Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Congratulations to everyone elected to the third term of the Auckland Council.

New Council Structure Fails Housing And Transport

Mayor-elect Phil Goff’s just announced new council committee structure won’t effectively deal with Auckland’s housing and transport crisis and key councillors have missed out on roles. Both of these critical portfolios have been reduced to “bullet points” inside the unwieldy Planning Committee which now contains fourteen other areas. This committee now includes the significant Unitary Plan, Panuku Development Auckland, Watercare and Infrastructure portfolios which were part of 3 specialised committees…

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What Is Next?

I attended the launch of the Salvation Army’s research into New Zealand’s high level’s of youth unemployment this week titled: What’s Next? with a graphic inspired by English graffiti artist Banksy.  75,000 people between the ages of 15-24 are NEET: not engaged in education, employment and training. It’s a thoughtful pieced of work and although their recommendation about reducing immigration got the predictable media attention, their central argument is that…

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Goff Promise: Not One More Metre

On the mayoral campaign trail, Phil Goff repeatedly promised not-on-more metre of port expansion would take place if he was Mayor. He may not have been thinking about the latest walkway plans, but it’s an expansion never-the-less. He promised to sack council company directors if they proceeded. Will he make good on at least one of his promises? Welcome to local government, Phil.

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