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Minutes: AGM 2016

 

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Tamaki Drive Protection Society

Held on Tuesday, 15th November 2016, 7:00 pm at the Kohimarama Presbyterian Church Hall , 34 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama

 

1. Present: Dr Peter Morton (Chair), Juliet Yates, Ken Palmer, Graham Jones,

Ross Duder, Jill Goldkorn; Councillor Desley Simpson, Mark Thomas, Orakei Local Board members Colin Davis, Kit Parkinson, Ros Rundle,Toni Millar; Mary Fitzgerald (East & Bays Courier), Wayne Thompson (writer), Peter Haarhaus (Orakei Residents Association), and 46 members of the society plus representatives of local Residents Associations.

 

2. The Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed guest speakers Councillor Desley Simpson and Sarah Roth of Wildlands, together with Orakei Local Board members and all those present.

 

3. Apologies: Robert Johnston, Anna Longdill, Colin and Eleanor Percy, Rod Bieleski, June Dunne, Simon O’Connor, Dr Nick Waipara, Dr Peter Harwood, Coralie van Camp, Troy Churton, Graeme Woodfield.

 

4. Minutes: The minutes of the AGM held on 15 October 2015. It was moved by P Morton and seconded by J Yates that the minute be accepted as a true and correct record. The resolution was passed unanimously.

 

5. Matters arising:  There were no matters arising it being noted that ongoing matters were dealt with in the annual report.

 

6. Annual report: The report was circulated with the invitation and was read by the chair, it included the values of Tamaki Drive, bus routes, flooding and the stability of the sea wall. The report was moved and adopted by J Yates and T Watkins. Report attached.

 

7. Financial report:  The audited financial report was adopted with an amendment from Council Grants to Orakei Local Board Grants. Amended report attached .

 

8. Election of Committee: The Chairman advised that June Dunne had resigned as treasurer but will remain on the committee. Anna Longdill is not standing again. The other members are willing to serve another year, Jill Goldkorn as treasurer and assistant secretary. Margaret King has been nominated and seconded as a new member of the committee. Clair Jones moved that the committee as proposed be elected, seconded by Ross Duder, resolved unanimously.

 

9. General Business:

a) Certificates of Appreciation awarded: Rod Bieleski, June Dunne, Colin Percy, Juliet Yates.  

Juliet Yates, who has worked tirelessly with the Orakei Local Board with Ross Duder assisting, to get the survey approved, paid for and printed, thanked the Association and explained her enthusiasm and motivation to encourage everyone to preserve the beautiful pohutukawa-lined cliffs for future generations.

b) Questions from the floor: Pam Oldfield was opposed to the unitary plan. She stated her opinion that Tamaki Drive is a special place and she would like restrictions on the height of buildings bordering Tamaki Drive. She believes that a capital gains tax on investment properties would solve some problems. 

 

The AGM concluded at 8:05pm and broke up for refreshments. Thereafter the general meeting began.

 

PUBLIC MEETING

 

Speakers:  Councillor Desley Simpson

                   Sarah Roth from Wildlands Consultants

 

Desley Simpson was introduced by the Chairman. Desley spoke of the relationship between the council and the local boards and what she had achieved in the council so far, helped by her knowledge of the responsibilities of the local boards.  The Remuera library faced closure over Xmas to save money but Desley had the decision reversed because it should not be a council decision but one for the local board.

She is focusing on the CCOs and wants rules to keep the CCOs accountable.

1. The councillors must set the accountability.

2. CCOs need a very detailed brief and statement of intent.

3.  Council should set the rules by which ATEED can govern.

Desley wants to work out how she can get to hear residents’ opinions and their views quickly because there are only a few days between Council agenda and the Council meeting.

She wants council funding to go back to the local boards and she is looking at other sources of funding to enable projects to be completed e.g. the Ngahue reserve sports fields which were developed at no cost to the council. She will help the local board deliver projects which are not ratepayer funded.

 

Sarah Roth was introduced by the Chairman.

Sarah gave a Powerpoint summary of the survey completed by Wildlands.

