Election Update: Who voted for what?

As part of my drive for greater transparency and accountability over the last 3-years, I have repeatedly asked for “division” voting on some of the big issues (like the Dam). A measure of performance is more than just turning up to a meeting and rubber stamping the agenda, or attending meetings where the only decision is to receive a report. Its about standing up for the community.

When a “division” is called, the individual votes of councillors have to be recorded, rather than just if the motion was carried or not. At first, a number of councillors were rather upset by repeated calls for “divisions”, but after a while, even they were calling for them…  small steps.

2014

Mayors travel to china (Full council, 19 February 2014)

Cr Norriss/Cr Ensor moved the following resolution:

That the Full Council:

(1) Receives the 2014 Overseas Business Travel, Report RCN14-02-04; and

(2) Approves leave of absence for Mayor Kempthorne for the period 28 July to 7 September 2014 (inclusive) while he travels to Japan and Europe; and

(3) Notes that during an overseas trip in July and August 2014 Mayor Kempthorne’s wife Jane and he will be taking part in Mayoral duties and appointments in Japan and Europe; and

(4) Approves financial support of approximately $8,000 for Mayor Kempthorne’s travel and associated costs for an April 2014 business trip to China from within existing budgets; and

(5) Accepts Mayor Kempthorne’s apologies now for any meetings he may miss from 10 April to 18 April 2014; and

(6) Approves a leave of absence for Deputy Mayor King for the period 18 March to 1 May 2014 (inclusive).

Cr Greening called for a division on Part 4 of the Resolution.

Bouillir Absent

Bryant For

Canton For

Dowler For

Edgar For

Ensor For

Greening Against

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

King For

Mirfin Absent

Norriss For

Sangster For

11 For, 1 Against. CARRIED.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/full-council-meeting-19-february/

Golden Bay recreation centre (30 May 2014)

Cr Edgar moved an amendment to the original recommendation (reducing the Council’s contribution from $4 million to $3.2 million), seconded by Cr Bouillir, which read:

(1) Receives the Annual Plan – Golden Bay Community Facility Report RCN14-05-03; and

(2) Agrees that the Golden Bay Community Facility project be included in the final Annual Plan 2014/2015, with the Council’s total contribution to the project being capped at $3.2 million, and with $1 million of the construction costs being included in the final Annual Plan 2014/2015 budget and the remaining $1.9 million of the construction costs being provided for in the 2015/2016 year of the Long Term Plan 2015-2025; and

(3) Notes that the community will need to contribute at least $800,000 as its contribution towards the construction of the Facility.

CARRIED.

This amendment then became the motion.

Cr Greening called for a division.

Bouillir For

Bryant For

Edgar For

Ensor For

Greening Against

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

King For

Mirfin Against

Norriss Against

Sangster For

9 For, 3 Against. CARRIED.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/the-annual-plan-full-council-meetings-30-may-5-june-and-30-june/.

Waimea Dam (Full council, 11 December 2014)

Council considered 14 resolutions related to the Dam. Cr Greening called for a division on all 14 resolutions. Given not all resolutions were supported, the resolutions were voted on in batches.

Cr Norriss\Cr Sangster moved resolutions (1) and (2):

(1) That the Full Council receives the Proposed Waimea Community Dam – Funding and Governance Options report RCN14-12-01

(2) That the Full Council agrees not to include either option 1 or option 2 of the funding proposals from the Funding and Governance Statement of Proposal consulted on in October/November 2014 in the Long Term Plan 2015-2025.

Council unanimously supported these resolutions.

Cr Higgins/Cr Edgar moved resolution (3):

3. That the Full Council requests that staff include $25 million in the Long Term Plan 2015-2025  Consultation Document for a water augmentation scheme being Council’s share of the environmental flows and provision for the current and future urban water needs for the

Cr Greening foreshadowed a replacement resolution (3), if the proposed resolution (3) was not carried, which stated:

3. That the Full Council requests staff report back to council on new or revised water augmentation schemes or solutions, including new funding options and methodologies for the Council’s share of those water augmentation schemes or solutions, that provide for current and future urban water needs, including consideration of different methodologies for funding environmental flows, so that an appropriate amount (if any) can be added to the Long Term Plan 2015-2025.

