Council Views

Summertime blues

I would like to thank Wellsford residents and ratepayers for the support that they have given me by using the Auckland Council complaints number system (CAS). I am concerned that the Wellsford town has a lot of private property and Council land that...... Read More

Council gets mixed report card

This year has been a bit of a mixed bag for Auckland Council – not quite ‘two steps forward, one step back’, but something along those lines. On the one hand there’s been the ongoing delivery of a number of significant projects...... Read More

Public vs private

Summer on the Hibiscus Coast is a busy time as our local beaches, parks and recreation areas, safe swimming beaches, walkways and cycleways are enjoyed by locals and visitors. It looks like it’s going to be a hot summer. I’m noticing that...... Read More

Working together on local issues

Firstly, can I take the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you for the incredible support I received during the recent election. It was deeply humbling to have you stand with me as strongly and decisively as you did. I would like to restate my commitment...... Read More

Price of a politician

Who wants to be a politician?  Regarded as one of the least trusted professions, it requires no special qualification. I was recently taken aback by a comment that elected local body representatives shouldn’t be paid; that it is a public service....... Read More

Playing field not level

The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board made their final decision to adopt the Local Board Plan at their business meeting on the October 18 so now the way is open for the Plan to be implemented. When we are elected it always seems to take such a long time...... Read More

One year in office

Last month marked one year since I was elected Mayor of Auckland. It has been a great year and a great privilege to serve the city I love. Growth is good for Auckland. It delivers us the talent we need to maintain a strong economy and it makes our city...... Read More

Rodney’s big election win

There has been a lot of noise about the time it has taken to establish who the new government is. But let’s have a good look at the timeline. The 51st Parliament was dissolved on August 22, overseas voting started on September 6, advanced voting...... Read More

Assessing Council’s performance

I was asked by media this week how I thought the Super City had performed for our community and whether, as a model, it delivered local democracy. I’m sure all residents will have reflected on these questions and have their own strong views on...... Read More

My performance review

This month, I would like to to share with you an independent viewpoint about how I am performing as your Councillor. The extract below is from a professional publication which reports on Auckland Council’s political news. It is called the Town...... Read More