The 2019-2022 Council Term

So the 2019 Auckland Council election results are now finalised, which means it’s a good time to ahead to what might happen over the next three years. The mayor and 16 of the 20 councillors are returning from last time, so the story will likely be one of continuation as much as change.…
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2019 Council Election Results

After months of campaigning, debates, the elections are finally over. Here are the preliminary results some may change when the final results come in. Apparently today’s votes will be added in tomorrow and special votes on Thursday. Mayor Phil Goff retains his mayoralty with 156k votes (48%) to John Tamihere’s 70k.…
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Klimaschutz

This is a guest post by Ella Kay. Last month, the German government announced a €54b (NZ$96 b) klimaschutz (climate protection) package to address climate change. The plan comes in response to growing pressure on the German government to step up to the climate challenge, as Germany comes closer to 2020 with only a third of CO2 emissions reduced (from a 1990 baseline).…
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2019 Auckland Mayoral Election Policy Roundup

The local body elections feel like they’ve been dragging on all year but they finally to an end on Saturday. To me this election feels like there’s been a lot more heat than light and I guess I’m not the only one given that so far, we’re tracking for the lowest number of votes since Auckland was amalgamated in 2010 with as of last Friday just 15.1% of people (162k) having voted.…
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Mā te wā

As of today, I am resigning from all roles at Greater Auckland.  I am delighted, and humbled, to advise that my application for a directorship on the NZTA board has been accepted. I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members and all the staff at the agency and its partners, to help deliver this important work for the whole nation.…
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What’s at stake in the upcoming Council election

Last week Bernard Orsman wrote a long article looking at the upcoming Auckland Council elections. The article is behind a paywall, but I have pulled out a few important parts of it. As per usual, Orsman plays up the “A team”, “B team” narrative that he’s been pushing for the past few years – giving the impression that there are two quite separate voting blocs.…
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