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Brown coy on pay increase on eve of rates hikes
Brown coy on pay increase on eve of rates hikes

Len Brown is refusing to say if he will follow two of his councillors and say no to a 2.3 per cent pay rise, which will…

We need more councillors - Auckland Council

Auckland Council plans to ask Parliament to change the Super City's founding legislation that fixed the number of councillors…

Nicholas Ross Smith & Zbigniew Dumienski: Citizens' juries could reduce Auckland's democratic deficit

Using randomly selected juries to make some council-level policy suggestions is arguably a good starting point for organically…

Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie: Country's most diverse city lacks diversity in governance

Whilst it is perhaps not surprising to read the facts revealed in Bernard Orsman's piece Auckland's Super City club: Who's…

Call for more height in Auckland suburbs
Call for more height in Auckland suburbs

A developer is calling for a taller height limit to go with no controls on density in Auckland's suburbs.

Auckland faces suburban squeeze
Auckland faces suburban squeeze

Council, developers and lobby group debating new rules which will allow more houses to be built.

Migrants for regions
Migrants for regions

The Government says a new plan to lure migrants away from Auckland will boost regional economies, but admits it will do…

Cameron Brewer: Local govt conference needed to commit to managing soaring costs
Cameron Brewer: Local govt conference needed to commit to managing soaring costs

I am one of those in local government who’s advocating for greater and urgent focus to be placed on containing council costs…

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Super white men's club
Super white men's club

It is a city that prides itself on its diverse ethnic communities, but Auckland is run by a club of…

Big day as rail goes electric

Auckland Transport is warning passengers of potential bedding-in glitches after it replaces diesel trains this morning with…

Chris Darby: Rates increase? What's a councillor to do?

Aucklanders want an outstanding public transport system. But they don’t want to rely on perpetual rates increases to build…

Michael Barnett: Global turmoil an opportunity for Auckland?

Auckland is well placed to take advantage of growing global economic uncertainty to accelerate the city’s big projects…

Crackdown on train fare dodgers
Crackdown on train fare dodgers

Children as young as 10 are fare dodging and causing disorder at train stations, prompting a police…

Little backs home-buyer stats

Labour leader Andrew Little has stood by the decision to release figures showing a high proportion of house sales to people…

'Protected view' rules to be reviewed

Protected views of volcanoes are threatening Auckland's goals of affordable housing and a compact city, major property owners…

Brian Rudman: Brown’s chance to take the helm

The resignation of Ports of Auckland chairman Graeme Hawkins for health reasons gives Mayor Len Brown the chance to do what…

Roger Hall & Barry Jenkins: By bus or train, Auckland's a pain

Two regular public transport users — Roger Hall on the buses and Barry Jenkins on the trains — share the trials of recent…

Brian Rudman: Govt no friend in transport needs
Brian Rudman: Govt no friend in transport needs

Len Brown's recent cuddle-up to Transport Minister Simon Bridges reminds me of a poor Whanganui chap…

Row over prime land

Two Auckland Council bodies are at loggerheads over whether 20ha of land at Hobsonville Pt should be used for housing or…

Beach-ban all bark and no bite?

Several Auckland local boards have proposed changes to dog regulations, including a complete ban on dogs at Shoal Bay on…

Brian Rudman: Auckland, why hate public toilets?

Auckland Council's bean counters are trying to make a buck out of public lavatories.

Six ways Super City can pick up the pace

Barney Irvine urges the Government and Auckland Council to strive for an accord on transport when they meet tomorrow.

Party time for Auckland council
Party time for Auckland council

Len Brown defends the function as a thank you to staff, but critics say a 10 per cent rates hike is…

Fran O'Sullivan: Has Auckland cooked its goose?

John Key, Bill English, Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges all know Len Brown is a lame duck mayor, writes Fran O'Sullivan.

Brian Rudman: Park pipe rebuff - what would Father say?

I'm a little nervous about supporting Watercare's desire to bury a large watermain along the outer fringes of Cornwall Park…

Your Views: Is the Auckland rates hike necessary?

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has conceded that a "significant" number of ratepayers will face a rates rise much bigger than…

Port should cut its losses on extensions

Editorial: Now that the project has been stopped the company should cut its losses and think again. It has reclaimed enough…

Charles Levin: No safe harbour for council in storm
Charles Levin: No safe harbour for council in storm

The Super City's hands are tied when it comes to the law and telling the port what to do, writes Charles…

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GST threshold could be cut - PM

The threshold for paying GST on foreign products bought online could be cut to $20 or even zero, Prime Minister John Key…

Prince Charles given honorary positions in NZDF

Queen Elizabeth has approved the three honorary positions given to Prince Charles.

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