Stage 1 commenced with an aerial view with existing ecological information from Judges Bay to Achilles point. This was followed by a desktop analysis and then groundtruthing by visiting the sites, then by an analysis of the threats and pests.

Pamphlets summarising the advantages of protecting the natural trees and action to take were available, to encourage residents to eliminate pests and plant invaders. Sarah gave an overview of pests and noxious invaders inhibiting the growth of Pohutukawa trees.

Questions from the floor: Are trees along Tamaki drive protected? Some of the Pohutukawa did not flower last year? Are they in bad health?

Why don’t they plant trees in the parks, including the former wetlands sports parks?

First priority is pest plant removal and replanting natives. Should involve schools.

 

The meeting ended at about 9 p.m.

 

 

Minutes: AGM 2015

 

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Tamaki Drive Protection Society Inc

Held on Thursday 15 October 2015 at 7pm at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Tamaki Drive


1. Present: Ken Palmer Chair, Ross Duder, June Dunne, Jean Hatch, Graham Jones, Dr Peter Morton, Robert Johnston, Juliet Yates; Councillor Cameron Brewer, Orakei Local Board Members Desley Simpson, Ken Baguley, Kate Cooke, Colin Davis, Kit Parkinson, Mark Thomas and 50 members of the Society and interested persons.

2. The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed guest speakers: Councillor Cameron Brewer, together with Orakei Local Board members and all those present. 

3. Apologies. Dr Peter Harwood, Tim Willis, Frances Rowntree, Troy Churton, Norman Godden, Coralie van Camp, Tony Watkins.
It was moved by K Palmer and seconded by R Duder that apologies be accepted. The resolution was passed unanimously. 

4. Minutes of the AGM held on 20 August 2014.
It was moved K Palmer and seconded by J Yates that the Minutes be approved as a true and correct record. The resolution was passed unanimously. 
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5. Matters Arising There were no matters arising, it being noted that ongoing matters were dealt with in the Annual Report

6. Annual Report
The report was circulated and the Chair explained the issues outlined in a Powerpoint presentation
It was moved by K Palmer and seconded by J Yates that the report be approved, and carried unanimously.


7. Financial Report
The Financial Report has been audited, and lodged with the Charities Commission. 
It was moved by K Palmer and seconded by J Yates that the Financial Report be received and accepted. 
The resolution was carried unanimously

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8. Election of Officers
The Chair advised that after 10 years he was standing down as Chair, Dr Peter Morton had been nominated to take over as chair. Ross Duder was stepping aside, but the remaining committee members were available for re-election . Jill Golkorn and Anna Longdill had been nominated as Committee members. This number of Committee members fulfilled the requirements of the rules, and the Chair advised of the power to co-opt and invited nominations from any interested persons who could come forward now or speak to a committee member later. There were no nominations from the floor. [By agreement, Ross Duder is to continue as a co-opted member for special tasks.]
It was resolved unanimously to elect the proposed new committee.

 
9. General Business
(a) Andrew Brookland, General Manager Royal Akarana Yacht Club Spoke of the planned redevelopment of the site, and that funding was almost all in place. Redevelopment work was expected to commence in 2016.

(b) Robert Johnston explained the proposed changes to the public transport system, with maps of the current and the new network. [After the guest speakers has finished, Robert further addressed the meeting briefly as to submissions.]


(c) A questioner asked what happened to the sea wall maintenance following Mr Lavas ( Auckland Stonemasons) presentation at the last AGM . Ken Baguley, Orakei Local Board said it was a matter of advocacy. Orakei Local Board supports improving the maintenance. AT had suggested separation of cyclists by way of a clip on to the Ngapipi Rd bridge. 
Guy King asked how the proposed boardwalk would cope with high tide flooding. The Chair said there would be a new seawall added to accommodate the separation of cyclists and pedestrians. 
The AGM concluded at 8.10pm.


Public Meeting
Speakers: Desley Simpson, Chair Orakei Local Board
Colin Percy, author, presentation of the new Booklet Walk Tamaki Drive.
Dr Rob Bell, NIWA Principal Scientist - Coastal and Estuarine Physical Processes
Programme Leader - Risk Impacts of Weather Related Hazards will address the current issue “Are coastal storm inundation events in Auckland on the rise?” 


