I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Albert-Eden Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Thursday, 2 May 2024

10.00am

Albert-Eden Local Board Office
114 Dominion Road
Mt Eden

 

Albert-Eden Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Kendyl Smith

 

Deputy Chairperson

Margi Watson

 

Members

José Fowler

 

 

Julia Maskill

 

 

Christina Robertson

 

 

Liv Roe

 

 

Rex Smith

 

 

Jack Tan

 

 

(Quorum 4 members)

 

 

 

Michael Mendoza - Democracy Advisor

 

29 April 2024

 

Contact Telephone: +64 21 809 149

Email: michael.mendoza@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

02 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          Te Whakaū i ngā Āmiki | Confirmation of Minutes              5

5          He Tamōtanga Motuhake | Leave of Absence                      5

6          Te Mihi | Acknowledgements                              5

7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions                                       5

8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations           5

9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui | Public Forum                                5

10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business     6

11        Long-term Plan 2024-2034: Albert-Eden Local Board Consultation Feedback and Input           7

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

 

 


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.

 

 

4          Te Whakaū i ngā Āmiki | Confirmation of Minutes

 

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)          whakaū / confirm the minutes of its ordinary meeting held on Wednesday, 24 April 2024, as true and correct.

 

 

 

5          He Tamōtanga Motuhake | Leave of Absence

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for leave of absence had been received.

 

 

6          Te Mihi | Acknowledgements

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for acknowledgements had been received.

 

 

7          Ngā Petihana | Petitions

 

At the close of the agenda no requests to present petitions had been received.

 

 

8          Ngā Tono Whakaaturanga | Deputations

 

Standing Order 7.7 provides for deputations. Those applying for deputations are required to give seven working days notice of subject matter and applications are approved by the Chairperson of the Albert-Eden Local Board. This means that details relating to deputations can be included in the published agenda. Total speaking time per deputation is ten minutes or as resolved by the meeting.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for deputations had been received.

 

 

9          Te Matapaki Tūmatanui | Public Forum

 

A period of time (approximately 30 minutes) is set aside for members of the public to address the meeting on matters within its delegated authority. A maximum of three minutes per speaker is allowed, following which there may be questions from members.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for public forum had been received.

 

 

10        Ngā Pakihi Autaia | Extraordinary Business

 

Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“An item that is not on the agenda for a meeting may be dealt with at that meeting if-

 

(a)        The local authority by resolution so decides; and

 

(b)        The presiding member explains at the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public,-

 

(i)         The reason why the item is not on the agenda; and

 

(ii)        The reason why the discussion of the item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.”

 

Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-

 

(a)        That item may be discussed at that meeting if-

 

(i)         That item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

 

(ii)        the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

 

(b)        no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

02 May 2024

 

 

Long-term Plan 2024-2034: Albert-Eden Local Board Consultation Feedback and Input

File No.: CP2024/05099

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To receive consultation feedback from the Albert-Eden Local Board area on:

·    proposed priorities, activities and advocacy initiatives for the Albert-Eden 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 Albert-Eden 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 27,960 submissions in total across the region and 1,848 submissions from the Albert-Eden local board area.  

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 Albert-Eden Local Board:

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

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

c)       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 Albert-Eden Local Board) for each local board area. The local board agreement sets out how the Council will reflect priorities in the Albert-Eden 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 Albert-Eden 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 27,960 pieces of feedback during the consultation period. Approximately 22,000 was from individual submissions, with over 5,000 from pro forma campaigns, over 350 organisations and over 20 Māori entities. This feedback was received through:

·        written feedback – hard copy and online forms, emails and letters

·        in person – at Have Your Say events (one of which was held in the Albert-Eden local board area).

17.     Out of 27,960 pieces of feedback received regionally 1,848 were from people or organisations that belong to the Albert-Eden area.

Information on submitters

18.     The tables and graphs below indicate the demographic categories people identified with. This information only relates to those submitters from the Albert-Eden area who provided demographic information.

