0                                          3 November 2021

HUTT CITY COUNCIL

 

Poari Hapori o Wainuiomata|Wainuiomata Community Board

 

Minutes of a meeting held in the Wainuiomata Library, Queen Street, Wainuiomata on

 Wednesday 3 November 2021 commencing at 6.30pm

 

 

                 

PRESENT:

Mr G Tupou (Chair)

Ms D McKinley

 

Mr T Stallworth

Mr G Sue

 

Cr K Brown

Mrs J Winterburn

 

APOLOGIES:                  Ms S Tuala-Le’afa

 

IN ATTENDANCE:        Mayor Campbell Barry (part meeting)

                                          Ms J Miller, Chief Executive

                                          Mr B Cato, Chief Legal Officer (part meeting)

Mr J Scherzer, Head of Climate and Solid Waste (part meeting)

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

                                          Ms K Stannard, Head of Democratic Services

                                          Ms T Lealofi, Democracy Advisor

 

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

The Chair opened the meeting with a Karakia.

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Cr Brown)                                               Minute No. WCB 21501

“That the apology received from Ms Tuala-Le’afa be accepted and leave of absence be granted.”

1.       APOLOGIES

         

          2.       PUBLIC COMMENT

Speaking under public comment, Sergeant P Tangipo introduced himself as the new interim police sergeant for Wainuiomata. He noted the importance for the community to cooperate with Police enforcement to ensure the community’s safety.

In response to a question from a member, Sergeant Tangipo advised there would be consideration to re-establish the police station office in the future.

3.

Mayor's Address

The Mayor read out his Mayoral Statement attached as pages 7-8 of the minutes.

 

 

4.

Presentation by Local Councillor from Greater Wellington Regional Council

Cr Josh van Lier was an apology for the meeting.

5.       CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS  

          There were no conflicts of interest.

6.       Minutes

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Sue)                                                 Minute No. WCB 21502

“That the minutes of the meeting of the Wainuiomata Community Board held on Wednesday, 1 September 2021, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”

  

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

a)

Options regarding activities on the site of the closed Wainuiomata Landfill (21/1693)

Report No. WCB2021/5/244 by the Head of Climate and Solid Waste

 

Speaking under public comment, Ms P Wylie spoke to her submission attached as pages 9-10 of the minutes.

Speaking under public comment, Mr G James spoke on behalf of Ms S Moffat and Mr J Tamasese. He expressed support for full remediation and restoration of the Wainuiomata landfill outlined in recommendation (4)(c) of the officer’s report.

Speaking under public comment, Ms T Ranstead outlined the potential options that may be considered and utilised at the Wainuiomata landfill site.  She noted the opportunity would be beneficial for the community to undertake the activities she had outlined such as afforestation of the valley; enhancement of the natural environment and pest and predator control. In addition, she said the opportunity would be valuable for students and children to initiate educational activities at the landfill site.

The Head of Climate and Solid Waste elaborated on the report.

In response to a question from a member, the Head of Climate and Solid Waste advised the work would commence before Christmas. He noted the pumping trial and drilling of the well would be completed by March 2022.

In response to a question from a member, the Head of Climate and Solid Waste advised officers had consulted with the affected stakeholders and residents. He noted Council had received their feedback submission for Council’s consideration.

The Chief Executive acknowledged the recommendations contained in the officer’s report were unclear.  She provided clarity to members in relation to the recommended options. She highlighted the importance for members to represent and act as an advocate for the interests of the community in it’s decision-making as outlined in the Board’s Functions and Delegations.

Ms Winterburn believed members should be consulting with affected parties and the wider community in the first instance. She expressed concern that members were not informed by Council when consultation took place. She said members would be in a better position to provide feedback to Council if members had been notified.

The Chief Legal Officer advised that members needed to consider one of the recommended options outlined in the officer’s report and make a recommendation to Council.

