Peter Dunne - "United Future" should have been called "Peter First" -
I would have been comfortable if he had done the “honourable thing” rather than resign. He has been consistent in his unwavering support of the expansion of gambling and the proliferation of alcohol – it is a pity he has not gone entirely from the house.
My concerns are the manner in which things are likely to happen - particularly with an emphasis on Mixed, Terraced and Apartment Housing
The standard of “building and design” needs to markedly improve.
Presently in the area I live, the Mt Albert Eden Ward, a significant proportion of recent developments – over the alst 15 years - of this nature have required re-cladding – the original construction not complying with the building code despite being given code compliance certs.
IMHO – having walked around and looked at things – There now exists the situation where, to my mind, many of the re-claddings that have gone what I imagine is compliance - yet the detailed aspect of the construction particularly wall junctions, and flashing details do not comply with code.
The building inspectorate (Auckland City) and the Department of Building and Housing need to be mindful of these aspects – and avert the leaky home/building crisis becoming (a revolving) ongoing crisis.
I don’t feel the knowledge or skills exists at many levels to get this aspect right.
With the plan the driver is accommodating future growth (and change) there is a need to more recognise the community focus and role of existing utilities and community resources like school, pools, play grounds and recreational areas – so that rather than have a planning approach where the existing utilities and community resources are closed and/or relocated (in favour of mixed housing) that they are strengthened where they currently are to enable the existing community/residents to transition more readily and easily through the change/growth into the “new community”.
An example is the location of the Mount Eden Normal Primary School and the nearby pool are shown on the Map as a mixed housing area – whereas this location rather than being a mixed housing model should be perhaps special use or community focused areas.
The same factors are likely present in other local board areas – there to my mind needs to be a focus in preserving the core of an existing community and the resources that lie within it for the purpose of enabling the change to transition more humanely.
With any approach the emphasis needs to ensure the right thing needs to happen the right way.
For what it was worth this was the basis of my submission on the draft plan.
Most excellent - A fair share of eargasims and fond reminiscence to be found - for sure.
One that springs to mind was a barman at the "Westward Ho" organising a petition; signatures in support of commercial/rock radio playing NZ Music – he delivered it to Hauraki and ZM – he specifically wanted to hear on air the Dance Exponents' “Victoria”.
The “Westward Ho” being the first place I heard “Victoria” as a result of the petition/barman. The barman was more than a fan of NZ Music. A NZ Music enthusist and passionate advocate.
Thanks for the post and links. I needed to look at it all.
The current furor is over the opportunity provided to have input into a process about planning to create a plan for the future growth of Auckland City.
I attribute the “heart” of the irrational opposition to the "plan to create a plan" is – “we don’t want “them” as neighbors – living in their “apartment homes”. Who are the “them” and what and where are those “apartment homes”? – Well that doesn’t seem to matter “they” just don’t want “them” in their neighborhoods.
Asked myself does Government have any plans to accommodate the population growth pressure- say for instance the growth in school age population?
The answer is “No”.
I am going to take the time to provide feedback on the draft plan
Hate certainlly gets around.
I'd welcome any journo drilling in to why Ryall has fought this so hard and so long.
There is something lurking deep at the seat of all this evil.
Pretty much hitting the nail on the head - IMO
Whoope-de-do. The new convention centre will be bland dreary shite, supported by the casino monopoly granted to Skycity.
As long as no political party is talking about stripping the monopoly from Skycity, it is all political BS.
The problem, IMHO only occurs, if the name calling takes place instead of advancing an opinion, position or argument - then it is purely a personal attack and unreasonable.
I find the -
ARE MUCH MORE FUCKING CULPABLE
closes things off as a measure of culpability and is unwarranted - however - if someone chooses to present their position while, also looking to belittle someone then that says to me more about them than any opinion, position or argument they wish to advance.
Where someone gives one a serve it is up to one to chose to respond - and where the response is measured - I don't have a problem with it – it is human.
The above "exchange" is mild order on the scale of namecalling - it is not as if they called each other "fuckwits".
There are so many things that Auckland needs more than this - odds on the Con Centre will be completed well before the Christchurch rebuild seriously makes in roads - is it the third winter out of sorts and with out a settlement or certainty for many people - a matter of priority?
The Sky City Deal - Helping Corporates help themselves whilst bearing "their" buttocks at democracy.
There are a lot of things that a government can do in the pursuit of economic growth, jobs and the well being of the nation - in the long run this "deal" is not one of those things.