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

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Thursday, 2 May 2024

1.30pm

Manurewa Local Board Office
7 Hill Road
Manurewa

 

Manurewa Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson (Acting)

Matt Winiata

 

Deputy Chairperson (Acting)

Anne Candy

 

Members

Joseph Allan

 

 

Heather Andrew

 

 

Angela Cunningham-Marino

 

 

Andrew Lesa

 

 

Rangi McLean

 

 

Glenn Murphy

 

 

(Quorum 4 members)

 

 

 

Rohin Patel

Democracy Advisor

 

26 April 2024

 

Contact Telephone: 021 914 618

Email: rohin.patel@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 


Manurewa 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        Review of the allocation table recording the allocation of decision-making responsibility for non-regulatory activities   7

12        Long-Term Plan 2024-2034: local board consultation feedback and input                                                                      23

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

 

 


1          Nau mai | Welcome

 

A board member will lead the meeting in prayer.

 

 

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 Manurewa Local Board:

a)     whakaū / confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Thursday, 18 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 Manurewa 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.”

 


Manurewa Local Board

02 May 2024

 

 

Review of the allocation table recording the allocation of decision-making responsibility for non-regulatory activities

File No.: CP2024/04141

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.      To seek local board input into the current review of the allocation table, which records the allocation of decision-making responsibility for non-regulatory activities.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.      The “Decision-making responsibilities of Auckland Council’s Governing Body and local boards” document (Attachment A) records the allocation of decision-making responsibilities for the non-regulatory activities of Auckland Council, as determined by the Governing Body.   This document is also sometimes referred to as the “allocation table”.

3.      The allocation table is being routinely reviewed as part of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 process. In 2022, the allocation table was substantially reviewed to give local boards increased decision-making powers.

4.      There does not appear to be any need for substantive changes to the allocation table at this time. Feedback suggests that some parts of the current allocations are not clear, and minor amendments can be made to support a better understanding of the respective governance roles and responsibilities between the Governing Body and local boards.

5.      However, there is work needed on implementation actions to support the organisation to give better effect to the shared governance model. This is being advanced through the Joint Governance Working Party’s (JGWP) enquiry into the Mayor’s proposal for more empowered local boards.

6.      Local boards are being asked to provide feedback on the review of the allocation table that will go to the Governing Body for consideration, prior to being adopted for inclusion in the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Manurewa Local Board:

a)      provide its input into the current review of the allocation table, recording the allocation of decision-making responsibility for non-regulatory activities.

 

Horopaki

Context

7.      The Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 (LGACA) provides that both the Governing Body and local boards are responsible and democratically accountable for the decision-making of Auckland Council, and that where responsibility rests depends on the nature of the decision being made.

8.      Section 15 of LGACA sets out the classes of decisions that the Governing Body make, and section 16 sets out the classes of decisions that local boards make. Both sections include a class of decisions in respect of non-regulatory activities of the council. LGACA requires that the Governing Body allocate decision-making responsibility for these non-regulatory decisions to either itself or local boards in accordance with the principles set out in section 17.

9.      The “Decision-making responsibilities of Auckland Council’s Governing Body and local boards” (also known as the “allocation table”) records the allocation of decision-making responsibilities for the non-regulatory activities of Auckland Council, as determined by the Governing Body. The allocation table is included in the long-term plan and each year’s annual plan. The current allocation table is attached at Attachment A.

10.    The overarching intent of the document is to empower local boards to make decisions that reflect the needs and preferences of diverse local communities while ensuring that the Governing Body is able to fulfil its statutory decision-making responsibilities and make decisions regionally, where to do so will better promote the well-being of communities across Auckland.

11.    The allocation table is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all allocated decision-making because of the broad range of Auckland Council’s activities and the nuances within those. Allocation of decision-making is therefore applied on a case-by-case basis, with the allocation table used as a starting point.

12.    The allocation table was last reviewed in 2022 where substantial updates were made to provide local boards with increased decision-making powers, in alignment with the Governance Framework Review work.

13.    The allocation table is routinely reviewed as part of every long-term plan process and included in the final long-term plan. However, changes to decision-making responsibilities can be made at any time via a new allocation decision (by the Governing Body) or a delegation.

Empowering Local Boards

14.    Consequently, allocated decision-making will continue to be considered in the context of the “More Empowered Local Boards” workstream, which is being led by the Joint Governance Working Party (JGWP) and reported recently to local boards. This recognises that empowerment includes allocated decision-making, but that there are other levers to consider, including:

·    delegated and statutory decision-making powers

·    how well information and advice enable governors to utilise their powers

·    the skills and knowledge staff need to give effect to the governance model

·    whether updates are required to other policies, systems and processes to reflect more empowered local boards.

15.    Local boards resolved their feedback related to empowerment at their March business meetings and this will be reported to the JGWP’s 6 May meeting. Feedback related to the allocation of decision-making responsibility will be considered within the scope of this current review.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

16.    Informal feedback on the current allocation table from elected members and relevant business units was used to identify the scope of the review. Feedback suggests that the allocation table is still leading to confusion around governance roles and responsibilities. In practice many activities require both regional and local decisions, and there is actual and perceived complexity in giving effect to allocated decision-making.

17.    Aside from an anomaly related to disposal decisions, the current review does not recommend any substantive changes to decision-making allocation. Some amendments are proposed to the text to help aid interpretation and flow. These include:

·    refining the introductory text

·    minor wording amendments to help make more explicit the governance roles and responsibilities

·    closely aligning activity descriptions to the Groups of Activities in the long-term plan.

18.    A key focus is on implementing the allocation table to help the organisation give better effect to allocated decision-making in practice. This includes:

·    reviewing other relevant documents that may require updates

·    considering training and guidance needs for staff

·    awareness raising through communications and engagement.

19.    Local board delegations are also scheduled to be reviewed separately.

Further consideration is required for some parks disposals

20.    An issue has been raised with decision-making around some parks disposals. Table 1 shows the current position in terms of decision-making around different types of parks-related decisions.

Table 1: Decision-making responsibility for asset acquisitions and disposals

Type of decision

Current decision-maker

Basis for decision-making

Current constraints / process

Acquisition

Acquisition of local community assets (e.g. local parks, local community facilities)

Local boards

Allocation

Subject to budget parameters agreed with Governing Body

Acquisition of regional assets (e.g. stormwater assets, regional parks, regional facilities)

Governing Body

Allocation

Decisions made by relevant committee (as per GB terms of reference)

Disposal

Disposal as part of land exchange

Needs to be clarified

Disposal of service properties

Local boards

Delegation (from GB – statutory responsibility)

Service property optimisation framework

Disposal of non-service properties

Governing Body

Statutory responsibility

Asset recycling programme

21.    The report to the Governing Body in 2021 [GB/2021/67] provided the policy intent of the changes to the current allocation table which was to allow local boards to make decisions relating to acquisition of new assets.

22.    Historically, disposal decisions have been treated as sitting with the Governing Body (as a statutory responsibility). But this is difficult in practice where local boards make acquisition decisions as part of a land exchange, but not the related disposal decision.

23.    Work is underway to consider whether, from a policy perspective, local boards should be able to make both the acquisition and disposal decision as part of land exchanges, and whether this should be allocated or delegated.

Clarifying decision-making over stormwater activities in relation to local parks activities

24.    Current landowner approvals processes for council-led stormwater activities do not align with the existing allocation table and the LGACA. This has contributed to inefficiencies where a part of council wants to undertake a stormwater activity on council land.

25.    Council’s stormwater, flood resilience and water quality activities are generally regional in nature. As per the current allocation table, decision-making for all these activities sits with the Governing Body to ensure a coordinated, consistent approach across the network and integration with other regulatory related decisions. This position remains the same regardless of how the land is held – whether as a regional or local asset.