Cr Greening called for a division

Bouillir Against

Bryant For

Canton Against

Dowler For

Edgar For

Ensor For

Greening Against

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

Mirfin For

Norriss For

Sangster For

10 For, 3 Against. CARRIED.

Cr Bouillir/Cr Greening moved the following amendment (which sought to insert the bolded words) into resolution (4), which read:

(4) That the Full Council notes that a commitment to funding a water augmentation scheme in the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 will be conditional on project scope (including an independent review on alternative options for urban supply encompassing ecologically sustainable water management practices, as agreed by Council) and external funding being agreed.

Cr Greening called for a division.

Bouillir For

Bryant Against

Canton For

Dowler Against

Edgar Against

Ensor For

Greening For

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

Mirfin For

Norriss Against

Sangster Against

8 For, 5 Against CARRIED.

The substantive motion was then moved Cr Bouillir/Cr Greening

(4) That the Full Council notes that a commitment to funding a water augmentation scheme in the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 will be conditional on project scope (including an independent review on alternative options for urban supply encompassing ecologically sustainable water management practices, as agreed by Council) and external funding being agreed.

Cr Greening called for a division

Bouillir For

Bryant Against

Canton For

Dowler Against

Edgar For

Ensor For

Greening For

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

Mirfin For

Norriss Against

Sangster Against

9 For, 4 Against. CARRIED.

Cr Higgins/Cr Norriss moved resolution (5), which read:

5. That the Full Council establishes a Council Controlled Organisation for the objectives set out in s59 of the Local Government Act 2002 and for the purpose of enabling external funding to be obtained, enabling the statutory purposes exercisable on behalf of the Council to be accessed, and delivering cost effective local infrastructure.

Cr Greening requested an amendment to resolution 5. He did not believe that a CCO was required to obtain external funding.

Cr Greening/Cr Bouillir moved the following resolution (5) which read:

5. That the council approach the government to underwrite or fund in part or full, future and current urban water needs, including any environmental flows, and that staff advise members of WWAC, who represent the interests of irrigators, to form their own investment holding company in order to obtain external funding from the Crown Irrigation Investment fund for a water augmentation scheme or solution that funds the current and future irrigation needs of irrigators.

The Chief Executive advised that the amendment was contrary to the resolution already moved therefore the Mayor ruled that the substantive resolution needed to be put prior to considering Cr Greening’s alternative.

Cr Greening called for a division on the substantive motion.

Bouillir Against

Bryant For

Canton For

Dowler For

Edgar For

Ensor For

Greening Against

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

Mirfin For

Norriss For

Sangster For

11 For, 2 Against. CARRIED.

Cr Sangster/Cr Edgar moved resolution (6), as amended:

(6) That the Full Council notes that further consultation and engagement with the public on a water augmentation scheme will be undertaken, including on a new proposal in the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 Consultation Document

Council unanimously supported this resolution.

Cr Sangster/Cr Norriss moved resolutions 7 to 9:

That the Full Council:

(7) notes that the decision to proceed or not proceed with the Waimea Community Dam cannot be made until further information is available; and

(8) requests that staff report back on the work programme to implement these resolutions; and

(9) instructs staff to write back to all submitters with information on the Council’s decisions contained within this report and informing them on the next consultation steps.

Council unanimously supported these resolutions.

Cr Edgar/Cr Bryant moved the remaining resolutions

That the Full Council

(10) Requests that staff report back to Council on the proposed constitution and board make up of the Council Controlled Organisation; and

(11) Requests that staff report back to Council on the opportunities available for the promotion of water conservation; and

(12) Requests that staff report back to Council on options to attribute the $25M funding for urban water needs and environmental flows and to model these funding options on a number of sample properties; and

(13) Advocates, in seeking any external funding for direct beneficiaries, a proportional user-pays model whereby contributions are relative to consumption or future consumption; and

(14) Ensures that the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 Consultation Document contains information on alternative options to the proposed Waimea Community Dam.

Council unanimously supported these resolutions.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/the-dam-decision-on-funding-and-governance-options/.

