1                                             26 October 2022

TE KAUNIHERA O TE AWA KAIRANGI | HUTT CITY COUNCIL

 

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

 Wednesday 26 October 2022 commencing at 5.30pm

 

 

PRESENT:

Mayor C Barry (Chair)

Deputy Mayor T Lewis

 

Cr G Barratt

Cr J Briggs

 

Cr K Brown

Cr B Dyer

 

Cr S Edwards

Cr A Mitchell

 

Cr K Morgan

Cr C Parkin

 

Cr N Shaw

Cr T Stallinger

 

Cr G Tupou

 

 

IN ATTENDANCE:        J Miller, Chief Executive

                                          J Griffiths, Director Strategy and Engagement

A Geddes, Director Environment and Sustainability

C Ellis, Head of Chief Executive’s Office

M Jennings, Kaiatari Tumuaki Māori

K Stannard, Head of Democratic Services

C Mead, Head of Mayor’s Office

C Kapua-Morrell, Pou Reo me ōna Tikanga | Cultural Advisor

T Sefton, Executive Assistant to the Mayor

K Glanville, Senior Democracy Advisor

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

1.       OPENING FORMALITIES - Karakia Timatanga     

          The Kaitatari Tumuaki Māori opened the meeting with a karakia.

 

2.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S WELCOME
“Elected members, Iwi, whānau and friends, welcome to the Swearing-In Ceremony of the Hutt City Council for the 2022-2025 triennium.  Can I please take a moment to draw your attention to the emergency procedures shown on the screen. Take a moment to read them. Can I please remind you all to turn your mobile devices to silent mode. Thank you to Cam Kapua-Morrell for the wonderful singing of the National Anthem. Thank you again to Hiwa Performance Creative for your performance. They will be performing later in the ceremony.  We will now move into the formalities.

Under Standing Order 10.9 I withdraw the items relating to the appointment of Councillors to the Community Funding Panels and an alternate to the Wellington Water Committee.  These matters will be considered at the Council meeting to be held on 22 November 2022. 

I would now like to invite Mayor-elect Campbell Barry to make his statutory declaration.”

 

 

3.

Statutory Declaration By the Mayor

Mayor Campbell Barry made the statutory declaration required by Clause 14, Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2022, which was witnessed by the Chief Executive, attached as page 5 to the minutes.

 

The Chief Executive said “Mayor Campbell Barry, you have been elected under the terms of the Local Government Act 2002, Mayor of Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai | Lower Hutt it is now my privilege and pleasure to invest you with the insignia of your office.

The Korowai is not intended to glorify the individual; rather, it is worn in respect and honour of the people you serve.  The wearing of Korowai and the Chain of Office effectively ensure that such functions, be they business meetings or ceremonial occasions, are conducted with credit to the Council and honour to the community.

 

The chain, which will now be placed around your neck, has a two-fold significance.

 

It is not only a mark of distinction and favour but also an emblem of servitude.  So, this chain is to remind you always that you are the servant of the people and that it will be always your duty to serve them to the utmost of your power and ability.

 

I would take this opportunity to assure you and your Council of the utmost co-operation of the officers of Council during your term of office.  

 

Officers look forward to working with you to achieve our purpose of a connected, resilient, and inclusive city where all our people thrive. Serving you and our community is truly rewarding, knowing across all our roles, we're making a genuine difference to Te Awa Kairangi ki Tai Lower Hutt. 

 

You are now installed as the Mayor of this City and I wish you a successful term of office.”

 

4.

Statutory Declaration By Councillors

The Chief Executive invited the Councillors-elect to come forward to read their declarations.

 

Councillors T Lewis, G Barratt, J Briggs, K Brown, B Dyer, S Edwards, A Mitchell, K Morgan, C Parkin, N Shaw, T Stallinger and G Tupou made the statutory declarations required by Clause 14, Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002, which were witnessed by Mayor Barry attached as pages 6 – 17 to the minutes.

 

5.

Address By The Mayor

Mayor Barry delivered his inaugural address, attached as pages 19-21 to the minutes.

 

6.

Statutory Briefing (22/2372)

Report No. HCC2022/5/198 by the Chief Legal Officer

 

The Chief Executive elaborated on the report, highlighting matters of particular relevance to members in respect of the Local Government Act 2002, Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, the Local Authorities (Members’ Interests) Act 1968,  sections 99, 105 and 105A of the Crimes Act 1961, the Secret Commissions Act 1910, the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 and Public Audit Act 2001.

 

Resolved:        (Mayor Barry/Cr Dyer)                                               Minute No. C 22501

“That Council notes the legislative provisions affecting members.”

 

7.

Appointment of Deputy Mayor

Deputy Mayor Lewis delivered her inaugural address.

 

Resolved: (UNANIMOUS)  (Mayor Barry/Cr Barratt)                 Minute No. C 22502

“That Council:

(1)      notes that under section 41A of the Local Government Act 2002, Mayor Barry has the formal power to appoint a Deputy Mayor; and

(2)      endorses Mayor Barry’s decision to appoint Cr Tui Lewis as Deputy Mayor of Hutt City Council for the 2022-2025 triennium.”

