Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

NZ Herald: Volcanic view shafts to stay, for now

Well, it was a two hour debate – but we won for now. (Although we didn’t need a two hour debate on something that ended up going through unanimously.)

As the Herald reports, we overturned the plan to scrap or reduce 8 viewshafts.

I presented my board’s views along with the neighbouring Albert-Eden Local Board.

We urgently need more, cheaper housing in Auckland and its right that there is pressure on council to review our zoning to do this (as is happening via the Unitary Plan process). But this needs to be balance with agreed protection of the things we value. The original proposal didn’t do this.


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