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Council value for money review gets tick tomorrow

Auckland Council goes to the basics of the super-city tomorrow when its finance & performance committee will formally institute a “value for money” programme review aimed at lifting efficiency savings from $183 million in 2014-15 to $300 million/year by 2025.

The cost-effectiveness review programme also lifts the supervision of council-controlled organisations – particularly the big ones, Auckland Transport, Watercare Services Ltd & Ateed (Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development Ltd) – from sniping when one of those organisations steps out of line, to a closer performance audit.

When the super-city council was formed at the 2010 council elections, the new council had a number of key tasks to do, all at once: rationalise services & expenses, equalise costs to ratepayers across all the old 7 territorial council areas, and establish what the new council should & shouldn’t do. On top of that broad equalising, the council had major plans to create for specific areas and, for the whole region, the unitary plan that would combine regional policy statements & district plans in one document.

Given tight timeframes for everything it was doing, the new council didn’t try to go back to ground level in 2010 and decide then exactly what it should be doing across the whole region but, naturally, chose to work with the previous councils’ programmes and whittle them down to a consistent presentation.

Now, the work starts in earnest.

Section 17A of the Local Government Act requires councils to review “the cost-effectiveness of current arrangements for meeting the needs of communities within its district or region for good quality local infrastructure, local public services and performance of regulatory functions”. A review must consider options for the governance, funding & delivery of infrastructure, services & regulatory functions.

The review laid out for the finance & performance committee by value for money programme manager Sally Garrett introduces “a framework to evaluate expenditure and to provide greater accountability to the governing body & the ratepayer on what is being achieved with public expenditure. The objective of the programme is to analyse cost-effectiveness in a systematic manner across the Auckland Council group and to provide a basis on which more informed decisions can be made on long-term planning priorities.”

The first 3-year review programme starts with 2 phases, initially focusing on activities & services considered high priority to assist in the development of the 2018 long-term plan. Ms Garrett says in her report to the committee it’s assumed each review will take 2-4 months and that up to 4 reviews can be run at the same time.

The first 4 reviews will be:

  • 3 waters – water, wastewater & stormwater budget categories
  • Domestic waste – domestic waste services including refuse, recycling, inorganics & organic services
  • Organisational support – communications & engagement services across the council group, followed by a rolling series of reviews including transactional services, payroll, finance, information systems, procurement, human resources, customer services & legal functions, and
  • Investment attractions & global partnerships – how investment attraction & global partnership services are delivered across the group.

Under the programme, expert panels will be appointed in April-May, data for the first 4 reviews will be collected & analysed from May-August, and conclusions & recommendations will flow from July-September.

The woman managing the programme, Sally Garrett, has a long history in this type of work, first in her 5 years as a principal in Ernst & Young’s management strategy group, then for 6 years as Watercare’s business services general manager. During 3 years as an independent consultant, Ms Garrett assisted the royal commission on Auckland governance and put together the programme for Auckland City Council to manage the transition to the super-city council, including overseeing the due diligence phase and the migration of staff & assets.

She joined Auckland Council in 2012 to manage the finance transformation programme and was appointed to run the value for money programme in 2015.

Attribution: Committee agenda.

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Updated: Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 20-26 February 2017

Update: Auckland Council begins its process on Thursday for the appointment of new batches of resource management commissioners and licensing committee members.

The appointment process is on the agenda for the council governing body meeting on Thursday (agenda added Tuesday).

THIS WEEK

Auckland Council:

Governing body:
Governing body, Thursday 9.30am, Town Hall

Committees:
Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 9.30am, Town Hall

Local boards, advisory panels:
Auckland city centre advisory board, Wednesday 3pm, 135 Albert St
Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Tuesday 4pm, Takapuna council service centre, 1 The Strand
Waitemata Local Board, Tuesday 2pm, local board office, 52 Swanson St

Hearings:
Stonefields, 80 Korere Terrace, application by Todd Property Group Ltd to construct 3 apartment buildings containing a total 90 units, 11 townhouses & associated subdivision, hearing Wednesday-Friday 9.30am, Town Hall

Auctions:
Barfoot & Thompson, commercial & apartments, Thursday 10am, residential Wednesday-Thursday 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, residential, 2pm, Sofitel Hotel, 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
Ray White City Apartments, Thursday 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:
Business price indexes, December quarter, Monday
Population, sub-national projections, 2013(base)–2043 update, Wednesday

Events:
Mt Albert by-election, Saturday

Securities NZ:
CBL Corp Ltd, annual result, Friday
Fletcher Building Ltd, interim result, Wednesday
Heartland Bank Ltd, interim result, Tuesday
Summerset Group Holdings Ltd, annual result, Thursday
Trade Me Group Ltd, interim result, Thursday
Vital Healthcare Property Trust, interim result, Thursday

The diary – it’s comprehensive

The diary is updated weekly and contains main Auckland Council agenda items, hearings & submission closing dates, plus auctions, economic & property-related events, property- & finance-related bills before Parliament and securities information.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/. You can view the agenda headings separately from content, and click through to the content you want to see instead of having to open a whole large document.

You can also check full local board agendas through http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

The council livestreams (and archives) Town Hall meetings and some other meetings. You can check those at http://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

Auckland Council

Governing body:

Governing body, Thursday 23 February at 9.30am, Town Hall:
11, Point England Development Enabling Bill, council submission
14, Recruitment process for independent district licensing committee members and resource management commissioners in 2017 
17, Accountability of Auckland council-controlled organisations, recommendations from the appointments & performance review committee
18, Statement of proposal: Draft air quality bylaw for indoor domestic fires, recommendations from the regulatory committee

Committees:

Auckland Domain committee, Tuesday 28 February at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Civil defence & emergency management group committee, Wednesday 22 February at 10.30am, 135 Albert St

Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 21 February at 9.30am, Town Hall:
6.1, Disposal of land at Constellation Reserve to NZ Transport Agency and negotiation of a compensation agreement
15, Constellation Reserve agenda item
9, Disposals recommendation report
13, Re-establishment of the quality advice political advisory group
14, Funding for high performance & community sailing centre
16, Completion of a statutory land exchange process – Rosedale Park 
17, Committee forward work programme to June
18, Information report

Forums, panels & boards:

You can check council meeting agendas through this link: http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/

Auckland city centre advisory board, Wednesday 22 February at 3pm, 135 Albert St:
5, City centre progress update
7, Review of the 2015-25 city centre programme of work 
C1, City rail link, urban realm update (in confidential agenda, includes material relating to procurement)

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Tuesday 21 February at 4pm, Takapuna council service centre, 1 The Strand:
11.1, Notice of motion from George Wood, seeking report on wastewater discharge into the Waitemata
13, Greater Takapuna Reference Group, February report
15, Takapuna Beach Reserve Holiday Park – update
Flowchart: In-house vs. External lease options
External lease options: 10 / 20 year lease scenarios
16, Response to notice of motion – public workshops, council legal advice is that the board can hold workshops in public, in which case council staff will work through with the board how it wishes to schedule & operate these forums most efficiently & effectively; the super-city council has held all its workshops behind closed doors ever since it was formed in 2010, although I have argued that for many workshops it would be better to open the doors to get wider understanding
17 Exchange of parts of Northboro Reserve for other land and vesting of additional open space
18, Milford centre plan, monitoring report
19, Takapuna centre plan, monitoring implementation of the Takapuna strategic framework
Takapuna reference group lodges ideas on how to upgrade
Next Takapuna Beach reserve decision – how to run a camping ground

