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Auckland Council debates the TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, October 9th, 2015 - 21 comments


Auckland Council yesterday passed some seemingly non contentious resolutions requesting for the text of the TPPA to be released and seeking a response from the Government about resolutions that had been passed a couple of years earlier.  But the resolutions were opposed vigorously by right wing councillors who then complained about the time and expense the debate consumed.

Nats endorse Goff for mayor?

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, October 9th, 2015 - 46 comments


The NBR reckons the Nats are tacitly endorsing Phil Goff for mayor of Auckland.

Andrew Little: A better future for Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, October 1st, 2015 - 43 comments

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The text of a speech Andrew Little gave to the Committee for Auckland about Auckland’s future.

English: it’s all the planners’ fault

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 30th, 2015 - 23 comments

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A guest post from Ad analysing Bill English’s speech where he blames planners for Auckland’s housing woes.

Oil drilling in Maui’s Dolphin’s habitat

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 27th, 2015 - 65 comments

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The Government this week proposed at considerable expense the purchase of a couple of panda. But at the same time the Government is again proposing to allow the drilling for oil in the habitat of Maui’s Dolphin which is facing extinction.

Auckland Council Mayoral candidates – Mark Thomas

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 24th, 2015 - 21 comments

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas who has close ties with the National Party has announced that he is going to run for the Auckland Mayoralty next year.

In face of share market meltdown, Govt’s options limited

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, August 26th, 2015 - 54 comments

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John Key says New Zealand has options in the face of a share market meltdown and is not like Greece (well that’s a relief). Simon Louisson asks how real are John Key’s options? Thanks to this Government’s profligate past spending, including irresponsible tax cuts, our options have narrowed drastically.

Look at the future of families

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, August 14th, 2015 - 51 comments

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In South Korea the colliding intersection between economics, tradition and demographics is probably at its most extreme. However the same kinds of effects are being seen all over the developed world, and increasingly in parts of the underdeveloped world – and here.

Oram on the regions

Written By: - Date published: 4:17 pm, July 27th, 2015 - 16 comments


Rod Oram looks at the way the regions are stifled in his Sunday Star Times piece.

How can Auckland Supercity reduce residential rates?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 17th, 2015 - 36 comments


What can be done to reduce Auckland’s residential rates take to make Auckland City a fairer, more sustainable and more affordable city?

Fuck you Auckland!

Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, July 11th, 2015 - 57 comments


That’s the Nats’ message to Auckland, who are getting a taste of some Canterbury style “democracy”.

NRT: No democracy for Canterbury

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


I/S at No Right Turn on the continued suspension of democracy in Canterbury, and the Nats’ dump of their proposed “transition plan” under cover of the ABvSamoa game yesterday.

Auckland Council and the latest rates rise

Written By: - Date published: 1:40 pm, June 28th, 2015 - 68 comments


Auckland Council’s budget which should have been passed on a pro forma vote succeeded this week by the narrowest of margins with a transport levy that Sky City pays the same amount as a Piha resident and where the share of rates that business pays continues to decrease.  Time to rethink supercity?

Smith embarrassed as Iwi propose legal proceedings over Auckland housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:51 am, June 15th, 2015 - 60 comments

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Ngati Whatua and Waikato-Tainui have announced that they will seek a declaration from the High Court on their rights to participate in the constructing of social housing on Crown land in Auckland.  Their proposal that the Crown joins with them in making a joint application is a good one.  Surely Nick Smith will agree to this.

Nick Smith strikes out on housing land

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, June 12th, 2015 - 50 comments


Hosking wants Auckland Council deposed

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, May 8th, 2015 - 45 comments


From the I kid you not files Mike Hosking believes that Auckland Council is to blame for the housing crisis, not immigration, not favourable tax conditions for landlords, not the global financial crisis and not the lack of restrictions on home ownership.  And he believes that Nick Smith should step in and Roll Auckland Council.

