received feedback from 27,978 people in the consultation period. This feedback was received through:

·        written feedback – through hard copy (7,554) and online forms (11,750), emails (559) and letters (8,113).

·        Auckland Council gathered 8,108 feedback pieces in person from different Have Your Say events, including one in the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board area. Below are tables and graphs showing the demographics of the participants who shared their information.

Gender and Ethnicity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

17)    All feedback will be made available on an Auckland Council webpage called “Submissions on the Long-term Plan 2024-2034” and will be accessible after 24 April 2024 through the following link: https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/long-term-plan-2024-2034-consultation-feedback .

Feedback received on the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board’s priorities for 2024/2025 and the Long-term Plan 2024-2034

18)    The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board consulted on the following priorities for 2024/2025:

·        strengthen partnerships with local mana whenua through project delivery, including Te Kete Rukuruku, completion of David Lange Park playground and improvements

·        deliver community climate initiatives such as Low Carbon Lifestyles, and Māngere Bike Hub with our community partners

·        deliver a community-driven safety action plan aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and addressing local safety concerns enhancing the overall sense of safety within our local community

·        improve employment and economic opportunities through our local economic broker programme

·        support community-led activations at our parks and facilities through our community grants.


Graph illustrating community priorities and their importance.

19)    The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board consulted on the following local priorities for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034:

·       explore how our community facilities and services are better used to reduce growing costs to maintain these assets

·       work with Māori to achieve their aspirations through partnership project delivery and increased co-governance

·       working with the local community to increase climate resilience and preparedness

·       support new and innovative ways to deliver events, programmes and activities that reflect and celebrate our diverse communities

·       support building capacity and capability of community groups, brokering opportunities for local leadership and sustainable funding.

20)    The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board also consulted on the following key advocacy initiatives that sit outside local board decision-making:

·       the Council Group (Auckland Council, Ports of Auckland, and council-controlled organisations like Auckland Transport and Watercare) and central government to allocate resources fairly to help our recovery from extreme weather events and resilience to future disasters

·       the Governing Body to retain and increase the Local Board Transport Capital Fund

·       ask for further local decision-making opportunities that allow locals to have a greater say in transportation, climate change and water quality-related decisions

·       allocate resources more fairly, including the distribution of targeted environment rates

·       ask the Governing Body to ensure adequate infrastructure is in place before approving housing intensification (growth).

21)    There were 1,286 submissions received on Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board’s priorities and key advocacy initiatives. Most of the local individual’s respondent’s support all or most of the local board’s priorities, while 18% total do not support most or any of the priorities.

 

 


22) Consultation feedback on local board priorities will be considered by the local board when approving their local board agreement between 11-14 June 2024. Local board key advocacy initiatives will be considered in the current report.

Information on submitters

 

 

 

 

22)    Consultation feedback on local board priorities will be considered by the local board when approving their local board agreement between 11-14 June 2024. Local board key advocacy initiatives will be considered in the current report.

Key themes

23)    There were diverse comments to improve our local area including the following key themes of note across the feedback received (through written and in-person channels):

i.        Community Priorities:

a)      "These initiatives should contribute to quality of life."

b)      "Difficult without a plan outlining actual costs versus benefits."

c)       "Ōtāhuhu needs playgrounds and centers to connect and get together."

d)      "Our local playground (Murphy Park) has had a broken roundabout plaything with a cone on it for months..."

e)      "Facilities and services seem very run down, we need investment in everything."

f)       "Invest in parks and more express buses from Māngere Bridge to the city."

g)      "Ōtāhuhu has a major rubbish problem. You are focusing on totally the wrong things, other than anti-social behaviour."

 

ii.       Better Community Engagement and Support:

a)      "I support all community initiatives."

b)      "We need to go back to supporting our community and helping them to succeed and to provide safe spaces and places."

c)       "Community led initiatives allow greater buy in. Connection, self-sustainability & feeling safe are stand out priorities."

d)      “Engage the community with activities”.

e)      "Continue to partner with Māori to support their aspirations by working on projects together and activating shared governance arrangements..."

 

iii.      Progress Community Wellbeing and Safety:

a)      "Health and safety matters more than the rest of the items listed there."

b)      "Safety action plan needs to include pedestrian safety."

c)       "The safety of our people is key and providing environments and activities for residents to come together and foster the community is important."

