Political Views

Have a say on education proposals

Over summer, I have enjoyed getting more involved with Surf Patrols this summer and want to acknowledge the surf lifesavers from our local clubs who volunteered throughout the summer and extended their patrolling hours to 7pm. As Patron of Orewa Surf...... Read More

Get on board

With the rollout of Warkworth’s new bus network and the recent launch of the 998 Wellsford-Warkworth service, funded by the Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate, we’ve finally linked Auckland with the north! With early adopters’...... Read More

Time to get involved

Well, we’re already almost through February, where does the time go? People have been out enjoying the fantastic area we are so lucky to live in. With the beautiful weather over the last couple of months, beaches have been packed, businesses seem...... Read More

Listening to constituents

I hope everyone had a happy and safe summer break, and that you continue to enjoy these long hot days. I am enjoying patrolling for the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, and I have had some great conversations while standing between the flags. It has given...... Read More

Advocating for better roads

This year, the Rodney Local Board is focussed on delivering the key initiatives in our local board plan and while we are making great strides in most areas, one we are yet to see a result from is this: Advocate to the [Council] Governing Body and to Auckland...... Read More

One size doesn’t fit all

In my view, the principle of ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ has special application to the Hibiscus Coast. When it comes to freedom camping, dog rules, set netting, service centres, youth facilities, park and ride, bus services, boat launching,...... Read More

Waste disgrace

Our obsession with a group of rowdy tourists in January not only captured our attention but hit world headlines, as we followed the path of minor destruction that a British family wreaked through Auckland, Hamilton and Levin. It was the rubbish these...... Read More

Cleaning up

Sunny days, pohutukawa-lined beaches, swimming, fishing and BBQs – it’s all part of the Auckland summer we have grown up with and enjoyed. It’s our birthright that we want to hand to our kids and grandchildren, but for a long time swimming...... Read More

Community courses

The year is almost at a close and Christmas will soon be upon us. Like me I am sure many of you can’t wait for a quieter and more reflective time in the New Year. Maybe it is time to shape a New Year’s resolution or two? In my last column...... Read More

Santa’s sack – a mixed bag

Season’s greetings and wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. It’s appropriate timing to look into “Santa’s sack” to see what wins have been achieved with Auckland Council. The biggest has been the dramatic increase...... Read More