0                                              24 August 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 24 August 2022 commencing at 6.40pm

 

 

                 

PRESENT:

G Tupou (Chair)

D McKinley

 

S Tuala-Le’afa (from 6.49pm)

J Winterburn

 

Cr Brown

 

 

APOLOGIES:                  T Stallworth and G Sue
S Tuala-Le’afa for lateness

 

IN ATTENDANCE:        Mayor C Barry (part meeting)

Cr J Briggs

H Oram, Director Environment and Sustainability

M Jennings, Kaitatari Tumuaki Māori

A Geddes, Acting Director Environment and Sustainability

K Puketapu-Dentice, Director Economy and Development

                                      J Kingsbury, Head of Transport

C Page, Intermediate Policy Planner

J Randall, Democracy Advisor

 

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

The Chair provided a karakia to begin the meeting.

 

 

1.       APOLOGIES

Resolved: (G Tupou/Cr Brown)                                          Minute No. WCB 22401

“That the apologies received from T Stallworth and G Sue be accepted and leave of absence be granted and the apology for lateness received from S Tuala Le’afa be accepted.”

2.       PUBLIC COMMENT

Speaking under public comment, Jane Wootton spoke on an item not on the agenda but that fell within the Board’s Terms of Reference. She expressed concern that a cleanfill had been proposed for the area near Waiu Street. She anticipated it would cause similar problems to those experienced at the now closed cleanfill on Coast Road. She asked that residents be consulted before the cleanfill was approved.

 

The Director Environment and Sustainability advised an application for a cleanfill in Waiu Street had been received by Council. She added it was an application from a private operator. She explained Council was obliged to consider the application. She said a decision on whether the application would be publicly notified had not been made.

 

Sisi Tuala-Le’afa joined the meeting at 6.49pm.

 

3.

Mayor's Address

Mayor Barry provided a verbal address, attached as pages 7-8 to the minutes.

 

The Chair made special mention of Terry Stallworth who had served the Wainuiomata community on the Board since 2007. He highlighted the work Terry had done to upgrade facilities at Wise Park. He said the facilities were used by the local community all year round. 

In response to questions from members, Mayor Barry said Queen Street businesses and the wider community had been consulted on the timing of Wainuiomata’s CBD upgrade. He noted that businesses had requested that the upgrade be completed before Christmas. He explained the condition of underground pipes in the Wainuiomata CBD was worse than Wellington Water Limited had anticipated and they now needed to be replaced. He added this had caused more delays to the upgrade.

In response to a question from a member, the Director Economy and Development said local business had been given extra assistance through Council’s Covid response. He noted not all Queen Street businesses were equally impacted by the Wainuiomata CBD upgrade.

 

4.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S statement

The Director, Economy and Development read a statement by Chief Executive Jo Miller, attached as page 9 to the minutes.

5.       Presentation

Presentation on proposed District Plan Change 56 (Intensification Planning Instrument)

The Director Environment and Sustainability provided a presentation attached as pages 10-19 to the minutes.

In response to questions from members, the Intermediate Policy Planner explained the proposed rules for heritage site building limits. He said areas at risk of land slips had not been included in the plan change but would be included in the District Plan review.

In response to a question from a member, the Director Environment and Sustainability said the plan change did not include water infrastructure for new developments. She added Council would need to ensure pipes were adequate before housing consents were issued.

6.       CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS  

Sisi Tuala Le’afa and Cr Brown declared a conflict of interest in relation to Item 10c of the Chair’s report and took no part in discussion or voting on the matter.

7.       Minutes

Resolved: (G Tupou/D McKinley)                                       Minute No. WCB 22402

“That the minutes of the meeting of the Wainuiomata Community Board held on Wednesday, 22 June 2022, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”

  

8.

Proposed New Private Name: 221 Wise Street, Wainuiomata (22/1916)

Report No. WCB2022/4/156 by the Traffic Engineer

 

 

The Kaitātari Tumuaki Māori advised that Mana Whenua had withdrawn their suggested street name Te Kakapi. This was done on the basis they would like to reserve the right to use it for more significant future developments being developed in partnership with Mana Whenua. He offered alternative names that he believed Mana Whenua would support. Two of the alternative names were from the Reserved Street Name List 2021 and two names had been chosen by the subdivision developer.

 

The Kaitātari Tumuaki Māori agreed to provide members with a narrative to explain the history of the name Te Kakapi.

