What is­sues will shape our fu­ture?

It has been a hec­tic few years in Auck­land. The cre­ation of the su­per-city and the writ­ing of the Uni­tary Plan has asked Auck­lan­ders to re­ally think about the fu­ture of the city. On the eve of the sec­ond su­per-city elec­tion – vot­ing pa­pers will start arri

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EL­DERLY Anne-Marie Coury, Auck­land Grey Power pres­i­dent

Auck­land Grey­power is en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers to vote with an­ten­nae flap­ping recog­nis­ing that hav­ing peo­ple elected who are fo­cused on im­prov­ing the well­be­ing of com­mu­ni­ties is cru­cial for their safety and con­nect­ed­ness in their older years. We need to elect peo­ple who ap­pre­ci­ate why ac­ces­si­ble, re­li­able and af­ford­able pub­lic trans­port is the key to im­prov­ing Auck­land’s road con­ges­tion prob­lems.

We need peo­ple who will en­sure ser­vices like so­cial hous­ing and af­ter­care re­cov­ery from op­er­a­tions are avail­able to se­niors in need.

Most of all we need peo­ple who re­spect se­niors’ con­tri­bu­tion to build­ing this city, by en­sur­ing rate demands are more af­ford­able for sin­gle se­niors liv­ing only on New Zealand Su­per, and eat less than 20 per cent of their in­come. MI­GRANTS Agnes Granada, Mi­grant Ac­tion Trust man­ager

The prob­lem is re­ally the same as it has al­ways been. We have so many un­em­ployed and un­der­em­ployed mi­grants.

De­spite the un­em­ploy­ment rate be­ing high we con­tinue to get mi­grants ar­riv­ing.

From our per­spec­tive lo­cal gov­ern­ment could be work­ing with com­mu­nity groups to cre­ate so­cial en­ter­prises. For ex­am­ple if I was a Pa­cific Is­land com­mu­nity group I could set up a se­cu­rity guard com­pany, I would be able to take the time to train in a way that was un­der­stood by Pa­cific mi­grants, and the prof­its could go back to cre­ate more so­cial en­ter­prises.

This would also help re­duce the trust’s re­liance on lo­cal gov­ern­ment fund­ing for pro­grammes.

English cour­ses also need to be looked at. I think they are not very well tai­lored to what peo­ple know and don’t know. They are go­ing, but their English is not im­prov­ing. COM­MU­NITY SAFETY Avon Lines, Auck­land Neigh­bour­hood Sup­port chair­woman

We need to get peo­ple con­nected and keep­ing an eye on each other.

Peo­ple need to start com­mu­ni­cat­ing. They aren’t re­port­ing things they see and they aren’t telling each other what is go­ing on. Peo­ple don’t know what is hap­pen­ing in their neigh­bour­hoods.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment needs to con­tinue to build links within com­mu­ni­ties to im­prove safety. EN­VI­RON­MENT Kit How­den, Maun­gawhau

The big is­sue not be­ing ad­dressed is the pro­vi­sion of green space (parks) in a grow­ing city.



The main ques­tions to ask is: Will you sup­port the guide­line that was once pro­posed but seems re­moved from the draft Open Space Strat­egy that it’s a right of ev­ery cit­i­zen to be able to walk/ac­cess a green pub­lic park within at least say 10 min­utes of where they live?

At present there is a de­cline in park space as Auck­land be­comes more in­tensely built.

Will there be enough park space for the fu­ture pop­u­la­tion?

Why is the Open Space Strat­egy tak­ing such a low pri­or­ity? SPORT Cathy Trudeau, Cen­tral City Base­ball pres­i­dent

We would like to see the coun­cil con­tinue to look at pro­vid­ing bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties for sports clubs, not nec­es­sar­ily creat­ing new parks but fix­ing up the ones we’ve got to al­low for sports like base­ball to keep grow­ing.

