Annual Budget 2016/2017

Status:Closed

Closing date:24/03/2016

Area:Auckland-wide

Contact: annualplan@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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About the budget


The Annual Budget consultation closed on March 24 2016.

All feedback was processed and considered by elected members.

Click here to see the Consultation Overview Report (PDF 445KB).

On 30 June 2016, the Annual Budget was adopted by the Governing Body.

See the Auckland Council website for more information, including the summary reports and the final Annual Budget. 

The key issues

This consultation is now closed and we are reviewing all feedback.

 

There are two parts to your rates:

The first part is a fixed charge, known as the Uniform Annual General Charge or UAGC, which ensures every ratepayer pays the same minimum contribution for council services.

The second part is a variable charge, which is based on your property’s capital value.

Changing the UAGC will shift the balance of rates between higher and lower value properties, but will not increase the overall amount of rates that the council collects.

In 2016/2017 the UACG is currently set to be $397 per ratepayer.

What is your opinion on the fixed charge portion of rates, known as the Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC)?

If changed, what should the fixed charge be, within the range of $350 to $650?

Read the consultation document to find out more about the UAGC.

The Interim Transport Levy (ITL) is a targeted rate in place for the next two years.

The money that it raises goes towards funding a programme of transport projects that will help keep Auckland moving. It currently costs $114 a year for residential ratepayers and $183 a year for business ratepayers. Because of the greater demand the business sector places on the transport network, we want your feedback on the way the ITL is calculated.

What is your opinion on the Interim Transport Levy amount paid by businesses versus the amount paid by all other ratepayers?

At the moment businesses pay a higher ITL to reflect the tax advantages they have compared to residential ratepayers. We would like your feedback on increasing the business share to $407, to better align charges with demand for services. This would mean the ITL charge for residential ratepayers would be reduced to $90.

What is your opinion on the amount businesses pay for the Interim Transport Levy in relation to their property value?

Read the consultation document to find out more about the ITL.


We want feedback on an option of reducing rates on large farm/lifestyle properties. Currently all farm/lifestyle properties (regardless of size) pay a general rate that is 80 per cent of the general rate charged to urban residential properties.

The option would reduce this to 60 per cent for farm/lifestyle properties over 50 hectares.

What is your opinion on the rates paid by farm/lifestyle properties over 50 hectares?

Read the consultation document to find out more about farm/lifestyle rates.

The council is proposing some amendments to its rates remission and postponement policies to better reflect the limitations on the use and sale of Māori land.

These changes would reduce the total rates collected from Māori land in Auckland and increase the rates for all other ratepayers by less than 25 cents per year.

What is your opinion on reducing the rates collected from Māori land in Auckland to reflect restrictions on its use?

Read the consultation document to find out more about Maori land rates.

Local board priorities

This consultation is now closed.


See the Auckland Council website for more information, including the summary reports, consultation information and final Annual Budget.

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We’re seeking your input for the 2016/2017 year.

Message from the chair 

Over the last two years, the Albert-Eden Local Board has consulted with you on our Local Board Plan 2014 and then on Council’s Long-Term Plan 2015-2025.
You have told us that your priorities are to improve Auckland’s transport, transform our town-centres, limit rates increases, make the most of our open spaces, protect and enhance our built and natural heritage and enrich the lives of our communities through events and programmes.

We have planned and are implementing what you asked for. In the coming year we will continue to deliver on your priorities.

Below is a summary of our key priorities for 2016/2017. Our two key advocacy points are securing funding for the redevelopment of Chamberlain Park and the need for a fit-for-purpose aquatic centre in our area, as an eventual replacement for the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre. We look forward to your feedback.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have created an exciting new play space at Waterview Reserve, upgraded the Essex and Sainsbury reserves and installed new play equipment at the Mt Albert War Memorial Reserve and Gribblehirst Park. We have consulted on a master plan for Chamberlain Park and the upgrades of the Point Chevalier Town Square and Mt Albert Town Centre are well underway. The Mt Albert Aquatic Centre has reopened after a major refurbishment. We have also supported youth, volunteer, economic, arts and environmental initiatives.
Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we will invest $3.5 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $10.8 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives.

This includes:

  • renewing existing assets including local and sports parks ($1.8 million)
  • continue to deliver SH20 Waterview Connection mitigation works, (substantially funded by NZTA):
  • improvements to Waterview reserves ($200,000)
  • State Highway 16/20 park restoration ($600,000)
  • development of Phyllis reserve ($900,000).

What we are proposing

We propose the following additional priority projects for funding in 2016/2017:

  • continue the development of the western end of Chamberlain Park for recreational purposes
  • undertake a Māori landscape cultural heritage study to identify sites of significance to mana whenua
  • complete the upgrade of the Mt Albert Town Centre by bringing forward $1.5 million of funding from 2017/18 to 2016/17
  • establish a $150,000 Accommodation Support Fund for local community groups
  • increase our local community grants fund from $45,000 to $75,000.

Do you agree with bringing funds forward from later years to ensure the completion of the Mt Albert town centre upgrade in 2016/2017?

Should we advocate for the eventual replacement of the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre with a new aquatic centre in the Mt Albert area?

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?





Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair

The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board is committed to a strong partnership and continued investment with our community. In 2016/2017 we will deliver on our vision to create the world’s most liveable city at a local level. You have told us how much you value our local libraries, which is why we will be retaining seven-day service at both the Devonport and Takapuna library.

You have also told us that you prefer mechanical weed control to chemical, so we are keeping mechanical management of weeds in our board area. We will focus on listening to our community so that together we can continue to contribute to positive outcomes in our local board area.

Under the local board funding policy adopted in 2015, the way local boards are funded has changed. We are part-way through the first year of this change and we are interested to know whether we have achieved the right balance in the areas we have allocated our funding. We look forward to hearing what you think about the priorities we have set.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have achieved the following:

  • completed the Wairau Creek bridge in Milford Reserve
  • completed stage one of the upgrade to the Devonport Ferry Terminal and Marine Square
  • restored the Fort Takapuna barracks in time for the World War One centenary
  • upgraded the playing field, skate park and learn to ride at Greville Reserve in Forrest Hill 

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $3.4 million to renew and develop assets in our local area and $10.6 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives, including:

  • renew existing assets, including significant renewal of coastal assets ($2.5 million)
  • Greenway and walkway development ($430,000)
  • development of Barry's Point Reserve ($50,000)
  • Becroft park sand carpet renewal ($440,000)

What we are proposing

We propose the following additional key priorities for 2016/2017:

  • support establishment of a flagship youth centre in Takapuna
  • support establishment of an exhibition centre in Takapuna

We propose to retain historical and current service levels in our local board area as follows:

  • retain mechanical edging instead of chemical edging in parks ($50,000)
  • retain the frequency of garden maintenance in parks ($13,000)
  • retain seven-day service at both libraries ($73,000)

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair 

The consultation on this annual plan follows closely behind the adoption of council’s 10-year budget, where we received considerable feedback on our local priorities. These priorities were, where possible, included into that long-term plan and for that reason we are not proposing to depart from those things including our key areas for advocacy focus on coastal erosion, roads, infrastructure, planning and greenways.

