Political Views

Fair deal sought

Equitable funding of services across the Auckland region is one of our local board priorities. Facilities like the Estuary Arts Centre, Centrestage Theatre and the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre should have the same access and certainty around operational...... Read More

Planning for growth

Since my last update to Mahurangi Matters readers, we’ve made good progress on planning for Auckland’s growth, improving public transport and protecting our environment. The Warkworth Structure Plan, approved by Auckland Council’s Planning...... Read More

Solution to land sale offered

Local knowledge matters. It can make all the difference. Add doing your homework, then standing up to take an issue on – even against the odds – and it is possible to have a successful outcome for the community. Presently I am questioning...... Read More

Seeking healthy communities

Every day, six Kiwis are diagnosed with blood cancer. Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) is the national charity dedicated to supporting patients and their families living with blood cancers like leukaemia. This year, I was asked to be part of...... Read More

Home heating help

For many people winter can be a troubling time, struggling to afford the additional costs of heating, to ensure a healthy, warm home. As a Government, we don’t believe anybody should face that worry. All New Zealanders should have access to warm,...... Read More

Delivering on promises

Last month, I voted against Auckland Council bailing out the City Rail Link (CRL) to the tune of $1 billion. My reasoning was simple. Central government, not Auckland ratepayers, should be paying for this project – as the Government does for every...... Read More

Growth projects

Last month I turned the first sod to commence construction on the $1.4 billion Eastern Busway project. It’s the second largest infrastructure project in Auckland after the City Rail Link and one of the centerpiece projects in our 10-year Budget....... Read More

Carry on camping

As the smell of summer fades and the boats and caravans head south for the winter, I read with interest a story in this publication about a “glamping” experiment at Martin’s Bay Holiday Camp (MM April 17). They have erected a luxury...... Read More

Boards seek more power

The time that our local board spent on advocating for the reduction of the development contribution catchments and their areas of spend is most certainly paying dividends. New playgrounds, toilet blocks and sportsfields are at last being developed...... Read More

More changes needed

Well, the local body elections are due this year and we are into the last year of the three-year Rodney Local Board plan. In 2018, we had the introduction of a $150 targeted rate for each ratepayer in Rodney. The targeted rate was for the purpose of delivering...... Read More