Campaign Issues

Transport

To get Auckland moving:

Make it easier for people and businesses to use the Auckland transport system. We will gain greater control of Auckland Transport, increasing priority investment and reforming its consultation and decision-making processes

Fix the “them and us” mentality Auckland Transport has created between the different transport users e.g. cyclists vs other road users, and help build stronger engagement among all road and transport users

Better address Auckland’s congestion, by requiring Auckland Transport and Council’s planners to more effectively prioritise people and business movements across Auckland and to be informed by the users’ experience. We will encourage appropriate new and improved existing arterial roads and we will prioritise the flow and movement of traffic on them. We will require a key performance indicator on congestion. We will track and report congestion, firmly baselined at current levels

Support a faster transition from diesel buses to electric buses

Support up to two qualified Auckland Councillors on the board of Auckland Transport

Improve access to trains, buses, ferries and roads by prioritising park and ride upgrades including more parking for cars and bikes and other modes, and better security for users

Investigate options to ease congestion around schools and tertiary institutions during peak times

Champion a technology upgrade of Auckland’s transport system to improve multi-modal integration and require measures to ensure improved and more efficient utilisation of the built transport system e.g. sensors for early flooding detection, smart traffic lights including at motorway on-ramps

Improve the transport investment mix to gain a better balance between top local priorities and key regional projects

Revise Auckland Transport’s local transport planning and priorities so communities drive more of the transport solutions they need. Review the local impacts of current fare zones for buses

Make it safer to use public transport both day and night

Housing, Building &
Infrastructure development

To create more housing and improved infrastructure:

Take further steps to reduce the council imposed costs of new and refurbished housing

Overhaul the consent process to reduce costs, red tape and inconvenience to homeowners, home builders and businesses

Review the Auckland Unitary Plan building consents process to ensure consenting of developments follows the restrictions of the Unitary Plan. Ensure Council reviews the impact including the accumulating impact on neighbourhoods and communities, of infringing development activity and reports on these

Investigate ways for increasing neighbourhood awareness of building developments under the Unitary Plan

Ensure Auckland’s valued heritage and character are being sustained and strengthened under the Unitary Plan. Environmental and heritage impact assessments need to be part of decision-making for new development areas

Require Council to more effectively work with Auckland’s core infrastructure providers to improve services and minimise disruption times and costs e.g. from duplication of road works

Ensure appropriate infrastructure is in place to support new developments

Champion new ways of funding infrastructure

Work with government on new ways to better manage population growth‍

Champion a new economic plan for Auckland which improves the region’s competitiveness including strengthening our town centres‍

Environment, Parks

To improve Auckland’s environment:

Champion more sustainable approaches across Auckland Council particularly in transport, the built environment and council operations

Boost environmental investment including beach and waterway clean-ups and support to local community tree-planting and pest eradication efforts

Prioritise planning and the mitigation of impacts from coastal inundation

Focus council environmental activity on specific, measurable action plans

Ensure green space protection provisions provide good quality parks and adequate green spaces particularly in areas of increasing density

Increase local board control and funding to better manage local parks and playground maintenance

As the region grows, secure funding to prioritise more land for regional parks and ensure they are well maintained

Review the decision to abandon inorganic curb-side collections

Council Services, Spending, Governance

To improve council decisions:

Champion a new customer service approach that better values the needs of Auckland’s residents and local businesses and puts them at the heart of the broader Council services

Lead a strong value-for-money focus, reject low priority spending and focus spending on services which address priority needs

Produce an annual report to Aucklanders on the value they receive from their rates and council charges including staff numbers, for each service

Rewrite the control and accountability statements for all Council Controlled Organisations to improve the control of ATEED, Auckland Transport, Regional Facilities Auckland, Panuku Development Auckland and Watercare

Revise the director appointment process for Council Controlled Organisations to set a clearer understanding of Auckland Council’s expectations as the shareholder

Work to replace the petrol tax with a fairer way to fund infrastructure

Replace the Accommodation Targeted Rate (bed tax) with a low level, broad based government set, but locally spent visitor tax

Ensure greater delegation of decision-making, with commensurate funding, on local matters to local boards e.g. local impact of freedom camping

Support a comprehensive review of the Auckland Council model and legislation

Create an Ombudsman/”Whistle-blowing” Office for residents, local businesses and staff to report on service delivery and spending decisions. This Office will be funded from within the existing Mayoral Office budget

C&Rs policy development programme is continuously reviewing and formulating policies
which will best meet the needs of Aucklanders.

All media enquiries to Danielle at info@c-r.org.nz. Media enquiries made directly to candidates
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