An update from Glen Ashton:
I was very confused over the recent Auckland Council (AC) and Rodney Local Board (RLB) announcements with regards sealing our metal roads and have spent the last month investigating and emailing the powers to be.
- Araparera Forestry Trust fund – For those new, this is an old northern Rodney target rate that was paid into a pine forest venture with the idea that profits would be spent on sealing the roads. After much investigation by Greg Sayers and Colin Smith they have found $2.8 million that is available and the RLB have selected some minor roads from the priority list to be sealed.
- Local Transport Target Rate – This is the $150.00 on your rates. When consulted with the public this included $13.5 million to be spent on road sealing over ten years. At the last minute the Local Board altered the funding statement and excluded road sealing and essentially only benefitting the urban town centres with bus services, footpaths and park n rides. The rural community were ignored. This was passed by vote 6 to 3. Our local members Beth Houlbrooke and Tessa Berger voted yes.
- Regional Fuel Tax – This is the extra 11.5 cents per litre for gas. The Mayor Phil Goff made the announcement that $121 million would be spent on road sealing over the next decade. That was made up of $36 million from General rates and $85 million from the RFT. However, it is Auckland Transport (AT) that budget the year on year allocation and have allocated only $3.1m + $1.6m = $4.7m for 2018/19 and only slightly more for 2019/20. The bulk of the amount is “promised” in the later 4 years. Apparently, there are “other” higher priority projects in the Super City.
Rural Rodney has been badly treated. Greg Sayers has been very active on our behalf as have Local Board members Colin Smith, Alison Roe and Brenda Steele. The rest of the Local Board are working against us.
As for Ahuroa Road sealing; it is 2nd on the priority list and is being designed for full length sealing. Unfortunately, there will not be enough funds for at least two years to begin the project. As for the other Ahuroa roads it will be more than a lifetime wait?
Since we have been in the Super City (9 years), AC / AT have only sealed 9 kilometres. Other Rodney rural communities are also upset, and I expect a collective reaction against AC / AT is eminent.
This is an abridged version of conversations and emails, contact me if you want to know more.
I received the followup email from Auckland Transport as a reply to my request early this month on our road repair.
Please also note that the website to lodge a repair request can be found at: https://at.govt.nz/about-us/contact-us/report-a-problem/
Thank you for contacting Auckland Transport with your follow up email. Apologies for the delay in responding to your query, we are currently experiencing high volumes of queries.
We wish to advise that Ahuroa Road is in the end of February and March grading programme.
Please be advised any matters that are deemed to be of a health and safety issue should be reported by calling 09 355 3553 as this allows us to inform a contractor immediately.
Tasha | Customer Feedback Co-ordinator
Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142
P 09 355 3553 | www.at.govt.nz
There is quite a bad slip on the unsealed hill heading down towards Puhoi – about half way down, the road is half covered with earth blocking the west bound lane.
If heading west, it is dangerous.
People need to be extra cautious.
All flooding appears to have subsided now. If you know of any lasting issues let us know.
This slip has been reported to Akl Council.
Thanks to Jeff and Alison for telling us about this one.
Andy Finch of AT has sent me the detailed spreadsheet of the unsealed road priority.
From this spreadsheet it is easy to derive the length of time before a road is sealed. Simply accumulate the estimated cost and divide by the annual sealing budget ($3.4 million – targeted transport levy).
On the AT website Ahuroa Road has priority 6 but if you read the small print this is only for the highest priority section. Ahuroa Road is in 5 sections and the priority six is only for a very small 0.41 Km stretch.
Here are the results in years before the following roads are sealed:
Ahuroa Road .41Km 4 years
Ahuroa Road .46Km 4 years
Ahuroa Road 5.08Km 6 years
Ahuroa Road .49Km 11 years
Ahuroa Road 2.44Km 30 Years
Martins Access 2.39Km 28 years
Wechs Access 2.98Km 36 years
Komokoriki Hill Road 6.33Km 40 years
Wilson Road .39 Km 41 years
J Tolpohf Road .48Km 54 years
Hawkens Road .97KM 62 years
Ahuroa Valley Road 2.75Km 66 years
Poyner Road 1.45Km 72 Years
Clifford Road .97Km 76 years
Parker Road .94Km 80 years
Ahuroa has had no capital infrastructure since 2010 and the future looks grim under the present regime.
