Political Views

Action on climate change

Climate change is happening. Summers are getting hotter and drier, winters are getting shorter, and storms are getting more destructive. Our economy is already starting to be affected by more droughts, more roads being washed away, and more crops being...... Read More

Tough Choices

As I write this column, I am aware that there is an elephant in the room. What of the Rodney Local Board’s Transport Targeted Rate proposal?  At the time of meeting this publication’s deadline, the local board has not voted on the proposal....... Read More

National concerns

For the first time since I have been writing this column I am taking more of a National view than local. I hope you can forgive me for that but I feel it’s important to talk to you about some of the issues around the country that can have a direct...... Read More

Double fuel tax whammy

So what’s the big news from Government that affects our area? I would pick that the Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill, which will allow Auckland Council to add up to 10c per litre on our fuel bills, is probably right up...... Read More

Going dynamic in the morning

This week the dynamic lane on Whangaparaoa Road starts in the morning peak.  The evening has been a success with faster flows through Silverdale and on Whangaparaoa Road. Hats off to Auckland Transport for sticking with the project, listening to...... Read More

Bringing it all back home

Last month, Auckland Council released its corporate property portfolio strategy, designed to deliver “increased efficiency and offer more flexible services for customers across the Auckland region”. So what exactly does this mean for us?...... Read More

Government stumbles on roads

As your newly elected Member of Parliament, I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and tell you I consider it a real honour to be your MP. Over 15 months ago, I was selected by the National Party to be their candidate in Northland...... Read More

Consultation ‘hot air’

I hope everyone’s had a good summer notwithstanding the occasional wild weather that’s buffeted Auckland. Within council there have been some strong winds building up as well, with a number of significant changes suggested through the various...... Read More

Focus on Whangaparaoa

Over the last fortnight our focus has most certainly been on Whangaparaoa, particularly its future and development as a lively community hub. The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board officially launched our Whangaparaoa Town Centre Plan at a widely attended...... Read More

Mother of all budgets

Right now, Auckland Council is seeking your feedback on two plans that will be instrumental in shaping Auckland’s future over the coming decade and beyond. The first is the 10-year Budget (also known as the Long-term Plan). This is the most important...... Read More