Auckland Council submissions needed – Long Term Plan

Whakaupoko Landcare have provided their submission for the Auckland Council 10 year budget, Long Term Plan:

General Feedback
Re the AC LTP and RPMP we in general fully support the larger spend on the environment and full implementation of the RPMP. Auckland with only 2% of the total land area of NZ and around 1/3rd of the rate payers should be leading the way with funding care of the environment. We have many of New Zealand’s endangered bird species right on our doorstep with both the off shore islands and the Hunua’s/Waitakere’s. The general environment for these species to spread beyond these borders is currently extremely poor.
This is common sense. It is a growing long term trend that people care more about the environment in which they live. With the NZ ‘Pure’ brand and Auckland striving to be the most liveable city in the world it is clear there should be more focus in this area.

Protecting our Environment / Pest Control
Private Land
With the consultation documents it was difficult to establish much clarity on the level of funding that would be committed to private land. This represents 85% of Auckland’s total land area and if the LTP is to be in line with the likes of Predator Free 2050 then private land needs to be incorporated in the plan. It appeared that the main budget for private land would be just focusing on possum control. Again this seems more in line with the old goal of TB Free NZ rather than a focus on enhancing biodiversity. For enhancing biodiversity our experience has shown that at least the animal pests of rats, mustelids and feral cats need to be targeted with appropriate levels of funding.

Working with Communities
There was little reference as to how the plan would connect and fund community groups. We see this as a key priority. To achieve the goals of improving the environment Auckland wide there has to be considerably more behaviour change by all of us. This requires direct influence of communities. Council can provide funding and technical expertise but when it comes to private landowners then community groups are an important part of a collaborative approach as unlike Council they are the ones with credibility among their community. Jan Wright in her final environment report identified the need to have a more coordinated approach across NZ with working with communities.

The collaborative community approach needs to be clearer. It is well documented throughout the world that community groups consistently deliver environmental outcomes and permanent behaviour change at 1/5th – 1/10th of when paid staff or contractors are used. In our own area we have some great examples with landowners who have been regularly carrying out pest control for over 10 years along AC guidelines of pulse baiting 4 times a year. The annual materials cost is less than $5/ha. The biodiversity outcomes are considerable. Despite ongoing pest reinvasion we have bird monitoring data that shows very high kereru and tui counts. In fact we have properties now averaging double what the kereru counts are at Maungatautari Sanctuary which is a completely predator free environment. Our tui counts are the same as Maungatautari. We had bats monitored by AC and the frequency over the 7 week period of monitoring was as high as the highest bat frequency recorded sites in the middle of the Hunua’s where reinvasion issues are much less etc. We have increasing numbers of kaka visiting each year and staying for longer.

Water
We should at least have all beaches where we can safely swim all year around. Other water quality issues are also important to the wellbeing of people and the environment. An example of the current situation in our local area is we have the Whangamaire stream which is one of the longest waterways in Auckland. The nitrate levels consistently average 15mg/L. This may well be the highest of any stream in NZ. It is way beyond the upper national guideline limit of 6.9 and the WHO safe drinking water limit of 11.3. It compares poorly with the Waikato at over 20x more concentration of nitrates where even in the lower reaches at Mercer the level is only .69mg/L. From our own sampling with Waicare the Mauku stream, also one of Auckland’s longest, is not much better with an estimate of 10mg/L. It is not even regularly sampled by AC as one of the key streams of Auckland despite it being in the top 4 longest waterways. Even the proposed higher funding option with the targeted rate for the environment seemed to ignore funding issues in rural water catchments. This needs to be addressed in our opinion.

Franklin Local Board (FLB)
General Franklin represents 24% of the total area of Auckland which is obviously very significant from the potential biodiversity that can be achieved Auckland wide. It includes the Hunua’s that so far remains free from kauri dieback and where the public access is considerably less than in the likes of the Waitakere’s. There is a considerable amount of privately owned farm land and already there are 3 very active, long established Landcare groups with Awhitu Peninsula Landcare, Whakaupoko Landcare and Te Wairoa Catchment. On top of this DOC is about to provide some initiative funding to help establish a collaborative approach incorporating all the Landcare groups. This provides AC with an ideal cost effective community engagement launch pad for the LTP and fully funded RPMP.
Compatability The higher level of support for environment funding and the RPMP is very much in line with what FLB have proposed for 2018/19. This is especially with point 2 ‘Focus on caring for our natural environment …..’ and point 3 ‘Start on the ground delivery of local trails….. We will support local communities and trail trusts to get routes in place and promote their use’.

