Public art, galleries and theatres, artists in residence, heritage preservation and trails, archives. 6B The Mayor of Auckland's annual "State of the Region" address should describe progress towards the attainment of the vision. Commentators noted that one of the strongest discrepancies between Auckland Council's vision for Auckland and that of the John Key-led Wellington government was that the draft Auckland Plan envisaged a more contained growth (combatting sprawl by having 75% of population growth occur in existing settlement areas), while National is more favourable of relaxing constraints on new greenfields development. Auckland Council is looking to cut an estimated 500 fulltime equivalent roles to help hit the $120m saving target, on top of the 600 temporary and contract workers who've already been let go. 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. 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 … 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". [25][26] However, when the Minister for the Rugby World Cup, Murray McCully, took control of the Rugby World Cup fan area on the Auckland waterfront in 2011 without first notifying mayor Len Brown,[27] columnist John Armstrong declared the myth finished. The Auckland Council should determine the extent to which responsibilities for the delivery of stormwater services are shared between local councils and. [59], Several editorialists criticised the size and composition of wards for the election of Auckland Council councillors. 19C: "Leadership support and development programmes for elected councillors should be strengthened.". Including the under construction City Rail Link, these two transformations are costed at approximately $5.5 billion over 20 years. There are also 149 members of 21 local boards who make decisions on matters local to their communities. ... COVID-19 Alert Level 1 Visitors to our buildings should check in using the NZ COVID Tracer app or register manually. This was later dropped from the relevant establishing laws. 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". 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. 32F To promote the widespread adoption of the unified, 32G A statutory position of an independent Auckland Services Performance Auditor (to be appointed by the elected Auckland Council on the joint recommendation of the Chair of the Commerce Commission and the Auditor-General) should be created to provide assurance to the council and the public that the Auckland Council is providing high-quality services in a cost-effective way. The council sliced off $9m in September, meaning it has locked in $78m of its target - or about 65 percent of its goal. Southern and Molyneux had booked the Bruce Mason Centre in the North Shore for a speaking event on 3 August 2018. He said increasing taxes such as rates in a recession makes a recession deeper and that was the wrong thing […] To ask for help or report a problem with our services or facilities, contact us. The Auckland Regional Council was formed in 1989, replacing the Auckland Regional Authority. He has been an advocate for more investment in local youth and secured a youth centre in Glenfield. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Auckland Council is the largest local body in Australasia. 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. Len Brown was elected mayor in October 2010, and re-elected for a second term in 2013. 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. 21D: Auckland Council CCOs and their statements of intent should be subject to performance review by the proposed Auckland Services Performance Auditor. Also, that changing the boundaries in 2010 would have a domino effect on the restructuring of the ward system for the future Auckland councillors. [79][80] This group consisted of several business leaders, academics, lawyers, and journalists including the former Labour President Michael Bassett, former National and ACT parties leader Don Brash, Property Institute chief executive Ashley Church, Auckland University of Technology historian Paul Moon, left-wing commentator Chris Trotter, and New Zealand Taxpayers' Union Jordan Williams. Bishop Auckland Town Council is made up of eleven elected Town Councillors, further details are available on each Town Councillor’s page: Town Councillors Councillor Joy Allen (Mayor) [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". There was a perception that these rural areas would receive very little benefit in terms of infrastructure for their rates money, and that they would be swallowed up by an Auckland that has different interests and character than their communities. [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]. [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. [35], Pānuku Development Auckland resulted from a merging of Auckland Council Property Ltd and Waterfront Auckland on 1 September 2015.[39]. [61] This separation, as argued by backers of the move, had become necessary due to "local politicians [having] failed to deliver the results expected of them. Telephone: 01388 665606. The 3.5 per cent option was finalised today and voted by 18 of the 21 of the councillors aimed to plug some of Auckland Council’s $750 million fiscal hole following the pandemic. Collins said at the time it was a budget that would hurt a lot of people in South Auckland. West Auckland Parish Council is made up of elected Parish Councillors and Officers. For the current status of council services and closures - Learn more COVID-19 Alert Level 1 [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. It is a territorial authority that has the responsibilities, duties and powers of a regional council … 30A The Auckland Council should develop a Regional Waste Management Strategy, including strategies for management of