 

iv.      Much Needed Infrastructure and Development:

a)      "Developments in Māngere are very welcome."

b)      "There is a big disparity between the plan for Māngere_Ōtāhuhu Total $4.8m $22.5m and Howick Total $7.6 and $33 m which is always the way."

c)       "We need to focus on transport for these areas to the Auckland CBD."

d)      "We need to do as much as we can to protect the land and environment."

 

v.       Address Environmental Concerns and Climate Change:

a)      "Climate adaptation and leadership is needed in Māngere Ōtahuhu."

b)      "The climate agenda is fake, fact less and a fabrication, it is nefarious at best based upon the facts and evidence."

c)       "We need to do as much as we can to protect the land and environment."

d)      "Sustainable schools is strong in Māngere and should continue."

e)      "We need to ensure our community is prepared for future weather events."

f)       "These factors are all good for enhancing community and caring and fruit trees and planter boxes as well as native plants, as food is getting more and more expensive, so people will go hungry."

 

Overview of feedback received on regional topics in the Long-term Plan from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area

24)    The proposed Long-term Plan 2024-2034 sets out Auckland Council’s priorities and how to pay for them. Consultation on the proposed Long-term Plan asked submitters to respond to key questions on the following:

1.      Overall direction for Long-term Plan

2.      Transport plan

3.      North Harbour Stadium

4.      Major Investments:

a.       Creating an Auckland Future Fund using the Auckland International Airport shareholding

b.       Options relating to the future of Port of Auckland (includes options c. and d.)

5.      Port Land

6.      Changes to other rates, fees and charges.

25)    Submitters were also encouraged to give feedback on any of the other matters included in the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 consultation document.

26)    The submissions received from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area on these key issues are summarised below, along with an overview of any other areas of feedback on regional proposals with a local impact.

Key Question 1: Overall direction for Long-term Plan

27)    Aucklanders were asked about the overall proposed direction for council services and investment over the next ten years. This included the ‘central proposal’ alongside alternative options of ‘pay more, get more’ and ‘pay less, get less’ in seven areas of council-funded service and activities. These seven areas are their associated options are described in detail in the consultation document available at Auckland Council Long-term Plan 2024-2034 Consultation Document from pages 22-27 and included:

·        Transport - roads, public transport and safety improvements across the transport network

·        Water - managing stormwater to minimise flooding and protect waterways

·        City and local development - delivering urban regeneration and lead development of the city centre

·        Environment and regulation - protecting and restoring the natural environment

·        Parks and community - a wide range of arts, sports, recreation, library, and community services including a fair level of funding for local boards (see section on fairer funding for local boards below)

·        Economic and cultural development - major events funding and economic development

·        Council support - supporting the delivery of services, enabling effective governance, emergency management and grants to regional amenities.

28)    The central proposal would see annual rates increases for the average value residential property set at 7.5 per cent in year one, 3.5 per cent in year two, 8.0 per cent in year three and no more than 3.5 per cent for the years after that. Over the 10-year period 2024-2034, the central proposal would provide for a capital investment programme of $39.3 billion and $72.0 billion of operational spending.

29)    The central proposal, and alternative options of ‘pay more, get more’ and ‘pay less, get less’ scenarios are outlined in Table 1 below.

 

Table 1 - The central proposal and the ‘pay more, get more’ and ‘pay less, get less’ scenarios

Annual rates increase for average value resident property

Pay less and get less

Central proposal

Pay more and get more

Year 1

5.5 per cent

7.5 per cent

14 per cent

Year 2

3.5 per cent

3.5 per cent

10 per cent

Year 3

3.5 per cent

8.0 per cent

10 per cent

Later years

No more than 1 per cent above CPI inflation thereafter

No more than 3.5 per cent for the years after that

5 per cent for the years after that

CAPEX

$33.5b

$39.3b

$52.0b

OPEX

$69.2b

$72.0b

$76.5b

 

30)    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area.

 

General Overall Direction – Do less of/ proceed with proposal / do more.

 

Direction by services and investment – less of/ proceed / more

Mana Whenua

31)    Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board area provided feedback under the umbrella of Ara Kōtui, which encompasses the southern boards, namely Franklin, Papakura, Manurewa, Māngere-Otāhuhu, and Ōtara-Papatoetoe. The feedback in summary below, conveyed verbally, was addressed to all five boards.

