The "Supercity" a failed experiment

With the creation of the Supercity, the new Auckland Council promised a more cost effective, efficient, environmentally sustainable local government.

They promised to consult and listen. To provide open, transparent and accountable governance.

Ten years on the city is almost bankrupt.

In my opinion, large multinational conglomerates have infiltrated all of our Council Controlled Organisations.

Multi billion dollar budgets are rolled out in a rush, creating inner city congestion, while the new stormwater system progresses at a snail's pace.

The City Rail Link is a thinly disguised mining operation in the middle of the CBD. With over 250 million tons of Blue Stone spirited away. Interestingly the current value for Bluestone is $330 per ton (do the math)

At the time, no mention was made of the potentially lethal naturally occurring material similar to asbestos in the CRL Resource Consent process that allowed this mining to proceed!

Across Auckland business associations are left dumb founded by the negative impact caused by Auckland Transport's obsession with badly designed, poorly built footpaths and cycleways. All cheered on by Councillor Pippa Coom, Chris Darby and Richard Hills.

In secret Panukau, Auckland Council's property arm develops additional retail space and apartments on public land from the Harbour Bridge to Britomart, while planning to sell public assets including parks, reserves & revenue generating inner city carparks.

The deal done with the Tapuna Maunga Authority over felling our city's mature trees to enhance 5G transmission reeks of an old boy's backroom deal between Goff, Stiassny and Majurey.

As citizens faced with a substantial rates increase this year, I believe we have no other choice, but to demand our legal right to a referendum on the Supercity and to call for a total restructure of our Local Government.

Lisa Prager, Community Advocate, Westmere

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