Desley Simpson was introduced by the Chair. 
Desley commended Ken Palmer’s 10 years as chair and this appreciation was greeted by public acclamation. 


She spoke of some good things the Orakei Local Board had done: weeding along Tamaki Drive, planting at the Cliff Rd end; an historic marker at Biddicks Bay. She advised that the Tamaki Drive letters re litter bins and Watene Crescent parking were being looked at. Desley was warmly thanked.
The meeting then adjourned for tea and coffee. 


Colin Percy’s Walk Tamaki Drive promotes physical activity and Tamaki Drive as a “Place for People” and is aimed at walkers, residents, visitors and tourists. Early photos showed the construction of Tamaki Drive and early activities along the bays. Colin explained the 1914 decade of development and aspects of the history including some little known facts such as the first Judges’ Bay prefab houses and fundraising picnics to raise funds for construction of the public toilets. The illustrations show some of the many facets of Tamaki Drive: Maori heritage, trees, birds, historical features, fascinating geology, memorials, protected buildings, and modern developments. Copies were available for collection. Colin was warmly thanked. 


Dr Rob Bell, Are coastal storm inundation events in Auckland on the rise?” Dr Bell introduced himself and his experience in coastal engineering and as NIWA project Leader. He had worked for Auckland Council on the NW Motorway and Sth Motorway. His messages were clear: with sea level rise, tides rise. Records show the increases in sea level, and graphs displayed increases in severe flooding events, along Tamaki Drive, which was built when not much was known about storm surge. The most severe event was in 1936 when water rose 2 feet above the Parnell Baths, causing extensive damage. The whole system is pretty sensitive. It does not take much: eg 0.6 metre. A king tide occurs when the moon is closest to earth (the Perigee) which is about each 7 months. Flooding depends on what tides a storm coincides with. A storm surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tide. It's the change in the water level that is due to the presence of the storm. Sea level has been rising 1.6mm pa since the 1880’s. Dr Bell then turned to the future. Graphs show that events like 1936 or 2011 flooding will recur. A sea level rise of 0.3m means 20 such events. In 2050 it will be more g frequent: one pa all over the world. By the end of the century there will be many more. Coastal Flooding already is increasing 2060-80: 0.4m sea level rise will mean annual floods. By 2100 it will be a 0.5 m rise.
Adaption to climate change is a local issue. Put in place a personal contingency plan. Think what to do in the next flood. Take photos, levels, and document events. Get involved with the King Tide Auckland initiative. Engage with Auckland Council and AT about both short and long term planning. In reply to questions Dr Bell said you can’t put too much faith in a sea wall. The NW Motorway flooding was addressed by raising the whole motorway. 

 

 

Minutes: AGM 2014

 

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Tamaki Drive Protection Society Inc
Held on Thursday 20 August 2014, 7.30pm, at Royal Akarana Yacht Club


1. PRESENT  Local Board Chair Desley Simpson, members Kate Cook and Ken Baguley and representatives of local organisations plus 40-50 members and interested persons. Ken Palmer, Chair welcomed all present. 

2. APOLOGIES from Simon O’Connor, MP, Colin Davis, Orakei Local Board, and Peter Taylor were accepted.

3. MINUTES of AGM held on 20 August 2013 had been circulated. It was moved K Palmer and seconded J Yates that the minutes be approved. The resolution was passed unanimously.

4. MATTERS ARISING A number of issues were covered in the report of the Chair, 2014. No other matters were arising. 

5. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT The annual report has been circulated by post and email and copies were available at the meeting. It was moved P Harwood and seconded J Yates that the report be received. The resolution was passed unanimously.

6. FINANCIAL REPORT The Report has been audited by J Alexander. A copy will be filed with the Charities Commission. It was moved R Duder and seconded G Jones that the report be accepted. The resolution was passed unanimously.


7. ELECTION OF OFFICERS The Chair advised that the following members of the committee were willing to continue: Ken Palmer (chair), June Dunne (treasurer), Juliet Yates (secretary), Graham Jones, Ross Duder, Dr Peter Harwood, Jean Hatch, Dr Peter Morton.

