Annual Budget 2017/2018

Status:Closed

Closing date:27/03/2017

Area:Auckland wide

Contact:annualbudget@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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  • About the budget
  • Documents and tools
  • Key issues on the budget
  • Local board priorities
  • Have your say on the budget
About the budget

Consultation with Aucklanders closed on Monday 27 March 2017.


To view the full detail of a submission, see the Annual Plan 2017/2018 submissions.

 

 

Documents and tools

Consultation documents

Auckland Annual Budget 2017/2018 - consultation document (accessible) (PDF 1.28MB)

Auckland Annual Budget 2017/2018 - consultation document (large print version) (DOC 0.98MB)

Auckland Annual Budget 2017/2018 - consultation document (easy read version) (PDF 5.5MB)

Auckland Annual Budget 2017/2018 - consultation document (HTML)

Auckland Annual Budget 2017/2018 - question and answer book (easy read version) (PDF 996KB) 

 

Supporting information

Supporting information document (PDF 3.37MB)

 

Tools

The rates guide calculator allows you to see how potential changes to the budget would affect your rates in 2017/2018.

Rates guide calculator

 

Draft Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan 2017-2018

Maunga Authority Draft Operational Plan 2017-18 (PDF 2.86MB)

Summary of the Draft Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan 2017-2018 (PDF 124KB)

If you only want to submit on the draft Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan 2017/2018, go directly to the last page of the Annual Plan online feedback form and fill out the section titled ‘Do you have any other feedback?’  Please write ‘RE: draft Tūpuna Maunga Operational Plan 2017/2018’ on the first line.

 

Translated information

 

Key issues on the budget

Message from Mayor Phil Goff

Auckland’s growth is a sign of its success. People want to live in a city which is beautiful, diverse, interesting and offers lots of opportunities. But there is a downside to such rapid growth. With the city increasing by nearly 900 more residents a week, this has outpaced growth in infrastructure for housing and transport. It has caused housing unaffordability and traffic congestion.

We need desperately to invest more in infrastructure but the burden should not just fall on our ratepayers. I want to keep rate measures low and reasonable. In this budget I want to share the cost of growth more fairly across those who benefit from it.

In my view, rate rises should be no higher than 2.5 per cent. I am working to broaden our revenue base through measures such as a targeted rate on accommodation providers and a targeted rate for new large scale developments. We need to also address growing social problems like homelessness and our own low-paid staff who are struggling to afford to live in our city.

There are different views around the council table on some of these issues. However, all councillors agree that these are important questions and want Auckland residents to have a say on them. We are putting out this budget for consultation so we can hear just what you think of our proposals. Your input helps us reach the best decision about how to make Auckland better.

Mayor Phil Goff

 

From parks and community facilities to roads, pathways, buses, trains and rubbish collections, your rates help fund the services and facilities that keep our city moving, clean and liveable.

We work hard to strike a balance between keeping rates rises minimal while sustaining the investment levels needed to maintain, improve and deliver new and existing services to Aucklanders.

In our 10-year budget, we projected an average rates increase of 3.5 per cent would be needed for 2017/2018 to deliver our planned investments and services.

The latest review of our budgets has identified additional savings that will allow us to deliver the same things for about $15 million less.

For this Annual Budget, we have three options for the level of rates increase in the next financial year, each impacting on our ability to deliver services and investment.

Option A: 3.5 per cent

We had initially planned a rates increase of 3.5 per cent (that’s around $1.55 a week for an average-value residential property) for 2017/2018.

We could keep the increase at 3.5 per cent and use the savings we have identified to invest even more in things like transport, walking and cycling infrastructure and sports field development.

Option B: 2.5 per cent

By using the $15 million of additional savings, we could increase rates by only 2.5 per cent, which is around $1.10 a week for an average-value residential property.

This would allow us to deliver all our previously planned investments, but nothing extra.

Option C: 2 per cent

We could limit the rates increase to 2 per cent, or 90c a week for an average-value residential property.

This smaller rates rise would impact on our ability to deliver all council services and likely require us to forgo or delay some planned improvements or investments in council facilities and services. It could also result in higher interest costs for the council.

We think it is fair for businesses to pay a greater share of rates than residential ratepayers, as businesses benefit from an additional use of services, infrastructure and transport facilities.

However, we also think the current share of overall rates that businesses pay is too high and should be reduced gradually over time to a level that better reflects their use of services.

Our current policy addresses this issue by applying a higher than average rates increase to residential ratepayers each year, and a lower than average increase to business ratepayers, which will eventually see businesses paying a lesser share of the rates, but still more than residential ratepayers.

For example, with a 2.5 per cent overall average rates increase, our current policy of reducing business rates would result in residential ratepayers having rates increases of about 3 per cent and businesses about 1.5 per cent.

However, we know that a 3 per cent residential rates rise is viewed as too high by many, so we are considering changing our rating policy for this year.

We propose applying an equal rates increase to business and residential ratepayers in 2017/2018.

This provides a fair and affordable rates increase for all residential ratepayers, but business pay more than was originally planned.

To promote Auckland to the world, host major events and attract more visitors here, we spend $20 - $30 million of general rates money each year. This is the equivalent of around 2 per cent of the council’s annual rates revenue. The increase in visitors is good for our local economy, but places pressure on our infrastructure.

We propose to replace this general rates funding with a targeted rate on accommodation providers, as the connection between visitor attraction and their customer base is strongest.

We are not proposing to charge other businesses that benefit, such as restaurants, cafes and taxis, because most of their customers are Auckland residents.

This targeted rate would allow Auckland Council to invest an additional $250 - $300 million over 10 years in transport infrastructure to ease congestion in Auckland from increased visitors to our city and population growth.

Accommodation providers, such as hotels and motels, will pay a rate that works out to be approximately 4 per cent of their revenue. If they pass the cost of the targeted rate onto visitors it would increase the cost of a nightly stay by around $6 - $10 for a typical hotel (less for backpackers and budget accommodation providers).

A new group of industry representatives would provide direction on how the money is spent.

Auckland is the fastest growing region in the country. In the past five years, our population has grown by more than the entire population of Tauranga, and is expected to reach 2.2 million in the next three decades.

More people means more housing is needed, and it needs to be affordable. We need new ways to pay for this, in addition to development contributions and without large rates increases for all ratepayers.

We propose changing our policy to allow us to use targeted rates on new developments as well as development contributions to pay for new infrastructure.

A targeted rate would reduce reliance on general ratepayers and encourage developers to convert land into homes faster.

This would discourage developers from sitting on empty land while its value increases - a practice called land banking.

Changing our policy means we can implement targeted rates when appropriate following consultation.

If we don’t go ahead with this change we would have to continue to rely on growth charges or ask central government for new ones to fund the infrastructure.

 

Auckland is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, so it is important that people who work here get paid enough to live.

If they don’t, many people who provide essential services will end up leaving Auckland to live elsewhere, and many already are.

