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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 21-27 January 2019

The diary is updated weekly (except at this time of the year – this is the first for the year) and lists auctions, council meetings & agendas, hearings & submissions, economic release dates, events, Parliament order paper items and securities.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via 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

As Auckland Council makes changes to its website, hearing & submission pages can be hard to find. This is the new link to the page for submissions on consent applications:

Hearings:

Find hearings: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/hearings/find-hearing/Pages/find-resource-consent-hearing.aspx

CBD, Queens Wharf into the coastal marine area, application by Panuku Development Auckland to construct 2 mooring dolphins at distances of 49m & 82m (to the centres of the dolphins), to a total length of 90m from the end of the wharf, hearing Monday-Wednesday 18-27 February at 9.30am, Town Hall
Link: Hearing documents

Clevedon, 52 North Rd, application by Clevedon North Ltd (Allan Drinkrow) for resource consents to subdivide the 9.04ha site into 72 residential lots, hearing Tuesday-Wednesday 22-23 January at 9.30am, Manukau, council service centre, 31-33 Manukau Station Rd

Epsom, 38 Ferryhill Rd, application by Jason Liu to remove an existing dwelling and construct a new dwelling in the special character area, Thursday 14 February at 9.30am, Town Hall

Warkworth, 102 State Highway 1-Hudson Rd, multiple properties, application for resource consent & notice of requirement for construction, operation & maintenance of a widened highway, alteration to an existing designation, hearing Tuesday-Wednesday 12-13 March at 9.30am, Orewa, council service centre, 50 Centreway Rd

Warkworth, land between State Highway 1 & Matakana Rd, Auckland Transport application for a notice of requirement & the associated resource consents for the construction, operation & maintenance of the Matakana link road – Tuhonohono ki Tai (Pathwayto the Sea) project, an arterial link road between Matakana Rd & State Highway 1, hearing Wednesday-Monday 27 March-1 April at 9.30am, Orewa, council service centre, 50 Centreway Rd

Submissions:

To find applications open to submissions: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Devonport, 66 Vauxhall Rd, application by Gull NZ Ltd to demolish all existing structures & establish a 24-hour fully automated service station – 3 canopies, 6 dispensers, 2 underground tanks including 70,000 litres for petrol & 30,000 litres for diesel, submissions open Tuesday 22 January

Freemans Bay, road reserve along Picton, Hepburn, Barrie, the lower portion of Anglesea & a portion of Wellington Sts, application by Auckland Council Healthy Waters to install new stormwater pipes & infrastructure, submissions close Tuesday 5 February

Glenfield,10 Chivalry Rd, application by Apple Tree Childcare Centre Ltd (Tahir Aziz) to redevelop an early childhood education centre for 75 children by removing existing dwelling & erecting a new building, submissions close Thursday 14 February

Pukekohe, 104 & 106 Rutherford Rd, limited notification of application by Cochrane Broilers Ltd to extend broiler chicken farm to a maximum of 231,000 birds by adding 3 new sheds (taking total to 8), new air discharge consent for the 8 sheds & new stormwater discharge; submissions close Tuesday 12 February

Remuera, 9 Patey St, limited notification of application by Karrim Trust to construct a 4-storey apartment building consisting of 24 residential units & a semi-basement carpark with 10 parking spaces, submissions close Thursday 24 January

Standards NZ comment:

Standards NZ & Standards Australia, timber structures standard, DZ NZS AS 1720.1/V6.0, comments close Saturday 9 February

Auctions:

Bayleys, residential, Tuesday 5 February at 10am, Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 30 January at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Ray White City Apartments, Thursday 31 January at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

January:

Accommodation survey: November, Monday 28 January
Consumers price index: December quarter, Wednesday 23 January
Household labour force survey estimated working-age population:December quarter, Wednesday 30 January
Migration: November, Friday 25 January
Trade – overseas merchandise: December, Tuesday 29 January

February:

Accommodation survey: December, Monday 18 February
Building consents issued: December, Monday 4 February
Electronic card transactions: January, Tuesday 12 February
Environmental-economic accounts: 2019 – tables, Thursday 14 February
Food price index: January, Thursday 14 February
Household living costs price indexes: December quarter, Friday 1 February
Migration: December, Friday 15 February
Population – national estimates: At 31 December – Infoshare tables, Monday 18 February
Property transfer statistics: December quarter, Friday 8 February
QV house price index: January, Wednesday 13 February
Ready-mixed concrete secondary production: December 2018 quarter – Infoshare tables, Wednesday 20 February
Reserve Bank, official cashrate & monetary policy statement: Wednesday 13 February; capital review paper 4, proposal to sharply increase banks’ minimum capital levels, submissions close Friday 22 or 29 March, depending on which of the consultation documents you refer to
Link: Consultation paper: How much capital is enough?
Standards NZ & Standards Australia, timber structures standard, DZ NZS AS 1720.1/V6.0
, comments close Saturday 9 February
Trade – overseas merchandise: January, Wednesday 27 February
Trade – retail survey: December quarter, Monday 25 February
US Federal Reserve: open market committee,Wednesday-Thursday 29-30 January

Events:

Auckland Build 2019: ASB Showgrounds, Thursday-Friday 7-8 November

BIMinNZ conference: Wednesday 8 May, Wellington

Lunar New Year: Monday 4 February

Prefab NZ, CoLab: Wednesday-Friday 13-15 March, Auckland

Property Council, residential summit: Wednesday 27 February, SkyCity Convention Centre; annual awards: Friday 14 June

Waitangi Day: Wednesday 6 February

World Economic Forum: Davos, Switzerland, Tuesday-Friday  22-25 January
World Economic Forum
Open forum topics

Listeds – NZ:

Heartland Group Holdings Ltd: interim result, Tuesday 19 February
Metlifecare Ltd: interim result, Monday 25 February
Precinct Properties NZ Ltd: interim result, Tuesday 19 February
Property for Industry Ltd: annual result, Monday 18 February
Summerset Group Holdings Ltd: annual result, Friday 22 February
Veritas Investments Ltd: special shareholders meeting to approve the acquisition of Citizen Park, Newmarket, Doolan Brothers, Wednesday 30 January at 2pm

Parliament

Parliament resumes sitting Tuesday 12 February

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 17-23 December 2018

The diary is updated weekly (except at this time of the year – it will be back in mid-January) and lists auctions, council meetings & agendas, hearings & submissions, economic release dates, events, Parliament order paper items and securities.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via 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

As Auckland Council makes changes to its website, hearing & submission pages can be hard to find. This is the new link to the page for submissions on consent applications: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Hearings:

Find hearings: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/hearings/find-hearing/Pages/find-resource-consent-hearing.aspx

Clevedon, 52 North Rd, application by Clevedon North Ltd (Allan Drinkrow) for resource consents to subdivide the 9.04ha site into 72 residential lots, hearing Tuesday-Wednesday 22-23 January at 9.30am, Manukau, council service centre, 31-33 Manukau Station Rd

Warkworth, land between State Highway 1 & Matakana Rd, Auckland Transport application for a notice of requirement & the associated resource consents for the construction, operation & maintenance of the Matakana link road – Tuhonohono ki Tai (Pathway to the Sea) project, an arterial link road between Matakana Rd & State Highway 1, hearing Wednesday-Monday 27 March-1 April at 9.30am, Orewa, council service centre, 50 Centreway Rd

Submissions:

To find applications open to submissions: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Beachlands, 101 Jack Lachlan Drive, application by Beachlands Avenues Ltd (Cameron Wilson, Oyster Properties Ltd) to subdivide 14 allotments into 28 lots ranging from 379-420m² and to build a dwelling on each, in the Beachlands Precinct 1 residential single house zone; submissions close Friday 18 January

CBD, Quay St, Ferry Basin section of seawall (footpath & road corridor), coastal marine area between Princes & Queens Wharves, adjacent lots on northern side of Quay St, application by Auckland Transport to construct either a post & panel wall seaward of the existing ‘seawall’ or a series of jet grout columns landward of the existing ‘seawall’ on the northern side of Quay St about 90m long, plus upgrades to the ‘existing seawall’; the post & panel wall or jetgrout columns are proposed for seismic strengthening purposes, in particular by protecting Quay St & the services within it, this proposal represents the Ferry Basin section of the Quay St seawall upgrade project; the remaining sections of the project are the subject of separate resource consent applications; submissions close Wednesday 19 December

CBD, Quay St, Princes Wharf section of seawall (footpath & road corridor) between the corner of Lower Hobson St & Quay St and the eastern extent of Princes Wharf, application by Auckland Transport to construct either an in-ground palisade wall or a series of jet grout columns landward of the existing ‘seawall’ on the northern side of Quay St about 105m long for seismic strengthening, in particular by protecting Quay St & the services within it; this proposal represents the Princes Wharf section of the Quay St seawall upgrade project; the remaining sections of the project are the subject of separate resource consent applications; submissions close Wednesday 19 December

CBD, 85-89 Quay St, Queens Wharf & water space of the Waitemata Harbour adjacent to the western side of Queens Wharf, application by Auckland Transport for resource consent to construct, operate & maintain 6 new ferry berths on the western side of Queens Wharf within the Downtown Ferry Basin (piers A-F), undertake modifications to the existing ferry terminal buildings (located atexisting pier 1 & pier 2) & historic shelter, and remove existing piers 3 & 4; this will require the installation of a concrete piled breakwater immediately adjacent to the west of Queens Wharf, the installation of reverse sawtooth-shaped pontoons, 3 gangways, 3 fixed shelter structures, piles, pileguard markers & fenders; modifications to the existing ferry terminal building at pier 1 include the removal of the East Annexe Building, construction of new façades, removal of the ticket gates, replacement of the upper louvres, and the construction of new retail/food & beverage facilities within the existing terminal building; modifications to the historic shelter include modification of the northern face & the insertion of skylights in the roof; modifications to the open spaces to the east & south of the building are also proposed; modifications to the terminal building at pier 2 include relocating ancillary office space and repositioning passenger waiting space; demolition of existing piers 3 & 4 will involve the removal of gangways, pontoons & piles; the timing of the demolition is dependent on the new berths being fully operational and whether additional layover/decant space may be required for future stage 2 works; submissions close Monday 17 December
Link: Ferry terminal consent application documents

Freemans Bay, Picton St stormwater network extension project, limited notification to 19 properties on Anglesea, Hepburn & Wellington Sts, including Freemans Bay Primary School & 25 pensioner units owned by Housing NZ, of application by Auckland Council Healthy Waters to install new stormwater pipes & infrastructure in the road reserve along Picton St, Hepburn St, on the lower portion of Anglesea St & a portion of Wellington St; submissions open Monday 17 December

Mangere East, 240 Massey Rd, limited notification of application by Basra Family Ltd to clear the site of all buildings except the tyre centre to construct a service station, its retail component & 2 additional retail units; residential activity attached to the tyre centre building also to be removed; submissions close Wednesday 19 December

Pukekohe, 7 Catherine McLean Rd, application by CPMC Developments Ltd (Jonathan Williams & Martin Russell) for land use consent for a childcare centre for 80 children in the residential single house zone, floor area 546m², 18 parking spaces, submissions close Wednesday 16 January

Remuera, 9 Patey St, limited notification of application by Karrim Trust to construct a 4-storey apartment building consisting of 24 residential units & a semi-basement carpark with 10 parking spaces, submissions close Thursday 24 January

Standards NZ comment:

Standards NZ & Standards Australia, timber structures standard, DZ NZS AS 1720.1/V6.0, comments close Saturday 9 February

Auctions:

Ray White City Apartments, Thursday 20 December at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Accommodation survey, October, Monday 17 December
Balance of payments & international investment position, September quarter, Wednesday 19 December
Gross domestic product, September quarter, Thursday 20 December
Reserve Bank, official cashrate & monetary policy statement: Wednesday 13 February
Reserve Bank, Capital review paper 4, proposal to sharply increase banks’ minimum capital levels, submissions close Friday 22 or 29 March, depending on which of the consultation documents you refer to
Link: Consultation paper: How much capital is enough?