Hauraki Gulf forum, Monday 20 February at 1pm, Town Hall

Waitemata Local Board, Tuesday 21 February at 2pm, local board office, 52 Swanson St:
8.2, Deputation: Mik Smellie, Splice, on discussion document, Building neighbourhood in the city centre; Splice says of itself: “We practice radical hospitality & inclusiveness as a core function”
Discussion document – Building neighbourhood in the city centre
Website: Splice
17, Symonds St Cemetery, programme update, recommendation that the board not proceed with the path connection from Karangahape Rd to the Grafton Gully cycleway through Symonds St Cemetery, and confirms that the $180,000 capex budget can be reallocated to another local board project
18, Proposed Uptown Business Association, business improvement district expansion boundary map, voting on the extension will continue until 31 March
Story: Uptown BID expansion scheme moves to final stages

Hearings:

Avondale, 25 St Jude St, St Jude’s Anglican Church, hearing Tuesday 14 March at 9.30am, Town Hall

Epsom, 22 Kipling Avenue, application by Kipling House Ltd to demolish a 27-bedroom boarding house on a 1249m² section to make way for a healthcare facility specialising in screening for & prevention of bowel cancer, hearing  Tuesday 28 March at 9.30am,  Town Hall

Henderson, Lincoln Rd, notice of requirement by Auckland Transport for road improvements including widening along 1.3km, both sides, from Te Pai Place & Pomania Rd to the intersections of Triangle Rd & Central Park Drive, hearing Wednesday-Friday 22-24 March at 9.30am, Henderson, council service centre

Manurewa, 30 Rothery Rd, application by Philip Zhang & Alice Zhu to demolish dwelling and replace with 3 new standalone dwellings, hearing Wednesday 8 March at 9.30am, Manukau, civic annex building

Northern interceptor stages 3-6, notices of requirement by Watercare Services Ltd, hearing Thursday-Friday 23-24 March at 9.30am, Takapuna, council service centre

Stonefields, 80 Korere Terrace, application by Todd Property Group Ltd to construct 3 apartment buildings containing a total 90 units, 11 townhouses & associated subdivision, hearing Wednesday-Friday 22-24 February at 9.30am, Town Hall

Warkworth-Snells Beach, wastewater treatment plants, hearing Thursday-Friday 9-10 March, Auckland town hall

Submissions:

Auckland Council annual plan, public consultation will run from Monday 27 February-27 March

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, apartments & commercial Thursdays at 10am, residential Tuesday-Friday at 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, Wednesdays at 2pm, in February at Sofitel Hotel, 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue; from 1 March at new Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 1 March at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 1 March at 11am, Takapuna, 129 Hurstmere Rd; Tuesday 7 March at 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Births & deaths, December 2016 year – cancelled, data will be available in the year ending March 2017, Infoshare release on 16 May
Business price indexes, December quarter, Monday 20 February
Migration, international travel, January, Monday 27 February
Population, sub-national projections, 2013(base)–2043 update, Wednesday 22 February
Trade, overseas merchandise, January, Tuesday 28 February

March

Reserve Bank, official cashrate announcement, Thursday 23 March
US Federal Reserve, open market committee, Tuesday-Wednesday 14-15 March

Events:

Mt Albert by-election, Saturday 25 February

Property Council breakfast, address by mayor Phil Goff, Wednesday 1 March at 7am, Pullman Auckland

Prefab NZ, CoLab conference, Tuesday-Wednesday 21-22 March, AUT, Sir Paul Reeves Building

Constructing our world, Wednesday-Friday 22-24 March, Auckland, Pullman Hotel, hosted by NZ Institute of Building in collaboration with the Australian & Singaporean Institutes of Building

Property Council, outlook breakfast, Wednesday 22 March at 7.30am, Grand Millennium Auckland, 71 Mayoral Drive

World masters games, 21-30 April, Auckland & Waikato

World sustainable built environment conference, Sunday-Tuesday 5-7 June, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Property Council awards, awards dinner Friday 16 June

HotelsWorld, Tuesday-Thursday 25-27 July, Sydney, 4 consecutive events for hotel, resort & serviced apartment operators, investors, developers, lenders & industry professionals

Building for better lives, Australian national housing conference hosted by Australian Housing & Research Institute, 29 November-1 December, Sydney, International Convention Centre

Parliament:

Parliament resumes sitting on Tuesday 7 March

Securities – NZ

CBL Corp Ltd, annual result, Friday 24 February
Fletcher Building Ltd, interim result, Wednesday 22 February
Heartland Bank Ltd, interim result, Tuesday 21 February
Metlifecare Ltd, interim result, Monday 27 February
Summerset Group Holdings Ltd, annual result, Thursday 23 February
Trade Me Group Ltd, interim result, Thursday 23 February
Vital Healthcare Property Trust, interim result, Thursday 23 February

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Auditor-general argues for more Westgate deal disclosure but doesn’t see wrongdoing

Auditor-general Lyn Provost told Parliament yesterday, in a report tabled on dealings between the Waitakere City and Auckland Councils and Westgate landowner NZ Retail Property Group Ltd (NZRPG), that both councils could have made better disclosure. But she did not disclose any wrongdoing in the financial arrangements.

Image above: The Westgate layout looking down the North-western Motorway toward Henderson, as it was in 2013.

The Auditor-general’s office looked into specific aspects of Auckland Council’s project to develop a new town centre in Massey North (the council name for what NZRPG always called Westgate) after several people raised concerns about the establishment & management of this new town centre. They questioned whether the public & private costs & benefits of the project had been appropriately balanced between Auckland Council & a private developer.

Auditor-general Lyn Provost.

Mrs Provost said the focus of the office’s inquiry was on Auckland Council’s management & governance of the project from 1 November 2010, when the newly amalgamated council inherited the project from the now dissolved Waitakere City Council.

“One of the concerns raised with us was about the lack of transparency, in particular being unable to access information about the project. In our view, Auckland Council could have made more information about this development available. It is important that local authorities strike the right balance between balancing commercial sensitivity, maintaining legal privilege as appropriate and being open with ratepayers & elected officials. Such openness allows public discussion & debate, and is essential to supporting public sector accountability. This exercise has highlighted once again the importance not just of making good decisions but also of being able to show that good decisions have been made.”

The background

A block in the first Westgate stage, pictured in 2012.

Companies in the NZRPG group owned or controlled much of the land where the new town centre was to be located. As a result, Waitakere City Council entered into a memorandum of understanding with NZRPG in 2004 to establish a collaborative working relationship to design & develop the town centre. In 2010, the council & NZRPG entered into a suite of contractual arrangements for the actual development of the new town centre and the sharing of the costs between them.

“While the focus of my inquiry was on Auckland Council’s management & governance of this project from 2010 onwards, concerns were also raised about Waitakere City Council’s decision to pay the developer $6 million for a street in the existing Westgate shopping centre. Concerns had been raised about this purchase because, usually in a new development, a developer will bear the cost of constructing roads – which then vest in the council at no cost when land is subdivided.

“Accordingly, in order to provide sufficient context, my report sets out additional background detail about the decision-making process undertaken by Waitakere City Council in relation to the purchase, and the basis on which the purchase price was agreed.

“Concerns were also raised with my office about the contractual arrangements between Waitakere City Council (and, subsequently, Auckland Council), Transpower & NZRPG to relocate transmission lines passing over the development, underground. Waitakere City Council entered into an agreement with Transpower to pay the costs of the relocation.

“The evidence supports the need to relocate the power lines for the development of the town to proceed.

Development in 2015: The first stage of the North-west shopping mall completed, ground works started for stage 2 and the public square, Te Pumanawa.

“In the agreement with Transpower, Waitakere City Council accepted the primary responsibility to pay all the cost of relocating the lines – that is, its own 35% & NZRPG’s 65% share of the cost. The share of the costs to be paid by NZRPG would be recovered under a separate agreement between Waitakere City Council & NZRPG.