·    Ngaati Whanaunga: the main concerns revolve around water, housing, environment, and economic development. While acknowledging that local boards lack influence over housing, there is support for their involvement in shaping parks and environment, providing services like libraries and playgrounds, and advocating for public transport. Although not seeking a formal partnership, there is interest in participating at the implementation level to support local projects affecting their community. Given ongoing settlement processes, there is a desire to enhance economic opportunities for their community.

·    Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua: they continue with their settlement process, which makes it hard to achieve their goals. Finishing the wharekai at Ngati Ōtara Marae is their main focus. They want to talk to the Auckland Council about improving facilities at places like Taahuna Pa marae in Waiuku. They're keen on empowering young people to take care of the land and waterways, including preventing drownings. They're also big on helping youth develop skills, especially with technology.

·    Ngāti Tamaterā: supportive to the board prioritising Māori Outcomes and Engagement, noting that the emphasis on Māori representation and participation in decision-making processes can lead to more culturally responsive and community-driven initiatives that benefit mana whenua and the wider Māori community. Supportive of all opportunities for partnership with mana whenua. Note that prioritising environmental initiatives to protect and care for the environment and mitigate climate change aligns with mana whenua values of kaitiakitanga and environmental stewardship.  

32)    In summary - Ngaati Whanaunga, Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua, and Ngāti Tamaterā highlights the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi in shaping their priorities, particularly in advocating for cultural preservation, engagement with Auckland Council, and initiatives aimed at addressing historical injustices and promoting indigenous right.

 

Key Question 2: Transport Plan

33)    Aucklanders were asked for feedback on a proposal to work with government to make progress toward an integrated transport plan for Auckland with a proposed total capital spend of $13.4 billion for Auckland Transport over 10 years.

34)    This would include:

·        making public transport faster, more reliable, and easier to use by investing in rapid transit network actions, such as making it easier to pay, including introducing capped weekly public transport passes

·        network optimisation, reducing temporary traffic management requirements and introducing dynamic lanes

·        stopping some initiatives previously planned such as some raised pedestrian crossings and cycleways.

35)    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Local Board area.

 

Key Question 3: North Harbour Stadium

36)    Aucklanders were asked for feedback on options for the future of North Harbour Stadium precinct. The options set out were:

1.      to keep the stadium precinct as it is now, and maintain it at a cost of $33 million over 10 years

2.      redevelop the stadium precinct funded through reallocation of this $33 million, the sale of some stadium precinct land while retaining the existing community playing fields and any other external funding available

3.      change the operational management of the stadium to ensure greater use by the community (noting that this option could be considered in addition to either option 1 or 2).

37)    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area.

 

Key Question 4a: Major Investments: Auckland Future Fund and Auckland International Airport Limited shares

38)    Aucklanders were asked to provide feedback on a proposal to establish a diversified investment fund for Auckland (the Auckland Future Fund) to spread the risk of council’s investments over a range of different assets in different locations. The proposal includes the transfer of council’s shareholding of just over 11 per cent in Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL) to the fund to enable the subsequent sale of any or all the shares by the fund manager.

39)    The graphs below give an overview of the Auckland Future Fund responses from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area.

 

Key Question 4b: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

40)    Aucklanders were also asked for their feedback on options for the future of Port of Auckland.  The two options identified were:

1.      retain underlying ownership of the port land and wharves and lease the operation of the port for a period of about 35 years with the upfront payment from the lease invested in the proposed Auckland Future Fund

2.      retain underlying ownership of the port land and wharves with the Port of Auckland Limited continuing to operate the port and implement their plan to deliver improved profitability and dividends.

 

Key Question 4c: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

41)    It was noted that if the council group continues to operate the port through Port of Auckland Limited, it could continue to use the profits and dividends from the port to fund council services, or it could invest the profits and dividends in the proposed Auckland Future Fund.

 

Key Question 4d: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

42)    People were also encouraged to give feedback on other aspects of the proposal, including in relation to self-insurance, and implementation options for the proposed Auckland Future Fund and possible changes to the council’s shareholding in Port of Auckland Limited and to the ownership of the Port Land.

43)    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area.

