Report back of the City Vision team on the Waitematā Local Board and Waitematā & Gulf ward Councillor, Mike Lee
City Vision: A strong community voice for Waitematā and Auckland Council
Your City Vision team on the Waitematā Local Board: Chair, Shale Chambers, Deputy, Pippa Coom, Christopher Dempsey, Deborah Yates and Vernon Tava are bringing wide ranging skills and experience to work for you and your community.
- Met community priorities within budget
- Careful financial oversight of parks, libraries, community facilities and pools
- Increased funding available for community grants
Heritage and urban design
- Won heritage assessments of central suburbs
- Staunchly defending pre-1944 demolition protection, volcanic viewshafts and special character in the proposed Unitary Plan
- Stood with the community in opposing inappropriate development
- Championed quality design in our public spaces
- Stood with the community to save the six majestic Pōhutukawa on Great North Road
- Working with the community to restore Waipapa Stream
- Implementing a Low Carbon Community action plan
- Support community gardens and restoration of our urban forest
- Acknowledged as strong community advocates
- Planning for the future with community participation
- Re-developing Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall as a community hub for the city centre
Arts and culture
- Providing support to local public art and events such as Grey Lynn Park Festival, Parnell Festival of Roses and the K’ Rd child-friendly sculptures
- Refurbished Studio One Toi Tū on Ponsonby Rd
- Working with Auckland Transport to deliver transport improvements that make streets safer
- Championed a massive increase in funding for cycleways
- Ensured the impending delivery of city fringe residential parking zones
Parks and recreation
- Led major rejuvenation of Myers Park including: playground, lighting, safety and entranceways
- Upgrading local playgrounds: Costley, Tole and Salisbury Reserves completed; Coxs Bay, Tirotai Reserve, Grey Lynn and Western Parks happening soon
- Declared all parks smokefree
- Opening up access to the coastal environment. Weona-Westmere walkway stage one complete, stage two under construction
Local economic development
- Actively support seven business associations and local economic initiatives
- Supported and helped fund Parnell Inc. (Business Improvement District) expansion
A complete record of the Waitemata Local Board achievements are published annually.
Mike Lee your Councillor for Waitematā and Gulf ward on Auckland Council
Mike is a strong advocate for the people
Waitematā and Gulf Councillor, Mike Lee stood on his record of leadership, experience and results.
He is Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee, the WW1 Centenary Memorial Working Party, the Heritage Advisory Panel and is a director of Auckland Transport.
Mike is an acknowledged senior councillor on the governing body of Auckland Council and leaves people in no doubt where he stands.
He is Council’s leading advocate for better public transport, the Central Rail Link and for bringing light rail (modern trams) back to the city; and also for the protection of our built heritage. He is an outspoken critic of what he sees as the ‘Super City’s’ financial profligacy, its excluding the public from decision making and for its weak approach to heritage and environmental protection. He is a leader inside the Council in the battle to stop Ports of Auckland reclaiming the harbour.