Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

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Tamaki Drive Compromise Still Waiting Mayoral Leadership

East & Bays Courier has done a terrific job with this video story on the Tamaki Drive ‘compromise’. Well done to reporter Mary Fiona Fitzgerald. The first Orakei Local Board led a plan to solve this which then Mayor Len Brown co-signed with us at the start of 2013. The Tamaki Drive Masterplan could fix this compromise and other challenges with this beautiful part of Auckland. However, four years on…

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Make The Future: Singapore

I attended the opening of Make the Future Singapore yesterday. It’s a very impressive (corporate marketing) programme run by Shell, to highlight new and emerging energy savying/transforming initiatives. It combines business seminars with some great interactive elements for the large number of school kids they were also catering for. My favourites? Using footsteps to power lights, and turning coffee grind waste into biofuel for building heating. Only downside was the…

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Social Housing Pressures In London

Emeritus Professor Chris Hamnett presented a history of the rise and fall of social housing in London over the last 140 years to the Centre for Liveable Cities recently. The grim, Dickensian doss houses were replaced at the turn of the century and subsequently. But Thatcher’s famous right-to-buy housing programme together with subsequent government funding cut backs and public estate sales to the┬áprivate sector has seen social housing decline markedly….

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