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

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Wednesday, 1 May 2024

1:00 pm

Whau Local Board Office
31 Totara Avenue
New Lynn

 

Whau Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Kay Thomas

 

Deputy Chairperson

Fasitua Amosa

 

Members

Ross Clow

Warren Piper

 

Catherine Farmer

Susan Zhu

 

Sarah Paterson-Hamlin

 

 

(Quorum 4 members)

 

 

 

Nataly Anchicoque

Democracy Advisor

 

24 April 2024

 

Contact Telephone: 0272872403

Email: Nataly.Anchicoque@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 


Whau 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.

 

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

 

 


Whau Local Board

01 May 2024

 

 

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

File No.: CP2024/04760

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive consultation feedback from the Whau local board area on:

·    proposed priorities, activities and advocacy initiatives for the Whau 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 it 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 Whau Local Board’s proposed priorities for 2024/2025 to be included in its local board agreement, and key priorities and advocacy initiatives for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

6.       Auckland Council received 27,960 submissions in total across the region and 892 submissions from the Whau local board area. The majority of submissions supported or partially supported the key projects and activities the Whau Local Board plan to deliver in 2024/2025.  

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 Whau Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive consultation feedback on the proposed Whau 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 Whau 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 Whau Local Board) for each local board area. The local board agreement sets out how the Council will reflect priorities in the Whau Local Board Plan 2023 in respect of the local activities to be provided in the local board area, and also 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 Whau Local Board’s proposed priorities for 2024/2025 to be included in its 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.     Of the 27,960 submissions Auckland Council received, 892 submissions were from the Whau local board area. This feedback was received through:

17.     The 892 submissions were a mix of individual and organisational responses as follows:

18.     Graphs 1 and 2 below provide an overview of demographic categories people identified with. This information only relates to those Whau submitters who provided demographic information:

Graph 1. Ethnicity compared to 2018 Census data

Graph 2. Age and Gender compared to 2018 Census data

19.     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 Whau Local Board’s priorities for 2024/2025 and the Long-term Plan 2024-2034

20.     The Whau Local Board consulted on the following key projects and activities it plans to deliver in 2024/2025:

·    We will work with our partners to build community capacity, from climate/emergency preparedness and community resilience to increased participation and community capability

·    We will encourage and support volunteerism and community participation, especially through environmental and ecological initiatives around the Manukau Harbour and foreshore, the Whau River and its tributaries, and our urban ngahere

·    We will continue to undertake governance-level engagement and collaboration with mana whenua and the other west Auckland local boards

·    We will work with the local BIDs where possible, to support local economy and to realise shared goals around climate action, community connection and belonging

·    We will consider accessibility and inclusion across our services, engagement, and other initiatives.

21.     The Whau Local Board requested feedback on the following: “What do you think of our proposed priorities for your local board area in 2024/2025”?  469 submissions were received, the majority of which supported all (42 per cent) or supported most (33 per cent) of the board priorities for 2024/2025.  This is demonstrated in the graph below:

22.     The Whau Local Board consulted on the following key priorities for the 10-year budget 2024-2034:

·    Delivery of Te Hono, the Avondale Community Centre and Library project

·    Retention of funding and existing timeline for the planned Whau Aquatic and Recreation Centre

·    Park acquisition and development in areas of growth (e.g. Avondale Racecourse, Crown Lynn Park)

·    Completion of the Whau sections of Te Whau Pathway through funding partnerships.

23.     The Whau Local Board also consulted on the following key advocacy initiatives that sit outside local board decision-making:

·    Initiative 1: Improved public transport services, with a focus on accessible services in areas of higher deprivation and employment hubs, including wayfinding infrastructure and other service improvements that support and encourage mode shift

·    Initiative 2: Regionwide prioritisation of open space acquisition (e.g. Avondale Racecourse)

·    Initiative 3: Investment in projects that can adapt to and lessen climate impacts (e.g. Shoreline Adaptation Plans, stormwater infrastructure, etc.).

24.     180 comments were received on the local priorities for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034, and key advocacy initiatives that sit outside local board decision-making.  The majority of comments received were positive.