Standards NZ & Standards Australia, timber structures standard, DZ NZS AS 1720.1/V6.0, comments close Saturday 9 February

Trade – overseas merchandise, November, Thursday 20 December
US Federal Reserve, open market committee, Wednesday-Thursday 18-19 December

Events:

BIMinNZ conference, Wednesday 8 May, Wellington

Prefab NZ, CoLab, Wednesday-Friday 13-15 March, Auckland

Property Council, residential summit, Wednesday 27 February, SkyCity Convention Centre

Property Council, annual awards, Friday 14 June

Listeds – NZ:

Precinct Properties NZ Ltd, interim result, Tuesday 19 February
Vital Healthcare Property Trust, annual meeting, Thursday 20 December at 2pm, Ellerslie Event Centre

Parliament

Provisional order paper for Tuesday 18 December [PDF 472k]

Valedictory statement from National MP Chris Finlayson at 5.40pm Tuesday

Government orders of the day:

3, Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Monetary Policy) Amendment Bill, third reading
6, Earthquake Commission Amendment Bill, third reading
7, Crown Minerals Amendment Bill, third reading
10-12, Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill (No 2), Regulatory Systems (Housing) Amendment Bill (No 2) & Regulatory Systems (Workforce) Amendment  Bill (No 2), first reading (omnibus cognate bills to improve regulatory systems, introduced 12 December – business committee determination)
18, Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2), committee stage
21, Trusts Bill, second reading (report of the Justice Committee presented 31 October)
23, Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Governance & Administration Committee presented 3 October)
25, Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill, committee stage
26, Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill (No 2), committee stage
27, Ngai Te Rangi & Nga Potiki Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 21 November 2016)
28, Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective Redress & Nga Hapu o Ngati Ranginui Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 3 March 2017)
31, Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2), committee stage

Parliament knocks off for the year on Thursday.

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Council OKs budget for consultation, signs off contributions policy

Auckland Council made a number of important decisions this week – its annual budget & development contributions policy at the top of the list.

The budget, for the July 2019-June 2020 year, goes out for public consultation in February and will be approved at the end of June.

The contributions policy has been through consultation, including a number of workshops with developers. Some changes were presented yesterday, which I’ll detail in a subsequent item.

Both went quickly through the council’s governing body yesterday after considerable debate at earlier sessions.

Unfortunately, my own website battles have got in the way of the stories, so, for today, you can check out details on council links, and I’ll aim to point to specific areas in both the budget & contributions policy for Monday.

Links from this week’s finance & performance committee and governing body meetings, on budget & development contributions:
Annual budget 2019-20 item for public consultation
Mayoral proposal for the annual budget 2019-20
Mayoral proposal for the annual budget 2019-20
Annual budget 2019-20 – consultation material overview 
Rates &fee issues for annual budget 2019-20 
Proposed changes to the urban rating area 
Proposed increases in regulatory fees and deposits 
Annual budget 2019-20 – consultation material overview
Rates & fee issues for annual budget 2019-20
Proposed changes to the urban rating area 
Proposed increases in regulatory fees & deposits
November workshop – Auckland Council’s debt strategy
Contributions policy 2019    
Draft contributions policy 2019 – analysis of feedback received 
Contributions policy for adoption Contributions supporting analysis – transport unit of demand factors 
Local board views 
Attachment C – development contributions stakeholder presentations workshop minutes
Attachment E – development contributions workshop minutes
Attachment G – development contributions discussion workshop minutes
Annual budget 2019-20 – consultation material overview
Rates & fee issues for annual budget 2019-20
Proposed changes to the urban rating area
Proposed increases in regulatory fees & deposits 

Attribution: Council documents & meetings.

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Councillors get confidential report on way forward as St Marys Bay sewage project heads to Environment Court

4 objections have been lodged with the Environment Court against Auckland Council’s plan to dig a giant drain under houses along the St Mary’s Bay ridge, aimed at improving stormwater & sewage flows into the Waitemata Harbour.

Above: An aerial image showing where the 1km drain would be constructed.

The council’s Healthy Waters general manager, Craig McIlroy, told the strategic procurement committee yesterday 2 community organisations & 2 individuals had lodged objections, and the council had asked the court to set up a mediation process.

In his report to the committee, Mr McIlroy said the aim was to have the drain working by the end of 2020, meeting a timeframe for a number of large infrastructure projects to be in place before the America’s Cup yachting event, meeting of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation, to meet in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch) and biennial Te Matatini festival, all in 2021.

The project involves the construction of a new trunk sewer to capture current overflows and divert them to a new pump station at Point Erin. When the capacity of the pump station is exceeded, overflows will go to a new sea outfall from Point Erin to deeper moving water in the harbour.

The key ingredient of the $30 million-plus project is a 1km conveyance & storage pipeline (1.8m internal diameter, about 2500mᶟ capacity) extending from New St to Pt Erin Park, underground & beneath residential properties, recreation areas & road reserve, with an invert depth ranging between 5m and up to 22m deep. (Check the 14 November story link below for further details of the project proposal).

The St Marys Bay & Point Erin improvement project went to a hearing by independent commissioners in November. They approved it on 9 November, but objectors were then heard by the council’s regulatory committee a week later. The committee deliberated in private, didn’t issue a decision in a minute but said the decision would be made public within a week.

Although that didn’t appear to have happened, committee chair Cllr Linda Cooper told me the committee had confirmed the commissioners’ decision. The project was back before the strategic procurement committee yesterday – starting in public then going to the confidential section of the agenda for discussion of financial implications, risks & mitigations arising from procurement of the project and next steps for procurement.

Mr McIlroy outlined the present situation in his report to the procurement committee: “At present, a combined sewer network carrying both stormwater & wastewater services about 15,000 households in central Auckland, including St Marys Bay. The network is very close to capacity and combined sewer overflows are frequent, with increasing public concern regarding these and pressure to reduce them.

“The St Marys Bay area experiences high frequencies of wastewater overflows from mainly 3 engineered overflow points. A further 2 discharge onto Masefield Beach.

“The St Marys Bay & Masefield Beach water quality improvement project has been designed to resolve these issues. It is the first major project to be funded through the council’s new water quality targeted rate and forms part of the broader western isthmus water quality improvement programme.”

Mr McIlroy said that, through undertaking this project, “further improvements to the combined network can take place without continued contamination of these beaches. This is important as the full suite of proposed solutions will take some time to implement.”

He said the regulatory committee had noted in its deliberations that “they do not think there is a causal link between the works & ‘cliff instability due to the depth at which the pipeline will be installed, the construction methodology, monitoring & the technology used.’”

Earlier story:
14 November 2018: Tank to solve western isthmus overflows approved, round 2 begins Friday

Attribution: Council committee meeting, agenda, hearing documents.

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3-way partnership to fund infrastructure for next big subdivision at Wainui

Government support for infrastructure funding ahead of the next big residential development between the Hibiscus Coast & Kumeu is recognition that Auckland Council doesn’t have the capacity to provide the works immediately, for recovery over the longer term.

Image above: Housing developed over the last 5 years below the Millwater Parkway.

Through the immigration explosion of the last 5 years, the council’s debt has risen to be a wafer short of its limit, although the same issues of infrastructure funding have been staring politicians in the face for 2 decades.