A living wage is defined as the wage necessary to provide an employee with a sufficient income to ensure an adequate standard of living and the ability to fully participate in society.

Currently, around 2200 council staff earn less than $20.20 per hour, the estimated living wage for Auckland in 2017/2018.

We are considering changing our pay policy for staff of Auckland Council and its CCOs.

The proposed change would be phased in over the council term ending October 2019, at a cost of up to $2.5 million in 2017/2018 and $7 million a year by the end of the council term. Funding would come from efficiency savings and existing budgets rather than through a rates increase.

Mass transit

Auckland Transport is working to plan and design the best way to improve access to the CBD from inner suburbs, the airport and the south.

As the population and demand for public transport increases, early acquisition of strategically important land is required. $40 million is budgeted for Auckland Transport to progress this in 2017/2018.

Homelessness

Auckland faces a significant challenge in relation to homelessness. We propose to play a coordinating role in bringing together central government with non-governmental organisations, private businesses supporting the homeless and groups representing the homeless to help address the issue in Auckland. A budget of $500,000 is proposed for this.

Waste management and charges

We propose to standardise waste services across Auckland, providing a choice of bins, as well as making changes to the free commercial cardboard collection in some areas.

This will include the introduction of new targeted rates where residents request a second recycling bin ($62 per annum) and where residents in the former Manukau City Council area request a larger refuse bin ($55 per annum).

Local board priorities

Consultation with Aucklanders closed on 27 March 2017 at 4pm.

The feedback provided in the consultation is currently being processed and an overview report will be available here in early May.

Elected members will make decisions and finalise the budget in June 2017.

If you have any questions relating to the Annual Budget 2017/2018 please email: annualbudget@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

Albert-Eden Local Board

Each year we review priorities and activities in our local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We’re seeking your input for the 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

The 2017/2018 Annual Agreement marks the third year of our local board plan and the council’s Long-term Plan 2015-2025. Over the last three years, the local board has heard what’s important to you and your community, and has started delivering your priorities by upgrading town centres, improving open spaces, and providing a range of community events in our area.

This year is about continuing to deliver the projects you identified and, as a result, we’re not proposing major changes to our 2017/2018 budgets or work programme. However, we still value your input on our key 2017/2018 projects, which include improvements to Oakley Creek and Coyle Park and upgrading our community centres and villages.

Our two key advocacy points are securing funding to develop a high-quality nine-hole golf course at Chamberlain Park, and endorsing light rail as the preferred public transport solution for central Auckland. Below is a summary of our 2017/2018 priorities. We look forward to hearing your views.

Peter Haynes - Chairperson

What we plan to do

As noted above, our focus for 2017/2018 is continuing to deliver the projects and priorities you asked for during the development of the local board plan. Some of our key projects for this year include:

  • improvements to Te Auaunga - Oakley Creek
  • upgrades to paths and development at Coyle Park
  • upgrading our community centres at Pt Chevalier and Epsom
  • establishing a future giant trees programme which will create iconic natural landmarks and landscapes
  • supporting community groups to provide initiatives and programmes that seek to improve safety in our neighbourhoods and town centres, create vibrant community networks and promote inclusiveness for our migrant communities.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $7.6 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $12.8 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • concluding the upgrade of the Mt Albert town centre
  • planning for village centre upgrades in Sandringham and Greenwoods Corner
  • renewal of our existing assets such as community facilities, playgrounds, paths and park furniture.

What might change

In addition to our key projects, we are seeking your feedback on:

  • The expansion of the Uptown Business Association boundary.The Association will hold a postal ballot of the business ratepayers located in the Business Improvement District (BID) expansion area. If the BID expansion goes ahead, it will mean that targeted rate on the business ratepayers in the BID area will increase from $180,000 to $270,000 in 2017/2018.
  • The local board is progressing the implementation of the Chamberlain Park masterplan to create active and passive recreation spaces and has invested significant budget into the planning, design and implementation of the masterplan. The local board plans to advocate to the Governing Body for funding to develop a high-quality nine-hole golf course on the park.
  • The local board believes that light rail is the best mass transit solution for central Auckland and will significantly improve the capacity of moving commuters, tourists and residents, reduce congestion, provide safety benefits and provide economic development opportunities. The local board plans to request that the Governing Body advocate to Auckland Transport, New Zealand Transport Agency and the Ministry of Transport that light rail is preferred mass transit solution for central Auckland.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our key 2017/2018 projects and advocacy areas right?
  • Do you support the Uptown Business Association expanding its boundaries to increase commercial and economic development opportunities in the Newton area?

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board is committed to a strong partnership and continued investment with our community. In 2017/2018 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 parks and walkways, which is why we will be investing in parks, as well as greenway and walkway development. You have also told us that you would like to see Hurstmere Road revitalised, so we will be working on this over the coming year. We will continue to focus on listening to our community so that together we can contribute to positive outcomes in our local board area.

Grant Gillon - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have:

  • supported the establishment of a flagship youth centre in Takapuna
  • 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" tracks at Greville Reserve in Forrest Hill
  • completed Devonport Library
  • supported the retention of the Takapuna Holiday Park.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $7.7 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $11.7 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • general park development
  • greenway and walkway development
  • streetscape improvements (Takapuna Centre – Hurstmere Rd) and stormwater upgrade
  • renewal of existing assets.

We plan on continuing to top up regional service levels in this local board area as follows:

  • funding additional library opening hours
  • funding the additional cost of utilising the method of mechanical edging in our parks instead of edging with chemical sprays
  • funding the increased frequency of street garden maintenance.

What might change

  • The board would like to hear from you about whether all of its business should be conducted formally, with the public able to be present.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?

Franklin Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

The new Franklin Local Board has reviewed our long-term plans and budgets which were adopted in 2015 and we’re confident we are heading in the right direction. As the Auckland region continues to grow quickly, and a lot of this growth is in Franklin. One of the key challenges is keeping up with the growth and what our communities need to live in this great rural part of Auckland. In this annual plan we don’t propose to change anything. Our key challenges are juggling the many and varied demands within a limited budget. One of the biggest challenges is coastal erosion, as Franklin has such a large coastline. We continue to plan for the upgrade of our seawalls and other coastal structures, and along with other local boards we are strongly advocating to the governing body for coastal erosion to be managed and funded regionally.

The key message this year is that we will continue to build on what we’ve achieved in the past two years since we adopted our Local Board Plan. Early in 2017 we will be reviewing this and are keen to hear from you about what we should be focussing on over the next three to ten years.

