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AUCKLAND SUPERCITY ELECTION - 2010

CONGRATULATIONS LEN BROWN ON A GREAT WIN.

CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO ALL THOSE COUNCILLORS AND LOCAL BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO GUIDE THE PROGRESS OF THE SUPERCITY OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS

CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO COLIN CRAIG WHO RECEIVED AN AMAZING 42,299 VOTES AS A FIRST TIMER WITH NO MEDIA PROFILE. IS THIS THE FACE OF THE FUTURE??                             Colin was actually the only candidate who addressed issues like leaky homes, ratepayer indebtedness, social dysfunction, and who recognised that the way ahead in public transport is to embrace new technology rather than last century's heavy rail expansion.

 

SEVEN TRANSPORT PRIORITIES FOR LEN BROWN AND THE NEW COUNCIL

(1) ORDER A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO THE $59 MILLION CAPITAL COST INTEGRATED TICKETING CONTRACT SIGNED BY ARTA WITH THE AUCKLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL'S (MIKE LEE) AGREEMENT AS TO WHETHER THIS PROVIDES THE BEST POSSIBLE VALUE. 

(2) ORDER A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO WHY "SUPERMAXX" (or a better proposal if he can find it) WAS NOT IMPLEMENTED DESPITE NEITHER ARTA OR THE ARC BEING ABLE TO DISPROVE THAT IT WOULD IN FACT PROVIDE A MUCH BETTER SERVICE WHILE SAVING $1 MILLION PER WEEK IN OPERATING SUBSIDIES. IT HAS BEEN IN THE HANDS OF ARTA AND THE ARC FOR OVER 3 YEARS.

(3) ORDER A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO WHY ARTA, THE ARC, AND AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL HAVE CHOSEN THE MOST EXPENSIVE OPTION POSSIBLE FOR THE INNER CITY RAIL ROUTE WHICH WILL TAKE 7 - 9 YEARS TO BUILD AND IS ACTUALLY UNAFFORDABLE IN THE PRESENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE WHEN A BETTER OPTION IS AVAILABLE SERVING THE UNIVERSITY AND SYMONDS ST RIDGE. THIS IS THE OPTION I HAVE BEEN PROMOTING SINCE 2006 TO TUNNEL UNDER ALBERT ST TO VICTORIA ST, BRIDGE ACROSS QUEEN ST, TUNNEL UNDER ALBERT PARK, AND BRIDGE ACROSS STANLEY ST TO PARNELL RISE TO REJOIN THE CURRENT TRACK. THIS WOULD COST APPROXIMATELY ONE THIRD OF ARTA'S CHOSEN ROUTE AND COULD BE BUILT WITHIN 3 YEARS   

(4) ORDER A FULL INVESTIGATION OF THE VASTLY CHEAPER AND MORE EFFICIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS SUCH AS MISTER, SKYCABS, ULTRA AND SKYWEB TO PROVIDE LINKS TO THE AIRPORT AND NORTH SHORE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MAXIMUM USAGE OF THE CURRENT RAIL AND BUS NETWORK UNDER "SUPERMAXX". THESE CAN BE INTRODUCED WITHOUT THE HUGE COSTS OF LAND AQUISITION OF HEAVY OR LIGHT RAIL TRACKS AND ARE VASTLY CHEAPER TO OPERATE. THEY CAN OPERATE ABOVE MAJOR ARTERIAL ROUTES SUCH AS DOMINION, MANUKAU AND LAKE RDS REMOVING CONGESTION FROM THE STREETS.

(5) ORDER A FULL INVESTIGATION AS TO WHY THE TRANSPORT AGENCY ARE OBSESSED WITH EXTENDING STATE HIGHWAY 20 IN A HIGHLY DISRUPTIVE AND OVER EXPENSIVE OPTION VIA GREAT NORTH ROAD WHEN A VASTLY CHEAPER AND LESS DISRUPTIVE OPTION IS AVAILABLE BY TUNNELLING TO CARRINGTON ROAD AND CUT AND COVERING TO THE MOTORWAY AT PT CHEVALIER.   

