He chaired the transport committee of Auckland Council for a number of years, and sat on the board of Auckland … Decision-making for the governing body's areas of oversight is done by committees, a few of which consist of the whole governing body, and most of which consist of a chairperson appointed by the mayor and a subset of the governing body members. This was later dropped from the relevant establishing laws. [61] Further criticised were lack of accountability of the proposed CCOs, which would not have to hold public board meetings, or provide agendas or minutes. [61][65] Supporters included the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development, a right-wing think tank. Auckland Councillors scrapped major projects today to fill a $550m Covid-19 revenue hole. Water restrictions are in effect across the Auckland region. In his first term as an Auckland Councillor, Watson worked to reduce Auckland Council's spending and restrict rates increases by restricting the business-class air travel of councillors to health grounds only and voting against the controversial 10 year budget on 25 June 2015, which included a transport levy and 9.95% rates increase. Michael Lee is a former councillor on the Auckland Council from 2010 until 2019 and prior to it, a chairman of the former Auckland Regional Council in Auckland, New Zealand. Auckland Council Investments Limited (ACIL), the CCO responsible for non-transport investment assets, manages Council investments worth $2.54 billion, including a 22.4% stake in Auckland Airport worth $1.13 billion, as well as a 100% share of Ports of Auckland Limited worth $1.08 billion, and Auckland Film Studios, worth $8 million (values at May 2014). 6B The Mayor of Auckland's annual "State of the Region" address should describe progress towards the attainment of the vision. [70][71] Others, while criticising the lack of democratic oversight, dismissed concerns about asset sales, noting that amalgamation was likely to result in surplus real estate. Chairman of Hearings Committee, Councillor Liaison for the Youth Advisory Panel. This banner text can have markup.. web; books; video; audio; software; images; Toggle navigation The Council was established by a number of Acts of Parliament, and an Auckland Transition Agency, also created by the central government. The mayor and councillors each signed declarations, formally making them members of the governing body. [55] Rates made up 53% of Council's income in 2011, with the remainder being "grants, subsidies, development and financial contributions, user charges and fees". For other problems in your community or home, find out how to phone the organisation responsible. Councillor Jean Curl. This unelected representation of Māori on committees voting on matters such as transport and infrastructure, as well as the fact that the advisory board requested (and initially received) a $3.4 million yearly budget (called "exorbitant" by some), created significant public concern and debate. 26I Watercare Services Limited should be required by legislation to promote demand management. [47], New Zealand Local Government magazine followed the story, and criticised the lack of transparency that would ensue from establishing independent CCOs. 21D: Auckland Council CCOs and their statements of intent should be subject to performance review by the proposed Auckland Services Performance Auditor. [4], In early 2010 a further dispute emerged. [55], As of 2016, 38% of rates were spent on "transport", 27% on "parks, community and lifestyle", 16% on "environmental management and regulation", 8% on "Auckland development", 6% on "Economic and cultural development" and 5% on "governance and support". Others pointed to the fact that a previous integration of the many much smaller Borough Councils did not bring the promised advantages either, and reduced local participation in politics,[13] with editorialists pointing out that the (supposedly mainly Wellingtonian) proponents of the 'super city' have carefully not made any promises of savings in light of past rises in rates and utilities bills.[14]. Auckland Council (Māori: Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau) is the local government council for the Auckland Region in New Zealand. [citation needed] Local Government Minister Rodney Hide, in the opinion of The New Zealand Herald, ignored concerns about the "powerlessness" of the local boards. It is intended to be one of the main documents out of which a unified District Plan will eventually grow. "[62], The Government's plan to outsource the majority of the council's functions was decried by numerous people (including the main mayoral contenders, Len Brown, and to a lesser degree, John Banks) and groups across the political and societal spectrum – from the Auckland Regional Council and many community boards,[63] to Local Government New Zealand,[64] and organisations considered to be National Party-friendly[65] such as the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Employers & Manufacturers Association. [2] The governing body consists of a mayor and 20 councillors, elected from 13 wards. The elections were the third since the merger of seven councils into the Auckland Council, which is composed of the mayor and 20 councillors, and 149 members of 21 local boards. [69], Several editorialists went even further and accused the ACT party, and especially Rodney Hide, of preparing Auckland's assets for a sell-off, and of setting up the structure to allow it even before Aucklanders got to vote on the matter – all under the guise of a "manufactured crisis". [44], McKay's contract ended in December 2013 and he was replaced by Stephen Town from 15 January 2014. The Auckland Regional Council was formed in 1989, replacing the Auckland Regional Authority. Telephone: 01388 