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People power causes cycleway re-think
I wonder if ratepayers realise the 3.4% Transport Levy is here to stay as an increase every year on top of rates, and the money is going to pay for cyleways
The ‘Get Rid of the Island Bay Cycleway’ campaign called ‘Paint it back’ has caused a growing backlash against the imposition of cycleways when they are clearly opposed by the majority of affected residents. The campaign has been so successful it has made cycleways an election issue in this year’s forthcoming local body elections.
Britomart bus stop moves enrage Waiheke commuters and residents
Blame for bus stop moves that disadvantage Waiheke residents can be laid fairly and squarely on Mike Lee's shoulders
Waiheke and other commuters and users of the Britomart Transport Hub, the biggest public transport interchange in the country, are just beginning to realise the negative impact of changes being made to the area under Auckland Council’s City Centre Masterplan.
Bamboo shoots Walden in foot
As predicted the $46,000 the Waiheke Local Board has spent on clearing bamboo from the roadside reserve on Ostend Rd to accommodate a bridle trial for the Board Chairman’s horses has been a waste of ratepayers’ money.
Did Auckland Council bureaucrats know ASB Tower was always a dog?
The fallout from the Council HQ building affair continued yesterday after if was revealed that Councillors are still being kept in the dark about remediation of the façade. Yesterday’s Council meeting to discuss this latest Council failure was held partly in secret and partly in open session. It left one Councillor, Cameron Brewer, with more questions than answers.
Aucklanders to be factory farmed by slum lord developers
Insensification at any price seems to be given the go-ahead if the new slums being proposed by Fletchers in Three Kings are anything to go by. Apartments as small as 30 square metres have been supported by Council officers despite a current minimum apartment size 45 square metres.
New Council HQ costs ratepayers another $31 million
It turns out ratepayers are going to have to spend another $31 million, a quarter of the original cost, on repairs. Some spiv developer must have seen them coming. You couldn’t make it up.
The cult of ‘Special’ and why it has created the unhappy generation
One of the most disturbing aspects of the Auckland Plan, Len Brown’s vision document for the development priorities of Auckland over the next thirty years, is its number one priority - ‘Children and Young People First’.
Waterjack unites former enemies Don Brash and Winston Peters
The National Government’s plan to give preferential treatment to a race based minority so that they can control the nation’s fresh water (Waterjack) has caused former political enemies Don Brash and Winston Peters to form a united front on the issue.
Apartheid New Zealand
The inexorable advance of apartheid in New Zealand has been one of the most concerning aspects of living in this beautiful country.
Green a status symbol bought at expense of poor
The Green chickens are coming home to roost and it should come as no surprise to anyone that their eggs are rotten. Being seen to be ‘Green’ has been exposed in a recent study as nothing more than a status symbol for the rich bought at the expense of the poor.
Skypath in trouble
Skypath, the proposed controversial clip-ons to Auckland Harbour Bridge for cyclists, remains embroiled in legal challenges and is yet to get NZTA (NZ Transport Authority) approval.
Let’s scrap the Labour Party and start again
The Labour Party has made itself into a laughing stock. Commentator Guy Williams is the latest commentator to take a pot shot at the easy target Labour Leader Andrew Little has created as he steers the once credible party towards the precipice.
We didn’t do the Green thing back then
Yesterday I wrote about an arrogant, young, wannabe politician who thought it appropriate to be rude and obnoxious to a current Auckland Councillor on Twitter. His comment reflected the ageism that is now prevalent among young activists.
Taken for granted: Understanding the rise and rise of Donald Trump
Trump’s continuing success in the US primary elections calls for more understanding than the glib responses we have seen in New Zealand mainstream media
‘Let them eat waste’ says Green MP to the poor
Rodney Hide takes Green hypocrite MP, Denise Roche, to task in his regular opinion piece in the Sunday Herald, for promoting dumpster living.
No Global Warming since 1998 confirmed by ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann
Climate Alarmist Michael Mann admits the 18 year hiatus, commonly referred to as the ‘pause’, in global warming is real.
The seven deadly sins of cyclists
How has cycling turned itself into one of the most deadly forms of transport?
How Mike Lee is ruining Ports of Auckland
Mike Lee’s political interference in Ports of Auckland has been a disaster for the city and for the company.
New housing scandal hits Auckland Council
Is it déjà vu as another house building scandal is unveiled in Auckland?
Council slashes rates rises
No, of course it’s not Auckland, but Tararua District Council in the Hawkes Bay.
Auckland Council funding over 250 sock puppets
The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance has issued the following media release after it discovered Auckland Council is wasting of ratepayers’ money on more than 250 professional and lobby groups in order to buy their silence or influence them.
