Two submissions to central government addressing changes to rental tenancies, properties and standards were approved today by the Environment and Community Committee.
The first was in response to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Residential Tenancies Act discussion document, which proposes reforms to the current legislation to improve security of tenure, modernise the legislation, and improve the quality of boarding houses.
“We know that a growing number of Aucklanders are becoming renters, and for a longer period, so it’s critical that any changes are fit for purpose for both tenants and landlords across our region, says Deputy Chair of the committee, Councillor Alf Filipaina.
The council’s submission includes support for the extension the notice period landlords must give under a periodic tenancy to 90 days, removing the ability of landlords to end periodic tenancy agreements without giving a reason
A second submission approved today focused on the proposed healthy homes standards for rental properties. The Ministry of Housing and Urban development is currently seeking feedback on five standards; heating, insultation, ventilation, moisture and drainage and draft stopping.
“The submission advocates for the highest standards across all five of these areas, to significantly improve the health and well-being of Aucklanders living in rental properties. It’s also important that it aligns with the current healthy homes programmes funded by the council, and the overall direction of the Auckland Plan., says Councillor Filipaina.”
The following is a digest of decisions made. The 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.
Other items presented at the meeting:
Local board input was received from the Deputy Chair of the Upper Harbour Local Board and the Chair Henderson-Massey Local Board who spoke on the Investigation into North-west Community Provision (item 8).
The Chair of the Waitākere Local Board also spoke about the Natural environment targeted rate (item 14).
Investigation into North-west Community Provision
In 2017/2018 staff investigated community facility provision across North-west Auckland. The purpose was to identify any current gaps in services or facilities, or if there are likely to be gaps in the future and when they might appear.
Today, the committee agreed to the findings of this investigation which included:
- existing provision is sufficient to support current demand, but significant projected growth across the study area will place pressure on existing facilities and create demand for new facilities
- the profile of the North-west is changing, the baseline population is aging but new developments are bringing in younger people, families and increasing ethnic diversity which will impact future service needs
- a pool and additional sport and recreation space are priorities for many residents
The next step is to monitor population growth in the area and develop an indicative business case when the population reaches 10,000.
Staff will report back to committee on the effect, if any, of the latest census data when it becomes available on community facility provision in the North-West.
Auckland Council's draft submission on the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme
The committee endorsed Auckland Council’s submission to central government on the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.
Read the full submission here.
Auckland Council's early position on the three waters review
In July, the government announced a review of three waters, which is partly a response to the inquiry into Havelock North Drinking Water. The scope has now been expanded to review wastewater and stormwater.
The committee today approved a letter that has been prepared to the Minister of Local Government, from the Mayor and the Chair of the Committee. This letter setting out the council’s early position on the reform which includes views on regulation of the three waters, investing for growth and addressing water quality issues, charges to service provision, stormwater and Maori interests.
Read the full draft letter here.
Quarter one updates – targeted rates
Quarter one progress updates were presented to the committee on both the water quality and natural environment targeted rates.
Councillor Filipaina commended the work that has been advanced in the last three months since the two targeted rates were introduced.
“We’ve made an impressive start to rolling out these two programs of work quickly, and it’s great to have several critical projects underway that will significantly improve the health of our natural environment and water quality. We are getting on with these important issues that Aucklanders care so much about.”
Key achievements under the $452 million water quality targeted rate include:
- Three major projects are currently on track to upgrade stormwater infrastructure in preparation for the America’s Cup. These are the St Mary’s Bay and Masefield Beach project, Daldy Street outfall and Picton Street separation.
- Council and Watercare have been undertaking significant network investigations in Northern Manukau, Takapuna and Red Beach to trace sources of faecal contamination in the stormwater network and identify solutions to these issues.
- Existing safe networks programme has been scaled up to reduce public health risks at beaches that are monitored by Safeswim.
See the capital works programme here.
Key achievements under the $311 natural environment targeted rate include:
- Expanded kauri dieback control work outside our two largest regional parks (Waitākere Ranges and Hunua) to our local community parks.
- Track upgrade design work in the Waitākere Ranges so that closed tracks can reach kauri safe standards and be opened. Staff are working closely with Te Kawerau ā Maki to agree track standards required prior to re-opening tracks.
- An expanded round of aerial application of 1080 in the Hunua ranges and adjoining privately owned and Department of Conservation land.
- The launch of Te Korowai o Waiheke on 16 September 2018. This is an ambitious project with a vision of eradicating mammalian pests from Waiheke.
Read the full work programme here.
Further updates on both targeted rates will be presented in February 2019.
Item 15: UNESCO Creative Cities Network update presentation
In November last year, Auckland became a City of Music within the UNESCO Creative City Network.
The committee received an update on work done over the past year, including the development of strategy and website, formation of a steering group and international networking events.