Campaign Issues

Transport

We will push for a more efficient, more environmentally friendly transport system by:

Focusing investment in Auckland’s rapid transit network where the need is greatest. We will prioritise a fully separated busway to the Northwest – future-proofed for rail – ahead of light rail to the Airport

Bringing forward roading projects in high-growth areas (in the North, Northwest, and South), where massive housing development has not been matched by investment in infrastructure

Setting firm congestion targets for Auckland, and monitoring progress against them

Exploring new options for a road and rail crossing of the Waitematā Harbour, further to the east or west of the existing Harbour Bridge (in a completely different transport corridor), as part of the business case for a new crossing

Reversing recent changes to NZ Upgrade Programme – reinstating Mill Rd and Southern Motorway widening; cancelling the cycle bridge across the Waitematā Harbour

Supporting the trial of a congestion charging scheme, initially in the central city

Undertaking large-scale investment in park and ride stations, particularly on the periphery of the city

Making greater use of dynamic lanes, including on sections of the motorway

Working with schools to make it easier and safer for children to get to school on foot and by bike

Fast-tracking the electrification of Auckland’s bus and ferry fleet

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.

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