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Mayor says city must practise what it preaches


13 June 2005

Mayor says city must practise what it preaches

The Mayor of Auckland city, Dick Hubbard, has welcomed a proposed funding boost for the city’s urban design, saying the city must finally put its money where its mouth is.

The request to add an additional $523,000 to the existing $1.4 million for heritage and urban design came from the Urban Strategy and Governance Committee today.

The funding would enable the council to take action on the initiatives contained in the Mayoral Taskforce on Urban Design report released a fortnight ago.

Mr Hubbard said public support had been overwhelming for the taskforce’s recommendations to improve the look and feel of the city through better design, but warned that the council must practise what it preaches.

“It involves a culture change within Auckland City,” said Mr Hubbard. “Everything we do must demonstrate the new way of thinking. We have learned some lessons the hard way but the challenge now is for the council to lead by example and be a role model for the public and private sector,” he said.

Mr Hubbard said this included taking a lead in creating sustainable buildings – those that are energy and water efficient – as well as elegant and well positioned- buildings that leave a lighter footprint on the earth.


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