There are four things in this consultation we very much want to hear about from people in Franklin – how rural rates are applied, the level of the uniform annual general charge, starting kerbside recycling for all residents in Franklin eight months early, and the interim transport levy and how it impacts on businesses.

It is important we receive an indication from our communities as to what is preferred and why. Both have wider implications for all ratepayers that we need to consider.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have successfully advocated for significant improvements to public transport in Franklin with improved train services (including weekend and evenings) to and from Pukekohe and a Waiuku bus service to start in 2016.

We have placed several of our rural halls in community management (and we are continuing to roll this out to other halls).  The board also made a significant contribution to the new multi-sport facility at Bledisloe Park and supported many community groups and events. Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $5.7 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $11.1 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives.

This includes:

  • renewing existing assets ($2.9 million)
  • upgrading the sports park at Waiuku ($1.2 million)
  • a Pukekohe town centre upgrade ($1.4 million)
  • local park developments ($150,000)

What we are proposing

We do not propose to make any significant changes to what we planned to deliver in the Long-term Plan 2015-2025. We are confident what we plan to deliver locally will help us achieve our local board plan outcomes. We will continue to monitor our work programmes each year to ensure the details of what we provide to the local community are relevant. 

We propose the following additional priorities for 2016/2017:

  • continue to work collaboratively with the community to develop a greenways plan for Franklin
  • advocate strongly for coastal erosion to be addressed as a regional issue
  • complete the process for rural halls to be managed by the community
  • continue to support local community organisations and event organisers by providing funding opportunities
  • support youth in Franklin and developing options for improving the transition from school to work
  • support volunteers who wish to work on projects in our local parks and reserves

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair 

The board continues to progress key projects on ecological enhancement, community support, walkway development and promoting sustainability and alternative energy use. We support the current Glenfern Sanctuary purchase negotiations and have provisionally allocated funding to support sanctuary operations in its first year, if it is purchased.

The solid waste plan which is being developed for our island will help inform the timing and rollout of decisions made last year which will change the way refuse is collected and paid for. This year we hope to see the Okiwi cell site up and running and the commencement of our community’s long held aspirations for new cemeteries in the north and centre of the island.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have started the ecology conversation with our community, explored sustainability and alternative energy opportunities, progressed walkway projects and continued to invest strongly in our community groups and facilities through our community and capital grants programme.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $300,000 to renew and develop our local and sports parks, library and community facility assets and $1.8 million to maintain and operate these assets.

What we are proposing

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2016/2017 to be funded through our local discretionary budgets:

  • increase spending on environmental initiatives by around $30,000 to reflect the importance the board is placing on caring for our environment
  • allocate $15,000 annually to provision of public artworks
  • commence the development of a cemetery in the north or centre of the island now that the board has authority for local cemeteries
  • biosecurity, biodiversity and sustainability projects ($217,000)
  • capital grants to enhance community facilities ($250,000)
  • community and events grants ($115,000)
  • grants to our key health, welfare, arts and tourism providers ($117,000)
  • local park and walkway development projects such as the Tryphena Coastal Trail ($70,000)
  • provisionally allocate funding to support the management of Glenfern Sanctuary if current public purchase negotiations are successful

We are considering changing our service levels in this local board area as follows:

  • reduce herbicide use on roadside weed management which will potentially increase costs because we will be moving to more mechanical management methods.

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair 

Community safety is our number one priority and we are working very hard with you the community to achieve this throughout our local board area. We also plan to continue to develop our parks and their infrastructure, including Royal Reserve. We want our residents to have great places to be active, relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Our local board area faces significant challenges over the next 10 years with rapid growth forecast. Our priorities are to meet this growth through enhancing our community facilities and the Henderson central business district area and advocating for high-quality intensification. We are pleased that Panuku Development Auckland has included the Henderson town centre in its plan to develop council-owned land. This will help boost Henderson’s economy, which will also help enhance safety.

We look forward to hearing what you think on our priorities for 2016/2017.

What we plan to do

Since adopting our local board plan, we have amongst other things built a new library in Ranui, a combined library and community centre in Te Atatu Peninsula and community hubs in Glendene and West Harbour. We have started significant development in Westgate and have progressed designs for Royal Reserve and Te Rangi Hiroa destination parks. We supported a community-led safety initiative for Henderson, allocated funding for community safety activities in Ranui, Henderson and Massey and supported new events across our area. We also supported the incorporation of the Henderson Lincoln Business Association and will implement actions identified in our Open Space Network Plan and Economic Development Plan.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $33 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $19 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives.

This includes:

  • investment in arts infrastructure to help maintain Corban Estate Arts Centre ($390,000)
  • developing a multi-purpose facility (community centre and library combined) in Westgate ($21.2 million)
  • renewing existing assets, including major renewals to leisure facilities and sports fields  ($4 million)
  • developing the SH16/20 local park (Westgate skate park) ($1.8 million)
  • upgrading stormwater at Waiarohia and Totara ponds ($3.1 million)
  • upgrading open spaces at Massey North ($2.7 million)
  • community partnership contracts, including governance work with groups including McLaren Park Henderson South, Massey Matters, Community Waitakere, EcoMatters, Ranui Action Project and WEST

What we are proposing

In addition to what is planned, we propose the following local priorities for further investment:

  • provide field lighting and  a new car park at Fred Taylor Park
  • develop a new park and play facilities at Royal Reserve
  • upgrade the playground and park furniture at Riverpark Reserve
  • provide a new perimeter walkway and new fitness equipment at Te Atatu South Park
  • implement sand carpet, floodlights and toilets at Massey Domain

We are seeking partners in the Henderson area to take advantage of the opportunity provided by Panuku Development Auckland to develop the Henderson town centre.Subject to a successful ballot, we propose establishing a new Business Improvement District (BID) programme for the Henderson Lincoln area, to advocate collectively for businesses and grow the local economy.

What do you think?