“Waitakere City Council was clearly aware that, in accepting the primary payment risk, it needed to protect its position in case NZRPG failed to pay its share of the costs. It put in place several mechanisms to provide this protection, including an offsetting agreement.

“Importantly however, although Auckland Transition Agency confirmed the agreement with Transpower, it did not confirm the offsetting agreement. As a result, the agreement with NZRPG to pay its share was legally invalid. As a result, the council was party to a binding contract to pay the full costs of relocating the power lines without having a corresponding binding contract in place to recover NZRPG’s share of the costs from NZRPG.”

Auckland Council inherited the project and the issue relating to the legal invalidity of the agreement, and resolved this issue by entering into a new agreement with NZRPG to share the costs.

“However, in 2012, it then decided to postpone NZRPG’s obligation to pay its share. Council documents indicate that this decision was made because it perceived a risk to the progression of the project. The result of this decision has been that the financial risk borne by the council & its ratepayers will continue until such time as NZRPG’s contribution has been fully paid. As at 20 September 2016, NZRPG had paid about $3 million of the $11.3 million it owed to Auckland Council.”

Mrs Provost said Waitakere City Council carried out several infrastructure works at its own expense, as part of its contractual relationship with NZRPG. This included construction & widening of roads, the development of intersections, provision of water supply & wastewater services, and the design & construction of the town square & library. “The intention was that the council would subsequently recover some of the costs associated with this work through development contributions to be paid by the developer….

“The calculation of development contributions in this project was not straightforward, given the complexity of assessing the balance between the public & private benefits of the development. We have been unable to ascertain or calculate the value of the development contributions, but expect it to be a significant amount of money.”

On 28 October 2010, days before Auckland Council took office, Waitakere City Council reached an agreement with NZRPG to vary the amount & timing of payments of development contributions.

This was recorded in an exchange of letters over 2 working days, but Mrs Provost said the Auckland Transition Agency didn’t confirm the decision.

“Auckland Council subsequently entered into an agreement with NZRPG to formalise the development contributions arrangements. The agreement provides for the offsetting of some of the development contributions owed, as well as the postponement of when some development contributions are to be assessed & paid.

“While there are still development contributions payable by NZRPG before the end of the project, Auckland Council has taken on a greater risk at this stage in the project by the postponement of these payments. Whether the final amount of development contributions is appropriate will need to be weighed up as part of the overall balance of costs between the parties at the conclusion of the project.”

Specific steps taken by Auckland Council

Once Auckland Council became responsible for the project, Mrs Provost said it immediately sought legal advice on the agreements it had inherited.

“It became clear that the Auckland Transition Agency had not confirmed all of the agreements, which was a prerequisite for transfer to Auckland Council. Auckland Council signed replacement agreements to ensure that they were all legally valid. In October 2011, the regional development & operations committee of Auckland Council agreed that a review into probity issues raised at the committee be conducted and that the review be reported back to the committee for further consideration. Auckland law firm Meredith Connell was commissioned to undertake that review.

“In my view, commissioning this review was good practice given the complicated matrix of arrangements between the former Waitakere City Council & NZRPG. The review put Auckland Council in a good position to understand the obligations it had inherited and any risk that it might need to manage.

“The Meredith Connell review was summarised & discussed at the public-excluded part of the June 2012 regional development & operations committee meeting. The committee agreed that the report & associated resolutions remain confidential until the reasons for confidentiality no longer exist.

“Auckland Council has since improved the contractual arrangements with NZRPG, including linking payments more directly to the delivery of work and instituting a better procurement process for subcontractors working on the new town centre.”

Auditor-general’s conclusions

Mrs Provost concluded: “The amount of information provided to the elected members of Auckland Council on this development could have been more comprehensive. Councillors have been concerned about the project and should not need to resort to me to get answers.

“In my view, the risks involved with this development warrant greater involvement by Auckland Council’s governing body in overseeing the project, including its costs. More information & clarity about the issues that management need to refer to the governing body would help this oversight.

“Public concerns have been raised with my office, and directly with Auckland Council, about the lack of transparency with this development. My office received complaints from members of the public who have been unable to access information about the project, including the Meredith Connell report. Similar concerns have been expressed to my office by council members.

“It is important that local authorities strike the right balance between balancing commercial sensitivity, maintaining legal privilege as appropriate and being open with ratepayers & elected representatives to provide transparency about the agreements they enter into and to demonstrate that they are getting value for money. Such openness allows public discussion & debate, and is essential to supporting public sector accountability.

“In my view, Auckland Council could have made more information about this development available. Auckland Council obtained the Meredith Connell advice on a confidential basis and has treated the report as legally privileged & commercially sensitive.

“Given the public interest and that commercial sensitivity has likely reduced with the passage of time, I encourage Auckland Council to consider what information it could now release – including all or some of the Meredith Connell report.”

Link:
Auditor-general’s statement & report

Attribution: Auditor-general’s office.

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 6-12 February 2017

THIS WEEK

Auckland Council:

Governing body:
Governing body, Thursday 9 February at 1.30pm, Town Hall

Committees:
Planning committee, Tuesday 9.30am, Town Hall
Regulatory committee, Thursday 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Strategic procurement committee, Wednesday 9.30am, 135 Albert St

Hearings:
Glen Eden, 42 Clayburn Rd, application by Liangguo (Tony) Xu for retrospective consent to convert 2 dwellings into boarding houses of 6 & 7 bedrooms, hearing Friday 9.30am, Henderson, council service centre, 6 Henderson Valley Rd
Omaha, 64 Jones Rd & 118 Mangatawhiri Rd (golfcourse), wastewater treatment plant discharge resource consent renewal applications, hearing Tuesday-Wednesday 10am, Orewa, council service centre

Auctions:
Barfoot & Thompson, commercial & apartments, Thursday 10am, residential Wednesday-Thursday 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Ray White City Apartments, Thursday 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St
Ray White Ponsonby, apartments auction, Wednesday 6.30pm, Ponsonby Central, Sapphire Room

Economy:
Building consents, December, Thursday (rescheduled from 31 January)
Household living costs price indexes, December quarter, Thursday (rescheduled from 2 February)
Reserve Bank, official cashrate announcement & monetary policy statement, Thursday

Events:
Queens Wharf, The Lighthouse by Michael Parekowhai, public opening Saturday from 7pm

Parliament:
Parliament resumes sitting Tuesday-Thursday

Securities NZ:
SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd, interim result, Thursday

The diary – it’s comprehensive

The diary is updated weekly and contains main Auckland Council agenda items, hearings & submission closing dates, plus auctions, economic & property-related events, property- & finance-related bills before Parliament and securities information.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/. You can view the agenda headings separately from content, and click through to the content you want to see instead of having to open a whole large document.

