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Auckland to join global network of age-friendly cities

Published: 10 July 2018

Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee has today resolved to join the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

This decision follows a call to action by council’s Seniors Advisory Panel for Auckland to join the global network. Councillor Penny Hulse, Chair of the Environment and Community Committee, says the purpose of the global network is to foster information sharing between cities worldwide so that communities become more age-friendly.

“Auckland will be home to larger numbers and greater proportions of ethnically and culturally diverse older people over the next few decades,” says Councillor Hulse.

“Our older population is growing faster than any other age-group and is predicted to increase from 11 per cent in 2013 to 19 per cent by 2046.”

Seniors Advisory Panel Chairperson, Janet Clews, spoke to the committee and said that Auckland should be setting an example by committing to becoming an age-friendly city.

Membership of the age-friendly global network requires a commitment to a continuous improvement process for creating age-friendly environments with the expectation that an age-friendly city is more inclusive and beneficial for everyone, regardless of their age.

International membership of the global network has increased from 302 cities in 2016 to 600 cities today.

Other decisions made at the Environment and Community Committee were:

Item 8: Proposed land exchange at Harlow Place, Glen Innes and Taniwha Reserve

The committee approved a land exchange of 130m² of Taniwha Reserve with 364m² of land at 4 and 6-8 Harlow Place, Glen Innes held by the Tāmaki Regeneration Company.

The Tāmaki Regeneration Company is undertaking the redevelopment of approximately 1,000 properties throughout northern Tāmaki, and this land swap will enable efficient use of the site and improve access to Taniwha Reserve.

Auckland Council has met the requirements of section 15 of the Reserves Act 1977, including calling for objections, and considering all such objections, as well as consultation with mana whenua to enable the exchange of part of Taniwha reserve with other land.

The Finance and Performance Committee will now need to approve the disposal of part of Taniwha Reserve to complete the land exchange

Item 10: 2018/2019 Public Art Capital Work Programme

The Public Art Capital Work Programme for the new financial year was approved by the committee.

The work programme presents the projects to be undertaken in 2018/2019 and aligns these with budget allocations, timelines and staff resource.

Council’s approach to investment in public art has shifted from a greater number of smaller works to fewer, large-scale projects that aim to have more transformative results.

Some of the indicative public arts projects for 2018/19 include:

  • Delivery of an integrated artwork in the Myers Park underpass by mana whenua artists Graham Tipene in collaboration with Warren and Mahoney Architects
  • Delivery of Robin Rawstorne’s artist-designed children’s reading pod, integrated artwork within the Massey Westgate Library
  • Installation of arts integration into the existing bridge at Manurewa Train Station by installing laced mesh fence

Item 11: Sport and Recreation Strategic Partnership Grant to Aktive Auckland Sport & Recreation for 2018/2019

Auckland Council’s region-wide programme in sport and recreation supports the implementation of the Auckland Sport and Recreation Strategic Action Plan to encourage Aucklanders to be more active more often. The investment programme includes the strategic partnership grant.

The committee today approved the strategic partnership grant of $552,000 per annum to Aktive Auckland Sport & Recreation to deliver on agreed priority initiatives from the Auckland Sport and Recreation Strategic Action Plan for a three-year term (2018-2021).

Item 12: Auckland Citizens Advice Bureaux – supplementary funding allocation

In May, the Finance and Performance Committee approved a one-off funding for an additional $200,000 to the Citizens Advice Bureaux.

This followed a submission from the Auckland Citizens Advice Bureaux Incorporated through the Long-Term Plan (2018-2028) that sought an increase in baseline funding.

Today, the Environment and Community Committee approved allocation of this funding as follows:

  • $100,000 distributed to local bureaux to maintain levels of services. Funding will be allocated on a targeted basis
  • $60,000 to develop and test new service models to improve provision of Citizens Advice Bureaux services.
  • $40,000 to enable ACABx to work with council on the review of the population-based funding model and development of a regional network provision framework.

Item 13: Zero Carbon Bill Submission

Auckland Council’s submission to the Ministry for the Environment on the Zero Carbon Bill was endorsed by the committee.

The Zero Carbon Bill aims to set policies that provide transparency and long-term certainty in the transition to a low-emissions, climate-resilient society. The main components of the bill include the setting of a new 2050 emissions target and emissions budgets, establishment of a new independent Climate Change Commission and whether to include adaptation as part of the bill.

Council’s submission includes:

  • support for a national 2050 net zero emissions target for all greenhouse gases
  • preference for domestic reductions with international offsets used as a last resort
  • support for emissions budget cycles
  • support for establishing an independent Climate Change Commission
  • support for including adaptation in the bill and a number of new associated functions
  • additional advice for consideration of land use and planning policy; a just and equitable transition; partnership with tangata whenua; as well as a close partnership and support for local government.

Consultation on the Zero Carbon Bill closes on 19 July 2018 and final legislation is expected in April 2019.

Public input

Public input was received from the Long Bay Okura Great Park Society, speaking on sediment effects on the Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve.

The committee referred the presentation to staff and requested an interim report back to the August meeting, with options for improved management of sediment discharge to the Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve.

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.