Table: Age and gender of submitters from Albert-Eden area

 

Graph: Age and gender of submitters from Albert-Eden area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table: Ethnicity of submitters from Albert-Eden area

*The total does not add to 100% as people may select more than one ethnicity

 

Graph: Ethnicity of submitters from Albert-Eden area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graph: Age and gender of submitters from Albert-Eden area compared to census profile

 

Graph: Ethnicity of submitters from Albert-Eden area compared to census profile

 

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 Albert-Eden Local Board’s priorities for 2024/2025 and the Long-term Plan 2024-2034

20.     The Albert-Eden Local Board consulted on the following priorities for 2024/2025:

·        celebrating different people and cultures, bringing people together with fun and engaging activities, and reducing barriers for those who might struggle to connect with council or others in the community

·        continuing our environmental work through tree planting, parks restoration, supporting volunteer pest control and planting groups and helping community climate action through our Climate Activator

·        planning for how our parks and open space can respond to growth, making the most of what we have, balancing different uses and connecting green spaces together

·        supporting our community groups with funding, information, learning new skills and building their capability and networks

·        settling in at the new, medium-term location for the Point Chevalier library and continuing to investigate what the long-term library solution might be and how we will fund it

·        working with the community on activations in the Mt Albert Civic Square

·        making our parks rubbish-bin free to minimise waste and improve environmental and climate outcomes.

21.     The Albert-Eden Local Board consulted on the following local priorities for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034:

·        caring for our environment and working alongside the community to protect it

·        maintaining our facilities, services, and leases so they are affordable, fit for purpose, well used, and respond to growth needs

·        long-term service provision of library and community centre services in Pt Chevalier and for the community centre in Sandringham

·        park acquisition in areas of growth

·        support Māori Kaupapa and priorities

·        continuing supporting local business

·        supporting arts, events and night-time economies in our town centres.

22.     The Albert-Eden Local Board also consulted on the following key advocacy initiatives that sit outside local board decision-making.

23.     Advocacy to the Governing Body:

·        flood recovery and stormwater management.

·        additional funding:

o   to deliver a library and community centre hub in Point Chevalier

o   for Mt Albert pool access

o   to respond to growth in our area

o   for town centre upgrades at Sandringham and Greenwoods Corner

o   for regional events

o   to support the Citizens Advice Bureau.

24.     Advocacy to Auckland transport for:

·        reliable and frequent bus and train services

·        upgrades in our Town Centres

·        supporting more walking and cycling, options.

25.     1,401 submissions were received on Albert-Eden Local Board’s priorities and key advocacy initiatives.

Graph: Local board priorities for 2024/2025

 

26.     Of the 495 comments provided on local board priorities for 2024/2025 the key themes were do not remove rubbish bins (243 comments), overall support for the priorities (68 comments), environmental concerns or support for this focus (56 comments), lack of trust of council (50 comments), support for Pt Chevalier library (46 comments), request to keep to core functions (42 comments) and to plan for population increase (22 comments).

27.     Of the 366 comments provided on the local board priorities for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 the key themes were supporting the priorities (151 comments), not supporting the priorities (49 comments), request to reducing spending/costs (49 comments), support for transport improvements including cycleways (46 comments), support for the environmental focus (35 comments) and support for focus on facilities (35 comments).

28.     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.

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

29.     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.

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

31.     The submissions received from the Albert-Eden 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

32.     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

33.     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.

34.     The central proposal, and alternative options of ‘pay more, get more’ and ‘pay less, get less’ scenarios are outlined in the table below.

Table: 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

 

35.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Albert-Eden Local Board area.

Graph: Question 1A: preferred option on the overall proposed direction for council services and investment over the next ten years.

Graph: Question 1B: options and trade-offs for how Auckland Council will prioritise and fund our activities and services.

