Finance and Performance Committee

Supplementary Agenda



Notice of Meeting:

An ordinary meeting of the Finance & Performance Committee will be held on:


Date:                                    Thursday 24 March 2022

Time:                                   9.30am

Venue:                                 Via Audio/Visual Link





Deputy Chairperson


Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner

Councillor Sam MacDonald

Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Councillor Jimmy Chen

Councillor Catherine Chu

Councillor Melanie Coker

Councillor Pauline Cotter

Councillor Mike Davidson

Councillor Celeste Donovan

Councillor Anne Galloway

Councillor James Gough

Councillor Yani Johanson

Councillor Aaron Keown

Councillor Phil Mauger

Councillor Jake McLellan

Councillor Tim Scandrett

Councillor Sara Templeton



22 March 2022



Principal Advisor

Leah Scales

Acting General Manager - Resources / CFO

Tel: 941 8999

Principal Advisor

Dawn Baxendale

Chief Executive

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David Corlett

Committee and Hearings Advisor

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Part A           Matters Requiring a Council Decision

Part B           Reports for Information

Part C           Decisions Under Delegation





C          22.      Request for drawdown of funds for Major Cycleway Heathcote Expressway Section 2 (Tannery to Martindales)............................................................................ 5

Released from Public Excluded with commercial details removed.

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22.   Request for drawdown of funds for Major Cycleway Heathcote Expressway Section 2 (Tannery to Martindales)

Reference Te Tohutoro:


Report of Te Pou Matua:

Donal Hanrahan, Project Manager,


General Manager Pouwhakarae:

Jane Davis, General Manager Infrastructure,



 Secretarial Note: This report has been released from the public excluded agenda and does not included the commercial information contained in public excluded item 22.


1.   Purpose of the Report Te Pūtake Pūrongo

1.1       The purpose of this report is to request a drawdown of additional funds for Major Cycleway – Heathcote Expressway Route Section 2 Tannery to Martindales from the contingency held at a programme level.

1.2       This report has been written after the first of two tenders have closed on the project, and prior to award of either tender.

1.3       Major Cycleway – Heathcote Expressway Route Section 2 Tannery to Martindales is the last section of the Heathcote Expressway and is one of the projects approved for Shovel Ready funding. Once constructed it will form a continuous cycleway link between the Heathcote Valley and the City.

1.4       The decision in this report is of low significance in relation to the Christchurch City Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy.  The level of significance was determined by Significance Assessment Worksheet. The reason for it being low is that the decision relates to funding rather than the works itself, which have already been consulted on.


2.   Officer Recommendations Ngā Tūtohu

That the Finance and Performance Committee:

1.         Notes the tendered costs of constructing Major Cycleway – Heathcote Expressway Route Section 2 Tannery to Martindales are higher than previously budgeted

2.         Approve the drawdown of programme funds to #23100 Major Cycleway – Heathcote Expressway (Section 2) Tannery to Martindales, from the following:

a.         $2,999,862 from #1987 Programme – Major Cycleway – Heathcote Expressway,

b.         $600,000 from #1983 Programme – Major Cycleway – Rapanui-Shag Rock, and

c.         $2,000,000 from #1980 Programme – Major Cycleway – South Express


3.   Reason for Report Recommendations Ngā Take mō te Whakatau

3.1       The purpose of this report is to seek approval for the additional budget from programme contingency funds to allow the project to start construction and receive the $8.2 million of approved Shovel Ready funding from central Government. The project has been tendered and cannot be awarded without approval of additional funds.

3.2       Since the project was put out to tender there have been a number of things that have happened to increase the cost above the pre tender estimate, including cost escalations, confirmation of service relocation requirements and KiwiRail design reviews.

3.3       As part of the Shovel Ready agreement Council is required to have contingency available to cover any overspends. This is held at a programme level.

4.   Reason for Cost Increase

4.1       The Shovel Ready projects were a Central Government response to Covid 19 lockdowns and were designed to kick start infrastructure investment across New Zealand.  They were fast tracked through planning and design to meet the relevant timelines for funding. The funding agreement with the Crown became effective on 1st July 2020.

4.2       Heathcote Expressway Section 2 had a Route Selection phase estimate of $8.6 million, this was a high level estimate based on typical MCR costs per metre. This estimate was completed in 2016.

4.3       Prior to Shovel Ready requests for funding, the consultation for Cumnor Terrace had closed in March 2020 and other work was planned until FY24.

4.4       Heathcote Expressway Section 2 was not included in the initial Shovel Ready application due to the Crown requirement for projects to have a value of over $10 million. The South Express and Norwest Arc Major Cycle Routes had been included in the initial application.

4.5       Initial feedback on the MCR Shovel Ready application was positive and Council was asked if there were any more cycleway projects that could be considered for funding. Time constraints meant there was no time for further refinement of the 2016 estimates and the Heathcote Expressway Section 2 was then put forward with the Route Selection phase estimate of $8.6 million.