The last government chose major roads as its best option for infrastructure funding, and watched on as former mayor Len Brown told Wellington the Auckland council would go it alone in starting the city rail link. The Government later joined in, to become a full partner.

Offroad transport is the greatest apparent need to defuse the congestion steadily bringing Auckland to a more widespread standstill, at all times of the day. But, as the net inflow of migrants into the region remains above 30,000/year, a change in how subdivision preliminary works are funded was equally imperative.

3-way partnership, outlay recouped through targeted rates

Housing & Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford.

The answer from Housing & Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford came on Wednesday, when he & Auckland mayor Phil Goff announced a 3-way partnership to fund $91 million of roading & wastewater infrastructure to support the building of 9000 homes at Wainui, immediately west of the Millwater subdivision rapidly being built out between Silverdale, Orewa & State Highway 1 40km north-east of downtown Auckland.

Along with the council & Government entity Crown Infrastructure Partners Ltd, the Government special purpose vehicle (SPV) will have Fulton Hogan Land Development Ltd as the third partner.

Mr Twyford said the Milldale project (an extension beyond Millwater, which began in 2007 with Fulton Hogan as one of the partners) “demonstrates an approach to funding that allows private investment in new infrastructure, with the debt sitting on a balance sheet that is neither the council’s nor the Government’s.

“The Milldale project is an example of the innovative new approaches to financing infrastructure that the Government is developing through the urban growth agenda. This funding model can be used in other high growth areas affected by the housing crisis to help more houses to be built more quickly.

“This could include private investment in infrastructure, funded by a charge on the properties that benefit from the infrastructure.

“This new infrastructure funding model will result in a large number of homes being built much sooner than otherwise would have been the case.

“One of the major roadblocks to our towns & cities growing is the lack of ready access to finance for the infrastructure that allows for new urban growth, for greenfields or brownfields developments.”

Mr Goff said addressing the shortage & unaffordability of houses was a priority: “We’ve zoned much more land for housing, but we need the infrastructure before we can build on it. Using Crown Infrastructure Partners to fund that infrastructure enables us to build roads, water & wastewater services without overburdening the council with debt and exceeding our debt:revenue ratio.

“We can build more homes sooner and tackle the housing crisis quicker than would otherwise have been possible.

“This project enables nearly 4000 new dwellings in Milldale, and the infrastructure can support another 5000 dwellings in the surrounding areas as well. It’s a big step towards meeting Auckland’s housing needs.”

Fulton Hogan Land Development has already started work on Milldale.

Crown Infrastructure Partners has secured long-term fixed-rate debt from the Accident Compensation Corp, and the special purpose vehicle will provide $48.9 million towards the infrastructure, with the Crown contributing less than $4 million.

The council contribution will total $33.5 million.

The SPV funding will be repaid over time, partly by Fulton Hogan Land Development and partly by section owners as an ‘infrastructure payment’ collected as a targeted rate through council rates bills.

Mr Twyford said: “This new model of infrastructure financing means that long-term debt can be raised through the SPV to enable the building of largescale infrastructure, which is needed to step up the rate houses are being built at, and to assist councils which are nearing their debt limits.

“The Milldale development will be a modern, contained urban development with green spaces & parks, a town centre, cycleways & walkways, and potentially education facilities, and will be connected to the northern busway.

The infrastructure includes a new arterial road & bridge connecting Wainui Rd to the State Highway 1 interchange & Dairy Flat Highway at Silverdale, intersection upgrades, a roading extension & bridge to the Highgate Parkway business precinct on the eastern side of the motorway, and wastewater tunnels.

Construction of the wastewater tunnel has started, and the first residential sections will be released in the early new year.

Mr Twyford said the infrastructure funding & financing pillar of the Government’s urban growth agenda would enable responsive infrastructure provision & appropriate cost allocation, including the use of project financing & access to financial capital.

Through this agenda, he said the Government aimed to reform infrastructure funding & financing by:

  • providing a broader range of tools & mechanisms  to enable net beneficial bulk & distribution infrastructure to be funded
  • rebalancing development risk from local authorities to the development sector, and
  • making long-term debt finance available to developers willing to take on the commercial risk, with the debt serviced by revenue from the new properties in a development.

Link: Millwater & Milldale website

Attribution: Ministerial release.

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 15-21 October 2018

Several new consent hearings, environment committee has notable items on agenda

Several resource consent applications around Auckland have moved from the submissions stage through to hearings during the next 2 months. You can check the applications below.

The one Auckland Council scheduled to meet this week, environment & community, has a number of notable items on its agenda – no matter what your perspective on environmental issues.

They include the council’s draft submissions on changes proposed to the Residential Tenancies Act, healthy homes standards, the emissions trading scheme & the 3 waters review.

Other business before that committee includes quarterly updates on targeted rates for water quality & the natural environment.

The committee has a confidential item on the acquisition of open space in 3 Kings (precise address not given), and the chair of the Puketapapa local board has a motion before his board on Thursday regarding the council’s deal with Fletcher Residential Ltd over allocation of open space & development of sports fields in the company’s 3 Kings quarry project.
Link: Local board agenda

Several resource consent applications around Auckland have moved from the submissions stage through to hearings during the next 2 months. You can check the applications below.

The diary is updated weekly and lists auctions, council meetings & agendas, hearings & submissions, economic release dates, events, Parliament order paper items and securities.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via 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

As Auckland Council makes changes to its website, hearing & submission pages can be hard to find. This is the new link to the page for submissions on consent applications:

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Governing body

Governing body, Thursday 25 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Committees

Environment & community committee, Tuesday 16 October at 9.30am, Town Hall:
9, Auckland Council’s draft submission on the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 discussion document
Recommendation
10, Auckland Council’s draft submission on healthy homes standards
Recommendation
11, Auckland Council’s draft submission on the NZ emissions trading scheme
Recommendation
12, Auckland Council’s early position on the 3 waters review
Recommendation
13, Water quality targeted rate – Quarter 1 2018 update
Recommendation
14, Natural environment targeted rate – Quarter1 2018 update
Recommendation
15, UNESCO Creative Cities Network update presentation
Recommendation
16, Summary of environment & community committee information – updates, memos & briefings
Recommendation
C1, Acquisition of open space land – 3 Kings (in confidential agenda)

Boards, forums & panels:

Rodney Local Board, Thursday 18 October at 2pm, Orewa, council service centre, 50 Centreway Rd:
11, Draft facility partnership policy (also being considered by other local boards)
Recommendation
12, Relationship agreement between Rodney Local Board & Ngati Whatua o Kaipara
Recommendation

Hearings:

Find hearings: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/hearings/find-hearing/Pages/find-resource-consent-hearing.aspx

Beachlands, 17a Bell Rd, application by Signature Building Ltd (Gavin Hunt) to establish & operate a childcare facility for 105 children & 17 staff, removing the existing dwelling & garage and constructing a purpose-built building comprising 678m² of floor area, 564m² of associated outdoor play area to the east & south, and 19 onsite parking spaces + manoeuvring area at the front; hearing Tuesday-Wednesday 6-7 November at 9.30am, Manukau, council service centre, 31-33 Manukau Station Rd

Epsom, 57, 61-67 Ranfurly Rd and 8, 12 & 14 Epsom Avenue, application by Epsom Village Partnership to expand the retirement village; hearing Monday-Tuesday 29-30 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Grey Lynn, 859 Great North Rd, Western Springs Lakeside Park (Te Wai Orea), application by Auckland Council Community Facilities to remove about 200 pine trees and undertaking stabilisation & restoration planting, hearing Tuesday-Wednesday 11-12 December at 9.30am, Town Hall

Grey Lynn, 560 Richmond Rd, application by Drago Jujnovich (Jadren Trust) to remove dwelling and use the site for up to 13 parking spaces (staff & cars waiting to be repaired) associated with the West Lynn Paint & Panel shop at 570-580 Richmond Rd; hearing Friday 19 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Grey Lynn, 11 Surrey Crescent, application by Surrey Crescent Cohaus Ltd for combined land use & subdivision consent for a 19-unit cohousing development & villa relocation, hearing reconvened to Monday 29 October (at 9.30am?) for applicant’s right of reply, Town Hall

Hobsonville Point, 258-268 Hobsonville Point Rd, application by Marlborough Precinct Holdings Ltd (Chris & Michaela Meehan, Queenstown) to construct 2 apartment buildings ranging from 3-15 storeys and a 3-storey terraced townhouse block, providing for a total of 101 dwellings, above 2 basement parking levels accommodating 147 spaces; hearing Wednesday-Thursday 17-18 October at 9.30am, Henderson, civic building, 6 Henderson Valley Rd

Onehunga, 1A Bamfield Place, application by Auckland Council Community Facilities for resource consent to build a coastal boardwalk running from Bamfield Reserve, Onehunga, to Taylors Bay Rd Reserve, Hillsborough; hearing Monday 19 November at 9.30am, Manukau, council service centre, 31-33 Manukau Station Rd

Regionwide, stormwater diversion, application by Auckland Council Healthy Waters Unit, hearing Tuesday-Friday 20-23 November at 9.30am, Town Hall

Rosedale, 54 Parkway Drive, application by Lucy Li (of Li NZ Investments Ltd & Kayes Development Ltd) to construct 3 5-storey buildings on a 7291m² site to provide a mixed-use development including 2169m² of commercial floorspace & 84 apartments; the site backs on to Sunset Rd and is beside the North Shore police station; hearing Wednesday 28 November at 9.30am, Takapuna, council service centre, 1 The Strand

Sandringham, 26 Aroha Avenue, limited notification of application by NJ Hart Trust to construct a 10-apartment building, parking, excavations including rock breaking for the building platform; hearing Wednesday 7 November at 9.30am, Mt Eden, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall 489 Dominion Rd

St Marys Bay, 10 Seymour St, limited notification of application by Craig & Kym Anderson to undertake dwelling additions & alterations, hearing Thursday 25 October at 10am, Town Hall

Westhaven Marina, application by Panuku Development Auckland to extend the north-western breakwater & causeway; hearing Tuesday-Thursday 23-25 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Submissions:

To find applications open to submissions: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Karaka, Laing Rd (lot 1, opposite 119 Laing Rd), application by Wayne Valder to undertake 9570m² of earthworks to establish a dwelling with a basement & driveway; the council notice says the site & surrounding area have recently been identified as a probable castle & moat volcano and have been recommended by a recognised specialist for consideration as an outstanding natural feature; the application includes an assessment of environmental effects and overall is a restricted discretionary activity; submissions open Thursday 18 October

Swanson, 5 & 7-11 Christian Rd, application CDL Land (NZ) Ltd for joint land use & subdivision consent to create 48 residential lots of varying sizes, generally in accordance with the subdivision overlay plan in the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part), associated standard infringements pursuant to the underlying large lot zone, overall non-complying, submissions close Tuesday 16 October

Te Arai, 205 Lake Rd, Auckland Council has previously notified a range of resource consent applications sought by Pacey Family No 2 Trust for the continuation & expansion of Lake Rd quarry; the proposed expansion of the quarry will involve the drainage & reclamation of 2 streams; the applicant & Auckland Council have confirmed that one of the streams earlier identified as ephemeral is an intermittent stream; this additional resource consent has therefore been applied for, seeking the removal of a 90m length of intermittent watercourse within the proposed quarry footprint; while the second stream is ephemeral, the resource consent application outlines that the proposal will also involve the drainage & reclamation of that stream; the applicant has also provided an updated ecological mitigation plan which includes restoration of an existing intermittent stream within the site to mitigate the loss of the intermittent watercourse; submission close Friday 26 October

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, residential Tuesday-Friday at 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, commercial, Total Property 7, Wednesday 24 October at 11am; residential, Wednesdays at 2pm, Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 17 October at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Building consents, September, Wednesday 31 October
Business demography statistics, at February, Friday 26 October
Energy use, 2018, Monday 15 October
Environmental reporting series – air indicators, Thursday 18 October
Household income & housing cost statistics, June year, Tuesday 30 October

Household labour force survey, estimated working-age population, September quarter, Wednesday 31 October
Household living-costs price indexes, September quarter, Friday 26 October
Migration, international travel, September, Friday 19 October
Population, provisional subnational estimates at 30 June, Tuesday 23 October
Property transfer statistics, September quarter, Tuesday 30 October
Trade, overseas merchandise, September, Thursday 25 October
Transport vehicle registrations, September – Infoshare tables, Wednesday 17 October

Events:

Architectural Designers NZ, annual conference, Thursday-Saturday 25-27 October, Rotorua

Australasian auctioneering championships, Monday-Tuesday 15-16 October, Q Theatre, Auckland, hosted by Real Estate Institute of NZ

Listeds – NZ:

Auckland International Airport Ltd, annual meeting, Wednesday 31 October at 10am, Manukau, Vodafone Events Centre
Fletcher Building Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 20 November at 10.30am, Eden Park, Kingsland, 42 Reimers Avenue
Heartland Bank Ltd, final court orders on corporate restructure moving shareholdings to new parent scheduled for Friday 19 October, implementation Wednesday 31 October, new Heartland Group Holdings shares to begin trading on the NZX & ASX Thursday 1 November
Metlifecare Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 18 October at 2.30pm, Eden Park, Kingsland, 42 Reimers Avenue, South Stand
Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 25 October, Auckland

Parliament:

Provisional order paper for Tuesday 16 October [PDF 481k]

Government orders of the day:

1, Commerce Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Transport & Infrastructure Committee presented 12 September)
2, Equal Pay Amendment Bill, first reading (introduced 19 September)
3, Education Amendment Bill, committee stage
5, Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill, committee stage
6, Courts Matters Bill, committee stage
7, Tribunals Powers & Procedures Legislation Bill, committee stage
9, Employment Relations Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Education & Workforce Committee presented 7 September; bill is to restore key minimum standards & protections for employees, and to implement a suite of changes to promote & strengthen collective bargaining & union rights in the workplace; the changes are intended to introduce greater fairness in the workplace between employees & employers, in order to promote productive employment relationships)
10, Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2), second reading (report of the Governance & Administration Committee presented 16 April)
11, Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Economic Development, Science & Innovation Committee presented 17 August)
12, Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill, second reading (report of the Social Services & Community Committee presented 16 August; omnibus bill to alter the residential qualifications for NZ superannuation & the veteran’s pension to allow the requirement that a person also have 5 years’ residence & presence in NZ over the age of 50 to be met instead with residence & presence in NZ, the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau, or any combination of those countries & that territory)
20, Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Economic Development, Science & Innovation Committee presented 31 July)
21, Conservation (Infringement System) Bill, second reading (report of the Environment Committee presented 23 August; omnibus bill to amend a number of conservation-related laws and introduce an infringement system only to be provided to central & local government agencies, to deal with less serious offending in relation to public resources)
22, Ngati Tuwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill, committee stage
23, Ngai Te Rangi & Nga Potiki Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 21 November 2016)
24, Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective Redress & Nga Hapu o Ngati Ranginui Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 3 March 2017)
27, Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2), committee stage (to enable improved service delivery & infrastructure provision arrangements at the local government level)
29, Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill, second reading (report of the Local Government & Environment Committee presented 22 July 2016; bill title change recommended)

Business not available for debate

Earthquake Commission Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 27 September)
Local Government (Community Wellbeing) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Governance & Administration Committee presented 3 October; the bill’s main objectives are to restore the purpose of local government to be “to promote the social, economic, environmental & cultural wellbeing of communities”; to restore territorial authorities’ power to collect development contributions for any public amenities needed as a consequence of development; and to make a minor modification to the development contributions power)
Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Social Services & Community Committee presented 3 October)
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee presented 3 October; changes to ratify the Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership)

Members’ orders of the day:

1, Education (National Education & Learning Priorities) Amendment Bill, Jan Tinetti, committee stage (bill criticised as pointless in minority statement from National Party members of committee)

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 1-7 October 2018

The diary is updated weekly and lists auctions, council meetings & agendas, hearings & submissions, economic release dates, events, Parliament order paper items and securities.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via 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

As Auckland Council makes changes to its website, hearing & submission pages can be hard to find. This is the new link to the page for submissions on consent applications:

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Governing body

Governing body, Thursday 25 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Committees

Appointments, performance review & value for money committee, Wednesday 3 October at 2.30pm, 135 Albert St:
8, Quarterly savings target report
9, Update report for appointments to Auckland Transport, Regional Facilities Auckland & Tamaki Redevelopment Co Ltd
Recommendation
11, Forward work programme
12, Committee information report
Recommendation
C3, Shortlist candidates for director vacancies on Auckland Transport& Regional Facilities Auckland (in confidential agenda)
C4, Tamaki Redevelopment Co Ltd, director appointments (in confidential agenda)

Community development & safety committee, Thursday 4 October at 1.30pm, 135 Albert St:
11, Kia Whai kainga tatou katoa – the regional cross-sectoral homelessness plan
Recommendation

Planning committee, Tuesday 2 October at 9.30am, Town Hall:
8, Auckland Transport: Intelligent transport systems – key projects & initiatives
9, AMETI eastern busway update 
10, Unitary plan, proposed plan change – rural activities 
11, Request to make operative plan change 11
12, Auckland Council submission on the proposed Waikato district plan
13, Scope of policy work on affordable housing
14, Summary of planning committee information memos & briefings
Memo on mandatory change to the regional policy statement

Regulatory committee, Thursday 4 October at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
10, Update report from resource consents department
Resource consent department presentation 
11, Summary of information items
Resource consents regionwide appeals report & register
Forward work programme
Urgent decision re delegated authority – plan change 4 [published separately]

Strategic procurement committee, Wednesday 3 October at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
8, Information report
9, Update on financial year 2019 capex forward work programme 
10, Westgate multipurpose facility (integrated library & community centre) construction, status update (and in confidential agenda)
11, Update on category strategy for technical services (and in confidential agenda)

Boards, forums & panels:

Disability advisory panel, Thursday 4 October at 12.30pm, Town Hall
10, Te ao tangata – Universal design conference, update
Recommendation
Universal design conference – presentation

Hearings:

Find hearings: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/hearings/find-hearing/Pages/find-resource-consent-hearing.aspx

Avondale, Avondale racecourse, 2-18 Ash St, application by Avondale Jockey Club to subdivide a portion of land within the racecourse to enable development; hearing Wednesday 3 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Beachlands, 40 Kahawairahi Drive, application by RJ Rentals Ltd (Vaughan Crang & Clinton Healy) to subdivide a 1725m² in a residential single house zone, Beachlands 1 precinct, into 5 residential lots ranging in size from 269-527m² and to construct 2 duplexes on 4 of the lots and a single dwelling on the remaining lot, hearing Monday 8 October at 9.30am, Manukau Civic Building, 31-33 Manukau Station Rd

Epsom, 57, 61-67 Ranfurly Rd and 8, 12 & 14 Epsom Avenue, application by Epsom Village Partnership to expand the retirement village; hearing Monday-Tuesday 29-30 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Grey Lynn, 560 Richmond Rd, application by Drago Jujnovich (Jadren Trust) to remove dwelling and use the site for up to 13 parking spaces (staff & cars waiting to be repaired) associated with the West Lynn Paint & Panel shop at 570-580 Richmond Rd; hearing Friday 19 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Henderson, 31B Garelja Rd, application by Solution Street Ltd (Gary Gordon) to construct 6 residential units & subdivide to create 6 freehold lots, hearing Thursday 4 October at 9.30am, Henderson, civic building, 6 Henderson Valley Rd