26.    Under the allocation table, local boards are allocated decision-making responsibilities for local parks. Staff are not proposing any changes to the allocated responsibilities of local boards and consider that the explanatory note in the allocation table adequately explains how the overlap in responsibilities will be managed. This states “[t]he decision-making of local boards in relation to local parks may be constrained where decisions relate to council stormwater management activities, including the stormwater network”.

27.    Under the local board delegation protocols, Land Advisory staff have been delegated responsibility for land use consents. Staff have interpreted this mandate to be broad, because of the broad responsibilities of local boards for determining ‘use of and activities within local parks’. The delegation protocols require that staff consult with local boards before making these decisions and refer the matter to them if the local board calls the delegation in as the “landowner”.

28.    However, this is contrary to the LGACA, where decision-making responsibilities are allocated for particular activities (as opposed to categories of land) and the land remains owned by Auckland Council.

29.    Therefore, in line with the allocation table, Healthy Waters, instead of Land Advisory, will now seek the views of local boards before taking a decision on whether to proceed with the proposed stormwater works. The experience of local boards should not be different to consultations over landowner approval applications. The only difference will be the local board’s ability to ‘call in’ a decision.

30.    This revised process is consistent with the allocation of decision-making responsibility for stormwater activities to the Governing Body (and Healthy Waters under delegation).

31.    When a stormwater activity is proposed to occur on a local park, staff will carefully consider the views and preferences of local boards and will be mindful of other local activities on parks when making decisions, consistent with the process previously undertaken by Land Advisory. Similarly, there is still potential for escalation of decision-making where the proposal is not supported by the relevant local board. Diagram 1 outlines this process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diagram 1: Decision-making process for stormwater activities

32.    Staff recommend that this process be reviewed with local boards in six months’ time. Any issues arising will be considered through the next annual review of the allocation table or, through the local board delegation protocols which are due to be reviewed later this year.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

33.    There are no climate impacts associated with local boards providing their feedback.

34.    Climate impacts for individual decisions by way of the application of non-regulatory decision-making are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

35.    Feedback was sought from relevant business units who give effect to the allocation of non-regulatory activities through provision of advice.

36.    Key themes from their feedback are as follows:

·    The need to be more explicit on the extent of the local board / Governing Body role, where there are overlaps and limitations are not made clear.

·    Some activities could be further specified e.g. priority locations for development, place-shaping vs place-making etc.

·    Work to ensure staff understand where decision-making responsibility sits, and how best to give effect to the shared governance principles in practice.

·    More guidance and definitions would help to understand the nature of decision-making.

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

Local impacts and local board views

37.    Local board views are being sought through this report.

38.    Local impacts for individual decisions by way of the application of non-regulatory decision-making are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

39.    There are no Māori impacts associated with local boards providing their feedback.

40.    Māori impacts for individual decisions by way of the application of non-regulatory decision-making are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

41.    There are no financial implications associated with local boards providing their feedback.

42.    Financial implications for individual decisions by way of the application of non-regulatory decision-making are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

43.    There are limited risks associated with local boards providing their feedback. The main risks are outlined in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Risk identification and mitigation

Main risks

Consequence

Likelihood

Comments and risks management strategies

Delay in adoption of the refreshed allocation table

Medium

Low

The allocation table must be adopted by the Governing Body by the end of May to meet the LTP timeframes. Careful project management is in place to ensure milestones are met.

Local boards are not satisfied with the scope of their decision-making powers

Medium

Medium

Local board views will continue to be considered as part of the “Empowering Local Boards” workstream. A range of levers will be considered as to how to empower local boards. This includes, but is not limited to, allocated decision-making.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

44.    Local board feedback will be assessed to inform final recommendations on the review of the allocation table.

45.    All feedback will be reported to the Governing Body for their consideration, before the Governing Body is asked to adopt the refreshed allocation table at their meeting on 30 May.

