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Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board – Annual Report 2014-2015
Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board – Annual Report 2014-2015
Funding Board Financial Summary
Overview of Amenities
Auckland Festival Trust
Auckland Philharmonia Trust
Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
Auckland Theatre Company Limited
Coastguard Northern Region Incorporated
New Zealand National Maritime Museum Trust Board
New Zealand Opera Limited
Stardome – Auckland Observatory and Planetarium Trust Board
Surf Life Saving Northern Region Incorporated
Watersafe Auckland Incorporated
Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board Annual Report - Financial Statements Year Ended 30 June 2015
Specified Amenities Financial Results
Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board – Annual Report 2014-2015 Chairs Report As the Funding Board finalises its sixth Annual Report, it is worthwhile reflecting on the considerable progress that the ten specified amenities have made over the last six years. It is particularly pleasing for both I, and the other board members, to reflect on the small role we have played in bringing about the many significant changes.
The amenities have seized all the opportunities to improve their governance and management structures; expanded outreach and other services across the wider Auckland region, and are delivering enhanced services and products.
The ten amenities contribute greatly to the lives of the citizens of Auckland and its visitors and as a board we have been fortunate to see first-hand the impact the organisations have had in our region. We all appreciate just how much of a positive impact this funding has had on each of these organisations, and that is represented in the services they deliver to the ratepayers, residents and visitors to Auckland.
Although the ten amenities that receive funding from the board are diverse in nature, it is recognised that each of these organisations is making a significant contribution towards achieving the outcomes laid out in the Auckland Plan adopted by Auckland Council. Together, they all work towards making Auckland the world’s most liveable city.
With the population of Auckland growing at the rate of approximately 30,000 to 40,000 people per year, or the equivalent of the Wellington City population being added to Auckland every five to six years, demand for the services provided by these ten amenities will only continue to increase.
The Funding Board has the responsibility, on behalf of the ratepayers of the Auckland region, for overseeing the distribution of grant funding to the ten specified amenities named in the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act 2008.
The Funding Board takes this responsibility seriously, and is acutely aware that the grant funding being distributed is public money, and as a consequence the Funding Board is duty bound to ensure that it is spent in a manner that provides value for money to the ratepayers, while also providing a degree of financial security to each of the ten specified amenities. Over the last six years, members of the Funding Board have built up a comprehensive knowledge of the ten specified amenities which greatly assists deliberations when assessing requests for funding.
This report contains narratives provided by each amenity outlining the range of activities undertaken during the last year. These make for thought-provoking reading, because they all recognise the significant contribution that regional funding has made to the way they conduct their operations; the services they provide; and the changes they have been able to make.
Each entity has focussed on delivering the very best outcomes to benefit the ratepayers and residents of Auckland.
Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board – Annual Report 2014-2015 It is particularly pleasing to read in the commentaries provided by the Amenities (pages 9-75) that a significant amount of work is being undertaken by the Amenities to further the interests of Māori in the Auckland region, whether it be commissioning and presenting specific works by and about Māori (e.g. the Auckland Arts Festival’s The Kumara and the Mooncake), or providing programming directly targeted for at risk Maori (e.g. the Watersafe Auckland water safety programmes). All the Amenities have inclusive policies to cater for the diverse nature of the Auckland demographic makeup – but where appropriate, specific programmes or events have been implemented to recognise the unique role for Māori in Auckland.
In May 2015 there were a number of changes on the board. Scott Milne’s term on the board was completed after serving on the board since its establishment in February 2009. Scott’s contribution both as a board member, and more latterly as Deputy Chair since March 2014 has been greatly appreciated. Steve Bootten was welcomed as a new board member on 1 June 2015, joining Catherine Harland, Diane Maloney and Lyn Lim who were all reappointed for a further three year period.
I must once again thank all the members of the Funding Board for their hard work, commitment, enthusiasm, professional manner, and good humour throughout the year. The varying viewpoints, skills and experience are paramount when discharging the duties of the Funding Board in order to best serve the requirements of the legislation that the board operates under.
The Funding Board remains grateful for the in-kind support it receives from Buddle Findlay for continuing to make its facilities available for board meetings.
Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board – Annual Report 2014-2015 Legislative Framework The Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act 2008, which the board operates under, allows the Funding Board to fix a levy to be imposed on Auckland Council; for that to be paid to the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board to be then distributed as grants to the ten specified amenities named in the legislation. The purpose of the funding is to establish a mechanism that will ensure the on-going sustainability of these specific organisations that deliver arts, culture, recreational, heritage and rescue services and facilities to the Auckland region.
The annual grants distributed to the ten amenities are derived from the levy paid to the Funding Board by Auckland Council, and by extension, the ratepayers of Auckland. Both the Funding Board and amenities are aware of the source of this funding, and as such, each amenity ensures that they acknowledge the significant funding contributions of Auckland Council and the ratepayers of Auckland.
Since the legislation became operative in 2008, between the first payments being made to the amenities in August 2009 through to June 2016, a total of $89.24 million has been distributed to the ten amenities. This has had the effect of bringing a high degree of financial stability to these organisations as well as enabling the standard and range of services and facilities provided to Aucklanders to be improved accordingly.
