Posts by Julie Fairey

  • Hard News: The Message, in reply to Sacha,

    It's Auckland Council's smallest CCO I think! For some reason doesn't have the profile of Auckland Transport or Watercare ;-)

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Message, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Yes that's correct. Only pools in Mt Roskill electorate are Cameron Pools, which are free to kids. But they do have nothing to do with Phil Goff, they are under the aegis of the Puketapapa Local Board of Auckland Council (currently contracted to YMCA to run along with Lynfield Rec Centre) and we've put a huge wodge of money into fixing the roof starting in January.

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Message, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    Sadly Dr Asquith didn't entirely take his own advice on that opinion piece in the Herald recently, equating City Vision with Labour. On the Waitemata Local Board, which has a CV majority, there are actually more Green party members than Labour. And the only CV councillor, Cathy Casey, is staunchly not Labour. (Mike Lee stands as an independent, which is frustrating to me, but anyway). Puketapapa LB (I'm chair) has a local CV ticket called Roskill Community Voice of which 2/4 are Labour. We're not the Labour party in disguise, we are a coalition of centre-left and lefties, and there's nothing wrong with that.

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Message, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    I haven't seen the Pt Chev maps specifically (and I couldn't tell you if I could because it was all in confidential) but two points

    1. Mixed Housing Suburban is 2 stories, same as Single House, Mixed Housing Urban is 3 stories. Moving around the isthmus I have started actively looking for 3 storey houses and there are a lot more of them than you would think and many are pretty pricey too so there must be some demand, the Invisible Hand tells me.

    2. What is being decided is Council's position to go back to the Independent Commissioners on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. It's not necessarily what will come out at the end of the panel process, which then in turn needs to go to Governing Body in July and August 2016. (Good timing don't you think?!)

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: After Len, in reply to Jim Cathcart,

    Transport and housing are linked. If you put your housing near the centres people need to travel to for work, education, play, shopping etc, that has a huge impact on the need to own a car in particular. And if people don't need to own a car to get around to the things they need to access then that frees up more land that otherwise ends up being used as carparking too. The up-zoning in the Unitary Plan is all about matching up increased housing capacity with frequent transport network routes and centres of employment, education and retail. It's the compact city, innit.

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: After Len, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Exactly right, and the Dominion Road Project is the best current example of that.

    It was all set to go, construction on the parallel cycle routes underway (and now complete) when it became apparent that there simply would not be enough room in the CBD to park all the buses that you would need to carry the increased number of people from the increased bus capacity the project would deliver. Why this wasn't revealed/discovered sooner I have no idea and it is a major source of frustration - not least because the Local Board I'm on (Puketapapa) has a town centre upgrade we can't do until they do whatever they are going to do on Dominion Road (either Light Rail or a return to the bus project), and it is seriously overdue.

    Trams along Dominion Road, and in time also Sandringham and Mt Eden, will increase capacity to move large numbers of people from the isthmus fringes to the centre quickly, more than buses would, and it comes with lower space requirements for parking and storing buses. It makes sense to look at it. It probably makes sense to do it, if they can sort out the funding in an equitable way (which I've seen no evidence of to date).

    Buses will remain a key part of the public transport system, but on these heavily used fixed routes with town centres building around them LRT will work for a lot longer than buses. Proceeding with a bus-led Dominion Road Project could actually make bus congestion in the CBD worse sooner rather than later, based on what I've seen.

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: After Len, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    You'll be pleased to know it has been, from presentations I've been at around the station redevelopments for the CRL in particular.

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: After Len, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    The timeframe on equalising rates was set in the legislation. Many local boards requested Council to go back to Govt to get another year or two to smooth the transition but the indication from central govt was dim at best so that wasn't pursued.

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Bringing an order Auckland…,

    It's been interesting to observe when the ideological leanings are clearly expressed by those in the centre-right groups on Governing Body - Denise Krum for example delivered a really full on anti-Living Wage speech but is generally considered quite moderate. (Linda Cooper of course pledged pre election to support it but has since voted against it). See also the TPPA debate, and no doubt the forthcoming oil drilling debate. Pragmatism does seem to be the order of the day (and I don't always agree with that) most of the time, but when it is something that has a whiff of criticism of central govt about it then often those who are National aligned are far from moderate.

    I found it bizarre that the Herald spent a whole editorial castigating Akl Council for even debating the oil drilling issue - the report is seeking Council's feedback to the Block Offer 2016 put to them for feedback by central govt. As they have the last three years iirc. Two local boards (Puketapapa, which I chair, and Waitakere Ranges) have consistently also made submissions on this issue.

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The government's Rules…,

    Ah yes, kicking Council any chance central govt gets. I never used to be remotely sympathetic to Council until I was on the inside. Now I see the tangled mess we have to deal with from central govt, currently exacerbated by central govt exiting work that really has to be done and so it falls to local govt to do it (with no resources from central govt) eg migration support apart from direct employment stuff.

    It would be interesting to consider how much the Rules Reduction Taskforce cost (and how much those on it were paid, I spy a number of Nats on it, not least Mark Thomas from Wellington Central 1996, who is a lovely guy in person I must say). And then take the next step and consider if this output represents good value for public money.

    Puketapapa Mt Roskill, AK… • Since Dec 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

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