46.    The allocation table will be included in volume two of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

47.    Staff will implement activities that support the organisation to give effect to the allocation table. These activities include developing guidance, considering learning and development needs, and outreach to relevant business units via communications and engagement.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Decision-making responsibilities of Auckland Council's Governing Body and local boards

15

      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Christie McFadyen - Senior Local Board Advisor

Authorisers

Louise Mason - General Manager Local Board Services

Manoj Ragupathy - Local Area Manager

 

 



Manurewa Local Board

02 May 2024

 

 









Manurewa Local Board

02 May 2024

 

 

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

File No.: CP2024/04731

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.      To receive consultation feedback from the Manurewa Local Board area on:

·    proposed priorities, activities and advocacy initiatives for the Manurewa 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 Manurewa 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 1,031 submissions from the Manurewa local board area.

7.      There is support for the local priorities for the Manurewa local board area, with 71 per cent of respondents supporting all or most of the priorities.

8.      The top themes from submitters in the Manurewa local board area were:

·        Council to focus on core business

·        Cost of living

·        Crime and safety concerns

·        Youth needs

·        Partnerships with mana whenua iwi.

9.      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 the following 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.

10.    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 Manurewa Local Board:

a)      whiwhi / receive consultation feedback on the proposed Manurewa 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 Manurewa local board area

c)      tuhi ā-taipitopito/note the Franklin Local Board’s proposal to implement a targeted rate within the Franklin Local Board area to facilitate the delivery of a Franklin Paths programme and consider providing feedback to the Governing Body on this initiative

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

 

Horopaki

Context

11.    Each financial year Auckland Council must have a local board agreement (as agreed between the Governing Body and the Manurewa Local Board) for each local board area. The local board agreement sets out how the Council will reflect priorities in the Manurewa 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.

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

13.    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 Manurewa 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.

14.    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.

15.    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

16.    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 

17.    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.

18.    In total, Auckland Council received feedback from 27,960 people in the consultation period. This feedback was received through:

·    written feedback – 27 per cent hard copy and 42 per cent online forms, 2 per cent emails and letters.

·    in person – 29 per cent pieces of feedback received via 125 regional ‘Have Your Say’ events (3 ‘Have Your Say’ events were held in the Manurewa local board area).

The tables and graphs below indicate the demographic categories people identified with. This information only relates to those submitters who provided demographic information.

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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 Manurewa Local Board’s priorities for 2024/2025 and the 10-year budget 2024-2034

20.    Four hundred and sixteen submissions were received on Manurewa Local Board’s priorities and key advocacy initiatives.

21.    Eight submissions were received from mana whenua iwi with interests in the Manurewa Local Board area, and feedback was also received through Ara Kōtui hui.

22.    Seven submissions were received from local Manurewa organisations and businesses.

23.    The Manurewa Local Board consulted on the following priorities for 2024/2025:

·     Priority 1: Continue to support, deliver and fund initiatives that contribute to positive youth development.  

·    Priority 2: Invest in evidence-based projects that focus on crime prevention, safer communities and injury prevention.

·    Priority 3: Fund and support activities that include older people and foster their community participation with a specific focus on reaching older migrants.

·     Priority 4: Invest in community led projects and initiatives that respond to social connection and cohesion, build climate resilience and contribute to climate action.

·    Priority 5: Develop a masterplan for Mountfort Park to ensure our open space and sports field network meets the demands of our diverse communities.

·    Priority 6: Identify options for recreational activities to support people of all ages and abilities being casually active.

·    Priority 7: Investigate community lease options to support Ngāti Tamaoho aspirations for a cultural hub at Te Pua/Keith Park. 

·    Priority 8: Investigate the feasibility of an arts broker programme to nurture creative expression with a focus on supporting Māori and Pacific creative arts.

24.    The Manurewa Local Board consulted on the following priorities for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034:

·    Priority 1: deliver more sand carpeting, lighting and training hours across the sports field network.

·    Priority 2: investigate provision of a new public toilet facility at Mountfort Park.

·    Priority 3: revitalise existing parks and play spaces.

·    Priority 4: undertake comprehensive renewals at Te Matariki Clendon Community Centre and our two libraries.

·    Priority 5: investigate options to extend the use of the Manurewa Pool and Leisure Centre outdoor area.