Details of the total grants paid to the amenities from 2009 through to 2015 are shown in the
In 2014-2015 the Funding Board was able to return to business as usual following the unexpected activities in 2013-2014 surrounding the judicial review that the board was a party to. Early in the beginning of the financial year the Funding Board received advice that following the decision of the High Court, there would be no further appeals.
This meant that the additional funding of $400,000 received from Auckland Council in early 2014 to cover unbudgeted legal fees associated with the judicial review was able to be returned to Auckland Council at year end. This abnormal item contributed to the overall trading loss of $203, 982.
A further consequence of the outcome of the judicial review was that the Funding Board did not need to seek external legal or consultancy advice throughout the year.
In August 2014 the Funding Board made the decision to conduct as much business as possible electronically. To achieve this, the Funding Board purchased a number of iPads for board members to use and now utilises the services of a cloud-based library system to store its electronic records. All meeting agendas, funding applications, reports and other material previously distributed as paper copies are now kept on-line for members to access.
Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board – Annual Report 2014-2015 Overview of Amenities Each Specified Amenity has provided their own commentary about the activities, community reach, financial, achievements against Key Performance Indicators and other significant matters relating to that entity for the twelve months ended 30 June 2015.
In addition a high-level summary of financial results, together with a comparison to the previous year is included.
Note that the Summarised Financial Results table shows financial results relating to the financial year of the organisation (noted beside the table heading). This has been done to provide a more accurate representation of trading results of the organisation, reflecting the specific trading activities of that industry. In the case of the ‘arts organisations’ the events year runs from January to December. A 31 December balance date has been chosen to complement this.
Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board – Annual Report 2014-2015 Auckland Festival Trust The main focus of the year was planning, programming and presenting Auckland Arts Festival (AAF) 2015 (4-22 March). This AAF was a 19-day, high-energy celebration of our city, people and cultures which received excellent feedback from audiences and reviewers alike. The programme appealed to audiences of all ages in 86 locations across the Auckland region.
From Leigh to Papakura, Titirangi to Howick, the Festival offered unique experiences and attracted 180,000 people. The seven festivals held so far have attracted more than 1.36m people.
Other major activities during the year included completing the NZ in Edinburgh project, liaising with a wide range of sponsors, funding partners and patrons, and continuing to plan for a 2016 festival – the first annualised festival, on a trial basis.
Planning for Festival Every Year / Auckland Arts Festival 2016 The Trust has been busy planning for the first annualised festival, which will take place 2- 20 March 2016, as well as for the following festival in 2017.
As an outcome of the AAF going annual, the organisation will be collaborating with Wellington’s NZ Festival (NZF) in 2016. Dates for the NZF are 26 February - 20 March; it will be the first time both Festivals are held in the same year and the dates overlap. AAF and NZF will be working on three co-produced NZ works. There are also four other international and national works that both festivals will programme. This joint approach creates an opportunity to share work which could potentially reduce expenditure and also gives NZ artists greater opportunities to develop their work to a higher standard, stage longer performance seasons and deliver to audiences in their own backyard.
Meetings with a number of Auckland organisations about possible collaborations as well as negotiations for a number of major international works for 2016 and 2017 were held. This also included negotiations with other international festivals and presenters to tour work in partnership.
The Royal NZ Ballet, Black Grace, Chamber Music NZ, the Conch, and Theatre Stampede will be part of the 2016 programme. A major English language play from the UK – the James Plays – (National Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland) has also been confirmed.
A semi-staged opera, Nixon in China, will be jointly presented with APO and NZ Opera. Discussions are also being held with Auckland Museum and Waterfront Auckland about collaborations. Plans are also being finalised with Auckland Theatre Company to include the co-commissioning and development of a major new NZ work in the 2017 AAF.
Discussions are well under way with the Council regarding resource consent for a major outdoor ticketed event in Auckland Domain Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board – Annual Report 2014-2015 (with capacity of at least 10,000 per night for 3 nights) by a French company who have not performed in NZ before. Planning is also under way for a regional performance programme expected to include at least six areas outside Central Auckland. White Night and the visual arts programme will also serve regional Auckland.
Core Funder Funding of $2,305,000 was received for 2014-2015 from the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board (ARAFB). The funding supported the operations of the Festival including administration, programming, marketing and staffing for which funding is not available from other sources. ARAFB gives the Trust financial surety that can be leveraged to secure other funders and sponsors, as well as the ability to plan, programme and promote the Festival in advance of other funding streams being confirmed.
Creative New Zealand Creative NZ (CNZ) continued to fund AAF during the year under its Toi Tōtara Haemata (Arts Leadership Investment) programme. AAF receives $700,000 over two calendar years from this programme. In addition, a Capability Building grant of $24,500 was received for 2014towards upgrading the database system for audiences, sponsors and patrons, enabling better marketing capability and improved efficiencies.
Other Funding During the 2014-15 financial year, grants were received from ASB Community Trust (now Foundation North), NZ Community Trust, Pub Charity, Lion Foundation, Four Winds Foundation, Lottery Auckland Community Committee, Te Puni Kōākiri, Asia NZ Foundation, the Trusts Community Foundation and Chartwell Trust.
The US Embassy and the Australian High Commission gave small grants towards the costs of US and Australian artists respectively, and the British Council supported UK artists in the 2015 programme. A grant was received from the Kelliher Charitable Trust for the Arts Accessibility Programme.