Manurewa Local Board

70% of girls aged 14-17 tuck into RTDs

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The weekends should be relaxing. But this weekend there will be crisis meetings at Independent Liquor as booze boss Julian Davidson and his highly paid spin merchant Mark Unsworth try to figure out how to counter this alarming figure.

Anti booze troughers Alcohol Healthwatch and Women’s Health Action have banged out a report saying that women are binge drinking like the blokes.  Read more »

The answer to Len’s booze problem

Looks like Independent Liquor and its highly paid spin weasel Mark Unsworth are about to have a few problems.

I’ve posted before about Len’s booze problems.  The Manurewa Local Board has now come up with a solution and one that supports Crusher Collins as well.

In a release ‘Calls for Tougher Restrictions on Liquor Shops’ issued this afternoon, Manurewa Local Board Chair Angela Dalton is calling on Auckland Council to introduce tough new discretionary measures in Auckland’s Local Alcohol Policy.

“We strongly support the recent recommendation by the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (ARLA) to impose a restricted designation in respect of premises stocking RTDs.

“We want to see the LAP ensure that any off-licensed store that targets young people with cheap ‘easy-to-drink’ liquor runs the risk of their license application being declined. Further, we strongly oppose liquor wholesalers entering into agreements with small liquor stores to the effect that 70 per cent of the retail space of the premise and 70 per cent of the chiller space must be devoted to RTDs.  Read more »

Don’t build that private prison….oh, wait a minute!

The left were dead against the new private prison at Wiri.

But now they are facing the facts:

Manurewa politicians have dropped their campaign against the new Wiri prison and are now trying to get as many jobs out of it as possible for unemployed South Aucklanders.

The construction of the new $270 million jail is now well under way, with 300 to 350 people working daily on the site which is next to the existing women’s prison west of Roscommon Rd.  Read more »

Len Brown cops a kicking from South Auckland [Quote of the Day]

Len Brown gets a kicking from South Auckland...including former Labour minister George Hawkins! – he delivers the quote of the day:

“It’s like the Council has filled its trolley for groceries at the supermarket and arrived at the check-out knowing it has no means to pay for the purchases.  Instead of living within its means the Council is coming up with excuses and stalling for time.”

The kicking doesn’t end there though…and it is a right good kicking.

“Finish what you start before taxing the pips out of Auckland motorists and property owners.”

That is the message from Manurewa’s civic leaders following the public discussion publication of the transport funding group set up by Mayor Len Brown to provide funding options for Auckland Council.

Manurewa Local Board chairperson Angela Dalton described the Mayor’s Consensus Building Group as a useless exercise, which should not be used as a public relations tool to soften Aucklanders up to pay a multi-billion dollar price-tag for unfunded election promises.  Read more »

Standing up for what you believe in

Daniel Newman is the local board chair in Manurewa, and he has run into problems with the Auckland City Council trying to reef money away from his board’s budget to fund dumb stuff. So he has taken a stand. Here is some of what he has said.

2. The Manurewa Local Board is given an assurance that all budget lines have been mapped correctly, although several are now engaged in butt-covering due to “mistakes” in mapping budgets between the regional body and the local boards. Local Boards are told that their budgets will not be touched, that the funding envelopes will be honoured.

3. Auckland Council cuts $1.75m out of the Manurewa Local Board budget to fund the Botanic Festival and Southside Gig, two events that Manurewa said were not necessary and unaffordable given the budget situation.

4. Manurewa goes and readjusts its (reduced) budget in order to balance. Cuts such as a reduction in operating funding for the Nathan Homestead Arts Centre are proposed. Auckland Council officers go wobbly at the knees but the Board stands firm on the basis that building community and sporting infrastructure for poor children in south Auckland must take precedent. I declare my intention to stand full-square behind its cost-cutting measures, and invited the Mayor to join me.

That will piss off the pinkos like Len Brown and Brian Rudman. Refined arts always take precedent over uncouth sports in the eyes of local government, maybe because so many people in local government are utter spastics and would have always been the last kid selected in pick up games at lunch time.

So the council tell Daniel that they have things sorted as long as he trusts them.

6. The Chief Executive of Auckland Council phones me at 11:27am on Saturday, 23 June to request that I withdraw my deputation on the basis that “… we want Thursday to be a celebration” and that “… we can fix up your board’s budgetary problem during next year’s annual plan round”.

Anyway, hopefully the poor of South Auckland won’t be sacrificing their sports grounds to fund Brian Rudman’s theatre because Daniel has told the council to stick it.

It is quite apparent that Auckland Council’s leadership would like this unsightly stand-off to go away so they can get on with the ‘celebration’. That won’t be happening. Next stop will be a complaint to the Ombudsman. A petition to Parliament requesting an inquiry into Auckland Council’s handling of its local board budget negotiation is also in order.

Having watched Daniel in action when he was a Manukau City Councillor, Len Brown would be well advised not to piss him off too much as he has a reputation for standing his ground and causing pinkos a lot of problems.