Political Views

Fighting for Rodney

Last month, nine Auckland councillors, including myself, signed a highly-publicised letter criticising the leadership style of Auckland Mayor Phil Goff – a style labelled secretive and non-inclusive. This was followed by further accusations of bullying...... Read More

Onwards and upwards

The Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has adopted its Local Board Agreement for the 2018/19 year. It has been a busy time getting the agreement developed, consulted on and adopted. It is pleasing to see that many people got involved – via a formal...... Read More

Mother of all budgets

A month ago, our coalition government published its first budget. It lays out the foundations for a better future and it makes a start with restoring previous under-funding. We cannot fix everything in one budget, of course, but we’re getting on...... Read More

Fueling the debate

The Regional Fuel Tax debate is over and the decision made to impose an 11.5 cents a litre charge on motorists. People, understandably, will differ over whether they think it’s worth it or not. So what’s being delivered then through this...... Read More

Democracy denied

As a multi-generational resident of Rodney and an elected representative on the Rodney Local Board, I am personally gutted that our residents will once again suffer through a targeted rate for transport as voted by the Rodney First members of the local...... Read More

Fuel tax defended

Last month we saw the biggest ever increase in investment in Auckland’s transport system. It is much needed. The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) sets out a $28 billion investment in Auckland’s transport system over the coming...... Read More

Dithering over dieback

Kauri dieback disease is a national crisis and a real threat to our region, and one that is largely ignored. In Rodney, we are home to the largest kauri tree on the east coast. With a girth of more than seven metres and estimated to be more than 800 years...... Read More

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