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