Political Views

Positive start to 2021

This summer there is no doubt we all deserved a good break after what has been a tough year, but at least here in NZ we got to enjoy the kind of festive season many other countries can only dream of. Recent mass gatherings like the Puhoi woodchopping...... Read More

Viewpoint - Much to look forward to

This summer will have been our first under Covid conditions. There is no doubt we all deserved a good break after what has been a tough year, but at least here in New Zealand we got to enjoy the kind of festive season many other countries can only dream...... Read More

Striking a balance

On December 1, I published my Mayoral Proposal for Auckland Council’s 10-year Budget 2021-2031. In normal circumstances, this budget would have built on the investments started in the 2018 Budget, which were making inroads into Auckland’s...... Read More

20 lessons from 2020

As we wrap up the year, it only feels natural to conclude with a reflection on 2020. The other day I attended a community meeting where we were asked about our aspirations for 2021. While the common response was “no more lockdowns”, I was...... Read More

Viewpoint - Speak up on roads

Google Michigan roads and you will see the worst roads in the USA. Michigan’s roads are funded primarily from fuel taxes, but as vehicles become more efficient less tax is being collected. It is politically difficult to raise the tax because their...... Read More

Getting together on gangs

If this year hasn’t already felt like it was flying by, can you believe Christmas is just around the corner? It feels like summer has arrived, but it’s also been good to get some rain, as Council water restrictions are still in place. The...... Read More

Viewpoint - Looking back on a tough year

Reflecting at the end of the year is something I’m sure we all do. Looking back at 2020, we will all have mixed feelings about the year that’s been and many have been doing it very tough. I would like to use this opportunity to thank our...... Read More

Coast needs front of mind

Local knowledge and experience count. When projects, budgets and plans are up for consideration we need to make sure the Hibiscus Coast can make the most of opportunities. In this term of Council I’m keen to see the Hammerhead issue at Gulf Harbour...... Read More

Holiday helping hands

The school and university holidays are around the corner. For school students this means six weeks of freedom and university students are more spoiled, with approximately three months of time with their head out of the books. What can young people do...... Read More

Viewpoint - Supercity turns 10 – how are we doing?

Ten years ago this month, the Auckland Supercity was formed and I was fortunate enough to be elected to represent you on the Rodney Local Board. At the time, the budgets of the former councils were amalgamated and the first budgets for Auckland were formed. As...... Read More