Extraordinary Council Meeting

7 July 2021

Northland Regional Council Minutes


Meeting held remotely

on Wednesday 7 July 2021, commencing at 9.00am




Chairperson, Penny Smart


Terry Archer

Justin Blaikie

Jack Craw

Colin Kitchen

Amy Macdonald

Marty Robinson

Rick Stolwerk

Joce Yeoman


I Tae Mai/In Attendance:

Full Meeting

Chief Executive Officer

GM - Strategy, Governance and Engagement


Governance Support Manager


Secretarial Note:

·        To meet the requirements of the Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice 2020 the meeting was made open to the public through an online recording of proceedings.

·        The Chair declared the meeting open at 9.09am and proceedings commenced with the Tauāki ā roto by full council.

Ngā whakapahā/Apologies (Item 3.0)

There were no apologies.

Nga whakapuakanga/Declarations of Conflicts of Interest (Item 4.0)

It was advised that councillors should make declarations item-by-item as the meeting progressed.





Oruku Landing Conference and Event Centre - Amending Resolution (Item 5.1)

Report from Ben Lee, GM - Strategy, Governance and Engagement and Darryl Jones, Economist

Moved (Stolwerk/Macdonald)

1.         That the report ‘Oruku Landing Conference and Event Centre - Amending Resolution’ by Ben Lee, GM - Strategy, Governance and Engagement and Darryl Jones, Economist and dated 29 June 2021, be received.



It was further moved (Stolwerk/Kitchen)

2.         That the 19 May 2021 council resolution be amended as follows:

2.     That council approves the provision of $6 million (plus GST if any) in grant funding for the Oruku Landing Conference and Event Centre (the Project) as proposed in the Long Term Plan 2021-2031 Consultation Document and supporting information, with the following conditions. 

a.      Whangarei District Council maintains its existing commitment to take responsibility for the Project, including paying for all cost overruns, and owning it as a council asset. 

b.      Crown Infrastructure Partners maintains its current funding commitment of $60 million to the Project.  Any reduction in the quantum of this commitment will be matched by a proportional decrease in council’s funding commitment. 

c.      The funding will only be used to contribute towards the cost of the internal physical fit-out of the Centre.

d.      The funding will be provided once the building structure is complete and the fit-out is required, and not before the commencement of the 2023/24 financial year.

e.      That council receive detailed fit-out design and costings prior to making any payment.

f.      A set of social procurement requirements for the Project are developed in conjunction with Whangarei District Council and Crown Infrastructure Partners. 

g.      Authorised piling for the hotel construction has commenced no later than 31 March 2023.  [Condition deleted]


(Councillor Craw abstained from voting)


Whakamutunga (Conclusion)

The meeting concluded at 9.13am.