Waiheke Local Board






Minutes of an extraordinary meeting of the Waiheke Local Board held in the Local Board Office, 10 Belgium Street, Ostend, Waiheke on Wednesday, 1 May 2024 at 3:30pm.


Te Hunga kua Tae mai | present



Cath Handley



Robin Tucker



Paul Walden



Te Hunga Kāore i Tae Mai | ABSENT


Deputy Chairperson

Kylee Matthews




Bianca Ranson





Waiheke Local Board

01 May 2024




1          Nau mai | Welcome


The meeting was opened the meeting with a karakia.


Whakataka te hau ki te uru

Whakataka te hau ki te tonga

Kia mākinakina ki uta

Kia mātaratara ki tai

E hī ake ana te atakura

He tio, he huka, he hauhū

Tihei Mauri Ora!

Cease oh winds of the west and of the south

Let the bracing breezes flow

over the land and the sea

Let the red-tipped dawn come

with a sharpened edge, a touch of frost

a promise of a glorious day




2          Ngā Tamōtanga | Apologies


Resolution number WHK/2024/29

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member R Tucker:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         whakaae / accept the apology from Deputy Chairperson K Matthews for a work conflict and Member B Ranson to attend a tangi.






3          Te Whakapuaki i te Whai Pānga | Declaration of Interest


There were no declarations of interest.




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


Resolution number WHK/2024/30

MOVED by Chairperson C Handley, seconded by Member R Tucker:  

That the Waiheke Local Board:

a)         note that Waiheke Island and the other islands in its rohe are strategic assets for Auckland Council and the people of Tāmaki Makaurau.

b)         note that the rates revenue from the Waiheke Island Local Board Area is estimated at $91 million (GST excl.) over the next three years, and note;

i)          over the same three year period, the Waiheke Local Board CAPEX renewal budget has been reduced 70% of forecast to $1.8million (GST excl.).

ii)         this will lead to significant degradation of existing assets e.g. the Te Ara Hura track network and other vital community facilities, and future funding will not be able to recover the asset portfolio.

iii)        this continuation of underfunding under the Unitary Authority has eroded the ability of the Waiheke Local Board to deliver a vision for its local board area that encompasses new major capital projects due to disempowering allocations over a long period.

iv)        the same applies to council and Auckland Transport assets due to the low level of investment over the past decade or more e.g. stormwater and roading networks.

v)         the Waiheke Local Board have significant capital investment projects that can’t be considered as there is no way for Waiheke to invest or rationalise Council’s local property portfolio. We are unable to invest in basic assets for our community.

vi)        this results in very poor return of investment for local ratepayers.

c)         receive consultation feedback on the proposed Waiheke Local Board priorities and activities for 2024/2025 and key advocacy initiatives for 2024-2034.

d)         receive consultation feedback on regional topics in the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 from people and organisations based in the Waiheke local board area.

e)         provide input on regional topics in the proposed Long-term Plan 2024-2034 and advocacy initiatives to the Governing Body as attached to the minutes.

f)          delegate to the chair to finalise feedback.




a     Waiheke Local Board LTP 2024-34 consultation feedback



Chair C Handley closed the meeting with a karakia.


Waiho i te toipoto kaua i te toiroa


Let us keep close together, not far apart



5:00 pm                                              The chairperson thanked members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.