Hear­ings be­gin on Auck­land’s fu­ture

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

Auck­lan­ders who made sub­mis­sions to the Royal Com­mis­sion on Auck­land Gov­er­nance will get a chance to talk to the com­mis­sion next month.

It will hold a four-day hear­ing at the Aotea Cen­tre dur­ing which peo­ple can speak to their sub­mis­sions.

More than 3500 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived from across the Auck­land re­gion and chair­man Peter Salmon says the com­mis­sion­ers are grat­i­fied by the mag­ni­tude of the re­sponse.

“There’s been a tremen­dous amount of work done by thou­sands of peo­ple and it shows a great range of opin­ions, ideas and in­sight into the needs of this city and its com­mu­ni­ties.”

Many peo­ple in­di­cated a de­sire to speak in sup­port of their sub­mis­sions so the com­mis­sion is about to em­bark on a se­ries of hear­ings around the re­gion.

They be­gin in Franklin from to­day un­til Fri­day and move to Pa­pakura on May 12 to 13, Rod­ney May 14 to 16 and North Shore May 19 and 20.

Next month it will be the turn of Waitakere on June 4 to 6, Manukau June 10 to 12 and Auck­land June 19 and 20 and June 24 and 25.

Hear­ing dates, lo­ca­tions and venues are posted on the com­mis­sion’s web­site www.roy­al­com­mis­sion. govt.nz.

“There can be no doubt that Auck­lan­ders care deeply about their re­gion, their city and their com­mu­ni­ties. This process is an op­por­tu­nity for Auck­lan­ders to par­tic­i­pate in de­ci­sion-mak­ing for the fu­ture,” Mr Salmon says.

The com­mis­sion is pre­pared for months of in­tense work as it analy­ses sub­mis­sions, com­mis­sions re­search and con­ducts fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion, he says.

It will present its re­port on lo­cal gov­ern­ment in Auck­land to Gover­norA­nand Satyanand on De­cem­ber 1.

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