Strong Community Voice
Auckland Council oversees spending that is only rivaled by central government, with billions in operating budget and even more in capital investment. The Councillors and Mayor hold incredible responsibility for decisions that will impacting us for decades to come. But the news is full stories of bickering, bullying and poor attendance at meetings and workshops. Our governing body must operate in a more disciplined and constructive manner.
Council has become disconnected from our communities, losing sight of local issues and opportunities. In many cases communication with council is hard work, requiring technical knowledge and too much time which discourages feedback. Communication breakdowns within council leave residents feeling ignored and frustrated.
My vision for our communities
I want to live in an Auckland where localism is at the core of how council functions, empowering and listening to our communities. Council works alongside our communities in true partnership to support and empower them, providing specialist resource and skills to help deliver what our people want. Despite the massive scale of the city, the local voices are heard and listened to with decisions made that support communities. We’re a multicultural and diverse city, coming together to support each other while celebrating our differences.
Practical policy to achieve this
Demand an honest and accountable council, holding my fellow councillors and mayor to the highest standard.
Work constructively with all parties (regardless of political background) to achieve the best outcomes.
Provide open and honest communication on council decisions and how they will impact our community.
Improve council website to provide information to the public in a easy and accessible manner, including better links for local boards and options to subscribe for alerts.
Being available in our community to listen and hear your concerns and ideas in formal and informal engagements.
Prevent issues like those surrounding Stockade Hill from happening again by improving communication between council and community.
Ensuring that East Auckland’s voice is heard at council and listened to.
Challenge the Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to become more accountable and responsive to the public and elected members.
Providing better transparency on resource consent applications and providing more opportunities for locals to engage constructively before decisions are made.
Embrace our multicultural and diverse people by supporting and engaging with the wide range of communities within our city.