What do you think should be the local board’s priority over the next year?

Please contact us if you may be interested in providing partnership support in the development of Henderson town centre.

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chairperson

Each year it seems we must try and do more with less. We are acutely aware of the delicate balance between delivering local projects, upholding service standards and keeping rate increases down. As a local board we are trying to deliver local projects that are important to you and are included in our local board plan. We will continue to advocate for equal funding, equivalent to other areas in Auckland, for our youth, arts and community centres. This year, we will continue to work with our communities and partners to identify opportunities and achieve results for our area. Please be sure to tell us your thoughts.

What we have done

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have completed many projects including a new hall at Stillwater, new all-weather-surface fields and lights at Ashley Reserve, new toilets at Metropark East and refurbished toilets on Browns Bay Reserve. The East Coast Bays Leisure Centre has been re-roofed and a shade cloth installed at Waiake playground. Other projects nearing completion include a new playground at Sherwood Reserve, a completely revamped skatepark and new toilet at Western Reserve and an extension to the Estuary Arts Centre to create an education wing.

What we plan to do

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $6.7 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $13.3 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • renew existing assets ($3.4 million), including renewals to local and sports parks
  • improvements to Stoney Homestead ($550,000)
  • HBC Leisure Centre extension ($180,000)
  • Sportsfield upgrades and developments ($2.4 million), including a sand carpet and floodlights at Deep Creek Reserve and a sand carpet at Red Beach Reserve

What we are proposing

We propose the following additional local priorities for 2016/2017:

  • develop greenways plans
  • plan for a changing facility and toilets at Metropark East and Waiake Beach
  • commence implementation of the Mairangi Bay Reserves Management Plan
  • plan for enhancement of 36 Hibiscus Coast Highway as a reserve
  • deliver a hockey turf at Metropark East
  • plan and deliver a new toilet at Sherwood Reserve
  • landscaping and shared walkway/cycleway at Metropark East
  • playground and local park development, paths, landscaping, seating and signage at Long Bay Reserve and Metropark West
  • plan for park development, paths, landscaping, seating and signage at Beechwood Drive, Hatfields Beach
  • implement key actions from Silverdale, Orewa and Browns Bay Town Centre Plans

Through the Long-term Plan 2015-2025 the level of service for parks garden maintenance was reduced. The local board will strive to maintain previous standards within budget limits.

We will advocate for funding to implement Zones 3A, 3 and 4, Kohu Street to Marine View of the Orewa Beach Esplanade Enhancement Plan.

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Should we consider reallocating funds to reduce chemical spraying in parks as a priority?

Tell us your views on less frequent weeding in parks gardens (from monthly to two-monthly).

Do you think the local board should re-prioritise its budget to subsidise the level of service to keep up parks garden maintenance? This would mean other priorities may not happen or be delayed.

If you think the local board should top-up the parks garden maintenance or reallocate funding to change from chemical spraying to mechanical edging please tell us which other priorities should go ahead.

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair

We have had regular conversations through the local board plan and Long-term Plan 2015- 2025 about the priorities for our community. We know that our local board area is facing significant growth over the next 10 years and that’s reflected in our plans including new community facilities at Flat Bush and further progress at Barry Curtis Park.

Our priorities are to meet this growth and ensure that transport, local services, infrastructure and community facilities are in place. This includes advocating to the governing body to bring forward budget for the proposed Flat Bush aquatic centre to align with the building of the multi-use community facility and library at Flat Bush.

We continue to prioritise advocacy for better transport linkages into and out of the area. The major transport projects for advocacy include developing the Half Moon Bay area as a transport hub, continuing the Pakuranga Reeves Road flyover, addressing public transport and congestion issues and progressing the AMETI and East/West connections. You told us that these were important to you and we want to ensure we are on the right track.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have commenced building the Uxbridge Creative Arts Centre, committed funding to the Half Moon Bay ferry facility, established the inaugural Tamaki River Festival, improved connectivity within and around Barry Curtis Park and Flat Bush, and approved the Pakuranga Town Centre Masterplan.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $12.8 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $18.7 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives.

This includes:

  • renew existing assets including coastal assets, local and sports parks ($3.9 million)
  • commence the development of the Flat Bush Library ($1.8 million)
  • develop the master plan for Barry Curtis Park ($2.4 million)
  • general park developments ($70,000)
  • develop the play space in Flat Bush ($125,000)
  • sportsfields development at Ostrich Farm ($120,000)
  • greenways, walkway and cycleway paths ($830,000)
  • Flat Bush water quality ponds ($3.6 million)

What we are proposing

We are advocating to bring forward the aquatic centre budget at Flat Bush from 2020 to 2018, spread over three years to align with other developments in Flat Bush.

We propose the following additional priorities for 2016/2017:

  • undertake a stock take of all community facilities (council-owned and external) in the area
  • continue to support local services and infrastructure in Flat Bush such as roads, footpaths, stormwater, parks and facilities, to align with growth in this area
  • continue coastal erosion and sand replenishment of our beaches and advocate for a regional fund for coastal erosion
  • develop a masterplan for the Greenmount Landfill area
  • develop a greenways plan to provide safe cycling and walking connections
  • continue to connect our walkways to open up the coastline for everyone to use such as Bucklands Beach walkway

We are considering increasing our service levels in this local board area as follows:

  • increase funding for local parks volunteers for pest control measures ($40,000)
  • provide rental support to a number of community facilities ($40,000)
  • improve the existing playground network ($25,000)
  • fund green assets/ecological restoration ($50,000)

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Are there any other priorities you would like us to consider?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair 

The Kaipātiki Local Board is committed to continued investment into our community.  When we prepared our local board plan, you gave us a very clear picture of what is important to you.  Our final plan reflects your preferences and priorities.  We will continue to use the local board plan to shape decision-making and investment decisions.

In Birkenhead we plan to keep up the momentum created by the exciting Kaimataara o Wai Manawa project.  Over the next year we will develop phase 2 of the Birkenhead projects, based on the feedback you have provided.  We will continue to implement the Kaipātiki Connections Network Plan to make walking and cycling easier and more attractive.  This will include both work in parks and improvements to on road connections. You have told us how much you value the free community events, activities and movies in parks, and we propose to continue funding these events.

I look forward to hearing your views on our proposals.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have refurbished Glenfield Pool and Leisure Centre, de-silted the Onepoto Domain ponds, upgraded the intersection of Diana / Chivalry / Chartwell Roads, completed Opaketai Beach Haven Garden and completed a number of projects under the Kaipātiki Connections Network Plan. We have also commenced development of 136 Birkdale Road and committed to redevelop Marlborough Park Hall into a comprehensive youth focused service facility.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $3.6 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $10 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives.

