We have had an amazingly successful 12 months here at Greater Auckland. Just over a year ago we launched our rebranded site, which still looks fantastic. We continue to be grateful to everyone who made our redesign possible, particularly Sandfield for the website and to Cornelius from Frontier for the design.
Shortly after our redesign we launched our second version of the Congestion Free Network, which has essentially now become government transport policy for Auckland. Later in the year we launched Regional Rapid Rail, which similarly has now become government policy.
This is an exciting time for us and an exciting time for Auckland. Years of hard work are now coming to fruition and there is now an unprecedented opportunity for Auckland to make rapid progress. The housing and transport investment this city most desperately needs now looks more likely to happen than ever before.
But this is no time to rest on our laurels. Change of this magnitude is scary for many people and already we are seeing signs of “bikelash” and “bus-lash” that are common overseas. This will undoubtedly continue as major projects like light-rail become a reality, as we continue to expand Auckland’s safe cycling network, and as Kiwibuild turns from a broad idea into a reality of lots more apartments and terraced houses across much of Auckland.
Clearly, we still have a lot to do and a big role to play in realising the exciting possibilities that Auckland’s future offers. We will need your help to keep doing what we do. In reality, this means two big steps for us:
- We want more writers, more guest posts, a greater diversity of voices and to be able to write about a greater number of topics. Over the past year we have lost some of our regular writers. Furthermore, while we rebranded from TransportBlog to Greater Auckland, arguably our content is more transport-focused than ever. We would like to get into talking more about other big issues facing Auckland, and to continue to weave together a big vision for Auckland’s future. One way we would like to do this is through providing payment to our writers – both current and future. Which means…
- …we want to move to a sustainable revenue model. We have never had advertisements on this site and we want to keep it that way. Past fundraising events have been incredibly successful and mean we still have a pretty decent warchest available for future campaigns, events and the like. But if we are to continue to grow and create the quantity, quality and breadth of content that we want, then we need to have a more sustainable revenue model. We will write more about this soon, but it will probably mean a combination of using Patreon (or something similar) and seeking out some form of corporate sponsorship (noting the need for content independence of course!)
In the mean while, if you would like to write for us regularly, or even as a Guest Post, please let us know. We can’t promise any form of payment yet, but we can promise that high quality posts will get viewed by tens of thousands of people – including many of Auckland and New Zealand’s most influential decision-makers.
Of course we would be nothing without our dedicated readers and we thank you for helping us continue to create a greater Auckland.