Response to the Weekend Herald editorial
Response to the Weekend Herald
When John Roughan
describes the unified Auckland Council as an 'under-working
morass of inefficiency', what exactly is he referring to?
Could it be the $1.7bn in cost and efficiency savings under
the new Council, is it the vastly improved consenting times
or a better relationship with central government? Perhaps
it's our AA credit rating, historic investment in public
transport, or the most stable and low rates rises in
We know we can do better, but we're also proud of
what our staff and Councillors have achieved in three and a
half short years - to improve services, keep costs low for
Aucklanders and invest for the future.
Over the next 12
months the Council will take the next big step - a 10 year
budget aligned to Auckland's priorities. There will be tough
choices ahead for our city's leaders. But as the Mayor has
said, it's also a historic opportunity to transform our city
for the better. That's something that's worthy of a
thoughtful and informed discussion with Aucklanders - and
something we hope the Herald will want to be part
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Issue 49: Werewolf Weekender
Philip Matthews: From The Lost Continent
It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, had a couple of North Island screenings last year during the International Film Festival’s “Autumn Events” season, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>
The Complicatist: Blue Eyed & Soulful
For a while in June, the top two singles on the US Billboard charts featured Iggy Azalea, an Australian model turned hip hop performer. To some, this may seem like just the latest chapter in a long saga of whites ripping off black culture, while enriching themselves in the process. Obviously, there’s some truth in the stereotype. Yet it can also obscure the positive collaborations – in jazz, soul music and hip hop – between musicians who treated each other as creative equals, race regardless. More>>
Satire: Carry On Captaining
Oh hello. Scanner Technician Davis. To what do I owe the pleasure?
You think we’re what?
Oh, pish. This vessel has been travelling along smoothly for generations – particularly smoothly in the last few years though I say so myself – and I happen to know we have never once been hit by an asteroid... More>>