You can also check full local board agendas through http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

The council livestreams (and archives) Town Hall meetings and some other meetings. You can check those at http://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

Auckland Council

Governing body:

Governing body, Thursday 9 February at 1.30pm, Town Hall:

11, Annual plan 2017-18, adoption of consultation material and approval of consultation approach
Public consultation will run from Monday 27 February-27 March

Governing body, Thursday 23 February at 9.30am, Town Hall

Committees:

Auckland Domain committee, Tuesday 28 February at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Civil defence & emergency management group committee, Wednesday 22 February at 10.30am, 135 Albert St
Community development & safety committee, Thursday 16 February at 9.30am, Town Hall
Environment & community committee, Tuesday 14 February at 9.30am, Town Hall
Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 21 February at 9.30am, 135 Albert St

Planning committee, Tuesday 7 February at 9.30am, Town Hall:
9, Review of Unit Titles Act 2010, creation of political working party to consider Government’s discussion document
C1-4, unitary plan appeals directions (in confidential agenda)

Regulatory committee, Thursday 9 February at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
4.1. Save Te Arai petition, Aaron McConchie
5.1, Mangere, 72 Tidal Rd, request by Ambury Properties Ltd for direct referral – submission in support
9, Mangere, 72 Tidal Rd, request by Ambury Properties Ltd for direct referral to Environment Court, resource consent applications for 53,000m² bed & foam manufacturing facility; council staff recommendation is to reject direct referral because most submitters will be local & unfamiliar with court process
10, Northern Interceptor wastewater project stages 3-6, request by Watercare Services Ltd to appoint independent hearing commissioners for hearing
12, Statement of proposal, draft air quality bylaw for indoor domestic fires, council staff recommendation for new bylaw to re-establish regional plan regulations that expired when part of the unitary plan came into effect
13, Regulatory policy & bylaws work programme, update
14, Regionwide resource consent appeals report
C2-4, new resource consent appealsClevedon, 777 Clevedon-Kawaka Rd, Kauri Bay Farm Ltd; city rail link, Aotea Station-North Auckland line section, appeals by Quambi Properties Ltd & William McKenzie; Wainui, 782 Haruru Rd, Charles Wedd

Strategic procurement committee, Wednesday 8 February at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
9, Facilities management & maintenance contracts, progress update
10, Procurement of refuse collection services, contract for Manukau area (and in confidential agenda)
11, Albany Stadium pool, contract variation (and in confidential agenda)

Forums, panels & boards:

You can check council meeting agendas through this link: http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/

Auckland city centre advisory board, Wednesday 22 February at 3pm, 135 Albert St
Hauraki Gulf forum, Monday 20 February at 1pm, Town Hall

Hearings:

Glen Eden, 42 Clayburn Rd, application by Liangguo (Tony) Xu for retrospective consent to convert 2 dwellings into boarding houses of 6 & 7 bedrooms, hearing Friday 10 February at 9.30am, Henderson, council service centre, 6 Henderson Valley Rd

Manurewa, 30 Rothery Rd, application by Philip Zhang & Alice Zhu to demolish dwelling and replace with 3 new standalone dwellings, hearing Wednesday 8 March at 9.30am, Manukau, civic annex building

Omaha, 64 Jones Rd & 118 Mangatawhiri Rd (golfcourse), wastewater treatment plant discharge resource consent renewal applications, hearing Tuesday-Wednesday 7-8 February at 10am, Orewa, council service centre

Stonefields, 80 Korere Terrace, application by Todd Property Group Ltd to construct 3 apartment buildings containing a total 90 units, 11 townhouses & associated subdivision, hearing Wednesday-Friday 22-24 February at 9.30am, Town Hall

Warkworth-Snells Beach, wastewater treatment plants, hearing Thursday-Friday 9-10 March, Auckland town hall

Submissions:

Browns Bay, 3-7 Woodlands Crescent and 786 788, 790 & 792 Beach Rd, application by Aria Bay Retirement Village Ltd to redevelop retirement village care facilities, demolish a building and construct a new building containing 62 serviced apartments & 58 care beds, submissions close Wednesday 15 February

Onehunga, 60 Onehunga Mall, application by Gwyneth Bedford to construct a 4-storey apartment building comprising 13 apartments & 11 parking spaces, submissions close Monday 13 February

Upper Orewa, State Highway 1, Halls Farm, application by Orewa West Investments Ltd (Simon Herbert & Greg Kernohan) for 575-lot residential subdivision taking up to 10 years, submissions close Friday 17 February

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, apartments & commercial Thursdays at 10am, residential Wednesday-Thursday at 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, Wednesdays at 2pm, in February at Sofitel Hotel, 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue; from 1 March at new Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 15 February at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 1 March at 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St
Ray White Ponsonby, apartments, Wednesday 15 February at 6.30pm, Ponsonby Central, Sapphire Room

Economy:

Accommodation survey, November, Thursday 16 February (rescheduled from 18 January)
Births & deaths, December 2016 year – cancelled, data will be available in the year ending March 2017, Infoshare release on 16 May
Building consents, December, Thursday 9 February (rescheduled from 31 January)
Business price indexes, December quarter, Monday 20 February
Electronic card transactions, January, Monday 13 February
Food price index, January, Tuesday 14 February
Household living costs price indexes, December quarter, Thursday 9 February (rescheduled from 2 February)
Migration, international travel, January, Monday 27 February
Population, national estimates, at 31 December, tables (Infoshare), Wednesday 15 February
Population, sub-national projections, 2013(base)–2043 update, Wednesday 22 February
Ready-mixed concrete, secondary production, December quarter, tables (Infoshare), Friday 17 February
Reserve Bank, official cashrate announcement & monetary policy statement, Thursday 9 February
Retail trade survey, December quarter, Friday 17 February (rescheduled from 15 February)
Trade, overseas merchandise, January, Tuesday 28 February
Transport vehicle registrations, January, tables (Infoshare), Wednesday 15 February

Events:

Queens Wharf, The Lighthouse by Michael Parekowhai, public opening Saturday 11 February from 7pm

Property Council, Summer on the rooftop, Women in Property networking, Wednesday 15 February at 5pm

Australasian housing researchers conference, Wednesday-Friday 15-17 February, Melbourne, RMIT University

Howick Local Board, Botany by-election, postal vote, closes Friday 17 February

Mt Albert by-election, Saturday 25 February

Property Council breakfast, address by mayor Phil Goff, Wednesday 1 March at 7am, Pullman Auckland

Prefab NZ, CoLab conference, Tuesday-Wednesday 21-22 March, AUT, Sir Paul Reeves Building

Constructing our world, Wednesday-Friday 22-24 March, Auckland, Pullman Hotel, hosted by NZ Institute of Building in collaboration with the Australian & Singaporean Institutes of Building

Property Council, outlook breakfast, Wednesday 22 March at 7.30am, Grand Millennium Auckland, 71 Mayoral Drive

World masters games, 21-30 April, Auckland & Waikato

World sustainable built environment conference, Sunday-Tuesday 5-7 June, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Property Council awards, awards dinner Friday 16 June

HotelsWorld, Tuesday-Thursday 25-27 July, Sydney, 4 consecutive events for hotel, resort & serviced apartment operators, investors, developers, lenders & industry professionals

Building for better lives, Australian national housing conference hosted by Australian Housing & Research Institute, 29 November-1 December, Sydney, International Convention Centre

Parliament:

Order paper, Tuesday 7 February:

Debate on Prime Minister’s statement (13 hours)

Other Government orders of the day:

1, Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information & Remedial Matters) Bill, interrupted debate on second reading
4, Land Transfer Bill, committee stage
6, Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill, committee stage
7, Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill, committee stage
10, Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill, third reading
11, Ngai Te Rangi and Nga Potiki Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 21 November 2016)
12, Taxation (Annual Rates for 2016-17, Closely Held Companies & Remedial Matters) Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 24 November 2016)
13, Trade (Anti-dumping & Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Commerce Committee presented 9 December 2016)
14, Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee presented 7 December 2016)
16, Telecommunications (Property Access & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, consideration of report (interim report of the Commerce Committee presented 3 November 2016)
18, Commerce (Cartels & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, committee stage
19, Taxation (Income-sharing Tax Credit) Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 21 March 2011)
20, Insolvency Practitioners Bill, committee stage
21, Regulatory Standards Bill, second reading (report of the Commerce Committee presented 8 May 2015)
22, Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill, first reading (introduced 29 September 2008)
Telecommunications (Property Access & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Commerce Committee presented 13 December 2016)
Contract & Commercial Law Bill, second reading (report of the Justice & Electoral Committee presented 14 December 2016)
Iwi & Hapu of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill, first reading (introduced 20 December 2016)
Fire & Emergency NZ Bill, second reading (report of the Government Administration Committee presented 22 December 2016)

