2                                                     6 May 2021



Komiti Kaupapa Taiao

Climate Change and Sustainability Committee


Minutes of a meeting held in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 30 Laings Road,
Lower Hutt on

 Thursday 6 May 2021 commencing at 2.00pm




Cr J Briggs (Chair)

Mayor C Barry (from 2.02pm)


Cr K Brown

Deputy Mayor T Lewis


Cr A Mitchell

Cr S Rasheed (Deputy Chair)


Cr N Shaw



APOLOGIES:                   Cr Edwards.
Mayor Barry for lateness.
Cr Brown for early departure.


IN ATTENDANCE:         Ms H Oram, Director Environment and Sustainability

Mr B Hodgins, Strategic Advisor (part meeting)

Mr C Agate, Traffic Planning and Engineering Manager (Acting)

Ms J Randall, Democracy Advisor





1.       APOLOGIES 

Resolved: (Cr Briggs/Cr Rasheed)                                        Minute No. CCASC 21201

“That the apology received from Cr Edwards be accepted and leave of absence be granted, and the apology for lateness received from Mayor Barry and the apology for early departure received from Cr Brown be accepted.”


Comments are recorded under the item to which they relate. 

Mayor Barry joined the meeting at 2.02pm.


There were no conflict of interest declarations.  


Kerbside Rubbish and Recycling Implementation Project Update (21/580)

Report No. CCASC2021/2/99 by the Strategic Advisor


Speaking under public comment, Mr Max Shierlaw queried why the new kerbside bins had been made overseas despite a previous undertaking from officers they would be made in New Zealand. He queried why officers had said contractors were unwilling to continue with rubbish bag collections when he knew a contractor who was willing to collect the rubbish bags. He queried if Council had checked that the production process for the new rubbish and recycling trucks had complied with ethical certification standards.

The Strategic Advisor elaborated on the report.  He advised there was a slight delay with the delivery of the kerbside bins due to a delayed first shipment. He said the first of the bins would be delivered on Tuesday 11 May 2021 and he expected delivery to be complete by Tuesday 15 June 2021. He added three additional staff had been contracted over the next two months to manage enquiries and co-ordinate the roll-out of bins.

The Strategic Advisor referred to a query from the public comment speaker. He said officers were expecting the bins would be made locally. He added Council had been advised in January 2021 this was not possible due to the limited time available and the quantity required.


Resolved: (Cr Briggs/Cr Shaw)                                             Minute No. CCASC 21202

“That the Committee receives and notes the report.”



Update on Council's solid waste management and minimisation work (21/593)

Report No. CCASC2021/2/100 by the Manager, Sustainability and Resilience


Resolved: (Cr Briggs/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                        Minute No. CCASC 21203

“That the Committee:

(1)   notes the update on various solid waste management and minimisation work streams; and

(2)   notes the Impacts and Outcomes Framework developed by Ākina Foundation for Silverstream landfill and the wider solid waste management and resource recovery space, to help inform Council’s future work in this area.”



Update on Council's climate change work (21/599)

Report No. CCASC2021/2/102 by the Manager, Sustainability and Resilience


The Director, Environment and Sustainability elaborated on the report.

In response to a question from a member, the Director, Environment and Sustainability agreed to find out whether lawnmowing contractors who used the Silverstream Landfill had been informed green waste would be composted offsite from July 2021.

In response to a question from members, the Director, Environment and Sustainability agreed to locate data on the use of existing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Ricoh Sports Centre and others around the city. She added she would find out if any EV charging stations had been considered for the proposed Naenae Pool.

In response to a question from a member, the Director, Environment and Sustainability agreed to find information on the ratio of EV chargers that would be required for Lower Hutt’s population.

In response to a question from a member, the Director, Environment and Sustainability agreed to send a link to information on upcoming climate change community engagement events.

The Chair explained a good supply of EV charging stations was required to encourage EV use. He noted placing EV charging stations close to facilities would provide good opportunities for use.


Resolved: (Cr Rasheed/Cr Brown)                                       Minute No. CCASC 21204

“That the Committee notes the update on various climate change work streams.”



Committee work programme (21/390)

Report No. CCASC2021/2/103 by the Manager, Sustainability and Resilience


In response to a question from a member, the Chair asked officers for an environmental report for the Committee’s consideration.  He recommended members contact himself or the Director, Environment and Sustainability if they had other requests for reports.


Resolved: (Cr Briggs/Cr Mitchell)                                        Minute No. CCASC 21205

“That the Committee agrees to the proposed work programme shown in Table 1 contained within the report.”

 8.      QUESTIONS   

There were no questions.

There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 2.37pm.




J Briggs


CONFIRMED as a true and correct record Dated this 1st day of June 2021