Otago Peninsula Community Board



Minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Otago Peninsula Community Board held in the Portobello Bowling Club, Sherwood Street, Portobello on Thursday 21 November 2019, commencing at 10:00am





Paul Pope


Deputy Chairperson

Hoani Langsbury



Lox Kellas

Graham McArthur


Cheryl Neill

Edna Stevenson


Cr Andrew Whiley



Tracey Saunders, Chief Information Officer


Governance Support Officer                  Lauren McDonald


1          Opening

Lox Kellas made his member declaration to the Board (as required by Schedule 7, Clause 14 of the Local Government Act 2002). Paul Pope, Chairman witnessed the signing of his declaration.

2          Public Forum

2.1       Public Forum

Fulton Hogan – update on the Peninsula Connection Project

Lydia Perkins and Brett Paterson provided an update on works including:

·         Completion of the stonewall in the Glenfalloch to Vauxhaull section on target for 21 November 2019;

·         1.4km of road surface sealed, with section 2 on target to be sealed by end of December 2019, as is the completion of the boardwalk.

·         Sealing work to begin from the Vauxhall/Cove end of the project (as the last section) which will run throughout the Christmas period to early January 2020.


They responded to questions from Board Members on management of surface water on the roadway, use of Armco barriers, and mediation measures for rough gravel surface on vehicles.

Action: Paul Pope to:

1.       Follow up with DCC on changing of bollard locations on Portobello to Harwood section, signage for use of the boardwalk for fishing and mooring of small boats. 

2.       Discuss with Fulton Hogan communication of safety information in relation to the work site after hours and over weekends.

ORC Public Transport (ORBus)

ORBus Brand leader - Public Transport, Frederique Gulcher and Transport Officer – Total Mobility, Bon Kellas provided a update on the peninsula bus services, showed an example of a solar powered real-time display monitor to be trialled at Macandrew Bay, the University area and Queenstown airport. 

Ms Gulcher spoke on the features of the new national “Beecard” bus ticket tag on/tag off system roll out, scheduled for November 2019 (over 9 regions in New Zealand).  She advised the online system would allow for users to manage their cards for discounts, fare top-ups etc.

Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) – Ms Gulcher outlined the review process (including feedback submission) for the draft RPTP. She encouraged the Board to provide a submission in June 2020.

Board members expressed their concern for buses using the high road on the peninsula and enquired if smaller buses could be provided by ORC public transport contractors.  Ms Gulcher confirmed she would raise the issue at ORC, as the matter would require discussion with the contractor providers.

Ms Kellas provided information on the proposed changes to the afternoon bus service to Harington Point.   The proposed change to the service was advised as:

1.       2:38pm departing the Bus Hub and terminating at Harington Point

2.       3:08pm service (via Musselburgh) terminating at Harington Point

3.       3:38pm service terminating at Portobello.

She requested the Board decide on whether the new timetable should proceed, to allow for promotion of the change to the timetable on the website and with bus users for the first school term of 2020.

Board members confirmed their support for the proposed changes.  Paul Pope (as Chair) agreed that the Community Board would circulate the information as provided to the meeting, to the community for feedback via the community newsletters.

Ms Gulcher advised that the ORC was also providing a chartered bus service to the Otakou Marae for the Waitangi Day celebrations on 6 February 2020.


2.2       Declarations by Members


The declaration for Lox Kellas was completed at the opening of the meeting.

3          Apologies

There were no apologies.

4          Confirmation of agenda



Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Lox Kellas):

That the Board:


Confirms the agenda without addition or alteration

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/062)



5          Declarations of interest

Members were reminded of the need to stand aside from decision-making when a conflict arose between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.


Lox Kellas advised he is a Trustee of the Dunedin RSA Welfare Trust and for the register to be updated to reflect this.



Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Graham McArthur):

That the Board:


a)     Amends the Elected Members' Interest Register; and

b)     Amends the proposed management plan for Elected Members' Interests.

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/063)


6          Confirmation of Minutes

6.1       Otago Peninsula Community Board meeting - 31 October 2019


Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Edna Stevenson):

That the Board:


Confirms the public part of the minutes of the inaugural Otago Peninsula Community Board meeting held on 31 October 2019 as a correct record.