(6) ORDER A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO WHY THE TRANSPORT AGENCY HAS REFUSED TO ALLOW PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE EASTERN CLIPONS OF THE HARBOUR BRIDGE FOR A FEW HOURS ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH AT NO COST TO THE TRANSPORT AGENCY, MINIMAL DISRUPTION TO DRIVERS, AND HUGE BENEFIT TO AUCKLANDERS AND OUR TOURIST INDUSTRY

(7) ORDER A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO WHY THE AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO IMPLEMENT SENSIBLE HIUGHLY COST EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO MAKING QUEEN ST A FREE FLOWING AND VASTLY BETTER PLACE TO WORK, VISIT, LIVE, AND PLAY

  

INTERESTED IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT???

Come with me to DISCOVER THE MIDDLE EAST departing Auckland on the 10th December, 2010. This is primarily a tour to discover and enjoy the history, culture, and scenery of the area however for those who are interested we will be looking at the new public transport system in Dubai including its ticketing system provided by Thales and see how Amman in Jordan is implementing a free flowing traffic policy throughout the city - something I have been advocating in Auckland for over 4 years. See www.chinatours.co.nz for full itinerary. 

QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES

AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATES                                                                                                     WAITEMATA AND GULF WARD CANDIDATES                                                                            WAITEMATA AND LOCAL BOARD CANDIDATES

The following questions were sent to selected candidates for the above positions in the new Auckland Council. Only Colin Craig and Tenby Powell replied. Their replies are below. Unfortunately neither have been elected - better luck next time. These are people who are actually thinking of the future!

The Supercity election this year is truly one of the most crucial in Auckland's history. The success of the Supercity will depend in large measure on the ability and vision of the elected representives at all levels of the Supercity governance.

There are many, like myself, who have not yet decided who to vote for and are not satisfied with the level of questioning by the media to ascertain whether your aspirations have been costed, your visions are rational, and especially exactly what is your programme and expenditure expectations for the next three years, which is the term of your mandate from this election.

To clarify some issues and assist us in making our decisions I would greatly appreciate your response to the following questions.  

Both the questions and your answers will be posted on the www.aucklandtransportconsultancy.co.nz website. Should you not respond this will also be noted.

Thank you for your assistance and I wish you well in your aspirations to make Auckland the great city it could be.

I look forward to your reply.

Stephen Greenfield                                                                                                                       Transport Solutions Designer                                                                                                         Auckland Transport Consultancy

 

TRANSPORT ISSUES

'SUPERMAXX' is a proposal I commenced developing 4 years ago which                                                                                                                                  

**   could be implemented within 6 months using current buses and trains                                                                                                                                  

**   would save approximately ONE MILLION DOLLARS PER WEEK in operating subsidies                                                                                                                               

**   would dramatically lower the cost of travel with time based fares, the primary unit of which is a 30 day $60 unlimited travel pass covering the area from Albany to Papakura and Henderson to Howick and a $90 30 days pass for the area from Wellsford to Waiuku.                                                                                                                                      

**    would remove approximately 50,000 tons of carbon from the air per annum                                                                                                                                  

**    provides 24 hour services on all primary and secondary routes and in conjunction with "MINIMAXX" (small extra fee) provides door to door services throughout the region. 

"SUPERMAXX" has been with the Auckland Regional Council and ARTA for over 3 years and with the Minister of Transport, Prime Minister, and Auckland City, Manukau, and North Shore, and Waitakere City Councils for nearly 2 years. They have not refuted the proposal or come up with a better one.

The following questions were sent to

Mayoral Aspirants                                                                                                                                                      Colin Craig, Hugh Chapman, John Banks, Len Brown, Andrew Williams, Vanessa Neeson, Simon Prast, and David Willmott

Waitemata Ward Aspirants                                                                                                                              Mike Lee, Tenby Powell, Alex Swney, 

As at midday 3rd October COLIN CRAIG (Mayoral Candidate) and Tenby Powell (Waitemata Ward candidate) are the only ones to reply! Their answers are below.

MY MAYORAL VOTE WILL GO TO COLIN CRAIG FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOMES AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE COST IN THE SHORTEST TIME POSSIBLE.

MY WAITEMATA WARD VOTE WILL GO TO TENBY POWELL

     

QUESTION ONE

Will you examine the 'SUPERMAXX" proposal for its viability and demand a full enquiry as to why this, or a better proposal, has not been implemented during this time. YES/NO

Will you support the immediate implementation of Supermaxx with its huge benefits for Aucklanders if it is proven to be valid.   YES/NO

 COLIN CRAIG - YES - if it stacks up 

TENBY POWELL REPLIES - yes to a full enquiry. Yes - if it is proven to be valid and, even if component aspects are valid, I would support the integration of these aspects if possible.