Members’ orders of the day:

3, Housing Corp (Affordable Housing Development) Amendment Bill, Kelvin Davis, first reading (introduced 1 December 2016)
4, Student Loan Scheme (First Home Repayment Diversion) Amendment Bill, Gareth Hughes, first reading (introduced 1 December 2016)
6, Public Finance (Sustainable Development Indicators) Amendment Bill, James Shaw, first reading (introduced 8 December 2016)

Securities – NZ

CBL Corp Ltd, annual result, Friday 24 February
Fletcher Building Ltd, interim result, Wednesday 22 February
Heartland Bank Ltd, interim result, Tuesday 21 February
Metlifecare Ltd, interim result, Monday 27 February
Property For Industry Ltd, annual result, Monday 13 February
SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd, interim result, Thursday 9 February
Summerset Group Holdings Ltd, annual result, Thursday 23 February
Trade Me Group Ltd, interim result, Thursday 23 February

Securities – overseas

ANZ Banking Group Ltd, interim result, Friday 17 February

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Council to tighten reins on CCOs

Auckland Council will tighten the reins on its council-controlled organisations, made all the more certain after woeful presentations by the organisations’ heads to the council in December.

The common theme for the boards when they gave their presentations to the council’s finance & performance committee on council letters of expectation on 13 December was that they were autonomous, with their own boards.

Those boards, initially appointed by a transition authority, are now appointed by the council governing body.

The relationship between these organisations and the governing body over the first 6 years of the super-city has ranged from fractious to, at best, awkwardly & reluctantly accepting submission before getting on with their own thing again.

When Rodney Hide, the Act Party’s leader & Local Government Minister, decided on the super-city scheme put in place in 2010, it was clear that he & the Government wanted a separation of powers, which would also have more easily enabled sale of some of these divisions, such as the water & transport operations.

Despite the preferred separation, however, these commercial parts of council business remained under the council umbrella.

The super-city’s first mayor, Len Brown, tried to work with the council-controlled organisations, but continuing efforts by Ports of Auckland Ltd (owned via Auckland Council Investments Ltd) to reclaim more of the Waitemata Harbour for port facilities, and disputes on the business cases of Auckland Transport & Watercare Services Ltd emphasised the resistance to subsidiary status.

New mayor Phil Goff was less inclined to allow the organisations a long leash when he put his views to the December meeting, and that’s been followed up with a proposal for this afternoon’s appointments & performance review committee on improving accountability mechanisms and activating unused mechanisms.

Principal advisor Rose Leonard said in her report for today’s meeting the governing body had 20 mechanisms available to control the CCOs, and some were already programmed for review this year while others were continuously improved at every cycle of direction-setting & reporting.

Her report offers the council 3 options “for a work programme to enhance the transparency, alignment & responsiveness of CCOs, and to improve the recognition of ratepayer funding for CCO activity”.

The choices:

Option 1 (status quo): existing programme of 12 mechanisms for review which would be completed in line with the finalisation of the long-term plan. This ‘default’ programme will proceed even if the council doesn’t agree to the enhanced programme in options 2 or 3
Option 2 (recommended option): adds 5 mechanisms into the existing work programme within the same timeline (including operating rules for Auckland Transport). “This option is recommended because it best meets the governing body’s new expectations and can be met within existing budgets
Option 3 (expanded scope or some elements delivered sooner): envisages that the council might want to bring the timing of some mechanisms forward, or expand the scope of option 2.  “Option 3 would likely have costs which have not been budgeted for. More work would need to be done to see which elements could be fast-tracked, or what the cost would be.”

The staff recommendation to the committee is to approve option 2, and send that recommendation to the governing body at its 23 February meeting.

Link:
Today’s committee agenda

Attribution: Council agenda, December meetings.

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Goff gets agreement on council budget consultation and starts to tighten grip on CCOs

Auckland Council’s finance & performance committee held a 9-hour session yesterday which indicated some directions under the new mayor, Phil Goff: a closer watch on its commercial operations, a tighter rein on costs and a bigger role for local boards.

Helped by committee chair Ross Clow’s clear intention to keep things flowing, the council made progress without the usual surfeit of political speech-making, with mostly succinct questioning, and an awareness of the subject matter as it had been circulated early enough to be digested.

Mr Goff made it clear right from his first meeting that questions would be questions, and he’s drilled the message home. His next task is to convince the boards of the council-controlled organisations that they aren’t autonomous, that when the council wants an answer it should be given a proper one, and that those organisations will have to lift their performance – not just by a smidgeon, but by multi-million-dollar shifts in both savings & earnings.

That seismic shift in performance would be worth far more than a bed tax, in both dollars & perception, though that tax is still on the wishlist.

The council finance committee’s main tasks yesterday were to go through the quarterly reports of the council-controlled organisations and of the council itself, approve the pro forma half-yearly accounts to 31 December and, toward the end of the day, discuss the letters of expectation the mayor had written for the council-controlled organisations and, the last, to put finishing touches to the public consultation document on the council’s annual budget, to go out in the New Year.

The committee agreed to one amendment to the mayor’s consultation proposal – put by new councillor Desley Simpson and seconded by the mayor – to seek other operating revenue streams to minimise the impact for ratepayers.

A proposal from councillors Wayne Walker & John Watson to consult on introducing chemical-free weed control in public parks & reserves & urbanised areas, including the option for a targeted rate to fund any additional costs, was defeated, though not entirely rejected. A number of councillors supported the principle but there was debate on costs and some aspects of implementation, and the mayor said that, if it was to be introduced, it ought to be done properly & after thorough examination.

The third amendment, proposing such a review, became a note to be forwarded to the council’s environment & community committee.

The revised budget consultation proposal goes to the council’s governing body for approval tomorrow.

This story outlines the main business of yesterday’s meeting, but not the real content – the debates & position-taking. I’ll try to get that extra story posted for Friday.

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 12-18 December 2016

The first section of this weekly diary covers events over the next week. Below that, those events are presented in more detail, along with later diary entries & links.

THIS WEEK

Auckland Council:

Governing body:
Governing body, Thursday 9.30am, Town Hall

Committees:
Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 9.30 am, Town Hall

Local boards, advisory panels:
Franklin Local Board, Tuesday 9.30am, Pukekohe, council service centre, 82 Manukau Rd
Howick Local Board, Monday 6pm, Pakuranga library complex, 7 Aylesbury St

Hearings:
Orakei, Tamaki Drive & Ngapipi Rd intersection, upgrading proposal, including reconfiguring traffic lanes, installation of traffic lights, cycle lanes, moving bus stops, provision of pedestrian crossing; hearing Wednesday & Friday 9.30am, Town Hall

Submissions:
Waiheke Island, Kennedy Point, Donald Bruce Rd, application by Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd (Tony Mair) to construct a 206-berth marina, submissions close Friday

Auctions:
Barfoot & Thompson, commercial & apartments, Thursday 10am, residential Wednesday-Thursday 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, residential Wednesday 2pm, 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
City Sales, apartment, Wednesday 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
Ray White City Apartments, Thursday 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:
Accommodation survey, October, Monday
Agricultural production statistics, June (provisional), Wednesday
Building work put in place, value, September quarter, Thursday
Government finance statistics (general government), June year, Friday
Manufacturing, economic survey, September quarter, Tuesday
Migration, international travel, October, seasonally adjusted figures, Monday
Population estimate, September quarter, Thursday
Population, territorial authority projections, 2013(base)–2043 update – tables, Wednesday
Trade, overseas trade indexes, September quarter, Tuesday
Trade, wholesale trade survey, September quarter, Monday
US Federal Reserve, open market committee, Tuesday-Wednesday

Parliament:
Parliament sits Tuesday-Thursday

Securities NZ:
Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 10am, Christchurch, Rydges Latimer

Securities – overseas:
ANZ Bank, annual meeting, Friday 10am, Melbourne Convention Centre

The diary – it’s comprehensive

The diary is updated weekly and contains main Auckland Council agenda items, hearings & submission closing dates, plus auctions, economic & property-related events, property- & finance-related bills before Parliament and securities information.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/. You can view the agenda headings separately from content, and click through to the content you want to see instead of having to open a whole large document.

