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Viewpoint – Freedom of speech questioned

“I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” So said French...

Viewpoint – Valuing democracy

In light of ongoing events, both national and international, it seems almost inconsequential to be relating the trials and tribulations of Auckland Council at the...

Viewpoint – Council pays back targeted rate

There was a Court of Appeal decision this month that has implications not just for Hibiscus Coast accommodation providers but for Aucklanders generally.  The court...

Letter to The Environment Committee

by John Watson, Greg Sayers, Sharon Stewart, Wayne Walker and Christine Fletcher Submission on Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill We...

Viewpoint – Challenges ahead

Auckland Council is now exactly half way through its current term. I’m pretty sure that few previous councils have endured such sustained controversy and unpopularity....

Viewpoint – Collective approach

The dust has now settled on a rather turbulent and controversial period for Auckland Council which saw the introduction of the 10 Year Budget. On...

Viewpoint – Pitching for better performance

It was only a few months ago an under-strength Indian cricket team shocked the cricketing world by humbling the super confident Australians. Fast forward to...

Viewpoint – Cricketing inspiration

I hope everyone has had a good break over the holiday period. Our experience over the summer months is in marked contrast with what has...

Viewpoint – Chickens home to roost

Firstly, I sincerely hope people have managed to come through the lockdown relatively unscathed. Unfortunately that’s not the case for everyone in our community. While...

Viewpoint – Connections growing

I hope everyone’s had the chance to have a good break over the summer. People lead increasingly hectic lives these days so time out is...