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Bigger house footprint pushes up building budgets

The cost of building a home in the Auckland region has gone up by 70 per cent in the past 10 years.

Growth puts Warkworth cemetery under pressure

Warkworth could soon be looking for a new cemetery.

Council consults on indoor fires

Mahurangi residents with a point of view on the use of indoor domestic fires have until March 27 to comment on a draft Auckland Council bylaw.

Proposed rate angers Hibiscus Coast moteliers

Motel owners like Jan Guthrie have had sleepless nights since they crunched the numbers on a targeted rate that Auckland Council is proposing to levy.

Rodney Board opposes Baxter St carpark sale

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Plans by Panuku Development Auckland, the property arm of Auckland Council, to sell the top storey carpark at 14 Baxter Street in Warkworth are being opposed by the Rodney Local Board.

Council’s inflated costs stymie community volunteers

Community groups are becoming increasingly frustrated by what they say is Auckland Council bureaucracy and grossly inflated project costs.

Road change upsets countryside residents

Residents at a subdivision off Martins Bay Road say Auckland Council is breaking its own planning rules with the development of a public road through the subdivision.

Warkworth pool investigations continuing

Auckland Council will review the Expressions of Interest on the Warkworth pool project with the Rodney Local Board early this month.

Council consults on annual plan initiatives and rate rises

Mahurangi residents are being urged to have their say on Auckland Council’s annual budget, which is currently open for submissions.

Board goes into battle for return of weedeaters

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The issue of spraying chemical weedkiller on the Hibiscus Coast will be in the spotlight again as the contracts for the service come up for renewal.

Have your say on Council’s budget

The Hibiscus & Bays Local Board would like feedback on the Council’s Annual Plan (budget).

VIEWPOINT COLUMNS


Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Greg Sayers

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Beth Houlbrooke

Cr John Watson

Cr Wayne Walker

Julia Parfitt

Tessa Berger

Colin Smith

Allison Roe

Janet Fitzgerald

with Janet Fitzgerald, Hibiscus & Bays Local Board deputy chair, janet.fitzgerald@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
2016

New Bill stirs opposition

Proposed changes to the Local Government Act could see further amalgamations by force and take core services out of democratic control, according to critics.

History made as Auckland Unitary Plan decided

An historic moment in New Zealand planning history and a new landmark for Auckland’s future has been reached today with final decisions completed on the Auckland Unitary Plan.

New CCO appointments

Five new appointments have been made to the boards of the Auckland Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), including former Rodney District Council chief executive Wayne Donnelly.

Puhoi community rallies against intensification

Puhoi residents are planning to launch a legal challenge to the Unitary Plan, after last-minute zoning changes opened the door to substantial housing development in the village.
2016 Local Elections

New Rodney faces around Council table (+video)

It’s a new era for local government in Rodney, with Penny Webster trounced by Greg Sayers for the Rodney Ward Councillor position and six new members on the Rodney Local Board.

First time voter elected to Hibiscus local board

At the age of 18, Caitlin Watson voted for the first time, while also standing as a candidate for the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board.

Political rookies join experienced hands on Council

It’s more of the same for the Hibiscus Coast after both sitting councillors, John Watson and Wayne Walker, were re-elected to represent Albany Ward.

Strong local vote turnout in Mahurangi

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Mahurangi had one of the highest voter turnouts in Auckland.
Governing Locally

Calls to split the local board echo through NAG submissions

There have been growing calls to split the Rodney Local Board in two as submissions on the Northern Action Group’s application were made public this month.

Do larger councils provide better governance?

There has been a trend in New Zealand for councils to grow bigger, but a number of studies have found there are few benefits from increasing the size of councils.

Sports and parks dominate Rodney Local Board Plan

Sports and parks are the winners in the Rodney Local Board’s $20.9 million budget for the next year.

Governing locally

It’s been nearly six years since the Supercity was created and Rodney District Council was controversially incorporated into Auckland.

Confidence in Auckland Council at rock bottom in Rodney

It appears that Rodney is the epicentre of Auckland Council discontent after a recent Council survey found Rodney residents had the least favourable view of Council.

Flood of applications for Auckland Council change

A plethora of new ideas for local government in Auckland have been proposed, with the Local Government Commission (LGC) receiving 38 alternative applications for local government in the region.

Poor representation in spotlight

There has been a growing chorus of calls for a review of Auckland Council’s structure to give greater power to communities and local boards.

Policy change could hit NAG

Just as the process to form a break-away north Rodney council moves forward, the Government has announced proposed changes to the Local Government Act, which could have a major impact on the NAG application.

Commission calls for new ideas for Council

The time has come for Rodney residents speak out on the issues with the Supercity and propose ways to improve the governance of the region.

Rodney's Supercity exit progresses

The whole of Auckland will be consulted on north Rodney’s application to exit the Auckland supercity.

Last chance for alternative local government proposals

People have until June 24 to have a say on ways to improve the structure and shape of local government in the region.
2015

Council calculates costs of NAG proposal

Higher rates and indiscriminate development could be two of the consequences of a NAG proposal to set-up a standalone Unitary Council in north Rodney, according to a draft report presented to the Rodney Local Board last month.

Strings attached to Commission decision

A campaign for an independent North Rodney Council has moved one small step forward following a Local Government Commission decision.

Rodney rebels await commission’s decision

The three commissioners who will decide if north Rodney will get the chance to separate from Auckland Council met on Thursday August 13. 

NAG files North Rodney Council application

The final details of North Rodney’s case to secede from Auckland Council have been filed with the Local Government Commission.

Council takes more, spends less in Rodney

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Spending by the Rodney Local Board has taken a huge hit in its 2015/16 budget despite the rate take from Rodney increasing by nearly 10 per cent.

Auckland Council’s 10-year budget adopted

There were some tense moments around the council chamber when Auckland Council’s governing body debated the Long Term Plan (LTP) on June 25. 

Budget brings wins and losses for Coast ratepayers

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The Hibiscus Coast made some significant gains in Auckland Council’s 10-year budget, as a result of the high number of submissions by the public and lobbying by local politicians.

Auckland Unitary Plan makes progress

A total of 46 per cent of scheduled hearing events on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan had been completed by the end of April.

Footpaths and cycleways top Long Term Plan priorities

Rodney residents want more funding for footpaths and environmental projects but are less keen on upgrading the Warkworth Showgrounds and Warkworth Town Hall, according to submissions to Auckland Council’s Long Term Plan 

Board challenges Council over costs

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Auckland Council’s involvement in community and small public works could be doubling costs.

Council bases road sealing on targeted levy

Rodney residential ratepayers are facing a $104 a year transport levy, some of which has been promised for road sealing in Rodney.

Court supports NAG’s appeal

North Rodney’s de-amalgamation from the Auckland supercity is back on the agenda following a High Court decision last month.

Board fund for community walkways

Applications have opened for a new $111,000 fund for community walkway projects.

Rodney voice loudest in Long Term Plan submissions

More Rodney residents submitted on Auckland Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) than any other local board area, with 1397 submissions.

Alcohol bans under review

Retaining an alcohol ban that was put in place in Arkles Bay in late 2006 will require providing hard evidence, as the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board reviews all alcohol bans in the region.

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