Other Nominees. Robert Johnston was nominated by R Duder, seconded K Palmer.

It was moved K Palmer and seconded J Yates that the nominated persons be elected.
The resolution was passed unanimously.

8. GENERAL BUSINESS Questions from the floor.
(a) Seawall.
R Duder raised the issue of the stability of Tamaki Drive seawalls. He introduced Mr Jim Lavas, snr and his son (members of the Lavas family of Auckland Stonemasons) who had detailed knowledge of the history the construction. Mr Lavas explained that maintenance was essential to avoid potential collapse, costly repair and rebuilding. This advice was greeted with acclaim.

(b) Road subsidence. West of Ngapipi the road has subsided, and is flooded at high tide storm events. There has been no maintenance for 20 or more years, even though this portion of Tamaki Drive is a major regional road. 
(c ) Effects of climate change should be taken into account. 


9. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8pm, and was followed by the Public Meeting.


Public Meeting Speakers

Desley Simpson, Chair, Orakei Local Board opened this part of the meeting, and explained the current state of submissions on the Orakei Local Board Plan. She spoke of the different role of local representatives who formed policy after consultation with the public, which is in contrast to central government political procedure, where parties promote policies prior to election. 

Desley then invited Ken Baguley, Traffic spokesperson, to discuss traffic issues for Tamaki Drive.
Ken discussed roundabouts and then explained that the Ngapipi Rd lights were needed in the interests of public safety. The bridge should be extended to give more room for cyclists. He had had discussions with Len Lavas, and acknowledged that seawall had not been grouted, and noted the sinking parts of the road. Len said that rebuilding of the wall would provide a cycle or walkway whereas a boardwalk would be vulnerable in storms. The Lavas quote for such work was half that of Beca Carter.

The Board wanted a new train station in the Purewa valley, and the land designated for a SE highway should be utilised for a walkway/cycleway through the valley to Orakei Point. A second stage would be adjacent to the rail across Hobson Bay. 

Mission Bay proposals. The idea of a town square was a “dream” of council planners, concerned at pedestrians crossing from Patteson Ave over the bus slip lane by the Police station. The slip lane could be incorporated into more open space. This is in the very early stages.
The plan for widening footpaths between Patteson Ave to Barfoot and Thompson is proceeding.

Kate Cooke, Orakei Local Board introduced the Landing Concept Plan.

A detailed power point presentation and explanation gave the audience and understanding of the vision, the aims and objectives of the plan. The plan was well received. Booklets “Pathways to the Sea” were distributed and are available from the Board Office.

 

Andrew Brookland, RAYC: gave a dynamic presentation of the Akarana Marine Sports Centre designs, stages and the activities and groups who would use the facility. He advised of the great increase in paddling, and the fact that the SUP (stand up paddle board) enabled someone with no experience to get out on the water. The Akarana facilities are used by increasing numbers of groups, both from Auckland and international visitors who come for training.
International yacht races have been organised by the Club. 
In response to questions he, explained that dingy lockers would be available both for public use and for club members.

The speakers were enthusiastically applauded, and were thanked by the Chair, and presented with a bottle of wine. 

The meeting closed at 9pm.

 

Minutes: AGM 2013

 

Minutes of The Annual General Meeting of the Tamaki Drive Protection Society

(www.tamakidrive.org.nz)

Held on Tuesday 20 August 2013  at 7pm at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Tamaki Drive

 

1. Present: including Committee members Ken Palmer Chair, June Dunne, J. Hatch, Tony Watkins, Peter Wilkinson, Juliet Yates; Orakei Local Board Members Desley Simpson, Ken Baguley, Kate Cooke, Troy Churton, Colin Davis, Mark Thomas; and  representatives of Residents Assns and approx 60 other persons.

 

2. The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed guest speakers: and Councillor Cameron Brewer, together with Orakei Local Board members and representatives from residents associations, Parnell Heritage, SOS St Heliers, Mission Bay- Kohimarama Residents Assn, Coralie Van Camp, Jim Robinson, Darryl Henry Retail Holdings and all those present.  