This includes:

  • renew existing assets including local and sports parks ($2 million)
  • development of the youth facility at Marlborough Park ($300,000)
  • implement the Kaipatiki Connections Network Plan ($230,000)
  • general park developments ($780,000)
  • Greenway and walkway developments ($320,000)

What we are proposing

We propose the following changes to what is planned:

  • Review how projects within the overarching Kaipātiki Network Connections Plan are prioritised.  This may affect the order in which the projects are constructed.

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2016/2017:

  • provide some seed funding to our local community, arts and sports groups to help them improve their facilities
  • provide additional funding to enhance the replacement of assets due for renewal, so that they may be improved to best meet the community’s needs
  • continue to provide support for local place-making groups as they develop
  • develop a pest free Kaipātiki strategy in partnership with our community environmental groups so that we can protect and enhance our local environment
  • support the development of sustainability initiatives and funding these to be delivered

We are continuing to fund enhanced service levels for:

  • additional library opening hours in this local board area ($13,000)
  • additional cost of utilising the method of mechanical edging in our parks instead of edging with chemical sprays ($54,000)

Do you agree we should fund this higher level of service?

A key role of the local board is to advocate for initiatives which it does not have decision-making responsibilities or funding for, but will add value for the local community.In 2016/2017 we will advocate to the governing body to:

  • progress the development plan at 136 Birkdale Road
  • work towards obtaining an appropriate level of operational funding for our community centres, community houses, art centre and significant sports facilities

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities and advocacy right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/17 financial year.

Message from the chair 

Our vision for Māngere-Ōtāhuhu is to have a strong local economy, a well-connected area that is accessible through public transport, walkways and cycleways, many opportunities for our young people to gain skills, employment and to live healthy and active lives in safe environments. Our area is the heart of Auckland’s Māori and Pasifika cultures and we want to celebrate, showcase and attract visitors to share our many cultures. We also strive to protect and enhance our natural environment and heritage for all to enjoy and cherish.

Tōia, the new recreational precinct in Ōtāhuhu, is complete with library, pools, recreational facility and teaching gardens. The swimming pools in our local board area will continue to be free for all through a local targeted rate. You told us that libraries are an important community hub and we responded by funding extended opening hours in local libraries. 

We want to leverage the best use of our local discretionary budget. We look forward to working with stakeholders with shared interests and a vision for the local area to deliver long-lasting results that benefit wider communities.  
We would like to hear from you on what is important to you and how we can have the best mix of activities to achieve local outcomes.  

Thank you for your on-going support.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have completed construction of the Tōia recreation precinct in Ōtāhuhu, renewed and upgraded local parks and facilities throughout the local board area and commenced the first stage of our plan to manage mangroves.
Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/17 we plan to invest $3.4 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $14.5 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • renew existing assets including renewals to local and sports parks ($1.5 million)
  • continue with the Ōtāhuhu Town Centre revitalisation ($1.9 million)
  • toilets and changing room renewals e.g. Miami Street Park ($30,000)

What we are proposing

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2016/17:

  • develop priority greenways, or safe networks of cycleways and walkways
  • fund a signature arts and cultural event ($60,000)
  • waste reduction education and awareness ($20,000)
  • support local environmental initiatives ($130,000)
  • continue to remove mangroves from the Māngere Inlet ($160,000)
  • replant coastal habitats and esplanade areas ($20,000)
  • complete a heritage study for our area
  • events in local parks ($50,000)
  • volunteers in parks ($30,000)
  • improvements to local community facilities including refurbishment
  • develop strategic partnerships with key business partners and Māori
  • CCTV and town centre safety initiatives ($140,000)
  • Local Economic Development Plan initiatives ($50,000)

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Is there anything else you think is missing from our priority list?

Should the board continue to fund the removal of mangroves?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair 

The Manurewa Local Board is proposing a ‘steady as she goes” approach for the Annual Plan 2016-2017. This is the second year of the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 that was only recently consulted on and we are proposing just one possible change. We have been working for some time to restore Nathan Homestead as a heritage community arts facility and a new business plan is being developed. The local board would like to support the business plan objectives with an appropriate level of investment.

The board continues to be committed to finishing key projects at Riverton Reserve and Netball Manurewa Community Events Centre, the revitalisation of our town centre, and advocating on behalf of our communities for improved safety, public transport facilities, roads, community facilities and sports fields. We must try to achieve all of this within council’s approved funding envelopes.

As a board, we are concerned about the impact of growth and intensification on the Manurewa area and its residents and we will advocate strongly to ensure there is adequate investment in infrastructure to support this. As always, we encourage you to tell us what you think and to be involved in helping us achieve Manurewa’s priorities. By working together, we can make this an even better place to learn, work, live and play.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we opened the Randwick Skate Park, started with the works on stage 2 of the development of the Netball Manurewa Community Events Centre, commenced work on the Riverton Reserve Pavilion and supported local groups with running their activities through the events and grants programmes.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $2.5 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $9.5 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives.

This includes:

  • renewing existing assets ($1.9 million)
  • development of the foreshore esplanades using the Maritime Recreational Fund ($600,000)

What we are proposing

We propose the following change to what we have planned:

  • Invest in the implementation, over time, of the new business plan for Nathan Homestead. We propose to do this within our existing budgets where possible, by advocating for additional funding from the governing body and/or by partnering with other organisations

In addition to what we have planned, we propose to allocate local discretionary funding to the following priorities for 2016/2017:

  • continue with local events and local community grants
  • support local youth services and programmes
  • CCTV monitoring and safety initiatives
  • parks programmes and events
  • environmental protection programmes
  • support the local Business Improvement District (BID)
  • revitalisation of the town centre

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

  • Progress the Manurewa Town Centre revitalisation project.
  • Invest in Nathan Homestead as a heritage community arts facility.
  • Maintain and improve our community and sports facilities.







Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair 

The annual plan for the second year of a Long-term Plan 2015-2025 is one of refinement rather than radical change. The Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board has adopted this approach for this year’s Local Board Agreement which broadly reflects what was consulted on during the LTP 2015-2025. We do have some new proposals which we are seeking feedback on.

Firstly the central local boards have decided to discontinue their combined accommodation support and community grants funds, and so the board is proposing to replace this with multi-year partnership agreements to support agreed upon initiatives. Secondly the local board is proposing two new initiatives, one to support public art in the area, and one to support a reduction in the use of single use plastic bags.

