Community Services Committee



Minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Community Services Committee held in the Council Chambers, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, The Octagon, Dunedin on Tuesday 09 May 2023, commencing at 1.00 pm





Cr Marie Laufiso


Deputy Chairperson

Cr Mandy Mayhem






Cr Bill Acklin

Mayor Jules Radich


Cr David Benson-Pope

Cr Sophie Barker


Cr Kevin Gilbert

Cr Christine Garey


Cr Cherry Lucas

Cr Carmen Houlahan


Cr Lee Vandervis

Cr Jim O'Malley


Cr Brent Weatherall

Cr Steve Walker


Cr Andrew Whiley




Simon Pickford (General Manager Community Services), Jeanette Wikaira (Manahautū (General Manager Māori, Partnerships and Policy), Scott MacLean (Group Manager Parks and Recreation), Stephen Hogg (Parks Policy Analyst); Clare Sullivan (Principal Committee Advisor)


Governance Support Officer                  Lauren Riddle



1          Opening

The meeting opened with a Karakia Timatanga from the Chair.

2          Public Forum

2.1       Stage South


Marty Roberts, Chair of WOW Productions; Peter Hayden, Professional Actor and Karen Elliott, Trustee of Stage South Board spoke on behalf of the Dunedin professional theatre community to highlight their desire for a performing arts centre and responded to questions.

Images of the Kāpti Performing Arts Centre/Te Raukura ki Kāpti were provided to the meeting as an example of a professional performing arts centre for Council to consider.

Cr Carmen Houlahan arrived at 1:07pm.

Cr Christine Garey arrived at 1:09pm.


3          Apologies

            There were no apologies.


4          Confirmation of agenda



Moved (Cr Marie Laufiso/Cr Mandy Mayhem):

That the Committee:


Confirms the agenda without addition or alteration.


             Motion carried


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.


Cr Christine Garey declared an interest as Chair of Study Dunedin.



Moved (Cr Marie Laufiso/Cr Bill Acklin):

That the Committee:


a)     Amends the Elected Members' Interest Register and

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

             Motion carried


6          Confirmation of Minutes

6.1       Community Services Committee meeting - 6 March 2023


Moved (Cr Marie Laufiso/Cr Steve Walker):

That the Committee:


Confirms the minutes of the Community Services Committee meeting held on 6 March 2023 as a correct record.

Motion carried (CSC/2023/005)


Part A Reports

7          Community Services Committee - Forward Work Programme


A report from Civic provided an update of the Community Services Committee forward work programme as at May 2023.

Chief Executive (Sandy Graham) and General Manager Māori, Partnerships and Policy (Jeanette Wikaira) responded to questions.



Moved (Cr Marie Laufiso/Cr Mandy Mayhem):

That the Committee:


Notes the Community Services Committee forward work programme.

Motion carried (CSC/2023/006)


8          Freedom Camping 2022/2023 End Of Season Report


A report from Parks and Recreation provided a summary of the 2022-2023 freedom camping season statistics.


Group Manager Parks and Recreation (Scott MacLean)and Parks Policy Analyst (Stephen Hogg) spoke to the report and responded to questions.



Moved (Cr David Benson-Pope/Cr Christine Garey):

That the Committee:


Notes the Freedom Camping 2022/23 End of Season Report.

Motion carried (CSC/2023/007)


9          Items for Consideration by the Chair


There were no items for consideration advised.


10        Karakia Whakamutunga


The meeting closed with a Karakia Whakamutunga by the Chair.



The meeting concluded at 2:26pm.