Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board Meeting Attachments - Minutes
6 August 2020
Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board Meeting
6 August 2020
Attachment 1 BWCB Healthy Families - Far North Presentation 06 Aug 2020................... 3
Attachment 1 BWCB 06-08 - Ranigtane Residents Association Presentation and Resource Consent........................................................................................................ 14
Attachment 1 BWCB - NZTA Deputation 2020 08 06 BOIWCB presentation................... 22
Attachment 2 BWCB 06-08 NZTA handout........................................................................ 31
Attachment 3 BWCB - NZTA Deputation hand out2 - 2020 07 SH10 Waipapa Corridor Improvements information sheet FINAL...................................................... 33
7.1a Dave Hookway - Member Report 6h August
Attachment 1 Dave Hookway - Member Report 6 August 2020........................................ 35
Attachment 2 Oakridge Residents Association Letter - Petition........................................ 38
6 August 2020
6th August 2020
Tena koutou Katoa
Issues and update:-
My last report to this Community Board noted some of the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic had presented for our community. The on the ground work from individuals, community groups and organisations during the lockdown no doubt served to ease some of the devastating effects wrought by the closure of our nation under Level 4. It also highlighted a hitherto largely unseen and unacknowledged level of poverty throughout the Far North.
Now we’re starting to see the impact of job losses, and a new ‘working poor’ particularly in the areas of employment which previously relied heavily on overseas tourism. Predictions of Maori unemployment reaching up to 30% are concerning for our district, given our high Maori population. It is undeniable that much of the funding approved by the Coalition government under funding schemes such as the Provincial Growth Fund, COVID-19 Workers and Workplaces Assistance Fund, and broader Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund, will have a positive benefit to our local communities and businesses.
However, the rush to get ‘shovel ready’ projects approved has seen a number of instances where community is in conflict over the outcome. In all of these, it is apparent that the engagement with the local community has not followed a process which leaves them feeling included in the decision-making. This cuts to what I believe is the key reason Community Boards exist. It is part of our job to provide input into local decision-making, but even in my limited time on this Community Board it has become increasingly obvious that we have been bypassed and our feedback not sought particularly in relation to some of the PGF applications.
My July report also highlighted the precaution around ‘business as usual’, noting the very relevant report by Dr Moana Mitchell THE ACTIVATING PRINCIPLE OF MAURI: A RESPONSE TO COVID-19. It is my urgent recommendation both to this Community Board and to our Council that work and decisions undertaken before the pandemic are re-evaluated in light of the changing circumstances of our communities and business to ensure that current needs will be priorities. This may mean putting on hold or rescheduling initiatives which do not address the immediate wellbeing needs as expressed by our people. I have met with staff from the Healthy Families Far North to consider their feedback in dealing with the community needs they have identified.
Two examples of this clash involve the proposed Rangitane boat ramp development and the Te Haa o te Ao ‘sculpture’ for the entranceway to Kerikeri. Substantial feedback on social media shows genuine concerns for these projects, highlighting that community sees other issues as being of higher priority for spending in our Rohe. Indeed today we are considering funding proposals to support a local foodbank, just one of the many initiatives supporting such basic needs. So for those who are struggling to know where their next meal is coming from, IF they will be able to afford to move out of the shed or garage or overcrowded house to find long term warm and dry housing, or what employment they might undertake now that their usual job has vanished to our boarder closure – what comfort will they have out of looking at a new sculpture or boat ramp?
In respect of the Kerikeri sculpture, I have taken the time to meet with the board members from Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia and quite appreciate their investment – spiritually, culturally and financially in this project over a number of years. That council chose to consider this project in public exclusion is I believe inexcusable. I have raised my concerns with the Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia directly and questioned if this is the right time to undertake the project, as well noting that the wider community were not brought along in supporting it as it has come to recent attention. I also question the Council’s media release in acknowledging Our Kerikeri as ‘partner’ in this, given that as was explained to me by the Rūnanga members – it was their own initiative. If Our Kerikeri believes it speaks with a voice for people in Kerikeri, the vast number of social media posts against this project would indicate otherwise. For the record, I support Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rēhia with this project and their continued efforts to see their ‘DNA’ evident in projects as they evolve in Kerikeri and their surrounding Rohe. I urge our Community Board to establish a relationship with the Rūnanga directly and not through an intermediary such as Our Kerikeri. I have agreed to commit my time to furthering this relationship.
In respect of the Rangitane boat ramp, I recently met on site for 4 hours with members from the Rangitane Residents Association, as well as some local families. Their concerns with the needs and desires of a district being placed over the needs of their local community highlight the real dilemma we have as a Community Board – and our Council – for prioritising genuine localism. This means we need to agree how we meet the needs and aspirations of local communities ahead of those of the wider district. It is also require a greater degree of transparency than that which is currently being afforded by interested parties.
I have also met with members from Our Kerikeri and Vision Kerikeri to discuss the governance of the Domain and potential spending of the PGF money allocated for that. I remind you of my earlier caution that we must out of necessity revisit decisions made prior to the pandemic to ensure that current priorities are maintained. Despite being told by the CEO that we must make decisions within 2 months, rushing this process will only cause further disharmony in the community.
Lastly, I pick up on the another point I mentioned in my July report – that of Kerikeri traffic. I present today, correspondence from the Oakridge Residents Association further highlighting their concerns with the safety of the pedestrian crossings in the town area of Kerikeri. This correspondence is accompanied by a petition signed by 42 Oakridge residents requesting the installation of controlled pedestrian crossing lights to address the life threatening danger they experience daily – particularly outside Hunting and Fishing on Kerikeri Rd and on Cobham Rd outside the Post Office. They have expressed their frustration that their previous overtures to the Mayor in a letter dated 2nd February 2020 were not acknowledged.
Pedestrians must be prioritised in Kerikeri. The existing traffic ‘experiment’ has failed our community and is now endangering people. Speed limits are not adhered to and cars take priority over people. Several incidents involving cars and people have been reported to the Police and it is only a matter of when, not if, someone is killed. Easy options are to officially convert all crossings to pedestrian crossings and for the two previously mentioned to become controlled as with the Paihia one. I urge us to prioritise work on this important safety issue and invite discussion from my fellow Board members.
Nga mihi dave hookway