Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, August 14th, 2016 - 15 comments
Savea Peseta Al Harrington Lavea, Auckland Future candidate for the Whau Local Board, shares an unfortunate similarity with David Garrett.
Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, August 13th, 2016 - 4 comments
Auckland Future’s campaign has struck problems with candidates being nominated for the wrong positions, multiple right wing candidates running for the same positions and questions over whether the vetting of candidates has been as optimal as could be hoped for.
Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, August 7th, 2016 - 59 comments
Rodney Hide must be sleeping well, because Auckland’s proposed Unitary Plan will deliver all he and his NACT patrons ever hoped for. The Council should reject the Plan in its current form, cherry-pick those aspects consistent with a democratic and liveable city and sheet home the responsibility to those that created the mess.
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, August 1st, 2016 - 9 comments
The Unitary Plan has been described as a panacea for the housing crisis by the Government. But will it actually address this most acute of issues?
Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, July 28th, 2016 - 63 comments
What are the Nats doing removing a proposed requirement for affordable housing – exactly the housing that Auckland desperately needs!?
Written By: - Date published: 9:36 am, June 22nd, 2016 - 37 comments
When it is a variable network pricing mechanism …
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, June 21st, 2016 - 59 comments
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, […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, June 2nd, 2016 - 135 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 171 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: 9:51 am, April 7th, 2016 - 54 comments
Two conservative mayoral candidates have proposed that people begging should be fined.
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: 7:02 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: 1:39 pm, February 27th, 2016 - 13 comments
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.
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: 12:49 pm, January 27th, 2016 - 40 comments
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.
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: 8:30 am, December 19th, 2015 - 35 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 42 comments
Phil Goff has formally announced that he is seeking the Auckland Super City Mayoralty as an independent.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, October 30th, 2015 - 168 comments
Auckland Council is delivering a publication to all Auckland households celebrating five years of Auckland super city. But is there any reason to celebrate?
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: 1:57 pm, October 22nd, 2015 - 45 comments
Serious Fraud Office, Productivity Commission, Council failings, under-supply of houses, Developer Greed… a recipe for disaster
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.