Strategy, Policy, and Finance Committee



Strategy, Policy, and Finance Committee

14 March 2019

The Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee will recommend to the Full Council that a draft Hannahs Bay/Waikawau Reserve Management Plan goes out to public consultation.

The Committee will also recommend the appointment of a panel including Te Tatau o Te Arawa representative Eugene Berryman-Kamp and elected members Mr Phill Thomass (Lakes Community Board Chair), Cr Charles Sturt, Cr Tania Tapsell, and Cr Karen Hunt to hear submissions and make recommendations to Council on the draft plan.

The two recommendations were considered and approved by the Committee at its monthly meeting today (Thursday 14 March).

A report to the committee explained that 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.

Further work recommended following prostitution bylaw review

After comprehensive discussion around recommended changes to Council’s Prostitution Bylaw following public consultation and the hearing of submissions, the Committee will recommend to Council that the Prostitution Bylaw is referred back to staff and the Resource Management Act Policy Committee to see if there is adequate protection within existing legislation for the proposed bylaw to be unnecessary.

This recommendation will go before the Full Council later this month for a final decision and means the existing bylaw will remain in place for up to two years while this further work is completed.

One of 15 Council bylaws, the Prostitution Bylaw 2009 was reviewed as it expires in April. The bylaw 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.

No changes were initially proposed but following submissions, Council staff proposed several changes based on issues raised by submitters.

Three submissions were received and the 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.

The Committee considered the recommended changes to address these issues but voted to recommend that work be undertaken to determine if the proposed bylaw is necessary at all.  

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.

Confidential matters

Three confidential items were also considered: confidential minutes and matters relating to disposal of Council-owned property and concept design for the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre.

The committee meeting was livestreamed. You can access livestreaming and the agenda at THIS LINK on Council's website or go to Council's YouTube

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