Monthly Archives: September 2014

September 2014 Local Board Member Report

Purpose This report covers my Waitematā Local Board Activities during September 2014 as Deputy Chair of the Finance Committee, Deputy Chair of the Hearings Committee, Lead portfolio holder of Parks and Open Spaces portfolio, Acting-Lead of the Heritage, Urban Design … Continue reading

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Is the Green Party of the Left or is it a Party for Sustainability?

The Greens can be described as ‘left’, just as the colour of a puriri tree can be described as ‘dark’, but not adequately so. The Greens have an uncompromising commitment to fairness and equality. They also have a commitment to … Continue reading

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22 September 2014 Paul Henry Show Panel

Just two days after the General Election, tonight’s panel was on what the Left needs to do to re-build. I maintain that the Green Party is a party of sustainability rather than a traditional left-wing party. Watch here.

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Re-Opening of the O’Connell Street Shared Space

It was one of the highlights of my month to see the O’Connell Street shared space officially re-opened and turned over entirely to people for the night. Paid for by the city centre targeted rate to the tune of $2.25 million, … Continue reading

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The Mayor’s Proposal for the 2015-2025 Auckland Council Long Term Plan and Lowering Development Contributions

It has been a sobering few weeks for Waitematā Local Board as we discuss the implications of the Mayor’s proposal for the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 (LTP). The LTP is Council’s budget for the next ten years and it is being shaped … Continue reading

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Opening of the Grafton Cycleway

It was an uncomplicated pleasure to attend the opening of the Grafton Cycleway on the morning of 6 September. I have been watching the construction of the cycleway along the edge of the Grafton Gully with great anticipation. The word … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to the Auckland City Council Rodeo ban on Council land?

On 31 October 2010 Auckland Council inherited a policy from the legacy Auckland City Council that prohibited  rodeo events on council land in the former Auckland City area. The ban was not a bylaw, it was a resolution of the … Continue reading

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A Living Wage for Auckland Council: an investment in people

Exactly one year ago, I posted this on the City Vision site [note: I have changed the Living Wage and minimum wage rates to reflect the time of this posting]. The Waitematā Local Board resolved in 2013 that Auckland Council introduce a … Continue reading

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August 2014 Local Board Member Report

Executive Summary This report covers my Waitematā Local Board Activities during August 2014 as Deputy Chair of the Finance Committee, Deputy Chair of the Hearings Committee, Lead portfolio holder of Parks and Open Spaces portfolio, Co-portfolio holder of the Heritage, … Continue reading

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