 

3. Apologies. Simon O’Connor MP, His Worship the Mayor, Keith Savory, Clr Penny Hulse, RT Bain, Mrs CA Roberts, Ross Duder, Peter Harwood, Kit Parkinson, Alan Matson,

It was moved by K Palmer and seconded by J Yates that apologies be accepted. The resolution was passed unanimously.

 

4. Minutes  of  the AGM held on 31.10.2012.

It was moved  K Palmer and seconded by T Watkins that the Minutes be approved as a true and correct record. The resolution was passed unanimously.  

Matters Arising There were no matters arising, it being noted that matters were dealt with in the Annual Report.

 

5. Annual Report

 The report has been circulated both by post and by email. The Chair spoke to his report. G Jones moved that the report be approved, seconded J Robinson, carried unanimously.

 

6. Financial Report

The Report has been audited, and accepted, as is required, by the Charities Commission.

It was moved by K Palmer and seconded by G Jones that the Financial Report be

accepted and the resolution was carried unanimously.

 

7. Election of Officers

The Chair  advised that the Officers and the members of the Committee were willing to continue in their roles, and while this number fulfilled the requirements of the rules, the Chair advised of the power to co-opt and invited nominations from any interested persons who could come forward now or speak to a committee member later. There were no nominations from the floor.

The Chair moved that the committee be re-constituted as set out in the Agenda.

 The motion was seconded by J Yates, and carried.

 

8. General Business

a) Orakei Point decisions

The Chair invited Coralie Van Camp to speak about her involvement as a 274 party at Orakei Point Appeal to the Environment Court. A decision has been released. Coralie said that a huge problem was the effect of the proposed building on protected trees on the escarpment. The developer would need a retaining wall in front of the escarpment face which is within the tree protected area. Fill which could cover the tops of the trees. If a building is close to the escarpment it should be publicly notified. There are geo-tech and safety  issues. There should be a walkable esplanade reserve area around the top of the escarpment. Orakei Local Board members were urged to note the issues.

 

b) Sand on Kohimarama Beach At times the sea uncovers and unsightly manhole. The city end groyne is too short to retain the sand, and needs to be twice as long. Orakei Local Board is looking into this.

 

c) 349 Tamaki Drive The land is zoned Res 7. The owner has a cert of compliance for demolition, so it could be demolished by someone who buys the land. The same things happened to the row of houses in Goldie St.

 

There being no further general business, the meeting closed at 7.50pm.

 

PUBLIC MEETING

 

Clr Cameron Brewer The Chair introduced the Guest speakers. Clr Cameron Brewer said that Council debt is escalating and will reach 12.3bn by 2022. $752m will be spent on interest alone in the next few years. Orakei ward has on average twice the regional increase in rates. This could be lessened if the UAC was increased. The Council is working on the purchase of Colin Maiden Park. Cameron is concerned at the 70% mixed housing increase for the ward. This is not supported by planning for infrastructure. While Council says there will be 1 m more population by 2041, central government is to provide schools for its estimated increase of ½ m.

Need to protect residential amenity along Tamaki Drive, avoid canyon like walls and protect view shafts of the sea. Concern over the Unitary Plan is with the coastal areas. 

 

Desley Simpson, Chair Orakei Local Board, spoke of the difficulty over UP submissions. The officers had summarised these, and the summary book had no index so individual submitters were not identified. However the Board had received residents’ assns and local groups’   submissions and supported their points of concern. The procedures followed were confused, lacked clarity and were not transparent. Desley said the Board wanted an area plan for the ward, which would show what people desired for each suburb.

The Landing. The latest concept plan was great, and adopted by the Orakei Local Board.

Hobson Bay master plan will reveal the opportunities for public amenities improvements since the removal of the sewer line.

Tamaki Drive Master Plan. There is $300,000 in the Annual budget for scoping the Boardwalk, sometimes on the seaward side, sometimes on the landward side.

Ngapipi Rd intersection. Some have suggested a round-a-bout. Auckland Transport said lights are better in the interest of public safety. OLB will discuss this with stakeholders.