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

Information on submitters

Key themes

26.     Key themes of note across the feedback received (through written and in-person channels) included:

·    Climate change - support community emergency preparedness, support Urban Ngahere, more focus on improving active and public transport

·    Environment – focus on waterways and green spaces, support community-led activities and volunteers

·    Community Connectedness - support diverse communities (Asian, ethnic women, seniors), support inclusion, opportunity and resilience, responds to the increase in crime, social harm and antisocial behavior

·    Community facilities - Retain community assets, amenities and green space

·    Local economy – revive town centres and improve local economy

·    Town centres and investment – More investment in Kelston, provide amenities for Avondale in response to intensification

·    Financial challenges - Reduce spending, reduce rates.

Feedback on other local topics

27.     Key themes across feedback received on other local topics included:

·    Whau Aquatic and recreation (22) – mostly support, comments about speeding up the timeline, some think its too ambitious, few think its not a priority

·    Te Whau Pathway (11) – mostly support, some don’t support removal of houses

·    Racecourse advocacy (33) – mostly support – need for greenspace and stormwater management, few don’t support - should be funded by developers not ratepayers, need for housing.

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

28.     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.

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

30.     The submissions received from the Whau 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

31.     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.


 

32.     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.

33.     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

 

34.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Whau Local Board area.

 

Key Question 2: Transport Plan

35.     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.

36.     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.

37.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Whau local board area.

  

 

Key Question 3: North Harbour Stadium

38.     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).

39.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Whau local board area.

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

40.     Aucklanders were asked to provide feedback on a proposal to establish a diversified investment fund for Auckland (the Auckland Future Fund) in order 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.

41.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Whau Local Board area.

  

 

Key Question 4b: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

42.     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.

43.     The graph below gives an overview of the responses from the Whau local board area.

 

Key Question 4c: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

44.     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.

45.     The graph below gives an overview of the responses from the Whau local board area.


 

Key Question 4d: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

46.     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.    

Key Question 5: Port Land

47.     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.

48.     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.

49.     The graph below gives an overview of the responses from the Whau local board area.

50.     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.

51.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Whau local board area.

 

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

52.     Aucklanders were asked for feedback on proposed changes to business rates, targeted rates and charges as set out below. The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Whau local board area.

Waste management rates changes

53.     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 rates funded service is available to them.

54.     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.

Changes to other rates, fees and charges

55.     Other proposed changes to rates and fees and charges were included in the consultation document for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.  The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Whau local board area:

·    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

·    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

·    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

·    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

·    Changing the Rodney Drainage Districts Targeted Rate to reflect public feedback and updated analysis of the benefits to properties and boundaries

·    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.

56.     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

57.     The following proposals were also included in the consultation in the Long-term Plan:

Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2024/2025

58.     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)

59.     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.

60.     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.

61.     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.

62.     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.

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

64.     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.

65.     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.

Recommendations on local matters 

66.     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

67.     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.

68.     Local boards then recommend these proposals to the Governing Body for approval of the targeted rate. This does not apply to the Whau Local Board for the 2024/2025 financial year.

Funding for Locally Driven Initiatives (LDI)

69.     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.

70.     These conditions do not apply to the Whau Local Board for the 2024/2025 financial year.

Local board advocacy

71.     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. 

72.     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

73.     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.

74.     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

75.     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.

76.     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

77.     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

78.     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.

79.     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

80.     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.

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

82.     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.

83.     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.

84.     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.

85.     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.

86.     This information will be completed in the last tranche of the regional analysis and made publicly available with the remaining feedback on the 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

87.     The Whau Local Board engaged locally with Māori through a hui held at Hoani Waititi Marae on 25 March 2024. Elected members from Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges and Whau Local Board met with the Māori community to discuss issues that were of importance to Māori.

88.     Māori comprise 10 per cent of the population in the Whau local board area.  32 submissions from people who identify as Māori were received from people residing in the Whau Local Board area.  This represents 4 per cent of total submissions.

89.     Te Kawerau ā Maki, mana whenua of the Whau local board area, submitted on the regional topics for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 and matters specific to Waitākere Ranges, Upper harbour and Rodney Local Boards.

90.     Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust, a mataawaka organisation submitted feedback to the Whau, Henderson-Massey, and Waitākere Ranges local boards on a number of regional issues and a proposal for devolving budget allocated to Māori outcomes within the Whau Local Board to Te Whānau o Waipareira to determine, through mataawaka Māori input, in alignment with local board outcomes.

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Financial implications

91.     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.

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Risks and mitigations

92.     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.

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Next steps

93.   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.

94.     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.

95.     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

Caroline Teh – Senior Local Board Advisor

Authoriser

Adam Milina - Local Area Manager