2015

Krammer bach (Full council, 12 February 2015)

Mayor Kempthorne/Cr Sangster moved the following resolution:

That the Community Development Committee:

(1) Receives the Krammer Bach – Tapu Bay report RCD15-02-02; and

(2) Agrees to the request from Mr J Krammer to retain his bach on the esplanade reserve at Tapu Bay during his lifetime, subject to the following conditions:

(a) a licence agreement is to be completed with terms and conditions approved by the Community Development Manager;

(b) the licence fee is a minimum of $520 per annum plus GST, to be reviewed at two yearly intervals;

(c) the structure is to be maintained in a safe and sound condition;

(d) the restrictions imposed by the Policy for Private Structures on Esplanade Reserves will apply;

(e) intermittent holiday use only, no letting for income;

(f) the licence is for the envelope of the structure only. The land around the bach is for public use and is not to be colonised;

(g) removal of the bach is to occur within three months of Mr John Krammer’s death;

(h) Mr Krammer is to provide evidence that his Will includes instructions for the removal of the bach within three months of his death. Removal is to occur at no cost to the Council and to the Council’s satisfaction in all respects. This information is to be provided prior to the licence agreement being executed by the Council;

(i) a bond of $3,000 is to be put up to cover the removal cost; and

(j) obtains a Historic Places consent now for the removal of the bach in the future.

Cr Norriss called for a division.

Bouillir Against

Bryant Against

Canton Against

Dowler For

Edgar Against

Ensor Against

Greening Against

Higgins Against

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

King Against

Mirfin Against

Norriss For

Sangster For

4 For, 9 Against. LOST.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/community-development-committee-meeting-12-february-2015/ and greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/community-development-committee-meeting-26-march/.

Rates remission (Full council, 19 February 2015)

Cr Sangster/Cr Inglis moved the following resolution:

For the Policy on Remission of Rates for Land Subject to Council Initiated Zone Changes to be for a 6-year timeframe.

Cr Greening called for a division.

Bouillir Against

Bryant Against

Canton For

Dowler For

Edgar Against

Ensor Against

Greening Against

Higgins For

Inglis For

King For

Norriss Against

Sangster For

Split vote. Chair had to vote for the status quo. LOST.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/extra-full-council-meeting-19-february/. See also the minutes.

Krammer Bach (Community Development Committee, 26 March 2015)

Mayor Kempthorne/Cr Norriss moved the following resolution:

That the Community Development Committee:

(1) Agrees to rescind part 2 of resolution CD15-02-1; and

(2) Agrees to the request from Mr J Krammer to retain his bach on the esplanade reserve at Tapu Bay during his lifetime; and

(3) Agrees to the Community Development Manager entering into a licence agreement with Mr J Krammer on the following terms and conditions:

(a) Mr Krammer establishes that he has ownership of, or a right to occupy, the bach for the rest of his life;

(b) The licence fee is to be $520 per annum plus GST, to be reviewed at two yearly intervals;

(c) The structure is to be maintained in a safe and sound condition;

(d) The restrictions imposed by the Policy for Private Structures on Esplanade Reserves will apply;

(e) Intermittent holiday use only is allowed, with no letting for income;

(f) The licence is for the footprint of the structure only, with the land around the bach being for public use and is not to be occupied;

(g) The bach is to be removed within three months of Mr J Krammer’s death, to the satisfaction of the Community Development Manager;

(h) Mr J Krammer agrees to provide evidence that his Will includes instructions for the removal of the bach within three months of his death. Removal is to occur at no cost to the Council and to the Council’s satisfaction in all respects. This information is to be provided prior to the licence agreement being executed by the Council;

(i) A bond of $3,000 is to be put up to cover the removal cost;

(j) If the licence agreement is not executed by Mr Krammer and returned to Council within three months from the date that the licence is provided to Mr Krammer or his solicitor, the Community Development Manager is authorised to issue a notice giving Mr Krammer three months to remove the bach at no cost to the Council and to the Council’s satisfaction in all respects;

(k) Mr J Krammer agrees to obtain an Historic Places consent within three months of executing the licence agreement for the removal of the bach in the future; and

(l) Such other conditions as the Community Development Manager deems necessary, but that are not inconsistent with this resolution.

Cr Norriss called for a division.

Bouillir For

Bryant Against

Canton Against

Dowler For

Edgar Against

Ensor For

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

Mirfin For

Norriss For

Sangster For.

9 For. 3 Against. CARRIED.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/community-development-committee-meeting-26-march/ and greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/community-development-committee-meeting-12-february-2015/.