Key Question 5: Port Land

44)    Aucklanders were asked for their feedback on a proposal whereby some land and wharves currently used for port operations could be transferred to Auckland Council and used for something else that provides public benefit. This could include the creation of some new public spaces and/or new waterfront residential or commercial developments.

45)    Captain Cook and Marsden wharves could be transferred to council within 2-5 years provided that resource consent can be obtained for work at the Bledisloe Terminal. These works are required to allow some port operations to be moved and would cost around $110 million, but otherwise there would be no significant impact on the operations or value of the port.

46)    The Bledisloe Terminal site could be freed up and transferred to council for use in another way within 15 years. However, this would significantly reduce the scale of port operations in Auckland with many shipments needing to be transported into the Auckland by truck or rail. It would also lower the value of the proposed port lease by an estimated $300m or reduce the future profits and dividends the council earns from the port.

47)    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area.

Port Land

Captain Cook and Marsden wharves

Bledisloe Terminal

 

Key Question 6: changes to other rates, fees and charges

48)    Aucklanders were asked for feedback on proposed changes to business rates, targeted rates and charges as set out below.

Waste management rates changes and Re-introducing recycling charges for schools

49)    Auckland Council is proposing to continue the planned roll out of rates funded refuse collections to the North Shore, Waitākere and Papakura in 2024/2025, and Franklin and Rodney in 2025/2026 replacing the current pay as you throw service, and consequent rates change. During the rollout it is proposed the refuse targeted rate will be applied to properties in these areas based on the approximate number of months the rate’s funded service is available to them. The local submissions support the proposal.

 

50)    It is also proposed to adjust the Waste Management Targeted Rates in 2024/2025 to maintain cost recovery levels and to re-introduce recycling charges for schools. Not supported.

Changes to other rates, fees and charges

51)    Other proposed changes to rates and fees and charges included in the consultation document for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 include:

·        resuming the Natural Environment Targeted Rate (NETR) and extend it to 2034/2035 to continue to invest in the protection of native ecosystems and species. Local submissions support the proposal:

 

·        resuming the full Water Quality Targeted Rate (WQTR) and extend it to 2034/2035 at a level that only covers the annual programme operating and interest costs. This ensures water quality improvements in harbours and streams across the region can be funded but at a lower amount for next year than previously planned. Local submissions support:

·        broadening the description of bus services funded by the Climate Action Transport Targeted Rate (CATTR) to reduce the need to consult each year for minor changes to the bus programme. Local submissions support:

·        discontinue the Long-Term Differential Strategy which gradually lowers the share of general rates paid by businesses and raises the share paid by other ratepayers, and raise the share of the NETR, WQTR and CATTR paid by businesses to align to the share of general rates paid by businesses. Local submissions support:

 

 

 

·        changing the Rodney Drainage Districts Targeted Rate to reflect public feedback and updated analysis of the benefits to properties and boundaries. Local submissions support:

·        increasing the Waitākere Rural Sewerage Targeted Rate from $296.75 to $336.80 (per year) for the 2024/2025, 2025/2026, and 2026/2027 years to maintain cost recovery in the three-year contract cycle and avoid an annual subsidy of around $117,000 from general rates. Local su7bmissions support:

 

52)    In addition to most other fees and charges which will be adjusted in line with inflation, there are also specific changes to the fees outlined below:

·        new fees to recover the cost of processing new requirements under the Building (Dam Safety) Regulations 2022

·        increased deposit levels for a number of consenting fees

·        an increase to film-permitting fees to adjust for cumulative inflation since 2015. It is also proposed that this fee is adjusted for inflation yearly

·        adjusted fees for all services provided from pool and leisure centres to ensure an appropriate level of cost recovery

·        baseline fees across similar venue hire and bookable spaces so that they are charged appropriately. This includes community halls, community centres, art centres and bookable library spaces.

 

Other matters for feedback

 

53)    The following proposals were also included in the consultation in the Long-term Plan:

Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2024/2025

54)    Aucklanders were asked to feedback on the draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2024/2025 which sets out a framework in which the council must carry out the routine management of 14 Tūpuna Maunga.

Fairer funding for Local Boards (Local Board Funding Policy)

55)    Auckland Council is proposing to shift to a fairer funding model, where some local boards will receive additional funding to deliver for their communities. Other local boards, where there is a disparity of funding, would need to make changes in their priorities to manage within a reduced budget. The proposal is to address local board funding equity through the first three years of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

56)    The central proposal is to achieve this through a 50/50 combination approach, i.e., reallocating some existing funding between local boards and providing some new funding ($20 million opex and $30 million capex) over the first three years of the LTP 2024-2034.