Angela Fulljames - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since we adopted our Local Board Plan in 2014, we have worked towards achieving many of the initiatives it includes, and we will continue to do so in 2017/2018 by delivering initiatives that build on the work already under way, as well as respond to new opportunities. We’re comfortable with the progress we are making and will put emphasis on projects that are still to commence, so we do not plan to undertake any comprehensive changes to the budgets identified in the Long-term Plan 2015-2025. We believe we are heading in the right direction, and this year we will review our Local Board Plan and check in with the community again, and reflect this in the Long-term Plan 2018-2028.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $6.2 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $13.1 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • General park development – a programme of ongoing upgrades and renewal of existing facilities, alongside a number of new parks to meet the growth throughout Franklin.
  • Sports Park (Waiuku) – ongoing development of this facility in partnership with the Waiuku Rugby Club and Waiuku College.
  • Renewal of existing assets such as Tamakae Wharf, the Sandspit seawall and the toilets at Sunkist Bay.

What might change?

We are not proposing any changes to the overall budget for this year. We will continue to deliver the key activities outlined in the local board plan and work with key stakeholders to plan for the growth that Franklin is experiencing.

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

Great Barrier Local Board

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 2017/2018 Annual Budget.

Message from the chair 

We are now into a fresh term with two new board members so we're focused on getting everyone settled in and working well together. We’re discussing our priorities and making a start on our new three-year Local Board Plan and next year’s annual work programme and budget. Unfortunately there are no new funds available in 2017/2018 so we’re carefully reviewing our priorities.

There will be some new projects and the changed board make-up may result in a slightly new direction for the next three years. In particular, we’re looking at new ideas for economic development and education, and will shortly decide the next steps for the significant ecology vision project. As well as consulting with you on the Annual Budget, we’ll be coming to you in May for feedback on a few other plans. They’re all important so please get involved in helping us decide our priorities. If we’re doing our job properly, these will reflect your priorities.

We look forward to hearing your views.

Izzy Fordham - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our Local Board Plan, we have contributed to the purchasing of Glenfern Sanctuary, extended cellphone coverage to much of the Okiwi community, significantly funded community groups, pursued a wide range of environmental enhancement projects and completed a number of walkways, including Harataonga Track.  

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $318,000 to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $2.4 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • capital funding for community assets
  • renewal of existing assets
  • various local improvement projects.

What might change

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2017/2018:

  • continuing investigations into cemetery development in the north and centre of the island
  • establishing a new biodiversity position on the island to support important ongoing environment work
  • investigating further options to increase cellphone coverage for the island. This is part of a renewed push to properly future-proof Barrier infrastructure.
  • continue to support the needs of our community through funding agreements to community groups
  • creating a learning hub and co-fund a correspondence supervisor with the Ministry of Education. Whilst catering predominantly for correspondence school kids, the hub would also allow for evening classes, training courses, and skills development for all islanders. This is part of a new focus on improving educational outcomes for Barrier youth and plugging local skill gaps.
  • looking at our island entry points (i.e. airfields and ports) and connections to see if they’re fit for the future
  • reviewing where our visitor industry is at and whether we can help
  • undertaking a feasibility study for a safe and secure emergency island water supply.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?

Henderson-Massey Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

Many areas of Henderson-Massey will be facing growth over the next 10 years, and our local board sees this as an opportunity.  We want to lead on smart growth initiatives, to take care of what we have and to advocate for high-quality transport, waters, open space and facility infrastructure that meets future demands. When communities grow, this is a chance to develop greater connectedness, a place where we know our neighbours and promote positive safety as well.

Easy-to-get-to parks and community facilities that meet the needs of local residents is a focus for us. The new communities of the greater Massey and Westgate areas in particular will need high quality community spaces to be planned for and built as these communities grow. High quality urban living also means getting local people into local jobs. Over the past two years the local board has supported local businesses with establishing a business association across Henderson-Lincoln and by June 2017 we will see if they have been successful in establishing a Business Improvement District to bring benefit to all. The environment is important to us all, and with Project Twin Streams now into its second decade we will be looking at what further can be done to help our streams to become more healthy.

We look to work alongside you as we process our shared vision outlined in our Local Board Plan for your community in 2017/2018. Please let us know what you think.

Shane Henderson - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $39.6 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $23.1 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • construction of combined library and community centre at Westgate
  • open space development at Westgate
  • allocation of SH16/20 NZTA compensation for their use of Harbourview-Orangihina Park to areas affected by the motorway project
  • upgrade stormwater at Waiarohia and Totara Ponds, Westgate
  • planned renewal of existing park, community centre, and library assets

 

What might change?

We are not proposing to make major changes to the plans that were signalled for the third year of the Henderson-Massey Local Board Plan 2014. We would like to do more towards:

  • preparing an updated open space plan for Harbourview-Orangihina Park, building on work done in the past as well as bringing in fresh thinking
  • supporting Henderson Riding for the Disabled to progress its vision of finding a home where it can expand and develop facilities for year-round services
  • investing additional local board funding in parks, playgrounds, footpaths, and offroad shared walking and cycling paths
  • working with Panuku Development Auckland to progress residential development on the sites that council owns in Henderson
  • supporting community groups and businesses with renewed efforts to improve water quality in our streams.

What do you think?

  • What do you think of these proposals?
  • What do you think we should include in our plan for Harbourview-Orangihina?

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

On reflection it seems we have achieved many improvements within our local board area and we expect to continue this trend through 2017/2018. The plans we have developed over the last couple of years now provide the opportunity to deliver actions which will be of wide benefit to our communities in terms of recreation and to our local economy.

We look forward to continuing to partner with our volunteers and other key community stakeholders for the betterment of our environment in addition to looking for new ways to enhance assets and services that are valued and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.  It’s very pleasing to see our parks and playgrounds, community centres and libraries buzzing with activity as people enjoy their free time.

We will also continue to advocate for equitable operational funding to be provided for community houses, youth centres and arts centres.

Julia Parfitt, JP - Chairperson

What we have done

Since adoption of our Local Board Plan, we have:

  • upgraded the Sherwood Reserve destination playground
  • completed the redevelopment of Stoney Homestead as a community hub for the Millwater community
  • upgraded the skate park and toilets at Western Reserve including a landscaped connection to the new Estuary Arts Centre education wing
  • completed a significant upgrade to the Stanmore Bay Leisure Centre
  • upgraded Ashley Reserve with artificial turf as well as a new toilet and changing room facilities, plus a carpark to service the area
  • upgraded the toilet at Waiake Beach
  • rebuilt Murrays Bay wharf
  • upgraded Orewa Beach toilets (next to the Orewa Surf Club)

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $7.8 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $15.9 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • development at Long Bay reserves 5,6,7,8
  • renewal of existing assets

What might change

Planning for a toilet at Red Beach Reserve (William Bayes Place) is currently proposed for 2019/2020 with delivery to follow in 2020/2021. We will endeavour to bring that project forward for planning to occur in 2017/2018 followed by construction in 2018/2019 or earlier.

What else we propose

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2017/2018:

  • continue to provide improvements to playgrounds including all ability play equipment and sun smart options
  • continue to upgrade old signage in the local board area
  • begin to deliver actions from the Hibiscus and Bays Greenways Plan
  • begin to deliver on actions identified in the Silverdale, Orewa and Browns Bay Centre Plans
  • begin to implement the Mairangi Bay Reserves Management Plan
  • continue to work with our volunteers on environmental initiatives
  • develop a strategy for eco-tourism for the local board area
  • develop a strategy for the review of reserve management plans within the local board area.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • Do you agree with us trying to plan and deliver the new toilet at Red Beach Reserve (in William Bayes Place) earlier than proposed?

Howick Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

This is the third and final year of the current Local Board Plan, so we are not proposing any major changes. We have, however, seen some significant achievements.

Since adoption of our Local Board Plan, we have completed the building of the Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre and continued to support the Tamaki River Festival. The new ferry facility and transport hub at Half Moon Bay is well on the way to completion and we will be establishing the inaugural Chinese New Year Festival in Pakuranga.

We continue to have 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 continues to face 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 continue 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 have also recognised that management of coastal erosion needs to be one of our high priorities in the near future.

We continue to prioritise advocacy for better transport linkages into and out of the area. We are continuing discussions on the Pakuranga Reeves Road flyover, addressing public transport and congestion issues and progressing the Auckland-Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) and east/west connections.

You told us that these were important to you and we want to ensure we continue to be on the right track.

David Collings - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our Local Board Plan, we have completed the building of the Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre and continued to support the Tamaki River Festival. The new ferry facility and transport hub at Half Moon Bay is well on the way to completion and we will be establishing the inaugural Chinese New Year Festival in Pakuranga.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $22.1 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $22.6 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • multi-use community facility at Flat Bush
  • development at Styak-Lushington Park (Greenmount)
  • greenway, walkway and general park development
  • a masterplan for Barry Curtis Park
  • sportsfield development at 187 Flat Bush School Road (Ostrich Farm)
  • walkway and cycleway paths at Flat Bush
  • water quality ponds at Flat Bush
  • renewal of existing assets

What might change

We are continuing to advocate to bring forward the aquatic centre budget at Flat Bush from 2020 to 2018 to align with other developments at Flat Bush.

We propose the following additional priorities for 2017/2018:

  • continue sand replenishment and management of coastal erosion at our beaches and advocate for a regional fund for coastal erosion
  • 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
  • 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
  • develop a centre plan for the wider Howick Village area.

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

  • continuing to fund extended hours for our libraries
  • provide rental support to a number of community facilities.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • Are there any other priorities you would like us to consider?

Kaipātiki Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

Kaipātiki Local Board is committed to focusing on key initiatives identified in existing documents and supported by Kaipātiki residents through previous consultation exercises. This includes investment into walking and cycling connections, the development of the Northcote Town Centre and the initial stages of implementing the Pest-Free Kaipātiki Strategy. The board intends to continue to top up regional service levels for library hours, parks maintenance and community house operational funding.

The board will look at possible shifts in priorities during the development of the 2017 Kaipātiki Local Board Plan, scheduled for consultation in early 2017. We encourage you to get fully involved in the Local Board Plan process in addition to telling us whether we have our priorities right for 2017/2018.

Danielle Grant - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have completed the construction of Kaimataara ō Wai Manawa (Birkenhead’s new lookout platform), repurposed Marlborough Park hall into a youth-focused facility, and developed or renewed many facilities in our parks such as the BMX pump track at Birkenhead War Memorial Reserve.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $4.8 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $12.7 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • continue implementing the Kaipatiki Connections Network Plan
  • central area upgrade in Northcote
  • renewal of existing community facility and parks assets.

We plan on continuing to top-up regional service levels in this local board area as follows:

  • funding additional library opening hours so all three libraries in this local board have the same seven-day opening times
  • funding the additional cost to use mechanical edging in our parks instead of edging with chemical sprays
  • funding the additional cost required for our community houses to operate effectively.

What might change

In addition to what has been planned, we propose the following priorities for 2017/2018:

  • support the implementation of the Pest-Free Kaipatiki Strategy adopted in August 2016.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board

Each year we review priorities and activities in your local board area to make sure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We welcome your input in shaping our focus for the 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

This year is the third year of the council’s 10-year budget and is a year that we are concentrating on the things you have told us are important to you and achieving the outcomes previously identified through our Local Board Plan.

The plan outlines the outcomes we want for Māngere-Ōtāhuhu, one of which is to ensure that the many parks and open spaces we are blessed to have are clean and safe environments for people to enjoy.

We advocated for the area to be better connected via walkways, cycleways and improved public transport networks and for high-quality transport projects – things that are now a reality.

We will continue to advocate on your behalf to reduce off-licences and harm from alcohol in our communities.

Our cultural diversity is something to celebrate and be proud of.  We want to enable local people to harness their culture and use their creative talents so that Māngere-Ōtāhuhu can become the heart of Māori and Pasifika arts and culture - attracting people to the area.

This is your community, so get involved and help us create an exciting future and new opportunities for the people of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu.

Manuia tele.

Lemauga Lydia Sosene - Chairperson

What we have done

Since adopting our local board plan, we have completed:

  • Toiā in Ōtahuhu – the multipurpose community facility with pools, outdoor play area and library
  • Ōtāhuhu train and bus station
  • a major upgrade for the Mangere Town Centre Bus Station and new public toilets
  • Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project to improve pathways, crossings and safety around Māngere Town Centre.

What we plan to do

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan investing $5.6 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $16.3 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • sportsfield development
  • town centre revitalisation
  • renewing existing assets.

Our local budget will deliver programmes and projects valuing just over $2 million. Programmes and projects will address Local Board Plan outcomes to preserve and maintain our environment, economic development and help build a thriving local community.

We have approximately $790,000 to invest towards other local capital projects and want your ideas for consideration.  

What might change

We don’t propose to change the overall direction for the next year, with programmes planned and delivered within the 10-year budget (Long-term Plan 2015-2025).

However, we propose the following priorities for 2017/2018:

  • continue to fund additional library opening hours in the local board area
  • a local Youth Connections project.

What do you think?

Have we got our priorities right?

  • Community education and awareness for waste reduction
  • removal of mangroves
  • developing safe cycle and walkways
  • supporting social enterprise initiatives.

Manurewa Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair

As we move into the third year of delivery against the Local Board Plan, we remain committed to finishing what we started. We are proud to have completed some key projects in the last 12 months, and are in progress with several others.

As a board we remain concerned about the impact of population growth and intensification on the Manurewa area and its residents. We would like to contribute to meeting this growth through improving access to public transport networks, increasing community use of shared multi-use spaces, and implementing changes to the town centre and surrounding areas.

We would also like to progress the walk and cycleways around the coastline and continue our focus on the many natural treasures that make our local environment. We encourage you to be involved in working out our priorities for 2017/2018 and look forward to hearing what you think.

Angela Dalton - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our Local Board Plan, we have built Manu Tukutuku – Randwick Sports and Neighbourhood Centre taking a community led approach, refurbished Nathan Homestead, extended our coastal walkways, built the covered walkway connecting Manurewa Train Station to Southmall and begun work on the revitalisation of the Manurewa town centre.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $3.5 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $11.4 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • development of the foreshore esplanades using the maritime recreational fund
  • renewal of existing assets.