Waimea dam (Full council 28 May 2015)

Cr Norriss/Cr Dowler moved the following resolution:

That the Full Council

(1) Receives the Waimea Community Dam – Decisions for the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 report; and

(2) Agrees to advance Waimea Community Dam Ltd up to $300,000, after 1 July 2015, by way of unsecured commercial loan to support the company to achieve its funding obligations to the Project; and

(3) Grants Waimea Community Dam Ltd approximately $70,000 in 2015/2016 from the Waimea Water Augmentation Project user levy to assist it to deliver its work streams; and

(4) Delegates to the Chief Executive the power to negotiate an agreement for the unsecured loan and the grant for Council’s approval; and

(5) Agrees to budget for the construction of the proposed dam at P95 level (5% risk of going over budget), and recommends that Waimea Community Dam Ltd seek commitments to fund at that level also; and

(6) Notes that the irrigators funding/underwriting will need to be in the range of $50million – $55 million; and

(7) Agrees that costs prior to the 2014/2015 financial year have been funded and will be treated as sunk; and

(8) Agrees that the Council and Waimea Community Dam Ltd will meet their own costs in developing co-investment proposals and funding; and

(9) Agrees that project costs for the 2014/2015 and the 2015/2016 financial years are to be apportioned 65% Waimea Community Dam Ltd and 35% Council if the dam proceeds; and

(10) Agrees that land and access costs will be treated as a project cost and apportioned as part of the final split of overall project cost; and

(11) Directs staff that work streams that don’t support Waimea Community Dam Ltd or that are not directly related to the Tasman Resource Management Plan, resource consent or land and access will be slowed right down to save money pending a commitment on irrigator funding; and

(11a) Requests that staff report back on a revised budget breakdown for the dam project (by year and cost type), after the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 has been adopted; and

(11b) Notes that the Council Controlled Organisation will only be formally established if it is the appropriate structure to hold and manage Council’s investment in the dam and/or meets other governance requirements; and

(12) Agrees that the resource consents application will revert to Council in accordance with the Funding and Support Agreement at the end of June 2015; and

(13) Retains the proposal that general rates be used to fund 20% of the proposed dam’s cost (being the cost of funding the proportion of the dams capacity on a pro rata basis that the Council agrees is provided for environmental and community benefit purposes) in the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 for the purposes of financial forecasting and to provide certainty to the funders of the current and future consumptive use capacity; and

(14) Agrees to review and consult on the precise allocation of the cost of the environmental and community purposes capacity to general ratepayers as part of a revenue and financial policy review once the irrigators and their backers have confirmed their funding commitments; and

(15) Notes that submitters on the dam proposal will receive an update on the process so far, the decisions made as part of the final Long Term Plan 2015-2025 and the expected future work programme.

Cr Bouillir called for a division.

Bouillir Against

Bryant For

Canton Against

Dowler For

Edgar For

Ensor For

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

King For

Mirfin For

Norriss For

Sangster For

11 For, 2 Against. CARRIED.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/long-term-plan-meeting-full-council-28-may/.

Ski field loans (Community Development Committee, 17 September 2015)

Cr Bouillir/Cr Edgar moved the following resolution:

That the Community Development Committee:

(1) Receives the Rainbow Sports Club Inc – Request for Remission of Loan Repayments for 2013 and 2014 Financial Years Report RCD15-09-04; and

(2) Declines the Club’s request for remitting the loan repayments for the 2013 and 2014 financial years; and

(3) Agrees to remit both the 2015 and 2016 financial years loan repayments on condition the 2013 and 2014 loan repayments, totalling $25,714, are paid by 30 November 2015; and

(4) Agrees to release this report and the final resolution from confidential business.

Cr Norriss called for a division.

Bouillir For

Bryant For

Canton For

Edgar For

Greening Against

Higgins Against

Inglis Against

Norriss Against

The vote being tied, the Chair (Cr Edgar) used her casting vote FOR.

5 For, 4 Against. CARRIED.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/community-development-meeting-17-september/.

This decision was again revisited (in-committee) by full council on 30 June 2016. See www.tasman.govt.nz/council/council-meetings/standing-committees-meetings/full-council-meetings/?path=/EDMS/Public/Meetings/FullCouncil/2016/2016-06-30.