You can also check full local board agendas through http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

The council livestreams (and archives) Town Hall meetings and some other meetings. You can check those at http://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

Auckland Council

Governing body:

Governing body, Thursday 15 December at 9.30am, Town Hall:
11 Annual budget 2017-18, mayoral proposal on items for public consultation
14 Governance framework review, process for implementation
Auckland Council governance framework review
16, C40 mayors summit, Mexico City, report back
C1, City Rail Link Ltd, board chair appointment (in confidential agenda)
C2, Audit & risk committee, appointment of external co-opted members (in confidential agenda)

Committees:

Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 13 December at 9.30 am, Town Hall:
Addendum
9, Disposals recommendation report
Units 1-28, 150 Mt Wellington Highway, Mt Wellington property information – recommendation to sell on “as is where is” basis, all 27 townhouses built around 2000 have potential weathertightness issues; Auckland City Council bought the 7428m² site in 2007 for the Ameti (Auckland-Manukau eastern transport initiative) project but the route wasn’t designated
1/16 Sarona Avenue, Glen Eden property information – a landlocked 957m² site acquired for Wairau Creek catchment remediation, which has been completed; easement still required to protect floodplain, so no house could be built on it
10, Council-controlled organisations, first quarter report for 30 September
11, Auckland Council organisation report for the period 1 July-30 September
12, Te Toa Takitini – quarter 1 Maori responsiveness portfolio report
13, Auckland Council group, first quarter financial results to 30 September
16, Budget update
18, Approval of the 31 December half-year pro forma financial statements & accounting policies
19, Final management report on the audit of Auckland Council for the year ended 30 June
21, Letters of expectation for council-controlled organisations, 2017-18
22, Annual budget 2017-18 – mayoral proposal on items for public consultation, recommendation to send approved proposal to governing body meeting on Thursday

Forums, panels & boards:

Local boards’ tasks in this meeting round include appointing a resource consent lead on consent matters pertaining to their ward.

You can check council meeting agendas through this link: http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/

Franklin Local Board, Tuesday 13 December at 9.30am, Pukekohe, council service centre, 82 Manukau Rd:
16, Opportunities for Franklin from building a relationship with Tongzhou (district on outskirts of Beijing), recommendation is to accept invitation for delegation to visit China
Summary of opportunities for Franklin from building a relationship with Tongzhou

Howick Local Board, Botany subdivision by-election, nominations opened 24 November, close Thursday 22 December, voting packs out Thursday 26 January, voting closes Friday 17 February

Howick Local Board, Monday 12 December at 6pm, Pakuranga library complex, 7 Aylesbury St:
14, Auckland Transport update – December
Current plan for landside works/bus turnaround area, Half Moon Bay ferry pier project
Concept plan of potential extended landside works/bus interchange area, Half Moon Bay ferry pier project

Hearings:

Omaha, 64 Jones Rd & 118 Mangatawhiri Rd (golfcourse), wastewater treatment plant discharge resource consent renewal applications, hearing Tuesday-Wednesday 7-8 February at 10am, Orewa, council service centre

Orakei, Tamaki Drive & Ngapipi Rd intersection, upgrading proposal, including reconfiguring traffic lanes, installation of traffic lights, cycle lanes, moving bus stops, provision of pedestrian crossing; hearing Wednesday & Friday 14 & 16 December at 9.30am, Town Hall

Submissions:

Flat Bush, 79 Ormiston Rd, application by Ormiston Centre Ltd (James Kirkpatrick) to establish & operate commercial premises, including a supermarket & department store on land zoned land light industrial, with a shortfall in parking spaces proposed, submissions close Monday 23 January

Waiheke Island, Kennedy Point, Donald Bruce Rd, application by Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd (Tony Mair) to construct a 206-berth marina, submissions close Friday 16 December
Earlier story, 26 May 2016: Mair unveils designs for Kennedy Pt marina on Waiheke

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, apartments & commercial Thursdays at 10am, residential Wednesday-Thursday at 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, residential auctions Wednesdays at 2pm, 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
City Sales, apartment, Wednesday 14 December at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 14 December at 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
Ray White City Apartments, auctions Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Accommodation survey, October, Monday 12 December
Agricultural production statistics, June (provisional), Wednesday 14 December
Building consents, October, Monday 19 December
Building work put in place, value, September quarter, Thursday 15 December
Christchurch retail trade indicator, September quarter, Tuesday 20 December
Food price index, November, Tuesday 20 December
Goods & services trade by country, September year – delayed, release date not given
Government finance statistics (general government), June year, Friday 16 December
Gross domestic product, balance of payments & international investment position, September quarter, Thursday 22 December
Manufacturing, economic survey, September quarter, Tuesday 13 December
Migration, international travel, October, seasonally adjusted figures, Monday 12 December; November, Wednesday 21 December
Population estimate, September quarter, Thursday 15 December
Population, territorial authority projections, 2013(base)–2043 update – tables, Wednesday 14 December
Trade, overseas merchandise, November, Wednesday 21 December
Trade, overseas trade indexes, September quarter, Tuesday 13 December
Trade, wholesale trade survey, September quarter, Monday 12 December
US Federal Reserve, open market committee, Tuesday-Wednesday 13-14 December

Events:

World masters games, 21-30 April 2017, Auckland & Waikato

World sustainable built environment conference, Sunday-Tuesday 5-7 June 2017, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Building for better lives, Australian national housing conference hosted by Australian Housing & Research Institute, 29 November-1 December 2017, Sydney, International Convention Centre

Parliament:

Parliament sits Tuesday-Thursday this week, then rises for the summer.

Provisional order paper, Tuesday 13 December:

Government orders of the day:

2, Pt England Development Enabling Bill, Nick Smith, first reading (introduced 7 December)
3, Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information & Remedial Matters) Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 28 November)
4, Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 25 November)
9, Land Transfer Bill, committee stage
11, Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill, committee stage
14, Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill, third reading
15, Ngai Te Rangi & Nga Potiki Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 21 November)
16, Taxation (Annual Rates for 2016-17, Closely Held Companies & Remedial Matters) Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 24 November)
18, Telecommunications (Property Access & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, consideration of report (interim report of the Commerce Committee presented 3 November)
20, Commerce (Cartels & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, committee stage
21, Taxation (Income-sharing Tax Credit) Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 21 March 2011)
22, Insolvency Practitioners Bill, committee stage
23, Regulatory Standards Bill, second reading (report of the Commerce Committee presented 8 May 2015)
24, Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill, first reading (introduced 29 September 2008)
Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee presented 7 December)
Trade (Anti-dumping & Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Commerce Committee presented 9 December)

Members’ orders of the day:

3, Housing Corp (Affordable Housing Development) Amendment Bill, Kelvin Davis, first reading (introduced 1 December; the bill would amend the Housing Corp Act 1974 to increase the supply & affordability of housing & land by requiring the Minister of Housing to undertake an affordable house construction programme that would build 10,000 affordable houses/year)
4, Student Loan Scheme (First Home Repayment Diversion) Amendment Bill, Gareth Hughes, first reading (introduced 1 December; the bill’s purpose is to assist New Zealanders with student loans to save a deposit for their first home by allowing compulsory student loan repayments, or a nominated percentage of the repayments, to be delayed and diverted to a first home deposit saving scheme)

Submissions:

Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, submissions close 1 February
Private International Law (Choice of Law in Tort) Bill, submissions close Thursday 2 February

Securities – NZ

Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 13 December at 10am, Christchurch, Rydges Latimer

Securities – overseas

ANZ Bank, annual meeting, Friday 16 December at 10am, Melbourne Convention Centre

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 5-11 December 2016

The first section of this weekly diary covers events over the next week. Below that, those events are presented in more detail, along with later diary entries & links.

