[55], As of 2016, 38% of rates were spent on "transport", 27% on "parks, community and lifestyle", 16% on "environmental management and regulation", 8% on "Auckland development", 6% on "Economic and cultural development" and 5% on "governance and support". [citation needed] Local Government Minister Rodney Hide, in the opinion of The New Zealand Herald, ignored concerns about the "powerlessness" of the local boards. Len Brown was elected mayor in October 2010, and re-elected for a second term in 2013. [48] Auckland Council later changed the plan to allow 30–40% of growth in greenfield areas and satellite towns.[49]. The governing body consists of a mayor and 20 councillors, elected from 13 wards. 22D The Auckland Council should ensure that each local council has adequate structures in place to enable proper engagement with Māori and consideration of their views in the local councils’ decision-making processes. [3][4] It is the largest council in Oceania,[5] with a $3 billion annual budget, $29 billion of ratepayer equity,[6] and 9,870 full-time staff as of 30 June 2016. 28A The Auckland Council should work closely with consumers, the industry, and central government agencies to develop a. For the 2011–2012 year, ratepayers are being charged the same rate as before the amalgamation, plus a 3.94% increase, with Council noting that they had achieved a much lower rates increase than originally foreseen. [9] Brown was re-elected in October 2013, again with a largely supportive council. The mayor and councillors each signed declarations, formally making them members of the governing body. Some columnists stated in 2010 that the post was the second most powerful public position in New Zealand after the prime minister. 26M Watercare Services Limited should be required to prepare a stormwater action plan. [54], Auckland Council rates combine the rates of the various amalgamated local councils and the Auckland Regional Council rates. One of the proposals that was hotly criticised by some during the initial Royal Commission proposal was the provision of elected Māori members of the Council (analogous to the Māori seat representation in Parliament). The initial Council elections in October 2010 returned a mostly centre-left council with Len Brown as mayor. [63][66], The main proponents of the CCO system, Prime Minister John Key, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide and Transport Minister Steven Joyce, remained adamant about the introduction (and the appropriateness) of the system. My proposal to elect the Governing Body of the Auckland Council (which would require significant legislative change), is based around a 40-seat council (headed by a separately-elected mayor). Water restrictions are in effect across the Auckland region. Auckland mayor Phil Goff's proposed 10 year Recovery Budget will not do enough to address the massive growth pressures the city is facing, councillor Daniel Newman says. There are also 149 members of 21 local boards who make decisions on matters local to their communities. Another big focus of the planning work in the first year of the Council is planning for the Auckland CBD (now called 'City Centre') and the Auckland Waterfront. There are also 149 members of 21 local boards who make decisions on matters local to their communities. ... Auckland Council has finally resolved to abandon the … The 54-year-old was selected ahead of 27 other candidates, which apparently included several existing council chief executives. 32F To promote the widespread adoption of the unified, 32G A statutory position of an independent Auckland Services Performance Auditor (to be appointed by the elected Auckland Council on the joint recommendation of the Chair of the Commerce Commission and the Auditor-General) should be created to provide assurance to the council and the public that the Auckland Council is providing high-quality services in a cost-effective way. [61] The main Herald editorials noted that the CCO concept introduced "undemocratic elements" in a number of ways, and "could not stand". Auckland has been split into 13 wards, from which 20 ward councillors are elected to the governing body of Auckland Council. [12], Until 2010, the Auckland Region had seven "City/District" authorities, plus one "Regional" authority. 24F Auckland Council should consider creating an Urban Development Agency, to operate at the direction of the Auckland Council, with compulsory acquisition powers. Auckland Council proposed general rate increase: 5 percent. 22B There should be a Mana Whenua Forum, the members of which will be appointed by mana whenua from the district of the Auckland Council. [56], Some aspects of the reorganisation were contentious, such as whether all of the Auckland Region should be integrated into the super city, and whether the new structure allowed sufficient local democracy. "[62], The Government's plan to outsource the majority of the council's functions was decried by numerous people (including the main mayoral contenders, Len Brown, and to a lesser degree, John Banks) and groups across the political and societal spectrum – from the Auckland Regional Council and many community boards,[63] to Local Government New Zealand,[64] and organisations considered to be National Party-friendly[65] such as the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Employers & Manufacturers Association. [61][65] Supporters included the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development, a right-wing think tank. [15][16] The report was released on 27 March 2009[17] and the government subsequently announced that a "super city" would be set up to include the full metropolitan area under an Auckland Council with a single mayor and 20–30 local boards, by the time of the local body elections in 2010,[18][19] though it also changed some key recommendations of the Royal Commission. [55] Rates made up 53% of Council's income in 2011, with the remainder being "grants, subsidies, development and financial contributions, user charges and fees". [75][76], In early July 2018, Mayor Phil Goff announced that the far right Canadian speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux would not be allowed to speak at any Auckland Council premises on the grounds that their presence would stir up religious and ethnic tensions. [55], As of 2011, 24% of Council's money was spent on "Art services and galleries, events, museums, parks, recreation facilities and the zoo", while 22% was spent on "transport management". The Auckland Council took over the functions of the Auckland Regional Council and the region's seven city and district councils: Auckland City Council, Manukau City Council, Waitakere City Council, North Shore City Council, Papakura District Council, Rodney District Council and most of Franklin District Council. [4], In early 2010 a further dispute emerged. 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