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Proposals related to strategic assets

Some changes to strategic assets can only be made if the decision is provided for in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Some things that may be considered for the next few years relate to things that may be considered strategic assets because of their heritage status or their waterfront location.

No conflicts of interest have been identified in relation to these assets.

For lease or development agreements the proposals should provide us with opportunities to have ongoing accountability and/or monitoring of these assets to ensure we achieve our intended outcomes.

Bledisloe House

We are proposing to grant a long-term lease of the Bledisloe House building to a developer, with conditions attached, to:

  • avoid additional cost liability
  • protect heritage
  • achieve wider Aotea Precinct integrated outcomes.

You can find more information on this proposal on page 49 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document or in section 7.17 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Heritage buildings in Takapuna and Devonport

We are proposing to sell two council-owned buildings located at:

  • 2 The Strand, Takapuna
  • 3 Victoria Road, Devonport.

Both properties are heritage scheduled buildings, have been identified as surplus to our operational requirements and previously approved for sale, subject to the completion of statutory process (including public consultation in this 10-year budget).

You can find more information on this proposal on page 50 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document or in Section 7.18 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Waterfront properties

In this 10-year budget, we are proposing to provide for long-term leases on seven additional council-owned development sites in the city centre waterfront precinct:

  • North Wharf (site 14).
  • Jellicoe Street (site 19).
  • Silo 6 (site 12).
  • Wynyard Point Blocks A and B.
  • 44-56 Hamer Street and 101 Pakenham Street West.

This is where Panuku plans to partner with private developers as part of its existing plans to transform the waterfront area.

You can find more information on this proposal on page 51 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document or in Section 7.18 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Proposed changes to key policies

Some changes to key council policies can only be made if we provide for them in the 10-year budget.

We are proposing some changes or updates for the following polices:

CCO Accountability Policy

We are proposing to amend and update our Council-controlled Organisations (CCOs) Accountability Policy.

One of the proposed changes is to remove some of the common expectations of substantive CCOs from the accountability policy. We intend that these will instead be included in a statement of expectations for CCOs.

You can find more information about this proposal on page 52 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document and the proposed draft policy itself in section 5.2 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Auckland Airport Shareholding Policy

We are proposing to amend and update our Auckland Airport Shareholding Policy to ensure it remains current and that it enables us to maximise the value we receive from our shareholding.

The major change in the proposed new policy are some amendments to provide us with greater flexibility to take advantage of corporate actions and their associated financial benefits, but not change the controls over the underlying shareholding.

The revised policy also reflects historical changes, specifically the decision to disband Auckland Council Investments Limited and Auckland Airport’s institution placement which diluted our shareholding.

You can find more information on this proposed draft policy on page 52 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document or in section 4.6 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Local board funding policy

There are no proposed changes to our Local Board Funding Policy.

The existing policy is included in section 4.3 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Revenue and Financing Policy

The Revenue and Financing Policy is proposed to be amended to provide for the proposals that we are consulting on as part of this 10-year budget.

We are consulting on the proposed amendments to the policy separately from but at the same time as this plan.

See Revenue and Finance Policy consultation to have your say on this proposal.

You can find the proposed draft policy in section 4.1 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan

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 / volcanic cones) 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 (a co-governance body between 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 will carry out the routine management of the 14 Tūpuna Maunga, under the direction of the Maunga Authority.

See the Tūpuna Maunga Authority website for more information. A summary of the draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2021/2022 can be viewed in Section 4.5 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Further work to do

In addition to the key proposals set out in this document, we may also refine and update our draft 10-year budget due to:

Your feedback on what is important to you

We will consider all feedback we receive when we make our final decisions in May 2021 before we adopt the final 10-year budget in June 2021.

Review of budgets and performance targets

We will review our group budgets to update them with the latest information on key assumptions and cost drivers such as project timing, interest and inflation rates.

Final capital investment budgets will be decided after considering public feedback and reviewing the final results of our risk-based capital prioritisation work.

We will also ensure we continue delivering the best value for money for ratepayers by operating more efficiently i.e. providing the same levels of service at lower cost.

We are also reviewing how we measure the performance of our services.

Central government

The government is continuing to revise and update the existing central government policy programme in key areas like transport, housing, climate change and COVID-19 recovery.

We will need to keep working closely with them to ensure our plans and priorities continue to align.

Monitoring and review

Given the high uncertainty around this budget we will continue to monitor new developments such as changes to the COVID-19 situation and its economic consequences. Our staff will report to the council’s Finance and Performance Committee with regular updates as required.

This uncertainty could also see significant changes to our revenue and financial projections which may require us to consider amending the final 10-year budget in the coming years.

You should know

This is a highlight of the key topics in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. See pages 48-54 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document for complete information and financial details.

Proposals related to strategic assets

Some changes to strategic assets can only be made if the decision is provided for in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031.

