Boards coming together as one would include Albert-Eden and Puketāpapa, Waitakere Ranges and Henderson-Massey or Papakura and Manurewa.
But though some of Auckland’s elected members called it a fresh approach to a politically stagnant Super City, others worried it would harm the ability of the average Aucklander to be heard.
As a previous Local Board member, I don’t believe it will make the slightest difference to outcomes, as no notice was ever made of local board concerns when I was on the board.
We were just there to make the public believe their concerns actually mattered.
The Board voted 5 to 4 not to proceed with the Burswood bus bypass and we were totally ignored. As far as I know, our two councillors even did not support it.
Each year we were given a large sum of money and told either spend it or lose it.
Some of the things the board spent it on were, in my opinion, a complete waste of money.
That was the reason I retired from the board.