Political Views

Sharing kai

The Coast has recently seen the introduction of new community meal initiatives. Now Whangaparāoa, Ōrewa and Silverdale have free dinner meals on offer – the latest additions being St Chads Church in Ōrewa and Coast Vineyard Church in Silverdale....... Read More

Pitching for a better performance

It was only a few months ago an under-strength Indian cricket team shocked the cricketing world by humbling the super confident Australians. Fast forward to the recent World Test Championship and it’s our very own Black Caps who were crowned world...... Read More

Viewpoint - Alerting Auckland Transport

Auckland Council was established in 2010 with a very different system of local governance than prevailed under Rodney District Council. A decade on, there is still a lot of confusion about where Local Boards fit in. Local Boards are part of a co-governance...... Read More

Budget balancing act

There was great news for  Whangaparāoa as infrastructure is upgraded across NZ to drive economic growth. The budget locked in $830 million for Penlink to provide people with safer and more reliable travel choices to and from the peninsula. It...... Read More

Viewpoint - Keeping Auckland moving

In May, Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance Committee and 20 of Auckland’s 21 local boards strongly backed my Mayoral proposal for Auckland Council’s 10-year Budget 2021-2031, or Recovery Budget, which will be formally adopted...... Read More

Dare to be different

I have been pondering recently how we should really view young people not necessarily as agents to be changed, but as agents of change. Young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but of today. They need to be encouraged, supported and inspired...... Read More

Viewpoint - Powerful levers

The Rodney Local Board is always looking for ways to make our budget go further through leveraging. This means identifying where our plans align with those of Council and central government and putting some skin in the game. This has proven successful...... Read More

Matthew Hunt memorial

I’m absolutely rapt to inform you that a plaque is being attached to a bench in Remembrance Reserve, Ōrewa, in memory of our recently fallen police officer Matthew Hunt this weekend, on Saturday, June 19. It is such a wonderful gesture to show...... Read More

More openness needed

After reflecting over the last 18 months since I was elected to the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, I would have to say, that the role of a member hasn’t been what I had initially envisaged. One of my ‘happy places’ – apart from...... Read More

Viewpoint - Rodney to Mayor: No to five per cent rate rise

Update: Since Cr Sayers penned this column, Auckland Council has ratified a five per cent rate increase. Cr Sayers was one of five councillors who voted against. Auckland’s councillors are currently deciding whether to support a mayoral proposal...... Read More