Council Views

Coast boom times

As the tsunami of growth continues across the Hibiscus Coast and wider Auckland, the sheer scale of this development is becoming increasingly apparent on the landscape. While it may appear unparalleled it is not without precedent as the history of Whangaparaoa...... Read More

Local board on track

Well we have had some exciting news on the Penlink front over the last week or so (HM August 16). We have all been working hard to get a positive outcome but nothing is set in place yet. Even if Penlink was to be advanced and in the 2018-2028 ATAP list,...... Read More

Election could be game-changer

The upcoming election is an outstanding opportunity for Auckland. As the political parties try and outdo each other with policy offers for Auckland, Auckland voters have choices. Long standing problems in housing, transport, funding tools, over-crowded...... Read More

New funds just a start

July was another busy month for Auckland Council, with significant announcements made on housing and transport. On July 11 I joined the Finance Minister, Steven Joyce to announce a new $300 million infrastructure investment for Auckland. Provided through...... Read More

Dynamic Lanes team come to local board

Dynamic lanes are utilised around the world to get traffic moving at peak times including on the Auckland Harbour and Panmure bridges. In 2014, Auckland Transport began investigating using this concept at peak times on road corridors too. Last year they...... Read More

Finding Robbie

Back in the 1960s and 70s Sir Dove-Myer Robinson was Auckland’s longest serving and most popular Mayor. He had a hard life as a child before making his mark as a successful clothing manufacturer. He was a man with the common touch, a rather eccentric...... Read More

How is the Supercity working for you?

In my June column last year, I remarked on Auckland Transport’s brilliant idea to offer local residents the ability to pay for their own road maintenance. The new policy would allow residents to fund the capital costs of sealing their road, including...... Read More

Alternative connections

Front page on the last Hibiscus Matters was the story Auckland Transport gives Silverdale lights thumbs up. The article noted the opposition by the two councillors – myself and John Watson, and the majority of the local Hibiscus Coast Local Board...... Read More

Council get out of our way

The talented people of the Mahurangi district could do so much more if only the Council would get out of their way. All we need is to be allowed to breathe and to grow. The district is made up of communities of get-up-and-goers. The resulting dynamism...... Read More

First 180 days

Wellsford is not getting a fair deal and this has nothing to do with the Northern Action Group (NAG). We went into the Supercity with the promise of better roads and levels of service, but instead we have seen Wellsford regress. It is evident that priority...... Read More