This graph makes very sad reading for Waiheke. There is a continued clear preference for funding from the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board to go to the Arts. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter, Coastguard, Watersafe and Surf Lifesaving are clearly in a different basket from the likes of the Auckland Philharmonia and the Maritime Museum. While no-one begrudges these worthy organisations their funding, it’s not a fair comparison to judge the Arts against those who save lives.
Your former Waiheke Local Board protested to Auckland Council’s Governing Body about exactly this same thing - that the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board is putting the Arts above lives, especially those of residents in the Hauraki Gulf.
Has this new Waiheke Local Board done likewise? Have they protested this impact on the people of Waiheke? So far, I’ve seen nothing in the minutes of the Local Board meetings that makes any representation on our behalf.
Waiheke relies heavily on the life-saving service of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter.
Depriving it of funds is not in our best interest. Perhaps the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board is not the right body to be disbursing these funds, especially as its members stand accused of taking inducements?
The full story can be read on Kiwiblog.