12 mil­lion rea­sons to vote this elec­tion

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

South­ern cen­tral Auck­land isth­mus res­i­dents will have $12 mil­lion on their hands in the lo­cal body elec­tions.

The Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board has been al­lo­cated the sum by Auck­land Coun­cil for the 2016/17 year.

Six elected board mem­bers will de­cide how this money is spent.

The chair­per­son will re­ceive a salary of $77,650 while other mem­bers will re­ceive $41,800.

Based in and around the Mt Roskill area, the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board sits on the Manukau Har­bor and in­cludes the suburbs of Three Kings and Hills­bor­ough.

Named af­ter the Maori name for Mt Roskill, it had a pop­u­la­tion of 52,938 dur­ing the 2013 cen­sus.

The newly-ap­pointed board will have de­ci­sions to make in re­gards to hous­ing, trans­port and crime.

A re­port com­mis­sioned by the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board has high­lighted a lack of so­cial hous­ing op­tions for el­derly in the area.

This was ex­pressed when coun­cil pre­sented plans for the de­mol­ish­ing of the 25-unit Lis­ton Vil­lage in Hills­bor­ough in order to im­prove ac­cess to Monte Ce­cilia Park.

The board is build­ing its case to see it stay.

Mem­bers have said Hillsbo- rough is the Auck­land sub­urb in great­est need of so­cial hous­ing.

The board now has a good con­nec­tion with Hous­ing NZ and has had suc­cess on agree­ing to work with them on con­sul­ta­tions around Special Hous­ing Ar­eas in the re­gion. Hous­ing NZ has agreed to the board’s re­quest that all ten­ants af­fected by re­de­vel­op­ments be given a right of re­turn and be re­lo­cated within the com­mu­nity.

The Puke­ta­papa Green­ways have been a ma­jor pro­ject in the area since 2011.

Open­ing in 2013, it will con­tinue to de­velop with money com­mit­ted to re­fresh the plan over the next year. Do­min­ion Rd light rail is be­ing favoured by the board who will con­tinue to push it for­ward de­spite the coun­cil shelv­ing the plans due to fund­ing pri­or­i­ties.

This is some­thing which would be de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the Mt Roskill Vil­lage shops.

Polic­ing in the area is un­der­re­sourced, an is­sue which was high­lighted with the board hav­ing to fund se­cu­rity pa­trols on the Waikowhai coast af­ter dark.

There are only three pa­trol cars on duty at night from Portage Rd in the west to Pah Rd in the east. As a re­sult the board has al­lo­cated $4000 for a se­cu­rity firm to mon­i­tor rowdy be­hav­iour across the area on week­ends through­out the day­light sav­ings pe­riod. Who will you choose to rep­re­sent you on these is­sues? Join our con­ver­sa­tion at neigh­bourly.co.nz.

FAIRFAX NZ

The view from Mt Roskill.

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