Anyone else staggered by Phil Goff's commitment to stick with a 3.5% rate rise?. It's like he has his head in the sand, hasn't been briefed on C19 global financial shock, or alternatively doesn't give a hoot about ratepayers and residents. Surely Phil understands the implications for ratepayers when treasury forecasts up to 30% unemployment as a consequence of C19 lockdown (s), and similarly appreciates that now is the time to back off some of those grand plans for auckland central that will no longer have tourists to use them, to defer support for an America's Cup that wont happen until 2022 and insist upon deferral of all other non essential projects plus implement a wage reduction across council of 20% (himself included). I encourage all ratepayers and workers to directly express concern to the mayor and his leadership team for this bizarre commitment to rates rises. The mayor can be contacted at following email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Neighbours, It might be raining but the record dry which is depleting Auckland's water supply is not going away in a hurry. Is it "just a dought?": Read the story below:
Did you know that Surfdale in Waiheke Island received its name via a competition? The winner was awarded a section of land near the beach...
At 8 pence a day on top of a small deposit, a Surfdale section was also promoted as a sound investment – so close to downtown Auckland that “values must go up and up and up”.
Well, they weren't wrong there.
Today, Waiheke Island brings to mind sunny vineyards and beachy weekend getaways. The image of Waiheke as an “island paradise” has its origins in 1920s marketing, but the island has long been desirable even as its character has changed over the past centuries.
As we go into the long weekend and begin to venture further afield again, why not have a read of how Waiheke came to be the place it is today, in this blog about its recent history by our Project Curator, Jane Groufsky.
It's inspirational to meet a family that's taken the plunge to leave the rat race and establish themselves in the country. This couple not only managed to keep their jobs, but also build a stunning house on the Coromandel Peninsula that has caught the eye of NZIA judges.