1. Fair share for East Auckland
The size of a small city and growing fast, East Auckland needs investment or we will be left behind. With nearly 10% of the cities population (and growing fast), we must ensure that we get the investment required to build our future without costing us everything we have today.
Stop endless rates rises - ratepayers cannot be seen as an endless source of revenue for council spending.
Challenge reckless spending, especially vanity projects and excessive consultancy fees.
Ensure that core services like park maintenance is delivered consistently and reliably.
Battle to protect our neighbourhoods and heritage, respecting our history while we grow.
Making every beach swimmable by investing heavily in water quality and stormwater infrastructure.
Reducing the impact of flooding by preparing our streets and infrastructure to cope with increased extreme weather events brought on by climate change.
Taking urgent action to slow down and, where possible prevent, further soil and cliff erosion to protect our coastline green spaces and properties.
Continue to drive cost efficiencies throughout the council including group procurement and better alignment between departments.
Ensure that council is leveraging its commercial assets and businesses to maximise their revenue potential and community benefits.
Reduce reliance on general rates with alternative funding, including use of bonds like the highly successful Green Investment Bonds which raised $200million.
Advocate for rates reform at central government level to ensure that more of the revenue collected locally is made available to council (reducing reliance on rates)