Cen­tral City Base­ball hasn’t even started the sea­son yet and af­ter just one regis­tra­tion day we have more peo­ple signed up than dur­ing the sea­son last year. We need space for them to play.

In­creas­ing se­cu­rity mea­sures to com­bat van­dal­ism so we have safe, se­cure ar­eas to play in. HEALTH Paula Tay­lor, Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion

Putting well­be­ing at the cen­tre of plan­ning is cru­cial to achiev­ing the vi­sion of ‘the world’s most live­able city’, a city which will al­low all its peo­ple – as com­mu­ni­ties and as in­di­vid­u­als – to flour­ish.

For this to hap­pen, coun­cils and boards need to de­velop poli­cies and strate­gies that pro­mote men­tal health and pro­mote com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, and they need to en­sure that well­be­ing out­comes are mea­sured. ED­U­CA­TION Jill Corkin, Auck­land Pri­mary Prin­ci­pals As­so­ci­a­tion

Auck­land Pri­mary Prin­ci­pals would like can­di­dates to con­sider how coun­cil poli­cies can sup­port lo­cal schools as hubs within their com­mu­ni­ties – whether it be with care­ful plan­ning of trans­port routes, eas­ing con­ges­tion around schools, fund­ing for ini­tia­tives that en­hance learn­ing for stu­dents or sim­ply li­ais­ing with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion over roll growth and plan­ning for new schools.

Schools al­ready work in coun­cil ini­tia­tives such as Trav­elWise, En­vi­roS­chools and Trees for Sur­vival to in­crease aware­ness of th­ese is­sues. Per­haps there are creative ways coun­cil-owned fa­cil­i­ties can also be used to sup­port schools and pro­vide re­sources that they strug­gle to af­ford and main­tain. TRANS­PORT Matt Lowrie, Con­ges­tion Free Net­work

Auck­lan­ders want the city’s trans­port sys­tem fixed, mak­ing it eas­ier to get around. Over­whelm­ingly they have called for bet­ter pub­lic trans­port, like ex­ists in other ma­jor cities around the world. The good news is that it is pos­si­ble. Many politi­cians cam­paign on a prom­ise to im­prove pub­lic trans­port yet de­spite this 70 per cent of trans­port spend­ing planned is to go on new and wider roads. No city in the world has built their way out of con­ges­tion with more roads.

If politi­cians are se­ri­ous about im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­port then trans­port pri­or­i­ties need to change. One sug­ges­tion for this is at con­ges­tion­free.co.nz. DIS­ABIL­ITY AC­CESS Min­nie Barag­wanath, B.Ac­ces­si­ble chief ex­ec­u­tive

Auck­land, the most live­able city in the world has the op­por­tu­nity to also be the most ac­ces­si­ble city in the world.

To­day, more than 800,000 Auck­lan­ders (20 per cent) would ben­e­fit from im­proved ac­cess to many as­pects of their city and com­mu­ni­ties rang­ing from lo­cal events and pub­lic parks through to em­ploy­ment, in­for­ma­tion and eco­nomic pros­per­ity.

Fur­ther, the en­tire city would also ben­e­fit from a grow­ing num­ber of do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional tourists with ac­cess needs if our civic and busi­ness lead­ers made it a pri­or­ity to en­sure that our busi­nesses and our tourist fa­cil­i­ties were de­signed in a way that en­sured all peo­ple, whether some­one with low vi­sion, some­one with trou­ble hear­ing, an older cou­ple us­ing a mo­torised scooter or par­ents with push chairs, could get in, get around and have a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

Imag­ine Wai­heke Is­land as the des­ti­na­tion of choice for ac­cess tourists. Imag­ine all vis­i­tors on cruise ships be­ing able to ex­pe­ri­ence all that Auck­land has to of­fer. Imag­ine know­ing that Auck­land truly is the most live­able and ac­ces­si­ble city for its res­i­dents.

Min­nie Barag­wanath: Lead­ers should fo­cus on en­sur­ing all peo­ple can get around.

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