THIS WEEK

Auckland Council:

Committees:
Environment & community committee, Tuesday 9.30am, Town Hall
Strategic procurement committee, Wednesday 9.30am, 135 Albert St

Local boards, advisory panels:
Albert-Eden Local Board, Wednesday 2pm, local board office, Mt Eden, 135 Dominion Rd
Auckland city centre advisory board, Wednesday 3pm, 135 Albert St
Ngati Whatua Orakei Reserves Board, Monday 4pm, Town Hall

Hearings:
Ahuroa, Moir Hill Rd, application by Asia Pacific International (NZ) Group Ltd (Furu Ding, Shanghai; & Cai Yan Biao, Oteha) for 207 rural-residential lot subdivision on multiple sites, hearing Tuesday-Thursday 9.30am, Puhoi Centennial Hall

Auctions:
Barfoot & Thompson, commercial & apartments, Thursday 10am, residential Wednesday-Thursday 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, residential Wednesday 2pm, 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
Ray White City Apartments, Thursday 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:
Electronic card transactions, November, Friday
Geographic boundary data annual release, as at 1 January 2017, Friday
Local authority statistics, September quarter – tables, Friday
National accounts (income & expenditure), March year, Thursday
National accounts (industry production & investment), March 2015 year, Thursday

Parliament:
Parliament sits Tuesday-Thursday

Securities – overseas:
Westpac Banking Corp, annual meeting, Friday 10am, Adelaide Convention Centre

The diary – it’s comprehensive

The diary is updated weekly and contains main Auckland Council agenda items, hearings & submission closing dates, plus auctions, economic & property-related events, property- & finance-related bills before Parliament and securities information.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/. You can view the agenda headings separately from content, and click through to the content you want to see instead of having to open a whole large document.

You can also check full local board agendas through http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

The council livestreams (and archives) Town Hall meetings and some other meetings. You can check those at http://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

Auckland Council

Committees:

Environment & community committee, Tuesday 6 December at 9.30am, Town Hall:
C1-4, Acquisition of land for open space in southern Hingaia, Papakura, Wellsford & Millwater, (all in confidential agenda)

Strategic procurement committee, Wednesday 7 December at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
9 & C1, Westgate multipurpose facility (integrated library & community centre) – award main contract physical works (in open meeting, then into confidential)
10, Artillery Drive stormwater tunnel project variation, Takanini greenfield strategic housing area (in open meeting, then into confidential)

Forums, panels & boards:

Local boards’ tasks in this meeting round include appointing a resource consent lead on consent matters pertaining to their ward.

You can check council meeting agendas through this link: http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/

Albert-Eden Local Board, Wednesday 7 December at 2pm, local board office, Mt Eden, 135 Dominion Rd:
11.2, Notice of motion, solar panels for council buildings
Attachment B, local content for 2017-18 annual budget public consultation
Attachment C, advocacy initiatives
Attachment D, proposed uptown BID expansion

Auckland city centre advisory board, Wednesday 7 December at 3pm, 135 Albert St:
5, City centre, progress update
6, City rail link, urban realm update
7, Proposal for Queen St feature lighting
8, City centre work programme 2015-25, review
City centre targeted rate work programme, draft
9, Activate Auckland, progress report

Ngati Whatua Orakei Reserves Board, Monday 5 December at 4pm, Town Hall:
Whenua Rangatira & Pourewa Reserve operational budgets 2017-25
OCERP update report, August – Okahu catchment ecological restoration plan
7, Atkin Avenue stream naturalisation, update
8, Tamaki Drive filtration device & sand dune restoration project, update

Hearings:

Ahuroa, Moir Hill Rd, application by Asia Pacific International (NZ) Group Ltd (Furu Ding, Shanghai; & Cai Yan Biao, Oteha) for 207 rural-residential lot subdivision on multiple sites, hearing Tuesday-Thursday 6-8 December at 9.30am, Puhoi Centennial Hall

Devonport, 7-37 Ngataringa Rd & 1-88 Wakakura Crescent, application by Ryman Healthcare Ltd to construct a 300-resident retirement village on a Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust-owned 4.2ha site, hearing Monday-Thursday 5-8 December at 9.30am, Takapuna, 5 The Strand, Takapuna War Memorial Hall

Mangere, 34 Hall Avenue, application by Golden Garden Ltd (Kong Meihong) to demolish the existing dwelling and construct 23 standalone dwellings, hearing Friday 9 December at 9.30am, Manukau, council service centre

Omaha, 64 Jones Rd & 118 Mangatawhiri Rd (golfcourse), wastewater treatment plant discharge resource consent renewal applications, hearing Tuesday-Wednesday 7-8 February at 10am, Orewa, council service centre

Orakei, Tamaki Drive & Ngapipi Rd intersection, upgrading proposal, including reconfiguring traffic lanes, installation of traffic lights, cycle lanes, moving bus stops, provision of pedestrian crossing; hearing Wednesday & Friday 14 & 16 December at 9.30am, Town Hall

Takapuna, 41-54 & 45 Killarney St, application by McConnell Clearmont LP (general partner MC (Jervois) General Partner Ltd – David McConnell, Craig Greenwood & Shannon Walsh) to demolish the fire station and comprehensive redevelopment of the site to construct & operate a 103-unit resthome of 3-7 storeys, hearing cancelled – it was to have been held on 6, 7 & 9 December

Submissions:

Waiheke Island, Kennedy Point, Donald Bruce Rd, application by Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd (Tony Mair) to construct a 206-berth marina, submissions close Friday 16 December
Earlier story, 26 May 2016: Mair unveils designs for Kennedy Pt marina on Waiheke

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, apartments & commercial Thursdays at 10am, residential Wednesday-Thursday at 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, residential auctions Wednesdays at 2pm, 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
City Sales, apartment, Wednesday 14 December at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 7 December at 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
Ray White City Apartments, auctions Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Accommodation survey, October, Monday 12 December
Agricultural production statistics, June (provisional), Wednesday 14 December
Building consents, October, Monday 19 December
Building work put in place, value, September quarter, Thursday 15 December
Christchurch retail trade indicator, September quarter, Tuesday 20 December
Electronic card transactions, November, Friday 9 December
Food price index, November, Tuesday 20 December
Geographic boundary data annual release, as at 1 January 2017, Friday 9 December
Goods & services trade by country, September year – delayed, release date not given
Government finance statistics (general government), June year, Thursday 15 December
Gross domestic product, balance of payments & international investment position, September quarter, Thursday 22 December
Local authority statistics, September quarter – tables, Friday 9 December
Manufacturing, economic survey, September quarter, Tuesday 13 December
Migration, international travel, November, Wednesday 21 December
National accounts (income & expenditure), March year, Thursday 8 December (rescheduled from 18 November)
National accounts (industry production & investment), March 2015 year, Thursday 8 December (rescheduled from 18 November)
Population, territorial authority projections, 2013(base)–2043 update – tables, Wednesday 14 December
Trade, overseas merchandise, November, Wednesday 21 December
Trade, wholesale trade survey, September quarter, Monday 12 December
US Federal Reserve, open market committee, Tuesday-Wednesday 13-14 December

