Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee

Open Minutes



Date:                                     Friday 6 October 2017

Time:                                    9:30am

Venue:                                 Council Chamber, Environment Canterbury, 200 Tuam Street






Bill Wasley

Chairman Steve Lowndes, Environment Canterbury         

Councillor Cynthia Roberts, Environment Canterbury       

Councillor Peter Skelton, Environment Canterbury            

Mayor Sam Broughton, Selwyn District Council       

Deputy Mayor Malcolm Lyall , Selwyn District Council

Councillor Mark Alexander, Selwyn District Council            

Councillor Neville Atkinson, Waimakariri District Council  

Councillor Phil Clearwater, Christchurch City Council         

Councillor Sara Templeton, Christchurch City Council        

Dr Te Maire Tau, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu     

Gail Gordon, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Tā Mark Solomon, Canterbury District Health Board          

(Non-Voting Member) Jim Harland, New Zealand Transport Agency  



5 October 2017






Aidan Kimberley

Committee and Hearings Advisor

941 6566


Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee

06 October 2017




The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

1.   Apologies



Committee Resolved GCPC/2017/00016

That the apologies from Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Mayor David Ayers, Kevin Felstead and Jane Huria, be accepted.

Mark Alexander/Mayor Sam Broughton                                                                                                           Carried

2.   Declarations of Interest

There were no declarations of interest recorded.

3.   Deputations by Appointment

There were no deputations by appointment.

4.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Committee Resolved GCPC/2017/00017

Committee Decision

That the minutes of the Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee meeting held on Friday, 1 September 2017 be confirmed subject to the following amendment:

1.         Under item 9 regarding use of the streamlined planning process in Tauranga, replacing the word ‘approved’ with ‘considered approving’.

Peter Skelton/Gail Gordon                                                                                                                                     Carried

Jim Harland joined the meeting at 9:33am.

Gail Gordon left the meeting at 10:24 am.

5.   Settlement Pattern Review - Transport presentation


Committee Comment

Richard Osborne (Christchurch City Council), Steve Higgs (New Zealand Transport Authority, Stewart Gibbon (Environment Canterbury) and Lorraine Johns (Environment Canterbury) delivered a presentation. During the subsequent discussion the following points were raised:

·                The Committee acknowledged the current Government policy for public transport funding, which is to recover 50% of costs through fares, and the other 50% through Government and Local Government funding. Members discussed whether this is the ideal philosophy and whether the funding model is flexible enough to allow local authorities to develop multimodal transport networks.

·                Members discussed the need to make best use of existing infrastructure, including new roading  infrastructure built over the last decade. The Committee also acknowledged that the public transport network has struggled to respond to new subdivisions.

·                Mayor Sam Broughton noted that the current public transport network does not adequately service satellite towns, particularly those outside the Greater Christchurch area such as Darfield, Leeston and Oxford. The Committee discussed how travel times have become more important to commuters than the distance travelled.

·                Dr Te Maire Tau asked that Maori Reserves are taken into account when planning transport networks.

·                Jim Harland noted that the Government has invested heavily in public transport in Auckland and Wellington where intensification has been focused around fixed public transport routes, and encouraged the committee to mirror this model in Greater Christchurch.

·                The Committee discussed the importance of making the system user friendly for the disabled and elderly, many of whom may have been used to using private vehicles and will demand a better standard of service than, for example, an hourly bus route.

·                New technologies are disrupting the delivery of transport services and it is unclear whether this will boost or erode demand for public transport services in the future.


Committee Resolved GCPC/2017/00018

Part C

That the Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee:

1.         Receive the presentation.

Peter Skelton/Mark Alexander                                                                                                                             Carried



6.   One Voice Te Reo Kotahi working agreement


Committee Comment

Keith Tallentire introduced the item and noted that this agreement is with the partnership itself; individual partners are also welcome to develop their own agreements.


Committee Resolved GCPC/2017/00019

Part C

That the Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee:

1.         Endorses the draft working agreement, included as Attachment A to this report.

Phil Clearwater/Cynthia Roberts                                                                                                                          Carried



7.   Urban Development and Regeneration Update


Committee Comment

During the discussion on item 5 Cynthia Roberts requested more data about intensification of housing in future Urban Development and Regeneration Update reports. In response staff noted that the quarterly monitoring report might be a better reporting mechanism for this information but this will be looked at further.

Steve Lowndes requested more information from Ōtākaro on central city anchor projects.



Committee Resolved GCPC/2017/00020

Part C

That the Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee:

1.         Note the report and receive the attached Urban Development and Regeneration Update.

Sara Templeton/Malcolm Lyall                                                                                                                              Carried





Meeting concluded at 11:14am.




Bill Wasley