Bullying attempts to drown free speech won’t work
Bullying by hard left prospective #Auckland Councillor exposed. Two recent attempts to shut down freedom of speech deserve wider exposure. One was by a prospective Auckland Councillor, Ben Ross, who has tried to close down free speech on social media.
Auckland city centre a transport shambles
Six years in the planning and only now are we are seeing the fruits of Auckland Transport’s planning genius. The city centre is stuffed. It’s not only stuffed now, but also for the next six years to accommodate the bottomless pit of debt called the City Rail Link.
Failed UP process shows Hulse out of her depth
Responsibility for the shambles that has been the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP) process can be laid fairly and squarely at the door of Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse. Perhaps Len Brown’s biggest mistake was the appointment of Penny Hulse.
Auckland Council bureaucrats attempt to bypass democracy
In a move designed to enrage elected representatives and ratepayers, Council’s bureaucrats are attempting to re-introduce the ‘out of scope’ changes to the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan through the back door.
Victory for ratepayers as Council withdraws out of scope changes
Ratepayers scored a major victory for democracy when Auckland Council’s Governing Body, attended by all Councillors and the Mayor, voted this evening to withdraw the ‘out of scope’ changes to the Unitary Plan.
The end is nigh for the charlatan Climate Change cult
Crone becomes National’s preferred mayoral candidate
Here’s a novel idea for NZ, treat everyone the same
Government RMA tinkering undemocratic and racist
Corporate welfare feathers nests of tribal elitesTrust in Council planners at an all time low
Victoria Crone gets stuck into Council over IT debacle
Greens are hypocrites, ageist and do ‘bugger all for the environment’
Island Bay residents accuse Climate Believer Mayor of ‘fashionable hysteria’
An open message to Len Brown
Hurrah! It’s Auckland’s take a car to work day
Auckland rates battler defeats Council bureaucracy
Increased fines for cyclists brings them into line with motorists
Bob Jones proposes 5000m high ‘Idol’ to cat killer Morgan
CRL the Oliver Twist project crippling Auckland
Alliance slams ‘out of scope’ shambles
It’s true, vegetarians are unhealthy nutters
Joyce response to TPP protestors: free trade means more jobs
Key flag wishy washy
Where to now for hard left Green MPs?
New Zealand’s day of appeasement
Ngati Whatua becomes Ngati Fatuous
Council must take responsibility for housing affordability failure
Residents fight back over unsafe cycle lanes
The greatest arrogance of all - Save the Planet
Free travel on Auckland Transport to be lost if Waiheke goes it alone
Changes to Government legislation on Supergold Card funding being introduced on 1st July would mean Waiheke residents would lose free travel on Auckland Transport, and other privileges, if Waiheke decides to separate from Auckland Council.
Waiheke Library services in jeopardy from 'Our Waiheke'
The numerous benefits of having a state-of-the-art library service for Waiheke would be lost under a Waiheke Unitary Council.
Board wants cycle lanes in Belgium Street
Waiheke Local Board wants cycle lanes on both sides of Belgium Street. Are they stark staring bonkers?
Waiheke Local Board locks out opposition to Marine Reserve
The Waiheke Local Board has not kept its promise to keep KoB members involved in discussions.
Lawler back for more Waiheke ratepayer funding
Merran Lawler was rewarded with ratepayer funding of $50,000 for her support for Direction Matiatia. This week she’s back asking the Board for another $8000.
Friends of Alison Park lose battle to retain OBC building for the community
The failed second Waiheke Local Board will, as predicted, take the old Oneroa Bowling Club (OBC) building away from the community.
Wexit accountant resigns from Our Waiheke
Eric Millar, who prepared the Our Waiheke budget, has resigned from the group.
Amalgamation v De-Amalgamation
This remains one of the most searched blogs. Obviously an issue the people want to be informed about rather than have Gulf New propaganda thrust down their throats.
Board close to corruption over $50k funding of lobby group
Cyclist hospitalises frail 85 year old pedestrian on Waiheke Road
Waiheke horse path 'paved with gold'
Walden’s torture trail for horses
Waiheke Local Board has nothing to do
Waiheke has outgrown its ‘kumbaya’ past
AT removes parking from Matiatia
Tear down that bridge
Waiheke Local Board channels yet more funding to favoured groups
Waiheke tourism booming but Council infrastructure lags behind
Board removes swimming pool funding
Waiheke top place on Planet to visit
Waiheke Local Board depriving community of capital funding.
$20,000 review of Essentially Waiheke to pave way for urbanisation
Board votes to restrict dog owner freedoms
Tourism operators label Wexit a ‘catastrophe’ for Waiheke
Oops! as OW discovers it isn’t all about them
OW threat to Waiheke economy exposed
A Social Media Guide to Waiheke Local Board Elections
Jerry Flay provides an informative and insightful guide to the minefield of Waiheke social media
10 things we can expect to see on social media in the run up to the Waiheke local elections.
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