Wainuiomata Community Board | Poari Hapori o Wainuiomata
Minutes of an extraordinary meeting held in the Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata on
Monday 1 March 2021 commencing at 6.30pm
Mr G Tupou (Chair)
Ms D McKinley (Deputy Chair)
Mr T Stallworth
Mr G Sue
Ms S Tuala-Le’afa (via audio-visual)
Mrs J Winterburn (via audit visual)
Cr K Brown
APOLOGIES: There were no apologies.
IN ATTENDANCE: Mayor Campbell Barry
Cr J Briggs
Ms J Miller, Chief Executive
Mr M Jennings, Principal Māori Advisor
Mr K Puketapu-Dentice, Director Economy and Development
Mr D Simmons, Traffic Asset Manager
Ms K Stannard, Head of Democratic Services
Ms T Lealofi, Democracy Advisor
Mr M Ackroyd, Service Desk Analyst (part meeting)
The Chair opened the extraordinary meeting with a Karakia.
There were no apologies.
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
Comments are recorded under the item to which they relate.
Memorandum dated 25 February 2021 by the Head of Democratic Services
Speaking under public comment, Ms Jane Hanson expressed concern with members breaking their vote after five days due to a group of people believing that the new public road name at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata should be Māori.
Speaking under public comment, Ms Margaret Willard acknowledged both sides of the debate in naming the public road at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata. She endorsed the previous public speaker’s comments. She asked that, to enable both sides to work towards mutual understanding, the Board did not revoke its decision made at its meeting held on 17 February 2021 and instead worked with Council over naming the Queen Street Reserve.
Speaking under public comment, Ms Ngaire Lambourne spoke about Wainuiomata being as one community supporting each other and working together. She asked that ‘Harry Martin’ be retained for 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata. She suggested members consider setting up a Walk of Fame, similar to Petone’s Walk of Champions.
Speaking under public comment, Mr Hepetema Taitua expressed support for Hapori Lane as ‘Hapori’ resonated with the Wainuiomata community and how the community was perceived. He highlighted that ‘Hapori’ translated to community. He acknowledged the petition, signed by 40 people, supporting Hapori Lane for the new road name at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata.
Speaking under public comment, Ms Tuli Sagaga spoke of being moved by the outcome of the Board’s last meeting in terms of naming rights. She expressed support for the new road name at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata.
Speaking under public comment, Mr Poropiti Rangitaane expressed support for Hapori Lane for the new public road name at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata. He advised that ‘Hapori’ represented people of every nation, brought people together, working in unity and leaving no-one behind.
Speaking under public comment, Ms Ann Pibal advised members to change Queen Street and name it something else.
Speaking under public comment, Ms Elle Abel believed that there was not enough consultation with the community about street names. She considered that there needed to be more conversations before the Board made a decision. She asked members for better consultation with the community to ensure the community had its say.
In response to a question from a member, Ms Abel advised that a sensible timeframe for consultation would be approximately two-three weeks.
Speaking under public comment, Mr Greg Hawkins advised that he did not live in Wainuiomata but worked in the Wainuiomata community. He expressed support for ‘Hapori’ for the new road name at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata.
Speaking under public comment, Ms Tute Porter-Samuels expressed support for ‘Hapori’ for the new road name at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata. She acknowledged the work that the community had undertaken to make the community a better place.
Speaking under public comment, Mr Kura Moeahu, Chairman of Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa ki Te Upoko o Te Ika Re Rungata expressed support for ‘Te Ara Raukura’ for the new road name at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata. He spoke of being tired of people talking on their behalf and talking on behalf of Māori with the voice of mana whenua often being silenced due to colonisation over time. He elaborated on the story in chronological order of his ancestors. He highlighted the word ‘Raukara’, which the women wore, was a symbol to remind how each one of us must act towards each other. He said that over a period of time mana whenua had welcomed, with open arms, many iwi. He spoke of mana whenua working in partnership, in unison and working alongside other iwi. He expressed support for Wainuiomata High School presenting its petition supporting Māori names to Mayor Barry and the Board at an earlier meeting.
The Chair thanked members of the public for taking the time to share their views.
