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

 

Aucklanders Did NZ Proud During APEC

Auckland City Council - City Scene

This week's column is written by Balmoral Ward Councillor, Frank Ryan.

Auckland City did us proud during APEC. Venues were superb, and all arrangements went smoothly. Our Mayor was gracious to visiting businessmen, and encouraging to our traders at the two meetings at which I was an interested observer.

There was no traffic chaos, thanks to good planning and excellent public cooperation.

The quiet achievement of an agreement to act on East Timor gave a clear example of the value of face-to-face meetings for world leaders. The Indonesian government could not hide from such united scrutiny, even by staying home.

The success of APEC brought Auckland and New Zealand priceless exposure in the international news media.

This will benefit tourism, but in many other business areas we need it to be known that we are not sitting in grass huts gnawing on mutton bones. Manufacturers of such goods as sophisticated veterinary products or fashionable clothing need to be able to point out to world buyers that they have good facilities, skilled staff, and a tested home market. Raising our country's industrial and social image throughout the world will help create new jobs.

Keeping up the publicity pressure for the America's Cup and Millennium Celebrations must be our next focus. Shopkeepers will be the first to benefit when our buoyant tourism numbers increase again. I do not begrudge them this benefit from what we spent to get the city ready for APEC, although we cannot give them little bonuses out of that same purse.



Auckland City is looking better and better, despite the exertions of disloyal opposition elements in Council. Chaining themselves to the wharf railings is the only ploy they have not tried to stymie the Britomart project.

We must make public transport a real option in Auckland. By harnessing it to the great value of the waterfront property we own, we can get it cheaply now. We need the construction jobs the project will bring, as well as the rational connection to the harbour bridge and south eastern highway.

This valuable land will not stay in scruffy low buildings forever. We want the jobs and the transport interchange now, not at the next change of council. Let your councillors know this.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

National Terrorism Threat Level Moves To Medium
Medium is defined as a terrorist attack is assessed as feasible and could well occur. The new level remains higher than it was before the 15 March terrorist attack when the threat level was low. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Environment Aotearoa 2019: Report Warns Environment In Serious Trouble

The report is jointly produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, and is a follow on from the last report in 2015.

The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

City Rail Link: Billion Dollar Cost Rise (And Preferred Bidder)

The revised cost envelope for completing the entire Auckland City Rail Link project now totals $4.419 billion. The revised cost has yet to be endorsed by the project’s sponsors (the Crown and Auckland Council). More>>

ALSO:

Meth Scare: Debt Write-Off For HNZ Meth Testing Evictions

People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off. More>>

ALSO:

RNZ Report: Fears Grow For NZ Nurse Kidnapped In Syria

A New Zealand nurse working for the Red Cross was captured by Islamic State (IS) in Syria more than five years ago, and there are now public pleas for any information that could help bring her home. More>>

ALSO:

Streets Blocked In London: Climate 'Extinction Rebellion' Reaches Aotearoa

Across the world, thousands of people are taking part in a rebellion to avert climate, ecological and human catastrophe. This begins in Aotearoa New Zealand today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels