Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Marney Ainsworth - ARC Candidate for Auckland city

Thu, 2 Sep 2004

Marney Ainsworth - ARC Candidate for Auckland city

Long time community activist and management consultant Marney Ainsworth is a candidate for Auckland Regional Council representing Auckland City.

Marney, who has lived in Auckland for more than twenty years, is the woman who blew the whistle on the Bill Birch report commissioned by John Banks using emergency powers in the early days of his mayoralty.

She later became the convenor and spokesperson for the Wake Up Auckland movement that formed to coordinate the reaction across Auckland to the many cuts in services planned by the Auckland City Council.

"As a result of the last three years, I have learned that an awful lot of important decisions get made that people in the community know very little about. It also became clear that many of the issues that concern people are, in fact, the responsibility of the ARC.

"With the current government strengthening and consolidating the role of the ARC, it will become the place where important decisions affecting our future will be made. This includes decisions on transport solutions for the region, the supply and distribution of water, and regional strategies for economic, social and environmental well-being.

"Whatever strategies are developed for the future must have as their goal an improvement in the living standards and quality of life of households and small businesses in the region. This is vital when we consider that more than 40% of households in Auckland City have a combined income of less than $40,000 pa."

The ARC will also have a leading role in the debate about if and how a super city will be formed.

"Many people are concerned that a super city will result in the ordinary people in their neighbourhoods having even less say than they do at the moment." she said. "I am standing to give people the opportunity to vote for someone who can bring an experienced and pro-community perspective to discussions and decision making."

"My experience in public consultation has also confirmed that it is important to get the big picture right first. The big picture for Auckland is the responsibility of the ARC."

Originally trained as a mental health professional, Marney has a background in the trade union movement. She established her own practice in 1995 and has considerable experience in consultation and planning, particularly in the areas of transport and settlement services for new migrants and refugees. She also works as a mentor to small business operators.

Marney's work and community experience is backed up with qualifications in facilitation, public sector management and a Master of Business Administration.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages