1                                                   22 June 2022

HUTT CITY COUNCIL

 

Poari Hapori o Wainuiomata | Wainuiomata Community Board

 

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

 Wednesday 22 June 2022 commencing at 6.30pm

 

 

                 

PRESENT:

Mr G Tupou (Chair)

Ms D McKinley

 

Mr T Stallworth

Mr G Sue

 

Mrs J Winterburn

Cr K Brown

 

APOLOGIES:                   Sisi Tuala-Le’afa

 

 

IN ATTENDANCE:        Mayor Campbell Barry (part meeting)
Cr Josh Briggs

Kara Puketapu-Dentice, Director Economy and Development (via audio-visual link)

Jon Kingsbury, Head of Transport

Bob Hu, Traffic Engineering Manager

Claire Allan, Placemaking Advisor (via audio-visual link)

Ravi Soni, Traffic Engineer (via audio-visual link)

Anita Manda, Traffic Engineer

Jocelyn Zhang, Transport Project Manager

                                          Judy Randall, Democracy Advisor

 

 

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

The Chair provided a mihi whakatau.

 

The Chair tabled his report, attached as page 8 to the minutes.

 

1.       APOLOGIES

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Stallworth)                                 Minute No. WCB 22301

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

 

2.

Public Comment

 

Speaking under public comment, Quentin Duthie spoke on an item not on the agenda that fell within the Board’s Terms of Reference. He noted there were many street signs in Wainuiomata with Māori connections. He proposed Council add a symbol to the street signs to signify this connection. He suggested this would be in line with poppies on Lower Hutt street signs that connected to World War 1.

 

Public comment is recorded under the item to which it relates.

 

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mrs Winterburn)                             Minute No. WCB 22302

“That Standing Order 15.2 be suspended to allow time for all public speakers to be heard.”

 

 

3.

Mayor's Address

Mayor Barry provided a number of updates:

·           The Barber Grove to Seaview Wastewater Treatment plant pipe duplication project was underway.  This was a significant infrastructure project that would service 90% of people across the Hutt Valley.

 

·           Council had adopted an Integrated Transport Strategy, which would set the direction for a more integrated and sustainable transport network.

 

·           He would continue to seek certainty from Health New Zealand on the level of health services it would provide while Hutt Hospital was undergoing earthquake strengthening.

 

·           Council was a finalist for the Local Government New Zealand Excellence awards in the wellbeing category for the Kai Collective. Mayor Barry said this was a testament to the mahi of Pataka Kai and Kōkiri Marae who formed part of Kai Collective.

 

·           A representation review would be considered by Council in the new triennium. He encouraged community boards to provide feedback on the proposal.

 

·           He acknowledged the opening of Te Ara Raukura and the Community Board’s role in that process.

 

·           He acknowledged Arakura School students for their presentation on the Arakura speed review. He thanked everyone who submitted their views.

 

·           The cleanfill on Coast Road had closed.

 

4.      Presentation

 

Update from the Waiu Park Charitable Trust

Simon Gilbert, David Ravenarch  and Peter Fraser, representatives of the Waiu Park Charitable Trust (the Trust) provided an update on plans for community owned recreational facilities at Waiu Park. Simon Gilbert advised he had been running a mountain biking programme at the park for the past three years. He wanted to develop facilities to encourage more young people to try mountain biking. He noted the park had the potential to draw more people from the Wellington region if the added facilities were in place.

In response to questions from members, Simon Gilbert said the Trust was seeking a discussion with the relevant Council officers to progress the project. He envisaged his bike shop would provide a different service from the bike shop in Wainuiomata and would not create competition.

In response to questions from members, David Ravenarch  explained the Trust’s plans included a café and bike hire and repair shop with an area to run programmes from. He said the Trust would build the facility from three 40ft containers and would include an outside sheltered area. He added it would use removable foundation footings and would connect to stormwater.  He did not consider a potential cleanfill near the area would be likely to impact the bike facility.

The Chair suggested Council officers meet with members of the Waiu Park Charitable Trust to discuss the development of community owned recreational infrastructure at Waiu Park.

5.       CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS  

There were no conflict of interest declarations.