Hobsonville Point, 258-268 Hobsonville Point Rd, application by Marlborough Precinct Holdings Ltd (Chris & Michaela Meehan, Queenstown) to construct 2 apartment buildings ranging from 3-15 storeys and a 3-storey terraced townhouse block, providing for a total of 101 dwellings, above 2 basement parking levels accommodating 147 spaces; hearing Wednesday-Thursday 17-18 October at 9.30am, Henderson, civic building, 6 Henderson Valley Rd

Regionwide, stormwater diversion, application by Auckland Council Healthy Waters Unit, hearing Tuesday-Friday 20-23 November at 9.30am, Town Hall

St Marys Bay, 10 Seymour St, limited notification of application by Craig & Kym Anderson to undertake dwelling additions & alterations, hearing Thursday 25 October at 10am, Town Hall

Westhaven Marina, application by Panuku Development Auckland to extend the north-western breakwater & causeway; hearing Tuesday-Thursday 23-25 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Submissions:

To find applications open to submissions: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

CBD, Queens Wharf (northern end), application by Panuku Development Auckland for resource consent for upgrades to provide for the safe berthing of cruise ships up to 362m (Oasis class vessels), involving construction of 2 mooring dolphins 49m & 82m (to the centres of the dolphins), to a total length of 90m, from the end of the wharf into the coastal marine area, a gangway connection to the wharf including hydraulic retractable gangway & security gates, strengthening of the southern end of the wharf, 7 new additional wharf bollards on the eastern side at the southern end of the wharf, and additional fender clusters on the eastern side at the north end of the wharf; overall it is a discretionary activity; submissions close Monday 8 October

Epsom, 38 Ferryhill Rd, limited notification of application by Jason Liu to demolish a special character dwelling and replace it with a new dwelling, submissions close Monday 8 October

Hobbs Bay, 1121 Whangaparaoa Rd, limited notification of application by Bryham Investments Ltd to convert a house into a childcare centre for up to 65 children, submissions close Friday 5 October

Mission Bay, 75-79, 81-87 & 89-97 Tamaki Drive, 6, 8-10, 12 & 14 Patteson Avenue, 26, 28, & 30 Marau Crescent, application by Drive Holdings Ltd (Urban Legacy & Partners Ltd (Haydn & Mark Staples) for resource consent to demolish all existing buildings and construct 7 multi-level buildings extending across the entire area, providing for retail, food & beverage, entertainment (cinema) & residential activities; submissions close Wednesday 10 October
Earlier story, 13 August 2018: New Urban Partners scheme for Mission Bay a $200 million project

Mt Eden, 443-445 Mt Eden Rd, application by Samson Corp Ltd (Michael Friedlander & family) to demolish the front building on the 548m² site (occupied by Circus Circus café & Ray White real estate agency) and remove the about-1900 villa at rear, and construct an office & retail building with ground-level parking, a 3-storey face to the west & 2 storeys to Mt Eden Rd; submissions close Tuesday 2 October

Swanson, 5 & 7-11 Christian Rd, application CDL Land (NZ) Ltd for joint land use & subdivision consent to create 48 residential lots of varying sizes, generally in accordance with the subdivision overlay plan in the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part), associated standard infringements pursuant to the underlying large lot zone, overall non-complying, submissions close Tuesday 16 October

Te Arai, 205 Lake Rd, Auckland Council has previously notified a range of resource consent applications sought by Pacey Family No 2 Trust for the continuation & expansion of Lake Rd quarry; the proposed expansion of the quarry will involve the drainage & reclamation of 2 streams; the applicant & Auckland Council have confirmed that one of the streams earlier identified as ephemeral is an intermittent stream; this additional resource consent has therefore been applied for, seeking the removal of a 90m length of intermittent watercourse within the proposed quarry footprint; while the second stream is ephemeral, the resource consent application outlines that the proposal will also involve the drainage & reclamation of that stream; the applicant has also provided an updated ecological mitigation plan which includes restoration of an existing intermittent stream within the site to mitigate the loss of the intermittent watercourse; submission close Friday 26 October

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, residential Tuesday-Friday at 10am & 1.30pm, 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, commercial, Total Property 7, Wednesday 24 October at 11am; residential, Wednesdays at 2pm, Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 3 October at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 10 October at 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
One Agency, mortgagee auction, Tuesday 2 October at 2pm, Parnell, 272 Parnell Rd
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St
Ray White Commercial, Wednesday 10 October at 11am, on site at Henderson, 144C Central Park Drive

Economy:

Accommodation survey, August, Wednesday 10 October
Building consents, September, Wednesday 31 October
Business demography statistics, at February, Friday 26 October
Dwelling & household estimates, September quarter, Friday 5 October
Electronic card transactions, September, Wednesday 10 October
Energy use, 2018, Monday 15 October
Environmental reporting series – air indicators, Thursday 18 October
Food price index, September, Thursday 11 October
Household income & housing cost statistics, June year, Tuesday 30 October
Household labour force survey, estimated working-age population, September quarter, Wednesday 31 October
Household living-costs price indexes, September quarter, Friday 26 October
Migration, international travel, September, Friday 19 October
Population, provisional subnational estimates at 30 June, Tuesday 23 October
Property transfer statistics, September quarter, Tuesday 30 October
Trade, overseas merchandise, September, Thursday 25 October
Transport vehicle registrations, September – Infoshare tables, Wednesday 17 October

Events:

Architectural Designers NZ, annual conference, Thursday-Saturday 25-27 October, Rotorua

Listeds – NZ:

Auckland International Airport Ltd, annual meeting, Wednesday 31 October at 10am, Manukau, Vodafone Events Centre
Fletcher Building Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 20 November at 10.30am, Eden Park, Kingsland, 42 Reimers Avenue
Heartland Bank Ltd, final court orders on corporate restructure moving shareholdings to new parent scheduled for Friday 19 October, implementation Wednesday 31 October, new Heartland Group Holdings shares to begin trading on the NZX & ASX Thursday 1 November
Metlifecare Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 18 October at 2.30pm, Eden Park, Kingsland, 42 Reimers Avenue, South Stand
Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 25 October, Auckland

Parliament

Parliament resumes sitting on Tuesday 16 October

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Argument erupts over speaking rights on marinas

Auckland Council’s management of its non-existent marinas policy is going from bad to worse.