Submission guidelines to align with Whakaupoko Landcare:

Environment – Auckland Council Long Term Plan Submissions

Please help. Now is the key time to have your say and really have an impact on funding for the environment. Have your say on the Auckland Long Term Plan and Regional Pest Management Plan and you could really change the funding we have available to enhance our environment. Here is a chance to really increase the size of the pie and this is the priority. We can debate the finer detail later. Please pass this on now to friends and family.

We have been in contact with many other groups and people across Auckland with developing what we recommend here. Please take a few minutes to support us and have your say. Ideally today with the deadline being March 28th. There is an enclosed file that provides a bit more detail and that you can include in your submission at the end.

Click on this link for the Long Term Plan.

https://engage.ubiquity.co.nz/surveys/mom8LOQAZkiKnAjVaiCmfQ

Scroll to the bottom and click on Start. (You can view consultation document if you wish)

Fill in your details and include Franklin Local Board. Click on next

Q1 Tick support

Q2 Tick support

Q3 Copy and paste the following in the please tell us why. This is in line with Forest & Bird and what other landcare groups are submitting and has been well discussed.

I DO NOT support options A or B. I support OTHER – I want to protect our forests and communities from invading pests like kauri dieback, predators and weeds, therefore I want full funding for the Regional Pest Management Plan and for our natural environment at an estimated $60/year / average rate payer.

Q4 As you wish. (It is very tempting to put in that by now we should be starting to see some of the economies of scale and efficiencies kicking in with the abolition of the ARC and Council amalgamation but not sure if this may be counterproductive to the Environment spend. Couldn’t get any clear feedback from Council people on this).

Q 5 As you wish

Q6 Tick Franklin

Q7 As you wish

Below Q7 there is a tab where you can ‘Upload New File’. You may have to download the attached file onto your computer before you can upload into here. Alternatively copy the attached file and simply paste into the Q3 ‘Please tell us why space’

Complete the rest as you wish.

Now click on this link for the Regional Pest Management Plan

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/topics-you-can-have-your-say-on/regional-pest-management-plan/Pages/default.aspx

Click on submit feedback

Scroll to bottom and click on ‘Start’

Answer questions as you wish but to keep it simple you can simply go down to the bottom of Q9 and in the ‘Upload New File’ include the same attached document.

Complete the rest of the survey as requested

If you have any questions you are welcome to call Andrew Sinclair on 021 268 1904.

Above is the general feedback information that is the same content as the attached file. You may wish to copy and paste this in the appropriate boxes in Q2 & 3 if you prefer.

Drury to Paerata upgrades – Feedback wanted

SH22 Drury to Paerata

Posted below is a message received from Safe Roads NZ.

Public meetings to be held:
Pukekohe Town Hall 26 August 2017 10 am – 2 pm
Ramarama School 29 August 2017 3 pm – 7pm

Tēnā koe

As you are probably aware, the NZ Transport Agency is working on making SH22 between Drury and Paerata safer. Over the last 10 years nine people have died and 36 seriously injured.

Earlier this year we sought community feedback, to hear where the key safety issues and concerns were for this road. This has helped us shape the proposed improvements. It has also highlighted some extra ideas for improvements which we have incorporated, now we’re letting people know where we have got to with these plans and checking to see if we have the plans right. This will also give anyone who missed the previous open days an opportunity to have their say.

We are teaming up with the wider NZ Transport Agency SH1 Papakura to Bombay team for public open days to inform the public. We are keen to ensure that key stakeholder and community groups are aware of the update and have an opportunity to share their thoughts. Please see attached for the details and an update of the solutions we are investigating to make this area safer.

We encourage you to attend the open days, share this in your network, and submit feedback (form attached). Feedback can be given in writing via letter or email, or online via nzta.govt.nz/d2p/have-your-say.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Cheers, Kathy
Kathy Chinn
Community Engagement Manager
Kathy.chinn@saferoads.co.nz
64 21 064 4777″

Information below:

Community information and questionnaire – SH22 Drury to Paerata by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Franklin Local Board Plan 2017

Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to send this through to our email loop, but following is the proposed Franklin Local Board Plan 2017, and the submission I sent on behalf of Patumahoe Village Inc.

Our submission reinforced many previous submissions we have made to both our Franklin Local Board, and Auckland Council and reflects the results of past community consultation and engagement.

Please take time to comment or add your thoughts on this plan or our submission.

Submission to Auckland Council – Sports Facilities & Investment

A lot of the feedback we received during our consultation regarding the community spaces in Patumahoe, and how they will be affected by residential growth.

The Patumahoe Draft Structure Plan addressed this, and for a quick visual guide visit these two Google Maps: Patumahoe Village Centre and Sports Field options that allow you to click the various items to see what information was used for decision making.

