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Twin tweaks to conquer

Status quo would be the less satisfactory option. Corner to corner, the Rodney Local Board area stretches 86 kilometres—a 165-kilometre, 2-hour drive by road, plus at least an hour’s walk at either end. In the context of an area of nearly 87 000 hectares, local board...

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Town hall planning to return favour

By 2019, many of the decisions about the new Warkworth could be being made in its old town hall. The Local Government Commission is currently considering reorganisation options for the Auckland region, including an alternative proposal…

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Penny Webster is good – reports the War for Auckland

Penny Webster is good. She’s been a keen advocate for old people who don’t like apartments leaving the centre of Auckland, which is one of the key values of our War effort. Besides that, she’s handled a key finance role for the last three years [and the three years...

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Tessa Berger tops list thanks to National’s ideology

Tessa Berger’s bonanza of national media coverage began locally. It began with the Rodney Times sending out its excellent reporter Jay Boreham to interview Tessa in respect to her eye-catching billboards, one of which by then had been removed. Given evidence of its...

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Polling patch-up for flawed first-past-the-post

Polling gets blamed for a lot of things. For starters, for influencing folk into voting for the winning side. Or, conversely, for influencing folk into voting for the underdog. Whereas, in an ideal world, voters would express their honestly held preference, regardless...

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Bugger evidence-based policymaking – buy a Kombi

Three decades of Kids Voting, and ample evidence to back it up. And for half that time, after it was imported from the United States by the then Auckland City Council, kids in Aotearoa have been at it. This year, a record 11 730 students in the Auckland region are...

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First-past-the-post dictates one tick

The natural instinct of voters is to get their money’s worth. But thanks to obdurate royal commissioners, Auckland Council is stuck in the bad old days of first-past-the-post, and voters are about to be short-changed. This is manifestly evident in the crowded,...

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Car-free Te Muri no mirage

The indications were entirely auspicious, even before the wrap-up. Then the commissioners, who had just finished hearing submissions on the future development of Te Muri, outlined the points they expected Auckland Council’s planning officers to cover in further...

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Magazine receives boost from Berger board bid

Mahurangi ‘bulletins’ had been getting progressively more ambitious. Climaxing, in January 2007, with the first, glossy magazine format, Mahurangi Magazine. The proximate spur was the need to fill the void left when the Mahurangi Cruising Club briefly decided that its...

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Exactly two weeks to enrol those elusive 18–29-year-olds

In 2013, Len Brown was elected by a mere 16.5% of Aucklanders registered to vote. This was the result of an abysmal 35% turnout, and marginal popularity combined with the inevitable consequences of first-past-the-post. Dazed and disillusioned with the new governance...

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Mahurangi Action to submit to building a better region

The royal commissioners had recommended list members. List councillors, really; ten of Auckland’s 23 councillors, the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance proposed, were to be elected to supposedly represent the whole region, rather than a single ward. Some...

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Garnering major help to connect this coast

You read it there first… …in a full-page spread in Junction Magazine, profiling ‘uber-human’ Tessa Berger, the 21-year-old chair of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail Trust. Anyone reading the glossy Matakana-based magazine’s description of Tessa’s achievements to date,...

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Humbled by 2010–2013 Rodney Local Board

Before the meeting began, one of the local board members offered up a prayer: that the meeting might close by 5‍ ‍pm. Service as a local body representative is famously thankless work. It has been doubly so for the inaugural Auckland region local board members, who...

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Mahurangi Magazine’s draft plan submission

The Mahurangi Magazine agrees with the following priorities proposed in the draft Rodney Local Board Plan: General With one very specific exception, which is addressed in the next section, the Mahurangi Magazine generally supports the content of the draft Rodney Local...

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First challenge is deciding what is a priority

The draft Rodney Local Board Plan submission form begins with: I agree with the following priorities proposed in the draft local board plan: The difficulty is that, in the draft plan, seven priorities are listed. The first listed, for example, is: Priority One: Build...

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Submissions on draft plan: Start with the positive

It’s not that it’s a bad plan. That notwithstanding, most comments on the draft local board plan will be negative simply because it is human nature for folk to react strongly to things they disagree with. So it could be argued that by asking citizens to state the...

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Aside from highway, a reasonable plan

The draft local board plan is mostly Mahurangi-friendly. Mahurangi is mentioned six times, and the Mahurangi Action Plan twice. Even Mahurangi River dredging gets mentioned, which is right and proper considering how well canvassed the need is, including being included...

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Thirty into 1.4 million equals one Tamahunga local board

It was an unimaginable scenario in 2007, when the Labour-led government determined it was time to fix Auckland. That in 2009, a National-led government, and Act Party minister of local government, would be remedying royal commission recommendations deficient in...

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