 

Sally Hughes, SOS St Heliers, and Character Coalitions, showed a Power Point presentation, which explained the origin of the groups and the efforts and achievements over the past few months. There has been continual work on the website, and by email informing groups, public researches of overseas cities with similar problems, obtaining advice from planners and architects, holding meetings and seminars, attending meetings with Council planners, and councillors, and giving members and the public information on the progress of the UP.  The coalition has risen from 20 to 60 and now includes many local groups, not just residents assns.

 

The Chair invited the speakers to form a panel, and to respond to questions from the floor.

The Chair thanked the speakers, and presented each with a bottle of wine.

 

 

Minutes: AGM 2012

 

Minutes of The Annual General Meeting of the Tamaki Drive Protection Society

(www.tamakidrive.org.nz)

 

Held on Wednesday 31 October 2012, at 7pm

Mermaid Lounge, Royal Akarana Yacht Club

 

1.  Present: Committee members Ken Palmer, Chair,   June Dunne, Peter Harwood, J Robinson, Tony Watkins, Peter Wilkinson, Juliet Yates, together with Orakei Local Board members Colin Davis, Mark Thomas, Kate Cooke, Troy Churton, and 50-60 persons including representatives of St Heliers-Glendowie Residents Assn, Mission Bay-Kohimarama Residents Assn, SOS St Heliers, Parnell Heritage.

 

2.  The Chair opened the meeting and welcomed guest speakers: Simon O’Connor MP, and Councillor Cameron Brewer, together with Orakei Local Board members, and representatives from residents associations and all those present.

 

3.  Apologies. Desley Simpson, Ken Baguley, Kit Parkinson, Adriana Gunder, Toni Millar, Alan Matson, Tim Willis, Barry Littlewood, Jean Hatch, Darryl Henry (Retail Holdings),  James Thomas (Gen Mgr) Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium, Lilliputt Mini Golf, and Outboard Boating Club.

It was moved by J Yates and seconded by J Dunne that apologies be accepted. The resolution was passed unanimously.

 

4.  Minutes of the AGM held on 3.11.2011.

It was moved J Yates and seconded by J Dunne that the Minutes be approved as a true and correct record. The resolution was passed unanimously.

Matters Arising

There were no matters arising, it being noted that matters were dealt with in the Annual Report.

 

5.  Annual Report

The report had been circulated both by post and by email. The Chair moved that the report be received, seconded R Duder, carried unanimously.

 

6.  Financial Report

Treasurer J Dunne advised that the Report has been audited, and as required sent to the Charities Commission.

It was moved by J Dunne and seconded by T Watkins that the Financial Report be

            received and the resolution was carried unanimously.

 

7.  Retirement of Jim Robinson

The Chair advised that Jim Robinson was retiring from the Committee, and thanked him for his long service, and invited him to speak.  Jim explained he was an inaugural member of the Society incorporated 1991, and of the Committee, which for 8 years prior to incorporation had worked with the City Council to devise the Tamaki Drive Design Guidelines. He expressed his hopes for the future directions of the Society.

The Chair moved that the meeting shows its appreciation to Jim for his long service, and thanks him for his great contribution to the wellbeing of the Tamaki Drive Scenic Way and its communities. The motion was seconded by Ross Duder, and was passed with acclamation. Jim was presented with a framed certificate of appreciation, and a Thank You card signed by the Committee.

 

8. Election of Committee

The Chair advised that Graham Jones had agreed to join the Committee, and that the Officers and the remaining members of the Committee were willing to continue in their roles. While this number fulfilled the requirements of the rules, the Chair advised of the power to co-opt and invited nominations from any interested persons who could come forward or speak to a committee member later.

He then moved that the committee be re-constituted as set out in the Agenda, with the addition of Graham Jones:

Ken Palmer (chair), June Dunne (treasurer), Juliet Yates (secretary), Peter Wilkinson (Kohi YC), Ross Duder, Jean Hatch, Tony Watkins, Dr Peter Harwood, Graham Jones

The motion was seconded by Juliet Yates, and carried.

