Give our community a chance to consider self-governance

Waiheke has been chafing under Auckland based council management since we lost a local council in1989.  A scan of our local papers over the intervening years will provide ample proof of the many occasions we have protested planning and other decisions made ‘offshore’. After Waiheke developed an award winning District Plan in the 1980’s, it…

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Morrison Low Report – Predetermined or incompetence?

Having a Council that represents local democracy, value for money and does a great job is what everyone wants in a Council.  Our Waiheke was formed around 3 years ago because Auckland Council has had the lowest satisfaction ratings, is increasing rates continuously and has dis-empowered it locally elected representatives so they are glorified figure…

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Our Waiheke open letter response to the Local Government Commission

Suzanne Doig, CEO, Local Government Commission. Our Waiheke response to the Morrison Low “Auckland Reorganisation Process: Auckland Options Assessment” report. Dear Suzanne, Thanks to the LGC for giving Our Waheke an opportunity to access the Morrison Low [ML] report. We have been considering it for some days and, frankly, we believe the report is not…

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Decision by the Commission is coming closer

Dear supporters. You may have seen the story in the Marketplace of 5 July re ‘New action on breakaway bid’.  It follows a significant concession by the Local Government Commission [LGC].   For the past few months a consultancy firm, Morrison Low, has been conducting an analysis for the LGC of the financial implications of new…

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Local Government Commissioners on Waiheke Island

Two very distinguished Local Government Commissioners will be spending all of Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th of September on Waiheke to hear from what they hope will be a wide range of locals about whether or not the Commission should propose a separate local council for Waiheke. The two Commissioners are the Chair, Sir Wira…

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