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Auckland City Councillor's Pippa Coom and Shane Henderson take turns to tell us the latest in Council news every Friday on the Wire.
Auckland Transport’s recommendation that people drive to Elton’s John tonight and tomorrow is leaving people bewildered.
Also, Waiheke residents want to see a marine reserve created in the northern part of the island. However, they say DOC is dragging their feet on the issue.
David spoke to Councillor Mike Lee about the two topics.
David brings us City Counselling with Shane Henderson, they start off by speaking about freedom camping laws.
On Friday 15th of December, Auckland Councillors discussed the Mayor’s draft proposal for the annual 2023/24 budget.
While the budget proposal passed and was sent for public consultation, it has proved controversial as it includes deep cuts to services and selling Auckland Airport shares.
Mayor Brown also caused controversy when he suggested Auckland Airport would be seeking capital investment before the Airport themselves announced it.
David spoke to Councillor Mike Lee about the topic
Mayor Wayne Brown has released a draft proposal for the Auckland Council Group’s Annual Budget 2023/2024.
It consists of small rate rises, reduction in council spending, and asset sales.
However, amongst a rush to balance the books, the cuts to council spending may place some key council services at risk
David spoke to Councillor Shane Henderon about the topic.
Billy Joel is playing at Eden Park this Saturday. However, concertgoers will not be able to take the train to the venue as KiwiRail is closing the network for repairs.
Auckland’s rail is undergoing an almost 300 million dollar upgrade and rebuild in time for the opening of the City Rail Link.
This means large swathes of Auckland’s rail network will be out of use for the next three years.
David spoke to Councillor Mike Lee about the issue and how it will affect Aucklanders.
Auckland Council has found itself with an over quarter of a billion dollar shortfall for the 2023-2024 budget.
Mayor Wayne Brown and councillors are now looking at solutions to plug the gap, which could be anything between double digit rate rises or severe cuts.
David spoke to Councillor Mike about what caused the budget deficit and what may be some of the solutions.
Various criticisms have been levied at the level of infrastructure funding available in West Auckland, especially when compared to other areas in Tamaki Makaurau.
This comes after continuous issues with the western line train services, which are being consistently cancelled for repairs without a substantive bus system to replace it.
There’s also bee chat about delays in building a new complex in the North West of Auckland, which has been in talks for years but faced various delays.
To learn more about what the council is doing to curb these issues, Liam spoke to Shane Henderson, the councillor for the Waitakere Ward.
The recent local elections have resulted in Michael Lee becoming the new councillor for Waitemata and Gulf.
Lee has previously held the position before losing in 2019, now coming back in the midst of a wave of new councillors.
Liam had a chat with him for our City Counselling segment, to learn more about his run, his goals for the future, and helicopters.
Auckland's current council term has now properly begun, with councillors being sworn in and beginning to set the groundwork for the next three years.
This includes the swearing in of new Deputy Mayor Delsey Simpson, who has made clear that she and mayor Wayne Brown have some differences in council approaches they’ll need to work through.
Waitakere Ward Councillor Shane Henderson has previously worked with Simpson, so for today's City Counselling segment Liam and Shane had a chat about what she could bring to Tamaki Makaurau.
They also spoke about the mass delays affecting Auckland's Western Train Line, and internet coverage in the outer western ranges.
Last week the Tāmaki Makaurau local elections concluded, seeing an overall shift to the centre right exemplified by the landslide win of Wayne Brown.
This was largely due to an overrepresentation of older, upper-class people in the vote, a symptom of incredibly low voter turnouts across the board.
Many people criticised the accessibility of local election voting, with minister for local democracy Nania Mahuta being one of many who didn’t receive their papers in the mail.
In our regular City Counselling segment, we’ve had a chat with Shane Henderson, who has recently been re-elected to the Waitakere ward seat about the elections and his upcoming goals.
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