·    Priority 6: allocate funding of $1.7 million to replace the roof leaks at Manurewa Netball and Community Centre.

·    Priority 7: investigate options for the installation of more solar panels across our community.

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

·    Initiative 1: achieve funding equity for the most underfunded boards in the shortest timeframe possible with a priority focus on Manurewa to ensure our public facilities and spaces are welcoming

·    Initiative 2: allocate funding to support War Memorial Park

·    Initiative 3: allocate additional funding to plant new trees in our parks and streets

·    Initiative 4: deliver twice-yearly clearance of stormwater sumps and more frequent clearance of drain grates

·    Initiative 5: reinstate local board transport funding to the pre- COVID-19 level of $21 million per annum

·    Initiative 6: allocate adequate funding to ensure improved road maintenance and renewals

·    Initiative 7: allocate climate action funding to create a walking and cycling connection, including a bridge across the Papakura Stream.

26.    The majority of local respondents support all (30 per cent) or most priorities (41 per cent) proposed by the Manurewa Local Board.

 

Key themes

27.    Key themes from Manurewa residents across all feedback received included:

·    Council to focus on core business and back to basics

·    Cost of living

·    Youth/Elderly focus

·    Crime and safety concerns.


 

28.    There was limited support from the community on local priorities 7 and 8. 

·    Priority 7: Investigate community lease options to support Ngāti Tamaoho aspirations for a cultural hub at Te Pua/Keith Park had 45 per cent of respondents state that this was not an important priority. Recurring comments received were for council to focus on core business and to note the cost of living crisis.

·    Priority 8: Investigate the feasibility of an arts broker programme to nurture creative expression with a focus on supporting Māori and Pacific creative arts had 48 per cent of respondents submit that this was not an important priority. Recurring comments received were that council should focus on core business, art is a nice to have and not a top priority and to note the cost of living crisis.

29.    Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Manurewa Local Board area provided feedback and noted their priorities:

·      Ngaati Te Ata Waiohua

       Finishing the wharekai, Taahuna Pa Marae – wharepaku, wharenui, wastewater upgrades, health, water safety, waka ama, and rangatahi development.

·      Ngaati Whanaunga

       Water, housing, taking care of parks/environment, providing services like libraries, playgrounds, public transport, economic development, and health. Involvement with the Manurewa Local Board at both project and governance levels.

·      Ngāti Tamaterā

       Support climate action funding for walking and micro-mobility connections. Collaborate on youth development, crime prevention, community-led projects focused on social cohesion and climate resilience.  Supporting Ngāti Tamaoho aspirations for a cultural hub, fostering creative expression and building strong and healthy community partnerships.

Feedback on other local topics

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

·    Mountfort Park development needs

·    Rubbish/waste concerns regarding changing to fortnightly collection

·    Nathan Homestead

·    Migrant needs.

Requests for local funding

31.    Requests for local funding through the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 consultation included:

·    Water safety initiatives

·    Focus on transport and infrastructure

·    Maintenance of tracks, trails and roads especially in Totara Park

·    Creative hub for Rangatahi

·    Marlins request for more lighting and access to toilets on Mountfort Park

·    Crossing on Dennis Ave outside Hillpark shops

·    Rubbish/Waste not to change to fortnightly collection (x16)

·    Footpath on Holmes Road needs fixing

·    Walkway between Patricia place and Grande Vue road care and clean-up

·    Funding to fix Netball Manurewa Stadium roof leak

·    More fencing for children around play area at Keith Park

·    Skate Parks in Manurewa

·    Off-leash dog park at Mountfort Park.

32.    Consultation feedback on local board priorities will be considered by the local board when approving their local board agreement on 13 June 2024. Local board key advocacy initiatives will be considered in the current report.

Information on submitters

33.    The tables and graphs below indicate the source of submissions.

34.    Most submissions came from individuals (89 per cent) and via hardcopy (57 per cent).

   

  

 

35.    The graphs below indicate the demographic categories people identified with. This only relates to those submitters who provided demographic information.