 

 

Resolved: (G Tupou/J Winterburn)                                     Minute No. WCB 22403

“That the Board:

(1)      approves the street name ‘Te Ara o Waimārama’ for the new private road (Road 2) shown in Appendix 1 to the report; and

 

(2)      approves an appropriate road type (as permitted by the New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4819:2011) as shown attached as Appendix 3 to the report.”

 

9.

Proposed New Private Name: 246 Wise Street, Wainuiomata (22/1918)

Report No. WCB2022/4/157 by the Traffic Engineer

 

The Chair advised he had received two emails that expressed opposition to the proposed street name Te Uamairangi at 246 Wise Street. The submitters had opposed the name because it was difficult to pronounce.

 

The Kaitātari Tumuaki Māori advised that Mana Whenua had withdrawn their suggested street name Te Uamairangi. This was done on the basis they would like to reserve the right to use it for future more significant developments being developed in partnership with Mana Whenua. He offered alternative names that he believed Mana Whenua would support. Two of the alternative names were from the Reserved Street Name List 2021 and two names had been chosen by the subdivision developer.

 

The Kaitātari Tumuaki Māori agreed to provide members with a narrative to explain the history of the name Te Kakapi.

 

The Chair commended the developer for suggesting names in Te Reo Māori.

 

 

 

Resolved: (G Tupou/J Winterburn)                                     Minute No. WCB 22404

“That the Board:

(1)           approves the street name ‘Te Ara o Roimata’ for the new private road (Road 1) shown in Appendix 1 to the report; and

 

(2)           approves an appropriate road type (as permitted by the New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4819:2011) as shown attached as Appendix 3 to the report.”

 

10.

CHAIR's Report

S Tuala Le’afa and Cr Brown declared a conflict of interest in relation to matter 10c and took no part in discussion or voting on the matter.

The Chair provided a verbal report as follows:

a.         Council’s resource consent planner processing the application for a cleanfill in Waiu Street had agreed to notify the Chair if the application was publicly notified.

b.        Submissions on Plan Change 56 would be open until 20 September 2022. The Chair encouraged members of the public to make a submission.

c.         Council had received an off-licence application for a proposed liquor outlet in Queen Street. A petition against the application was circulating in Wainuiomata and had collected over 500 signatures so far. The Chair suggested the Board submit against the proposal. He noted there were already a number of liquor outlets in the vicinity.

 

Resolved: (G Tupou/Cr Brown)                                          Minute No. WCB 22405

“That the Board notes and receives the Chair’s verbal report.”

 

 

Resolved: (G Tupou/J Winterburn)                                     Minute No. WCB 22406

“That the Board:

(1)            agrees to make a submission to the District Licensing Committee opposing the application for an off-licence for a proposed bottle store at 15 Queen Street Wainuiomata; and

 

(2)           agrees the Chair will compose the submission and circulate to Board members before submitting.”

11.

Democracy Advisor's Report (22/1980)

Report No. WCB2022/4/141 by the Democracy Advisor

 

Resolved: (G Tupou/S Tuala-Le'afa)                                   Minute No. WCB 22407

“That the Board notes and receives the report.”

12.     QUESTIONS

There were no questions.

13.

Valedictories

The Chair thanked members for their services to Wainuiomata. He acknowledged the long service of retiring Board member Terry Stallworth and his commitment to the people and young persons of Wainuiomata. He thanked the Wainuiomata community for providing feedback and challenging the Board. He acknowledged Mana Whenua and Council officers who had assisted the Board over the course of the triennium.

Board members thanked the Chair for his service over the triennium.

The Chair presented members with a copy of their statutory declaration made at the beginning of each triennium they had served.

 

The Chair provided a karakia to end the meeting.

 

 

There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 8.18 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G Tupou                                                                                Johanna Miller

CHAIR                                                                                  CHIEF EXECUTIVE

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED as a true and correct record


 

 

Mayoral Statement August 2022

 

Kia ora tātou

 

I hope you have all managed to stay warm, healthy and dry while we continue to battle through winter.   This year has been a busy and productive year.  We have started projects that deliver on our long-term plan priorities, with a particular focus on addressing our three waters network, and transport infrastructure.

 

Ensuring our infrastructure is resilient and fit for purpose is key to supporting the growth we are continuing to see in our communities.  It means ensuring our water pipes deliver safe drinking water, and our systems are equipped to handle storm events, and ongoing growth.   It means creating a travel network that better connects our communities, makes it easier for everyone to get around, and encourages more active modes of transport.  Less reliance on cars will help reduce congestion and emissions, and assist us to do our part to address climate change.  

