Just a few months out from our local body elections, this has not been a good week in the quest for smart leadership to avoid ad hoc decisions as Auckland's city centre transforms.

First, plans were announced to sell off inner city carparking buildings when they are a critical piece of the transformation to a pedestrian-friendly and innovative city centre. As on-street parking is given over to people, these conveniently located buildings provide affordable short-stay parking for people who need to come to the city by car. They can also be used to radically change how we do things