Council Views

Focus on Whangaparaoa

Over the last fortnight our focus has most certainly been on Whangaparaoa, particularly its future and development as a lively community hub. The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board officially launched our Whangaparaoa Town Centre Plan at a widely attended...... Read More

Mother of all budgets

Right now, Auckland Council is seeking your feedback on two plans that will be instrumental in shaping Auckland’s future over the coming decade and beyond. The first is the 10-year Budget (also known as the Long-term Plan). This is the most important...... Read More

Make your voice heard

This is going to be an interesting year as we will be looking at the next 10-year budget for Auckland Council. Close scrutiny is required to make sure we are getting our fair share for the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board area. I often hear “we didn’t...... Read More

Supporting the community

I hope everyone found a way to relax and enjoy time with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year’s break. I’m sure 2018 will be a great year if we continue to be optimistic, outward looking and not afraid to ask for a bit of help...... Read More

Dissecting the Rodney rates rip-off

What is going to happen to our rates this year? Mayor Goff is planning to increase the rates by 6.2 per cent and, on top of that, add a regional fuel tax. This will have the overall effect on our wallets of an almost an 7 per cent increase by Auckland...... Read More

Bog standards

After the intensity of my first few months in Parliament – which included preparing documents for coalition discussions, induction into Parliament, my maiden speech, joining two select committees, becoming co-chair of the Human Rights Parliamentary...... Read More

Summertime blues

I would like to thank Wellsford residents and ratepayers for the support that they have given me by using the Auckland Council complaints number system (CAS). I am concerned that the Wellsford town has a lot of private property and Council land that...... Read More

Council gets mixed report card

This year has been a bit of a mixed bag for Auckland Council – not quite ‘two steps forward, one step back’, but something along those lines. On the one hand there’s been the ongoing delivery of a number of significant projects...... Read More

Public vs private

Summer on the Hibiscus Coast is a busy time as our local beaches, parks and recreation areas, safe swimming beaches, walkways and cycleways are enjoyed by locals and visitors. It looks like it’s going to be a hot summer. I’m noticing that...... Read More

Working together on local issues

Firstly, can I take the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you for the incredible support I received during the recent election. It was deeply humbling to have you stand with me as strongly and decisively as you did. I would like to restate my commitment...... Read More