Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 109 comments
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?
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 9th, 2016 - 29 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 6:26 pm, March 6th, 2016 - 62 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, March 4th, 2016 - 73 comments
Bernard Hickey’s piece from last Sunday on Auckland Housing is a depressing read.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 2nd, 2016 - 69 comments
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?
Written By: - Date published: 1:25 pm, March 1st, 2016 - 19 comments
Stephanie Rodgers analyses two mayoral races and asks why the right in Auckland is so messy. And why Wellington looks more settled.
Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, February 26th, 2016 - 123 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 27th, 2016 - 76 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, December 7th, 2015 - 43 comments
Idiot turn of phrase or deliberately inflammatory? You be the judge.
Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, November 8th, 2015 - 59 comments
Len Brown has announced that he will not contest the Auckland Mayoralty next year.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 25th, 2015 - 15 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, October 19th, 2015 - 20 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, October 9th, 2015 - 26 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.
Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, October 9th, 2015 - 62 comments
The NBR reckons the Nats are tacitly endorsing Phil Goff for mayor of Auckland.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 30th, 2015 - 23 comments
A guest post from Ad analysing Bill English’s speech where he blames planners for Auckland’s housing woes.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 27th, 2015 - 65 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, September 24th, 2015 - 21 comments
Mark Thomas who has close ties with the National Party has announced that he is going to run for the Auckland Mayoralty next year.
Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, August 26th, 2015 - 54 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, August 14th, 2015 - 51 comments
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.
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?
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?
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.
Written By: - Date published: 8:33 am, May 3rd, 2015 - 28 comments
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.