Monthly Archives: November 2015

Radio Live Panel: 29 November 2015

Listen to my RadioLive panel with Mark Sainsbury and Bill Ralston. We talk about the Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms that are about to go to Select Committee. The discussion turns to what we should do about the port in Auckland … Continue reading

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Park[ing] Day 2015

Auckland Council made this video  [I’ve cued it up to a part in which I’m speaking] about Park[ing] Day 2015. On 18 September, High St and Lorne St were colonised by tiny enclaves of tranquility taking up between one and three … Continue reading

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City Vision is Not Labour: Letter to the Editor of The New Zealand Herald, 23 November 2015

An article by Drs Andy Asquith and Andrew Cardow in the New Zealand Herald on 19 November 2015, ‘Local Politicians, Fly Your Colours’,  asserts that: [B]y hiding behind various constructions candidates are being somewhat dishonest in their projection … Maybe the time … Continue reading

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Paul Henry Panel: 23 November 2015

A panel with former National Party President, Michelle Boag, on the Paul Henry Show. We discuss Phil Goff’s announcement that he is standing for the mayoralty of Auckland and scan the distant horizon for any genuine competitors. This is amusing to watch in retrospect as … Continue reading

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Heritage Demolition in Auckland: it is easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission

In February 2015, resource consent was granted for additions and alterations to the villa at 23 Albany Road, Herne Bay, a heritage building in a Res 1 zone in Conservation Area C and Category B Historic Heritage area (PAUP). The … Continue reading

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Re-Opening of Salisbury Reserve Playground

Saturday 7 October 2015: We couldn’t have asked for a better day to re-open the Salisbury Reserve playground in Herne Bay. This is the fourth playground upgrade that the Waitematā Local Board has completed this year. The design is created … Continue reading

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Waitematā Local Board Low Carbon Action Plan

Waitematā is set to become a low carbon community. I’m proud of this initiative from my Local Board: Becoming a Low Carbon Community: an Action Plan. Kudos to former-Local Board member, Jesse Chalmers, and current members, Christopher Dempsey and Pippa Coom, who … Continue reading

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Statistics NZ population estimates show dramatic growth in Waitematā

Last week Statistics NZ released the latest population estimates for the year ended June 2015. Waitematā Local Board stands out significantly among Auckland’s local boards, growing by the largest number of people (8,300) and also having the highest percentage growth … Continue reading

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October 2015 Local Board Member Report

Purpose This report covers my Waitematā Local Board activities during October 2015 as Deputy Chair of the Waitematā Local Board Finance Committee; Deputy Chair of the Waitematā Local Board Hearings Committee; Lead of the Parks and Open Spaces portfolio; Heritage, … Continue reading

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