Finally, we are proposing the adoption of an advocacy platform regarding the Tāmaki Redevelopment to ensure that the council uses its role fully to ensure that there is an adequate supply of good quality housing for all the community’s needs, and that the area receives the investment it needs to support the community and accommodate growth. Thank you in advance to the local community for submissions on these proposals. Your participation in this process is essential to ensure we deliver on community expectations.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, the local board has:

  • completed the development of Te Taumanu (the new Onehunga Foreshore Park)
  • opened Te Oro (the music and arts centre for young people in Glen Innes)
  • upgraded upper Onehunga Mall
  • commenced improvements to ensure Panmure Hall meets community needs
  • continued the ongoing funding of innovative water quality improvement projects, including the award-nominated Industry Pollution Prevention Programme
  • adopted a safety plan and an alcohol reduction plan for the local board area
  • completed the Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve/Panmure Wharf Concept Plan.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $3.8 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $13.7 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives.

This includes:

  • renewing existing assets including local and sports parks and coastal assets ($2.8 million)
  • stage one development of Sir Woolf Fisher Park ($800,000)
  • sports park development  at Waikaraka Park ($95,000)
  • replacement of Jubilee bridge ($105,000). 

What we are proposing

We propose the following changes to what is planned:

  • Partnership funding to enable community groups to achieve agreed community outcomes ($175,000).

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2016/2017:

  • an initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags ($10,000)
  • a public art support and promotion initiative ($30,000).

A key role of the local board is to advocate for initiatives which it does not have decision-making responsibilities or funding for, but which will add value for the local community. In 2016/2017 we will advocate to the governing body to:

  • review current levels of service of community centres and halls to apply regionally fair and consistent standards
  • use council’s shareholding and stakeholder relationships with the Tamaki Redevelopment Company to ensure that:
  • there are a range of quality housing options available to enable members of existing communities to remain in the area
  • the parks, open spaces and community facilities in the area are improved in order to better serve community needs.

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities and advocacy right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair 

As the elected representatives of the highest residential rate-paying local board area, the Orākei Local Board will continue to advocate to the governing body to deliver greater value for the rates we pay and a fairer level of investment back into our area.  In our view there needs to be a rebalancing of regional versus local projects, so that the strongly supported local priorities are given equal weighting alongside regional initiatives.

For example, even though we know that the Meadowbank Community Centre is at capacity and not fit for purpose, the Auckland Council’s Long-term Plan 2015-2025 (LTP) delays its renovation and renewal for a further four years. Funding needs to be brought forward so that the necessary upgrade can be progressed, to meet significant residential growth and the increasing number of individuals and groups wanting to use the centre.

Unless changes are made, the board will have to lock in over a quarter of its small discretionary income for the next four years to advance the redevelopment. This would limit the future funding of projects for the next local board term. Alternatively, we will need to look at a private development/partnership arrangement.

Our community has also expressed strong support for the highly consulted on Tamaki Drive Masterplan, which was the first Masterplan that was endorsed by all decision-making parts of Auckland Council (including the council-controlled organisations). However, previously allocated funding for the implementation of priority projects has been removed from the LTP.

But there is some good news. Even though a significant percentage of the rates collected from the board area has been spent on regional projects and services, we have still successfully achieved results within our small fiscal envelope. These include the further development of our walkway network and the upgrade of the sports fields in Glover Park, Shore Road, Michaels Avenue and Crossfield Reserves.

In November 2015 we celebrated, by way of a sod-turning ceremony, the start of the central government initiative, the Orākei Spine (Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive path). Our job will be to find funding to create the links to the shared path, following consultation on the location of these with the community.  We have also continued to support residents’ and business associations and allocated contestable funding to a number of community groups.
The Board thanks our community for its support and looks forward to an interesting year ahead.

What we are proposing

We have listened to our community and will continue to advocate for the prioritisation of the following four major projects:

  • upgrade the Meadowbank Community Centre, by way of a possible private multi-use development to include a larger community centre, and advocating for funding in the LTP to be brought forward from 2020/2021 to 2016/2017
  • progressing the Tamaki Drive Masterplan by developing the harbour side of Tamaki Drive, separating pedestrians and cyclists to improve the overall safety for all users of the road corridor
  • detailed design and consent for the new Purewa/Selwyn train station to provide better rail access for St Johns, Meadowbank, Kohimarama, along with Mission Bay, Orākei, St Heliers, and Glendowie residents
  • request that income from The Landing at Okahu Bay is retained for investment on site

In 2016/2017, we plan to renew and develop assets in our local board area as well as maintaining and operating these assets along with providing other local initiatives.

These include:

  • renew existing assets, including renewals to local and sports parks
  • Stonefields open space development
  • Orākei Basin boardwalks and carpark upgrade
  • developing the Shore Road eastern car park, third sports field and installing lighting
  • new lighting for two sports fields at Madills Farm

What else we propose

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2016/2017:

  • developing cycling and walking connections to the Orakei Spine (Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive path) from Tahapa East and West Reserves
  • providing additional funding in 2016/17 for design and consents for additional connections to the Orakei Spine (Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive path)
  • completing the sand carpet upgrade to sports field 3 at Orākei Domain
  • upgrading 4 sport fields at Colin Maiden Park with sand carpets and floodlights
  • contributing to the development of multi-use changing rooms at Michaels Avenue Reserve

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/17 financial year.

Message from the chair

I am pleased to present our priorities for 2016/2017, which enable Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board to continue to deliver on outcomes agreed in our 2014 Local Board Plan. We are talking to our communities to ensure we are on the right track.

We will continue to support our town centres, improve local sports fields, provide community grants to support local outcomes, and support local events, arts and cultural programmes. The board will also carry on strong advocacy for limits on alcohol outlets in residential areas and near schools, more funding for our sports fields, affordable housing and better roads.

Recently we consulted on the refurbishment of Te Puke o Tara Community Centre and have included many of your ideas into the design. Building work will go ahead in 2016/2017. We’ve also made a major commitment to Colin Dale Motorsport Park, to complete the earthworks, car-parks and driveways. We are now at the point where six motorsport groups can construct their own facilities on site.

We will continue working in partnership with community groups to address local issues and opportunities within the recently adopted empowered communities approach. Our support for the health and wellbeing of our communities will remain strong, including enabling adults to access Ōtara-Papatoetoe swimming pools at no charge, funded through a targeted rate.

