Hearings Panel

Agenda

 

Notice of Meeting:

A Hearings Panel meeting will be held on:

Date:                                     Thursday 14 December 2017

Time:                                    9am

Venue:                                 Council Chambers, Civic Offices,
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch

Panel

Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner

Councillor Vicki Buck

Councillor Jimmy Chen

Councillor Phil Clearwater

Councillor Pauline Cotter

Councillor Mike Davidson

Councillor David East

Councillor Anne Galloway

Councillor Jamie Gough

Councillor Yani Johanson

Councillor Aaron Keown

Councillor Glenn Livingstone

Councillor Raf Manji

Councillor Tim Scandrett

Councillor Deon Swiggs

Councillor Sara Templeton

 

8 December 2017

 

 

 

Principal Advisor

Brendan Anstiss

General Manager Strategy & Transformation

Tel: 941 8472

 

Christopher Turner-Bullock

Committee Advisor

941 8233

christopher.turner@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1.       Apologies................................................................................................................................... 4

2.       Declarations of Interest............................................................................................................ 4

STAFF REPORTS

3.       Consultation analysis on proposal to contribute a grant of $10 million to the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral ............................................................................................... 5

 

4.       Hearing of Submissions........................................................................................................... 66

5.       Hearing Panel Consideration and Deliberation.................................................................... 66  

 

 


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1.   Apologies

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

2.   Declarations of Interest

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant and to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.

  


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3.        Consultation analysis on proposal to contribute a grant of $10 million to the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral

Reference:

17/1446949

Contact:

Katy McRae

katy.mcrae@ccc.govt.nz

941 8037

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is for the Hearings Panel to be informed of the analysis of the submissions on the consultation on the proposal to contribute a grant of $10 million to the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Hearings Panel:

1.         Receive the information in the report.

 

 

3.   Introduction

3.1       At its meeting on 30 June 2017 Council resolved CNCL/2017/00149

That the Council:

1.      In response to a request from the Crown – and recognising the heritage and civic value of the Christ Church Cathedral – approves in principle the following support for the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral:

a.         A grant of $10 million (spread over the period of the reinstatement) towards the capital cost of reinstatement, to be made available once other sources of Crown and Church funding have been applied to the reinstatement project.

2.      Resolves that the Council’s approval is subject to

a.      The Anglican Synod deciding to reinstate the Christ Church Cathedral; and

b.      The Crown and other contributors confirming their financial commitment to the reinstatement; and

c.      Public consultation and, depending on the outcome and a final decision by Council, the Council’s contribution being provided for in its 2018-28 Long Term Plan.

3.      Notes that should the fundraising exceed the amount required for the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral the Council contribution will be adjusted accordingly.

4.      Considers as part of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan process whether the Council contributes operating funding to support the broader cathedral visitor experience.

5.      Notes that the Chief Executive may exercise her authority to consider and provide in kind support for the Christ Church Cathedral reinstatement project as appropriate.

6.      Approves consultation being undertaken by special consultative procedure as soon as practicable after the Synod’s decision is known.

 

3.2       Consultation opened on 12 October and ran until 16 November 2017. In total, Council received 1063 submissions – 481 in support, 579 not in support and three that did not indicate a preference.

4.   How the consultation was promoted

4.1       An email and link to the online form was sent to a list of more than 470 stakeholders on the day consultation opened. Public notices on the consultation appeared in The Press on Thursday 12 October and Saturday 14 October, and in The Star on Thursday 19 October. Consultation documents were available at Civic Offices and in Council libraries and service centres. Newsline ran a story on the day the consultation opened, and again on 13 November to remind people consultation was closing soon.

4.2       Four Facebook posts promoting the consultation reached a total of 71,851 people. More than 1,130 people engaged directly with the posts, either by commenting, sharing or ‘reacting’.

5.   Questions asked as part of the consultation

5.1       Submitters were asked to indicate whether or not they supported the grant using a yes/no tick box and we received 1063 responses. The results were that 481 (45.2%) were in support; 579 (54.5%) were not in support and three (0.3%) did not indicate a preference.

5.2       The Mayor, in her introduction to the consultation, stated that this consultation was “an invitation to provide feedback – the why is just as important as the answer.” In order to encourage more in-depth feedback, a slightly different approach was taken with how the questions were formatted online and in the hardcopy consultation document. Instead of a yes/no tick box followed by space for comments, each response had its own space where submitters could provide reasons for their decision. There was also space at the end for any further comments.

5.3       More than three quarters of submitters provided comments.

6.   Analysis of comments in support of the proposed grant

6.1       A high proportion of people provided general, non-specific comments of support (39%). The status of the Cathedral as a heritage site was the next most frequently mentioned reason for supporting the grant (25%), followed by its civic importance (18%), and the need to have a reinstated cathedral for the regeneration of the area (9%).

 

6.2       Some examples of comments in support:

The reinstatement of this very important icon of Christchurch is crucial to the city's recovery. It seems right to me that the Council should contribute to the cathedral's restoration.