 

36.     Submitters were asked if there was anything else they would like Auckland Council to do more of that they would be prepared to pay more for. Of the comments provided key themes were roads and footpaths (220 comments), public transport services/infrastructure (220 comments), walking and cycling improvements (138 comments), regional community places and services (71 comments) and finding other savings/improved efficiency (59 comments).

37.     Submitters were asked if there was anything else they would like Auckland Council to do less of so that they could pay less. Of the comments provided key themes were find other savings/improve efficiency (290 comments), transport safety (214 comments), stick to core services (209 comments), general financial strategy (197 comments) and organisational support (176 comments).

38.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area gave feedback as follows. Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust supported the central proposal. Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust and Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust supported the ‘do more’ option. Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust and Ngāti Tamaoho selected other.

39.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area gave feedback on the trade-offs and priorities as follows. No mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area supported the do less approach.

 

Do more

As proposed

Transport:

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Water:

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

City and local development:

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Environment and regulation.

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Parks and Community.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Economic and cultural development.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Council support.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Key Question 2: Transport Plan

40.     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.

41.     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.

42.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Albert-Eden Local Board area.

43.     Of the comments provided key themes were in support of active transport (200 comments), in support for public transport (136 comments), improve public transport services/efficiency (117 men comments tions), generally support the proposal (83 comments) and walking and cycling improvements (69 comments).

44.     Submitters were asked if there was anything they would spend more on. Of the comments provided key themes were public transport services/infrastructure (312 comments), walking and cycling improvements (281 comments), roads and footpaths (76 comments), transport safety (73 comments) and network optimisation (46 comments).

45.     Submitters were asked if there was anything they would spend less on. Of the comments provided key themes were roads and footpaths (184 comments), walking and cycling improvements (108 comments), raised pedestrian crossings (62 comments), public transport services/infrastructure (61 comments) and find other savings/improve efficiency (56 comments).

46.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden Local Board area gave feedback as follows. Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust support most of the proposal and Ngāti Tamaoho did not support most of the proposal.

Key Question 3: North Harbour Stadium

47.     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).

48.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Albert-Eden Local Board area.

 

49.     Of the comments provided key themes were increase usage/attract more events (87 mentions), underutilised/waste of space (71 comments), North Harbour/community needs the stadium (68 comments), mismanaged/needs to be managed better (52 comments) and not worth the investment (46 comments).

50.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area gave feedback as follows. Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust support redeveloping the stadium precinct, Ngāti Tamaoho support changing the operational management and Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust supported another option.

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

51.     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.

52.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Albert-Eden Local Board area.

 

53.     Of the comments provided key themes were don't sell assets/belongs to the people (168 comments), council needs to maintain control/influence (74 comments), sell assets (54 comments), generally support the proposal (48 comments) and diversify investments / reduce risk (45 comments).

54.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area gave feedback as follows. Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust supports proceeding with the proposal, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust and Ngāti Tamaoho do not support proceeding.

Key Question 4b: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

55.     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.

56.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Albert-Eden Local Board area.

57.     Of the comments provided key themes were council to maintain control/influence (85 comments), don't lease out the port (79 comments), lease the port (56 comments), relocate the port/should not be in CBD (53 comments) and generally support the proposal (42 comments).

58.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area gave feedback as follows. Ngāti Tamaoho support retaining underlying council ownership of port land and wharves and continue council group operation of the port. Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust support retaining underlying council ownership of port land and wharves and lease the operation of the port for a period of about 35 years.

Key Question 4c: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

59.     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.

60.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Albert-Eden Local Board area.

61.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area gave feedback as follows. Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust support investing in the proposed Auckland Future Fund. Ngāti Tamaoho and Ngāti Tamaterā Settlement Trust support another option.

Key Question 4d: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

62.     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.

63.     There were no strong key themes provided in comments to this question.

Key Question 5: Port Land

64.     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.

65.     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.

66.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Albert-Eden Local Board area.

