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A new mayor for Auckland: Having the answers

A new mayor for Auckland: Having the answers


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CHECK ME OUT

Len Brown and Phil Goff are similar. Both have no large, private sector experience. Both have never directly run complex organisations. In addition Phil has no experience of local government or Auckland Council. Fear not, help is at hand You can ‘check me out” on our latest video here.
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GOFF NO ANSWERS ON HOUSING

In the latest Auckland mayoral debate this week, I challenged Labour MP Phil Goff on his answer to a question about housing support for the homeless. He was sympathetic and of course criticised the government – but had no solutions. The NZ Herald picked this story up and highlighted that with all his central government experience, including being a Minister of Housing, he has no plan to solve Auckland’s housing…
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TO MOVE THE PORT OR FIX TRANSPORT AND HOUSING?

The NZ Herald published my fourth opinion piece this week on how I will respond as Mayor to the recent “Consensus” Port Future Study report. The report does provide a view on future options, but it’s really not a consensus view. The Port of Tauranga, New Zealand’s largest export port, wasn’t directly involved for example and they contest some of the information (as they would you might say). This report…
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RULES REDUCTION RESPONSE A TEMPLATE FOR NEW MAYOR

The just released Government response to the Rules Reduction Taskforce I served on confirms our report will be a terrific template for me if I’m elected Mayor of Auckland. The Government has agreed with a key recommendation I wrote that we need to improve customer service within local and central government. The Fairfax story is here. The Taskforce was established by the government to solve people’s frustrations with local rules…
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NZ HERALD: RAPID TRANSPORT TO AIRPORT TAKES TOO LONG

The NZ Herald has covered my comments on Auckland Transport’s recent decision to abandon a heavy rail option to the airport in response to Councillor Mike Lee’s advertising his objection. I said that it’s nuts that we don’t have a modern, fast way of getting to the airport and it’s taken too long to resolve. AT reports that light rail would cost $1 billion more than heavy but actually both…
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Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

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Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>

 
 

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Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

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Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

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Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

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Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

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