1                                          1 September 2021

HUTT CITY COUNCIL

 

POARI HAPORI O WAINUIOMATA | Wainuiomata Community Board

 

Minutes of a meeting held via Zoom

 on

Wednesday 1 September 2021 commencing at 6.30pm

 

                 

PRESENT:

Mr G Tupou (Chair)

Ms D McKinley (Deputy Chair)

(via audio-visual)

Mr G Sue

Ms S Tuala-Le’afa

 

Mrs J Winterburn

Cr K Brown

 

APOLOGIES:                  Mr T Stallworth for lateness[1]

 

IN ATTENDANCE:

(via audio-visual)             Mayor Barry (part meeting)

Cr B Dyer (part meeting)

Cr J Briggs

                                          Cr A Mitchell

Ms H Oram, Director Environment and Sustainability

                                          Mr C Agate, Traffic Engineer– Network Operations (part meeting)

                                          Mr T Kimbrell, Parks, Reserves and Recreation Planner (part meeting)

                                          Mr M Ackroyd, Service Desk Analyst

                                          Ms K Glanville, Senior Democracy Advisor

                                          Ms T Lealofi, Democracy Advisor

                                         

 

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

1.       APOLOGIES 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Sue)                                                   Minute No. WCB 21401

“That the apology received from Mr Stallworth for lateness be accepted.”

2.       PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.

 

3.

Mayor's Address

The Mayor read out his Mayoral Statement attached as page 6 of the minutes.

Cr Brown left the meeting at 6.39pm and re-joined at 6.41pm.

In response to a question from a member, Mayor Barry said the rubbish collection service would operate to its schedule at COVID-19 Alert Level 4. 

Cr Brown advised there was confusion about the rubbish and recycling collection in Wainuiomata due to different collection days in the area and the distribution of incorrect information. She advised the https://www.toogoodtowaste.co.nz/ website had the most up-to-date information.

The Director Environment and Sustainability noted any request to change bin sizes received after July 2021 would be reviewed after October 2021 due to the high volume of requests.

Mayor Barry confirmed the Wainuiomata Cleanfill would be closed prior to June 2022. He said Council would not consider another cleanfill site in Lower Hutt due to establishment of a cleanfill site in Silverstream, Upper Hutt.

4.

Presentation by Local Councillor from Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC)

Cr van Lier advised buses and trains were running on Saturday timetables during Alert Level 4 lockdown and this would continue when the region moved into Alert Level 3 lockdown. Travellers with monthly passes would be able to transfer their August passes to September and transfer September passes to October.  He said some Lower Hutt bus timetables would be changing to better align drivers with routes. This would help avoid bus cancellations and split shifts for drivers. He noted the Metlink fleet had received 10 new electric buses and was expecting 88 more in the successive 18 months.

Cr Van Lier advised there was ongoing restoration of the Wainuiomata river and its associated wetlands around Baring Head. He said this was a joint activity between GWRC, Friends of Baring Head and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand. He said they had planted up to 20,000 trees.  He noted the project required volunteers and the next intake was in September 2021.

5.       CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS  

          There were no conflict of interest declarations.

6.       Minutes

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Ms Tuala-Le'afa)                                   Minute No. WCB 21402

“That the minutes of the meeting of the Wainuiomata Community Board held on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”

   

7.       Report referred for Board input before being considered by Subcommittee of Council

 

Traffic Resolutions - Proposed Changes to Route 160 Bus Stop Configuration (21/1281)

Report No. WCB2021/4/183 by the Traffic Engineer - Network Operations

 

 

The Traffic Engineer elaborated on the report.

In response to a question from a member, the Traffic Engineer said Metlink responded to community feedback about any proposed changes to the bus network.

 

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mrs Winterburn)                           Minute No. WCB 21403

“That the Board endorses the recommendations contained in the report.”

For the reason that the proposed bus stop layout changes will ensure that the bus box is of sufficient length to accommodate buses; no stopping restrictions will prevent other vehicles from blocking full access to the bus stop and passengers will be able to board and alight safely and easily.

 

8.

Upper Fitzherbert Road Local Purpose Reserve (Road) Easement (21/1211)

Report No. WCB2021/4/184 by the Parks, Reserves and Recreation Planner

 

The Parks, Reserves and Recreation Planner elaborated on the report.

 

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Sue)                                                    Minute No. WCB 21404

“That the Board:

(1)   notes that additional consultation methods, including a letter drop and webpage were undertaken to satisfy its request made at its meeting held on 30 June 2021;

(2)   notes that the land was vested to Council in DP 78964 as Local Purpose Reserve (Road);

(3)   notes that all costs for the development of the road and maintenance of such will lie with the applicant; and

(4)   agrees to grant the stage two easement for Upper Fitzherbert Road Local Purpose Reserve (Road) under s48 of the Reserves Act 1977.”

