Political Views

Fueling the debate

The Regional Fuel Tax debate is over and the decision made to impose an 11.5 cents a litre charge on motorists. People, understandably, will differ over whether they think it’s worth it or not. So what’s being delivered then through this...... Read More

Democracy denied

As a multi-generational resident of Rodney and an elected representative on the Rodney Local Board, I am personally gutted that our residents will once again suffer through a targeted rate for transport as voted by the Rodney First members of the local...... Read More

Fuel tax defended

Last month we saw the biggest ever increase in investment in Auckland’s transport system. It is much needed. The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) sets out a $28 billion investment in Auckland’s transport system over the coming...... Read More

Dithering over dieback

Kauri dieback disease is a national crisis and a real threat to our region, and one that is largely ignored. In Rodney, we are home to the largest kauri tree on the east coast. With a girth of more than seven metres and estimated to be more than 800 years...... Read More

Action on climate change

Climate change is happening. Summers are getting hotter and drier, winters are getting shorter, and storms are getting more destructive. Our economy is already starting to be affected by more droughts, more roads being washed away, and more crops being...... Read More

Tough Choices

As I write this column, I am aware that there is an elephant in the room. What of the Rodney Local Board’s Transport Targeted Rate proposal?  At the time of meeting this publication’s deadline, the local board has not voted on the proposal....... Read More

National concerns

For the first time since I have been writing this column I am taking more of a National view than local. I hope you can forgive me for that but I feel it’s important to talk to you about some of the issues around the country that can have a direct...... Read More

Double fuel tax whammy

So what’s the big news from Government that affects our area? I would pick that the Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill, which will allow Auckland Council to add up to 10c per litre on our fuel bills, is probably right up...... Read More

Going dynamic in the morning

This week the dynamic lane on Whangaparaoa Road starts in the morning peak.  The evening has been a success with faster flows through Silverdale and on Whangaparaoa Road. Hats off to Auckland Transport for sticking with the project, listening to...... Read More

Bringing it all back home

Last month, Auckland Council released its corporate property portfolio strategy, designed to deliver “increased efficiency and offer more flexible services for customers across the Auckland region”. So what exactly does this mean for us?...... Read More