Political Views

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

Sports spending in the spotlight

As the winter sports codes start to click into gear it’s good to see the improvements that have been made to our parks, reserves and leisure facilities around the Coast. In recent times there’s been considerable investment put into upgrading...... Read More

Time for unity

After the unprecedented act of terror last month, now is not the time to talk about politics. Now is the time for unity; for New Zealand to heal together. Friday, March 15, will forever be a day etched in New Zealand’s collective memory. On a quiet...... Read More

Have a say on education proposals

Over summer, I have enjoyed getting more involved with Surf Patrols this summer and want to acknowledge the surf lifesavers from our local clubs who volunteered throughout the summer and extended their patrolling hours to 7pm. As Patron of Orewa Surf...... Read More

Get on board

With the rollout of Warkworth’s new bus network and the recent launch of the 998 Wellsford-Warkworth service, funded by the Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate, we’ve finally linked Auckland with the north! With early adopters’...... Read More

Time to get involved

Well, we’re already almost through February, where does the time go? People have been out enjoying the fantastic area we are so lucky to live in. With the beautiful weather over the last couple of months, beaches have been packed, businesses seem...... Read More

Listening to constituents

I hope everyone had a happy and safe summer break, and that you continue to enjoy these long hot days. I am enjoying patrolling for the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, and I have had some great conversations while standing between the flags. It has given...... Read More

Advocating for better roads

This year, the Rodney Local Board is focussed on delivering the key initiatives in our local board plan and while we are making great strides in most areas, one we are yet to see a result from is this: Advocate to the [Council] Governing Body and to Auckland...... Read More

One size doesn’t fit all

In my view, the principle of ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ has special application to the Hibiscus Coast. When it comes to freedom camping, dog rules, set netting, service centres, youth facilities, park and ride, bus services, boat launching,...... Read More