 

ReCOMMENDED: (Mr Tupou/Ms McKinley)                     Minute No. WCB 21503

“That the Board:

(1)   notes the options regarding any activities that could take place on the site of Stage 3 of the old Wainuiomata landfill;

(2)   notes that officers are still investigating the feasibility and cost of establishing a gas collection and destruction system on the site;

(3)   notes that officers are carrying out further work to confirm the feasibility and cost of replanting the site;

(4)   notes that Council could disallow any potential new activities that are not associated with remediation of the site, but continue to allow any current activities on the site as long as they do not adversely impact on the ability to carry out further remediation of the site;

(5)   notes that the potential establishment of a gas collection and destruction system, and/or replanting of the site were not included in the Long Term Plan 2021-2023 and additional revenue would be required to fund ongoing costs along with servicing of debt and depreciation if no alternative revenue is identified; and

(6)   provides any feedback to officers and the Council’s Climate Change and Sustainability Committee regarding the options presented in this report.”

 

8.

Proposed New Private Street Name: Subdivision of 196B Wise Street, Wainuiomata (21/1631)

Report No. WCB2021/5/245 by the Traffic Engineer - Network Operations

 

The Traffic Engineer – Network Operations elaborated on the report.

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mrs Winterburn)                                    Minute No. WCB 21504

“That the Board:

 

(1) notes and receives the report; and

(2) approves a new street name for the new proposed Private Road (attached as Appendix 1 to the report) as Tauhou Lane.”    

For the reason that these recommendations have been made so that the development may proceed to completion as a variety of utility connections and other administrative bodies require formalised street addresses in order for the necessary connections to be provided.

 

9.

Community Engagement Fund 2021-2022 (21/1677)

Memorandum dated 14 October 2021 by the Community Advisor Funding and Community Contracts

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Sue)                                                    Minute No. WCB 21505

“That the Board:

(1)   notes that the Community Engagement Fund closed on 14 October 2021 and one application had been received;

(2)   agrees that the application was considered according to the merits of the application criteria and priorities of the fund;

(3)   approves the application from Nourish Trust from the Community Engagement Fund for the total of $2,000.00 to purchase food for the Christmas Hamper boxes for families in need from local primary schools;

(4)  determines the funding to be granted through the Community Engagement Fund 2021-2022; and

(5)   requests the recipients of the Wainuiomata Community Engagement fund be invited to attend a Community Board meeting in 2022 to introduce themselves to members and to give feedback on the use of the grants.

 

10.

Democracy Advisor's Report (21/1585)

Report No. WCB2021/5/130 by the Democracy Advisor

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Stallworth)                                        Minute No. WCB 21506

“That the Board receives and notes the report.”

 

11.

Chair's report (21/1586)

Report No. WCB2021/5/131 by the Chair

 

The Chair acknowledged Ms McKinley’s resignation as Deputy Chair. He thanked
Ms McKinley for her hard work.

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Sue)                                                    Minute No. WCB 21507

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

12.     QUESTIONS

          There were no questions.

 


There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 8.07pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G Tupou

CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED as a true and correct record

Dated this 9th day of February 2022


 

Mayoral Address

 

Kia ora koutou,

 

This is the last community board meeting of the year, and I just want to start by acknowledging all the hard work you have done for your communities.

 

2021 has been a really busy year, and we’ve managed to do so much together. We delivered a bold and ambitious ten year plan, continued to tackle the effects of COVID-19, changed our rubbish and recycling service, and started key projects to address the infrastructure challenges that face our city. 

 

Infrastructure - central government

 

And we’re all starting to see the benefits and recognition of this work from central government. Since our last meeting, the Cross Valley Connections business case has been approved, which takes us a step closer to being able to confirm the project and access government funding.

 

We know congestion is a big issue for commuters, especially for those who travel to town in the morning along The Esplanade. The CVC is designed to decrease this congestion by improving the pathway across Lower Hutt for all users — vehicles, micromobility, and public transport — to make commuting more efficient for everyone. Consultation will be happening in the near future, so it’s important that we engage our communities to deliver the best possible project.

 

Government has also progressed our application to deliver infrastructure needed for housing under the RiverLink project to the next stage. Across the city, and in your communities, we’re facing a housing and renting crisis, and we simply need more supply.

 

If our application is successful, we will get $157 million from the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund to fund three waters necessary to intensify our CBD, and unlock capacity across the valley floor.