Fa’anānā Efeso Collins Chair

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have allocated bulk funding to the business associations at Hunters Corner, Papatoetoe Main Street and Ōtara, improved our community engagement programme and introduced regular community meetings/hui, improved local sports parks and continued with our levels of service at our libraries, parks and other facilities.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $3.9 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $11.2 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives.

This includes:

  • renew existing assets, including major renewals to community and leisure facilities ($2 million)
  • community facility upgrades ($1.6 million)
  • multi-sport facility (Ngati Ōtara Park) upgrade ($190,000)
  • Otamariki Park - toilets/drinking fountain ($180,000)
  • James Watson Park - additional flood lights ($360,000)

What might change

We do not propose to make any changes to what we have planned to deliver in the Long- term Plan 2015 – 2025.

We will advocate to the governing body on a host of initiatives noted in our advocacy list, such as better road connections, improved sports facilities and affordable housing. We will continue to further prioritise our work programmes according to what’s important for our local area through better engagement with our communities.

What we are proposing

In addition to the plans mentioned above, we propose the following priorities for 2016/2017 using local discretionary funding:

  • local community events, including events in parks
  • community grants
  • support for the Youth Connections programme
  • supporting programmes for elderly people
  • support of our town centres
  • planning for Ōtara Lake and Waterways restoration

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair

We have a busy year ahead, with the revitalisation of Papakura metropolitan centre being our number one priority. We will continue to fund streetscape improvements and work with the business community to ensure the centre can support our expanding population. Papakura is growing fast and we must work across Council and in partnership with others to make sure that job growth and investment in infrastructure keep pace with housing development.

Sports excellence, arts and culture and youth development are also key local board priorities which are important for Papakura’s local distinctiveness and for the future wellbeing of our communities. Furthermore, this year we expect design work to start on the Takanini community hub and library, ready for construction next year.

We look forward to working with you throughout the year and to hearing what you think about our priorities for 2016/2017.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have funded and opened a new military gallery at Papakura Museum; completed new sports fields, access and car parking at Opaheke Fields; and confirmed 19 new Alcohol Bans in the Papakura local board area.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $1.2 million to renew and develop assets in Papakura local board area and $8.8 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • renew existing assets including renewals to local and sports parks and other community facilities ($980,000)
  • continue the development of our greenways and walkways ($200,000)
  • playground renewals ($300,000)

What we are proposing

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2016/2017:

  • construction of changing sheds at Opaheke Fields
  • a memorial wall and walk at Central Park
  • design a clear Papakura image and branding
  • develop a town centre parking strategy
  • streetscape improvements in the town centre
  • youth development and training initiatives
  • Pukekiwiriki Paa information panels and access improvements
  • commence mangrove removal in the Conifer Grove area

What do you think?

Do you have any comments on our priorities and projects for 2016/2017?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair

This year’s annual plan consultation comes soon after the larger 10-year budget consultation for the Long-term Plan 2015, and thus not a lot of change is proposed. It is timely to review the effectiveness of the extra hour of Sunday opening for Mt Roskill Library, and this is the only change to service levels we are investigating for 2016/17. We plan to undertake a full review of all service levels in the future when information is available.

We welcome your views on the local projects we are prioritising for 2016/2017, particularly our intention to transfer the money that was to be spent on a functions marquee at Pah Homestead toward instead creating a community facility at the nearby Whare in Monte Cecilia Park. We look forward to your thoughts on both local and regional proposals so we can make changes as a result of your feedback.

What we have done

Since adoption of our local board plan in 2014, we have:

  • secured funding to begin the Waikowhai Coast boardwalk, further upgraded track network and installed way-finding and interpretative signage
  • continued to present alternative options and community–endorsed views aimed at the best outcome for the Three Kings quarry development based on the board's Three Kings Plan
  • built a partnership with 6 iwi to develop a strategy to restore Te Auaunga awa - Oakley Creek
  • adopted a Local Economic Development Plan
  • significantly upgraded the playground at Turner Reserve
  • retained alcohol ban in all local parks based on community evidence

What we plan to do

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $2.1 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $7.9 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • renew existing assets including local and sports parks ($1.9 million)
  • linkage improvements at Fearon Park- Harold Long Reserve ( $255,000)

What we are proposing

We propose the following changes to what is planned:

  • Advocate for the funding of the Pah Homestead marquee project (which is not proceeding) to assist with restoration of the historic Whare in Monte Cecilia Park (as an alternative community facility).

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following additional local priorities for 2016/2017:

  • focus on delivering initiatives for youth-Youth Action Plan, Youth Connections, Project P.E.T.E.R ($86,000)
  • implement Local Economic Development Action Plan ($20,000)
  • sustainability initiatives including healthy homes and restoration of streams ($50,000)
  • empowering the community to deliver events and projects aligned with both diverse community needs and Local Board Plan priorities, shifting focus from sub-regional grants to local strategic partnerships

In response to the new local discretionary capital fund available to local boards from 2015/2016, the board is considering allocating funds for 2016/2017 to the following priority projects:

  • planning, consultation and delivery of phase two of the Waikōwhai Coastal boardwalk
  • completing baseball facilities at Mt Roskill War Memorial Park
  • recognising our cultural identity along Te Auaunga awa-Oakley Creek as part of implementing the restoration strategy
  • contributing to a fale at Molley Green Reserve
  • renewing Arthur S Richards Park playground
  • upgrading the car park at the Noton Rd entrance to Keith Hay Park

With our Auckland Transport capital fund allocation we plan to give priority to the construction of the Sandringham Road Cycle Route: SH20 overbridge to Wesley Community Centre.

We are advocating for affordable social housing to remain at Liston Village, and reduction of overhead aircraft noise with relevant agencies.

We plan to review Sunday opening hours at Mt Roskill Library.

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chairperson

We know you want to see real progress on the ground in Rodney. Building footpaths or upgrading our halls, whatever it might be. Seeing results for your rates in Rodney is our focus. The Helensville War Memorial Hall refurbishment is complete. The Warkworth Town Hall restoration is well underway with a new extension planned for the coming year.

