Decision time for Auckland

I have been very proud to serve the Waitemata & Gulf Ward over the first three years of the Super City. The ward based around the parliamentary seat of Auckland Central but including Parnell and Newmarket comprises Auckland’s most historic suburbs Ponsonby, Grey...

Auckland deserves better transport

The latest public transport patronage figures show a complicated picture which has provided various interpretations.  The 12 months September 2012 to August 2013 figures are 3.3% lower than September 2011 to August 2012. However, the second period includes the RWC...

Contest is on in Waitemata

At the first super city election  former Auckland Regional Council chair Mike Lee swept away the opposition with a clear win.  Right-wing candidates Alex Swney and Tenby Powell were left in the dust with a combined total of 8761 votes compared with Mike’s...

Taking up the Prime Minister’s challenge

Cr Mike Lee, Chair Transport Committee The recent announcement by John Key swinging government political and financial support behind the City Rail Link – starting 2020 – was great news. The decision was a political masterstroke by the PM, though apparently some of...

Begging bylaw step toward social responsibility

Opinion piece There has been a lot of heat and emotion about the issue of street begging in recent days – but unfortunately not much light.  So what is going on? The proposed Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw is designed to  replace  all the previous council bylaws...

Mike Lee: Leadership, experience and results

Report card published in October 2012 Waitemata & Gulf Ward Councillor, Mike Lee stood on his record of leadership, experience and results. He is  Chair of the Transport Committee and Board member of Auckland Transport. Mike is an acknowledged senior leader on the...

Mike Lee – the real deal in Waitemata

We aren’t necessarily signed up members of the NZ Herald fan club, but they are due some real credit for the recent coverage of the Supercity election race, and in particular their series on each of the Wards. They have done voters a real service by focusing in...