Events:

World masters games, 21-30 April 2017, Auckland & Waikato

World sustainable built environment conference, Sunday-Tuesday 5-7 June 2017, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Parliament:

Provisional order paper, Tuesday 6 December:

Government orders of the day:

8, Rangitane o Manawatu Claims Settlement Bill, third reading
9, Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 24 November)
10, Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill, second reading (bill to restate & reform the law relating to Maori land, report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 25 November)
12, Land Transfer Bill, committee stage
17, Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill, third reading
19, Ngai Te Rangi & Nga Potiki Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 21 November)
20, Taxation (Annual Rates for 2016-17, Closely Held Companies & Remedial Matters) Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 24 November)
21, Taxation (Business Tax, Exchange of Information & Remedial Matters) Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 28 November)
22, Telecommunications (Property Access & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, consideration of report (interim report of the Commerce Committee presented 3 November)
24, Commerce (Cartels & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, committee stage
25, Taxation (Income-sharing Tax Credit) Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 21 March 2011)
26, Insolvency Practitioners Bill, committee stage
27, Regulatory Standards Bill, second reading (report of the Commerce Committee presented 8 May 2015)
28, Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill, first reading (introduced 29 September 2008)

Members’ orders of the day:

1, Private International Law (Choice of Law in Tort) Bill, David Bennett, interrupted debate on first reading
2, Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill, Winston Peters, first reading (introduced 11 August)
3, Environment Canterbury (Democracy Restoration) Amendment Bill, Dr Megan Woods, first reading (introduced 20 October)

Submissions:

Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, submissions close 1 February

Securities – NZ

Hallenstein Glasson Holdings Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 13 December at 10am, Christchurch, Rydges Latimer

Securities – overseas

ANZ Bank, annual meeting, Friday 16 December at 10am, Melbourne Convention Centre
Westpac Banking Corp, annual meeting, Friday 9 December at 10am, Adelaide Convention Centre

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A weighty 3 days for Auckland councillors

Auckland Council’s politicians enter day 2 today of 3 days of weighty issues to start the third term of the council.

The planning committee met yesterday, the finance & performance committee gives its first consideration today to mayor Phil Goff’s proposal on the annual budget, and tomorrow the regulatory committee has a number of issues to consider.

I’ll run more extensive reports later in the week on all 3 meetings. For the moment, below are some of the questions resolved at the planning committee meeting:

The committee agreed to lodge an appeal in the High Court against conditions in a KiwiRail designation concerning crossings on the long-proposed Avondale-Southdown railway line.

The committee agreed the council should make a submission on the NZ Transport Agency’s proposals for the East-West link between State highway 1 at Mt Wellington & State highway 20 at Onehunga, set up a political reference group to deal with urgent issues during the hearing, then expanded the reference group because a number of other councillors wanted to be on it.

A political reference group was also set up on the northern corridor improvements project, which is the final piece of the Western ring route jigsaw.

The committee debated whether the housing accord should be extended to allow for the last special housing areas to remain covered by it, instead of falling under the regulations of the new unitary plan, but eventually went with an extension.

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New mayor wants bed tax, fuel tax & new housing tax

Auckland mayor Phil Goff released his budget plan today to restrict rate rises and raise significant new revenue while restraining borrowing and supporting underpaid & vulnerable residents.

His proposal goes to Auckland Council’s finance & performance committee on Wednesday, returns to that committee on Tuesday 13 December and on to the council’s governing body 2 days later for approval to be put out to consultation.

  • I’ll be adding new pages to this story this evening as I read through the proposal, which runs to 68 points & 15 pages.

Mr Goff has proposed restricting rate rises to a 2.5%/year average and introducing:

  • a visitor levy (bed tax)
  • a targeted rate for new largescale housing developments, and
  • a regional fuel tax.

In a release out this afternoon, Mr Goff said: “Ratepayers have shouldered the responsibility for the growth of our city and cannot be expected to continue to do that on their own. This proposal shares that responsibility more fairly across all of those who benefit from living & doing business in our city.”

Mr Goff said his proposal delivered on his campaign commitment to restrict rate rises: “I made a commitment to restrict the annual average rate rise to 2.5%, down from 3.5%, and that is what this proposal delivers.”

The proposal would implement his commitment to a living wage for council employees and contribute an additional $500,000 to co-ordinating work to support homeless Aucklanders: “This proposal puts the people of this city first by taking a responsible & fair approach to tackling Auckland’s growth challenges, and seeking to support those who most need help to live a decent life in our city.”

Mr Goff noted that significant work was underway at the council to find efficiencies across the council group, which includes Auckland Transport, Ateed (Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development), Panuku Auckland Development, Regional Facilities Auckland & Watercare Services Ltd.

“We are taking a responsible fiscal approach by ensuring that Auckland Council is more efficient and delivers value for money while finding innovative ways to raise extra revenue to support growth.

“Accommodation providers & other businesses benefit most directly from the funding the council puts into attracting visitors to the city and supporting major events. That is why I am proposing a new visitor levy to be collected by hotels, motels & B&Bs to replace ratepayer spending by Ateed in this area.

“We are also ensuring that we remain well within the council’s debt cap to avoid a potential credit downgrade which would force ratepayers to fund millions of dollars in extra interest costs.”

The mayor has set out a series of recommendations for consultation and promotes these initiatives:

  • Raising up to $30 million from a new visitor levy to replace ratepayer funding currently spent on attracting visitors and supporting major events
  • Introducing a targeted rate for new largescale developments to pay for major new infrastructure, increase Auckland’s housing supply and discourage landbanking
  • Seeking Government support to implement a regional fuel tax to help close the $400 million gap in transport infrastructure funding which the Government & council identified through the Auckland transport alignment project
  • Bidding for a significant share of the Government’s housing infrastructure fund
  • Generating savings from efficiencies across the Auckland Council group
  • Introducing a living wage for council employees, and
  • Contributing $500,000 to co-ordinating work to support homeless Aucklanders.

The uniform annual general charge would rise by 2.5% and the business rates differential, which has been programmed to decline to zero over several years, would remain unchanged from this year’s figure.

The visitor levy (bed tax) has been proposed for Auckland many times and has been fought off by the hospitality sector. Its proponents have regarded it as separate from rates – although that income is what hotels use to pay their rates, in the same way that every other landlord uses rent to pay rates.

“The initiatives that I’m promoting will require collaboration with central government, businesses & our communities. We want to work openly & honestly with all of our partners to make sure that Auckland is one of the world’s best performing cities.

“Given it is only 4 weeks since inauguration, there is still a lot of work to be done. Many of these initiatives will fall under the long-term plan, but it is important to start consulting Aucklanders now.”

Following the December meetings on what should go out to consultation, the council is scheduled to adopt its consultation document & supporting material on 9 February, run the budget consultation through February-March, confirm decisions to be incorporated into the budget on 1 June and adopt the budget on 29 June.

Earlier stories:
22 July 2015: Corrected: Councils want tax reshuffle, innovation a long way off
29 June 2009: ARC overcomes canning of fuel tax, sets 3.9% rate rise
8 October 2008: Penlink gets tick along with electrification, ferries & tickets in first bite of regional fuel tax
13 November 2006: Stadium on the wharf will require a bed of new tax
6 November 2005:
Council looks more closely at bed tax
2 March 2004: Councillors opt for bed tax report
2 March 2004: Christmas present: new tax
2 March 2004: On the road to a supercity
16 August 2002: Councillors opt for bed tax report

Links:
Mayoral proposal for 2018 annual plan pdf
Local authority funding project

Attribution: Mayoral release.

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