At the council planning committee’s meeting a fortnight ago, chair Cllr Chris Darby allowed opponents of marina sales time to speak in the public input slot but rejected the speaking request from Empire Capital Ltd property & development manager David Boersen for being too late with his request.

Anyone wanting to address that committee on marinas was going to be late with their request, because the council didn’t post the relevant material on its online agenda until the morning of the meeting.

One group that did provide input to the planning committee, the Auckland Marine Users Association through chair Richard Steel, applied the previous Thursday to speak, but had less than 24 hours to prepare its presentation because of the lateness of the marinas report.

At the weekend, Mr Boersen was listed to address the council’s finance & performance committee tomorrow about the planning committee’s marinas recommendation – and the Marine Users Association has fired off a letter to the mayor & all committee members, arguing that his request shouldn’t have been granted.

Mr Steel said in his objection it was inappropriate for Mr Boersen to address the finance meeting without an opportunity for input by other interested parties because the first part of the recommendation (to hold a workshop) was a planning committee matter, and the second part (not to proceed with the sale of any marina land pending completion of the forward plan) wasn’t a finance committee agenda item.

Mr Steel wrote: “If the finance & performance committee meeting wished to consider this recommendation on 18 September there is no reason why it should not have been on the main agenda and other interested parties given the opportunity to speak as a part of public input.”

Against the association’s less than 24 hours to prepare, Mr Steel said Mr Boersen had been given a fortnight.

Mr Steel said the finance committee should decline Mr Boersen’s speaking request, or allow other interested parties to speak at the same meeting.

My comment:

  1. Public input at the council isn’t confined to what the council has on its agenda.
  2. The 2 committees are essentially the same people (all councillors, a possible change in Independent Maori Statutory Board representation). People wanting to provide public input are sometimes sent to a committee which the council thinks is more relevant, but not always.
  3. The public input section of council meetings is not about debate, although more than one side might address the same topic at the same meeting.
  4. Auckland Council owns marinas and needs policies & strategies on both ownership & operation, and therefore on sale.
  5. Separately, the council needs policies & strategies on waterfront use, including marinas it owns & those it doesn’t own.
  6. Empire Capital, as an owner of marinas, has been advancing development scenarios for several years. It’s sensible for the company’s position to be understood.

Earlier story:
4 September 2018: Council wades into deep water in marinas debate

Attribution: Committee agenda, Marine Users Association.

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Assessment of north-west community facilities shortfall nears decision time

An Auckland Council report on community facilities in the north-west – and recommended action – will go to the 4 relevant local boards this week.

The area investigated covers 150km2, represents just 3% of the region and had an estimated population of just 34,230 last year.

But that population is expected to balloon by 350% through to 2046. In the east at the moment, the new Millwater subdivision out from Silverdale is hemmed in by the Northern Motorway. From there to Kumeu at night, all is pitch black, but that won’t last much longer.

The council investigation area included parts of the Rodney, Upper Harbour & Henderson-Massey local board areas.

Report authors principal policy analyst Antonia Butler & southern community policy team leader Elizabeth Fitton-Higgins said the north-west’s population was growing faster than the Auckland average, which would put pressure on existing community services & facilities and create demand for new services.

Council staff investigated the provision of community facilities across the north-west over the last financial year to identify gaps now & likely in future.

Their key findings:

  • The baseline population is aging but new developments are bringing in younger people, families & increasing ethnic diversity, which will impact service needs
  • Economic & geographic disparity restricts access and creates barriers to participation for some residents, particularly those in rural areas and in lower socio-economic areas such as parts of Westgate & Massey
  • A pool & additional sport & recreation space are priorities for many residents, and
  • There is some capacity within existing facilities and opportunities to better target services to increase participation in low user groups.

The recommended key moves to address the findings are:

  • Address condition issues at Kumeu Library to maintain service levels
  • New aquatic provision from 2026, ideally near Westgate
  • Additional recreation/leisure space in Rodney by 2026 and further recreation space in the longer term (2036) in the Henderson-Massey or Upper Harbour area to support 4 additional indoor courts
  • Potential additional multi-purpose community space in Whenuapai from 2026 and Kumeu from 2036, subject to the impact of new provision in Westgate, the rate of growth across the area and the needs of emerging communities.

The local boards will be asked to endorse the report’s findings & consequent next steps – to assess options, start strategic cases for change and develop an indicative business case.

Links:
Rodney local board agenda item
North-west community facilities provision investigation summary report
Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 17-23 September 2018

Attribution: Council committee agenda.

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Corrected: Council asset disposal policy up for Penlink-related argument

Published 16 September 2018, corrected 17 September 2018 (it’s not a reserve):
20 years after a Whangaparaoa Peninsula section was acquired for widening of the peninsula’s main road, nearly 3 years after the Auckland Transport board determined it was no longer needed for that purpose and 2 years after the rationalisation process began, an Auckland Council committee will determine on Tuesday whether the site will be sold.

That’s the easy question. The more difficult one – which the council’s finance & performance committee is most likely to reach to maintain consistency – is that the return from the sale should go into the general council pot, not to a local preference.

Through the 8 years of the super-city Auckland Council, the council has determined that funds from asset disposal should be assigned to priorities wherever they occur in the region, not necessarily to the locality of the disposal.

The property up for a disposal decision on Tuesday, 8 Hiwi Crescent in Stanmore Bay, was bought by the former Rodney District Council in 1998 to enable widening of the main peninsula road. It’s 100m uphill from a busy new supermarket – and from the start point for the long-mooted Penlink crossing of the Weiti River, which gets on to transport infrastructure priority lists from time to time and then gets knocked off again.

Correction: I wrote initially that the vacant 809m² section was declared a reserve while the roadworks were awaited. That’s been questioned and I can’t find any reference to the reserve status tonight. Council property arm Panuku Development Auckland has a disposal budget to meet ($24 million by 30 June next year), has undertaken consultation and has concluded it’s time for this asset to go. A neighbour has expressed interest.

The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board endorsed its sale, but asked that any sale proceeds be allocated to a relevant Penlink transport infrastructure budget, and will make a presentation to the council committee’s Tuesday meeting to argue that point.

The committee’s advice is that such an allocation wouldn’t accord with council financial policy.

Links:
8 Hiwi Crescent, Stanmore Bay property information    
Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 18 September at 9.30am, Town Hall:
8, Disposal recommendations report September 2018
Recommendation
30R Birmingham Rd, Otara, property information 
8 Hiwi Crescent, Stanmore Bay, property information 
Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 17-23 September 2018

Attribution: Council committee agenda.

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