We wrote to the Royal Commission. We made submissions on the three Auckland Council Bills. We attended Select committee hearings. We fought for the power of Waiheke to regulate and govern itself as a strong community within Auckland and the Gulf.
We didn’t get much of what we wanted. But did get some, now its time to look to the future.
Waiheke will have a local board with some increased powers. The board will play a significant role over the next few years in the future of the island and its relationship with the rest of Auckland. It is important now that that board is composed of people who really have a heart and vision for Waiheke. People who can look forward to the struggles and changes coming and stand up for the island. People with sense and imagination. People with the savvy to set the tone, powers and habits of the local board for years to come.
People who think a transport solution means being able to get around the island without pollution not just more car parks. People who think a waste solution means less rubbish coming onto the island not more going off. People who think youth solutions mean training, jobs, affordable homes so that our children can stay and grow their own families on the island, not just a place to keep them quiet for an evening. People who think that food solutions mean local farms not a new supermarket.
Are you one of those people? If you could be then please put your name forward, If you don’t think you could then find someone you know who is and get them to stand instead.
Nominations for all positions open on Friday 23 July 2010 and will close at 12 noon on Friday 20 August 2010.
To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand and a New Zealand citizen.
Voting will be conducted by postal vote starting Friday 17 September through to Saturday 9 October. Preliminary results will be known about 7pm the same evening.
More information at: http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/members/elections/
A number of people have announced as candidates already, but that is no reason to stop you. Waiheke does it better, lets show Auckland that we can have the best candidates, the largest turnout and a local board with a huge mandate to act.