Not a peep about bringing rates increases under control. Vote for Phil and get another trougher

Phil Goff made a speech, or rather it was a collection of bumper sticker slogans with some promises that were as shallow as a car park puddle.

Ameliorating Auckland’s housing crisis is top of Phil Goff’s list as he seeks election as mayor of the super city.

Mr Goff today announced he’ll be running for mayor, ending months of speculation.

He says Auckland is one of the most unaffordable cities in the world to live in and he wants to change that.

“For too many of our people in this city the kiwi dream of being able to own your own home is a dream that is slipping out of their grasp and we have to turn that around.”

He wants first home buyers to be on a level playing field with investors and more housing in the city.

Labour MP Phil Goff will be targeting transport in his campaign to be mayor of the super city.   

He announced his candidacy this afternoon.

Mr Goff wants a light rail going out to the airport, more bus ways and greater ability for people to walk and cycle.

He says Auckland’s infrastructure has not kept up with the pace of growth and he wants to change this.

“Our roads are congested, without the investment that we need the gridlock is simply going to get worse, causing more frustration, more wasted time, more pollution.”

He wants to change how unaffordable Auckland is by:

  1. Rail to the airport
  2. More infrastructure
  3. More roads
  4. Level the playing field for new home buyers.

And how is he going to do all that…and keep Len’s rail loop and every other spending promise made by the current profligate council?

In order to level the playing field for new home buyers he is going to have to abandon the Metropolitan Urban Limit and open up more greenfield sites…which is going to need even more money spent on infrastructure like water reticulation, sewerage systems, roads, bus services, libraries, parks, playgrounds, etc…billions in other words.

Then to put a rail line to the airport is another few billion for what will be a loss-making venture. No airport rail system in the world is profitable.

I’m all for new roads…but unless other changes are made then all it does is create bottle-necks, like the mess the city centre is being made into right now with lane restrictions.

The man is a clown.


– NewstalkZB

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.