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LGC visit a chance for Waiheke to say we’re better with Auckland
It is imperative all those opposing the Our Waiheke bid for de-amalgamation from Auckland have their say in front of the Local Government Commissioners coming to Waiheke this week.
Keep Our Beaches campaign fires back at Board
‘Keep Our Beaches’ has placed full page adverts in the local press indicating which candidates for election to the next Waiheke Local Board support keeping the northern residential beaches of Waiheke for quiet enjoyment of their traditional recreation activities and which do not. This follows the group’s four year campaign to ‘oppose a plan to develop a marine reserve across Waiheke’s northern residential beaches from Oneroa to Onetangi’.
Election issues aired at Candidates’ debate
On Monday Waiheke Radio hosted a ‘candidate’s debate’ for those seeking election to the Waiheke Local Board.
80 home sub-division likely in green belt
Boundary change has developer champing at the bit
Waldens want more land rezoned ‘Future Urban Development’
Island property developers, the Walden family, want future urban development on some of their extensive Waiheke landholdings in addition to the planned 80 home development on their 50 hectares at the end of Onetangi Rd.
Why I’m standing for the Waiheke Local Board
Waiheke’s future is with Auckland
Voting papers out today. Let’s get back to basics
Media Q&A for Waiheke Local Board candidates
Roads, rubbish and ratepayer rights
Waiheke Radio interview and talks with Shirin Brown
Waiheke has clear choice for local board
Board accused of reneging on promises to community group
The Friends of Alison Park accuses Waiheke Board of broken promises and double dealing
Ferry Users Group says it wants more parking not more plans
One of the biggest issues voters have raised with me while I’ve been electioneering is the parking crisis at Matiatia. It’s an issue that affects us all.
How this Board lost a community pool for Waiheke
Three years on there’s no sign of a community pool. What’s worse, they have driven Waiheke to the back of the queue for a community pool funded by Auckland Council. This means Waiheke is now unlikely to ever get a pool
Orsman presents balance view on Council… and then there’s Fisher
Who reports on the reporters?
re staff, more fat, higher rates, bigger ‘waste’
Once again Auckland Council bureaucrats have increased their numbers, their salaries bill and their ‘waste’ line.
The unintended consequences of oppressive taxation
The justification for more state intervention in out lives is nearly always motivated by a desire to do good, but alas the law of unintended consequences almost always ensure lasting harm.
SkyPath Residents’ concerns crushed by Council-funded blackmail
Council has used its might against its ratepayers by forcing those opposed to the cycle bridge across the Auckland harbour (Skypath) to withdraw from pressing their cause through the Environment Court.
The fateful conceit of youthful idealism
The road to Hell is often paved with good intentions as this article amply illustrates. It concerns the modern phenomena of ‘virtue signalling’, ‘voluntourism’, and the real harm both cause.
The new intolerance of hurt feelings
The fundamental principles underpinning a free and open society are everywhere under attack by the poisonous cant of political correctness. One such principle is freedom of speech.
ATEED staff enjoy ratepayer funded junket to Olympics
Council bureaucrats must think they can get away with murder. Well they can’t, not while the ratepayers’ watchdog, the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, is keeping an eye on them.
$90,000 on Council survey to reveal what we all knew
Ratepayers’ Alliance has exposed the cost of a survey which revealed what Aucklanders already knew – that only a tiny minority (15%) are satisfied with the performance of Auckland Council.
Generational blame game just plain dumb
In all truth I wasn’t aware of the ‘generation blame game’ until I was contacted by parents of schoolchildren from Waiheke High School
Victory for Democracy Action as Councillors throw out Taniwha Tax
Lee Short and Democracy Action have won a complete victory over the hated Taniwha Tax and unelected representatives having a vote on the crucial Auckland Plan.
Undemocratic UP process spells trouble ahead
Pathetic Auckland Councillors decided to ditch the prescribed Unitary Plan process in favour of handing it over to the Auckland Development Committee, headed by the bureaucrats puppet Penny Hulse.
