Waitākere Ranges Local Board I Te Poari ā-Rohe o Te Ika Whenua o Waitākere

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Family watching performer on stilts during Kauri Karnival


This consultation closed on 13 August 2020. Thank you for having your say.

The team is currently analysing all the feedback received which will help inform the final Waitākere Ranges Local Board Plan. This plan will be made publicly available November 2020.

If you have any further questions/comments at this time please email us at: waitakererangeslocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Love local, get vocal and help shape your Local Board Plan 2020

The Waitākere Ranges Local Board has developed a three-year plan outlining the key initiatives we want to focus on to help our communities thrive and support the recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Now we need your help to check if we’ve got it right.

Our plan has seven key outcomes:

  1. The Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area is protected and enhanced and connections with surrounding communities are strengthened (page 11 of plan)
  2. We work closely with mataawaka and mana whenua partners (page 13)
  3. We work to respect, protect and restore the environment (page 15)
  4. Our communities are resilient and strong (page 17)
  5. Our communities experience wellbeing, belonging and participation (page 19)
  6. People have a range of opportunities to experience arts, culture and heritage (page 21)
  7. We have infrastructure and facilities which support and enhance our neighbourhoods and town centres (page 24)

Have a look at the plan for more details of what we will do to deliver on these outcomes and take the survey to tell us what's most important and what's missing.

Our 2020 Local Board Plan proposals are open for feedback until Thursday 13 August.

So love local and get vocal about your community by having your say. We'd love to hear from you.


This consultation closed on 13 August 2020. Thank you for having your say.

The team is currently analysing all the feedback received which will help inform the final Waitākere Ranges Local Board Plan. This plan will be made publicly available November 2020.

If you have any further questions/comments at this time please email us at: waitakererangeslocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Love local, get vocal and help shape your Local Board Plan 2020

The Waitākere Ranges Local Board has developed a three-year plan outlining the key initiatives we want to focus on to help our communities thrive and support the recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Now we need your help to check if we’ve got it right.

Our plan has seven key outcomes:

  1. The Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area is protected and enhanced and connections with surrounding communities are strengthened (page 11 of plan)
  2. We work closely with mataawaka and mana whenua partners (page 13)
  3. We work to respect, protect and restore the environment (page 15)
  4. Our communities are resilient and strong (page 17)
  5. Our communities experience wellbeing, belonging and participation (page 19)
  6. People have a range of opportunities to experience arts, culture and heritage (page 21)
  7. We have infrastructure and facilities which support and enhance our neighbourhoods and town centres (page 24)

Have a look at the plan for more details of what we will do to deliver on these outcomes and take the survey to tell us what's most important and what's missing.

Our 2020 Local Board Plan proposals are open for feedback until Thursday 13 August.

So love local and get vocal about your community by having your say. We'd love to hear from you.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Hi there, Am very thankful for our local board as they push many issues in our frequently forgotten community. I have read through plan and it seems to be very high level statements with minimal information of how the plan will be delivered? Can you tell me whether there is any other specific information on the 'how' relating to the specific areas and corresponding budget allocation. I would also like to know how the priorities and plan were determined considering the current Council financial issues. Is there a priorities based analysis framework that is available to view? Thanks :-)

    Zoe Asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Zoe

    Thank you for reading our draft local board plan. This is an excellent question but will yield a long response.  

    Local Board Plans are aspirational  and generally cover high-level statements. Where they are powerful is the influence they have over staff and board members in decision making, advocacy and future planning. They also influence priorities for our contestable grants

    Budget and resourcing decisions are made through our ‘work programme’ process. Feedback received from the community usually has influence at this level and we seek this through our 'Annual Budget' process in Feb/March. This year, due to COVID-19, we took an additional step to consult with the community around the rates increase, so we have delayed the work programming process for 2020/21. For an example of a previous work programme, click the first PDF on page 126. It gives you an indication of the project idea, benefits, money allocated and how it links to the Local Board Plans. 

    It is anticipated that implementation of some ideas within this plan will be delayed due to financial constraints. However, we still want to understand the priorities and aspirations of our community so we may work towards delivering on these within our pool of resources. Through feedback, we can make things a bit more concrete and action-orientated. 

    I've tried to keep this short and succinct but it is a complicated answer. The PDF I linked is fairly intimidating, so do get in touch if you want someone to take you through it. 

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    Keen to see where i can learn more about the "dark sky" park. Sounds very interesting.

    Barron Asked about 1 month ago

    Kia ora Barron,

    Thanks for your interest in the draft Waitākere Ranges Local Board Plan.

    The Heritage Area Monitoring Report 2018 states that the darkness of the Waitākere Ranges and coastal areas are a heritage feature. Measurements of the night sky were taken and were found to correspond to the International Dark Sky Association’s Bronze Standard. You can find more information under Part 3 of the report and some technical data in the appendices. 

    Information is available on the International Dark Sky Association's website about the benefits of becoming a dark sky reserve.

    Alternative, ring us 09-813 9150 and we can find someone to talk to you about the board's decision making in this space.

    Hope this was useful!