You can say many things about JT, lack of vision isn’t one of them.
He announced last week that if he is elected, he will sack the Board of Auckland Transport and today announced not only moving the Port north but he will cut a deal to personally decongest traffic in the CBD.
By getting the Trucking interests, the Port interests and the Union interests to agree to driving in at night to avoid peak hour traffic is impressive.
On top of that, here is the campaign pledge…
1. Open the Books and Clean the House
Aucklanders pay billions in rates and charges, but where does all that money go? Auckland has ended up with the most council staff ever, the biggest wage bill ever – and yet the most out of touch and secretive management ever. I will open all the doors and open all the books. We will find out who the billions arebeing paid to, what it’s being spent on, and why.
2. Return Democracy to Neighbourhoods
Too much power in our city is controlled by faceless managers in central Auckland. Control of the city must go back into the hands of the people. I will return local resources and decisions to local elected boards and their communities.
3. Bring Public Assets back under Democratic Control
Three quarters of Auckland Council’s assets are controlled by bureaucrats with no accountability. I want allCouncil owned organisations under democratic control. As a first step I will appoint elected councillors on every Council business board to ensure openness and oversight.
4. Crack down on Waste and Incompetence
Aucklanders deserve accountability and high performance from their Council. I will establish an Integrity Unit to investigate corruption, unacceptable conduct, and incompetence. This unit will report directly to me as your mayor. Aucklanders can be confident that their serious complaints will come to my desk for action.
5. Proper Partnership with Central Government
Aucklanders pay a huge part of the government’s costs. So why are Aucklanders forced to pay an extra fuel tax when no other region does? The present mayor should never have agreed to that. The hugeinfrastructure pressure on Auckland is the direct outcome of Central Government’s unplannedimmigration, and Auckland ratepayers shouldn’t have to pick up the entire bill. As the new mayor representing a third of the country, I will expect a more equal partnership, especially with transport and housing.
…he’s pretty serious about shaking things up.