Ratepayers’ Alliance scores stunning victory in Unitary Plan
The Taniwha Tax is dead.
Bitter infighting erupts over control of Auckland Unitary Plan
The Independent Hearings Panel report and recommendations on the Auckland Unitary Plan was released on Friday but Councillors and the public have not yet had access to it.
Kiwiblog says Council should sack Mike Lee
Influential blogger David Farrar of ‘Kiwiblog’ says it is untenable to have a Director running ads counter to company policy.
Goff thinks local boards should not decide local priorities
In a clear signal that Phil Goff will continue Brown’s legacy of disregarding local board priorities, he has supported Auckland Transport dictating to boards how they spend their very limited budgets.
Sports writer thinks race and colour should be basis for team selection
Generation Snowflake ‘sports writer’ for the Herald, Dylan Cleaver thinks sports teams show be picked based on race and colour.
‘Brexit means Brexit’ says new Prime Minister Theresa May
Theresa May says ‘Brexit means Brexit’.
CRL cost blows out by $500 million in few weeks
Some Auckland Councillors are asking how it is possible that the cost estimates for building the controversial City Rail Link could possibly have blown out by 20% since they were told less than a month ago that any cost blow-out was ‘unlikely’.
Goff refuses to sign Ratepayers’ Pledge
“I will not sign the Ratepayers’ Pledge’ said an unequivocal Phil Goff, mayoral candidate for Auckland, during a meeting this morning with myself and Carmel Claridge, spokespersons for the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance.
These Councillors are Rubbish Campaign launched
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has started to make good on its promise to name and shame those ‘Terrible Ten’ Councillors who voted for last year’s 9.9% rates hike.
Auckland Council’s ‘outrageous’ increase of race based funding to tribal elites
Auckland Council has increased funding to unelected tribal elites by 40% to a whopping $3million.
Middle NZ has had a gutsful: the rise and rise of Winnie explained
The price National has paid for the support of the Maori Party has been dear. It has come at the price of democracy itself.
Revenge of the unprotected
Everything about the Trump victory in Indiana files in the face of conventional political wisdom.
Taken for granted: Understanding the rise and rise of Donald Trump
Trump’s continuing success in the US primary elections calls for more understanding than the glib responses we have seen in New Zealand mainstream media
Hypocrite Terrible Ten Councillor candidate backpedals like mad
Chris Darby, one on Auckland’s Terrible Ten Councillors, who voted in the massive rates rise last year is obviously fearful of losing his job.
Cost of CRL now up to $3.4 billion
In a report in today’s Herald Bernard Orsman exposes the ballooning cost of Brown’s vanity project the City Rail Link.
Biggest threat to taxpayer rights in a generation
The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to withdraw its draconian proposal to give itself the power to amend tax laws without any consultation or parliamentary scrutiny.
Auckland Council $7.6 billion debt means higher rates
Auckland is now in the situation that household Council debt is higher than Christchurch’s post earthquake.
Mayoral candidates say junk Dept of Overseas Junkets
Following the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance exposure last week that half ATEED’s Communications staff was at the Rio Olympics on a ratepayer funded jolly, all the front-running Mayoral candidates, except Phil Goff, have said they will axe or merge ATEED with another department in a bid to end the waste.
Find out who has signed the Ratepayer Protection Pledge
One the main reasons the people have lost trust in Auckland politicians is the disappointment and betrayal they feel when politicians promise one thing before an election and then do the exact opposite when in office. Find out which politicians have signed.
Auckland Council junkets costing ratepayers millions
Once again the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has exposed how Auckland Council is living the high life junketing around the world at ratepayers’ expense.
Auckland Future backs three of the Terrible Ten
Politics makes strange bedfellow.
IHP removes Council bureaucrats draconian powers
The Independent Hearings Panel has removed many of the draconian powers Auckland Council bureaucrats were handing themselves through the PAUP (Proposed Unitary Plan).
Democracy Action battles corrupt Maori practices
Several Auckland councillors have unsuccessfully tried to exclude Māori representatives from the final debates on the city's Unitary Plan.
