Dan Ballard

Lets show them

Having governance that is fiscally sensible, accountable, efficient, and responsive to the unique needs of Waiheke is what all Waihekeans want, right? Waiheke is not a suburb of Auckland, it is separate and distinct from Auckland; it is the island that Aucklanders come to when they want to “get away from” Auckland. For too long…

Auckland Council IT Budget BlowoutI

Auckland Council’s IT Budget Blowout

When we read about IT budgets blowing out from, say $70 million to $157 million, our minds boggle and we think we don’t know enough to understand. But according to the article, such blowouts in budgets for Enterprise Resource Planning (and other IT areas) are not uncommon, because often executives don’t know enough to understand:…

Waiheke gets the job done

Really interesting article in the Marketplace with a practical example of how people on Waiheke get involved and get the job done. While bureaucracy had racked up a bill of thousands of dollars before.  The people of Waiheke donated time and materials to build a helipad. The following article was written by Diana Worthy and…