This week’s diary comes with a longer introduction – a fairly quick summation after 6 years of the super-city….
Auckland Council heads into the closing 3 weeks of its second term with a fair amount of wash-up business and recording of achievements by committees & boards.
If you were to believe everything reports on a recent survey told you about council performance, you’d think no part of the organisation did any good, or did what their primary tasks should be.
Super-city has advanced from a muddled state
In the first 2 terms of the super-city, local boards were at first relegated to nuisance value and then gradually raised themselves to prepare a range of changes to how local council business is conducted. That sounds vague, and I think at first it was.
But as the second term ends, the boards have been setting out broader objectives for dealing with local business associations, preparing plans for better provision of services in their wards, and improving their environments.
There is still a disconnect between how local boards see service requirements and how the overall council – through the governing body and parts of it such as the tenders & procurement committee and Auckland Transport – sees things, affecting contracts for public facilities and maintenance of the public realm.
That disconnect needs to be overcome early in the new council term, which will include provision for better funding of local services, more say for local boards on how things are done and better integration between local & council-wide providers.
How to handle the mix of tasks becoming clearer
The work of council committees – and if you’ve followed this diary’s weekly updates you would have seen this – has comprised a mix of local specifics, as happened under the old councils, and wider cross-border projects which weren’t easily handled under the old local government system.
One of those wider projects involves improving the state of the Oakley Creek (Te Auaunga Awa) floodplain, which has restricted housing development. Nearby, inadequate means of disposing of storm- & wastewater (separately) have long been an issue. A project of regional significance is the motorsport precinct at Colin Dale Park. Both the creek & the motorsport precinct are before local boards this week.
The value of Maori input
And although I’ve just put the Maori version of a creek in brackets behind the English version (but reversed it in the agenda reference below), local boards are coming to terms with Maori input as a vital factor in improving Auckland. Use of the word ‘vital’ is deliberate: while much of the dominant European culture focuses on practicality, it often misses the nuances which make things practical. You are now seeing green threads being woven throughout the region, reinstating the lungs that concrete & asphalt deprived it of.
A number of councillors, and plenty of voters, haven’t come to terms with the presence of a Maori contingent on council committees – elected, though through a different format from universal suffrage. Local boards are going through a more considered process of how to get Maori input, which at least signifies a new level of maturity in governance.
I mention these points above because council activity makes up a high proportion of this diary. For anyone in the property sector, these updates build up a valuable bank of knowledge for you.
Diary all about property… almost
I list resource consent applications but don’t often get back to write about the outcomes. In most cases it’s reasonable to assume consent will be granted, perhaps in modified form, but some are more contentious and the outcome will be uncertain.
Agenda entries are there to highlight debate or information of value to a property person, though sometimes the link might be obscure. One of those, listed below this week, refers to a motion before the Waiheke Local Board on wargames in the Hauraki Gulf.
It’s not a property issue but it does have wide political implications for a city that, in 2011, declared itself a city of peace. I think the most common reaction to this motion, this apparent conflict between the council’s stated position & other people’s reality is that the slogan of a “city of peace” will go on holiday for a week in November, or one of the warships will be renamed George Orwell so the city of peace can enjoy peace games.
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.
Finance & performance committee, Thursday 9.30am, Town Hall
Hearings committee, Tuesday 2pm, 135 Albert St
Parks, recreation & sport committee, Wednesday 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Tenders & procurement committee, Tuesday 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Local boards, advisory panels:
Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, Monday 5pm, Manukau, ex-council chamber
Waiheke Local Board, Thursday 5.15pm, local board office, Ostend, 10 Belgium St
Whau Local Board, Wednesday 6.30pm, local board office, New Lynn, 31 Totara Avenue
Campbells Bay, 218-220 Beach Rd, application to construct a childcare centre, with additions & alterations to a scheduled heritage building, pre-hearing meeting, Tuesday 4.30pm, council Takapuna service centre
Barfoot & Thompson, commercial & apartments, Thursday 10am, residential Wednesday-Thursday 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, Total Property commercial auction, Wednesday 11am; 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
Migration, international travel, August, Wednesday
Parliament sits Tuesday-Friday (extended session provided for)
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 & unitary plan panel 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/.
