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Nothing left in the coffers for local boards
By SCOTT MORGAN
A last-minute spend-up by com-
munity boards before the supercity
election has left newly-elected local
board members with no discretion-
ary funding until at least mid-2011.
Community boards were told they
had to spend a year s worth of
funding, valued at $51,000, in just
three months before the election or
risk losing the money altogether.
But that decision has left local
boards with no discretionary
funding to support community
groups events or other needs until
next July at the earliest, when the
Auckland Council draws up its new
Even then, there s no guarantee
the council will allocate discretion-
ary budgets to local boards.
Puketapapa Local Board member
Michael Wood says it s
that money won t be immediately
available for the benefit of the com-
It seems to fly in the face of
assurances that local boards would
represent local communities, the
Roskill Community Voice member
It goes to the heart of criticism of
the supercity structure to begin
Citizens and Ratepayers Waite-
mata Local Board member Greg
Moyle says the lack of discretionary
funding could cause problems for
groups that are planning events in
the next few months. I m very con-
cerned about the vacuum we re sup-
posed to exist in. Supporting events
is an important function of local
Fellow Waitemata Board member
Shale Chambers of City Vision says
it s disappointing the funding
wasn t spread out over the full
The real losers will be com-
munity groups that have needs aris-
ing after the free-for-all.
But he says it s important not to
blow the situation out of proportion,
with local boards set to have signifi-
cantly more power than their
Board member Bridget Graham
says it was always going to be tough
to manage the discretionary
funding budget during the supercity
The situation wasn t the best but
we did the best we could under the
circumstances, the former
Maungakiekie Community Board
chairwoman says. Some amount of
money has been spent. It s not as if
we re saying there is no money.
Auckland Transition Agency
spokesman Wally Thomas says pro-
viding funding in advance gives cer-
tainty to groups reliant on that
money. He says in general, local
boards will have bigger budgets and
more power than community
boards. An Auckland City Council
spokeswoman says different bound-
aries between old community board
and new local board areas is one
reason the money was spent before
P lab burnt after arrest
Suspicious blaze: Firefighters at the scene of a Waterview house damaged by arson.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
By JANIE SMITH
A HOUSE has been severely
damaged by arson a week after
police and Armed Offenders Squad
members raided it and arrested a
man on drug charges.
Firefighters were called to the
Waterview property at 8.13am on
Tuesday. Fire safety officer Gary
Beer says the house was unoccupied
and well alight.
He says the living room and
kitchen were extensively damaged
by the blaze, which was deliberately
lit, and there was smoke and heat
damage throughout the rest of the
Police spokeswoman Noreen
Hegarty says police carried out a
search warrant with the assistance
of the armed offenders squad at the
address on October 19.
A 41-year-old man was arrested
and charged with manufacturing
methamphetamine, possession of
equipment and material for use in
and possession of precursor
The clan lab team also attended
on October 19 and assisted with the
collection of evidence consistent
with the illicit manufacture of
methamphetamine, Ms Hegarty
A neighbour says the tenants had
moved out before the blaze. She
says she saw a white truck or ute
turn up on the morning of the fire.
Smoke started coming from the
house shortly after it left.
The woman called the police and
then evacuated her children in case
the flames spread.
She says people in the street
became more aware of the house
after police were there.
We knew something was
happening because police were
watching the property. It s sad that
it s happened here.
We ve never had problems like
that here, she says.
Police are investigating the fire
and firefighters went through a
decontamination shower after
extinguishing the blaze.
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