 

8.

Committee Structure 2022-2025 and membership (22/2379)

Memorandum dated 20 October 2022 by the Head of Democratic Services

 

Resolved:   (UNANIMOUS) (Mayor Barry/Cr Briggs)                   Minute No. C 22503

“That Council:

 

(1)   notes and receives the memorandum; and

(2)   notes the 2022-2025 committee structure and appointments of the Chairs, Deputy Chairs and members of the committees and subcommittees, attached as pages 22-23 to the minutes.”

 

9.

Appointment of Members (22/2376)

Report No. HCC2022/5/199 by the Senior Democracy Advisor

 

Cr Stallinger stood by his comments made during the election campaign believing that Mayor Barry had a conflict of interest with the Three Waters reform having signed the Labour Party Constitutional Pledge.

Cr Stallinger asked that the motion be taken in parts.

 

Resolved:    (Mayor Barry/Cr Brown)                                                 Minute No. C 22504

“That Council agrees to appoint Mayor Campbell Barry and Councillor Brady Dyer as members and Councillor Simon Edwards and Councillor Josh Briggs as alternates to Ko Tātou | Local Government New Zealand Takiwā Tuawhā | Zone Four.”

 

Resolved:    (Mayor Barry/Cr Brown)                                                 Minute No. C 22505

“That Council agrees to appoint Mayor Campbell Barry to the Komiti Ngā Wai Hangarua | Wellington Water Committee.”

10.

Fixing of the Dates and Times for Council Meetings 2022

 

Resolved:   (Mayor Barry/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                             Minute No. C 22506

“That Council agrees to hold:

(1)     an ordinary meeting of the Hutt City Council in the Council Chambers, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt on Tuesday 22 November 2022 commencing at 2.00pm;

(2)     a Long Term Plan/Annual Plan Subcommittee in the Council Chambers, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt on Tuesday 20 December 2022 commencing at 2.30pm; and

(3)     an additional ordinary meeting of the Hutt City Council in the Council Chambers, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt on Tuesday 20 December 2022 commencing at 4.30pm.”

 

 


 

 

11.     CLOSING FORMALITIES - Karakia WHAKAMUTUNGA

 

The Kaitatari Tumuaki Māori closed the meeting with a karakia.

 

There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 6.28pm.

 

 

 

 

C Barry

MAYOR

 

CONFIRMED as a true and correct record

Dated this 22nd day of November 2022



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Mihi - Tuia to tangata, ka rongo te paw

Can I first of all, acknowledge our mana whenua - te atiawa and ngati toa.

A couple of weeks ago, the new council had the real privilege in our first act together to be welcomed onto Waiwhetu Marae.  With both te ati awa and ngati toa, it was a chance to reflect on our progress, and how we continue our partnership in service of others and our city.

 

I want to acknowledge all of the newly elected councillors and community board members - tonight is a very special occasion, particularly for those councillors who will be serving their first term.

 

I welcome you into this very special whare, where we take the torch from all those who have served our city and our people.

 

It is now up to us, as the people our community have chosen, to take on the responsibilities that come with guardianship and service as an elected member.

I want to acknowledge the council staff, led by Chief Executive Jo Miller, for your contribution and support of this new council.  We would achieve very little without the efforts of staff who work day in, day out for our city.

 

And finally I want to acknowledge all of the families, friends and supporters who are here this evening.  Election campaigns can be brutal, and the sacrifices that are often needed are most strongly felt by the families of candidates - so can we give a big round of applause to everyone who stands alongside those who put themselves forward for election!

Thank you to my wife Laura for always being there for me, and for keeping me grounded!

 

I am personally both humbled and honoured to have been re-elected as Mayor, a position I do not take lightly or for granted. Thank you to our residents who voted, and for installing your trust in me for another three year term.

 

In 2019, I stood before you in this same place and gave you a commitment that I would lead a council that focused on getting the basics right, and one that fronted up to the big challenges we face as a city.

 

Little did I know that we would also have a global pandemic thrown in the mix, but I’m incredibly proud of the progress we’ve been able to make.

 

Just a couple of weeks ago, we had announced $98.8m in funding for stormwater upgrades on our valley floor, which will address concerns about the capacity of our infrastructure, and unlock the potential from a housing point of view for RiverLink. 

 

Securing $27m for Naenae Pool, $22.5m for Tupua Horo Nuku, EBSP, and a range of other government funding and initiatives has put us in a very strong position regionally and nationally to truly make Lower Hutt the best place in New Zealand to grow up, raise a family and thrive.

 

Along with record government investment, I’m proud that we are fronting up to infrastructure challenges we have in our city - particularly when it comes to our three waters network.  A trifecta of issues in growth, underinvestment and age has put us in a challenging position.  But that is now not a challenge we will shy away from.

 

Government reform this term has the potential to completely change the face of Local Government in our country.  Three Waters, RMA, the Future of Local Government - it will be crucial that Lower Hutt plays a strong role in shaping and critiquing any change Government wishes to proceed with.

