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Tūpuna Maunga Authority

The Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 (the Act) came into effect on 29 August 2014.

The Act vested the Crown-owned land in 14 Tūpuna Maunga (ancestral mountains) in 13 iwi/hapū with interests in Auckland (Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau).

The Act also established the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority (an independent statutory board comprising the council and Ngā Mana Whenua) to administer the Tūpuna Maunga.

The Act requires that the Tūpuna Maunga Authority prepare an Annual Operational Plan to provide a framework in which the council must carry out the routine management of the 14 Tūpuna Maunga, under the direction of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.

This must be prepared and adopted concurrently with the council’s annual budget (or 10-year budget) and included in a summary form.

For more information, see page 144 of the supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

Changes to fees and charges

In addition to most other fees and charges being adjusted in line with inflation, the following specific changes are proposed.

We are proposing changes to animal management fees to:

  • decrease the registration charge for responsible dog owners of desexed dogs (paid before 1 August)
  • introduce a fee of $75 for after-hours impoundment of dogs
  • adjust other fees by percentages slightly higher than our cost inflation to ensure appropriate cost recovery.

We propose to only require building consent for rainwater tanks that connect to internal services.

We are proposing to introduce a base fee of $560 for processing and a fee of $174 for additional inspection deposits for this service.

We are proposing to standardise fees for cemetery services across the region. This will see fees at some cemeteries rise and decrease at others.

We are also proposing to:

  • introduce new fees for processing historic burial rights records
  • raise fees for some services to ensure appropriate cost recovery and reflect the market.

For more information, see page 100 of the supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

Proposed changes to key policies

We are seeking feedback on changes to three of our financial policies set out below. The proposed amendments to these policies are being consulted on separately but at the same time as the Annual Budget 2022/2023.

Revenue and Financing Policy

We are proposing amendments to provide for the proposals that we are consulting on as part of the Annual Budget 2022/2023.

We are also proposing amendments in response to changes to the Local Government Act 2002 around supporting whenua Māori.

For more information, see Changes to financial policies for Whenua Māori or Revenue and Financing Policy 2022.

Rates Remission and Postponement Policy

We are proposing amendments in response to changes to the Local Government Act 2002 around supporting whenua Māori.

For more information, see Changes to financial policies for Whenua Māori.

Māori Land Rates Remission and Postponement Policy

We are proposing amendments in response to changes to the Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 around supporting whenua Māori.

For more information, see Changes to financial policies for Whenua Māori.

Increasing local board decision-making over local community services

We provide local community services like local parks, libraries, pools, recreation centres, community halls and events that support strong Auckland communities.

We are proposing to increase local board responsibilities for decisions over local community services.

Decisions over local community services are currently made by either local boards or the Governing Body.

For example:

  • The Governing Body (the mayor and the councillors) are responsible for decisions on where new local facilities will be built, investment in existing assets and facilities, and the allocation of funding to deliver services.
  • Local boards are then responsible for decisions over the services and programmes delivered in their local area using this funding, including some decisions on keeping facilities fit-for-purpose.

We have reviewed how these responsibilities are shared and how well this serves the diverse needs of our communities.

Our review found that local boards having a greater role in service decisions would enable better representation of local views and priorities and allow stronger alignment of responsibilities with that intended by the legislation.

The proposed changes would expand local board decision-making powers by:

  • making them more responsible for most local community service asset decisions, such as where new facilities, parks and reserves will be developed
  • giving them more flexibility to prioritise local community services within the total funding allocated to the local board
  • allowing the local board to deliver outcomes in their local board area that are better aligned to their local board plans and priorities
  • increasing their accountability for the local community service outcomes in their area.

The proposed increase in local board responsibility for service levels is anticipated to allow for more localised service decisions that align with local priorities.

As a result, Aucklanders may see different community services among local board areas. The estimated investment to implement these changes is $500k.

An anticipated $2.0-$2.8 million per annum will be required from 2022/2023 to cover the increased cost of providing local boards with advice and decision-making support.

We are also proposing minor changes to the Local Boards Funding Policy to provide the funding flexibility required under these proposed changes to decision-making responsibilities.

For more information, see page 151 of the supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

This section includes the draft policy amendments required to implement these changes.

Graphic of a family at a park, with a rugby field, playground, trees, a building and a swimming pool in the background.