Our city is named Christchurch which literally means Christ's Church therefore the cathedral is the symbol of the city. It is also the centre of the city which needs to be regenerated if we are to avoid having a dead core to it.

The Cathedral is an important landmark and symbol for the city of Christchurch and for me personally.  I urge Christchurch City Council to help fund the rebuild.

 

7.   Comments not in support of the proposed grant

7.1       Those not in support had more wide-ranging comments. The most frequently mentioned reason for not supporting the grant was that it is not regarded as a priority for the Council when roads remain in need of repair, etc. (20%).

7.2       The second most common reason for not supporting the proposed grant was criticism of the Anglican Church for perceived mismanagement of its finances and the building’s insurance, and/ or the fact that it is a wealthy organisation that should be able to fund this work without ratepayer support (19%). General, non-specific comments against the proposed grant were the third most common (14%), followed by concerns about the rates increase (13%), unwillingness to support religion (or specifically the Anglican religion) (12%) and not supporting reinstatement of the cathedral (12%). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.3       Of the 13% who commented specifically against the rate increases, reasons given included affordability, legality and that it should be voluntary.

7.4       Some examples of comments not in support:

Why should rate payers pay for the reconstruction of a religious building that is owned by a private entity the Anglican church. Churches are tax exempt let them rebuild if they wish but at their own cost without local government subsidy. Instead use the $10 million to improve local infrastructure and a 21st century city instead of harking back to a Victorian past.

 

I find no relevance in a colonial religious structure being the centrepiece of our city. I feel like this is the perfect opportunity to let go of such archaic thinking and create a new symbol that is more inclusive and representative of the tangata whenua and/or the diversity [sic] that I would like to think exists in our city. I find the prioritising of christian symbols/icons very exclusive, mildly offensive and extremely backward. Let's be bigger and better than that.

 

There are many other urgent uses for 10 million dollars in Christchurch. If the Anglians [sic] want their cathedral repaired/restored - whatever - let them. But do not use ratepayer money to do this.

 

I don't think it’s appropriate for rates to pay for it. Using compulsory taxation powers is an abuse of power. We already pay too much in rates, stop finding ways of increasing rates further.

 

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Volume 1 - HEARD

10

b

Volume 2 - No longer wish to be heard (Under Separate Cover)

 

c

Volume 3 - Not Heard (Under Separate Cover)

 

 

 

Signatories

Author

Katy McRae - Manager Engagement

Approved By

Carolyn Ingles - Head of Urban Regeneration, Design and Heritage

Carol Bellette - General Manager Finance and Commercial (CFO)

Brendan Anstiss - General Manager Strategy and Transformation

  


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CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL

PROPOSED $10 MILLION GRANT FOR CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL

 

SUBMITTERS WHO WISH TO BE HEARD

 

Thursday 14 December 2017

Time

Submission Number

Submitter

Page No

9.10am

7496

David Maclure

12

9.15am

-

 

 

9.20am

9637 and 9642

Christchurch Cathedral Chapter - Chris Oldham

Diocese of Christchurch – Ross Seagar

13 and 15

9.30am

9799

Historic Places Canterbury - Mark Gerrard

20

9.40am

9449

Christchurch Civic Trust - Ross Gray and Dr Chris Kissling

18

9.50am

7819

Ross and Lorraine Gray

32

9.55am

-

 

 

10.00am

7430

Lytton Volante

34

10.05am

8237

Janet Begg

35

10.10am

7779

Ashley Cunliffe

36

10.15am

7789

Lynette Wills

37

10.20am

8302

Gavin Hardie

38

10.25am

9606

Restore Christchurch Cathedral Group Inc - Mark Belton

39

10.30am

7683 and 7672

Mark and Rosie Belton

40 and 41

10.35am

-

 

 

10.45am

9872

Mark Robberds

42

10.50am

9186

Lady Barbara Stewart

43

 

 

BREAK

 

11.15am

9869

Julie Tobbell

44

11.20am

9819

Patricia Allan

45

11.25am

9736

Andrew Troup

46

11.30am

9652

Penny Orme

49

11.35am

9556

Jean Nel

51

11.40am

8408

Francis and Barbara Gidden

52

11.45am

7970

Dale Coulter

53

11.50am

-

 

 

12 noon

9901

Michael Le Petit

54

12.05pm

8295

Haydn Rawstron

55

12.10pm

9647

Diane McCarthy

56

12.15pm

9893

New Zealand Stonemasons Association - Paul Gautron

58

12.20pm

-

 

 

12.50pm

9628 and 9646

Great Christchurch Buildings Trust - David Morrell

59

1.00pm

 

BREAK

 

1.30pm

9985

Allan Matson

60

1.35pm

7943

Prunella Harris

61

1.40pm

9614

Celia Hogan

63

1.45pm

10295

Rodney Routledge

64

1.50pm

10000

John Thacker

65

 


 

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4.    Hearing of Submissions

 

 

 

 

5.    Hearings Panel Consideration and Deliberation