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AC LGOIMA Requests

Just under a month ago, on 9 September I put in a LGOIMA (Local Government Official Information & Meetings Act) request for information re Councillor and Local Board member salaries and allowances. The information required was fairly basic. Section 13 … Continue reading

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AC Are Councillors & Board Members worth their salt?

Every time there is a local body election we read about the poor voter turn-out and the apathy of the public. I thought I’d take a little time to look at my own Local Board – the Henderson-Massey Local Board … Continue reading

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Public Works Act, Te Atatu Road Acquisitions

In September 2011, 109 property owners in Te Atatu Rd and Edmonton Road received notices from Auckland Transport(AT) saying that parts of their properties were required for road widening. In the pamphlet it was stated the project would improve traffic … Continue reading

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Repeal of FOSPA & Emotive Assertion

The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 had as its aim “An Act to promote the safety of young children by requiring the fencing of certain swimming pools.” In 1999 the Ministry of Internal Affairs issued guidelines as to its … Continue reading

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Auckland Council Rating Valuations

Have you ever wondered about the reliability of valuations upon which your rates are based? In 15 years as a Real Estate consultant I always accepted valuations in blind faith and without question. At the age of 69 I have … Continue reading

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Auckland Council Working Days

I was recently motivated to ponder just what constitutes a “working day” for Auckland Council. 1. On 7/12/15 I raised some questions with Auckland Council regarding drownings of toddlers in private swimming pools in Auckland since 1/11/10 (the date of … Continue reading

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Revaluations

Last week a number of property owners in the Te Atatu Rd corridor received Revaluation Notices superseding previous Valuation Notices. We were given until 12 January 2016 to object. At first glance there seems little change but the feedback I’ve … Continue reading

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New Swimming Pool Legislation

The Building (Pools) Amendment Bill has had its first reading in Parliament. On Wednesday 30 September. I, as Chairman of POAG and 3 members of the Pool Industry had a meeting with Hon Dr Nick Smith to discuss our concerns. … Continue reading

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Put it in Writing

Address to HMLB on 6 August 2015 by Gary Osborne Madam Chair, Board members, ladies and gentlemen. On the Council web-site is stated “Local boards provide important input into region-wide strategies and plans including those of the council-controlled organisations.” Ratepayers … Continue reading

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Auckland Council CCO Communications

Abbreviations Used AC Auckland Council AT Auckland Transport HMLB Henderson-Massey Local Board Characters Vanessa Neeson HMLB Chair Shane Henderson HMLB Deputy Chair Brenda Brady HMLB member Peter Chan HMLB member Tracy Kirkley HMLB member Warren Flaunty HMLB member Will Flavell … Continue reading

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