Mixed reactions to super city idea
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.