What might change

We are not proposing to make any major changes to the plans that were signalled in the third year of the Long-term Plan 2015-2025 after consultation with our community. In 2017/2018 we plan to focus on continuing the implementation of our current initiatives unless the feedback from our community indicates a need for change.

We propose the following priorities for 2017/2018:

  • continuing the town centre revitalisation project
  • initiating a masterplan for War Memorial Park using a community-led approach
  • investing in Te Mahia train station
  • partnering to build a new playground at Eugenia Rise, Totara Heights
  • progressing the Totara Park masterplan
  • extending the coastal walkways
  • improving community safety
  • develop a greenways plan to provide safe cycling and walking connections
  • constructing bus shelters.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • Tell us how safety - including perception of safety - can be improved in and around your local neighbourhood.
  • We are keen to work in partnership with the local community to deliver and support any shared objectives. Please tell us how you want to be more involved in the delivery of our initiatives.
  • Are there any other priorities you would like us to consider? If so, what might they replace?

Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

The Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board is firmly committed to increasing our presence in our local board area and develop better ways to engage with our community in 2017/2018.

We are not proposing major changes to our budget and will strive to be more effective in delivering the programmes we have.

Our environment is a priority. We want to find ways to address the F rating in the Tāmaki estuary and the D rating in the Manukau Harbour. There is major transformation happening in our community. Projects such as the Tāmaki Regeneration and the East West Link connection will need to deliver the right outcomes and be accompanied by the appropriate infrastructure that suits the needs of our community. We will advocate for housing options that will cater to all, including our residents who are currently renting and cannot afford a mortgage.

Homelessness continues to be a problem and we will advocate and work with social services, community groups and government agencies to find the right solutions. We know that we can collectively address major issues such as safety and youth unemployment and we want to find ways to do so.

We want to address coastal erosion on the eastern side of our ward (in particular around Point England and Wai o Taiki Bay) and we will advocate to keep the Onehunga port in public ownership.

Josephine Bartley - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Our community is undergoing much transformation, with some key projects taking place here and more being planned. These transformational initiatives include:

  • developments in Tāmaki that are being led by the Tāmaki Regeneration Company
  • the planned Onehunga Transform project, in which we will work with Pānuku Development Agency to scope and plan
  • the proposed New Zealand Transport Agency East-West Link connection project.

We will work to ensure that the welfare of our residents and the future of our local board area is the primary consideration when decisions are being made in these large projects.

We want our communities to continue to feel safe so we will continue to fund safety initiatives and work with our partners to review and identify ways we can improve on what we are doing. We want to understand if the initiatives we are funding for our youth are the right ones. With this in mind, we will be identifying effective tools for reaching and empowering our young to realise their full potential.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $8.5 million to renew and develop assets in our local board area and $13.8 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • implementing safety and alcohol harm reduction plans
  • identifying initiatives to support through our Community Partnership Fund
  • continuing our local community grants programme
  • supporting local events through our events fund
  • sportsfield development at Waikaraka Park
  • renewal of existing assets.

What might change

We are not proposing to make any major changes to the plans that were signalled in the third year of the Long-term Plan 2015-2025 after consultation with our community. In 2017-2018 we plan to focus on continuing the implementation of our current initiatives unless the feedback from our community indicates a need for change.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • Tell us how safety - including the perception of safety - can be improved in and around your local neighbourhood.
  • We are open to working in partnership with the local community to deliver and support any shared objectives. Please tell us how you want to be more involved in the delivery of our initiatives.

Ōrākei Local Board

Each year we are required to review priorities and activities in our local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We’re seeking your input for the 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair

The previous Ōrākei Local Board achieved a lot for our community during the six years of the last two political terms. For the next financial year, the board will continue to deliver and complete projects you identified as a priority. Many of these have already been started and some are listed below.

We are making decisions in a fiscally constrained environment with rapid population growth and extensive regional investment to meet infrastructure demands. Despite the constrained environment, we will continue to advocate strongly to the governing body and Auckland Transport for funding, such as the suburban connections to the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive shared path. We will be making the strongest possible case for the necessary funding. To do otherwise would be to fail our legal responsibilities.

The Ōrākei Local Board area contributes significantly to the council’s and Council Controlled Organisations’ revenue through our rates and we are entitled to have a fair share invested back into our area.

Colin Davis - Chairperson

What we plan to do

As noted above, our focus for 2017/2018 is continuing to deliver the projects and priorities you asked for during the development of our Local Board Plan. Some of our key locally funded projects for this year include:

  • constructing feeder-links to the Ōrākei Spine – the shared path from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive
  • contributing to the development of multi-use changing rooms at Michaels Avenue Reserve
  • continuing our ecological improvements programme, including mangrove removal in Hobson Bay
  • providing contestable grants that empower our local community groups to achieve local outcomes.

Have we got our key projects right?

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $4.1 million to renew and develop assets in our local board area and $12.9 million to maintain and operate existing assets. This includes:

  • sportsfield, lighting and playground improvements at Michaels Avenue Reserve
  • sportsfield and lighting improvements and a new hockey turf at Colin Maiden Park
  • the Stonefields Heritage Trail
  • path improvements at Churchill Park.

Have we got these key priorities right?

The development of the Ōrākei Spine – the shared path from Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive - is a transformational project taking place in our area over the next few years. The Board is funding some much needed links to the Ōrākei Spine, but with our limited budget we can only deliver so much. Therefore we are seeking your support to advocate to the governing body for funding for an additional connection between Gowing Drive and the Ōrākei Spine. This will provide access to the Ōrākei Spine between the Gowing Drive area and the north side of the Pourewa Valley, connecting the residents of Gowing Drive with Selwyn College and St Thomas’s School.

What might change

We are proposing the following changes to what was planned for 2017/2018 in the Long-term Plan 2015-2025 and we are seeking your feedback on these:

  • Following the introduction of regional fees and charges for our venues for hire in 2015/2016 the local board subsidised some of our existing groups so they did not receive increases. In 2017/2018 the local board proposes to end this subsidisation so all community groups are treated equitably. This will result in a small number of community groups receiving increases to venue hire charges. However, they can apply to the local board for funding through our community grants programme, as are all our community groups.
  • The board believes that the Winter Splash event has run its course and plans to discontinue the event as it is no longer attracting high numbers of participants. The board is instead proposing to deliver additional movies in parks events in Ellerslie.

What do you think?

What do you think of these proposed changes?

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board

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 2017/2018 financial year.

Message from the chair

The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s Annual Budget 2017/2018 consultation document sets out the priorities for the coming year. These priorities will help the local board to deliver on outcomes identified in our 2014 Local Board Plan.

The board’s priorities in 2017/2018 are to continue to support our town centres, youth employment initiatives, the Ōtara Lake clean-up, local events, and arts and cultural programmes. We also want to continue to make community grants supporting local community activities.