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/064)


Part A Reports

7          Scholarship Grant feedback – Tasman charteris-wright


Tasman Charteris-Wright spoke about her Spirit of Adventure 10-day development voyage experience she undertook in May of this year.  The voyage departed from Auckland and travelled around the Hauraki Gulf and Great Barrier Island.  Participants were 16-18 years of age, with 40 trainees per voyage. She outlined the daily routine, including team building activities, sailing experience on board the ship and on smaller vessels.  She advised that on a selected day the trainees crewed the ship, which tested leaderships skills.  Her take away experience from the voyage was improved confidence, a network of new friends, teamwork, leadership and sailing skills.  Tasman thanked the Board for their funding support.


Board members wished Tasman well for her future studies at university.


8          Governance Support Officer's Report


The report informed the Board of activities relevant to the area including:

a)    Project Fund

b)   Correspondence

c)    Action Lists

d)   Remuneration

e)   Community Hall Management

f)    Meeting schedule for 2020



a)     Project Fund

Balance of project funds confirmed as $4,969.13.  No applications had been received for consideration at the meeting.


c)      Action Lists - Review and update of the Transport/3 Waters and the Parks and Recreation actions lists were addressed at the meeting.


Transport/3 Waters:

·         Highcliff Road safety and speed issues.  

·         Action: Paul Pope to contact the Transport Team and outline the concerns of the residents and the community of traffic speed on the Highcliff Road and through the Pukehiki Village.

·         Action – request for parking area signage at entrance to the Harbour Cone track, and for road markings to remind traffic to keep left.

Parks and Recreation:

·         Otago Peninsula Track and Trail condition report 2016-2017–

Action: Lauren McDonald (GSO) to arrange an appointment time for Paul Pope and Lox Kellas to access the report at the DCC offices.

·         Harbour recreational assess (Portobello ramp).  Paul Pope advise he was yet to meet with General Manager Parks and Recreation. Rob West.

Action: Lox Kellas to make contact to arrange a meeting with Robert West prior to 30 December 2019, to reassert the partnership approach sought by the community with Council for a public ramp.

·         Rabbit control (Portobello cemetery and domain) – Paul Pope confirmed there had been an increase in the number of rabbits, noting that the cemetery staff had undertaken night shooting of rabbits.  It was acknowledged that property owners needed to involve themselves in pest control in the area

·         Memorial Bench seat and plaque (Taiaroa Head).

Action: Lauren McDonald (GSO) to follow up on progress with Parks and Recreation as well as Te Poari a Pukekura Trust Management Board.

·         Te Rauone Reserve Upgrade – Paul Pope advised that a resource consent to be lodged on 9 December 2019.

·         Community Board Executive Committee (CBEC) nominations – discussion was held on the role of an executive member.  There were no nominations made for the Otago Peninsula Community Board.

e)     Community Hall Management

Maria Sleeman, Property Officer Community and Civic spoke to the Board and provided an update on the agreement for the management of community halls and the feedback received on the new Community Hall agreement.  She advised that communication from hall committees had been a bit slow to date and requested the Board’s assistance in getting the hall committees “up and running” and for the progression of the hall agreements.  She commented that the Macandrew Bay Hall required additional committee membership and needed to provide their accounting information. The Harwood Community Hall committee agreement required review and for confirmation of their status as an incorporated society back to DCC. 



·         Marie Sleeman will provide the agreement information for the two halls in the peninsula area still to complete an agreement (Harwood and Macandrew Bay)

·         Edna Stevenson to assist Marie Sleeman with the Macandrew Hall agreement and Cheryl Neill to assist with the Harwood Hall agreement.

The Board members thanked Maria Sleeman for the work she had done in completing the hall agreement and schedules.


Maria Sleeman left the meeting at 11:05 am.



Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Edna Stevenson):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the Governance Support Officer’s Report

b)     Notes the remuneration update.

c)         Notes the Community Hall Management Agreement update.

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/065)



Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Lox Kellas):

That the Board:

Amends the Action Lists as appropriate

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/066)



Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Deputy Chairperson Hoani Langsbury):

That the Board:

Considers nominating a representative to the Community Board Executive Committee

.Motion carried (OPCB/2019/067)



Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Edna Stevenson):

That the Board:

Agrees the first meeting for 2020 will be held on 23 January at 10:00am

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/068)

9          Board Updates


Board members provided updates on activities for:

Keep Dunedin Beautiful - Graham McArthur advised that the NZ Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards were held in Dunedin in October.


