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Two alternating Auckland City Councillor's Lotu Fuli and Shane Henderson tell us the latest in Council news every Thursday on The Wire. 

The draft Auckland Regional Land Transport Plan and Auckland council's hopes for the budget w/ Shane Henderson: 30th May, 2024.

The draft Auckland Regional Land Transport Plan and Auckland council's hopes for the budget w/ Shane Henderson: 30th May, 2024. , 14.33 MB
Thu 30 May 2024

In late May, Auckland council unveiled their Draft Auckland Regional Land Transport Plan. While the plan is due to be submitted at the start of August, Auckland residents can submit feedback until the 17th of June. 

The plan goes over the council’s approach to funding and enacting policies to improve the city’s transport networks over the next decade, including the prioritisation of trains, buses, and cycleways over car based travel. 

Additionally, later today the government is due to announce this year’s budget, which follows cuts to the regional fuel tax leaving a hole in council funding. 

In our weekly catchup with Auckland Council, temporary Wire host Castor spoke to counsellor Shane Henderson about the Regional Land Transport Plan and the council’s hopes for the upcoming budget announcement.

Selling our Airport Shares and the Long Term Plan w/ Lotu Fuli: 23 May, 2024

Selling our Airport Shares and the Long Term Plan w/ Lotu Fuli: 23 May, 2024 Selling our Airport Shares and the Long Term Plan w/ Lotu Fuli: 23 May, 2024, 15.61 MB
Thu 23 May 2024

Last week Auckland Council passed their hotly contested long-term plan, after huge debate and community engagement. 

Councillor Lotu Fuli attempted to amend the plan to not include the sale of Council’s airport shares but was defeated. She also reached headlines for excluding the independent Māori voices on Council from voting on this amendment. 

Wire Host Caeden asked Councillor Fuli about the long term plan, and the controversy surrounding her amendment for City Counselling. Here is that interview.

Auckland Port Announcement and will Auckland Council call for a ceasefire in Gaza? w/ Lotu Fuli: 9 May, 2024

Auckland Port Announcement and will Auckland Council call for a ceasefire in Gaza? w/ Lotu Fuli: 9 May, 2024 Auckland Port Announcement and will Auckland Council call for a ceasefire in Gaza? w/ Lotu Fuli: 9 May, 2024, 15.45 MB
Thu 9 May 2024

For City Counselling this week Caeden speaks to Lotu Fuli about yesterday’s Auckland port announcement.

Under a new plan, the port would stay under Council control despite Mayor Wayne Brown previously investigating a 35-year lease for the port. 

The plan also includes returning Captain Cook Wharf and Marsden Wharf to Auckland Council, as well as increasing public access to Bledisloe Wharf.

Caeden also asked about Whanganui Council passing a motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. 

They started by asking her to explain yesterday’s Port of Auckland announcement.

Council’s stance on the Palestine protests and the end of half price fares w/ Shane Henderson: 2 May, 2024

Council’s stance on the Palestine protests and the end of half price fares w/ Shane Henderson: 2 May, 2024 Council’s stance on the Palestine protests and the end of half price fares w/ Shane Henderson: 2 May, 2024, 15.11 MB
Thu 2 May 2024

Weekly Palestine protests have taken place in Britomart since last October, and an action in support of Palestine with several hundred students took place at the University of Auckland last night.

For City Counselling this week, Wire Host Caeden asked Councillor Shane Henderson for his stance on the Palestine protests, as well as Council’s view more generally.

They also ask about the community impacts of half priced public transport for under 25s, which ended on May 1st.

A Proposal to merge South Auckland Local Boards and a new report on Tāmaki Makaurau’s quality of living w/ Lotu Fuli: 11 April, 2024

A Proposal to merge South Auckland Local Boards and a new report on Tāmaki Makaurau’s quality of living w/ Lotu Fuli: 11 April, 2024 A Proposal to merge South Auckland Local Boards and a new report on Tāmaki Makaurau’s quality of living w/ Lotu Fuli: 11 April, 2024, 18.42 MB
Thu 11 Apr 2024

A proposal to merge the Ōtara-Papatoetoe and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local boards has been met with criticism, with consultation opening at the end of next month.
A new report has also been released on the quality of living in Tāmaki Makaurau with our city receiving mixed results by scoring high on some areas (the environment), and lower on others (education). 

Wire Host Caeden speaks to Counsellor Lotu Fuli about both these topics for City Counselling.

The vandalisation of the Karangahape Road Rainbow crossing, the end of half-price fares, and Wayne Brown’s relationship with Auckland Tranport w/ Lotu Fuli: 28 March, 2024.

The vandalisation of the Karangahape Road Rainbow crossing, the end of half-price fares, and Wayne Brown’s relationship with Auckland Tranport w/ Lotu Fuli: 28 March, 2024. , 15.65 MB
Thu 28 Mar 2024

For City Counselling this week, Wire host Caeden spoke with Counsellor Lotu Fuli about the early morning vandalisation of the Rainbow Crossing on Karangahape Road.

They also ask about the end of half-price fares for under 25s, and the relationship Wayne Brown, as well as Auckland Council more generally, has with Auckland Transport.

Improving Auckland’s Public Transport and w/ Shane Henderson: 21 March, 2024

Improving Auckland’s Public Transport and w/ Shane Henderson: 21 March, 2024 Improving Auckland’s Public Transport and w/ Shane Henderson: 21 March, 2024, 14.48 MB
Thu 21 Mar 2024

Yesterday the Western line was closed for some stops including between New Market and Britomart, while two Britomart stations remained closed due to KiwiRail maintenance issues. This won’t surprise commuters in Tāmaki Makaurau who are far too used to trains not running or turning up.

Caeden spoke to West Auckland based counsellor Shane Henderson about our public transport woes and the success of the cost-cutting budget. Here is that interview.

Long-term plan consultation and the removal of rubbish bins w/ Shane Henderson: 7 March, 2024

Long-term plan consultation and the removal of rubbish bins w/ Shane Henderson: 7 March, 2024 Long-term plan consultation and the removal of rubbish bins w/ Shane Henderson: 7 March, 2024, 9.59 MB
Thu 7 Mar 2024

This week for City Counselling Caeden spoke to Auckland Councillor Shane Henderson about the consultation process on Auckland Council’s long term plan, and the removal of some of Auckland’s public rubbish bins.

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 15 February, 2024

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 15 February, 2024 City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 15 February, 2024, 8.88 MB
Thu 15 Feb 2024

The National Party has scrapped the Regional Fuel Tax and Mayor Wayne Brown has ordered that all work by Auckland Transport on projects funded by the tax is to be stopped.

Beth spoke to Counsellor for Manukau, Lotu Fuli, about Wayne Brown’s decision, and to what extent these projects were integral to the future of the city.

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 8 February, 2024

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 8 February, 2024 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 8 February, 2024, 6.76 MB
Thu 8 Feb 2024

The government has made its stance clear on the future of usage of Te Reo Māori in the public sector. Beth spoke to Counsellor for Waitakere, Shane Henderson, about this decision and whether it affects Auckland Council in its operations.