Guest Blog by Jerry Flay
The Housing Crisis - latest report
Almost 90% of Auckland properties sold in 2016 have been bought by people with money, according to shocking new revelations from the Centre for Equality, Social Justice and Free Stuff.
Who will stand for reasonable rates and sensible spending?
The local body election process got underway this week with nominations opening for candidates. The question ratepayers will be asking themselves is ‘who will stand for reasonable rates and sensible spending?’
Will South Aucklanders be forced to ‘get on their bikes’?
The objective of cycleways is to force people to cycle to work and thereby justify the Government’s spending of $100 million of our taxes on new cycleways.
How Mike Lee is ruining Ports of Auckland
Mike Lee’s political interference in Ports of Auckland has been a disaster for the city and for the company.
Auckland Transport triples car parking fees
New car parking charges designed to drive cars off the road to make way for cycle lanes and force drivers onto public transport are being brought in by Auckland Transport.
Quay Street Cycleway adds to traffic congestion
The opening of the Quay Street Cycleway that will increase traffic congestion.
Government call to confiscate private property worthy of Stalin
Yesterday Nick Smith called for the State to confiscate private property. “Landbankers could have property seized by the Government if the land is within certain areas marked for housing development.” It was a statement worthy of Stalin himself.
Key threatens to put in commissioners to run Auckland
National has had enough of Auckland Council and its refusal to release land for housing.
Council bureaucrats step up propaganda war against ratepayers
Council bureaucrats are out of control.
Goff turns ice blue to woo voters
Skypath a disaster for Heritage Northcote Point and Auckland
AT wastes $9 million wiping out local identity on buses
Not enough candidates to create full Auckland Council
Racist rhetoric called out
Herald reduced to ‘thumsquirt’ journalism
Did Auckland Council bureaucrats know ASB Tower was always a dog?
Goff’s living wage commitment a big worry for Auckland ratepayersBrexit: a lesson in democracy that Kiwis should heed
Lee responsible for debt deluge says Ralston
Auckland faces 6% rates increase
Failed UP process shows Hulse out of her depth
Palino promises 10% rates cut
New Council HQ costs ratepayers another $31 million
Lee betrays Auckland Council
It beggars belief
Skypath in trouble
Waterjack unites former enemies Don Brash and Winston Peters
‘Let them eat waste’ says Green MP to the poor
No Global Warming since 1998 confirmed by ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann
Victory for ratepayers as Council withdraws out of scope changes
The end is nigh for the charlatan Climate Change cult
Crone becomes National’s preferred mayoral candidate
Here’s a novel idea for NZ, treat everyone the same
Government RMA tinkering undemocratic and racist
Greens are hypocrites, ageist and do ‘bugger all for the environment’
Island Bay residents accuse Climate Believer Mayor of ‘fashionable hysteria’
An open message to Len Brown
Hurrah! It’s Auckland’s take a car to work day
Auckland rates battler defeats Council bureaucracy
Increased fines for cyclists brings them into line with motorists
Bob Jones proposes 5000m high ‘Idol’ to cat killer Morgan
CRL the Oliver Twist project crippling Auckland
New Zealand’s day of appeasement
Ngati Whatua becomes Ngati Fatuous
Council must take responsibility for housing affordability failure
Residents fight back over unsafe cycle lanes
The greatest arrogance of all - Save the Planet
‘Should Waiheke exit Auckland?’ a hot election topic
During canvassing I am frequently asked about the Our Waiheke bid to de-amalgamate from Auckland. It is still a hot topic on the island.
Marina myths unmasked
Waiheke Local Board candidate Shirin Brown’s ‘open letter’ to me on her Facebook page would be funny if it wasn’t so downright misleading. It's a load of rubbish.
Secrecy shrouds Waiheke Resources Trust lease
A concerned member of the public has contacted me to say they have tried unsuccessfully to view the lease document of Waiheke Resources Trust.
Resolving the Matiatia Parking Crisis
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up one morning to a headline that read ‘More parking at Matiatia Ferry terminal’.