We are making good progress on our local board plan priorities. This year we will continue to plan and build walkways, improve sports facilities and help communities to help themselves. Now is the time to tell us if you agree with the priorities we propose for Rodney in 2016/2017.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of your local board plan, we have supported the development of walkways, undertaken major upgrades of community halls, parks toilets, playgrounds and coastal seawalls as well as completing transport projects including pedestrian bridges.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $7.3 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $12.2 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • renew existing assets ($3.8 million)
  • upgrades to the Warkworth showgrounds ($1.9 million)
  • sport developments ($450,000)
  • recreational walkways and bike trails ($200,000)

What we are proposing

 

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2016/2017:

  • Parks projects to address population growth including:
    • a new sand carpet (field) at Riverhead War Memorial Reserve
    • planning for a training area upgrade and floodlights at Huapai Domain Reserve
    • planning for playgrounds in Huapai
  • Local Community projects including community grants ($269,000), operational grants for arts facilities ($60,000), planning to extend the Kumeu Arts Centre ($10,000) and community led placemaking initiatives ($40,000)
  • Local Parks Sports and Recreation projects including planning for indoor sports needs in west Rodney ($15,000), greenways plans for future walking/cycling routes ($40,000), support for parks volunteers ($110,000), making playgrounds challenging ($200,000 capital), grants for community led skate parks and playgrounds ($150,000)
  • Environmental projects including support for community-led environmental initiatives and ecological restoration ($110,000) and supporting community to improve navigational access of the Mahurangi river ($20,000)
  • Local Planning projects including implementing the actions in the Rodney Economic Development Action Plan ($25,000)
  • Transport projects including constructing footpaths ($750,000)

We are considering changing our service levels in this local board area as follows:

  • From the 1st October 2015 the governing body reduced the region-wide level of service for park gardens maintenance. We propose to fund the reinstatement of previous levels of service which includes monthly maintenance (as opposed to bi-monthly) and mechanical edging (as opposed to chemical edging). This will cost approximately $24,000 per annum.
  • We propose introducing a new Business Improvement District (BID) for the Warkworth area to advocate collectively for businesses and grow the local economy ($180,000 proposed targeted rate) subject to a successful ballot.

What do you think?

Do you agree with our continued focus on planning and building footpaths and walkways?

Do you agree that helping communities to help themselves through grants and other support is worthwhile?

Should we allocate funding to increase the parks garden maintenance service level?

 

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair

Rapid growth is forecast for the Upper Harbour Local Board area in the coming years. The board will face significant challenges to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse community. We must optimise the facilities we already have, and invest wisely in council and community-driven initiatives to best generate the outcomes desired.

We would very much like to hear your opinions and are happy to receive any feedback.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have retrofitted the interior of the Hobsonville Point Community Hall and it is now open for community use. We have also completed a local economic development plan for the entire Upper Harbour area, which will provide us with practical steps to assist with improving our area’s economic growth. We are very pleased to have delivered a new playground in Harrowglen and hope that this will provide many hours of enjoyment for our younger residents.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $12.5 million to renew and develop assets in our area and $9.8 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • building a community hub in Albany ($600,000)
  • completing the Albany Stadium Pool ($9.8 million)
  • sports field development in Hobsonville Point ($720,000)
  • developing stormwater reserves in the Hobsonville Corridor ($1.2 million)
  • renew existing assets ($270,000)

What we are proposing

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2016/2017:

  • local park development at Hobsonville Point, including internal paths, toilets, seating, signage and landscaping
  • carpeting of sport fields and construction of changing rooms at Scott Point

What do you think?

The many sporting facilities and codes, and the invaluable services they offer to our community, are a valued part of Upper Harbour.

  • Do you believe the board should provide sub-regional sporting facilities with a contribution towards operational funding?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair

We are now in the second year of the Long-term Plan 2015-2015, and we continue to work hard to deliver the outcomes and vision that we all share for our environment and our community, as outlined within our Local Board Plan 2014.

Over the next 12 months we plan to build on the success of our community partnership programmes. The investment made in pest control, fruit tree planting and wetland restoration programmes is starting to pay off. Your support and enthusiasm has seen our volunteer hours in parks and reserves double since the previous year.

We will continue to support our community groups who put their hand up to help progress local priorities such as water quality issues and wetland restoration, in addition to the valuable contribution social support volunteers provide assisting those in our community who need it most.

You have told us that tourism needs to benefit the island without compromising local lifestyle or the environment. We will continue to advocate for the necessary budgets to protect and enhance what makes Waiheke and the Gulf Islands so special. This includes the creation of a network of marine reserves and protected areas, and development of a marine and Gulf Island’s environment centre.

We’d like to hear if you agree with our priorities.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our 2014 Local Board Plan, we have delivered a number of key initiatives, including:

  • completion of the Te Ara Hura walkway, 100km circuit
  • improvements to walkway networks including Seaview and Ostend Roads
  • interpretative and educational signs installed along Te Ara Hura and at Matiatia
  • the old library space has been redeveloped and the new tenant is providing learning and business development programmes
  • Waiheke Youth Voice is supported and active in the community
  • completion of a concept plan for Alison Park and review of the reserve management plan

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $1.3 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $4.9 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • renew local and sports parks including refreshing community and art facilities, paving and hard surface renewals ($1.3 million)

What we are proposing

We don’t propose to make any significant changes to what we planned to deliver in the Long-term Plan 2015-2025.

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following additional priorities for 2016/2017:

  • progress the development of a community swimming pool
  • progress the establishment of marine reserves and other protected areas
  • develop a Matiatia master plan in partnership with our community
  • support an integrated approach to ecological restoration across the island
  • fund programmes to support small businesses, encourage collaboration and mentoring
  • support community events and capacity building
  • focus on improving waste management including more island-based sustainable solutions
  • support the development of pensioner and community housing

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair

Our natural environment continues to be of enormous importance, and following on from the Waitākere Ranges Strategic Weed Management Plan, we are implementing a project working with private land owners to control climbing asparagus in Piha and Huia. We will continue to advocate for better, integrated plant and pest control, and will advocate to Auckland Transport for better resources for managing weeds in our road corridors.

Following approval of the Bethells Beach / Te Henga Local Area Plan (LAP) we will focus on implementation of the LAPs, including more interpretation materials in parks and public spaces.

Building on the success of the Titirangi Lopdell Precinct and Open Studios Waitākere weekend we will continue to emphasise our area’s rich artistic, historic and cultural heritage as well as continuing our focus on ensuring that our area is a great place to live, work and visit.

