Auck­land needs bet­ter trans­port and ser­vices

Central Leader - - News - By John Carter Lo­cal gov­ern­ment as­so­ciate min­is­ter

port. De­spite their best at­tempts our coun­cils are choked in red tape and reg­u­la­tions or don’t have the money to get the job done prop­erly.

The Auck­land Coun­cil mayor will lead elected coun­cil­lors who, with lo­cal boards, will un­der­stand the needs of the com­mu­ni­ties they serve.

Auck­lan­ders can fi­nally get the re­sources for an in­te­grated trans­port sys­tem and con­sis­tent ser­vice de­liv­ery, but not at the ex­pense of the di­verse com­mu­ni­ties that make up greater Auck­land.

Their unique iden­ti­ties will be pre­served, and that’s why we’re stag­ing a se­ries of meet­ings in the city, to get a sense of how res­i­dents want their neigh­bour­hoods rep­re­sented.

Through di­a­logue, we’ll work to­gether to de­ter­mine board pow­ers and the ser­vices they’ll de­liver.

A se­lect com­mit­tee for Auck­land has been set up to hear sug­ges­tions and stim­u­late de­bate and we en­ter that process with an open mind.

We wel­come many of the sug­ges­tions that com­mu­ni­ties are putting for­ward. Keep them com­ing. • Meet­ings are be­ing held across the city.

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