It's usual for the Local (or the former Community) Board to introduce themselves to Rakino ratepayers and canvas their needs, it's another thing to plan a Royal tour of the entire dominion.
With the grandiose objective of identifying the 'preservation and enhancement of the Hauraki Gulf coastline, harbours, islands and marine areas as a key priority', the Board forgets that a multitude of Government and non-government agencies already actively work in these areas - many of them funded by the hapless Auckland Council ratepayer.
Apparently, the tour may also reveal initiatives where the Board can assist the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan process - a planning process that is already costing Auckland and Waikato ratepayers many millions of dollars. Rather than fund the tiki tour themselves, the Board should show some economic restraint and piggy back on one of the trips the Marine Spatial process will no doubt undertake.
A picture may be worth a 1,000 words, but in this case it would be more prudent to have the briefings and meet and greet on land - in the Ostend Service Centre - and double check the Board's role and responsibilities before pledging support for all and sundry. The level of our rates depends on it.