27 February 2020
The process of transferring ownership of a piece of land at Tarawera Landing to Tuhourangi can now begin following a resolution by the Full Council to proceed.
Councillors passed a recommendation from the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee following its support for the transfer of ownership of land under the Tarawera Landing café to the Tūhourangi Tribal Authority.
Tarawera Landing Reserve will continue to be required for public recreation purposes but Council ownership and management of the section of reserve on which the café is sited is not necessary for the operation of the recreation reserve.
The report that was considered by the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee earlier this month acknowledged the return of this land will be of extraordinary significance to Tūhourangi.
Go to p8 of the committee meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter.
Reserve management for Waikawau/Hannahs Bay
The Council also resolved to establish a Reserve Management Committee to manage the Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve.
Council has a Memorandium of Understanding with Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi, who are mana whenua and kaitiaki of the reserve, formalising a commitment to work in partnership to review the reserves management plan and better reflect the role of iwi.
Today’s decision followed support from the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee.
Go to p6 of the committee meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter.
Funding increase to enable more engagement with Te Arawa
The Council resolved to increase the annual funding contribution for Te Arawa partnership board, Te Tatau o Te Arawa, by $122,500 to $372,500.
There was no change to the additional amount of $40,000 Council contributes every three years for elections.
A report to the Council today said this would “enable Te Tatau to strengthen its ability to engage with Te Arawa communities, and better represent Te Arawa in Council processes (specifically, Te Tatau will engage a fixed term project manager to support engagement and complete the Te Arawa Vision project)”. Specifically, the Council was told, the increased funding would enable the board to improve engagement with Te Arawa, primarily around completing a Te Arawa Vision
requested increase in funding to enable them improve engagement they do with TA, primarily around completing the TA Vision
Councillors Peter Bentley and Reynold Macpherson voted against.
Go to p35 of the agenda for today’s meeting to read the full report on this matter.
Council representation on other entities
The appointments of elected members to a variety of entities including committees, boards and trusts requiring Rotorua Lakes Council representation were adopted today.
Mayor Steve Chadwick pointed out that Te Tatau o Te Arawa representation had yet to be finalised and the list had been amended to add Lakes Community Board Chair Phill Thomass to the steering groups for the various sewerage schemes and proposed wastewater treatment plant upgrade.
Go to p20 of today’s agenda to read the full report and view the appointments.
Today’s meeting was livestreamed and the recording can be accessed via THIS LINK on Council’s website.