Mixed re­ac­tions to su­per city idea

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100% Gary Pye’s I’m not in favour of it. It’s not the fact we will be­come a part of Auck­land, it’s the fact it will be one big city and one or­gan­i­sa­tion that will mean those around the fringes like Franklin do not get looked af­ter, it will be an ab­so­lute loss of voice. I al­most guar­an­tee if it goes through the whole thing will be re­versed within 10 years be­cause it will not work.

I see it as en­tirely dif­fer­ent in the in­ner-city be­cause ev­ery­thing is ab­so­lutely linked to­gether there so it makes rea­son­able com­mon sense they have a cen­tral coun­cil, but with the fringes like us it could never work. It will be all so up­tight about the big boys and we will get the crumbs. The name change is a prime ex­am­ple of the way the think­ing is go­ing; of the dopey sit­u­a­tion al­ready. Brenda Gill Waiuku Vil­lage Flow­ers I am pos­i­tive about the changes. I like the idea of all the de­ci­sions be­ing made in one main body with Franklin hav­ing to do what they have been told to do be­cause it is aw­ful the way it is at the mo­ment. It seems to me that Franklin District Coun­cil ig­nores Waiuku so I don’t see how it could get any worse than it is for us. I just hope Waiuku is not go­ing to get ig­nored and treated as an unim­por­tant town be­cause it is at the mo­ment. Lyn Hay­cock Waiuku Vil­lage Flow­ers I have con­cerns about com­pli­ance costs, whether they will sky­rocket. And if you’ve got ques­tions you don’t want to have to spend the whole morn­ing on the phone un­til they find the right per­son you need to speak to. I am con­cerned it will be a huge night­mare of bu­reau­cratic mumbo-jumbo and while we get that a bit now with the coun­cil I just hope it won’t get a lot worse. Cur­rently the ser­vices are ter­ri­ble here like the buses and we have no re­cy­cling, but are the ser­vices go­ing to im­prove? I don’t think so; we might just get swal­lowed into the sys­tem. Lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion will have to be re­ally strong to have our voices heard. Fiona Baker Bak­ers Shoes and More It is a big re­gional thing and it is wor­ry­ing about lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion as we will lose a voice. The name change is just adding more con­fu­sion and be­com­ing a part of Auck­land is a step back­wards for us. We want to have our own name. We want to stand on our own to be unique and have our own brand­ing which I think we are do­ing and have been do­ing well. All that time put into Franklin Coun­try to pro­mote us and it has been do­ing so well, it would be an aw­ful shame to lose all of that. Tony Bai­ley LJ Hooker Waiuku. I think Franklin should re­main with the same name but I agree with the su­percity. We are over-gov­erned in this coun­try and if cities like New York can do it why can’t Auck­land? It will cre­ate a greater co­he­sion and things will ac­tu­ally get done. There will still be sub-coun­cils so we will still have our rep­re­sen­ta­tion. How­ever with the name change that would be a loss of iden­tity for Franklin which is well-known, more so than Hunua, so it should re­main as Franklin.

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