                                                                          

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

36.    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.

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

38.    The submissions received from the Manurewa 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

39.    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.

40.    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 $53.7 billion of operational spending.


 

41.    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

42.    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Manurewa Local Board area.

        

           

43.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments – Do/Pay more:

·    Roads and footpaths (147 submitters)

·    Public transport services and maintenance (47 submitters)

·    Regional community places and services, community centres/hubs, youth facilities, community led development, safety (graffiti, crime prevention, alcohol bans), migrant services (24 submitters)

·    Regional parks, sport and recreation (22 submitters).

44.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments – Do/Pay less:

·    Transport safety (112 submitters)

·    Organisational support (96 submitters)

·    General financial strategy (116 submitters)

·    Stick to core services (105 submitters)

·    Find other savings / Improve efficiency (125 submitters).

45.    Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Manurewa local board area gave feedback on the regional topics as follows:

Do less (reduce council services/ investment), with lower rates increases and some debt

 

 

Proceed with the central proposal

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Do more (increase council services/investment), with higher rates increases, and some debt

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust 

 

Other

 

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

I don’t know

 

 

 

Do more

As proposed

Do less

Q1 Transport: Roads, public transport and safety improvements across the transport network

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Q2 Water: Managing stormwater to minimise flooding and protect waterways.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

 

Q3 City and local development: Infrastructure and to enable city and urban development.

Ngāti Tamaoho

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Q4 Environment and regulation: Protecting and restoring our natural environment

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Q _5  Parks and Community. A wide range of arts, sports, recreation, library and community services including a fair level of funding for local boards

Ngāti Tamaoho

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Q6  Economic and cultural development: Major events funding and economic development

 

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Q7  Council support. Supporting the delivery of  services, enabling effective governance, emergency management and grants to regional amenities

 

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

 

Key Question 2: Transport Plan

46.    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.

47.    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.

48.    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Manurewa Local Board area.

49.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments – Tell us why:

·    Generally support (152 submitters)

·    Improve Public Transport services/efficiency (98 submitters)

·    Pro public transport (43 submitters)

·    Reduce public transport costs (34 submitters)

·    Public transport services/infrastructure/maintenance (29 submitters).

50.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments – Do/Pay more:

·    Public transport services/infrastructure/maintenance (72 submitters)

·    Roads and footpaths (34 submitters)

·    Walking and cycling improvements (26 submitters)

·    Transport safety (9 submitters)

·    Improve public transport (9 submitters).

51.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments – Do/Pay less:

·    Walking and cycling improvements (33 submitters)

·    Transport safety (21 submitters)

·    Public transport services/infrastructure/maintenance (20 submitters)

·    Raised pedestrian crossings (19 submitters)

·    Find other savings / Improve efficiency (18 submitters).


 

52.    Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Manurewa local board area gave feedback as follows:

Transport Plan

 

Support all of the proposal

 

Support most of the proposal

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Do not support most of the proposal

Ngāti Tamaoho

Do not support any of the proposal

 

I don't know

 

Key Question 3: North Harbour Stadium

53.    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).

54.    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Manurewa Local Board area.

    

55.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments:

·    Not worth the investment (27 submitters)

·    Don’t know (24 submitters)

·    North Harbour/community needs the stadium (16 submitters)

·    Increase usage / attract more events (16 submitters)

·    Poor accessibility (9 submitters).


 

56.    Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Manurewa local board area gave feedback as follows:

North Harbour Stadium

 

Keep the stadium precinct as it is

 

Consider redeveloping the stadium precinct

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Change the operational management

Ngāti Tamaoho

Other

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

I don’t know

 

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

57.    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.

58.    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Manurewa Local Board area.

59.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments:

·    Don't sell assets (belongs to the people) (44 submitters)

·    Concern about the risks of investment (16 submitters)

·    Council to maintain control/influence (12 submitters)

·    Have clear rules/restrictions (12 submitters)

·    General support (13 submitters).