 

QUESTION TWO

ARTA have signed an agreement with Thales for a highly complex and grossly over expensive integrated ticketing system costing some $59 million in capital cost and $8 million in annual operating cost.

2A. Do you believe this contract represents the best value available for an integrated ticketing system    YES/NO

2B  If no, what steps will you take to have the contract cancelled and replaced with a better value contract?

Please note that Supermaxx will cost a total of $6 million to set up including the provision of 200,000 photo ID Supermaxx passes loaded with 7 days unlimited free travel.

COLIN CRAIG - Expect to see comparative pricing and that process was open and fair. If not will redo process with open tender and consider alternatives.

TENBY POWELL REPLIES -  (2A) No                                                                                                                       (2B) Having led and grown large businesses I am acutely aware of the impact of leveraging best practice solutions that are applicable to environment. I am an advocate o a single ticket system but believe the purchase and implementation cost of the proposed Thales system is unnecessary and may not actually deliver the best solution for Aucklanders and our visitors. As a Councillor I would challenge this and see to be appointed to the due diligence committee to revise the process so as to provide an efficient and cost effective solution for Auckland.

QUESTION THREE - AUCKLAND CBD

On the back page of the SUPERMAXX proposal are 8 affordable and highly effective measures which could be taken with the next three years to make Auckland a free flowing city and a vastly better place to live, work, shop, and play. Which of these measures will you seek to implement?

(For full details of these proposals see the CITY DESIGN section of this website)

1. Underground Quay St from Commerce St to Hobson st

2. "Queen Elizabeth Square" traffic banned and glass atrium walkway and entertainment area provided 

3.  Customs St/Queen St intersection

4.  Queen St/Fort St/Jean Batten Place/Shortland St

5.  Wyndham St/Queen St intersection

6.  Victoria/Queen St intersection

7.  Queen St/Karangahape Rd intersection

8.  Upper Queen St/Ian Mackinnon Drive.

COLIN CRAIG - Happy to look at them all. Would do analysis first and implement those that are deemed viable (so probably most if not all)

TENBY POWELL - As an overriding comment I consider most of these measures to be innovative and forward thinking, the latter being critically important to manage Aucklands projected growth. (1) Yes (2) Yes (if efficiencies gained are clearly communicated and understood) (3) Yes (providing alternative solutions are also examined)  (4) Undecided (need further information, particularly given that BNZ Bank (owned by Australian NAB Banking Corp) is critical to the plan). (5) Yes (This is a very good idea) (6) Yes (this could easily be integrated into the proposed inner city loop. (7) yes (8) Yes.

QUESTION FOUR

An inner city rail loop is essential for the effective operation of Aucklands rail system. ARTA have identified the most expensive option possible and suggest 7-10 years to implement it.

Will you support the urgent examination of an alternative Albert St, Victoria St, Albert Park, (University), Parnell Rise route as shown on the back page of "Supermaxx" which could be built at less than half the cost and in one third of the time of ARTA's suggested route.     YES/NO                                                             (There is no reason why the Albert St to Mt Eden link cannot be provided at a later date)        

COLIN CRAIG - yes, absolutely

TENBY POWELL - Yes (categorically - the new Council must seriously question recent decisions pertaining to a raft of proposed transport decisions. Some Councillors must therefore have previous business leadership experience at a high level to question, & if necessary STOP, the decisions that have been previously made, and also to manage the CCO's against planned outputs and performance).

 

QUESTION FIVE - AUCKLAND HARBOUR BRIDGE WALKING ACCESS                                             Enclosed herewith is a proposal given to the ARC, Auckland and North Shore City Councils, The Transport Agency, and Minister of Transport in September 2009 for access to the Harbour Bridge for a few hours on the first sunday of each month at no cost to The Transport Agency, minimal disruption to drivers and local residents, and huge benefits to a chosen charity and the Auckland public and tourist industry as an interim measure while awaiting permanent access.                                                                                                                            This could commence on the 5th December, 2010                                   

Do you support and will you promote this proposal          YES/NO

 COLIN CRAIG - Possibly. Long term I support a new bridge with full pedestrian and cycling avenues.