The board will continue to advocate for limits on gambling venues and alcohol outlets near schools and residential areas. We will progress the Ngati Ōtara Park Multisport Complex and Marae project this year. We will continue to provide free adult entry to our local pools, funded through a targeted rate.

We encourage you to be involved in working out our priorities for 2017/2018 and look forward to hearing what you think.

Lotu Fuli - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $6.1 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $13.8 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • New multi-sport facility at Ngati Otara Park
  • Community facility upgrade, including Te Puke O Tara Community Centre
  • Renewal of existing assets, including Allenby Park Skate Park renewal

In our Locally Driven Initiative budget we are looking at programmes and initiatives to the value of $1.77 million. A wide range of programmes are included, for community and economic development, community facilities, and environmental initiatives.

We have about $600,000 available to spend on other local capital projects which have not been decided yet. We have in mind a range of projects, including the completion of Te Puke o Tara Community Centre refurbishment. We would welcome your ideas.

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.

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2017/2018:

  • local events fund $137,000
  • local community grants $160,000
  • Skills Sheds operations $79,000
  • Ōtara Lake and Waterways Vision $60,000
  • local economic development planning - BID top-up $360,000.

Please give us your feedback about developing Manukau Sports Bowl as a vibrant, well utilised, multi-purpose sports stadium and arena. This will include facilities for school athletics, a walking/running track, stadium seating, long jump pit, gymnastics and weightlifting facilities, and an Olympic pool.

We will continue to advocate to the governing body on a host of initiatives noted in our advocacy list, such as better local sport facilities, better road connections, and more investment into Transform Manukau (led by Panuku Development Auckland). We will continue to further prioritise our work programmes according to what’s important for our local area through better engagement with our communities.

The Manukau Central Business Association and Wiri Business Association are proposing to expand the boundaries of their Business Improvement Districts (BID). The Manukau Central Business expansion proposal has been supported by a majority of businesses in the affected area. If the Manukau Central BID expansion goes ahead, it will mean that council will introduce a targeted rate on the business ratepayers in that BID area to collect a grant of $490,000 in 2017/2018. The Wiri Business Association will hold a postal ballot of the business ratepayers located in the defined Wiri BID expansion area in early 2017. If the ballot supports the Wiri BID expansion, Auckland Council will consider a targeted rate on the business ratepayers in the expanded area to collect a BID grant in 2017/2018.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • What do you think should change in our area?
  • Is it more important to improve our town centres’ vibrancy and green spaces, or invest in our local arts events?
  • Do you agree with the Manukau and Wiri BID expansions?

Papakura Local Board

Each year we review priorities and activities in the local board area to ensure we continue delivering the right outcomes. We’re seeking your input for the 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

We are looking forward to another exciting and challenging year. Papakura is changing and your local board will provide the leadership needed to manage that change in the best interests of our communities. Our diverse communities deserve to enjoy an improved quality of life and more chances to thrive and prosper. Our people, young and old alike, are our greatest strength.

We will continue the focus on the town centre, taking full advantage of the opportunities created by its metropolitan centre status in the unitary plan. We will promote a live-work-play philosophy for planning and investment in the area, encouraging new jobs, shopping, leisure opportunities and community facilities alongside housing growth. 

I encourage you to be involved in working out our priorities for 2017/2018 and look forward to hearing what you think.

Brent Catchpole - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our Local Board Plan, we have invested in the Papakura Museum, coastal walkways and mangrove removal. We have also developed a Local Paths Plan to prioritise greenway and walkway development and have completed a covered walkway from the train station to the town centre.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $5 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $10.5 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • greenway and walkway development
  • general park development
  • multi-purpose facility at Takanini
  • renewal of existing assets.

What might change?

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2017/2018:

  • town centre events and celebrations of our cultural diversity
  • partnership working between the council and town centre businesses
  • developing economic, cultural and safety projects through a Commercial Centre Group
  • more streetscape improvements in the town centre
  • a WW100 anniversary memorial near Central Park
  • youth development and training initiatives
  • construction of the first stage of built facilities at Opaheke Fields
  • breathing new life into older reserves and community facilities.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right for the next year?
  • Is anything missing that you think could improve Papakura, Takanini or Drury?

Puketāpapa Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

We are looking ahead to the 2017/2018 year, keeping on course with our commitments to support, through funding and advocacy, what you have said is important.

We will continue investment in the environment, building on Te Auaunga Awa/Oakley Creek restoration work and the Waikowhai Coast boardwalk. We will continue to develop parks and playgrounds to meet your needs. Walking and cycling connections including greenways will continue to grow, enabling safe local travel; we look forward to seeing work begin on the important cycle link along Sandringham Rd Extension, connecting the SH20 regional cycleway with Wesley Community Centre early next year.

We will continue to support community activities through our grants programme, events and provision of community facilities.

We will be advocating for regional resources to support well-planned urban design that connects neighbourhoods, restoration of the Manukau Harbour and securing Liston Village for social housing.

We look forward to seeing the initiatives that we plan to deliver and advocate for in 2017/2018 contribute to a more equitable and liveable Puketāpapa.

Harry Doig - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our Local Board Plan, we have:

  • completed the first section of the Waikowhai  coastal boardwalk (Taumanu Reserve to Bamfield Reserve)
  • partnered with mana whenua to develop the Te Auaunga Awa/Oakley Creek restoration strategy and prioritised key actions
  • established a native nursery social enterprise and apprentice training programme as part of the Walmsley and Underwood Reserves stormwater project
  • completed a heritage trail around Three Kings
  • undertaken a healthy homes insulation initiative
  • substantially contributed to safer cycle routes.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $3.4 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $9.3 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • local community services including $174, 000 for local community grants and $55,000 for youth development
  • local parks initiatives including $92,000 for restoration work on the Manukau coast
  • local environmental initiatives including $38,000 for healthy homes/carbon reduction initiatives
  • local planning and development including $25,000 for local economic development and $35,000 for town centre planning and development
  • $419,840 on the upgrade of the climate control system at Pah Homestead
  • $157,440 on linkage improvements from Fearon Park to Harold Long Reserve
  • $1,740,745 on renewal of existing assets.

What might change?

We are continuing with the programme of initiatives for this year. Next year we will begin preparing the three-year Local Board Plan and focusing our efforts there.

We would like to do more towards:

  • restoring and protecting the Manukau Harbour, Te Auaunga Awa and the historic Whare building
  • supporting community activities through our grants programme, events and provision of community facilities
  • improving amenities in our small parks and expanding the greenways network
  • developing local town centres
  • supporting local businesses and youth employment opportunities.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • Do you support our advocacy items?
  • The local board has approximately $400,000 per annum for local transport projects. What projects should we prioritise for this fund?