Some things that may be considered for the next few years relate to things that may be considered strategic assets because of their heritage status or their waterfront location.

No conflicts of interest have been identified in relation to these assets.

For lease or development agreements the proposals should provide us with opportunities to have ongoing accountability and/or monitoring of these assets to ensure we achieve our intended outcomes.

Bledisloe House

We are proposing to grant a long-term lease of the Bledisloe House building to a developer, with conditions attached, to:

  • avoid additional cost liability
  • protect heritage
  • achieve wider Aotea Precinct integrated outcomes.

You can find more information on this proposal on page 49 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document or in section 7.17 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Heritage buildings in Takapuna and Devonport

We are proposing to sell two council-owned buildings located at:

  • 2 The Strand, Takapuna
  • 3 Victoria Road, Devonport.

Both properties are heritage scheduled buildings, have been identified as surplus to our operational requirements and previously approved for sale, subject to the completion of statutory process (including public consultation in this 10-year budget).

You can find more information on this proposal on page 50 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document or in Section 7.18 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Waterfront properties

In this 10-year budget, we are proposing to provide for long-term leases on seven additional council-owned development sites in the city centre waterfront precinct:

  • North Wharf (site 14).
  • Jellicoe Street (site 19).
  • Silo 6 (site 12).
  • Wynyard Point Blocks A and B.
  • 44-56 Hamer Street and 101 Pakenham Street West.

This is where Panuku plans to partner with private developers as part of its existing plans to transform the waterfront area.

You can find more information on this proposal on page 51 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document or in Section 7.18 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Proposed changes to key policies

Some changes to key council policies can only be made if we provide for them in the 10-year budget.

We are proposing some changes or updates for the following polices:

CCO Accountability Policy

We are proposing to amend and update our Council-controlled Organisations (CCOs) Accountability Policy.

One of the proposed changes is to remove some of the common expectations of substantive CCOs from the accountability policy. We intend that these will instead be included in a statement of expectations for CCOs.

You can find more information about this proposal on page 52 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document and the proposed draft policy itself in section 5.2 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Auckland Airport Shareholding Policy

We are proposing to amend and update our Auckland Airport Shareholding Policy to ensure it remains current and that it enables us to maximise the value we receive from our shareholding.

The major change in the proposed new policy are some amendments to provide us with greater flexibility to take advantage of corporate actions and their associated financial benefits, but not change the controls over the underlying shareholding.

The revised policy also reflects historical changes, specifically the decision to disband Auckland Council Investments Limited and Auckland Airport’s institution placement which diluted our shareholding.

You can find more information on this proposed draft policy on page 52 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document or in section 4.6 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Local board funding policy

There are no proposed changes to our Local Board Funding Policy.

The existing policy is included in section 4.3 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Revenue and Financing Policy

The Revenue and Financing Policy is proposed to be amended to provide for the proposals that we are consulting on as part of this 10-year budget.

We are consulting on the proposed amendments to the policy separately from but at the same time as this plan.

See Revenue and Finance Policy consultation to have your say on this proposal.

You can find the proposed draft policy in section 4.1 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan

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 / volcanic cones) 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 (a co-governance body between 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 will carry out the routine management of the 14 Tūpuna Maunga, under the direction of the Maunga Authority.

See the Tūpuna Maunga Authority website for more information. A summary of the draft Tūpuna Maunga Authority Operational Plan 2021/2022 can be viewed in Section 4.5 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Supporting Information.

Further work to do

In addition to the key proposals set out in this document, we may also refine and update our draft 10-year budget due to:

Your feedback on what is important to you

We will consider all feedback we receive when we make our final decisions in May 2021 before we adopt the final 10-year budget in June 2021.

Review of budgets and performance targets

We will review our group budgets to update them with the latest information on key assumptions and cost drivers such as project timing, interest and inflation rates.

Final capital investment budgets will be decided after considering public feedback and reviewing the final results of our risk-based capital prioritisation work.

We will also ensure we continue delivering the best value for money for ratepayers by operating more efficiently i.e. providing the same levels of service at lower cost.

We are also reviewing how we measure the performance of our services.

Central government

The government is continuing to revise and update the existing central government policy programme in key areas like transport, housing, climate change and COVID-19 recovery.

We will need to keep working closely with them to ensure our plans and priorities continue to align.

Monitoring and review

Given the high uncertainty around this budget we will continue to monitor new developments such as changes to the COVID-19 situation and its economic consequences. Our staff will report to the council’s Finance and Performance Committee with regular updates as required.

This uncertainty could also see significant changes to our revenue and financial projections which may require us to consider amending the final 10-year budget in the coming years.

You should know

This is a highlight of the key topics in the 10-year Budget 2021-2031. See pages 48-54 of the 10-year Budget 2021-2031 Consultation Document for complete information and financial details.