TENBY POWELL - Yes - good idea, providing that it does not impede emergency services or impact negatively on the free egress of Aucklanders

QUESTION SIX - PROPERTY RIGHTS            The government has signed an agreement with a consortium of Auckland IWI to take away the ownership rights of 12 volcanic cones from non Maori Aucklanders and replace it with visiting rights                                                                                                                     

Do you support this agreement                    YES/NO                                                                                                                                                  If yes - why?                                                                                                                                             If no - what steps will you take to retain ownership of the volcanic cones equally for all Aucklanders for all time?

COLIN CRAIG - No I do not support this agreement. As a community I do not want us to be divided on the basis of race. Public land should be owned by and for all New Zealanders. 

TENBY POWELL - Need more information in order to fully understand the issue - however

The Auckland Council has shown that they are incapable of, or disinterested in, looking after these cones and, using Mt Eden as an example, they are deteriorating at an alarming rate. My understanding is that under the management of Ngati Whatua, all Aucklanders will have access to them while an active conservation and preservation programme will be implemented. I have met with Ngati Whatua and am of the belief that if the cone conservation is not better managed they will be lost to future generations of Aucklanders and our visitors. Ngati Whatua have a detailed understanding of our physical environment and their recommendations over the past century have been mostly correct. It is certainly important for all New Zealanders to have free access to public land.  However this issue may be less about "takinmg away the ownership of the cone" and much more about "preservation of the cones for the future of ALL Aucklanders. 

 

THE ISSUES BELOW WERE POSTED AT THE TIME OF THE AVONDALE/ROSKILL BY ELECTION IN 2008 

 

WATER

Watercare and Metrowater should be combined and operated as a not for profit Local Body Trading Enterprise. While we have our fragmented city system a board of Directors should be appointed with one director appointed from each Council, and an equivalent number of independent directors, at least some with expertise in water provision.

It is totally unacceptable that the current organisations are plundered for City Council expenditure.

All new buildings should be required to harness as much rainwater as possible for purposes other than drinking water, such as washing and toilets. They should also capture as much solar power as possible.

DRAINAGE

Separation of stormwater and wastewater should be completed as quickly as possible. The quality of the environment needs a great deal of enhancement.

POWER

The power companies should be ‘actively' encouraged to underground lines as quickly as possible along with cable for Broadband to every home.

ROADS AND FOOTPATHS

An ongoing programme of road and footpath improvement should be stepped up. Avondale-Roskill tends to be cared for after more wealthy suburbs.

SWIMMING POOL

Every New Zealander should have access to swimming facilities year round. It seems to me that an enclosed year round solar heated complex should be built as part of Avondale College and nearby schools to replace the totally unacceptable facilities there. This should be paid for by a combination of the Education Department, Auckland City Council, and Private Enterprise. It should be open and staffed from 8am to 8pm Monday - Saturday and 2pm -8pm sunday, but use restricted to the local schools between 1pm and 3pm on school days with a fee payable by the public during open hours.

TRANSPORT

See SUPERMAXX and the separate TRANSPORT section.
I am totally in favour of completing double tracking the Western Rail line as soon as possible and building a bus/rail easy interchange at the new Avondale station.
The line should be electrified as soon as possible.

INNER CITY

I am totally in favour of "QE2" Square (renamed Hillary Square with the agreement of the family) and Queens Wharf being turned into a continuous people place as soon as possible.

The inner city should have a ‘free flow' concept for both traffic and pedestrians.

I am totally opposed to the Central Traffic Connector. Khyber Pass Road is the ‘industrial' road that can be ‘free flowed' for traffic and carry the buses. At least 20 million dollars of ratepayers money could be saved and a better outcome achieved.

While on the CBD Residents Advisory group I was advocating inner city "Quiet Zones" where the only heavy traffic allowed was that servicing buildings within that zone. Fort St/Customs St/Queen St was one such zone, Park Rd/Khyber Pass Rd/Symonds St another, with electric or hybrid buses connecting Newmarket shops and rail with Aotea via the hospital.

SEE THE CITY DESIGN SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE FOR AN OVERVIEW OF WHAT THE CITY COULD BE AND THE TYPE OF SOLUTIONS I WOULD ADVOCATE ON COUNCIL

I AM A PASSIONATE BELIEVER IN A FULLY FUNCTIONING ECO FRIENDLY, EXCITING, QUALITY, SAFE, CITY AND WARD