organic waste and integration of waste management with other environmental programmes. [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. This banner text can have markup.. web; books; video; audio; software; images; Toggle navigation Councillor Jean Curl. The governing body of the Auckland Council consists of the mayor, deputy mayor, and 19 other members. [4], In early 2010 a further dispute emerged. Auckland Council Investments Limited (ACIL)[40] was disestablished in 2019 as part of the 10-year budget 2018-2028 . The mayor was sworn in by Chief Executive Stephen Town and received the Mayoral Chains before giving his inaugural speech. For the 2011–2012 year, ratepayers are being charged the same rate as before the amalgamation, plus a 3.94% increase, with Council noting that they had achieved a much lower rates increase than originally foreseen. Water restrictions are in effect across the Auckland region. [73], The changes were seen as a potential "neutering" of the power of the new Auckland mayor to implement the policies on which he would be elected. [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. [12] A variety of often public transport-focused projects like the Northern Busway as well as significant rail and public transport investments were realised through the Auckland Regional Transport Authority, much of it supported by retaining Ports of Auckland in public hands (after the deregulation of the Auckland Harbour Board) to fund the improvements with the dividends. My proposal to elect the Governing Body of the Auckland Council (which would require significant legislative change), is based around a 40-seat council (headed by a separately-elected mayor). [67][68] Others like the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development called the claim that the mayor and council would have no ability to hold the CCOs accountable "farcial nonsense". 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[62], The New Zealand Herald, Auckland's largest newspaper, ran a series of articles and editorials in March 2010 criticising the proposed move, which was described as "The lockout of Auckland", arguing that elected councillors would have little control over the day-to-day decisions, and potentially even over massive changes such as Auckland's waterfront development or the city's transport focus. [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. There are also 149 members of 21 local boards who make decisions on matters local to their communities. 27D The Auckland Council should prepare an e-government strategy as an intrinsic part of its proposed unified service delivery and information systems plan. christine.fletcher@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, josephine.bartley@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, Plans, policies, bylaws, reports and projects, Consents, building and renovation projects. He had no experience in local government, but was described as having strong Auckland ties, and 30 years' corporate experience. The Auckland Council is the local government council for the Auckland Region in New Zealand. Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}36°51′S 174°47′E / 36.850°S 174.783°E / -36.850; 174.783. Auckland councillors have unanimously voted to go out for public consultation on a 5 per cent rate rise next year. Auckland mayor Phil Goff Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook Councillors have been told the $450 million hole caused by Covid 19 could grow by another $540m, if the border stays closed for two years. One of the proposals that was hotly criticised by some during the initial Royal Commission proposal was the provision of elected Māori members of the Council (analogous to the Māori seat representation in Parliament). [48] Auckland Council later changed the plan to allow 30–40% of growth in greenfield areas and satellite towns.[49]. It is a territorial authority that has the responsibilities, duties and powers of a regional council and so is a unitary authority, according to the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009, which established the Council. Mayor Phil Goff and five new councillors were among the 21 members of Auckland Council’s governing body sworn in. "[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. [12], Until 2010, the Auckland Region had seven "City/District" authorities, plus one "Regional" authority. Auckland has been split into 13 wards, from which 20 ward councillors are elected to the governing body of Auckland Council. 21A 22A Two Māori members should be elected to the Auckland Council by voters who are on the parliamentary Māori Electoral Roll. Some critics have noted that this spatial plan will need years to develop and CCOs would fill the policy vacuum in the meantime. [63][66], The main proponents of the CCO system, Prime Minister John Key, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide and Transport Minister Steven Joyce, remained adamant about the introduction (and the appropriateness) of the system. The mayor and councillors each signed declarations, formally making them members of the governing body. [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". Some recommendations of the Royal Commission which have not been adopted or implemented: The Council was set up by three pieces of legislation, the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau Reorganisation) Act 2009,[23] the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009[2] and the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010. Letters: Auckland Council cuts, Paul Conaghan, North Port, tourism and property 8 Dec, 2020 04:00 PM 9 minutes to read Auckland Council is proposing to close public toilets to save costs. Both the means by which the Council was established and its structure came under repeated criticism from a broad spectrum during the establishment period. As set out in the third bill establishing the future Auckland Council, major functions (such as transport, water services and Auckland waterfront development) were to be devolved into council-controlled organisations (CCOs) controlled by unelected boards, operating at "arm's length" from Council. Phil Goff is the current Mayor of Auckland, winning the 2016 election, which ended on Saturday 8 October 2016.