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Mayor Fletcher to lead regional forum

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16 February 2001

Mayor Fletcher to lead regional forum

Auckland City mayor, Chris Fletcher has been elected chair of the Auckland Region Mayoral Forum at its meeting today.

The chair of the Auckland Regional Council and the seven mayors of the region make up the forum: Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere city councils, the Rodney, Papakura and Franklin district councils.

It meets regularly to discuss issues with an impact on the whole of the region, and plays a major role in advocacy of social policy for the Auckland region to central government – including issues such as policing growth.

Currently the priority is to secure access to the region’s rail corridors with Government support by assignment of the lease from Transrail, says Mrs Fletcher.

The forum - set up in the early ‘90s under the chairmanship of Sir Barry Curtis, mayor of Manukau City - can be very effective as an advocacy body, she said.

“The combined voices of the Auckland region’s seven mayors and the ARC chair, between them representing over 1.2 million people, can make themselves heard loudly and clearly in Wellington – as was demonstrated over the Auckland Regional Services Trust issue.”


Mrs Fletcher is pleased to be voted to the position as chair, and says she is looking forward to working closely with her colleagues from other councils to promote the region.

“Today the forum agreed to continue to support the private sector initiative for an International Competitiveness Project to ensure that Auckland retains its people and encourages its entrepreneurs, as part of ensuring that we are a world-class small city.”

ENDS

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