This additional information given on request to Auckland Council limited itself to these community consulation outcomes.

Additional Information for Sports Facilities Investment Plan by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – Due 21st April 2016

From Auckland Council “Have your say” pages:

“Auckland Council is looking to develop a coordinated approach to the investment in sports facilities.

A discussion document is the first step. It will seek stakeholders’ views on the following two questions:

  1. How should Auckland Council invest in sports facilities given funding and land supply constraints and a growing and changing population?
  2. How can the sports sector, including Auckland Council, respond to increasing demand for sport facilities with the same funding and land supply constraints?


Supporting information

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – discussion document (PDF 2.2MB)

The feedback that you provide will inform the Sports Facilities Investment Plan which will detail our investment framework and priorities.

Online feedback

Our online feedback form will be available from Monday 21 March until Thursday 21 April 2016.

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – online survey  


Workshops

A series of workshops have been scheduled in March and April 2016 with local boards and other stake holders.

Please note that Auckland Council intends to publish a summary of feedback. If you do not wish your name and/or organisation to be associated with your feedback in the engagement report, please indicate this in your feedback.

You might also be interested in viewing the Golf Facilities Investment Plan consultation.”

This issue is of particular importance to Patumahoe according to work undertaken to create our  Draft Structure Plan in consultation with community members.

It may be of interest to have a look 3. Multi-use community centre which was based on a community of similar size and demographic in Nelson, which was successful in turning a profit within five years and is able to sustain the employment of a full-time manager.  The success of this centre can be attributed to it’s community size, the flexibility of use, and the availability of affordable and available hiring options.

Also, in line with this is the 8. Parks & Recreational Land section, which itemises the expected growth needs of the community as identified by the current local sports clubs.

The expected requirement for further large sports fields has limited options.  An agreement for a conversation with local landowners was undertaken, and options were limited.  The best case scenario at the time, provided not only further rugby fields, but retained the existing number one field and stand in place, and allowed for continued use of the Patumahoe Rugby Club in the War Memorial Hall.

It also provided for the multi-use centre in a walkable village location, and created a space for further commercial and social areas that were not located on increasing high traffic roads.

For more information view the proposal for reconfiguration of the council owned land on Google Maps – AND – the options investigated of the further sports fields that would need to be acquired.  (Further information can be viewed by clicking on various items on the maps).

A Youtube video of a mockup of that proposal can be found here:

 

 

 

Woodhouse Road speed limit changes – AT feedback opportunity

Note: All feedback is due by 28 April 2016

Auckland Transport has requested community feedback on the proposed speed limit changes proposed by the Franklin Local Board for Woodhouse Road, leading into Patumahoe from the north.

If you wish to visit the Auckland Transport site for information or to place feedback, you can visit the South Auckland road safety consultation page up until the 28 April.

road-safety-consultation-woodhouse-road

From Auckland Transports site:
“AT is seeking feedback on a proposal to install safety improvements at Woodhouse Road, Patumahoe.

AT proposes the following improvements:

Changing the speed limit from 100km/hr to 80km/hr on the rural part of Woodhouse Road.
Relocating the existing 50km/hr signs on Woodhouse Road, approximately 100m northward. As a result of this change, the 50km/hr zone would be extended.

AT received requests from residents and the Franklin Local Board to reduce the speed limit on Woodhouse Road.

Woodhouse Road is experiencing traffic growth due to recent land development. As the transition from a rural road to a semi-rural road is happening, it is suitable to change the speed limit from 100km/hr to 80km/hr.

The proposed 80km/hr zone is consistent with criteria prescribed by NZTA for the setting of speed limits, and will help improve road safety by better providing a transition between the standard open road environment to the semi-urban road environment at Patumahoe.

The proposed relocation of the 50km/hr signs will improve their visibility, as their current position behind a crest is not ideal for drivers approaching from the north. Shifting these signs approximately 100m northward will make them more visible for drivers existing the bend outside No.65 Woodhouse Road. “

You can provide feedback directly to Auckland Transport either online, or by printing and posting the document below.

Alternatively, you can add comments to this post by 26 April and they will be sent unedited to Auckland Transport as feedback from the community.

Woodhouse Road – Speed Limit Change – Feedback Form by PatumahoeVillageInc

Additional information:
Auckland Transport letter to stakeholders.

Auckland Transport – Feedback requested

 

There are three community meetings to be held in Franklin in the next couple of weeks. So go along if you want to have a say on the transport plans for Franklin.