[30]. [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). Auckland Council's projected budget blowout could more than double to $1 billion, a new forecast suggests. [2] The governing body consists of a mayor and 20 councillors, elected from 13 wards. It is intended to be one of the main documents out of which a unified District Plan will eventually grow. Waiata Rameka-Tupe with the dead New Zealand sea turtle named Tama Kahurangi, which had a stomach full of plastic, at packed Auckland Council meeting. [42], In March 2010, Doug McKay was announced as the inaugural chief executive officer of the Council by the Auckland Transition Agency. There are also 149 members of 21 local boards who make decisions on matters local to their communities. Auckland is the largest region in New Zealand and home to 1.5m people. ... Elected members' travel for Auckland Council business is booked and paid for by Auckland Council and is not reimbursed to elected members. [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". The governing body consists of a mayor and 20 councillors, elected from 13 wards. Arts, culture and heritage. [43], Mayoral candidates John Banks and Len Brown were positive about his appointment, Len Brown noting McKay's business and restructuring experience was a "good fit", and would help improve economic performance as well as build links with businesses. The 54-year-old was selected ahead of 27 other candidates, which apparently included several existing council chief executives. The mayor of Auckland Phil Goff and councillors Bill Cashmore and Tracy Mulholland Goff recently conceded the council could have done better … Telephone: 01388 833 663. Report a problem. Auckland Council is looking into a code of conduct complaint following a councillor's alleged outburst about tree removal from Māngere Mountain. Find out about Remuneration Authority's determinations, salary rates, expense rules and payments made to the mayor, councillors and local board members . 26I Watercare Services Limited should be required by legislation to promote demand management. Auckland Councillor for Rodney Greg Sayers released: Today the Auckland Council voted to support Mayor Phil Goff’s 3.5% general rates increase. The role of the Performance Auditor will include, This page was last edited on 29 December 2020, at 00:14. He was to receive a salary of $675,000 and an incentive bonus of $67,500. ... councillor Richard Hills … [59] Politicians such as Rodney Hide answered that inclusion is necessary to allow a regional approach to the wider interests of the region, and that tangible benefits would ensue for all of Auckland's communities. [28][29], The mayor is directly elected by voters living in the Auckland Council area every three years by postal ballot using the first-past-the-post voting system. [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. Numerous residents of and (to some degree) the councils of the Franklin and Rodney Districts opposed their inclusion in the new supercity, and instead campaigned for retention of their councils, or inclusion with other, more rural-focused councils in the north (such as merging the areas north of Puhoi with the Kaipara District area) or the south. “Jim will be supported by councillors and local board members and a leadership team that navigated some very rough seas over this year. The initial Council elections in October 2010 returned a mostly centre-left council with Len Brown as mayor. [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]. [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]. [54], Auckland Council rates combine the rates of the various amalgamated local councils and the Auckland Regional Council rates. 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. The Council was established by a number of Acts of Parliament, and an Auckland Transition Agency, also created by the central government. Report online if you see a maintenance problem in parks, community facilities or venues, beaches and maunga. [61] The main Herald editorials noted that the CCO concept introduced "undemocratic elements" in a number of ways, and "could not stand". 28A The Auckland Council should work closely with consumers, the industry, and central government agencies to develop a. 24F Auckland Council should consider creating an Urban Development Agency, to operate at the direction of the Auckland Council, with compulsory acquisition powers. Another big focus of the planning work in the first year of the Council is planning for the Auckland CBD (now called 'City Centre') and the Auckland Waterfront. [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. [56], Some aspects of the reorganisation were contentious, such as whether all of the Auckland Region should be integrated into the super city, and whether the new structure allowed sufficient local democracy. [47], New Zealand Local Government magazine followed the story, and criticised the lack of transparency that would ensue from establishing independent CCOs. [9] Brown was re-elected in October 2013, again with a largely supportive council. 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. 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. For other problems in your community or home, find out how to phone the organisation responsible. 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