Rodney Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair

We know you want to see real progress on the ground in Rodney. To this end, in 2017/2018 the local board is proposing to reprioritise its spending by creating larger, more substantive community grants to enable community groups and organisations to get out there and really make things happen. By making more money available for things like riparian planting or the construction of paths and walkways, this will allow community groups to apply for enough funding to get their more substantive projects done and make a real difference in their community.

In addition, we’re planning to spend $700,000 to revitalise our town centres in Kumeu/Huapai, Helensville, and Warkworth. By using community-led processes to identify what needs to be done, the Rodney Local Board will partner with the community to help lift our town centres and improve the way they look, feel and function. Now is the time to tell us if you agree with the priorities we propose for Rodney in 2017/2018.

Beth Houlbrooke - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our Local Board Plan, we have supported the development of walkways, undertaken major upgrades of community halls, parks toilets, playgrounds and coastal assets, as well as completing transport projects such as greenways planning, and funding footpaths in Rodney to complete gaps in our basic transport infrastructure. 

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $4.3 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $14.4 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • greenway and walkway development
  • various locally driven initiatives (LDI) funded local board initiatives
  • sportsfield development
  • renewal of existing assets.

What we might change

We propose the following changes;

  • Save $50,000 per year on consequential opex by not spending the remaining $500,000 footpath capital funds from our LDI budget.
  • Additional savings will be found by removing the remaining economic development budget and changing the focus of our ecological and environmental work. Additional funding will also be found from the parks volunteers and community grants budgets. These funds would be put into the following new initiatives:
    • grants for improving the ecological health of our main harbours and waterways through the Healthy Waters program ($250,000)
    • grants to implement our Greenways plans through community led projects ($250,000)
    • grants for community led play spaces ($100,000)
    • targeted funding for a recognised existing events and one new event ($30,000)

We also propose the following priorities for 2017/2018:

  • carrying out concept planning for the Huapai Multisports Facility ($20,000)
  • repositioning the Snells Beach Skate Park as part of the renewal of this asset ($20,000)
  • Wellsford skate park and reserve redevelopment ($50,000)
  • upgrading the Muriwai Playground as a destination playground ($50,000)
  • town centre upgrades in Helensville, Kumeu/Huapai and Warkworth ($700,000).

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • Do you agree with our focus on re-allocating funding away from some initiatives into the proposed, larger grants for recognised community groups and organisations to carry out work in their area?
  • Do you agree with the focus of the proposed grants (ecological health of harbours and waterways, greenways implementation, play spaces, and events)?
  • Do you agree with the proposed approach not to build additional footpaths over and above those to be built by Auckland Transport?

Upper Harbour Local Board

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 2017/2018 financial year.

Message from the chair 

Upper Harbour is one of the fastest growing areas in Auckland. The Upper Harbour Local Board’s number one priority is to advocate for the adequate provision of infrastructure, open space and community facilities in developing greenfield areas, such as Hobsonville and Whenuapai. As our population expands, so does our need for efficient and effective public transport links. Our growth has an impact on the natural environment, so we want to help preserve and protect our waterways, native bush and wildlife. Aucklanders from all around the region come to Upper Harbour to play sports.

We will continue advocating for improved sport and recreation facilities, particularly for indoor sports. We encourage you to be involved in working out our priorities for 2017/2018 and look forward to hearing what you think.

Lisa Whyte - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our local board plan, we have built a new swimming pool in Albany, upgraded the Albany Highway and commenced significant developments in Hobsonville and Whenuapai.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $2.2 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $11.8 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • community house development at Hobsonville Point
  • community hub in Albany
  • sportsfield development
  • renewal of existing assets.

What might change

We propose the following changes to what is planned:

  • expand the community hub in Albany into phase 2 of development.

In addition to what we have planned, we propose the following priorities for 2017/2018:

  • indoor sports facilities at Hobsonville Point
  • community sports village in Albany
  • new playgrounds in developing areas (e.g. Albany Heights)
  • toilet block in Unsworth Reserve
  • pest-free programme for Upper Harbour
  • mechanical edging in Upper Harbour parks
  • Albany Park ‘n Ride improvements
  • Gills Road footpath and link completion
  • the Avenue/Dairy Flat Highway intersection upgrade
  • Upper Harbour Drive/Albany Highway Intersection upgrade
  • develop the Rosedale landfill site
  • secure a long-term library for Upper Harbour.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • Do you agree with setting up a pest-free programme in Upper Harbour?
  • Would you prefer more feeder buses to the Albany Park ‘n Ride or more parking?

Waiheke Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

We are now in the third year of the Long-term Plan 2015-2025 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 2014 Local Board Plan. Over the next 12 months we plan to continue to deliver projects you’ve said are a priority for you. 

We will build on the success of our community partnership programmes. The investment made in pest control and wetland restoration continues to pay off thanks to your support and enthusiasm for our volunteer and education programmes. 

We will continue to support our community groups and social support volunteers who provide assistance to 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.   

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

Paul Walden - Chairperson

What we plan to do

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

  • completion of the Te Ara Hura walkway, 100km circuit
  • installation of interpretative and educational signs
  • redevelopment of the old library space
  • completion of the Alison Park concept plan
  • providing support for Waiheke Youth Voice
  • investigation of potential marine protected areas
  • completion of the Essentially Waiheke refresh
  • development of a Matiatia masterplan
  • development of improved active transport networks
  • refurbishment of Onetangi Backpackers.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $1.6 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $6.1 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • renewal of existing assets.

What might change

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 2017/2018:

  • progress initiatives identified within the Matiatia masterplan
  • progress initiatives identified within the Pathways (Greenways) plan
  • continue to advocate for quality roading, footpath and cycling network to a standard consistent with the rest of Auckland, taking into account Waiheke character
  • complete an Artworks complex needs-assessment
  • continue to progress marine protection and waterway research
  • develop an integrated approach to ecological restoration and pest management across the island
  • progress options for tourism infrastructure funding
  • continue to investigate housing issues on Waiheke
  • support for a governance review that has good outcomes for Waiheke
  • reinstatement of the Rural Urban Boundary
  • continue to progress the development of a community swimming pool.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?

Waitākere Ranges Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

This is the third and final year of the Local Board Plan. We are not proposing any major changes in our local board agreement, although there are some good things on the way.  

Our discretionary budget for capital projects this year is $1.3 million dollars and we will be making a significant decision about how we use that to take Glen Eden forward.

Glen Eden is our major town centre and we are excited to finally be able to give it a town square for special events and everyday social gatherings.  We recently gave the library courtyard a makeover at the opposite end of Glen Mall and it is clearly popular with locals. 

The health of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area (WRHA) is a major priority. The second five-year monitoring report for the WRHA which is due this year will tell us how we are doing. We are deeply concerned that the budget for the WRHA work programme drops from $232,000 to $131,000 from next year onwards. This places long standing projects like community weed bins in doubt. We will again be asking the Governing Body to bolster the programme funding to the same level as previous years.

