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Whats so super about aukland

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  • 1. What’s so super about Auckland? Viv Heslop Beyond Green New Zealand
  • 2. What I want to talk about…
    • some context
    • why Auckland is super…and not
    • reforming of local government in Auckland
    • thoughts
  • 3.  
  • 4. Some context about Auckland…
    • Auckland – the city-region
    • Home to 1.37 million people
    • Projected population of 1.77 million by 2026 and 2 million by 2040
    • Auckland is the fastest growing region in the country adding 50 people every day or one person every 29 minutes
    • Naturally beautiful, it is flanked by harbours and boasts a 1600-kilometre long coastline
    • The region covers 500,000 hectares with 57,000 hectares of urban area, and 26 regional parks more than 40,000 hectares
    • Ranked fifth in the world in the 2007 Mercer Quality of Life survey, the region absorbed 90% of New Zealand's population growth last year
  • 5. and…
    • With 180 different cultures Auckland is a diverse region with many different communities
    • Auckland's people are 11% Pacific Island, 9% South-east Asian, 4% Indian sub-continent, 62% European and 1% all other ethnic groups
    • 70% of new migrants to the country settle in the region, with one-third of all people who call Auckland home born overseas.
    • One third of the nation's workforce and 38% of all business enterprises are based here. The region provides 35% of the country's jobs, with one in five Aucklanders working in the manufacturing industry, together contributing an estimated $5.5 billion a year to the economy
    • Over 70% of New Zealand's imports and 40% of exports come through Auckland's ports Auckland is home to two thirds of the country's top 200 companies and nearly a quarter of the world's Fortune 500 companies have a presence here.
  • 6. What makes Auckland super…
  • 7. actually quite a bit…
    • lifestyle
    • environment
    • access to opportunities
      • schooling, recreational, arts, culture
    • climate
    • quality of life
    • diversity
  • 8. but…
    • sprawling
    • comprised natural environment
    • inequality
    • car dependence
    • fragmented decision making
    • lack of vision
    • 3 year political cycle
    • weak leadership
  • 9. We reforms
  • 10.  
  • 11. Royal Commission on Auckland governance
    • how local government is structured is important in determining what gets done – and what does not – in Auckland
    • two broad systemic problem
      • regional governance is weak + fragmented
      • community engagement is poor
    • lack sense of collective purpose, constitutional ability + momentum to address issues effectively for overall good of Auckland
    • Auckland does not lack plans – what it lacks is the will and ability to implement them
  • 12. for example…
    • the Auckland Sustainability Framework and One Plan
      • single strategic framework + action plan setting out clear direction for how the region plans to achieve sustainable development
    • positive step towards collaborative regional strategy + action
    • a governance model is needed to put this on a much sounder footing
  • 13. so then…
    • dissolution of Auckland Regional Council + all seven territorial authorities in Auckland
    • creation of a new unitary authority called the Auckland Council
    • one long-term council community plan, one spatial plan, one district plan, one rates bill, one voice for Auckland
    • local democracy maintained through six elected local councils
      • oversee delivery of services + undertake local engagement in 4 urban and 2 rural district
  • 14. and…
    • Auckland needs an inspirational leader
      • Mayor of Auckland to have greater executive powers than currently provided for:
        • appointment of Deputy Mayor + committee chairpersons, proposal of Auckland Council budget + initiation of policy, establishment of Mayoral office
    • 3 Maori seats
    • Auckland to have some say + control over social well-being including central government social spend
    • plus strengthening of role in economic development
    • more of a sustainable development focus
  • 15.  
  • 16. however…
    • change in Government towards end of commission process
    • minority party – ACT – given role in leading reform in Auckland
    • re-consulted and made significant changes
    • gone from a well-thought out + reasoned proposal to something invented in haste, reverting to more central government control over Auckland + loss of local democracy + corporatisation of local government
  • 17.  
  • 18. so now…
  • 19. Auckland Governance – version 2
    • one Auckland Council – no local councils
    • around 20 local community boards – with little money or power
    • a number of council-controlled organisations
      • 80% of the regional budget
      • run as businesses + run by appointed not elected people
      • separating of land-use [Council] and transport [CCO]
  • 20.  
  • 21.  
  • 22. perspectives…
  • 23.  
  • 24. Democratic City?
    • An elected Mayor to provide a vision for the Council, appoint chairs of committees, deputy Mayor and run an office
    • 20 elected Councillors
    • 13 wards and 21 local boards
    • No Maori seats but an advisory board
    • Commences 1 November 2010
  • 25.  
  • 26. New City Culture?
    • Wholesale restructuring
    • New CEO appointed
      • Business background
    • Second tier appointments underway
      • Finance, Planning, Operations
    • 3,500 operations staff carried over in interim
      • 3,000 face uncertain future
    • Policy - implementation separation perpetuated
  • 27.  
  • 28. Super Super City?
    • Metropolitan governance at last!
      • Coherent city region
      • Vision and leadership
      • Integrated investment and management
      • Importance of Auckland in national life recognised
      • Flaws in existing legislation recognised
    • Uncertainty
      • Corporatisation of local government?
      • Democracy and subsidiarity?
      • Fragmentation perpetuated?
    • Rush to the ‘finish’ line
    • Wellington meddling in Auckland’s business
  • 29. thoughts…
    • time will tell
    • don’t promise savings – costs of transition are significant
    • remember that local government is about democracy
    • clarity of problem + clear link with solution?
    • be prepared to make bold decisions – Auckland suffers from decision-paralysis