Auckland: Submit!

Written By: - Date published: 5:37 pm, May 9th, 2011 - 23 comments
Categories: auckland supercity, len brown - Tags: , ,

Len Brown and the Auckland Council want ordinary Aucklanders’ views on their 30 year plan to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city.

The more Aucklanders who have their say on Auckland Unleashed, the less chance of corporate interests getting their way, and the bigger mandate Len has to take to John Key’s office and say:

“This is what Aucklanders really want!”

In a marked contrast to National’s setting up of the SuperCity, Len Brown wants as much feedback as possible to input into Auckland’s future.  They rightly see it as incredibly important that everyday Aucklanders, not just the big lobby groups, have their say on the future of Auckland.

If you’re an Aucklander and want to have your say, it must be in before May 31.  So submit!

It’s not just a boring planning document; although you can make sure to add your voice to the desire for a central rail loop to keep the rail system working, rail to the airport and a tunnel with public transport to the Shore.  It is also where you can have your say on everything you want our city to be: free from poverty, fair trade, peaceful, great design, free pools, education centered, social services – whatever you want!

They’re trying to make it as accessible as possible, so there’s the website, a set of specific questions to make it easier to have your say, you can email (theaucklandplan @ aucklandcouncil . govt . nz), there’s facebook (where they’ll have a lot of content over the next few weeks), and even a twitter hashtag: #aklplan.  Or of course you can go off-line at your local council office.

So make sure you get in and have your say, so we can get the Auckland we want.

23 comments on “Auckland: Submit!”

  1. Carol 1

    Thanks. Done.

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    The more detailed feedback form is here. I found the quick and easy one you linked to confusing as it combined elements that weren’t related.

  3. lprent 3

    About 45% of our readers are from Auckland on average (but a lot less commentators and authors are). So I wouldn’t apologize for putting up something that is purely Auckland related.

    In fact I’d go so far as to say that local stuff is fine regardless where it is. You can always skip it if you don’t want to read it. But I rather like reading about the simple life in Taranaki, Wellington or Christchurch. So rural… 😈

    • 45% of readers are from Auckland but the majority of people who contribute in some way are from elsewhere…

      So what you’re saying then LP, is that we of the intelligentsia are casting pearls before swine 😉

      • lprent 3.1.1

        Wasn’t that Perth before swine?

        But yes, Aucklanders do tend to exert somewhat more effort on more mundane matters – like making money and exporting – than those of the chattering occupations.

        • Colonial Viper

          But yes, Aucklanders do tend to exert somewhat more effort on more mundane matters – like…

          …living in traffic jams for an extra 12 hours per week compared to people residing in the rest of the country.

          • Ben Clark

            And those 12 hours in traffic jams is exactly the reason Aucklanders need to submit on the need for more public transport.

            I’d add to mickysavage’s rail tunnel pluses below: increased reliability too. As one who regularly travels by train, reliability is something we need – and the redundancy the rail loop gives us will definitely help. Some new NZ-made electric trains would be good too, but I guess National will give us Chinese made ones, whatever damage it does to the wider economy.

  4. steve 4

    It’s not just a boring planning document; although you can make sure to add your voice to the desire for a central rail loop to keep the rail system working, rail to the airport and a tunnel with public transport to the Shore.

    Hang about. Len said Rail on the North Shore in his campain

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      Never a rail link to the aiport. That would be at the bottom of any priorities. They have just widened the motorway through mangere bridge and the carparks at the airport are vast.
      Sydney and Brisbane find their airport links arent economic in spite of having a good rail network to feed in.

    • You can certainly identify the Queen Street rail tunnel as a priority at about the same cost as the holiday highway.

      With the tunnell you get:

      1.  Doubling of Britomart’s throughput.
      2.  The rail system being able to continue to grow rather than maxing out in about three years time.
      3.  Environmentally friendly transportation (powered by electricity)
      4.  Significant benefits to the city environment with the reduction of car use.
      5.  Major economic benefits from the investment.

      With the holiday highway you get:

      1.  Save maybe 10 minutes on the yearly holiday trip up north.
      2.  Joyce’s mates get to subdivide more land.

      What will you choose?  A bit of a no brainer to me …

  5. Great – it is nice to see New Zealand citizens and New Zealand politicians taking proactive action!

    • lprent 5.1

      Hey mummy. How do you like the server over there. It is currently running the same system in a server in San Diego and Auckland using replication, geoDNS, and rsync. Comments outside of oceania will be more sluggish, but it is really fast for the 97% of readers inside oceania.

      Fortunately most of the bots are offshore as well…..

  6. As you know Ben anything like asking the public for an opinion is just a sop to pacify the idiot masses, most submissions (at least the ones that don’t agree with the current paradigm) will end up in the WPB, just like talk back radio, letters to the editor, or blogs like this, ‘they’ have an agenda, and it continues under which ever bunch of despots we have butt shagging our children.

    • bbfloyd 6.1

      probably best if you calm down for a little while, then try writing something rational.

  7. Kate 7

    Jeremy Corbett from MORE FM and 7Days has had his say here

    check it out – if you like his ideas – submit and say you do. If you disagree make sure your voice is heard.

  8. Afewknowthetruth 8

    …’Auckland Council want ordinary Aucklanders’ views on their 30 year plan to make Auckland the world’s most liveable city’

    What a joke!!!!! In fact it must be one of the best jokes of the day!

    I suppose Auckland Council needs submissions so they have someting to ignore. And they need them so they can keep up the pretence of public consultation.

    Peak Oil 2005/6

    Bumpy plateau 2007-2010.

    Declining global extraction 2011 onwards.

    Collapse of currrent economic arrangements 2011-15.

    Collpase of industrial food system 2015-2020.

    Collapse of the global environment [due to the Auckland lifestyle] 2020-2030.

    Auckland Council has been repeatedly warned about all of this and has steadfastly refused to act in the interests of Aucklanders or their children.

    Since people actually voted for the idiots in power and the fantasies they promote, it must surely be a case of the blind leading the blind straight off the cliff face. .


    • wtl 8.1

      Could you update us on the price of Brent crude? It’s been awhile since you’ve informed us of this important piece of information.

      • Bunji 8.1.1

        $116.12 just now. Just since you asked…

      • Afewknowthetruth 8.1.2

        After dropping for a few days Brent oil seems to be on the way up again: $115.68.

        Of course price is not an indicator of supply. Most of the developed world is mired in recession, numerous nations have implemented austerity, and demand is falling as a consequence of declining economic activity.

        A few things are certain: the squeeze is on, in real terms we are getting poorer by the day, and nothing will iimprove as long as the present system continues to function.

        • Lanthanide

          I think wtl’s point is that coming here and posting the latest $ value of crude oil and nothing else isn’t really a good way to get your point across, because when you fail to show up and post the low price of crude when it drops, it is very conspicuous.
          It’d be better to post the price today and the price for the same day last year, and the year before. Then, even if it goes down temporarily (like it has), it is still likely to be much higher than previous years. That would put any price drops in proper perspective.

          • Afewknowthetruth

            You may have noticed that I didn’t mention the price of crude in my initial comment, but now you mention it, crude was in the range $35-45 when I alerted Manukau, Auckland, Waitakere and ARC to the predicament. It has ‘only’ tripled in price since then.

            We all know the culture of denial is as strong as ever, which is why there is no hope for Auckland.

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