This is my update after two years as a first-term City Vision member of Auckland Council’s Albert Eden Local Board (Ōwairaka subdivision).
Politics on our board have been challenging, with a 50:50 split in members between City Vision and opposition members. Still, I’ve found that with positive relationships with other board members and staff there are always chances to actively promote research-based decision-making to improve housing, community outcomes, climate action and safer streets.
- I’ve helped with our board’s financial decision-making by driving for a clearer analysis of board expenditure for each separate policy area so we know just how well we are putting our money where our mouths are.
- We now have a Climate Action Plan.
- I supported positive environmental and social outcomes for our new local plan,
- And help with the board’s advocacy for better outcomes for people and nature through on-going planning for large scale housing developments and investment in public and active transport.
- I speak up for proper collaboration with mana whenua.
- And am proud to have involved youth representatives in the board’s submissions to government on reduction of plastics.
I’ve been on a steep learning curve, and I’m grateful to other City Vision elected members for sharing strategies to make the most of the elected member role, as well as to members of the community who are willing to share their thoughts with us.
Julia Maskill – https://www.facebook.com/julia.maskill