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 support design-led housing supply and improved central government investment in infrastructure, we will:

Make it easier to build/refurbish houses by improving efficiencies and council plan-making

Change the planning process to better protect special character and heritage areas. Enable development with minimal council infringements that enhances urban amenity, including adequate park, play and access

Call for greater infrastructure funding from central government to support housing development, and replace its plan that allows three developments on single sites of up to three storeys without a resource consent.

More effectively engage with local communities to improve quality, and increase awareness of building developments in their neighbourhoods

Require Auckland’s core transport, water and other utility infrastructure providers to improve the way they work, and minimise disruption times and costs e.g. from duplication of road works, poor coordination

Advocate greater commitment to consult with local communities regarding ratepayer control of local water assets. Oppose Auckland’s forced amalgamation into the Three Waters Plan

Champion a new economic plan for Auckland that improves the region's competitiveness, including strengthening our town centres

Environment

To improve Auckland’s environment:

Climate

Replace council’s climate change targeted rate

Revise council’s emissions reduction plans to focus on priority areas of more sustainable transport, built and natural environments

Make electric buses and ferries more available and expand EV chargers in public car parks

Improve and simplify the Unitary Plan’s house building and refurbishment planning rules

Replace the current five yearly State of the Auckland Environment reporting with an annual report to Aucklanders on environmental progress

Harbours and Coastlines

Prioritise investment for storm/waste water separation to get cleaner beaches faster

Prioritise investment into coastal inundation mitigation projects to better manage the impact of rising sea levels

Improve the management of Kaipara, Manukau and Waitemata harbours and the Hauraki Gulf. Oppose plans to amalgamate the Hauraki Gulf into Auckland’s Regional Parks network

Parks and Green Space

Review the Unitary Plan controls to better balance growth with green space provision. Protect our existing green space from government-imposed intensification plans

Boost community tree planting. Review and rebalance council’s divisive native vs. exotics trees approach

Revise playground investment rules to include better sun-protection (e.g., shade sails, tree planting)

Pests

Expand Pest Free Auckland plans and increase funding for local board initiatives to reduce pest plants and animals at a local level

Invest in education programmes that support local pest management

Waste

Make inorganic recycling easier. Boost resources to combat illegal dumping and increase fines

Expand the waste minimisation plans to include recycling facilities in North and West Auckland

Watercare

Oppose the forced amalgamation of Auckland’s water resources planned under the Three Waters approach. Prioritise investment into Auckland’s water storage and storm water network

Improve Watercare’s governance and future planning to ensure robust accountability for the funding of infrastructure

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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