4.6       The initial funding agreement with Otakaro for the Shovel Ready projects was reported to Council (in public excluded) on 10 September 2020.  Section 5.8 of the report  states the following:

·   The co-funding will remain committed for the duration of the projects and contingency will need to be made available at a programme level to ensure Council’s obligations under this agreement are achieved.

The details of this report were released to the public in their entirety (no redactions) in December 2020.

4.7       Once the Heathcote Expressway Section 2 was put forward for consideration for Shovel Ready funding, a detailed scheme design estimate was initiated and this came to a revised value of $10.6 million. Reasons for the increase from the 2016 Route Selection phase estimate were as follows:

4.7.1   Onsite material testing for contamination had indicated much higher levels of contamination than previously expected. This has led to the cost increasing by $800k. Some areas of contamination had been expected, but affected areas were more widespread than expected.

4.7.2   Although the MCR does not actually cross the railway there is a KiwiRail requirement that a Level Crossing Safety Impact Assessment (LCSIA) is completed for any significant works close to a level crossing. Historically these had only been required when the project actually cross the railway line, not when running parallel.  Once completed the LCSIA recommended that a maze be installed rather than gates. The cost of this was estimated to be an additional $300k. See Attachment A for extract from LCSIA.

4.7.3   The additional costs of keeping Cumnor Terrace two way were estimated to be $500k, to cover footpath removal and adjustment to property entrances along Cumnor Terrace. Original plans were to build closer to the river to reduce the amount of footpath to be removed, but this couldn’t be done without significant consent requirements.

4.7.4   Other changes made following consultation were, Ferrymead Park’s access requirement around their level crossing and entrance from Truscotts Road and Mobil pipeline easement. These led to an additional $100k of design and construction costs. See Attachment B showing changes to Ferrymead Park crossing and entrance and changes made for Mobil easement.

4.7.5   Additional scope added to get the cycleway across Martindales Road was requested following consultation. This has added $100k.

4.7.6   Additional contingency due to the additional works $200k.

4.8       The above anticipated cost increases have been reported to Finance and Performance Committee as part of the regular monthly reporting since October 2020.  Staff have been looking for opportunities to reduce costs and try and bring the project in within or near the original budget of $8.6M.  Despite officers’ best efforts the complexities of the route and KiwiRail issues have meant it was not possible to find those design savings.

4.9       The value of $10.6 million was included in the final Shovel Ready Due Diligence Information in September 2020, however only the $8.2 million was approved to be funded by the Crown under the Shovel Ready Agreement. This was based on the initial estimate of $8.6 million less the $400k already spent on the project (this had been spent on property purchase, consultation and design).

4.10    The anticipated costs of approximately $11.0m have continued to be reported to the Finance and Performance Committee via the External Funded Projects report each month since November 2020 (14 reports).

4.11    The project consents were granted in October 2021, the first contract tender closed in late September 2021. Since then the project costs have been re-calculated taking into account a number of changes.  This has resulted in the estimated final cost of the project being $14.2 million. Reasons for the additional increases are as follows:

4.11.1 KiwiRail have rejected the LCSIA recommendations for a maze configuration to be installed and are insisting on gates being installed. Track replacement and barrier arms are also required to be installed, this was only requested during a detailed design review by KiwiRail. See Attachment C for current design of Scrutton Road level crossing.

4.11.2 During detailed design of Cumnor Terrace onsite service investigation was carried. This investigation undertaken in 2021 indicated the existing Orion 11kV cables along Cumnor Terrace would need to be relocated to the other side of the road. See Attachment D showing location of cables to be relocated.

4.11.3 Following consultation on the one way option for Cumnor Terrace a number of issues with the existing driveways were highlighted, these were going to be made worse by the removal of the footpath, this has meant additional work needs to be carried out to ensure access is maintained. See Attachment Ffor drawing of works on driveways.

4.11.4 The length of boardwalk required along Cumnor Terrace and through the Kennaway Park drainage reserve has increased.

4.11.5 Consenting requirements around ecology and changes to the MCR alignment following discussion with Kennaway Business Park owner in 2021. Significantly more planting is required than originally expected. This allows for excavation of the full depth of the plant beds and disposal of contaminated material. See attachment E showing original alignment and additional areas of planting.

4.11.6 Consenting costs were higher than expected. Consenting was more complex than originally expected and with the relocating of the path through Kennaway Reserve additional design was required. This resulted in about $100k of additional costs for the consent application and redesigns.

4.11.7 Street lighting costs through Ferrymead Park have increased due to Orion no longer undergrounding existing overhead cables in the area. Previously it was planned on installing the lighting cable at the same time as the Orion undergrounding and sharing the costs of the trenching.

4.11.8 Street Lighting design costs have also increased due to changes to Orion planned undergrounding in Ferrymead Park and changes to path design during consenting.

4.11.9 Additional fencing requirements along Tunnel Road, previously only a wire rope barrier was planned to be installed.