6.       Minutes

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Stallworth)                                 Minute No. WCB 22303

“That the minutes of the meeting of the Wainuiomata Community Board held on Wednesday, 13 April 2022, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”

 

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

a)

Arakura Local Area Traffic Management (22/1338)

Report No. WCB2022/3/109 by the Traffic Engineer

 

Speaking under public comment, Isla Barclay and Chey Burgess, students from Arakura School, expressed support for Council’s Arakura Local Traffic Management Plan. They advised cars exceeded the speed limit in the area and parked on broken yellow lines outside Arakura school. They said they did not feel safe undertaking road patrol duties and travelling to and from school. They supported the installation of speed cushions in Arakura.

 

The Traffic Engineering Manager elaborated on the report. He explained that if Council approved the traffic management changes, contractors would install some of the speed cushions in August 2022. He added officers would monitor the speed cushions for three months before deciding whether to install more.

 

In response to questions from members, the Traffic Engineering Manager agreed to monitor the impacts of traffic management changes on Westminster Road and Wellington Road. He further agreed to optimise the locations of speed cushions if needed. He undertook to investigate if there was a need for speed cushions on Pencarrow Crescent.

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Cr Brown)                               Minute No. WCB 22304

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

For the reasons that reducing the likelihood of unnecessary speeding, improving safety for all street users, encouraging sustainable travel mode choices (ie cyclists and pedestrians), reducing traffic volumes, especially heavy vehicles, and providing an improved streetscape amenity.

The meeting adjourned at 7.51pm and reconvened at 8.03pm.

b)

Traffic Resolutions - Route 160 Bus Stop Configuration Review (22/1353)

Report No. WCB2022/3/110 by the Traffic Engineering Manager

 

The Traffic Engineering Manager elaborated on the report.

In response to a question from a member, the Traffic Engineering Manager confirmed officers had considered the bus stop configuration improvements in Wainuiomata using the same standards as other bus stops in Lower Hutt.

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Ms McKinley)                         Minute No. WCB 22305

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

For the reasons 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.

 

c)

Wainuiomata Town Centre Upgrade - P10, P120 and Mobility Parking Restriction (22/1524)

Report No. WCB2022/3/129 by the Traffic Engineer

 

The Director Economy and Development and the Placemaking Advisor elaborated on the report.

 

In response to questions from members, the Head of Transport agreed to report back on how Council would monitor restricted parking times. He further agreed to consider a non-restricted parking area behind the community centre for volunteers.

 

The Placemaking Advisor agreed to a period of parking enforcement on disability car parking when construction was completed to improve parking habits.

Members agreed to the recommendations, noting officers would change the time restrictions from ‘8am – 6pm’ to ‘at all times’ in their report to the Traffic Subcommittee.

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mr Sue)                                   Minute No. WCB 22306

“That the Board:

(1)          endorses recommendations (1), (2), (5) and (6) contained in the report; and

 

(2)          asks Council to consider the following amended recommendations:

 

(a)     approves the installation of 63 P120 time limited car parks (at all times) Monday to Sunday (excluding Public Holidays); and

(b)  approves the installation of four P10 time restricted car parks (at all times) (excluding Public Holidays).”

 

8.

Wainuiomata Community Board
Community Engagement Fund - Round 2
2021-2022
(22/1340)

Report No. WCB2022/3/108 by the Community Advisor Funding and Community Contracts

 

Speaking under public comment, Tracey Mansfield and Richard Nixon, representatives of the Wainuiomata Community Patrol (WCP) explained the work of the WCP and advised it was applying for assistance to purchase equipment. They added this included new torches, a barbeque and other supplies. They advised they had limited sponsors to rely on and COVID had limited fundraising opportunities. They believed the work of WCP volunteers gave residents peace of mind.

 

In response to questions from members, Tracey Mansfield said the purchase of a vehicle would use all the current funds of the WCP. She added the WCP struggled to afford fuel, repairs and maintenance for a vehicle. She acknowledged the contribution from Council but said the WCP required extra funding to do its work. She highlighted Wainuiomata did not have large businesses that could afford to provide sponsorship.

