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CBD Board role queried
By SCOTT MORGAN
WHO S in charge of the central city?
The Auckland Council has res-
ponsibility for spending a large
amount of ratepayers money in the
But questions are being asked
about what roles the Waitemata
Local Board and CBD Board will
play under the new supercity
The CBD Board is an advisory
group that helped the former Auck-
land City Council decide how to
spend a targeted rate worth $175
million that will be collected until
2016 and spent on various projects.
But fears have been raised that
the CBD Board will replicate the
responsibilities of the Waitemata
I m perturbed to hear that there
has been no consultation with the
local board, councillor Sandra
Coney told the first Auckland future
vision committee meeting last
month in a discussion about
whether the CBD Board should be
We re in a new regime, not the
old. I don t think we are treating the
local board very well.
Waitemata Local Board chairman
Shale Chambers of City Vision
describes the lack of consultation in
certain areas as teething issues .
There are some things being dis-
cussed that we re not being
He says the CBD Board has a role
to play in an advisory capacity but
the local board must also be
The key to this working is we are
part of important discussions that
affect local issues.
Citizens & Ratepayers local board
member Greg Moyle says the CBD
Board can be quite persuasive with
its recommendations, but for a
minimal cost it provides real benefit
to the local board and the Auckland
CBD Board chairman Connell
Kennedy says the group represents
a wide variety of stakeholders in the
inner city, from businesses to the
two universities and residents, with
members from all those areas.
We re not a decision-making
body. We act as the city s
New additions to the CBD Board
include mayor Len Brown, Orakei
councillor Cameron Brewer, Waite-
mata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee,
councillor Arthur Anae and a yet-to-
be-decided member of the Waite-
mata Local Board.
Projects funded by the targeted
rate so far include the upgrade of St
Patricks Square and the implemen-
tation of shared spaces on Darby St
and Lorne St.
Festive spirit: John and Faye Peel are taking part in the Community Spirit Christmas Lights Competition.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
By SCOTT MORGAN
Christmas light enthusiasts John
and Faye Peel are keeping the fes-
tive season alive and well on Sand-
They have once again decorated
their property with lights, a snow-
making machine, laser light show
and model train to celebrate the
festive season for the sixth year
running. But the display hasn t
always been so spectacular.
It started with a string of lights
that we put up because we had
grandchildren coming over from
Sydney. We thought we would do
something special for them and it
evolved from there.
For the last two years the Sand-
ringham residents have also
participated in the Community
Spirit Christmas Lights Compe-
tition run by the Goodwin Realty
Other entrants from Mt Albert,
Pt Chevalier, Avondale and Mt
Eden are also taking part.
The pair won in 2008, but Mr
Peel isn t worried that he missed
out on a prize last year.
It s not about winning, it s
about getting the community
involved and keeping that magic
alive for the kids.
His grandchildren are returning
for their regular Christmas holiday
and Mr Peel says there s always
plenty of interest in the display.
We have people stopping out-
side even before the lights are
Some seemed to have followed
us every year and say: You ve
moved this or shifted that .
There are 20 entrants in this
year s competition.
Voting forms are available from
Goodwin Realty offices or can be
downloaded from www.commun
ityspirit.co.nz and hand delivered.
Voting closes on December 20
and the winners will be announced
at a prize giving function on
December 21 held at Ray White Mt
Photos of houses are available on
the website and each entrant has
been provided with a voting code.
Prizes include Christmas
hampers, Motat family passes and
a Royal Albert bone china vase.
news.co.nz for a gallery of
Christmas lights in this year s
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