Hearings begin on Auckland’s future
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.