 

60.    Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Manurewa local board area gave feedback as follows:

Major Investments: Auckland Future Fund and Auckland International Airport Limited shares

 

Proceed with the proposal

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Don’t proceed with establishing an Auckland Future Fund and transferring AIAL shareholding

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

Other

 

I don’t know

 

Key Question 4b: Major Investments: Port of Auckland

61.    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

62.    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

63.    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.

64.    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Manurewa Local Board area.

 

65.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments 4b:

·    Council to maintain control/influence (18 submitters)

·    General support (17 submitters)

·    Don't lease out the port (15 submitters)

·    Don't sell assets (belongs to the people) (11 submitters)

·    Financial benefits (e.g. prudent, flexibility, liquidity) (10 submitters).

66.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments 4c:

·    General support (20 submitters)

·    Balanced approach of using AFF dividends (6 submitters)

·    Will benefit ratepayers (6 submitters)

·    AFF profits to fund council services (6 submitters)

·    Financial benefits (e.g. prudent, flexibility, liquidity) (6 submitters).

67.    Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Manurewa local board area gave feedback as follows:

Question 4b.

Major Investments: Port of Auckland

 

Retain underlying council ownership of port land and wharves, and continue council group operation of the port (through Port of Auckland Limited), and implement the plan to deliver improved profitability and more dividends to council

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

Retain underlying council ownership of port land and wharves, and lease the operation of the port for a period of about 35 years and use the upfront payment from the lease to invest in the proposed Auckland Future Fund

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Other

 

I don’t know

 

Question 4c.

Major Investments: Port of Auckland

 

Continue to use it to fund council services

 

Invest in the proposed Auckland Future Fund

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Other

Ngāti Tamaoho

Ngāti Tamaterā Settlement Trust

I don’t know

 

Key Question 5: Port Land

68.    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.

69.    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.

70.    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.

71.    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Manurewa Local Board area.

Captain Cook /Marsden wharves


 

 

Bledisloe Terminal

72.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments 5a:

·    Provide for better public use/benefit (16 submitters)

·    General support (11 submitters)

·    General do not support (11 submitters)

·    PoA provides an essential service (11 submitters)

·    Will not provide public benefit (9 submitters)

·    Depends on the proposed use / need more detail (9 submitters).

73.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments 5b:

·    PoA provides an essential service (15 submitters)

·    Provide for better public use/benefit (10 submitters)

·    Depends on the proposed use / need more detail (9 submitters)

·    Will not provide public benefit (8 submitters).

74.    Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Manurewa local board area gave feedback as follows:

Question 5a.

Port Land

 

Proceed with the proposal to transfer Captain Cook and Marsden wharves from the port to Auckland Council so they can be used for something else that provides public benefit

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

No change – leave Captain Cook and Marsden wharves to be managed as part of the port operations

 

Other

Ngāti Tamaoho

I don’t know

 

 


 

Question 5b.

Port Land

 

Keep Bledisloe Terminal as a Port of Auckland operational area

 

Transfer Bledisloe Terminal to council to be used for something else, that provides public benefit, within 15 years

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Other

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

I don’t know

 

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

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

Waste management rates changes

76.    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.

77.    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

78.    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.

79.    The graphs below give an overview of the responses from the Manurewa Local Board area.

Natural Environment Targeted Rate

 

Water Quality Targeted Rate

 

 

Climate Action Transport Targeted Rate

 

Long Term Differential Strategy

 

Re-introducing recycling charges for schools

 


 

Rates funded refuse collection roll out

 

Rodney Drainage Districts Targeted Rate

 

Waitākere Rural Sewerage Targeted Rate

 

Franklin Local Board Paths Targeted Rate

 

 

80.    Manurewa submitters key themes/comments:

·    Franklin Paths (21 submitters) – 11 support / 7 do not support

·    General financial strategy (8 submitters)

·    WQTR support (Water Quality Targeted Rate) (7 submitters)

·    NETR support (Natural Environment Targeted Rate) (5 submitters).