665606. This plan will cover matters such as the limits of residential development and the zoning and densities of the suburbs and areas, and will assess how elements like transport and land use are to be linked. Auckland Council has declared a climate emergency after a meeting that had young Aucklanders front and centre pushing for the move. There are also 149 members of 21 local boards who make decisions on matters local to their communities. Auckland Council is the largest local body in Australasia. [61] The main Herald editorials noted that the CCO concept introduced "undemocratic elements" in a number of ways, and "could not stand". The initial Council elections in October 2010 returned a mostly centre-left council with Len Brown as mayor. In the late 2000s, New Zealand's central government and parts of Auckland's society felt that this large number of Councils, and the lack of strong regional government (with the Auckland Regional Council only having limited powers) were hindering Auckland's progress, and that a form of stronger regional government, or an amalgamation under one local council, would be beneficial. [9] Brown was re-elected in October 2013, again with a largely supportive council. Auckland mayor Phil Goff's proposed 10 year Recovery Budget will not do enough to address the massive growth pressures the city is facing, councillor Daniel Newman says. It is a territorial authority that has the responsibilities, duties and powers of a regional council … Further big elements were "Planning and regulation" at 14.5% and "Community services, libraries, emergency management and cemeteries" at 11.5%. I am one of 21 people governing this fantastic city. The mayor was sworn in by Chief Executive Stephen Town and received the Mayoral Chains before giving his inaugural speech. [42], In March 2010, Doug McKay was announced as the inaugural chief executive officer of the Council by the Auckland Transition Agency. [4], More serious criticism was centred around the fact that urban wards contained significantly more people than some rural wards (and thus received less influence in the future Council per person) and in regards to the small number of Councillors for all of Auckland (with fewer Councillors per head than Aucklanders have MPs representing them in Parliament),[60] and the institution of two-member wards (meaning that contenders would have to field much larger and more costly election campaigns). [65] Groups such as 'Heart of the City' (the Auckland CBD business association) also called for stronger oversight and mayoral powers over the CCOs.[74]. The members of the governing body are elected from thirteen wards across the Council area using the first-past-the-post system every three years at the same time as the mayor. Public art, galleries and theatres, artists in residence, heritage preservation and trails, archives. The 2016 Auckland local elections took place between September and October 2016 by postal vote. In turn, the opponents of inclusion argued that big city developers preferred the inclusion of the rural areas in the Auckland Council boundaries to make development and new subdivision of rural land easier. Telephone: 01388 833 663. The Auckland Council took over the functions of the Auckland Regional Council and the region's seven city and district councils: Auckland City Council, Manukau City Council, Waitakere City Council, North Shore City Council, Papakura District Council, Rodney District Council and most of Franklin District Council. However, it later became clear that instead, the city's new Māori Statutory Board, appointed by the Maori Affairs Department, would receive "broadly ordained powers". 19C: "Leadership support and development programmes for elected councillors should be strengthened.". The Council owns approximately $34 billion of assets (2010),[52] including over 100,000 hectares of open space, parks and reserves,[53] as well as the large transport assets administered by the Auckland Transport CCO (see that article for more detail). The Auckland Council is the local government council for the Auckland Region in New Zealand. Some critics have noted that this spatial plan will need years to develop and CCOs would fill the policy vacuum in the meantime. Report online if you see a maintenance problem in parks, community facilities or venues, beaches and maunga. [48] Auckland Council later changed the plan to allow 30–40% of growth in greenfield areas and satellite towns.[49]. Twenty-one district health board members and 41 licensing trust members were also elected. [7][8] The council began operating on 1 November 2010, combining the functions of the previous regional council and the region's seven city and district councils into one "super council" or "super city". Councillor contact details for each of Auckland's 13 wards. [75][76], In early July 2018, Mayor Phil Goff announced that the far right Canadian speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux would not be allowed to speak at any Auckland Council premises on the grounds that their presence would stir up religious and ethnic tensions. [77][78], In response to the Mayor's decision, a group calling themselves the Free Speech Coalition initiated a fundraising campaign to mount a judicial review of the Auckland Council's decision, raising NZ$50,000 within 24 hours of their launch. Tomorrow morning, Councillors Cathy Casey and Fa’anana Efeso Collins will be speaking to the Governance and Administration select committee in Wellington. Auckland councillors have unanimously voted to go out for public consultation on a 5 per cent rate rise next year. Editorialist Brian Rudman accused the Local Government Commission of attempted gerrymandering in its draft proposal for one particular ward. Auckland Council Investments Limited (ACIL)[40] was disestablished in 2019 as part of the 10-year budget 2018-2028 . [35], Pānuku Development Auckland resulted from a merging of Auckland Council Property Ltd and Waterfront Auckland on 1 September 2015.