13 March 2019
The Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee will be asked to support going to public consultation on a draft Hannahs Bay/Waikawau Reserve Management Plan when it meets tomorrow.
The Committee will also be asked to endorse the appointment of a panel which includes one Te Tatau o Te Arawa representative and two Elected Members to hear submissions and make recommendations to Council on the draft plan.
Reserve Management Plans (RMPs) are required under the Reserves Act 1977 and must be kept up to date and reflect changing circumstances or increased knowledge.
Hannahs Bay Reserve is a specially classified reserve under the Deed of Settlement pursuant to the Affiliate Te Arawa Iwi and Hapū Claims Settlement Act 2008. This recognises the traditional, historical, cultural and spiritual association of the site to Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi and sets out the protection principles which must be given effect through the development of an RMP for the reserve.
Council entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi in 2018 to formalise the commitment of the parties to work together in partnership to review the RMP for Hannahs Bay Reserve. A steering group which includes council, iwi and community representatives, led the review of the RMP.
Hannahs Bay Reserve is currently included in the Rotorua Urban Reserves Management Plan 2001. The Reserves Act sets out the process for preparation or review of a RMP. This includes a requirement for Council to notify its intention to review an RMP and request public submissions to inform the preparation of the draft RMP.
Initial community engagement was undertaken in 2018 with direct feedback received from 97 people and additional feedback generated at a family fun day. Overall all there was very strong community support for the Steering Group’s aspirations for the reserve which have formed the basis for the Vision and Objectives in the Draft RMP.
Go to p43 of the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee hui agenda to see the full report on this matter and the draft RMP.
Changes recommended following submissions on prostitution bylaw
The Committee will deliberate on submissions to the review of the Prostitution Bylaw 2009 and will be asked to recommend that Council approves the new Prostitution Bylaw 2019.
A review of the bylaw was necessary as it expires in April this year.
One of 15 Council bylaws, the Prostitution Bylaw 2009 controls the location of brothels and other commercial sex premises in the district and the content and establishment of signage relating to these premises. The Bylaw also prohibits soliciting or touting for commercial sexual services in any public place.
In particular, the Bylaw prohibits the establishment or operation of a brothel anywhere in the district outside the Rotorua CBD and within 100m of a sensitive site (eg school or church), and within 100m of another brothel, at ground level, as it would significantly detract from the existing character of the street.
The special consultative procedure was used to publicly consult on the bylaw from 23 November 2018 until 25 January 2019. No changes to the existing bylaw were proposed.
Three submissions were received. Issues raised included that the bylaw appeared to restrict the operation of smaller owner-operated brothels(SOOBs) outside the CBD; whether signage clauses went further than intended and regulated advertising generally and whether a clause relating to touting and soliciting was necessary.
Officers advise that the intention of the Bylaw is not to prohibit SOOBs within the district and recommend adding a clause clarifying that the location restrictions do not apply to SOOBs and including a definition of what constitutes a SOOB.
Restrictions on advertising commercial sexual services are set out in the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 Part 2, 11 and the bylaw regulates only signage, not other forms of advertising.
Regarding the necessity of a clause relating to touting and soliciting, in light of the submissions made, it is recommended that clause be removed. This will ensure the Bylaw is in keeping with the intentions of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 which decriminalises sexual services, the report to the committee advises.
Go to p12 of the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee hui agenda to see the full report on this matter and to view the proposed revised bylaw.
Also on the agenda
There are also three confidential items on the agenda, confidential minutes and matters relating to disposal of Council-owned property and concept design for the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre.
With the exception of the confidential items on the agenda, the meeting is open to the public and starts at 9.30am in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre. It will also be livestreamed and the recording can be accessed via THIS LINK on Council’s website.