It makes one wonder why Ahuroa ratepayers are paying their rates? Auckland Council and Auckland Transport are diverting our rate money into the CBD and City Rail link. Obviously of no use to us, we cannot even connect to public transport.
Elections are coming soon and it is time to think about Local Board members and Councilors that will support Rural Rodney and stop the centric Super City spending.
Glen Ashton Ahuroa Hill Country Farming
0274 906 889
From: Andy Finch (AT) [mailto:Andy.Finch@at.govt.nz]
Sent: 12 July 2016 9:52 a.m.
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Subject: RE: Sealing of Ahuroa Road
Thank you for your email dated 30 June. I apologise for the delay in replying.
As requested I attach the spreadsheet used by Auckland Transport to prioritise the unsealed road network for sealing. This spreadsheet does not include an analysis of the specific length of time that will pass before a road will obtain funding for sealing. I believe that this would be misleading as any calculation would need to make assumptions around the level of funding to be identified for seal extensions in the Long Term Plan to be published in 2018 and subsequent iterations. It would also need to assume an average cost of sealing which may or may not be realised across the entire sealing programme.
I am aware of your concerns regarding the summarising of a number of unsealed road sections on the same road into one line on the spreadsheet. I addressed this in my response to you dated 13 May 2016. An updated prioritised list fully addressing this issue will be published early 2017.
The point you have made regarding rates and the targeted transport levy would be better addressed by Auckland Council.
Manager, Strategic Asset Management and Systems
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Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142
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www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz | Andy.Finch@AT.govt.nz
From: Glen Ashton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:05 a.m.
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Subject: Sealing of Ahuroa Road
Thanks for the reply (below)
The analysis that supports the road sealing priority list used to be on the AT website. It would be useful if you could send me that spreadsheet (as per your offer). I believe that it would be very easy to assess the time it will take to complete any and all unsealed roads.
From your detailed analysis of each road section (I have the old spreadsheet before it was taken off the AT web site) we know the Km to be sealed and the priority order. We know that the annual budget for extension road sealing is $1.4 million per annum. We know that road sealing costs $1 million per Km. Thus only 1.4 Km will get sealed per year. You could add a couple of columns to your detailed spreadsheet to calculate the years to completion of each section. Not hard. If AT cannot do this, then send me the latest detailed spreadsheet and I will provide the spreadsheet calculations free of charge.
Thus given that the lowest priority of a section of the Ahuroa Rd is 147 then from you old detailed spreadsheet it will take 40 years to complete! Side roads will take 300 to 800 years to be sealed.
I believe AT are deliberately misleading the public by publishing only the summary spreadsheet. Several residents of Ahuroa now think that the Ahuroa Road sealing is going to be completed in the near future given it is a priority 6 (which in fact is only a small section of .41Km).
An honest publication of the timeframe for road sealing extensions on the AT website would be a better approach. That would provide ratepayers, councillors, AC staff and AT staff with accurate information from which a debate can be held.
Perhaps AT and AC do not wish to be drawn into public debate and wish to continue diverting Ahuroa rates into CBD congestion issues funding instead of improving our local Ahuroa infrastructure. Ahuroa rates should provide Ahuroa infrastructure according to the Local Bodies Act. Rural Rodney is being neglected by the Centric Super City. Ahuroa has had no capital infrastructure since being forced into the Super City. The reason we pay rates is to sustain and improve our local environment, certainly not to fund downtown projects, 80 Km away that have no benefit to us.
Why are Ahuroa ratepayers paying a three year targeted transport levy when there is absolutely no benefit to our area? I believe that AC and AT are in breach of the Local Bodies Act.
I await your reply.
Sealing of Ahuroa Road – CAS-276834-P5T2Y8
Thank you for your correspondence regarding the updated road sealing priority list published early 2016.
As you have identified this updated list aggregated all unsealed sections of Ahuroa Road. These are detailed on the attachment to this letter. It is probable that the three sections with the highest priority will be aggregated and sealed together.
It is difficult to assess how long it will take to seal Ahuroa Road in its entirety. The funding for seal extensions over the period 2015 to 2018 has been set along with the programme for delivery of the highest priority projects. However, the next Council Long Term Plan will be published in 2018. This will identify future funding for seal extensions and accordingly determine the level of sealing that can achieved over the subsequent 3 years.
The analysis that supports the sealing priority list would be better demonstrated. Please contact me if you would like to take up this offer and this can then be arranged.
Manager, Strategic Asset Management and Systems