Thursday 29 September at 9.30am, Town Hall – final meeting for the term
Finance & performance committee, Thursday 22 September at 9.30am, Town Hall:
9, Disposals recommendation report
10, Annual report & summary, council & group
Attachment A – draft summary
Attachment B – Volume 1: Overview & service performance
Attachment C – Volume 2: Local boards
Attachment D – Volume 3: Financial statements
11, Budget update
Proposal for funding of the James Liston hostel emergency accommodation
14, Reports pending, status update
15, Summary of information memos & briefings
Hearings committee, Tuesday 20 September at 2pm, 135 Albert St:
7, Omaha wastewater treatment plant, appointment of independent commissioners for resource consent applications, for works including road widening
9, Aotea Station, Albert St, appointment of independent commissioners to hear & make recommendations on the Auckland Transport notice of requirement to alter city rail link designation 405
11, Local board involvement in resource consent processes
Parks, recreation & sport committee, Wednesday 21 September at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Regional strategy & policy committee, Wednesday 28 September at 9.30am, Town Hall (if it has any business)
Tenders & procurement committee, Tuesday 20 September at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
9, Facilities management & maintenance contracts – progress update
10, External recruitment services – process update
11, Procurement of refuse collection services
12, Supplier recommendations for Te Auaunga Awa project, to enable growth & the provision of housing in the Te Auaunga Awa (Oakley Creek) area
C1, External recruitment services (in confidential agenda)
C2, Procurement of refuse collection services (in confidential agenda)
C3, Te Auaunga Awa project, supplier recommendations (in confidential agenda)
Forums, panels & boards:
Local boards have on their agendas for this round of meetings:
Auckland Transport, updates for every board area
You can check council meeting agendas through this link: http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/
Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, Monday 19 September at 5pm, Manukau, ex-council chamber:
14, Colin Dale Park (motorsport precinct) implementation requirements
15, Maori input into local board decision-making
16, Release of business associations bulk funding
21, Allocation of funding for an industry pollution prevention programme, Wiri industrial area
Waiheke Local Board, Thursday 22 September at 5.15pm, local board office, Ostend, 10 Belgium St:
11.1, Notice of motion from member Shirin Brown, War games in the Hauraki Gulf, to send message to the Government that events that showcase war are inconsistent with Auckland Council’s 2011 resolution to declare itself a city of peace; wargames are proposed for NZ Navy 75th anniversary in November
16, Assessment of potential marine reserves around Waiheke Island
17, Waiheke community housing needs assessment
24, Resource consents
Whau Local Board, Wednesday 21 September at 6.30pm, local board office, New Lynn, 31 Totara Avenue:
22, New Lynn, 13 Crown Lynn Place, disposal recommendation report, to dispose of 2696m² which was to have been used for open space but has become surplus to requirements following acquisition of neighbouring site
Blockhouse Bay, 89 Kinross St, application by Surjit Juneja to establish a daycare centre for 70 children, hearing Thursday-Friday 13-14 October at 9.30am, Town Hall
Campbells Bay, 218-220 Beach Rd, application to construct a childcare centre, with additions & alterations to a scheduled heritage building, pre-hearing meeting, Tuesday 20 September at 4.30pm; hearing Monday-Wednesday 3-5 October at 9.30am, all at council Takapuna service centre
City rail link, application for resource consent to construct the 2.8km of line from Aotea Station to the North Auckland line at Mt Eden, hearing Monday-Friday 17-21 October at 9.30am, Town Hall
Glen Eden, 21 Glengarry Rd, application by Apar Ltd to construct a purpose-built childcare facility, maximum occupancy 50 children, hearing Monday 26 September at 9.30am, Henderson ex-council chamber, 6 Henderson Valley Rd
Greenhithe, 364, 378, 382 & 404 Upper Harbour Drive and 128 Albany Highway, application by Albany Investment & Development Ltd (Huang Tingyu) for subdivision comprising 53 vacant residential lots & 6 jointly owned access lots, hearing Monday-Tuesday 31 October-1 November at 9.30am, Takapuna, ex-council chamber, 1 The Strand
Ponsonby, 25 Hargreaves St, application by Wilberforce (Hargreaves Street) Ltd (Location Group – Roy Richardson & Mark Weipers) for additions & alterations to convert building to 537m² of commercial floor area & 29 apartments, hearing Wednesday 28 September at 9.30am, Town Hall
Red Beach, 65 Hibiscus Coast Highway, application by Metlifecare Ltd to build retirement village on the former Peninsula golfcourse comprising a 6-storey 368-apartment building plus one basement parking level, a 2-storey 25-apartment complex, a 2-storey 68-bed care centre, 28 standalone villas, a swimming pool & gym, 8 retail units with total gross floor area of 560m² and a standalone park café/pavilion; Metlifecare has settled its purchase of the site; hearing Tuesday-Wednesday & Friday 11-12 & 14 October at 9.30am, Orewa, ex-council chamber
