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Screw democracy – Auckland to get the Canterbury treatment

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 136 comments

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It’s naked panic now. In response to the crisis that isn’t a crisis Key is going to overrule the council that his government created and screw over Auckland democracy just like he screwed over Canterbury. What do you think of that Aucklanders?

We’re going to burn it all, until we burn it down.

Written By: - Date published: 12:11 am, May 20th, 2016 - 173 comments

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What does it really mean to reduce NZ’s total fossil fuel use by 50% by 2030: a warm up discussion for an upcoming thought experiment.

Justin Lester: begging is a social issue, not a crime

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, April 9th, 2016 - 50 comments

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The Auckland local government race isn’t the only one where begging is becoming a top issue.

What should Auckland Council do about begging

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, April 7th, 2016 - 54 comments

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Two conservative mayoral candidates have proposed that people begging should be fined.

Justin Lester launches campaign for Wellington Mayor

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 4th, 2016 - 34 comments

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Justin Lester launched his campaign for the Wellington mayoralty yesterday, focusing on housing, supporting small business and social services.

House Tales.

Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, March 22nd, 2016 - 32 comments

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If ‘home is where the heart is’ then what’s the story when everything’s heartless?

Local democracy just got screwed

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, March 15th, 2016 - 31 comments

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If the RMA Amendment Bill goes through, then community groups all over the country are going to become intimately acquainted with just how badly they have been shafted by Mr Smith and his accomplices.

Leggett does a runner

Written By: - Date published: 5:58 pm, March 11th, 2016 - 16 comments

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Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says he will announce his decision about running for Mayor of Wellington at a launch later this month. It sounds like he has already made up his mind about what he is running for; the real question is what is he running from?

Government plans RMA power grab

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 9th, 2016 - 29 comments

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The Government is planning to allow the relevant Minister to change District Plans by regulation or to allow National Policy Statements to change district plans and to prevent submissions being received unless evidence contained is provided by a professional adviser with expertise.

Auckland Council IT Blowout; Guest Post

Written By: - Date published: 6:26 pm, March 6th, 2016 - 62 comments

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TS regular SaveNZ looks at the background to the massive cost overruns in the Auckland Council’s IT department. It’s not about the democratic processes of council; it’s because the Supercity was set up to fail.

Young Nats run away from public debate on TPP

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, March 5th, 2016 - 47 comments

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Surprisingly and refreshingly, the Young Nats initially agreed. A date was set, a venue booked, and promotion of the debate under way.

Hickey on Auckland housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, March 4th, 2016 - 73 comments

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Bernard Hickey’s piece from last Sunday on Auckland Housing is a depressing read.

Supercity IT cost blowout

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 2nd, 2016 - 69 comments

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The real costs of the Auckland IT merger are at least six times higher than National’s original $200 million estimate. This significantly alters the economic case that was made for the “supercity”. Was National’s estimate deliberately wrong, or was it just incompetent?

Boots Theory: What is going on with the local-government Right?

Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, March 1st, 2016 - 19 comments

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Stephanie Rodgers analyses two mayoral races and asks why the right in Auckland is so messy. And why Wellington looks more settled.

Fuster and Cluck ride again?

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, February 27th, 2016 - 13 comments

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John Palino has all but announced that he will also stand for the super city Mayoralty and there is a rumour that Simon Lusk will be his campaign manager.

Humans of Remuera revolt against the Unitary Plan

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, February 26th, 2016 - 123 comments

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The humans of Remuera succeeded this week in getting Auckland Council to withdraw evidence from the Unitary Plan hearing supporting increased intensification in the leafy suburbs.

Establishment appointed Council protects Establishment

Written By: - Date published: 5:21 pm, February 11th, 2016 - 39 comments

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So National’s appointed ECan (undermining democracy since 2010) has decided that leading business man Hugh Fletcher & Chief Justice Sian Elias shouldn’t be fined for their cows sh!ting in a lake. National were accused of taking voting rights so they could favour dairy over Christchurch, and this seems a good example. Canterbury has suffered enough – it needs democracy back.

Government U turn on inner city rail link

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, January 27th, 2016 - 40 comments

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John Key has announced that National will bring forward funding of Auckland’s inner city rail link.  The decision is welcome but it should have been made years ago.

The great big list of John Key’s big fat lies (UPDATED)

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 27th, 2016 - 76 comments

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How many more lies will John Key tell today in his so-called State of the Nation address? Virtual chocolate fish to whomever guesses the closest number.

Local Democracy

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 19th, 2015 - 35 comments

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Ad discusses a phenomenon where Local Government is having a greater and greater effect on New Zealand’s development.  But local politicians are having less and less effect.

Collins and the “monster” board

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, December 7th, 2015 - 43 comments

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Idiot turn of phrase or deliberately inflammatory? You be the judge.

Dunedin leads the way

Written By: - Date published: 4:14 pm, December 3rd, 2015 - 7 comments

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On carbon emissions I don’t have any hope for NZ under National, which is still stuck in a stupid fossil fuel mentality. I do have hope for the people, organisations, and regions within NZ who are collectively taking action. And I’m proud that my home of Dunedin is leading the way.

A Labour Mayor for Wellington

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 3rd, 2015 - 47 comments

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Deputy Mayor Justin Lester has announced his candidacy for the top job in the nation’s capital.

Standing in the Shadow of the Red Flag

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, November 25th, 2015 - 47 comments

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“Why would Goff stand for the Auckland mayoralty as an independent candidate considering his life-long commitment to the Labour Party?”

Why indeed?

Is it time for Labour to stand candidates in local elections under the party banner? And can the party lift its profile and its general election prospects by being bolder in the provinces?

Phil Goff for Super City Mayor

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 42 comments

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Phil Goff has formally announced that he is seeking the Auckland Super City Mayoralty as an independent.

Len Brown stands down

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, November 8th, 2015 - 59 comments

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Len Brown has announced that he will not contest the Auckland Mayoralty next year.

Five years as a united Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 30th, 2015 - 168 comments

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Auckland Council is delivering a publication to all Auckland households celebrating five years of Auckland super city. But is there any reason to celebrate?

The left in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 25th, 2015 - 15 comments

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Ad comments on the change of National’s approach to local government in Auckland and suggests that there should be cooperation amongst the parties on the left locally and between the central organisations of the parties.

Pressure mounts to force Auckland to open up land

Written By: - Date published: 1:57 pm, October 22nd, 2015 - 45 comments

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Serious Fraud Office, Productivity Commission, Council failings, under-supply of houses, Developer Greed… a recipe for disaster

Future Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, October 19th, 2015 - 20 comments

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There are rumours that National is looking to organise a new regional ticket, Future Auckland, to contest next year’s local body elections in Auckland.

Christine Fletcher’s dear Phil letter

Written By: - Date published: 2:48 pm, October 15th, 2015 - 17 comments

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Christine Fletcher has penned an open letter to Phil Goff where she criticises in trenchant terms super city’s current performance and offers some thoughts on where improvement can be made.

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