 

9.  General Business

Guy King asked that organisers of the past two weeks major events be congratulated on the smooth running of the events and the speedy clean up. The topic raised considerable discussion. Comments were made that businesses had suffered and public transport ceased while events closed Tamaki Drive. Access to yacht clubs and marina berth holders was restricted. Youth learn to sail programmes were cancelled while the road was closed. Events were of no benefit to some residents or Mission Bay businesses. Events should be shared with other areas. There was an increase from 16 last year to 21 planned for the coming summer season.

Kate Cooke, Orakei Local Board, said she had been in discussion with ATEED, concerning what constitutes a major event, which is taken as over 10,000 likely participants. 

The Chair moved that the meeting congratulate the organisers on the running of the triathlon and the marathon. This was seconded by Guy King and carried with one vote against.

There being no further general business, the meeting closed at 8pm.

 

PUBLIC MEETING

 

Simon O’Connor MP Tamaki electorate

The chair introduced the Guest speakers, and invited Simon O’Connor MP to speak. Simon sits on the Transport Select Committee. He had researched the contributions made by Govt to Auckland’s transport costs.  About 40% of Govt expenditure on public transport is spent in Auckland. The National Land Transport Programme allocates $890m over 3 years. This amounts to 54% of the cost of public transport, and the remainder comes from our rates. In response to questions he agreed that rates rises are a problem. Govt is redefining the core services of councils, but not in a prescriptive manner, and may use mechanisms by way of Orders in Council to require councils to put themselves in order. Govt is looking at the Central Rail Loop, but not putting money into it now. The cost benefit ration does not justify the loop.

 

Cameron Brewer Auckland Council Orakei Ward

The Chair invited Cameron Brewer, to address the meeting and report on the Super City after two years in operation. Cameron explained that different parts of the council are operating efficiently under a good executive team of CEO and CFO. The difficulty is political management and council priorities. Rates increases will continue for three years capped at 10% plus the overall increases. The only alternative is to increase the Uniform Annual Charge. The mayor has executive powers, 23 staff and a good budget, and is proceeding with property purchases and designations for the construction of the CRL. He is still hoping for Govt funding.

Waterfront Auckland is spending $58.7m next year of which $27m is in the Wynyard quarter, despite the fact that no immediate need is demonstrated for the proposed amenities. $5m is allocated for the cycle/walkway from Harbour Bridge to Teal Park.

$3.4m is budgeted for the Quay St Boulevard, which will be constructed over a number of years. The Mayor wants the road closed. Cameron disagrees. Diverting all the cars and buses to Customs St would be a disaster. Cameron does not support the tram along Tamaki Drive. There will be a round-about at the corner of Ngapipi Rd and Tamaki Drive, not lights.

The Orakei Local Board is performing well, but has not much support from the rest of the elected representatives. Sports field have been upgraded. The Parnell over-bridge will be completed in March.

 

Questions from the floor were addressed to a panel of the two speakers, and attendees raised the following issues:

1. Rates increases are of considerable concern.

2. Rates will continue to increase. Why was the Mayor borrowing money without ratepayer support? We need to cut down the Council’s powers, and disconnect what the Council rates from what our houses are valued at. The same money should be divided among all ratepayers.

3. Council CCOs should be cut down, reduced in size and number, and unnecessary expenditure.

4. Commuter traffic increases mean difficulties for residents from the lack of alternative travel routes to the city. Kepa Road is not a solution. Quay St should not be closed.

5. Steven said we used to share the Drive, now it’s a fight, we are slowed down by the traffic, and Quay St is a main arterial. It’s getting harder to get around Auckland, now with the Lower Domain road closed.

6. There is support for the Boardwalk proposal along Tamaki Drive.

7. Our money is spent promoting the most liveable city, but what does this mean?

8. Talk about quality, not cost. Vienna city centre is traffic free. Auckland carparks occupy the centre of the city and should be comprising apartments, not dead cars.

9. Buses are running empty and/or do not run frequently when needed. It takes 20 minutes to walk to the stop, and then 15 minutes wait.

 

The Chair thanked the speakers, and invited Ross to present each with a bottle of wine.  

The meeting ended 9.40pm.

