The Auckland Transition Agency has today released a document that outlines how the functions and roles of the Auckland Council are likely to be structured – what is likely to be done by the local boards, the “council-controlled organisations (CCOs) and the council itself. Here’s a typically confusing diagram showing the interaction between the different agencies that will make up local government in Auckland: In terms of transport matters, there’s quite a useful amount of information indicating how things will work once Auckland Transport is created.

I am still rather worried that Auckland Transport has incredibly few checks and balances on what they do, but at least it’s good to have some idea about how things will work.

Although I am sure you will be completely and utterly ignored, you can send feedback on all this to the Auckland Transition Agency here.

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  1. 3 groups of organisations competing for resources, 2 seperate CEOs trying to get their contracts renewed. A mayor with a $3mill private slush fund trying to het his/hers pet projects, 20 councillors driving their agendas. And all this because we wanted a streamlined efficient organisation. Poor mana whenua don’t even make it onto the chart, nor does Transit who will be bulldozing their motorways through the middle of our city.

    PS CCO- the new term is Council Controlling Organisation- we can move them from the past to the present tense.

  2. That would be the case if the legislation didn’t know have to take into account the RLTS and GPS equally… Meaning when Hide appoints a new road mad Transport CEO he can say, we need to take into account the GPS only for the next three years because they are “shovel ready”…

    Don’t believe this bullshit, it is the erosion of local democracy in Auckland and the beginning of taxation without representation…

  3. Council-Controlling-Organisations….. heh, excellent point.

    I agree it’s going to be a massive fight between Auckland Council and Auckland Transport in particular about the direction to take on transport matters. I curiously await to see what side of that fence I am on. Most local politicians seem fairly public transport friendly these days, so I’m guessing Auckland Transport will probably be the laggards.

    Your point about NZTA is very good too. They have most of the money when it comes to transport matters, and will probably continue to build a series of “monuments to Steven Joyce”.

  4. Jeremy, yes the altered weighting of the GPS v the RLTS is Joyce’s dirty work I bet. Him and Rodney Hide have worked closely together on this to ensure he doesn’t have to put up with any future organisations doing what the ARC have done over the past year and a bit in terms of stalling and going against his grandiose motorway plans.

  5. The “local boards” box should be about a tenth of the size to properly show their power.

    “Although I am sure you will be completely and utterly ignored, you can send feedback on all this to the Auckland Transition Agency here.”

    What, getting cynical about submissions, Jarbury? 😉 Ah, well, you can still vote on this. Though funnily enough, the REAL vote about this isn’t 2010, but in 2011. See, everything is at a national level now.

  6. This “feedback” isn’t really consultation or submissions though in any meaningful way. I mean if I send them feedback saying “hey, the role of the local boards hasn’t been strongly defined enough” it’s not like that’s going to change things in the slightest possible way.

    Usually making submissions on something has a tiny chance of making a difference. Not in this case though.

  7. And on it goes, we are pretty much screwed as far as PT goes once this is in place. As ingolfson points out Auckland will be run directly through Wellington now and we all know what they think about investing in Auckland’s PT.

    I have to say the way Joyce opperates you would have to say depending on your point of view he is either a sneaky machiavalleian(sp?) weasal or extremly shrewd and very good at getting what he wants. Probably both.

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