 

Speaking under public comment, Jeremy Yule, a representative of Acting Out (the group), said the group’s application for funding would allow them to build a stage and sets for their latest production. He explained the group tried to repurpose all materials but had to move its location this year due to renovations at Wainuiomata High School. He said the group taught children theatre skills and helped them to be confident. He added show productions cost many thousands of dollars. He advised the group fundraised all year round.

 

In response to a question from a member, Jeremy Yule said if the group could not fundraise enough it would take a loss and hope to recoup it the following year.

 

 

Speaking under public comment Stu Forrest and Merv Johnson, representatives of Wainuiomata Community Garden Group Projects (the group), explained the range of community gardening work that the group had undertaken since 2013 in Wainuiomata. They said Council had given the group the use of some land for a community garden in Wainuiomata. They added people could adopt a garden bed, form social connections and get advice on gardening.  They advised the group needed equipment and resources to continue its work.

 

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Ms McKinley)                                   Minute No. WCB 22307

“That the Board:

(1)     notes the Board Delegations, Guidelines and Criteria 2020-2023 for the Community Engagement Fund on the first pages of the agenda;

(2)     notes that this is the second round of funding through the Community Engagement Fund 2021-2022 for the Wainuiomata Ward;

(3)     notes the Community Engagement Fund closed on Wednesday 1 June 2022 and four applications had been received;

(4)     approves the application from the Wainuiomata Community Garden Group for $2,200.00 for the purchase of seeds, seedlings, compost, fertiliser, sprays, weedeater and for the appropriate maintenance equipment and products;

(5)      approves the application from Acting Out NZ Incorporated for $1,727.50 for the purchase of sound equipment and stage materials;

(6)      approves the application from the Wainuiomata Community Patrol for $2,679.50 for the purchase of new uniforms, equipment for the car and a BBQ for sausage sizzle fundraisers;

(7)     agrees that the applications received under the Community Engagement Fund were considered according to the merits of the application criteria and priorities of the fund; and

(8)     agrees that the organisations granted funding will be required to attend a meeting of the Wainuiomata Community Board once the project has been completed.”

 

9.

Democracy Advisor's Report (22/1326)

Report No. WCB2022/3/105 by the Democracy Advisor

 

Resolved: (Mr Tupou/Mrs Winterburn)                              Minute No. WCB 22308

“That the Board notes and receives the report.”

10.     QUESTIONS

There were no questions.

 

The Chair provided a closing karakia.

 

There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 8.38 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

G Tupou

CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED as a true and correct record

Dated this 24th day of August 2022


 

Wainuiomata Community Board Chair’s Report

 

Wednesday 22 June 2022

 

Tēnā koutou katoa,

 

We can now meet in person, which I am sure the community will appreciate, as members of the public like to attend meetings and have the opportunity to speak to items of interest under ‘Public Comment.’  

 

Te Ara Raukura

Keri, Dawn, Jodie and myself attended the blessing for Te Ara Raukura on Wednesday 8 June. The community are pleased that the new road is now open with traffic flowing from both the northern and southern end of the valley into our Town Centre, which is buzzing. It is also fitting that the Raukura being a symbol of peace is acknowledged alongside Queen Street on Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubillee (70 years as Monarch) and at the commencement of Matariki – our inaugural public holiday of the Māori New Year.

 

Wainuiomata Town Centre Streetscape

The community can see visible progress being made by contractors. In speaking with one of the workers on the ground, it is possible that the Fitzherbert end of the development (on the shop side) may be complete over the next two weeks. An elderly gentleman slipped on a temporary footpath ramp – this has been brought to the attention of the contractor and will be addressed hopefully within the next day or so.

 

Traffic Management Update for Wainuiomata

In my last report, I advised that the Traffic Management review would be undertaken in the Arakura, Parkway, Fitzherbert, Fernlea and Pukeatua areas. Please note that the current review being carried out is for Arakura – the other areas will follow in time. We appreciate the Traffic team following up on some consultation, including letter drops to residents who missed out and the extension of the survey, which the Board commissioned.

 

Disabled Carparks in Queen Street

It is important that locals with disabilities or accessibility challenges can access our businesses and services. So I am sure the request for two additional carparks in Queen Street will be welcome by many.

 

page1image41036560Nāku noa,

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel Tupou

CHAIRPERSON

Wainuiomata Community Board