Even if you've already made a submission you can make more. Feel free to use any of mine.
Step 2. Fill in the personal details
Step 3. Tick 'Waiheke Local Board' and a set of questions comes up.
Step 4. Answer the questions. Here's my submission. Feel free to use any or all of it.
I checked the support a community swimming pool option but made the following comment.
I do not support a swimming pool on Ministry of Education land. Such a pool would be a school pool. A community pool would be open to the public at all times.
Questions 3c options 1,2,3, I checked the ‘do not support’ option and made the following comment to all these questions.
I am opposed to all the changes to the budget. The projects outlined were identified as a result of a full community consultation process by the previous Waiheke Local Board. If it continues it will result in over $1.4 million of Waiheke ratepayers money being handed back to Auckland Council. It will not result in a community swimming pool.
Q3c 4 Cut and paste any or all of the following
Submission to Waiheke Local Board Draft Local Board Agreement 2014/15
Only two are new the rest have already been achieved.
- Investigating opportunities for improving school leaver employment prospects and capacity building
- Investigating how the board could facilitate the establishment of minimum rental housing standards
Local Recreation Services
Remove the additional $35k additional expenditure on the school gym (Waiheke Recreation Centre). Where’s the value for the ratepayer?
“Provide regular and accessible communication from the Waiheke Local Board to our communities.” How is this to be achieved? The Board Chair has publicly stated he will ONLY communicate through the Gulf News and Facebook. This effectively disenfranchises large segments of the community.
Q5 Cut and paste any or all of the following
Submission to Waiheke Local Board Draft Annual Plan 2014/15
- The whole plan has been prejudiced. Comments made by Board members on social media and in the press indicate pre-judgement. It is therefore impossible for submitters to get a fair hearing. This is contrary to the Local Government Act.
- There are no new projects to which ratepayers money can be attached. All expenditure by this Board will be on investigations, scoping, plans, and consultants, in other words a waste of ratepayers money.
I am opposed to all the changes to the budget. The projects outlined were identified as a result of a full community consultation process. If it continues it will result in over $1.4 million of Waiheke ratepayers money being handed back to Auckland Council. It will not result in a community swimming pool.
Advocacy to the Governing Body
The plan is anti-tourism and economic development.
Remove the “Advocate to the governing body that Council uses its own resources to support economic development on Waiheke.” In other words "let the Governing Body and CCOs pay for economic development, we won't use our local board budget". This contradicts the item under ‘Local Economic Development’ that says there is a key initiative including “Continuing to focus on local economic development including working with local businesses and business association’.
Retain rather than remove the advocacy for a ‘High profile for Waiheke and the Hauraki Gulf Islands within the Auckland Visitor Plan.” This advocacy item was deliberately added by the previous Waiheke Local Board in its 2013/14 Annual Plan to ensure continuing advocacy for Waiheke WITHIN the Auckland Visitor Plan after it was adopted in 2012. Without its inclusion there is no advocacy for the tourism industry within the board’s plan.