What we plan to do

Since adopting our local board plan, we have opened the Glen Eden Community Safety Hub, the first initiative of its kind, housing the Glen Eden community constable, Pacific Wardens, Glen Eden and Waiatarua community patrols, and Glen Eden Business Association.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $1.7 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $8.5 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • develop a town centre plan for Glen Eden ($370,000)
  • renew existing assets including renewals to local and sports parks ($940,000)
  • walkway development ($350,000)

What we are proposing

We are not proposing to make any major changes to what was signaled in the second year of the Long-term Plan 2015-2025. Our focus will be largely on implementing existing initiatives using local discretionary funds:

  • continuing implementation of the Waitākere Ranges Strategic Weed Management Plan
  • following up on feedback and actions from Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa – the Standing up for the Waitākere Ranges Forum held in October 2015
  • developing and improving information for the community on living in the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area
  • carrying out a survey and character study of local heritage in Swanson
  • continuing to produce and extend Thrive, our newsletter showcasing sustainable business in the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area
  • further cycle and pedestrian improvements and connections between Oratia, Parrs Park and Sunnyvale
  • greater emphasis on the marine environment
  • more interpretation around parks, facilities, and public spaces
  • design guidelines for parks
  • waste minimisation policy for parks and public places in the local board area.

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

 

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair

Looking forward, we have a very exciting year ahead. We are entering the detailed design and construction stage of the re-development of Ellen Melville Centre as a city centre community hub and will be commencing the delivery of streetscape improvements from the Newmarket Laneways Plan. This will see the laneways become safer, more inviting, interesting and walkable. Improvements to Myers Park continue, including transforming the underpass, which links the park to Aotea Square, and the installation of a splash pad in the children’s play area, providing more fun and active spaces for children in the city.

Following the recent launch of Waitematā’s Low Carbon Action Plan we have allocated increased spend on low carbon initiatives, including installing a photovoltaic system at Grey Lynn Community Centre. We also hope to install a solar heating solution at Parnell Baths to help extend the pools opening hours. With the completion of the Auckland Transport Parking Strategy, we strongly support the roll out of residential parking zones in the central city suburbs.

We will continue to look at leveraging renewal programmes to achieve even better local assets and increase capital investment in local parks and open spaces. This will enable the delivery of actions from the recently adopted park development plans, Grey Lynn Park, Western Park and Pt Resolution Taurarua.

Do let us know what you think about the priorities we have set and whether we have achieved the right balance in allocating our discretionary funds.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our 2014 local board plan, we have accomplished a great deal, including having completed stage one of the re-development of Myers Park and the Weona-Westmere walkway, commenced planning for the new community hub at the Ellen Melville Centre, consulted on and adopted a number of park development plans, launched Waitematā’s Low Carbon Action Plan and continued to support local groups run their activities through the events and grants programmes.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $11 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $23 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • renewing existing assets ($2.4 million)
  • completing stage two of Myers Park including the improved entranceway at Mayoral Drive and installation of a splash pad ($3.3 million)
  • completing the Weona-Westmere coastal walkway ($360,000)
  • re-developing Pioneer Women's and Ellen Melville Hall ($3.4 million)
  • commencing delivery of a streetscape improvement project from the agreed Newmarket Laneways Plan ($1.4 million)
  • delivering the new Fukuoka gardens in Western Springs park ($40,000)

What we are proposing

We propose the following additional local priorities for 2016/2017 to be funded through local discretionary budgets:

  • improve the pathways through Western Park and upgrade the Pt Resolution steps to concrete
  • install a new pathway through Symonds Street Cemetery to connect Karangahape Road to Grafton Gully cycleway
  • increase spend on low carbon initiatives to help Waitematā lower carbon use and become more energy-resilient including the installation of photovoltaics at Grey Lynn Community Centre
  • increase the budget for the annual Myers Park festival to provide an even better local event
  • investigate the feasibility of establishing a youth hub in the city centre
  • install a solar heating solution at Parnell Baths
  • continue to put children and young people first and achieve UNICEF Child Friendly City accreditation
  • support community-led development and place making such as the open space design for 254 Ponsonby Road and the development of a bicycle pump track at Grey Lynn Park

We are considering changing our service levels in this local board area as follows:

  • Allocate funds to increase maintenance of headstones and removal of graffiti at the historic Symonds Street Cemetery

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We are seeking your input on what we do for the 2016/2017 financial year.

Message from the chair

Once again we are asking for your feedback on our planned priorities.

Replacing the Avondale Community Centre is our top priority and we will consult our communities on its design during the Community Facilities Network Plan. Our 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 budgets will fund this work.

New Lynn has seen some fantastic developments recently; the Brickworks at LynnMall and progress on the housing development on the former CSR/Monier site at Rankin Ave, where we will be developing a new park and stormwater systems.

We are planning new recreation facilities to ensure our residents stay fit and healthy, including a new destination playground in Archibald Park. We continue developing walkways and cycleways in our Greenways Plan. We are a major funder of the Te Whau Pathway, which runs along the western edge of the Whau River.

We look forward to hearing what you think on our priorities for 2016/2017.

What we plan to do

Since adopting our local board plan, we have worked on our local greenways links, in particular supporting the Te Whau Pathway, building the Riversdale Reserve path and planning for the Holly Street to Heron Park link, and the McWhirter Bridge connecting Portage Road to Busby Street. We have continued to support the La Rosa local group and neighbourhood projects in Kelston, Avondale and New Lynn.

We have secured funding and now look forward to the planning for a replacement community facility in Avondale. We have upgraded Avondale Central Reserve and Blockhouse Bay Beach playground, co-funded new changing room facility at Sister Rene Shadbolt Park and we are refitting the Avondale, Blockhouse Bay and New Lynn libraries.

Art and event activities have continued to grow with our support of the Whau the People Arts Festival, Whau Pacific and the Chinese New Year events and local pop-up activities.

With the adoption of the Auckland Community Facilities Network Plan, planning has started to identify the best method and location for recreation and aquatic facilities for the current and future residents of the Whau.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2016/2017 we plan to invest $6.3 million to renew and develop parks and community assets in our local board area and a further $10.0 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This work includes:

  • renewing existing parks assets ($2.1 million)
  • replacing the Avondale Community Centre ($2.5 million in 2016/2017 and $2.5 million in 2017/2018)
  • rebuilding the Valonia and Alan Wood local parks ($800,000)
  • developing the Crown Lynn precinct play space, walkway and landscaping ($600,000)
  • Greenway and walkway development ($100,000)
  • stormwater projects in the Rankin Avenue development on the former CSR/Monier site ($190,000)

We are planning to continue our support to preserve our heritage through the ceramics museum, heritage events and supporting initiatives to preserve our buildings.

What we are proposing

We propose the following changes to what was planned:

  • seek funding to build a new destination playground in Kelston.

We propose to allocate additional funding to local priorities including:

  • increasing community involvement in environmental restoration
  • continuing our provision of additional library opening hours
  • supporting more non-chemical weed management around key sites like community gardens
  • local community grants
  • local events
  • neighbourhood developments
  • parks and community environmental programmes and services
  • sustainability initiatives

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

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