WestWards. Our Place.Waitakere.

WestWards. Priorities

Provide an independent voice and balance

to our board

Our candidates are genuinely independent. We have no conflicts of interest. We are  genuine local people who bring fresh thinking and want to see improved local results in our area.  Let’s open up the closed-shop decision making – and get better results we can all be part of.

Rates spent locally and Wisely

Council's rate take from Waitakere is continually increasing, including a raft of new targeted rate taxes.  But we continue to see a reduction in services, declining infrastructure and a lack of transparency on how funds are spent.   The council must stop the huge wastage of ratepayer’s money and spend our rates in our area.   Our focus will be spending rates, locally, wisely and transparently.

Titirangi, Swanson and Glen Eden are Waitakere's town centres. They are vital to the economic, and social connectedness of our areas. We want to see well maintained, safe vibrant precincts where people and businesses thrive and connect.

Safe, strong town centres where people connect and belong

Support practical investment in our diverse communities

We all need the basics done well, so we can enjoy what other communities take for granted: * Tidy, well-maintained town centres * Footpaths and safe walking in rural areas * Better parking at schools, town centres and transport hubs *Improving the traffic flow and pedestrian access between Glen Eden and the Train Station

Protecting nature without exclusion from it

Being active in the outdoors has been our heritage and character for generations. We support good science and practical investment in upgrading the tracks with the money Council collected for the job. We're here for swimming, surfing, fishing, tramping, beach and dog walking, and let Piha build that skate ramp!

Endless reports and surveys won’t fix these problems, we need practical solutions with regular maintenance. And real consequences for offenders caught dumping rubbish.

Clean up dirty beaches, muddy tracks and stop rubbish dumping

Our Priorities, as we saw them in 2019, have not changed, but the context in which they sit has. In the past 3 years the financial impact of Covid-19 on Council's income has exposed Councils overspending, and heightened its exposure to debit. Government Legislation forcing more intensified housing development in urban areas and Governments directive that council is to reduce the city's carbon emissions by 60% within the next 8 years has added a new dynamic to how Councils must think.

It may have never been more important for the peoples elected representatives to deliver common-sense, practical experience and technical knowledge to council decision-making than it is

right now!

We believe Auckland Council must adhere to two principles when conducting all business:

Look at itself

Auckland Council policies of centralization do not support their carbon reduction goals. Equally the policy of multi-nation Service Providers  monopolizing council contracts through a Preferred Supplier status is stopping Auckland Council from reducing its own carbon emissions by utilizing small contractors operating locally.

Council must identify and plan for alternative sources of energy to power our city's future activities that are presently fueled by carbon based energy.   

Listen to the people

Auckland Council's public consultation practises are incoherent at best. Council is applying different criteria to the way public feedback is analyzed in how it supports or rejects council plans and policies. This is seriously undermining peoples faith that council takes seriously its legal obligations to incorporate public opinion in its actions and operations.

  Elected members must ensure public feed back is responded too in a way that shows people that making the effort to engage has meaningful purpose. 

Marawhara Stream mouth Piha

WestWards . Contact Us

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215 Woodlands Park Road

Waitakere

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