Goff’s official announcement that he is standing for election as Mayor of Auckland was made yesterday to a select group of Labour and Green Party supporters. His agenda appears to be exactly the same as Len Brown’s, so any were hoping for lower rates or a more fiscally responsible mayor will be very disappointed.
This was borne out by Goff’s failure to invite ratepayer groups to the launch. The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has issued the following media release.
RATEPAYER GROUPS SHUT OUT OF PHIL GOFF'S WESTHAVEN ANNOUNCEMENT
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is welcoming the Labour Party’s decision to put up a strong candidate in Phil Goff to replace its existing Mayor in Auckland, but note that no ratepayer group was invited to today’s announcement.
Jo Holmes, spokesperson for the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance says:
“We are deeply saddened that not a single ratepayer group in our network was invited to today’s announcement. If it's an indication of Mr Goff’s attitude toward ratepayers, he’s never going to rebuild the trust shattered by Len Brown."
“Few will doubt that Phil Goff has the experience for the job, but he needs to be very careful not to make campaign promises without clear plans of how they are going to be paid for.”
GOFF MISSING CHANCE TO SET HIGHER ETHICAL STANDARD
The Taxpayers’ Union is shocked that Labour Party Mayoral Candidate, Phil Goff, will not be standing down as an MP to campaign for the Super City role and is labelling it a ‘missed opportunity’ for Mr Goff to set a higher standard than Len Brown. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:
“It appears that Mr Goff will be using taxpayer funded staff, offices, and taxis, intended for his job in Wellington, to campaign in Auckland. It’s taxpayer funded campaigning through the back door.”
“We believe Mr Goff has missed a chance to set a higher ethical standard than his Labour Party colleague Len Brown. The decision won’t fill ratepayers with confidence that Mr Goff will be anymore prudent that Mr Brown in spending public money.”
The council has rewritten the rules for the "single-house zone" where one- and two-storey houses are typically set amongst trees and gardens. New rules mean tens of thousands of houses no longer qualify and will be rezoned to a "mixed-house" zone to allow for townhouses, studios and apartments of up to three storeys.
Senior council planner John Duguid said the new rules responded to submitters asking for more clarity and a targeted approach to the zone.
Developers and groups such as Housing NZ and youth lobby group Generation Zero have been pushing for more intensification, particularly around public transport routes.
The UN Agenda 21 vision promoted by left wing activist groups is to make Auckland the same as every other city in the world. They are intent on destroying the unique leafy suburb character of the city hence the intensification of multi-storey dwellings around the city centre and removal of cars from the city centre roads. They want a city to fit their lifestyle which is to rent not own, cycle to work, let ratepayers subsidise their transport needs, not have families, and live in close proximity to one another where they can make believe they are creating a ‘greener’ world.
Goff, like Brown before him, is their man.
If ratepayers, who pay for all this, want a different vision then they need to get active to preserve what they value. If not they have only themselves to blame when their leafy city is transformed into a Green ghetto.