[39]. [81] On 18 July, the Free Speech Coalition filed legal proceedings against Mayor Goff and the Auckland Council after a failed attempt to broker a deal with Goff and the Council to reinstate Southern and Molyneux's speaking event. Find out about Remuneration Authority's determinations, salary rates, expense rules and payments made to the mayor, councillors and local board members . 22D The Auckland Council should ensure that each local council has adequate structures in place to enable proper engagement with Māori and consideration of their views in the local councils’ decision-making processes. [55], As of 2011, 24% of Council's money was spent on "Art services and galleries, events, museums, parks, recreation facilities and the zoo", while 22% was spent on "transport management". The council sliced off $9m in September, meaning it has locked in $78m of its target - or about 65 percent of its goal. Auckland councillors will earn up to 12.2 per cent more than they did five months ago, under a new salary system foisted on them by the Remuneration … ... Auckland Council has finally resolved to abandon the … [72], The Sunday Star-Times noted in an editorial that "we'll merely end up trading in political dysfunction for a quasi-commercial dysfunction forced on us by the National-led government. Also, that changing the boundaries in 2010 would have a domino effect on the restructuring of the ward system for the future Auckland councillors. Councillor Billy Robinson. The Auckland Council is the local government council for the Auckland Region in New Zealand.The governing body consists of a mayor and 20 councillors, elected from 13 wards. They also noted that saddling the super city with this system would be the most serious handicap, and a recipe for a "frustrated and disappointed citizenry". Collins said at the time it was a budget that would hurt a lot of people in South Auckland. These included the right to send one or two delegates, with full voting powers, to any council committee meeting, and dealing with "the management and stewardship of natural and physical resources". [15][16] The report was released on 27 March 2009[17] and the government subsequently announced that a "super city" would be set up to include the full metropolitan area under an Auckland Council with a single mayor and 20–30 local boards, by the time of the local body elections in 2010,[18][19] though it also changed some key recommendations of the Royal Commission. [24], The mayor has significant executive powers, their own staff and the ability to appoint the chairpersons of the Council's committees. [54], Auckland Council rates combine the rates of the various amalgamated local councils and the Auckland Regional Council rates. 27D The Auckland Council should prepare an e-government strategy as an intrinsic part of its proposed unified service delivery and information systems plan. 22B There should be a Mana Whenua Forum, the members of which will be appointed by mana whenua from the district of the Auckland Council. [14] Hide argued that "local boards will engage like never before" and "represent their local communities and make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities". [6], The choice was criticised by left-wing political organiser Matt McCarten, arguing that McKay's previous tenure in the liquor industry was marked by anti-union behaviour that he did not object to, and by strong advertising of alcohol to the youth market. He said increasing taxes such as rates in a recession makes a recession deeper and that was the wrong thing […] ... A final proposal would go to councillors in June and the new budget would come into effect for Auckland Council rates from July 1. In 2007, the government set up a Royal Commission on Auckland Governance to report on what restructuring should be done. The mayor of Auckland Phil Goff and councillors Bill Cashmore and Tracy Mulholland Goff recently conceded the council could have done better … Mayor Phil Goff and five new councillors were among the 21 members of Auckland Council’s governing body sworn in. [57], Critics argued that there was little space for "local" democracy in the new "local government" setup for Auckland, with the proposed "local boards" having little power, such as having no funding or staff of their own, and being forbidden from undertaking numerous government roles, especially where those roles might clash with regional functions such as transport or utilities. Projects proposed in the draft plans include partial or full pedestrianisation of a number of city centre streets, light rail possibilities for the Waterfront and Queen Street, turning Nelson and Hobson Street from wide one-way roads into two-way roads with more trees and urban amenity, and a waterfront walk- and cycleway.[51]. [58], A further concern was that candidates for local boards would have to campaign without knowing the scope of the local board's financial resources, and that a salary for a local board member of around $37,100 was insufficient for what amounted to a full-time position.[50]. Michael Redman, formerly mayor, then chief executive of Hamilton City Council, was chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development from November 2010[41] to October 2011. One of the mainstays of its work was expanding the parks network, and it brought into the Auckland Council 26 regional parks with more than 40,000 hectares, including many restored natural habitats and sanctuaries developed in co-operation with the Department of Conservation and volunteers. 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