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When is a toll road not a toll road?

Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, June 22nd, 2016 - 37 comments

John Key City Rail Link

When it is a variable network pricing mechanism …

Can We Support Phil Goff for Auckland Mayor?

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 21st, 2016 - 59 comments

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Every year, Auckland is more of New Zealand. More of its real estate risk, more of its social problems, more of its productivity drag. Just more. And hence more of its politics. This government has long since abandoned policy coherence over any Auckland issue: housing, immigration, innovation, transport, electricity, youth employment, poverty, public health, growth, […]

Strategic Arse Elbow

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, June 2nd, 2016 - 135 comments

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Today at about the same time the Government will turn the first sod of the city rail link and then announce more urban sprawl for Auckland.  This is the most massive policy and programme contradiction in a lifetime.

Screw democracy – Auckland to get the Canterbury treatment

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 171 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?

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.

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.

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

Auckland

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

Humans of Remuera

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.

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.

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.

Auckland Council debates the TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, October 9th, 2015 - 26 comments

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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 - 62 comments

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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

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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.

How can Auckland Supercity reduce residential rates?

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

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

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