Is­sues of con­cern for new lo­cal board

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

The Maun­gakiekie-Ta¯maki Lo­cal Board cov­ers the south-eastern part of Auck­land.

This in­cludes the sub­urbs of One Tree Hill, Royal Oak, One­hunga, Pen­rose, Mt Welling­ton, Pan­mure and Glen Innes. It has a di­verse land­scape with res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial ar­eas.

The Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board is al­lo­cated around $17.5 mil­lion from Auck­land Coun­cil’s Long Term Plan. The amount is de­ter­mined by pop­u­la­tion and land area.

Ratepay­ers also pay the wages for the board. The chair’s salary is around $81,000 while mem­bers earn $42,000.

With the up­com­ing lo­cal elec­tions, we’ve iden­ti­fied three is­sues for the area: The East-West Con­nec­tion, a New Zea­land Trans­port Agency ini­tia­tive, aims to ad­dress is­sues with trans­port be­tween ma­jor in­dus­trial hubs of Auck­land city – in­clud­ing the con­nec­tion be­tween One­hunga and Pen­rose.

Ac­cord­ing to the Auck­land Trans­port web­site, the ar­eas be­tween One­hunga, East Ta­maki and Auck­land Air­port em­ploy over 130,000 peo­ple and gen­er­ate more than $10 bil­lion a year in GDP, the sec­ond largest in Auck­land.

The East-West Con­nec­tion will have a big im­pact and cre­ate more de­mand for walk­ways and cy­cle­ways.

PHOTO: TOM CARNEGIE

The new One­hunga fore­shore re­de­vel­op­ment was a ma­jor project partly funded by the lo­cal board.

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