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Committee approves State of the Waitākere Ranges report

Published: 8 May 2018

Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee today approved the State of the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area 2018 report.

The five-yearly monitoring report is a statutory requirement under the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008. The report includes updates on the progress made to promote and enhance the heritage area and provides information to help Auckland Council’s policy development for the future.

Committee Chair and Waitākere Ward Councillor Penny Hulse says the report provides valuable insight into one of Auckland’s most special areas.

“Like the wider Auckland region, the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area has experienced the effects of significant growth in recent years, presenting both benefits and challenges.

“Threats to the ecological health of the area, including kauri dieback disease, must stay at the forefront of our focus, to make sure future generations can enjoy all that the area has to offer. 

“I acknowledge, as the report does, the proud and passionate stewardship provided by the community and mana whenua, which continues to be of critical importance to the maintenance of the area’s treasured heritage.”

The report is dedicated to Denise Yates, Waitākere Ranges Local Board member, who passed away in January 2018.

Read a copy of the draft report here.

Other decisions made at the committee were:

Recommendation from the Senior Advisory Panel – Age Friendly Cities

The committee requested a report to its July meeting on any obstacles to Auckland becoming an Age Friendly City as part of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network.  

Regional Sport and Recreation Grants Programme Allocation 2018/2019

The Regional Sport and Recreation Grants Programme allocates operational project costs to sport and recreation organisations across the Auckland region to deliver projects.

Today, the committee approved funding to eight organisations for projects from the 2018/19 budget totalling $508,000. The successful applicants include Auckland Basketball Services Ltd, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind and Hockey New Zealand.

More information and the full list of approved applications on OurAuckland.  

Applications for grants for the 2019/20 programme, were approved to open 25 January and close 8 March 2019.

College Rifles Rugby Union Football and Sports Club partnership grant

The committee approved up to $750,000 as a contribution to College Rifles Rugby Union Football for the replacement of two artificial playing surfaces at College Rifles Park.

The former Auckland City Council signed a 10-year funding agreement with College Rifles Rugby Union Football and sports club in 2008.

Since then, the fields have formed part of the Auckland sports field network providing 74 hours a week of playing capacity alongside being available for school and community use. 

The existing artificial fields are considered to be at the end of their life and will not gain World Rugby re-certification unless replaced. If the fields were lost to the network then it would increase a sport field shortfall in the Orakei Local Board and Central East Auckland areas.

Destination Strategy for Auckland

The committee endorsed ATEED’s Destination Strategy; Destination AKL 2025.

The strategy sets a new direction for Auckland’s visitor economy with a focus on a more sustainable future for the city.

The strategy observes that while increased visitor numbers have generated significant economic benefits for the region, visitors can be better directed to enrich Auckland in other ways including the protection and improvement of our environment and cultural heritage.

Retrospective approval for Auckland Council submission on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill

The committee retrospectively approved Auckland Council’s submission on the Child Poverty Reduction Bill.

The submission is generally supportive of the Bill and was submitted to the Select Committee on 4 April 2018. Due to the closing date for submissions to this Bill, receiving prior committee approval was not possible.

Acknowledgement of the passing of Pierre Chatelanat

The committee acknowledged the passing of Pierre Chatelanat who gifted Auckland Council Atiu Creek Regional Park. Read more on OurAuckland.

Local Board and Public Input

Waitākere Ranges Local Board Chair, Greg Presland addressed the committee on the State of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Report 2018 (item 9)

Public input was received from Tony Miguel, Chair of the Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust, who updated the committee on the Te Whau Pathway project.

Keith Ratcliffe, General Manager, College Rifles Rugby Union and Football Club presented on the partnership grant (item 12).

Today’s Environment and Community Committee agenda is available on Auckland Council’s website and minutes will be added once confirmed. This meeting was also webcast on the council’s website and items are available on demand.