67.     Of the comments provided key themes were provide for better public use/benefit (167 comments), Ports of Auckland provide an essential service (35 comments), proposal will not provide public benefit (30 comments), generally support (26 comments) and it depends on the proposed use / need more detail (26 comments).

68.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area gave feedback as follows. Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust supported proceeding with the proposal. Ngāti Tamaoho supported another option.

69.     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.

70.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Albert-Eden Local Board area.

71.     Of the comments provided key themes were provide for better public use/benefit (91 comments), Ports of Auckland provide an essential service (68 comments), depends on the proposed use / need more detail (27 comments), the proposal will not provide public benefit (23 comments) and relocate the port/should not be in CBD (15 comments).

72.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area gave feedback as follows. Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust supported transferring Bledisloe Terminal. Ngāti Tamaoho supported another option.

 

 

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

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

Waste management rates changes

74.     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.

75.     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

76.     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

·        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.

77.     The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Albert-Eden 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 to only cover the annual programme operating and interest costs

 

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

 

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

 

Adjust the Waste Management Targeted Rates in 2024/2025 to maintain cost recovery levels and to apply the Recycling Targeted Rate to all schools

 

78.     Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Albert-Eden local board area gave feedback as follows.

Proposal

Support

Do not support

Resume the Natural Environment Targeted Rate (NETR).

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

Resume the Water Quality Targeted Rate (WQTR) and extend it to 2034/2035 at a level to only cover the annual programme operating and interest costs.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

Broaden the description of services funded by the Climate Action Transport Targeted Rate (CATTR)

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

Discontinue the Long Term Differential Strategy

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

Re-introduce recycling charges for schools.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

 

Continue the planned roll out of rates funded refuse collection

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

Change the Rodney Drainage Districts Targeted Rate

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

Increase the Waitākere Rural Sewerage Targeted Rate

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

79.     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

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

Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2024/2025

81.     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.

82.     There were 10 comments against the funding of Tūpuna Maunga Authority 2024-2025 Operational Plan and Budget’s vegetation restoration programme.

Fairer funding for Local Boards (Local Board Funding Policy)

83.     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.

84.     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.

85.     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.

86.     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.

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

88.     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.

89.     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.

90.     There were 92 submissions from the Albert-Eden Local Board area supporting fairer funding for local boards.

Recommendations on local matters

91.     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

92.     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.

93.     Local boards then recommend these proposals to the Governing Body for approval of the targeted rate. This does not apply to the Albert-Eden local board for the 2024/2025 financial year.

Funding for Locally-driven Initiatives (LDI)

94.     Local boards are allocated funding for locally-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.

95.     These conditions do not apply to the Albert-Eden local board for the 2024/2025 financial year.

Local board advocacy

96.     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. 

97.     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

98.     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.

99.     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

100.   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.

101.   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

102.   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

103.   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.

104.   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

105.   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.

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

107.   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.

108.   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.

109.   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.

110.   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.

111.   Nineteen mana whenua entities have interests in the Auckland Council rohe. Fourteen of the 19 (74 per cent) responded to the Auckland Council’s proposals for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

112.   Māori comprise 7 per cent of the population in the Albert-Eden Local Board area.  71 submissions from people who identify as Māori were received from people residing in the Albert-Eden Local Board area.  This represents 5 per cent of total submissions.

113.   No mana whenua entities gave feedback on the Albert-Eden Local Board priorities. One mataawaka organisation, Whanau Haua CCS Disability Action, gave feedback on the Albert-Eden Local Board priorities.

114.   Five mana whenua entities with interests in Albert-Eden area gave feedback on the regional priorities:

·        Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement

·        Ngāti Tamaoho

·        Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust

·        Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust 

·        Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

115.   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

116.   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

117.   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.

118.   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.

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

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Template - Albert-Eden Local Board Feedback on Long-term Plan 2024-2034 Regional Topics

29

      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Canela Ferrara - Local Board Advisor

Authoriser

Nina Siers - Local Area Manager

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

02 May 2024