57)    As the extent of funding disparity between local boards is significant, and the council’s capacity for new funding is limited, the proposal is for 18 local boards to be within 5 per cent of their equitable funding levels (opex and capex) by year three of the LTP 2024-2034. Of the 21 local boards, three local boards will remain funded above their equitable levels but to a lesser degree than current levels.

58)    A fixed funding allocation is proposed for Aotea/Great Barrier and Waiheke Island Local Boards, who will be allocated 1 per cent and 2 per cent of the available funding respectively, given their smaller population sizes.

59)    These changes would require an amendment to the Local Board Funding Policy.

60)    In addition to the central proposal being put forward, there are also scenarios to 'pay more, get more' and 'pay less, get less'. Under the ‘pay more, get more’ scenario no reallocation among local boards would be required. A funding uplift would be provided to get all local boards to their equitable funding levels. To achieve full equity under this option, close to $900 million would be required in additional operating funding and about $1 billion in capital funding over 10-years.

61)    To achieve local board funding equity under the ‘pay less, get less’ scenario, where no additional funding would be available, a significant reallocation would be required from local boards that are currently funded above their equitable level of funding to boards who receive lesser funding. Local boards that could lose funding may not be able to deliver projects previously agreed, asset renewals or services without increasing fees, imposing local targeted rates or rationalising assets.

62)    The following are comments from submissions from the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area which referenced equitable/fairer funding:

§  ‘While the Fairer Funding model appears to be a step in the right direction, more money needs to be allocated for capital expenditure in historically underserved areas to bring amenities up to the same standard across Auckland. This should mean some years where these area's get MORE funds than would be allocated based on the model.’ (Submission #7104)

§  ‘In principle I support the more for more plan but would like to see a fairer and more cost-effective spending by the council on its own bureaucrats.’ (#9229)

§  The following were extracted from submission (#4234) as they address transparency, responsible management, and equitable distribution of funds, all of which are relevant in financial decision-making:

o   We require transparent and meaningful engagement with mana whenua, iwi, Māori communities, marae, and whānau throughout the establishment of the Auckland Future Fund to ensure their perspectives, concerns, and aspirations are heard and incorporated.

o   We express support for initiatives that align with Māori values, including climate change mitigation, environmental protection, and sustainable development projects that benefit Māori communities and cultural heritage.

o   We request a clear set of rules and restrictions around fund accessibility and usage to ensure that funds are managed responsibly, ethically, and in ways that benefit the wider community, including mana whenua, iwi Māori stakeholders.

o   We advocate for equitable funding allocation and opportunities within the Auckland Future Fund to address the diverse needs of Māori communities, including economic development, cultural preservation, and social services, promoting inclusivity and empowerment for all stakeholders.

§  "I do not support changes to the Local Board funding policy. Māngere-Ōtāhuhu is among the most deprived areas in Auckland and reducing funding in the name of ‘equity’ is an egregious misuse of the word. Like many in the community I’m struggling to see how an effective cut in funding is equitable." (#14141).

Any other feedback

63.     Aucklanders were asked if they had any other comments. Key themes of note across other areas of feedback received included:

·        Financial Accountability: "The council should stick to its core functions and let other agencies help shape the community."; "The responsibility of any leader is the wellbeing of all their people. This should always be their priority." "Stop wasting money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!", "Just be honest about the costs and increase rates accordingly." "Do not sell our assets. Especially to overseas interests."

·        Community Engagement: "Local Board funding needs to be made public annually with distribution of funds accountable and applied to their proposed initiatives so that they can review their progress and make savings." "Important: Continue your partnership with local community groups to improve your engagement and consultation.”; "stop wasting money on getting consultant", "Whilst having a say is extremely important, I suspect many people won't simply because there is a lot to read and then understand how the proposed changes will impact you as an individual/family and then the wider community. I don't know how to avoid this but it needs to be made simpler, so more voices are heard."