 

Three Waters reform

 

The Government is mandating the reform across the country. We want to ensure we get the best possible outcome for Lower Hutt and ensure the Government is responsive to our needs.

 

Wider government reform

 

The Government’s Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms will change things significantly for housing supply and the natural environment.

 

The Future for Local Government review will make recommendations on what local government will look like over the next 30 years. The draft report has been released and over the next six months we should see more about what this might mean for us.

 

Council progress

 

I want to touch on some other things council has made some progress on over the past few months.

 

We’ve signed up to the International Race to Zero, being the second Council in New Zealand to do so. This primarily supports our Community Climate Change Response, which in turn will set out how we halve city wide emissions by 2030, and then get to net-zero emissions by no later than 2050.

 

The Naenae Pool project is making headway with full scale demolition started, and the plans for the new designs out for consultation. Being a regional pool, it’s important that you encourage people in your communities to take a bit of time answering the questionnaire we have out at the moment. 

 

Council is also consulting on the Class 4 gaming venue and board venue policy review. We want to take a proactive approach to gambling and the harm it creates in our communities, while also looking at how we can provide support to those offering gambling harm reduction services.

 

Vaccination race

 

And finally, you may have seen our city is in a race with Porirua to reach 90 per cent double dose for the COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Lower Hutt and Porirua have been lagging behind in our second dose rates, and we’re now at the stage where getting to 90 per cent is going to take one vaccine at a time.

 

Apart from the fact that we clearly want to win, it’s so vital that all of us encourage our communities to protect themselves, their families, friends, neighbours and colleagues against COVID.

 


 

27 October 2021

 

Head of Parks & Recreation Hutt City Council

30 Laings Road

Private Bag 31912

LOWER HUTT

 

Dear Mr Sherwood

 

Consultation on options to suspend any current or future planned activity on the site of the old Wainuiomata Landfill I refer to your letter dated 27 August 2021 which we received on 22 September 2021 and subsequent telephone conversation on 24 September regarding the above consultation and submission date which was well past by the time we received the letter. You advised that the submission date was no longer relevant due to meetings being postponed due to Covid 19.

 

This therefore is our submission and I have outlined below our views on any current and future planned activity on the site of the old Wainuiomata Landfill. Our home is adjacent to the old landfill and if it is re-opened we believe this would have a major impact on our property and the Coast Road.

 

Given that the landfill was closed approximately 1O years ago and at that time Hutt City Councillor Max Shierlaw advised that the landfill was "near the end of its natural life" and given the introduction of the emissions trading scheme would result in higher costs to the community of using it at that time. Surely if the landfill was "near the end of its natural life" then how can the Hutt City Council contemplate re-opening it.

 

While we understand the need for additional landfill space given the high number of new buildings being built around the Hutt Valley, however, why is Wainuiomata again being considered? Given the issues that arose with the current landfill at 130 Coast Road it is disappointing that you would consider putting the residents of Wainuiomata through these issues again.

 

Is Wainuiomata again being considered as the dumping ground for all the Hutt Valley.

If the old landfill were to be used for clean fill dumping then we are concerned that this will have an impact on the environment, dumping more materials on top of an already full landfill may cause compression of the old materials and result in leaching into the water table and surrounding streams causing more pollution to waterways. We agree with the option to replant the landfill in native plants.

 

We are proud to live in Wainuiomata; the Coast Road is a place of outstanding beauty with numerous native birds and wildlife using the area as their habitat.

 

In recent times we have seen an increase in the number of cars and bikes using the Coast Road accessing the coastal walkways and the Rimutaka Forest Park for leisure pursuits. With plans to also build the cycle pathway on the road the opening of the landfill will result in increased heavy vehicle traffic causing health and safety risks.

We are concerned also by the proposal to install a flare to burn off methane gas from the landfill, given the whole are around the landfill is covered with trees we are concerned that this will cause a fire risk.

 

We have heard that the Hutt City Council is considering developing a new clean fill site in Silverstream we believe that this would be the best option for the Hutt Valley.

We appreciate being given the opportunity to express our views and look forward to receiving feedback from the Council.

 

Please don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions regarding our views.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Pat Wylie

cc: Wainuiomata Community Board