a) That the Manurewa Local Board Chair write to Mayor Len Brown to express the Board’s disappointment in the imposition of a targeted transport levy on ratepayers without reasonable consultation. The net impact being an average rates increase of 9.9%, significantly higher than the 2.5% rate increase promised.
b) That the Manurewa Local Board Chair write to the Auditor General requesting confirmation that the imposed transport levy consultation was of a standard to which ratepayers could legitimately expect to receive under S93C 2(c) 1 of the Local Government Act 2002.
c) That the Manurewa Local Board express their opposition to the increase that creates an inequitable financial burden to those who are living in South Auckland communities- for example Mangere-Otahuhu average 16.9% increase before their targeted pool rate is added.
d) That a copy of both letters be sent to Councillors representing the Southern Initiative Boards.
e) That a copy of the letter be sent to MP’s Louisa Wall, Su’a William Sio’, Jenny Salesa, Judith Collins and Pene Henare
On Waiheke, one of the most deprived areas of Auckland according to Auckland’s Council’s deprivation index, by contrast there has not been a peep from the Paul Walden, Chair of the Waiheke Local Board, or any of our Board members about the rates rise despite the 4% transport levy affecting every ratepayer.
Instead Walden calls a meeting to hear the results of a very, very costly survey ($40k) paid for by the ratepayers on a subject that is of little interest to 80% of the Waiheke population and has been labeled divisve. Mike Lee was in attendance.
It has emerged that it was Waiheke Councillor Mike Lee’s vote that tipped the balance in favour of the 9.9% rates rise that includes the transport levy. Mike Lee has bragged that his lawyer is Ron Walden, father of local board Chair Paul Walden. Perhaps this close association could account for the silence of Walden and his Board.
Angela Dalton continues to fight for the ratepayers of Manurewa in every way she can. That is her job. That is what she has sworn an oath to do. By contrast Walden has thrown his toys out of the cot because, even with his friend Lee on the Governing Body, he hasn’t been clever enough to get his own way. So, like the spoilt child he is, Walden has decided he doesn’t want to play at being part of Auckland Council any more. He wants a Wexit (Waiheke exit from Auckland) so he can make his own rules and be king of his own castle.
The actions of these two leaders of their communities last Thursday couldn’t be in sharper contrast. The one doing the job she is paid to do by using her position to represent the frustrations of her electorate at decisions made by the Governing Body of Council. The other not doing what he is paid to do by holding meetings about a subject outside his purview, that’s of little interest to his constituents, and acting undemocratically by throwing his weight behind a Wexit.