Political Views

Home heating help

For many people winter can be a troubling time, struggling to afford the additional costs of heating, to ensure a healthy, warm home. As a Government, we don’t believe anybody should face that worry. All New Zealanders should have access to warm,...... Read More

Delivering on promises

Last month, I voted against Auckland Council bailing out the City Rail Link (CRL) to the tune of $1 billion. My reasoning was simple. Central government, not Auckland ratepayers, should be paying for this project – as the Government does for every...... Read More

Growth projects

Last month I turned the first sod to commence construction on the $1.4 billion Eastern Busway project. It’s the second largest infrastructure project in Auckland after the City Rail Link and one of the centerpiece projects in our 10-year Budget....... Read More

Carry on camping

As the smell of summer fades and the boats and caravans head south for the winter, I read with interest a story in this publication about a “glamping” experiment at Martin’s Bay Holiday Camp (MM April 17). They have erected a luxury...... Read More

Boards seek more power

The time that our local board spent on advocating for the reduction of the development contribution catchments and their areas of spend is most certainly paying dividends. New playgrounds, toilet blocks and sportsfields are at last being developed...... Read More

More changes needed

Well, the local body elections are due this year and we are into the last year of the three-year Rodney Local Board plan. In 2018, we had the introduction of a $150 targeted rate for each ratepayer in Rodney. The targeted rate was for the purpose of delivering...... Read More

Sports spending in the spotlight

As the winter sports codes start to click into gear it’s good to see the improvements that have been made to our parks, reserves and leisure facilities around the Coast. In recent times there’s been considerable investment put into upgrading...... Read More

Time for unity

After the unprecedented act of terror last month, now is not the time to talk about politics. Now is the time for unity; for New Zealand to heal together. Friday, March 15, will forever be a day etched in New Zealand’s collective memory. On a quiet...... Read More

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