Tūpuna Maunga Authority

The Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act 2014 (the Act) came into effect on 29 August 2014.

The Act vested the Crown-owned land in 14 Tūpuna Maunga (ancestral mountains) in 13 iwi/hapū with interests in Auckland (Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau).

The Act also established the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority (an independent statutory board comprising the council and Ngā Mana Whenua) to administer the Tūpuna Maunga.

The Act requires that the Tūpuna Maunga Authority prepare an Annual Operational Plan to provide a framework in which the council must carry out the routine management of the 14 Tūpuna Maunga, under the direction of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.

This must be prepared and adopted concurrently with the council’s annual budget (or 10-year budget) and included in a summary form.

For more information, see page 144 of the supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

Changes to fees and charges

In addition to most other fees and charges being adjusted in line with inflation, the following specific changes are proposed.

We are proposing changes to animal management fees to:

  • decrease the registration charge for responsible dog owners of desexed dogs (paid before 1 August)
  • introduce a fee of $75 for after-hours impoundment of dogs
  • adjust other fees by percentages slightly higher than our cost inflation to ensure appropriate cost recovery.

We propose to only require building consent for rainwater tanks that connect to internal services.

We are proposing to introduce a base fee of $560 for processing and a fee of $174 for additional inspection deposits for this service.

We are proposing to standardise fees for cemetery services across the region. This will see fees at some cemeteries rise and decrease at others.

We are also proposing to:

  • introduce new fees for processing historic burial rights records
  • raise fees for some services to ensure appropriate cost recovery and reflect the market.

For more information, see page 100 of the supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

Proposed changes to key policies

We are seeking feedback on changes to three of our financial policies set out below. The proposed amendments to these policies are being consulted on separately but at the same time as the Annual Budget 2022/2023.

Revenue and Financing Policy

We are proposing amendments to provide for the proposals that we are consulting on as part of the Annual Budget 2022/2023.

We are also proposing amendments in response to changes to the Local Government Act 2002 around supporting whenua Māori.

For more information, see Changes to financial policies for Whenua Māori or Revenue and Financing Policy 2022.

Rates Remission and Postponement Policy

We are proposing amendments in response to changes to the Local Government Act 2002 around supporting whenua Māori.

For more information, see Changes to financial policies for Whenua Māori.

Māori Land Rates Remission and Postponement Policy

We are proposing amendments in response to changes to the Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 around supporting whenua Māori.

For more information, see Changes to financial policies for Whenua Māori.

Increasing local board decision-making over local community services

We provide local community services like local parks, libraries, pools, recreation centres, community halls and events that support strong Auckland communities.

We are proposing to increase local board responsibilities for decisions over local community services.

Decisions over local community services are currently made by either local boards or the Governing Body.

For example:

  • The Governing Body (the mayor and the councillors) are responsible for decisions on where new local facilities will be built, investment in existing assets and facilities, and the allocation of funding to deliver services.
  • Local boards are then responsible for decisions over the services and programmes delivered in their local area using this funding, including some decisions on keeping facilities fit-for-purpose.

We have reviewed how these responsibilities are shared and how well this serves the diverse needs of our communities.

Our review found that local boards having a greater role in service decisions would enable better representation of local views and priorities and allow stronger alignment of responsibilities with that intended by the legislation.

The proposed changes would expand local board decision-making powers by:

  • making them more responsible for most local community service asset decisions, such as where new facilities, parks and reserves will be developed
  • giving them more flexibility to prioritise local community services within the total funding allocated to the local board
  • allowing the local board to deliver outcomes in their local board area that are better aligned to their local board plans and priorities
  • increasing their accountability for the local community service outcomes in their area.

The proposed increase in local board responsibility for service levels is anticipated to allow for more localised service decisions that align with local priorities.

As a result, Aucklanders may see different community services among local board areas. The estimated investment to implement these changes is $500k.

An anticipated $2.0-$2.8 million per annum will be required from 2022/2023 to cover the increased cost of providing local boards with advice and decision-making support.

We are also proposing minor changes to the Local Boards Funding Policy to provide the funding flexibility required under these proposed changes to decision-making responsibilities.

For more information, see page 151 of the supporting information document (PDF 8MB).

This section includes the draft policy amendments required to implement these changes.

Page last updated: 28 Mar 2022, 06:02 PM