During the in-committee business, the council agreed to release the following resolution (moved in-committee by Cr Bryant/Cr Ensor) that read:

That the Full Council

(1) Receives the Rainbow Skifield Sports Club Inc Loan Repayment report RCN16-06-17; and

(2) Agrees to forgive the outstanding loan amount and the final two payments for the 2015 and 2016 financial years; and

(3) Agrees to release the final resolution from confidential business.

Unfortunately the vote cannot be disclosed. But in my opinion, we should be using these funds for storm water protection, not forgiving them for entertainment. It’s about priorities.

Waimea Dam – Document disclosure (Full council, 3 December 2015)

This resolution was in response to my calls for Dam reports to be made public.

Cr Edgar/Cr Norriss moved the following resolution:

That the Full Council

(1) Receives the Request to Release 10 September In Committee Report report RCN15-12-08; and

(2) Declines to publicly release RCN15-09-13 (Supplementary Report – Waimea Water Augmentation Project).

Cr Greening called for a division.

Bouillir Against

Bryant For

Canton Against

Dowler For

Edgar For

Ensor For

Greening Against

Higgins Against

Kempthorne For

King For

Norriss For

Sangster For

8 For, 4 Against. CARRIED.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/full-council-meeting-3-december/.

 2016

Waimea Dam – Revised funding (Full council 31 March 2016)

Cr Greening/Cr Canton moved the following amendment to resolution (2), which proposed removing the following words.

…while noting that Council’s contribution (50%) to the sunk costs remains in addition to the $25M.

This changed sought to avoid the overall total funding of the Dam effectively being $28 million.

Cr Greening called for a division for the amendment.

Bouillir For

Bryant Against

Canton For

Dowler Against

Edgar Against

Ensor Against

Greening For

Higgins Against

Inglis Against

Kempthorne Against

King Against

Mirfin Against

Norriss Against

3 For, 10 Against. Amendment LOST.

With the amendment lost, Cr King/Cr Norriss moved the following resolution:

That the Full Council

(1) Receives the Waimea Community Dam – Project Status Report including Council Response to WCDL Funding Proposal report; and

(2) Confirms that up to $25M has been allocated towards the project costs in the Long Term Plan while noting that Council’s contribution (50%) to the sunk costs remains in addition to the $25M; and

(3) Notes that its position on funding the environmental capacity in the dam remains unchanged, i.e. the position taken following the 2014 consultation remains; and

(4) Confirms its earlier advice to Waimea Community Dam Limited (WCDL) that the WCDL funding model is not acceptable to the Council for the reasons set out previously; and

(5) Advises WCDL that an acceptable model is one that –

(a) Allocates costs to beneficiaries in proportion to design capacity:

(b) Limits debt at p95 in the JV to around $10M (this being consistent with the Council’s funding commitment)

(c) Places the balance of the debt to fund the design capacity for the beneficiaries with the proposed joint venture partner(s);

(d) is based on p95 cost estimates and provides for equitable allocation of project cost over or under runs.

(6) Asks WCDL to confirm in writing what portion of the design capacity provided for them it is able to fund under this model; and

(7) Asks WCDL to confirm in writing that it can fund the obligations it has as an intending joint venture partner.

Cr Greening called for a division.

Bouillir Against

Bryant For

Canton Against

Dowler For

Edgar For

Ensor For

Greening Against

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

King For

Mirfin For

Norriss For

10 For, 3 Against. CARRIED.

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found at greeningtasman.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/full-council-31-march/.

Mapua fence (Full council, 28 July 2016)

Cr Norriss/Cr Bryant moved the unamended resolution:

That the Full Council

(1) Receives the Mapua Screen and Services report; and

(2) Approves the location of the gas bottles and waste skip services at Shed 4 as shown in Attachment 1 of this report.

Cr Canton called for a division.

Bryant For

Canton Against

Dowler For

Ensor For

Greening Against

Higgins For

Inglis For

Kempthorne For

King For

Mirfin For

Norriss For

Sangster For

10 for, 2 Against. CARRIED

A detailed discussion of the meeting can be found in the minutes at www.tasman.govt.nz/council/council-meetings/standing-committees-meetings/full-council-meetings/?path=/EDMS/Public/Meetings/FullCouncil/2016/2016-07-28.

 

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