Grasp the future
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.