Walden keeping it in the family
I am told that contracts for $70,000 funded by the Waiheke Local Board, in other words the ratepayers of Waiheke, have gone to a family member of Chair of the Board Paul Walden.
Causeway cause for concern
The shambles on the Causeway Reserve is symptomatic of a bigger malaise in local government says local resident Ken Edwards in an open letter to the Waiheke Boat Club.
Waiheke Board ignores advice on kauri dieback disease
There is grave concern in the community that the Waiheke Local Board will ignore the advice of both Auckland Council’s Biosecurity team and the Department of Conservation on preventing kauri dieback disease.
Bamboozled Board spends more on bridle trail
The Bamboo Horse Trail, or is that trial, that has already cost $170,000 including $46,000 for bamboo clearance alone, is already requiring more money spent on it.
Failed Waiheke Board too late to stop removal of RUB
The Governing Body removed the RUB when it gave the Unitary Plan the green light on Monday.
Guest Blog by Roger Hutton
Thoughts on Essentially Waiheke
Local resident Roger Hutton offers some insights into the revised Essentially Waiheke document. He concludes it is just another waste of ratepayers' money that seeks to lock Waiheke into the past.
No fair go for independent
It is a sad indictment on the island’s mainstream media (Gulf News, Marketplace, Waiheke Radio) that they do not give candidates a fair go in elections.
Ferry petition bully tactics raise concerns
The bullying tactics being used by the latest rent-a-mob group to start a protest on Waiheke are raising concerns from locals.
Waiheke Board’s culture of waste leaves legacy of loss and lasting damage
Waiheke Local Board has been far luckier than most. Relative to other boards it has had much money at its discretion to spend as it sees fit. In broad brush terms it has wasted around $5 million over its three year term.
Inorganic collection spells nightmare for op shops
Auckland Council’s reduced inorganic rubbish service will create a nightmare for op shops.
Waiheke Resources Trust bottomless pit gets another $30k
Another $30,000 is to be added to the $500,000 gifted by this failed Waiheke Local Board to the Waiheke Resources Trust, run by the Stansfield (Green Party) partnership.
“He’s a lumberjack, but he’s not OK”
Under cover of darkness, Waiheke Local Board Chair Paul Walden chopped down a Pohutakawa tree on Auckland Council Reserve land
Waiheke Board gives Surfdale Community Hall to a private business
No more ratepayer owned community halls for hire on Waiheke
Waiheke ratepayers fund de facto Green Party HQ
As predicted two years ago, the Waiheke Resources Trust (WRT) will be granted a lease over the old Oneroa Bowling Club
Waiheke Local Board plans to spend half its money on plans
Failed Waiheke Board spends up large on plans
Amalgamation v De-Amalgamation
This remains one of the most searched blogs. Obviously an issue the people want to be informed about rather than have Gulf New propaganda thrust down their throats.
What the Unitary Plan means for Waiheke
Hauraki Gulf takeover almost complete
Keep Auckland Transport away from ferry services
OWs fairy tale budget
Change of Waiheke Board needed if island is to prosper
Arrogant Walden betrays anti-business bias
OW breakaway all at sea
Hopeless Waiheke Board offer no hope for future
Opposition mounts to ‘Our Waiheke’
Another $24,000, another fishy report, another Walden waste
Shameless Board gives another $100k to anti-marina group
Wexit accountant resigns from Our Waiheke
Board wants cycle lanes in Belgium Street
Board close to corruption over $50k funding of lobby group
Cyclist hospitalises frail 85 year old pedestrian on Waiheke Road
Waiheke horse path 'paved with gold'
Walden’s torture trail for horses
Waiheke Local Board has nothing to do
Waiheke has outgrown its ‘kumbaya’ past
AT removes parking from Matiatia
Tear down that bridge
Waiheke Local Board channels yet more funding to favoured groups
Waiheke tourism booming but Council infrastructure lags behind
Board removes swimming pool funding
Waiheke top place on Planet to visit
Waiheke Local Board depriving community of capital funding.
OW threat to Waiheke economy exposed
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