Diversity accompanies population growth in Auckland

Diversity accompanies population growth in Auckland

Phil Goff It was a pleasure to attend the First Annual Festivals of South India in Glendowie on September 21, 2019. Thank you to everyone who was involved for an entertaining and enjoyable evening of traditional music, culture, dance and cuisine. I am looking forward the Multicultural Diwali Festival at Charles Street in Papatoetoe, from 12 pm on Saturday, October…

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Financial discipline leads to significant savings

Financial discipline leads to significant savings

Auckland Council could save $1 billion in ten years Phil Goff When I campaigned for Mayor in 2016, I promised to achieve more for less by reducing spending by 3% to 6% over the previous Mayoral term. Since then, the Council has delivered savings in everything from ICT to power and utility bills to procurement, reducing duplication and stopping wastage.…

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Voters’ Guide to choose the right Candidate

With twelve days to go, here is a list of questions Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) has designed six sets of questions that can be used when talking with a Candidate standing for Local Body Elections, for which voting closes on October 12, 2019. They are applicable to all positions. TINZ is also sending these to a large number of…

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Solutions to traffic congestion, elderly suffering and more

Solutions to traffic congestion, elderly suffering and more

Kharag Singh pledges better services in Botany Venkat Raman Better transport management to tackle the growing traffic congestion, improved management of parks, reserves and other places of public utility, care of the elderly and raising the quality of life are among the issues that have brought Kharag Singh Sidhu to contest in the forthcoming Local Government Elections. He is a…

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Social concerns bring up an Independent Candidate

Venkat Raman When Aadil Basha thought of contesting in the Local Government Elections 2019 for membership at the Whau Local Board, he decided to be an Independent Candidate, rather than being supported by a Party, which, he thought may erode his independent thinking. “There are several issues of concern to the Whau Board area, which comprises the suburbs of New…

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People’s wellbeing precedes and supersedes everything else

The need to revitalise the Counties Manukau District Health Board and the importance of providing more financial and human capital to enable increased accessibility and deliver quality service have prompted many members of our communities to contest in the ongoing District Health Board Elections. Among them is Sally Wong, who is known for her selfless service and for promoting the…

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Uncontested Mayoralties betray democratic ideals

Uncontested Mayoralties betray democratic ideals

Matthew Theunissen They are among the most important leaders in the country and can make decisions that can have huge impacts on our communities. Why are so many positions in the upcoming local government elections, including several Mayor’s jobs, not even being contested? For Hamish McDouall, it was a relief when the deadline expired for other candidates to challenge him…

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Mayoral aspirant for better opportunities to South Asian Communities

Mayoral aspirant for better opportunities to South Asian Communities

Venkat Raman South Asian communities suffer in Auckland with lack of understanding and inadequate avenues for unlocking their potential says a Mayoral Candidate, who is keen to work with the growing Indian community in the City. John Hong, who has been holding a series of meetings with people of Indian origin in groups as well individually, described the community as…

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