 

81.    Mana whenua iwi with interests in the Manurewa local board area gave feedback as follows:

Proposal

Support

Do not support

Q1 - Resume the Natural Environment Targeted Rate (NETR) and extend it to 2034/2035 so we can continue to invest in the protection of native ecosystems and species. This increases rates for the average value residential property by around $20.04 and $152.71 for the average value business property.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

Q2 -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. This ensures that we can continue to fund the water quality improvements in harbours and streams across the region, at a lower amount for next year than previously planned. This reduces this rate from what was previously planned for the average value residential property by around $6.53 and $17.10 for the average value business property.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

Q3 - Broaden the description of 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 (changes to the settings of the CATTR would still require consultation).

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

Q4 - 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. We also propose to raise the share businesses pay of the NETR, WQTR, and CATTR to align to the general rate.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

Q5 - Re-introduce recycling charges for schools.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

Q6 - Continue the planned roll out of rates funded refuse collection 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.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

Q7 - Change the Rodney Drainage Districts Targeted Rate to reflect public feedback and updated analysis of the benefits to properties and boundaries.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

Ngāti Tamaoho

Q8 - Increase 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, with the next cost review scheduled for the 2027/2028 year.

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust

 

Ngāti Tamaoho

 

82.    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

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

Draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2024/2025

84.    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.

85.    There were no submissions from the Manurewa Local Board area which referenced Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2024/2025.

Fairer funding for Local Boards (Local Board Funding Policy)

86.    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.

87.    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.

88.    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.

89.    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.

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

91.    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.

92.    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.

93.    There was one submission from the Manurewa Local Board area which referenced fairer funding and this submission supported the proposal.

Any other feedback

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

·    Financial hardship (7 submitters)

·    Find other savings / Improve efficiency (6 submitters)

·    General financial strategy (11 submitters)

·    Regional community places and services, community centres/hubs, youth facilities, community led development, safety (graffiti, crime prevention, alcohol bans), migrant services (14 submitters).

Recommendations on local matters 

95.    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

96.    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.

97.    Local boards then recommend these proposals to the Governing Body for approval of the targeted rate.

98.    These conditions do not apply to the Manurewa local board for the 2024/2025 financial year.

99.    The Franklin Local Board consulted on introducing the Franklin Local Board Paths Targeted Rate of $52 per SUIP (Separately Used or Inhabited Part) to provide increased investment in paths in the Franklin Local Board area.

100.  At the Manurewa Local Board workshop on the Long-term Plan, the board noted they support in principle the Franklin Local Board’s position on this proposal.

Funding for Locally Driven Initiatives (LDI)

101.  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.

102.  These conditions do not apply to the Manurewa local board for the 2024/2025 financial year.

Local board advocacy

103.  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. 

104.  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

105.  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.

106.  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

107.  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.

108.  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

109.  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

110.  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.

111.  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

112.  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.

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

114.  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.

115.  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.

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

117.  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.

118.  Nineteen mana whenua entities have interests in the Auckland Council rohe. Fourteen of the Nineteen (74 per cent) responded to the Auckland Council’s proposals for the Long-term Plan 2024-2034. Of these, eight were from the Manurewa local board area.

119.  Manurewa Local Board engaged locally with Mana whenua through Ara Kōtui hui in February and March 2024.

120.  Māori comprise 26 per cent of the population in the Manurewa Local Board area (2018 census).  One hundred and twenty-nine submissions were received from people who identify as Māori in the Manurewa Local Board area.  This represents 16 per cent of total submissions.

121.  The following mana whenua and mataawaka organisations gave feedback on the Manurewa Local Board priorities.

Detailed feedback is included in paragraph 29.

·    Ngaati Te Ata Waiohua

·    Ngaati Whanaunga

·    Ngāti Tamaterā.

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Financial implications

122.  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

123.  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

124. 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.

125.  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.

126.  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

Melissa Bidois - Local Board Engagement Advisor

Authoriser

Manoj Ragupathy - Local Area Manager