5.   Alternative Options Considered Ētahi atu Kōwhiringa

5.1       Discontinuing the project, or reducing scope of the project to deliver within budget – This is not recommended as doing so would require funding received under the Shovel Ready Agreement to be refunded. Additionally, there is a risk funding for the wider Shovel Ready programme may be jeopardised.

5.2       Value engineering the current design to reduce the costs has been done and some minor saving have been made.

5.3       Officers can explore the possibility of receiving co-funding for the additional expenditure from Waka Kotahi.  This could reduce the impact of the funding on Council budgets.

6.   Detail Te Whakamahuki

6.1       Approval of additional funding from the programme contingency does not directly affect the approved plan so no impacts on the community.

6.2       The decision affects the following wards/Community Board areas:

6.2.1   Waikura Linwood Central Heathcote Community Board

7.   Policy Framework Implications Ngā Hīraunga ā- Kaupapa here

Strategic Alignment Te Rautaki Tīaroaro

7.1       Decision relates to completing construction of a section of cycleway. This will increase the safety of cyclists promoting a greater use of cycling which aligns with accelerating the momentum for the City’s need for safe active transport options.

7.2       This report supports the Council's Long Term Plan (2021 - 2031):

7.2.1   Activity: Transport

·     Level of Service: 10.0.2 Increase the share of non-car modes in daily trips - ≥17% of trips undertaken by non-car modes

Policy Consistency Te Whai Kaupapa here

7.3       The decision is consistent with Council’s Plans and Policies.

Impact on Mana Whenua Ngā Whai Take Mana Whenua

7.4       The decision does not involve a significant decision in relation to ancestral land or a body of water or other elements of intrinsic value, therefore this decision does not specifically impact Mana Whenua, their culture and traditions.

Climate Change Impact Considerations Ngā Whai Whakaaro mā te Āhuarangi

7.5       The funding is required to complete a section of cycleway to align with promoting active travel through a safer cycling network resulting in reduced carbon emissions.

Accessibility Considerations Ngā Whai Whakaaro mā te Hunga Hauā

7.6       The cycleway will encourage less confident cyclists to use the cycle network and better serve the cyclist currently using it.

8.   Resource Implications Ngā Hīraunga Rauemi

Capex/Opex Ngā Utu Whakahaere

8.1       Cost to Implement - $5,599,862 on top of current approved budget.

8.2       Maintenance/Ongoing costs – cost neutral, no change to proposed cycleway.

8.3       Funding Sources:

·    #1987 Programme - Major Cycleway - Heathcote Expressway               $2,999,862

·    #1983 Programme – Major Cycleway – Rapanui – Shag Rock                   $600,000

·    #1980 Programme – Major Cycleway - South Express                                 $2,000,000


The sources listed above reflect contingency held at a programme level as a requirement under the Shovel Ready Agreement. The drawing down of these funds will reduce the contingency available should other unknown risks materialise within the programme.

9.   Legal Implications Ngā Hīraunga ā-Ture

Statutory power to undertake proposals in the report Te Manatū Whakahaere Kaupapa

9.1       The Finance and Performance Committee has authority to approve the drawdown of funds.

Other Legal Implications Ētahi atu Hīraunga-ā-Ture

9.2       There is no legal context, issue or implication relevant to this decision.

10. Risk Management Implications Ngā Hīraunga Tūraru

10.1    If not approved or delayed the contracts cannot be awarded and Council risk losing Crown funding of $8.2 million.

10.2    One of the current tenders includes a water main for 3 Waters along Truscotts Road. If this tender cannot be awarded then the water main will have to be tendered and awarded as a separate contract. This will potentially lead to two construction projects occurring in the same area and associated additional costs. 

10.3    Maintenance has plans to carry out repairs to a section of Cumnor Terrace in FY23, if the contracts can be awarded there are plans to combine the works, leading to less disruption to the stakeholders and higher quality road finish.



Attachments Ngā Tāpirihanga





Extract From LCSIA



Additional works following consultation with Ferrymead Park and Mobil



KiwiRail Scruttons Road Level Crossing



Orion Cable Relocation



Kennaway Reserve Alignment and Planting Changes



Driveway alteration on Cumnor Terrace




Additional background information may be noted in the below table:

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Confirmation of Statutory Compliance Te Whakatūturutanga ā-Ture

Compliance with Statutory Decision-making Requirements (ss 76 - 81 Local Government Act 2002).

(a) This report contains:

(i)  sufficient information about all reasonably practicable options identified and assessed in terms of their advantages and disadvantages; and

(ii) adequate consideration of the views and preferences of affected and interested persons bearing in mind any proposed or previous community engagement.

(b) The information reflects the level of significance of the matters covered by the report, as determined in accordance with the Council's significance and engagement policy.




Signatories Ngā Kaiwaitohu


Donal Hanrahan - Project Manager

Approved By

Oscar Larson - Team Leader Project Management

Lynette Ellis - Head of Transport & Waste Management

Jane Davis - General Manager Infrastructure, Planning & Regulatory Services


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