·        Infrastructure and Service Delivery: "I'm happy that Māngere-Ōtāhuhu are investing in cycleways as I have moved here since the local elections. I was really disappointed with Manurewa's decision to reduce the importance of cycleways.", "The major gap is that paying to maintain existing transport infrastructure is great, but large parts of Auckland are underserved by the existing system. We should prioritise implementing public transport to these areas over spending further on upgrading existing services.", "Please give Ōtāhuhu safe and separate cycleways like Māngere and a bike hub."

·        Māori Representation: "In principle the Kia Ora Tamaki Makaurau (Māori Outcomes) is a good initiative.", "We want to ensure that existing agreements, partnerships, and MOUs aren’t impacted and that the existing relationships are enduring with the potential amalgamation of some local boards across Tāmaki."; “this funding is difficult to access and difficult to evaluate and track success.", "The accompanying Māori Responsiveness Plans were prepared by Officers with no input from Mana Whenua or Mataawaka."

 

Recommendations on local matters 

64)    This report allows the local board to recommend local matters to the Governing Body for consideration as part of the Long-term Plan process, in May 2024. This includes:

·        any new/amended business improvement district targeted rates

·        any new/amended local targeted rate proposals 

·        proposed locally driven initiative capital projects outside local boards’ decision-making responsibility

·        release of local board specific reserve funds

·        local advocacy initiatives.

Local targeted rate and business improvement district (BID) targeted rate proposals

65)    Local boards are required to endorse any new or amended locally targeted rate proposals or business improvement district (BID) targeted rate proposals in their local board area. Note that these proposals must have been consulted on before they can be implemented.

66)    This does not apply to this local board for the 2024/2025 financial year.

Funding for Locally Driven Initiatives (LDI)

67)    Local boards are allocated funding for local driven initiatives (LDI) annually, to spend on local projects or programmes that are important to their communities. Local boards have decision-making over the LDI funds but need approval from the Governing Body where:

·        the release of local board specific reserve funds is requested, which are being held by the council for a specific purpose

·        a LDI capital project exceeds $1 million.

68)    These conditions do not apply to the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board for the 2024/2025 financial year.

Local board advocacy

69)    Local boards can also agree advocacy initiatives which considers the consultation feedback above. This allows the Governing Body to consider these advocacy items when making decisions on the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 in May. 

70)    The advocacy initiatives approved by the local board will then be included as an appendix to the 2024/2025 Local Board Agreement.

Local board input on regional topics in the Long-term Plan 2024-2034

71)    Local boards have a statutory responsibility for identifying and communicating the interests and preferences of the people in its local board area in relation to Auckland Council’s strategies, policies, plans, and bylaws, and any proposed changes to be made to them. This report provides an opportunity for the local board to provide input on council’s proposed Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

72)    Local board plans reflect community priorities and preferences and are key documents that guide the development of local board agreements (LBAs), local board annual work programmes, and local board input into regional plans such as the Long-term Plan.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

73)    The decisions recommended in this report are part of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 and local board agreement process to approve funding and expenditure over the next 10 years.

74)    Projects allocated funding through this Long-term Plan process will all have varying levels of potential climate impact associated with them. The climate impacts of projects Auckland Council chooses to progress, are all assessed carefully as part of council’s rigorous reporting requirements.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

75)    The Long-term Plan 2024-2034 is an Auckland Council Group document and will include budgets at a consolidated group level. Consultation items and updates to budgets to reflect decisions and new information may include items from across the group.

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

Local impacts and local board views

76)    The local board’s decisions and feedback are being sought in this report. The local board has a statutory role in providing its feedback on regional plans.

77)    Local boards play an important role in the development of the council’s Long-term Plan 2024-2034. Local board agreements form part of the Long-term Plan. Local board chairs have also attended Budget Committee workshops on the Long-term Plan.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

78)    Many local board decisions are of importance to and impact Māori. Local board agreements and the Long-term Plan are important tools that enable and can demonstrate the council’s responsiveness to Māori Outcomes.

79)    Local board plans, developed in 2023 through engagement with the community including Māori, form the basis of local board area priorities.

80)    There is a need to continue to build relationships between local boards and iwi, and the wider Māori community. Ongoing conversations enable local boards and Māori to understand each other’s priorities and areas of mutual interest. Ongoing relationships influence and encourage Māori participation in council’s decision-making processes.

81)    Some projects approved for funding could have discernible impacts on Māori. For any project or programme progressed by Auckland Council, the potential impacts on Māori, will be assessed as part of relevant reporting requirements.

