Auckland Boards on the Auckland Council

September 29th, 2012 at 10:09 am by David Farrar

The Herald surveyed chairs of local boards in Auckland how they think the Council is going. The story is here and the raw responses are here. I’ve collated the scores below.

Model Plan Council CCOs Mayor Average
Albert-Eden 3 2 1 4 3 2.6
Devonport-Takapuna 3.5 4 3.5 4 4 3.8
Franklin 4 3 3 4 3 3.4
Howick 4 3 2 3 1 2.6
Maungakiekie-Tamaki 4 4 4 3 4 3.8
Otara-Papatoetoe 4 2 4 4 4 3.6
Orakei 1 2 2 2 1 1.6
Waiheke 4 3.5 4 3.5 4 3.8
Waitakere Ranges 3 3 3 3 3 3
Waitemata 3.5 3 3 3 4 3.3
Whau 4 5 4 4 4 4.2
Upper Harbour 3 3 3 3 3 3
Average 3.4 3.1 3.0 3.4 3.2 3.2

So the two elements that get the highest average scores are the model itself, and the CCOs. This is worth noting as Labour fought against both. Labour wanted no local boards, but instead larger bodies around the size of the old Council. They also fought against the CCO model, and that is the aspect local board chairs say is working best.

Mayor Len Brown is a bit lower on 3.2/5. The Council’s long-term plan is 3.1 and the Council (as in the Councillors) are 3.0.

The three happiest board chairs are Whau, Maungakiekie-Tamaki and Devonport-Takapuna. The three least happy are Orakei, Howick and Albert-Eden.

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4 Responses to “Auckland Boards on the Auckland Council”

  1. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    So you survey politicians, knowing its going to be made public, and expect honest answers?

    Devonport was a surprise but I geuss they’ve been bribed with the borrowed megabucks paying for anohter harbour crossing.

    Try asking the voters in 20 years time when they’re still paying of Len Brown’s debt. Another Mayor in a long line of auckland empire building one term mayors. It makes me so embarrassed to be an aucklander. There is actually something south of the Bombay Hills, and there certainly are issues much much bigger than Auckland’s transport “infrastructure”.

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  2. flipper (4,232 comments) says:

    And the point of the “survey”?

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  3. SPC (5,787 comments) says:

    Trying to spin the poll results this way is silly, as the people most likely to downmark the mayor and council are those who support National (it would be the same from Labour supporters if there was a right wing mayor and council). You really should know better.

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  4. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Yeah, right! Asking the Chairs to self-evaluate how their Boards are doing is hardly indicative of their real performance, nor of how Aucklanders feel. For my part the local Boards are invisible and possibly irrelevant – I am not even entirely sure which one I’m in.

    What I consistently hear Aucklanders around the barbecues say about the super city is:

    – Good concept, appalling execution
    – Too big. Auckland, North Shore and Waitakere was a no-brainer, but adding the other 4 was OTT
    – CCOs a disaster. No control by Council, nor by citizens. Taxation without representation – eg Watercare’s cynical move to monthly billing so as to increase water pricing.
    – Total cost of being an Aucklander, when the various sneaky charges are added together, is going through the roof
    – While some of this can be levelled at the Councillors, the main problem is the overall model is fundamentally flawed.
    – Someone, some day will have to unwind substantial parts (but not all) of it

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