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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 if it continues development of the Te Matuku Walking Track along its proposed route.
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 are prepared to walk the talk of lower rates.
Waiheke’s climate of fear must be replaced by climate of hope
Hundreds on Waiheke, was afraid to raise her head above the parapet for fear of the verbal abuse and bullying they would receive on social media, and sadly in the wider community.
Why I’m standing for the Waiheke Local Board
It’s time for a change. Time to put an end to the waste of ratepayers’ money that has been the hallmark of this failed Waiheke Local Board. Without a truly independent and experienced voice at the Board table, the next three years will be more of the same. That is why I have decided to put my hat in the ring and stand for election to the third Waiheke Local Board.
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.
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
The Herald has picked on up a recent press release from the Ratepayers’ Alliance exposing 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.
Goff turns ice blue to woo voters
Goff choses Colin Craig’s failed Conservative Party campaign colour.
Ratepayer Protection Pledge - who’s in and who’s out
There has been a promising response to the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance Protection Pledge launched earlier this week with two Mayoral and seven Councillor candidates signing by last night. Find out who's in and who's out.
Bureaucrats executing Reign of Terrror on Auckland Councillors
Once again the fight for democracy and the Rule of Law has been left to the people of Auckland. Democracy Action is threatening legal action against Council for its refusal to let the Unitary Plan be decided by our elected Councillors and not unelected members of the IMBB on the Development Committee.
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.
ARA accuses Auckland Council bureaucrats of buying political process
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has called on Auckland Council bureaucrats to be politically neutral after they used $372000 of ratepayers’ money to buy influence for their preferred version of the Unitary Plan.
Skypath a disaster for Heritage Northcote Point and Auckland
Skypath is a disaster not only for the residents of Northcote Point but for all Auckland ratepayers who will end up picking up the tab when this white elephant fails to meet its projected patronage numbers.
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
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.
Hypocrite Auckland Council invests in tobacco yet wants to ban smoking
Mayoral candidate Vic Crone has been busy shining the light on more waste of ratepayers money.
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).
Experienced Councillors refocus on local boards
Now that the Independent Hearings Panel recommendations of the Auckland Plan have been released, the direction of Auckland has been decided for good or ill: that being so, the work of the Governing Body is largely complete.
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.
Auckland Council cracks down on freedom of speech
Auckland Council is using ratepayers’ own money to try and silence ratepayers like myself who are critical of the high spending, high debt regime of Brown and Hulse.
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.
AT wastes $9 million wiping out local identity on buses
No wonder Auckland is feeling blue. Auckland Transport is re-painting all our buses a drab blue and grey colour and wiping out vibrant, easily identifiable local bus colours.
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.
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
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.
What the Unitary Plan means for Waiheke
Several people have asked me what the implications are for Waiheke following the release of the Independent Hearings Panel recommendations on the Auckland Unitary Plan. Here is my first assessment of the likely effects.
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
Hauraki Gulf takeover almost complete
The take over of the Hauraki Gulf Forum by regional iwi is almost complete.
New Waiheke Countdown supermarket opens
It‘s a big day on Waiheke. The long awaited bigger, bolder, brighter Countdown supermarket in Ostend opens today.
Keep Auckland Transport away from ferry services
National Party Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye is opposed by the Waiheke Ferry Users Group
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
OWs fairy tale budget
The OW budget is little more than a fairy tale of wishful thinking using unsubstantiated assertions.
Board uses ratepayer money to fund re-election campaign
‘Essentially Waiheke’ is the banner name under which four of the current Waiheke Local Board members were elected in 2013.
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.
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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