82)    Analysis of consultation feedback received on the proposed Long-term Plan includes submissions made by mana whenua, mataawaka organisations and the wider Māori community who have interests in the rohe / local board area.

83)    Ngā Mātārae led the council-wide approach to engagement with Māori entities.  This included:

·        Two information sessions for mana whenua

·        One information session for mataawaka organisations

·        Two submission workshops (to provide help with developing submissions)

·        A hearing style event for mana whenua, Māori organisations and community groups.

84)    Nineteen (19) mana whenua entities have interests in the Auckland Council rohe. With 14 of the 19 responded to the Auckland Council’s proposals for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

85)    Also, on behalf of the local boards, the Auckland Council actively engaged with Māori communities prior to the official consultation period for the Long-Term Plan. They organised pre-consultation events at Waitangi Day gatherings at Manukau and Hoani Waititi Marae and conducted online workshops to involve mana whenua and mataawaka groups. A key 'Have your say' event held at the Auckland Council Chambers allowed for in-person and online presentations from these groups, resulting in 12 presentations. Overall, the council received 14 submissions from mana whenua, demonstrating their active participation in the process.

86)    There were also two Ara Kotui hui that were held online where the southern local boards, including Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board presented their priorities to mana whenua. Mana whenua then provided their feedback to each of the local boards.

87)    Māori comprise 16.4% of the population in the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area. With 63 (or 7% of total) submissions from people who identify as Māori, were received from locals residing in the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area.

88)    The following feedback from Māori are on the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board local priorities:

i.        Partnerships with Local Mana Whenua:

§  "Strengthen partnerships with local mana whenua through project delivery, including Te Kete Rukuruku, completion of David Lange Park playground and improvements."

§  "Projects such as the Pūkaki Co-Management Committee, Māngere Mountain Education Trust, Te Kete Rukuruku, and the Tuia Programme demonstrate a commitment to preserving cultural heritage, enhancing environmental stewardship, and promoting indigenous knowledge within the community."

ii.       Deliver Community Climate Initiatives:

§  "Deliver community climate initiatives such as Low Carbon Lifestyles, and Māngere Bike Hub with our community partners."

§  "These factors are all good for enhancing community and caring and fruit trees and planter boxes as well as native plants, as food is getting more and more expensive, so people will go hungry."

iii.      Community-Driven Safety Action Plan:

§  "Deliver a community-driven safety action plan aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and addressing local safety concerns enhancing the overall sense of safety within our local community."

§  "Safety action plan needs to include pedestrian safety, particularly on Great South Road, Ōtāhuhu, Māngere and Massey Roads."

§  "When families, Tamariki, rangatahi are busy doing extra-curricular activities they enjoy, our community becomes safer."

iv.        Improve Employment and Economic Opportunities:

§  "Improve employment and economic opportunities through our local economic broker programme."

§  "A lot of investing in areas that I believe are not a priority our parks roads transport in South Auckland is worse off than in other areas. This is where I would like to see our money go."

v.         Support Community-Led Activations:

§  "Support community-led activations at our parks and facilities through our community grants."

§  "Community led initiatives allow greater buy in. Connection, self-sustainability & feeling safe are stand out priorities."

§  "We need to go back to supporting our community and helping them to succeed and to provide safe spaces and places."

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

89)    The local board provides input to regional plans and proposals. There is information in the council’s consultation material for each plan or proposal with the financial implications of each option outlined for consideration.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

90)    The council must adopt its Long-term Plan, which includes local board agreements, by 30 June 2024. The local board is required to make recommendations on these local matters for the Long-term Plan by mid-May 2024, to enable and support the Governing Body to make decisions on key items to be included in the Long-term Plan on 16 May 2024.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

91)   Recommendations and feedback from the local board will be provided to the relevant Governing Body committee for consideration as part of decision-making for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

92)    The local board will approve its local content for inclusion in the final Long-term Plan 2024-2034 (including its local board agreement) and corresponding work programmes in June 2024.

93)    The final Long-term Plan 2024-2034 (including local board agreements) will be adopted by the Governing Body on 27 June 2024.

 

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Signatories

Author

Daniel Poe - Senior Local Board Advisor

Authorisers

Louise Mason - General Manager Local Board Services

Victoria Villaraza - Local Area Manager