Ports of Auckland is out of control

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, May 3rd, 2015 - 28 comments

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Ports of Auckland’s recent behaviour outlines a major weakness with Auckland super city.  Corporate interests are able to take precedence over the wishes of our democratically elected representatives.

Megan Woods: Democracy isn’t “risky”, Minister

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, March 22nd, 2015 - 60 comments

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Nick Smith’s latest pronouncements on ECan are an insult to Cantabrians – and a chilling precedent for any other regional councils who step out of line.

National still attacking democracy in Canterbury

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 20th, 2015 - 10 comments

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The Nats’ takeover of Environment Canterbury is the greatest attack on democratic rights ever seen in this country. They are about to extend the period of imposed rule, because a fully elected body carries “too many risks”. If you think the people of Canterbury can actually be trusted with democracy you can sign the petition.

Len Brown is toast

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 18th, 2015 - 117 comments


Bernard Orsman has reported in the Herald today that Len Brown’s campaign team no longer back him and are considering support for a Phil Goff run for the mayoralty.

Local Leadership

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 pm, February 4th, 2015 - 3 comments


The Labour Local Government Council ran a hui last Friday in Wellington. I went along and it was one of the better Labour events I have been to in a long time – community-based organisers sharing and discussing what works. Crosby/Textor is onto it too.

Happy birthday Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 26th, 2015 - 11 comments


Happy Birthday Auckland. Body in The Herald comments on “A splendid anniversary”

Armstrong and Small on Nick Smith’s RMA reforms

Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, January 24th, 2015 - 26 comments

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Senior political reporters Vern Small and John Armstrong have both chosen to pan Nick Smith’s proposed RMA changes using remarkably similar logic.  Update: and Fran O’Sullivan has a go too.

Where have all the houses gone?

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, January 20th, 2015 - 131 comments


Yesterday it was announced that Auckland is the ninth least affordable city in the world requiring 8.3 times their average wage to buy a home. Reducing regulation hasn’t worked, otherwise more than 20 homes would have been built under the 2013 fast track accord. The problem is a shortage of affordable housing.

Save the Pohutukawa Six

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, January 3rd, 2015 - 34 comments

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Despite local opposition Auckland Transport intends to fell six prominent Pohutukawa to make way for an extra road lane with dubious transport benefits.

Why John Banks must never be the Super City Mayor

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, December 3rd, 2014 - 60 comments

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The Herald today suggested John Banks is thinking of another tilt at the Super City Mayoralty. This video shows why he should never be trusted with this position.

Cause of poverty and inequality found!

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, October 8th, 2014 - 36 comments

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Good news citizens! The National government has revealed unto us today the cause of poverty and inequality.

Unaffordable housing & the culture of greed

Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, October 4th, 2014 - 42 comments


Rental housing remains unaffordable for many.  The problem is the greed of investors & speculators,  supported by a culture in which housing investment is seen as a way to individual prosperity.

First they sold Auckland, then the rest of NZ…?

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, October 3rd, 2014 - 28 comments


A quiet shift in a dodgy Key govt-SkyCity deal: TVNZ land, sold to SkyCity for its convention centre, is to be used for a new hotel.  Plus: non-mandated deal between Auckland Transport Authority & a US corporate – intense surveillance of Aucklanders’ diverse activities.

Helen Kelly on Vote Chat: Questions for PoA & Key?

Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, August 16th, 2014 - 17 comments

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Helen Kelly is interviewed on Vote Chat.  Kelly raises questions about the Ports of Auckland & Key’s role in Dirty Politics. She has read some of Dirty Politics, & was axed from today’s the Nation Panel, then replaced by Josie Pagani.[Updated]

Message from Christchurch: Send Help Now

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, August 5th, 2014 - 36 comments

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Power has been concentrated into the figure of one man – a man who has in recent weeks shown that he thinks he is above the rule of law. You might think your one vote doesn’t make much of a difference – but it is everything to us here. Another three years of National and Brownlee, and we might not have a vote at a local level at all.

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