Rural Roads – Lox Kellas advised that the Beach Road, Hoopers Inlet Road, Cape Saunders Road and Sandymount Road surface conditions needed addressing.


Action: Lox Kellas contact with Terry Taylor (DCC contractor) on the surface conditions.

Action: Paul Pope to request that Council provide a schedule of works for the Back Bay areas of the peninsula to assist the Board with understanding the work programme.


Discussion was held on the lighting requirement as part of the consent for the carpark area at the Otakou Marae.  The Board re-affirmed their position as not want a proliferation of lights on the peninsula.



Moved (Deputy Chairperson Hoani Langsbury/Member Graham McArthur):

That the Board:

             Request Council to work with the Te Rūnanga ō ōtakou on the issue of lighting of the              carparks in front of the ōtākou Marae.

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/069)



Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Lox Kellas):

That the Board:

             Request that Council install LED speed indicator signs in the peninsula areas of              Macandrew Bay, Broad Bay, Portobello Road and the Pukehiki township.

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/070)



Moved (Member Lox Kellas/Member Cheryl Neill):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the Board Updates.

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/071)


10        Councillor's Update


Cr Whiley provided an update on matters of interest to the Board as:


·         Extending an invitation to Mayor Hawkins to attend a Board meeting

·         That new DCC councillors toured the Otago Peninsula on 6 November (as part of the councillor induction programme) to see the Council work programme on the peninsula

·         Cr Whiley requested that the Board consider holding two of the 2020 meetings at the Civic Centre, which would assist the ability for staff to be in attendance.


Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Graham McArthur):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the report from Cr Whiley.

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/072)


Cr Whiley left the meeting at 11:08am.


11        Board Representation and Other Responsibilities


The Chair outlined the roles and responsibilities for board members for the triennium with the addition of:

·         Graham McArthur to have responsibility for the Harington Point Battery Project

·         Cheryl Neill to liaise with the peninsula schools to have a group of school pupils attend a community board meeting (on an annual basis) to provide comment, from their perspective, on issues affecting them, such as safety getting to school, road conditions, footpaths etc.

·         Paul Pope advised that the intent was to provide an opportunity for children to interact with the community board on an annual basis.

·         Paul Pope as Chair to continue with the responsibility of social media for the Board.


Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Edna Stevenson):

That the Board:


a)     Endorses the Board Member’s responsibilities and roles as allocated by the Chairperson

b)     Appoints Board Member representatives to the various roles and other responsibilities.

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/073)

12     Chairperson's Report


Paul Pope advised his intent to extend an invitation to the Mayor to attend a board meeting during 2020, and that for two board meetings a year would be held at DCC, to assist in the attendance of staff members for report back to the Board.


Other matters discussed:

·         Smaills Beach – a portable toilet has been set aside for use at the site, if required over the summer period.

·         Community forums

Action: Board members to co-ordinate a forum for their area; promote the meeting as an opportunity for the community to interact with board members to raise issues for discussion by the full Community Board.

·         Annual Plan submissions to ORC and DCC.  Paul Pope advised that as the Chairperson, he would speak to the OPCB submission to the Annual Plan meetings scheduled for end of January 2020.

Action: Board members give consideration, in advance of the next board meeting, for work they would like considered as part of the Annual Plan.

·         Otago Peninsula Community Board tentative meeting dates for 2020 were advised as Thursday, 10:00am on: 23 January, 12 March, 30 April, 18 June, 6 August, 24 September, and12 November 2020.  The schedule was unable to be confirmed until Council adopted the meeting schedule for the 2020 at the 12 December 2019 meeting.   It was agreed to discuss the 2020 meeting schedule at the 23 January 2020 meeting.

·         Members supported the continuation of the Otago Access radio segment “Round the Boards” and to pay the subscription and segment fees, totalling $270.00.



Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Lox Kellas):

That the Board:

a)     Approves the subscription payment of $270.00 for the continued Otago Access Radio membership of the Otago Peninsula Community Board.

b)     Endorses the continued participation of the Otago Peninsula Community Board to the Otago Access Radio “Round the Boards” programme.

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/074)



Moved (Chairperson Paul Pope/Member Cheryl Neill):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the update from the Chairperson.

b)     Endorses the Board Member’s responsibilities and roles as allocated by the              Chairperson

Motion carried (OPCB/2019/075)

13        Items for Consideration by the Chairperson


There were no items for consideration raised.



The meeting was declared closed at 12:08 pm.