 

Our changing climate is undoubtedly the biggest challenge and threat to all of us.  This past winter, with record rainfall, and the resulting slips, was a stark reminder for me about the significant and varying impacts of our changing climate - and that if we don’t all act now, it will only get worse.

 

On this, one of the first matters I’ll be putting before this new council is asking for everyone’s support in putting a climate change lens over everything we do.  Our financial decisions, policies, strategies, how the organisation goes about it’s daily business.  There has been good progress in this space already, but there is still so much more work to do.

 

As well as this higher level approach, we will also need to get stuck into issues like Eastern Hutt Road and what resilience looks like for our communities within Lower Hutt.

 

With the creation of Health NZ, and the disestablishment of local DHB’s - In my view, the role of local mayor’s and elected members as advocates on the health needs our community will be more important than ever.

 

Significant decisions on what the future of Hutt Hospital looks like will need to be made this next term, and I give you a commitment that I’ll fight tooth and nail for those services and the future of our hospital.  It’s important that we not only look to maintain what we have, but we push for what the Hutt Valley will need for generations to come, and what potential there is in the context of RiverLink to work alongside future development.

 

While I’m excited about the opportunities in front of us as a city, we do need to acknowledge that we are in a time of uncertainty.  While many of the tools sit with central government, we need to be mindful that the cost of living continues to bite many people and businesses in our city.

 

That’s why it is vital that we continue to be careful with how we invest ratepayers money.  But the biggest thing we can do as a council to give confidence to our residents and local businesses is to provide certainty. 

 

Strong and stable leadership which has a vision, and plan to execute.  With the team that has been elected, I’m confident that while we won’t always agree, that’s exactly what we will deliver - and as Mayor I’ll continue to work hard every single day for our people.

 

Because if Laura and I are fortunate to have children, I want to be able to look back in the future and say to them that I did everything I could for them to inherit a city, an environment, and a place where they are proud to call te awakairangi ki ti their home.

 

 

no re ra, tena kotou


2022-2025 Committees of Council, Chairs, Deputy Chairs and membership

 

Policy, Finance and Strategy Committee

Infrastructure and Regulatory Committee

Communities Committee

Climate Change and Sustainability Committee

District Plan Review Committee

Hutt Valley Services Committee
(Chair rotates between UHCC and HCC - currently HCC)

District Licensing Committee

Cr Andy Mitchell – Chair

Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis – Deputy Chair

Mayor Campbell Barry

Cr Keri Brown

Cr Brady Dyer

Cr Simon Edwards

Cr Karen Morgan

Cr Chris Parkin

Cr Tony Stallinger

 

Cr Simon Edwards – Chair

Cr Tony Stallinger – Deputy Chair

Mayor Campbell Barry

Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis

Cr Glenda Barratt

Cr Keri Brown

Cr Brady Dyer

Cr Andy Mitchell

Cr Gabriel Tupou

 

Cr Keri Brown – Chair

Cr Karen Morgan – Deputy Chair

Mayor Campbell Barry

Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis

Cr Glenda Barratt

Cr Josh Briggs

Cr Chris Parkin

Cr Naomi Shaw

Cr Gabriel Tupou

 

Cr Josh Briggs – Chair

Cr Chris Parkin – Deputy Chair

Mayor Campbell Barry

Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis

Cr Keri Brown

Cr Simon Edwards

Cr Andy Mitchell

Cr Naomi Shaw

 

 

Cr Brady Dyer – Chair

Cr Simon Edwards – Deputy Chair

Mayor Campbell Barry

Deputy Mayor Lewis

Cr Josh Briggs

Cr Andy Mitchell

Cr Karen Morgan

Cr Naomi Shaw

 

Cr Tony Stallinger – Chair

Cr Brady Dyer

Cr Parkin

Cr Naomi Shaw

Alternate:

Cr Keri Brown

Cr Simon Edwards – Chair

 

 


 

2022-2025 Subcommittees of Council, Chairs, Deputy Chairs and membership

Chief Executive’s Employment Subcommittee

Traffic Subcommittee

Audit and Risk Subcommittee

Long Term Plan/ Annual Plan Subcommittee

Cr Josh Briggs - Chair

Mayor Campbell Barry - Deputy Chair

Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis

Cr Simon Edwards

Cr Karen Morgan

 

 

Cr Naomi Shaw - Chair

Cr Brady Dyer – Deputy Chair

Cr Glenda Barratt

Cr Andy Mitchell

Cr Chris Parkin

Cr Gabriel Tupou

 

Independent Chair

Mayor Campbell Barry - Deputy Chair

Cr Glenda Barratt

Cr Josh Briggs

Cr Karen Morgan

Cr Tony Stallinger

Mayor Campbell Barry

Deputy Mayor Tui Lewis

Cr Glenda Barratt

Cr Josh Briggs

Cr Keri Brown

Cr Brady Dyer

Cr Simon Edwards

Cr Andy Mitchell

Cr Karen Morgan

Cr Chris Parkin

Cr Naomi Shaw

Cr Tony Stallinger

Cr Gabriel Tupou