Grasp the fu­ture

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

It’s that time again when you get to make choices about who will be gov­ern­ing the city, spend­ing the rates take and ne­go­ti­at­ing with cen­tral govern­ment for a bet­ter slice of the tax dollars gen­er­ated here in Auck­land.

So now the fi­nal nom­i­na­tions have closed, the bill­boards are gaily catch­ing your eye as you try to drive sen­si­bly through your lo­cal neigh­bour­hood, and the meet­ings to lis­ten to can­di­dates are start­ing to be held, how pre­pared are you?

Do you just look for the well­known names, or do you con­sider what are the skills the peo­ple will need to make the hard de­ci­sions about what is needed in our com­mu­ni­ties?

This elec­tion marks the start of the sec­ond stage of our su­per-city, and sees the pow­ers of the lo­cal boards formed up around the edges of the uni­tary plan. They will have more say over open spa­ces, parks and re­serves, recre­ational and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties where of­ten com­mu­nity groups, and pri­vate in­ter­ests may com­pete.

Are you aware that in precinct places, like lo­cal shop­ping cen­tres and busi­ness en­claves, the lo­cal board precinct plans will take prece­dence over the uni­tary plan?

The fu­ture is in your hands.

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