 

In recent times, we’ve also seen some pretty appalling behaviour outside Queensgate at the bus interchange on Bunny Street. I convened a meeting with MPs, Police, GWRC, and Council officers to agree a way forward. We all agreed that both short and medium term steps were necessary to increase public safety in the area.

 

The short term measures being progressed are:

-          Increase Police presence in the area

-          Upgrade four existing CCTV cameras in the area to provide 360 degree range, 24/7

-          Work with community organisations to increase presence in the precinct

-          Restricting access to free wifi from local businesses on Bunny Street as it is may be attracting people to congregate in the area

-          Consider relocating either bus stop B or C to minimise congregation

 

The medium term measure being progressed is:

-          Fast tracking the consideration of design changes to the bus interchange to increase safety 

 

The amount of rain over the past six weeks has been immense, with impacts right across the city. The emergency management team and our contractors are working hard to clear slips but the number across Lower Hutt and the region has meant that our workers are having to heavily prioritise their resources.  This means less urgent work will take a bit longer to get around to.

 

I’ve reached out to Emergency Response Minister Kieran McAnulty to see what support is available from the government in meeting the immediate need, bearing in mind their primary focus is understandably on the emergency response in Nelson at the moment.

It’s clear that with the ongoing, and escalating, impacts of climate change, we need to take a long term look at resilience across our city, particularly in our communities that have limited access post weather events.   This needs to be a priority for our region post-election, but it’s not something we can do alone, central government would need to be at the table.

 

The upgrade on Queen Street is progressing well, with works to take place on both the Streetscape project, and now the Queen Street water main renewal. 

 

The watermain works are currently programmed for completion in mid-November, and footpath and road upgrades currently programmed for completion by Christmas now that the water main renewal is part of the scope of the project.  The Plaza works will finish in early 2023.

 

We also looking to create activities to promote businesses on Queen Street, activate spend and to thank those for continuing to support our local businesses. More will be coming on this in the coming weeks.

 

The project team are working hard to ensure impacts to the community and businesses are minimised, including a focus on maximising available car parking at all times which has been a point of concern for people. In the meantime, if you could encourage people to support local over the next few weeks that would be amazing.  While I know contractors are working hard to minimise disruption, it is a challenging time for our local retailers.   

 

As the last meeting of the year, I want to acknowledge the work that you all do, and the huge contribution and difference it makes to the community. 

 

I am excited by our collective achievements over the last three years, and the work we have on the horizon.  All of which contributes towards making our city a better place to live, work and play. Thank you for your ongoing work and contribution you make. And I hope to see many of you after October.

 

 


 

24 August 2022

 

Chief Executive’s Statement to Wainuiomata Community Board 24 August 2022

Tuia i runga, tuia i raro, tuia i roto, tuia i waho, tuia te here tāngata e pae nei,

tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

 

I draw from above, from below, from within and without; to bind together all people gathered here today, I greet you all.

 

Kia ora and thank you for this opportunity to address the final meeting of the Wainuiomata Community Board for this triennium.

 

Sincerest apologies for not being with you in person and thank you to Kara Puketapu Dentice Director Economy & Development for reading this statement on my behalf.

The Board has a full agenda this evening with a presentation on housing intensification - a critically important issue for our city and those living here and those that want to have a place to call home in Te Awakairangi ki Tai.

 

I want to acknowledge and thank you all for your service to Wainuiomata. Your advice and contribution make a difference. Our staff have appreciated your valuable input and guidance. So please accept my thanks for all that you have done.

 

You have helped us get our communications out on the wet weather and shared news on the impact on our roading network – thank you for this. And I’m particularly pleased that through a significant collective effort we have two lanes open on the Wainuiomata Hill following the recent slip.

 

There’s no doubt that climate change is altering our weather as evidenced by the slips. The work of Wainuiomata Community Board members on Te Ara Whakamua o Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt Climate Action Pathway was appreciated as together we developed actions to address this important issue.

 

The Board also greatly assisted the work undertaken with Wellington Water on flood mapping. Again, you helped to get the community involved in this project.

 

Finally, I would like to make a special mention to all of the members and the Chair who are retiring from the Board. Thank you again for your service to your community and to the work of council.

Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

 

Jo Miller

Hutt City Council Chief Executive


 

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