Council Views

Fuel tax still on wish list

April was a busy month, with lots of things happening. Not all of them were welcome. The weather bombs in March and April – where over five weeks we got more than six months rainfall – tested our systems. While events that limited...... Read More

Growth presenting challenges

March and April were busy months for Auckland. We hosted the World Masters Games at the end of April, bringing in 28,000 competitors from more than 100 countries. Less positively, we experienced over 600mm of rain in 30 days – the equivalent...... Read More

Ratepayers favour local services

How Council should spend our rates money was a burning question at the two public engagements I recently attended. The council was seeking direction on what the rates increase this year should be. Of course few of us like paying more rates...... Read More

Appreciating community

By Beth Houlbrooke Today as I sit down to write my column I feel a bit like George in the TV Series 800 Words, only I’ve got about half that many. I recently had a visitor stay for the weekend with me here in Warkworth, from the city....... Read More

Support for surf rebuild

One of the roles I have within our community and which is very special to me is as Patron of the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club. My association with surf lifesaving goes to back to my Nipper and Junior Surf days at Mairangi Bay through to being...... Read More

Primary school progress

It was great to see the announcement made last week by Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister of Education, regarding the $13.4 million investment in Warkworth Primary School. I have been involved in the upgrade and rebuild of the school since I was...... Read More

Corrupt culture ran deep

I hope people have been enjoying the summer. No matter where you go in the world you’d be hard pressed to beat the stunning environment that surrounds us here on the Coast. We are most fortunate. Recent events suggest, however, that...... Read More

Engaging youth

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a part of an engaged and proactive community. In Rodney, we foster the type who don’t tend to shy away from putting their hand up to bring about positive change. If there’s one thing...... Read More

Knowledge is power

Leadership, integration and transparency are at the top of issues for Auckland Council. There is simply not enough money to make mistakes, too many big issues that need joined-up solutions and Aucklanders need to know what’s going on to...... Read More

Shaping the Coast

One month of 2017 has already gone wow! So much to do. The beautiful weather that summer brings looks like it has finally arrived. The draft annual Auckland Plan will be open for discussion and submission soon. I urge you all to have a say. Everyone...... Read More