The motion was taken in parts. Parts (1)-(3) were declared CARRIED on the voices.
Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Sue) Minute No. WCB 21101(2)
“That the Board revokes resolution (1) Minute No. WCB 211014 approving a street name for the new Public Road, Wainuiomata Mall Development at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata as Harry Martin Lane made at its meeting held on 17 February 2021.”
Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mrs Winterburn) Minute No. WCB 21102(2)
“That the Board:
(1) considers a replacement street name for the new Public Road, Wainuiomata Mall Development at 18 The Stand, Wainuiomata; and
(2) notes that officers have prepared a report recommending an appropriate new road for use of the name Harry Martin.”
4. CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS
There were no conflict of interest declarations.
Report No. WCB2021/1/52 by the Traffic Asset Manager
The Traffic Asset Manager elaborated on the report.
In response to questions from members, the Traffic Asset Manager advised there was a process to go through for changing street names and officers were working their way through reviewing Council’s Naming Policy. He also advised that the remaining preferred street names had been confirmed with Land Information New Zealand and would be added to the Reserved Street Name list. He highlighted that it was the Board’s decision on the priority for the names on the Reserved Street Name list.
Cr Brown acknowledged the work undertaken previously by submitters submitting street names for the road. She expressed support for the name ‘Te Ara Raukura’ for the proposed new road at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata. She advised that the main point for her was the students from Wainuiomata High School speaking passionately at a previous Board meeting for increasing Māori street names across the City and in particular Wainuiomata. She noted that the Board had endorsed the request. She advised that mana whenua did not always assert their choice of names but in this case they had a well sorted name. She believed that ‘Te Ara Raukura’ held a lot of mana and was a beautiful name with significance.
Ms Winderburn apologised to mana whenua for any offence caused at the last Board meeting perceived or otherwise. She advised that it was her intention to serve the community with the best of her heart and ability, with the information at hand. She apologised for any hurt and disrespect. She expressed support for ‘Te Ara Raukura’ for the proposed new road at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata. She advised that ‘Raukura’ (white feather) was a symbol of peace and unity.
Mr Stallworth spoke of his journey of discovering the significance of ‘Te Ara Raukura’. He advised that he could relate to the importance of having land named after a person. He spoke of living in Wainuiomata and liking the togetherness of the community. He also spoke of the importance of honouring and acknowledging Harry Martin and believed this would be done by naming 80 Parkway after Harry Martin. He expressed support for ‘Te Ara Raukura’ for the proposed new road at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata because it tied the community to the land.
Ms McKinley advised that there was no disrespect intended to any group when she cast her vote at the Board meeting held on 17 February 2021 for the road to be named Harry Martin. She also advised that at the last Board meeting the street naming process was followed in accordance with Hutt City Council’s Street Naming Policy. She spoke of the distress and upset after the last Board meeting and the division that had been caused in the community. She welcomed the review of Council’s Street Naming Policy. She said that the reason for not agreeing to revoke the Board’s resolution made at its meeting held on 17 February 2021 was because it undermined the democratic process.
Mr Sue said that it was a shame that the matter had come to the point of dividing the community. He expressed concern that too many people in the community had hidden behind their phones or computers criticising members who had spent a lot of time helping the community. He highlighted that a true community would not be fighting over the matter. He advised that it was a good time to review the consultation process around naming street names. He acknowledged the work undertaken by Ms McKinley.
The Chair advised that the officer’s recommendations honoured both the Treaty partnership between Her Majesty The Queen and also the iwi. He also advised that the officer’s recommendations honoured the late Harry Martin.
Resolved: (UNANIMOUS) (Mr Tupou/Mrs Winterburn) Minute No. WCB 21103(2)
“That the Board:
(1) notes the seven preferred names for the proposed new Public Road at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata;
(2) notes the endorsement by Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa for the name ‘Te Ara Raukura’ for the proposed new Public Road at 18 The Strand, Wainuiomata;
“Te Ara Raukura” as the street name for the proposed new Public
“Harry Martin Lane” as the street name for the proposed new Private
For the reason that the respective developments can progress to the issuing of titles and to allow utilities connections to be made.
There were no questions.
CONFIRMED as a true and correct record
Dated this 14th day of April 2021