Opinions

Viewpoint – Something doesn’t add up

Thu, 12 Feb 2015

Council’s politicians jacked up rates by 9.9 percent via a transport levy saying it was for building more transport infrastructure. In reality Auckland Council is...

Viewpoint – Getting the house in order

Mon, 9 Feb 2015

For New Zealand to succeed, our local communities must succeed. A key role for local government is to support our local communities to thrive by...

Viewpoint – Not doing ‘stuff’ not an option

Mon, 12 Jan 2015

Councillors, not staff, asked for the two independent reports on our assets from Ernst and Young and Cameron Partners. Although Auckland has a Moodys double...

Mahurangi Matters, October 2015 – Readers Letters

Sat, 10 Jan 2015

Festival founders Ken Fearnley   I read with interest Judy Waters’ brief article on the beginnings of the Kowhai Festival. The festival was really the...

Mahurangi Matters, October 2015 – Readers Letters

Sat, 10 Jan 2015

Festival founders Ken Fearnley I read with interest Judy Waters’ brief article on the beginnings of the Kowhai Festival. The festival was really the brainchild...

Viewpoint – Value for money questioned

Fri, 9 Jan 2015

What is really so different from balancing a household budget to balancing the Council’s budget? Well, one significant difference is that we can see exactly...

Viewpoint – Have your say on Rodney’s future

Wed, 7 Jan 2015

It is now four months since the local body elections and I am still reeling from all there is to learn, people to meet, and...

Viewpoint – Work connections needed

Wed, 7 Jan 2015

With the launch of our Draft Silverdale Centre Plan recently for public feedback the need for Penlink is even more apparent than ever. While Penlink...

Viewpoint – Fingers crossed for Northland

Sun, 4 Jan 2015

By the time this goes to print the by-election in Northland will be over. So as I write we do not know who will be...

History – And the band played on

Fri, 1 Apr 2011

The Warkworth Brass Band has played the National Anthem through the reign of five monarchs and a display of band memorabilia can be viewed at...