Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - CATHERINE FARMER Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber

Our Cit­i­zens and Ratepay­ers ma­jor­ity coun­cil has slashed fund­ing to our li­braries, older cit­i­zens, new mi­grants and em­ploy­ment ini­tia­tives for our young peo­ple, and yet they have paid con­sul­tants $410,000 for a plan to scut­tle lo­cal democ­racy.

With the Greater Auck­land Coun­cil plan they dis­play the ar­ro­gance of priv­i­lege while they gut our com­mu­ni­ties of much needed fund­ing. Com­mu­nity boards are an ef­fec­tive part of lo­cal democ­racy and must be re­tained.

When Auck­land city comes up with a pro­posal to re­move com­mu­nity boards, fly­ing in the faces of what peo­ple want, I can em­pathise with those who said to me dur­ing the Avon­dale/Roskill by­elec­tion cam­paign that they don’t vote be­cause the coun­cil doesn’t lis­ten to them.

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