Auckland Council’s long-term plan is under review, and it’ll take 11 months to get through the process. It’s started with some suggestions of cuts in the kinds of service everybody notices, and some yelping….
It’s probably impractical now to do what I think needed to be started last year – a thorough examination of what the council ought to do, fitting what it does to that formula, adding pieces (big pieces) to transform the region and taking away what no longer fits….
I thought councillors were going to embark on that sort of exercise a year ago, but they got bogged down in a bit of adding & subtracting. This year’s review of the long-term plan, though, is an opportunity for thinking outside the box….
It starts with councillors, local boards, executives from the various council organisations – but there’s no reason the public can’t throw their ideas into the moulding exercise too. That’s as in ideas that transform – hence my heading today, Auckland: time to reinvent the wheel on a tighter budget ….
I’ve been filing stories on the website frequently over the last 2 days, so some of you will have picked up on a number of them through Twitter, FaceBook & LinkedIn, but I’ve added a few more overnight & this morning….
They include a local board decision last night to advocate for full notification of a Great North Rd apartment block proposal….. PFI’s Wellington purchase…. the first peer-to-peer licence…. a couple of economic pieces….. one auction result…. and, at the bottom of the newsletter, the huge foreign investment in US housing….
And the last newsletter, sent out on Monday:The Bob Dey Property Report newsletter, M7July14
Now, the classifieds….
On the move updated…..
In the Neighbourhoods…..
Isthmus west – Grey Lynn: Local board calls for 7-storey Great North Rd proposal to be notified
South Island – Lakes: Corrected: Porters buy Kawarau River Station at auction (correction to detail at end of story regarding Five Mile)
In the Sectors…..
In Forward thinking…..
Councils – finance: Auckland: time to reinvent the wheel on a tighter budget
Economy – housing costs: NZ house prices stand out in IMF comparisons
Finance – banks: Roberts’ HarMoney gets first peer-to-peer licence
Securities NZ – NZX: Ministerial exemption gives green light to NZX growth market
Residential – investment: Dickens says shift from yield to CPI link holding back residential rents