Received from Auckland Transport – request for community feedback:

“We’d like to invite you to give us your feedback on what transport infrastructure needs to be built in the future housing and business areas being built in Takanini, Opaheke-Drury, Drury-West, Paerata and Pukekohe.

These areas have recently been approved for development over the next two decades, and this early knowledge provides us with a unique opportunity to thoroughly plan for a great mix of transport options to be ready when people move in.

It also allows us to help guide the development of more imminent special housing areas in a coordinated way, by looking at the long term picture.

Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency are working together to ensure we create well-connected, accessible and safe urban areas in these places, and we want to hear your ideas.

We are holding a series of events in your community over the next few weeks where you can meet members of the project team, discuss your aspirations for these areas, examine maps with some of our ideas, and give us your own. (See the attached flyer for event details).

Alternatively you can supply us with written feedback using an online survey tool (Note – opens Thurs 18 Feb 2016. Submissions must be received by 5pm, Thurs 3 March, 2016).

You can also help us to spread the word by letting your colleagues and other community organisations know about this consultation.

Find out more about our events or the online survey in the attached flyer or by visiting our website at: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks

 

Transport for Future Urban Growth by PatumahoeVillageInc


 

Update on Rural Broadband

fast-broadband

Have recently received an email from Auckland Council, who are touching base with rural stakeholders regarding the UFB (UltraFast Broadband) rollout across Auckland.

If you recall, Patumahoe is down on their rural communities list as number 12 of 17 rural communities in Auckland who have been identified as best locations for upgrade.

“This is a quick follow-up on our email from late last year we are touching base with our rural stakeholders about the survey linked in the below email. This is a great opportunity for Auckland council to hear more from rural Aucklanders about the state of broadband connectivity and access, and helps us better engage with central government and the telecommunications industry.

We would be very grateful if you can assist us by circulating the link to the Rural Broadband Survey below to your local networks.

http://engage.ubiquity.co.nz/surveys/eTbdTnFY-E-EFwjSvbSARg

Please take some time to fill out this survey, if you would like to ensure that Patumahoe retains its place on the list.

Previous posts:

UFB Rural project – Auckland Council submission update

Rural – Ultra Fast Broadband initiative for Patumahoe

 

 

UFB Rural project – Auckland Council submission update

rural broadband

Thanks to all who took the time to fill out the respondent form in the last post: Rural – Ultra Fast Broadband initiative for Patumahoe

Despite the short time frame, we gathered enough information to support our indication of interest to Auckland Council.

On Friday, I received the full 134 page Auckland Council Registration of Interest to the project, and can report Patumahoe has been included on the council’s priority rollout list of 17 rural communities.

Patumahoe is placed at 12/17 of the identified rural communities.

A copy of Auckland Council’s Registration of Interest can be downloaded from their website.

Media release from Auckland Council:

16 July 2015

Council puts rural communities’ case

for improved broadband access

Auckland Council has submitted a Registration of Interest – Support (ROI) in response to government’s announcement to extend its investment in rural broadband, ultrafast broadband and mobile black spots.

An additional $100 million for the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), $210 million for Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) and $50 million for mobile black spots, is regarded by the council as the best opportunity to address the lack of reliable broadband in many of Auckland’s rural and remote communities.

The ROI represents the needs of more than 42 communities across rural Auckland that would benefit from better broadband.

With more than a third of the affected communities, the Rodney Local Board area is the hardest hit, but by no means the only local board area to suffer, says Councillor Penny Webster. “Not having reliable broadband access in these areas is not an option in this day and age.”

The ROI also sets out what the council can do to help maximise the benefits of any available government funding, particularly in assisting the building of infrastructure.

The council acknowledges the additional funding is for improvements nationwide and not all communities will benefit. As a result, the council has committed to exploring alternative solutions addressing the ongoing issues of broadband access in rural and remote Auckland.

This work will continue to be led by a political working party including Councillors Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, and Penny Webster.

The council’s ROI document can be downloaded from http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/responsetogovernmentufbrbimbsf.pdf

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Rural – Ultra Fast Broadband initiative for Patumahoe

First and foremost, thanks to Alan Cole who saw a further $150 million investment in the rural Ultra Fast Broadband initiative come through in March this year, and registered interest for the communities of Clarks Beach and Patumahoe.

For a quick look at the current state of affairs, visit the Chorus Broadband Capability Map.

Auckland Council have contacted me and the more information we can provide, the more they are able to assess whether Patumahoe would be a suitable recipient of this fund.

Given the increasing residential growth in the community, the existing ADSL system may be less than adequate in the future for providing consistent, reliable and high traffic internet access.

Please take a couple of minutes to fill in the form below, so that we provide a collection of reliable data along with our register of interest.