Councillor Monthly report - August 2020
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Ward Councillor Report August 2020
This is the Ward Councillor report covering the period from 28 July 2020 to 25 August 2020.
The purpose of my report is to detail my main activities and to share information with the local boards in my ward regarding governing body decisions, my attendance at events and meetings, constituent issues, media updates and key issues.
• Deputy Chair, Planning Committee • Deputy Chair, Regulatory Committee • Liaison Councillor, Disability Advisory Panel • Member, Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority
• The Governing Body adopted the Emergency Budget 2020/21. • The Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee approved the Māori Outcomes Performance Measurement Framework. • The Planning Committee agreed on a delegated group to approve the notification of an Enabling Rainwater Tans Plan Change to the Auckland Unitary Plan • Responding to the COVID-19 Alert Level 3 lockdown for Auckland, with a particular focus on responding to the needs of our Pasifika communities.
Committee meetings – Key Decisions
The minutes for all meetings are available on the Auckland Council website. The following is intended as a summary only.
30/07/2020 The Governing Body: • Adopted the Emergency Budget 2020/2021, including 21 Local Board Agreements, and set rates for the 2020/2021 financial year. • Agreed the Tupuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2020/21; adopted the amended Elected Members’ Expenses Policy; and confirmed appointments to the Demographic Advisory Panels. • agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Crown, Kaipara Uri entities and the Northland Regional Council to progress the proposed Kaipara Moana Remediation Programme, and establish a joint committee to provide stewardship and governance for the programme.
11/08/2020 The Finance and Performance Committee: • received an update on progress for the financial year 2020/21 and agreed it prudent to reduce debt for the first half of the financial year in the event of material improvement in budget capacity. • The Committee also endorsed the Te Whau Pathway and Resoruce Recovery Network funding agreements and approved $5.2 million of additional capital expenditure, and associated shovel-ready funding, in 2020/21 for the Resource Recovery Network Project.
13/08/2020 The Planning Committee: • Agreed on a delegated group to approve the notification of an Enabling Rainwater Tans Plan Change to the Auckland Unitary Plan and requested staff report back on the options for mandating the installation of rainwater tanks in certain situations.
• Established delegations to carry out powers, functions and duties relating to resource consents and notices of requirement under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020.
20/08/2020 The Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee: • Approved funding allocations for: Regional Events Fund; Regional Arts and Culture Grant; Regional Sport and Recreation Grants; Community Access Scheme; Cultural Initiatives Fund. • Endorsed the Kia Whai Kāinga Tātou Strategic Framework (cross-sectoral approach to homelessness) and noted that council will take an adaptive management approach to manage the current uncertainty, while maintaining a focus on the goal that homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring. • Revived the I Am Auckland annual update on issues impacting young people. The committee agreed that staff will monitor and report regularly on the COVID-19 impacts and council responses for young people. • Approved the Māori Outcomes Performance Measurement Framework.
Other Key Meetings and Events
28/07/2020 Attended a briefing for the Liaison Councillors to the Advisory Panels, including an overview of the role, debrief on the recruitment process, and discussion on the year ahead.
31/07/2020 Visited the New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA) Trades Centre in Mount Wellington and invited to a sitting of the Silver Service Lunch from hospitality students.
Met with Tāmaki Regeneration Company at their offices in Panmure for an update of work in the area.
01/08/2020 Joined the Ladies Pink Bike Rave, a community lead free bike ride.
03/08/2020 Celebrated the start of Cook Island Language Week events at the Glen Innes Library.
05/08/2020 Joined Humanity NZs first outreach night at Ellen Melville Centre to assist Owen Pomana and his team in providing food for the homeless.
06/08/2020 Attended Tāmaki Regeneration’s Trades Night, where trade students, current apprentices, and their whanau are invited to meet with employers and training organisations.
07/08/2020 Attended the announcement of the Auckland Metro Upgrade programme. This event marked the start of early enabling works at Southdown, linked to the Third Main rail line between Wiri and Quay Park.
Attended the opening of ‘Kai & Coffee’ a local cafe in Glen Innes providing Pasefika fusion food. 14/08/2020 Attended meeting with Pasifika Chairs and Councillors, Phil Wilson, Head of Citizens Engagement and Insights, Auckland Emergency Management Staff and Ministry of Pacific Peoples staff to discuss and coordinate a response to the COVID-19 lockdown that meets the needs of our Pasifika communities.
17/08/2020 Invited by Hon Jenny Salesa, Associate Minister of Health, to join zoom meeting for Ministers, Government officials and community leaders to discuss the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Auckland and how we can work collaboratively to respond to it. Joining the call was the Prime Minister and Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health.
22/08/2020 Invited by Hon Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples, to zoom talanoa with Pacific Ministers and the Prime Minister to discuss ways to collaborate and meet the needs of our Pasifika communities in our recovery from COVID-19.
Interview with Seumanutafa AP McCarthy for Pacific Teens in Lockdown facebook page, providing advice and support for Pacifc Youth.
This month I was contacted by constituents about the following issues:
• Covid-19 Lockdown assistance: Assistance for rough sleepers; Sourcing PPE for churches and community groups; Assistance with food banks experiencing high demand; Queries around playground rules and public toilets at Panmure Basin. • Support Letter for Humanity NZ’s (lead by Owen Pomana) request to do outreach nights for the homeless out of the Ellen Melville Centre. • Requests for housing assistance. • Request for assistance with wheelchair access poorly installed in a Tamaki housing residence. • Reports of dangerous housing in Pt England. • Reports of a pothole on Pakuranga Rd (AMETI roadworks). • Query about large Watercare bill, Transport and traffic issues, stabbing at Countdown of homeless person, requests for COVID testing stations.
TV news Homeless man stabbed Mt Wellington
‘Unkindness towards elected officials at an all time high’ (RNZ: The Panel interview)
‘Busway bridge launched over Tamaki River’ (OurAuckland article)
‘Pasifika councillors urge people to get tested’ (OurAuckland article)
‘COVID-19: Auckland mother, children potentially exposed to community cluster asked to pay for test’ (Newshub article)
‘We know what to do, urges Councillor Bartley’ (OurAuckland artic