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What a difference a year can make - A reflection on the Mayor of Auckland to end 2023 posted on facebook and LinkedIn (please head there for any comments) At the Helen Clark Foundation Christmas drinks last week… Continue reading "What a difference a year can make"
Shutdown the clown show Mayor Brown - It would be reasonable to expect the Mayor of Auckland and his team to be working constructively, positively and respectfully with Councillors to land an annual budget ahead of a… Continue reading "Shutdown the clown show Mayor Brown"
Oh Waiheke - The final breakdown of elections results confirmed I won in Waitematā (city centre and central suburbs) but unfortunately it was a very different picture on Waiheke.  I wrote the following… Continue reading "Oh Waiheke"
Its a Wrap It’s a wrap after 12 years on Auckland Council - Now that the official results are confirmed it is time to call a wrap on the election campaign and my council career. It certainly wasn’t the result I was hoping… Continue reading "It’s a wrap after 12 years on Auckland Council"
Prudent and responsible management of Auckland Council’s budget - Anyone claiming “council’s debt and spending is out of control” or that council is “virtually broke” (and there are plenty of candidates who really should know better) needs to talk… Continue reading "Prudent and responsible management of Auckland Council’s budget"
Reflections on the Auckland Council term 2019-2022 - Kia ora, this is my final Councillor report for the 2019 – 2022 triennium of Auckland Council. I have reported monthly throughout my time as Councillor for Waitematā and Gulf. … Continue reading "Reflections on the Auckland Council term 2019-2022"
Councillor report June-July 2022 Councillor report June-July 2022 - My Councillor report covers the period from 11 June to 8 August and included a two week recess period.  During the second recess week, I represented Auckland Council at the Local Government New… Continue reading "Councillor report June-July 2022"
Auckland NPS UD policy directions keep door open on new housing rules Auckland NPS UD policy directions keep door open on new housing rules - At a marathon 11 hour Planning Committee meeting on 30 June policy directions were decided that inform the development of the council’s Intensification Planning Instrument (IPI).  The IPI is required… Continue reading "Auckland NPS UD policy directions keep door open on new housing rules"
Councillor monthly report June 2022 Councillor monthly report June 2022 - My Councillor report covers the period from 7 May to 10 June. It has been prepared for the June business meetings of the Waitematā, Waiheke and Aotea Great Barrier Local… Continue reading "Councillor monthly report June 2022"
Bold decision making needed to unleash Auckland’s potential Bold decision making needed to unleash Auckland’s potential - Tāmaki Makaurau has had an aspiration to deliver a safe, connected cycling network since the former Auckland Regional Council signed off plans in the mid-2000s which were then adopted in… Continue reading "Bold decision making needed to unleash Auckland’s potential"