Greg Presland - Chairperson 

What we plan to do

We support people being more active, and want to make it easier and safer for residents to walk and cycle. We have built a rural-style footpath for Mountain Road residents and visitors to the Opanuku track network, and are making safety improvements in Oratia as part of a major shared path from Oratia Village to Parrs Park. Opening is scheduled for early 2017. The project will enable local residents to walk and cycle up to the park to use the playground and other facilities and also improve walking and cycling to nearby Sunnyvale Train station. Little Muddy Creek walkway is progressing in stages, with a track to connect Rimutaka Road residents with Huia Road, Titirangi being developed.

In what was a long-standing conversation, council staff and local residents have worked together to present us with a good outcome for a sea wall renewal solution in Huia. This will protect Huia Domain from erosion, and provide a beach for residents and visitors, and we are looking forward to it being finished in 2017/2018.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $2.4 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $9.8 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • Glen Eden town centre improvements ($370,000)
  • renewal of existing community assets
  • Huia seawall and domain improvements.

What might change

We are not proposing to make any major changes to the plans that were signalled in the third year of the Long-term Plan 2015-2025, and will focus on implementing existing initiatives, using local discretionary funds.

We would like to do more towards:

  • focusing on the health of the Waitākere Ranges
  • support our villages to be more sustainable and resilient
  • encouraging local communities to maintain parks as spray-free
  • improving our small urban parks
  • our marine environment and coasts being better understood, celebrated and protected
  • making sure that protecting our cultural and historic heritage is seen as a core value.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • How could the community be more involved in these issues?

Waitematā Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair

The Waitematā Local Board continues to support projects and initiatives in line with what you have told us. We will progress streetscape improvements from the Newmarket Laneways Plan and develop a multi-purpose sports facility in Grey Lynn Park. The Myers Park upgrade will be completed with the entrance enhancements and a splash pad to complement the award-winning playground.

You have told us you want high-quality parks and open spaces. In order to achieve this aspiration, we will continue to look for opportunities to leverage renewal programmes. We will develop plans for Meola Reef Reserve and Western Springs Lakeside Park to be able to prioritise initiatives in a coordinated way.

We will keep advocating to Auckland Transport to deliver connected, accessible and safe transport choices. Our new key advocacy areas include solutions for homelessness and minimising agrichemical use.

In the year ahead the board will continue to support environmental restoration projects, assist community groups to run their activities and events and champion community-led initiatives and placemaking.

Pippa Coom - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our 2014 Local Board Plan, we have progressed and completed many of our initiatives. The Weona-Westmere walkway is now open and the first stage of the Myers Park upgrade. Redevelopment of the Ellen Melville Centre as a community hub has commenced, we have adopted a number of park development plans and local area plans, enhanced five playgrounds and launched the Waitematā’s Low Carbon Action Plan. We continue to support local groups to run their activities through the events, grants and accommodation support programme.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $6.7 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $22.3 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives. This includes:

  • Central City Library refurbishment
  • continued delivery of streetscape improvement projects from the Newmarket Laneways Plan
  • progress the Grey Lynn Park multi-purpose facility
  • continue the Myers Park upgrade, including entrance enhancement and splash pad installation
  • renewal of existing assets such as community facilities.

What might change?

In addition to what we have planned, we are considering some changes and improvements to projects planned for 2017/2018 to be funded through local discretionary budgets. These are:

  • complete development plans for Meola Reef Reserve and Western Springs Lakeside Park
  • increase the budget for ecological restoration of Waipapa Stream
  • digitisation of the Heritage Foreshore Trail interpretative signage
  • commence scoping, design and community engagement for the Newmarket Youth Space
  • name two public open spaces that are currently unnamed at Freemans Bay and St Marys Bay and consider renaming Wairangi Wharf Reserve.
  • defer the installation of solar heating for the Parnell Baths until the renewal of the facility is complete.

The board also has a role advocating for initiatives for which we do not have decision-making responsibilities or funding. We are proposing new key advocacy areas, including minimising use of agrichemicals by council.

The Uptown Business Association is proposing to expand the boundary of its Business Improvement District (BID) programme. If the BID expansion is supported by ballot, the council may place a targeted rate on business ratepayers within the BID area to collect a BID grant of $270,000 in 2017/2018. The majority of the expansion area falls within the Albert-Eden Local Board area.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our proposed changes and improvements to projects right?
  • Do you support our key advocacy areas?
  • The local board has approximately $500,000 allocated per annum for local transport projects. What projects should we prioritise for this fund?
  • Do you support the local board allocating additional funds to renewals such as the Hopetoun Street Stairs at Western Park Tuna Mau?

Whau Local Board

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 2017/2018 year.

Message from the chair 

The Whau Local Board is committed to delivering for all our communities in the area.

We will support Avondale’s much anticipated re-development and will also ensure that we do what is possible to achieve our ongoing community projects. We recognise that metropolitan New Lynn has significant infrastructure in place and we now need to invigorate the community to develop a vibrant centre that people will “want” to be at, whether as a business, resident or visitor.  

We acknowledge we need to do more across Blockhouse Bay, Green Bay, Kelston, New Lynn, New Windsor, Avondale and the Rosebank Peninsular.  We are taking advice and working with others to encourage jobs and entrepreneurs. We support more and improved paths to make it safer, easier and pleasant to get around. Our Board is committed to supporting business, community development and environmental activities and to celebrate our local heritage.

Each year we seek your views and our budget changes in response to your input. With your feedback we will develop an annual board plan we can deliver.

Tracy Mulholland - Chairperson

What we plan to do

Since adoption of our Local Board Plan, some of the things we have achieved include:

  • supported ethnic, youth and pacific community voice activities
  • supported the development of cycle and basketball facilities at Avondale Central reserve
  • supported park developments at Valonia Park, Tiverton Road, Blockhouse Bay Recreation Reserve, Sister Renee Shadbolt and Crum Park
  • supported shared path developments at Ken Maunder, Olympic and Brains Parks
  • supported community and business restoration activities, for example, in Rosebank, Oakley Creek Archibald Park and Kurt Brehmer Reserve.

Based on our 10-year budget, in 2017/2018 we plan to invest $21.3 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.

Initiatives include:

  • continue development of new facility in Avondale
  • continue to advocate for footpath improvements
  • build and plan for more park and facility improvements
  • support development of more local paths and connections
  • support planning for a major pool and recreation centre
  • continue local weed removal and restoration projects
  • continue neighbourhood development projects
  • continue supporting recreation programmes.

What might change

We would like to do more towards:

  • Avondale’s town centre development
  • encouraging innovative business and better jobs
  • promoting the value of our trees and increasing their protection
  • attracting and developing more local entrepreneurs and new migrant business
  • support more local community leadership and activities, especially for Whau River access and its restoration
  • encourage awareness and protection of our local community heritage.

What do you think?

  • Have we got our priorities right?
  • What should we do more of to deliver these?
Have your say on the budget

Consultation with Aucklanders closed on Monday 27 March 2017.


To view the full detail of a submission, see the Annual Plan 2017/2018 submissions.


 

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