For the reason to grant an easement over Lot 3 DP 78964 provides the applicant with the ability to subdivide the adjacent land and develop a road at no cost to Council.

 


 

Precedence of Business

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Sue)                                                   Minute No. WCB 21405

“That, in terms of Standing Order 10.4, precedence be accorded to item 12: ECNZ Track Acquisition”.

The item is recorded in the order in which it is listed on the order paper.

 

9.

Democracy Advisor's Report (21/1205)

Report No. WCB2021/4/111 by the Democracy Advisor

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Cr Brown)                                               Minute No. WCB 21406

“That the Board receives and notes the report.”

10.

Chair's Report (21/1206)

Report No. WCB2021/4/112 by the Chairperson

 

The Chair elaborated on his report. He highlighted the comments made by members of the public regarding their concerns in Wainuiomata. He said he had liaised with Council officers to provide a response. He noted the queries had been actioned accordingly.

Ms McKinley advised there were still ongoing issues with the internet connection in the Wainuiomata rural area. She said further updates would be reported back to the Board.

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Ms Tuala-Le'afa)                                     Minute No. WCB 21407

“That the Chair’s report be received and noted.”

11.

2021 Young Elected members Hui (21/1238)

Memorandum dated 4 August 2021 by the Democracy Advisor

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Ms Tuala-Le'afa)                                     Minute No. WCB 21408

“That the Board:

(1)   notes the Young Elected Members Hui (the Hui) will be held in Northland from 27-30 October 2021;

(2)   notes the registration details for the Hui will not be finalised in time for this meeting to approve precise costs for Board members’ attendance;

(3)   notes the estimated cost of attending the Hui of approximately $1,300 per member;

(4)   notes the Training Policy for Community Boards adopted by Council at its meeting held on 26 March 2019 attached as Appendix 1 to the memorandum;

(5)   approves the attendance of Mr Gabriel Tupou at the 2021 Hui; and

(6)   notes that any member attending a training course, conference, seminar or similar event will be required to provide a written report and evaluation to the Board.”


 

12.     Information Item

 

ECNZ Track Acquisition (21/1278)

Memorandum dated 12 August 2021 by the Parks, Reserves and Recreation Planner

 

Ms Winterburn left the meeting at 7.56pm and rejoined at 7.59pm.

The Parks, Reserves and Recreation Planner elaborated on the report.

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Ms McKinley)                                Minute No. WCB 21409

“That the Board notes and receives the memorandum.”

13.     QUESTIONS   

          There were no questions.

There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 8.20pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

G Tupou

CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED as a true and correct record

Dated this 3rd day of November 2021


 

 

MAYORAL STATEMENT

 

Kia ora koutou,

 

Firstly, I hope you and your families are all keeping safe in your bubbles.

COVID-19

It’s positive that we are moving down to alert level three, it’s vital that we don’t get complacent. While it looks like we’re starting to flatten the curve, we have to remain vigilant under lockdown restrictions and ensure we’re all following official advice.

Even though cases are few in the Wellington region, the delta variant is highly transmissible, and all of us have to play our part and make sure community cases are contained.

 

And as local elected officials we need to lead and set a good example for those in our communities.

 

That means encouraging people to stay in their bubbles, following official advice, and to get vaccinated! I’ve just booked mine in, and it’s really easy, so please play your part and encourage others to do the same.

 

I want to take a moment to briefly recognise some local heroes from your community.

I want to recognise two really special locals, Nicole Thornton and Dame Winnie Laban, who were recently awarded a certificate of appreciation and Mayoral Citation respectively at the recent Mayoral awards.  Nicole’s services to community health in Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt have been nothing less than incredible as she initiated the I Can’t Wait campaign and advocated for those with Crohn's and colitis across Aotearoa New Zealand and Winnie from Wainuiomata’s services to central government, education and the Pacific community in Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt and across Aotearoa New Zealand, made her fully deserving of being recognised by her own community.

Progress in the city

 

Finally, I just want to touch on some of the progress we’ve made recently in Lower Hutt.

 

Wainuiomata community board

•          $8.5 million has been invested in the Wainuiomata streetscape to reinvigorate Queen St.

•          Beltway cycleway, which will ultimately link up to our wider cycle networks, such as the Wainuiomata shared path

•          Council carbon reduction plan.

•          Funding for 20 new EV charging stations, including one in the Wainuiomata Hub

 



[1] Mr Terry Stallworth was not in attendance at the meeting.