 

 

Minutes: AGM 2011

 

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Held at Royal Akarana Yacht Club, Thursday 3 November 2011, 7.30pm  

 

1            PRESENT : Ken Palmer Chair, Ross Duder, Jim Robinson, Tony Watkins, Peter Wilkinson, Juliet Yates ( Committee) and 20 persons, including John Brinsley, Parnell Community Committee, and Rob Thomas, Waitemata Local Board.

 

2          APOLOGIES: Orakei Local Board Chair Desley Simpson, and member Colin Davis, June Dunne, David Roberton.

It was moved and seconded that apologies be accepted. Palmer/Harwood.The resolution was passed unanimously.

 

The Chair opened the meeting, and welcomed Auckland Coucillor Cameron Brewer, Orakei Local Board members Kate Cooke and Troy Churton, Alan Matson, Heritage specialist, and all those present.

 

3          MINUTES of AGM 3 November 2010

The minutes of the previous AGM held on the 3 November 2010 at the Royal Akarana Yacht Club were approved as  a true and correct record of the meeting. The resolution was moved and seconded by Palmer/Harwood, and passed unanimously.

 

4          MATTERS ARISING.  The Chair noted matters were covered in his annual report.

 

5          CHAIRMAN’S REPORT had been circulated and sent to all members.

It was moved by Ken Palmer, seconded by Ross Duder that the Report be adopted, and passed unanimously.

 

6             FINANCIAL REPORT

The audited financial report for the year to 31/3/11was circulated. It was moved by Ken Palmer, seconded by Tony Watkins that the Report be adopted, and passed unanimously.

 

7          ELECTION OF OFFICERS. It was proposed that the officers and committee members who were willing to continue  be re-elected. The resolution was moved and seconded by Watkins/Duder, and passed unanimously.

 Ken Palmer (chair), June Dunne (treasurer), Juliet Yates (secretary), Eric Mahoney (Orakei Marina rep), Peter Wilkinson (Kohi Yacht Club), Ross Duder, Jean Hatch, Dr Peter Harwood, Jim Robinson, Tony Watkins.

 David Roberton did not seek re-election.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

 Tamaki Drive Boardwalk. The concept was explained, and Dr Peter Harwood spoke to the item. This matter is an ongoing concern for  the committee, and submissions have been made to Council and Local Board plans, seeking support for the Boardwalk which will deliver greater safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

 

        Developments at St Heliers. SOS St Heliers representatives asked for support for the protest against the loss of character buildings in St Heliers (see items 6,7 of the Newsletter.)

 

       Rob Thomas and the MBKRA invited those present to their meet the candidates evenings.

 

There being no further general business, the Chair closed the AGM, and welcomed  Bob Harvey Chair of Waterfront Auckland to present the Waterfront Vision. He was assisted by Rod Marler, who explained the 4 goals and 3 strategies for each goal in the Waterfront Draft Plan. Copies were given to interested persons.

 

Bob Harvey commenced by explaining that he believes in heritage protection, and displayed a map of the 1841 shoreline which is the boundary of his area which is all the reclaimed land up to the Ports lands.  The goal is that the public waterfront is a happening place with quality design, reflecting pacific culture and maritime heritage. This abuts the working waterfront with port activities, marine industry, aiming to attract high value investment with business support. The plan looks at how to grow new business opportunities with an innovation hub at Wynyard with telcos and transport, and creating a vibrant new community. Aims include:  reduce traffic on Quay St by using Beach Rd Customs St and a new Grafton Gully access Road; extend Pt Erin Park and Parnell Point. Create a Waterfront promenade from Herne Bay to Tamaki Drive; we could have a waterfront like New Plymouth’s; a beach at Teal Park and re-create the headland which was razed, and connect to the Judges Bay walkway;; a new swimming pool on Queens Wharf;  at Westhaven a new park with access to the water, fishing;  perhaps a new kind of houseboat; and a new village where the public carpark is now( beside the motorway to the Bridge) ;  transform Tamaki Drive into a great Waterfront Boulevard for tourism, community and recreation; connect St Heliers and the city via trams and ferries.

 

The Chair warmly thanked the speakers and persons attending the meeting, which closed at 9.30pm.

 

 

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