Waste of our money
Mayor Banks and the Citizens & Ratepayers council have lost sight of the basics in their rush to spend $57 million on the Rugby World Cup and Eden Park upgrade.
Auckland ratepayers will be paying for expensive and unwarranted facilities upgrade and party events, when so many basics across the city are in need of urgent work.
The council is giving us an unnecessary straightening of Sandringham Rd, the demolition of valued Kingsland heritage houses, and millions squandered on temporarily dressing up Auckland city.
Instead it should invest in genuine “legacy” community improvements such as fixing broken footpaths and purchasing more local parks in high-need wards like EdenAlbert.
A fraction of this money would provide local shopping centre upgrades, such as much-neglected Mt Albert, public safety improvements and add new community centres.
Our iconic cones need erosion control, weed removal and track maintenance, and Maungawhau-Mt Eden is still waiting for its management plan to be implemented and quality tourist facilities installed.
Auckland city ratepayers deserve to have their rates invested in long-term community basics rather than poured into a big spend-up for a one-off sporting event of doubtful benefit.