Barfoot & Thompson, apartments Thursdays at 10am, residential Wednesday-Thursday at 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, Total Property commercial auction, Wednesday 21 September at 11am; residential auctions Wednesdays at 2pm, 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue
City Sales, apartment, Wednesday 21 September at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 21 September 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
Ray White City Apartments, auctions Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St
Balance of payments & international investment position, March year, Wednesday 28 September
Building consents, August, Friday 30 September
Migration, international travel, August, Wednesday 21 September
Trade, overseas merchandise, August, Monday 26 September
Local body elections, voting closes Saturday 8 October at noon
Habitat 3, UN conference on housing & sustainable urban development, Monday-Thursday 17-20 October, Quito, Ecuador
Council for Infrastructure Development, Building nations symposium, Thursday-Friday 20-21 October, ANZ Viaduct Events Centre
Property Council, inaugural Auckland property people awards, Thursday 10 November
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
Provisional order paper, Tuesday 20 September
Government orders of the day:
7, Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Commerce Committee presented 13 July)
11, Building (Pools) Amendment Bill, committee stage
18, Rangitane o Manawatu Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 1 September)
19, Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 2 September)
20, Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 2 September)
21, Ngaruahine Claims Settlement Bill, third reading
22, Rangitane Tu Mai Ra (Wairarapa Tamaki nui-a-Rua) Claims Settlement Bill, first reading (introduced 25 August)
47, Commerce (Cartels & Other Matters) Amendment Bill, committee stage
48, Taxation (Income-sharing Tax Credit) Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 21 March 2011)
49, Regulatory Standards Bill, second reading (report of the Commerce Committee presented 8 May 2015)
50, Insolvency Practitioners Bill, committee stage
51, Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill, first reading (introduced 29 September 2008)
Land Transfer Bill, second reading (report of the Government Administration Committee presented 15 September)
Te Atiawa Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 15 September)
Members’ orders of the day:
1, Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Maori Land) Amendment Bill, Catherine Delahunty, interrupted debate on first reading
2, Consumer Guarantees (Removal of Unrelated Party Lender Responsibility) Amendment Bill, Dr Shane Reti, first reading (introduced 3 December 2015)
5, Our Work Our Future Bill, Andrew Little, first reading (introduced 26 May)
6, Residential Tenancies (Safe & Secure Rentals) Amendment Bill, Metiria Turei, first reading (introduced 11 August)
8, Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill, Winston Peters, first reading (introduced 11 August)
Extended sittings into Thursday & Friday:
Rangitane o Manawatu Claims Settlement Bill, second reading, committee stage, third reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 1 September)
Taranaki Iwi Claims Settlement Bill, second reading, committee stage, third reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 2 September)
Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa Claims Settlement Bill, second reading, committee stage, third reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 2 September)
Te Atiawa Claims Settlement Bill, second reading, committee stage, third reading
Ngaruahine Claims Settlement Bill, third reading
Rangitane Tu Mai Ra (Wairarapa Tamaki nui-a-Rua) Claims Settlement Bill, first reading (introduced 25 August)
Securities – NZ
Auckland International Airport Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 20 October at 10am, Manukau, Vodafone Events Centre
Fletcher Building Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 18 October at 10.30am, Christchurch, Arts Centre, 2 Worcester Boulevard
Metlifecare Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 25 October at 2pm, Alexandra Park Function Centre
Port of Tauranga Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 20 October at 1pm, Tauranga, Holy Trinity Church, 215 Devonport Rd
Tourism Holdings Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 18 October at 2pm, Grand Millennium Hotel (ex-Rendezvous), 71 Mayoral Drive
Vital Healthcare Property Trust, annual meeting, Thursday 10 November, Auckland, time & venue to be advised
The Warehouse Group Ltd, annual meeting, Ellerslie Event Centre, Friday 25 November, time & other details to be advised
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