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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. 

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 24 August, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 24 August, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 24 August, 2023 , 6.6 MB
Thu 24 Aug 2023

For City Counselling this week, our regular catch-up with the Auckland Council, News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to Councillor Shane Henderson about the council deciding on whether to establish seats for Māori representatives and on-street parking prices increasing across the city.

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 10 August, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 10 August, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 10 August, 2023 , 8.42 MB
Thu 10 Aug 2023

This week on City Counselling News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to councillor for Waitākere Shane Henderson about a recently released 'state of the city' report comparing Auckland to nine cities globally. 

She also asked him about the government's plans for 19 new marine protection areas for the Hauraki Gulf, which would nearly triple the area currently covered.

Here is that interview...

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 15 June, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 15 June, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 15 June, 2023, 16.67 MB
Thu 15 Jun 2023

For City Counselling this week Simon spoke with Waitākere Councillor Shane Henderson. Shane spoke about how those in his ward have reacted to the Auckland City Council Budget which has seen a partial sale of airport shares and rate rises. Simon began by asking Shane how the process of the budget negotiation was.

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 8 June, 2023

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 8 June, 2023 City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 8 June, 2023, 13.98 MB
Thu 8 Jun 2023

For City Counselling this week Simon spoke with Manukau Councillor Lotu Fuli. Lotu spoke about the budget meeting which is currently taking place where councillors are voting on the mayor’s budget. Simon began by asking Lotu how morale is among councillors after last week where abusive emails were sent to councillors, and how she is finding the budget process.

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: June 1, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: June 1, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: June 1, 2023, 15.47 MB
Thu 1 Jun 2023

For City Counselling this week Simon spoke with Waitākere City Councillor Shane Henderson. Shane spoke about comments the Mayor has made around softening arts cuts but selling airport shares as a trade off, as well as his statements this morning about councillors not being financially literate. Simon began by asking Shane about the recent news that rates could rise above the previously agreed 13.5%.

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 25 May, 2023

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 25 May, 2023 City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 25 May, 2023, 19.64 MB
Thu 25 May 2023

For City Counselling this week Simon spoke with Manukau City Councillor Lotu Fuli. Lotu discussed the looming job losses at the council as well as Deputy Mayor Desley Simpson’s comments around trimming the fat and losing some ‘nice to haves’. Simon began by asking Lotu how the budget hole has deepened.

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 18 May, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 18 May, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 18 May, 2023, 16.1 MB
Thu 18 May 2023

For City Counselling this week Simon spoke with Waitākere City Councillor Shane Henderson. Shane spoke in detail about the issues around selling the council’s shares in the airport, as well as the proposed 400 jobs set to be cut by the Auckland City Council. Simon began by asking Shane about how the extended budget shortfall is affecting the budget consultation process.

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: May 11, 2023

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: May 11, 2023 City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: May 11, 2023, 22.09 MB
Thu 11 May 2023

For City Counselling this week Simon spoke with Manukau councillor Lotu Fuli. Lotu discussed the damage caused by Tuesday's floods, as well as the issues around public transport for those wanting to get home after the emergency announcement. Lotu also spoke about Mayor Brown's allegations of voter fraud in South Auckland. Simon began by asking Lotu about the flood damage caused by Tuesday's rain.
 

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 4 May, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 4 May, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 4 May, 2023, 16.57 MB
Thu 4 May 2023

For city counselling this week Simon spoke with Waitākere Councillor Shane Henderson. Shane spoke in depth about the consultation process for the council's integrated transport plan, as well as about the submission process for the Auckland City Council Budget. Simon began by asking Shane what sort of feedback he has been receiving in the Waitākere area.

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 27 April, 2023

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 27 April, 2023 City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 27 April, 2023, 19.75 MB
Thu 27 Apr 2023


The numbers are in and they point to a lot of disagreement with the Auckland City Council's proposed budget. For city counselling this week Simon spoke with Manukau Councillor Lotu Fuli. Councillor Fuli spoke in detail about the Auckland City Council's Budget and the process of budget submissions from the public. She also mentioned the problems with selling the council's shares in the airport. Simon started by asking Councillor Fuli what the numbers from the public's submissions mean with only 26% supporting full cuts and 54% supporting some of the cuts.