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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12119059

 

Apologies in advance for the herald link, they only repeat a few paragraphs word for word.

 

Apparently Auckland Council are taking too much heat on the sale of marina land, so are going to kick the can down the road, and come up with a better plan to bury everything in a strategic plan. This should, with luck, bore the sh*t out of anyone that was interested, so they can have another go at some dodgy dealings down the track.

 

Good to know that our elected representatives at Council had no idea what Punuku were up to, until the concerted efforts of those leading the various marina users associations got stuck in. They deserve a cold beer.

 

Democracy at Auckland Council is a shambles.

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I'd not jump with joy too soon. The phrase 'They speak with forked tongue' was created specifically for Panuku, so lets give it a little time to see if the leopard is indeed trying to change it's spots.

 

As a FYI, a couple of the very same people who pestered Helen to put the covenant over Westhaven in the first place have been the battlers in the current shite fight. Good on them for being so tenacious.

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This is the very reason that Panuku was set up, so that the councillors could distance themselves from "that naughty Panuku" who are the council arm charged with development and flogging off publicly owned assets.

For those that are confused Westhaven is one of the assets that has been slid under Panuku as well. 

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"As a FYI, a couple of the very same people who pestered Helen to put the covenant over Westhaven in the first place have been the battlers in the current shite fight. Good on them for being so tenacious".

 

There should be a national or regional award/title or maybe free marina berths and diesel or rum for a year bestowed on those who fight the good fight and keep these bastards honest with no recognition or reward to themselves.

A few names spring to mind and I wont name them here but the public of this city owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their tireless and selfless efforts over many years and many issues.

 

Council officers need a ready reminder that they are public servants not overlords of their own private personal fiefdoms.

 

Mayor Phil Goff said he was not comfortable with a report from officers that recommended completing the strategic approach by December and possibly excluding the public.

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This is the very reason that Panuku was set up, so that the councillors could distance themselves from "that naughty Panuku" who are the council arm charged with development and flogging off publicly owned assets.

For those that are confused Westhaven is one of the assets that has been slid under Panuku as well.

My god great to see that someone here understands what panuku does... Knot like some others

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As a FYI, a couple of the very same people who pestered Helen to put the covenant over Westhaven in the first place have been the battlers in the current shite fight. Good on them for being so tenacious.

 

Agreed. Its one thing to throw shite from the sidelines, but its a big commitment to jump into the cesspit and wrestle. A big thanks needs to go to them. 

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My god great to see that someone here understands what panuku does... Knot like some others

Correct. I'm deep in all this and are still constantly gobsmacked at how far Panukus fingers reach and the apparent power they are wielding or trying too, which does appear to be massively higher then the public realise and we think they are allowed to do. We were also surprised at how little the elected councillors knew of what they are up to.

 

So I very recently organised some actions to make sure all the councillors became aware of what is happening and in detail. To hear this news a few short weeks later does make me happy those actions, along side others, must have helped make this latest decision happen.

 

But it's all still only on hold so we can't let our guard down yet. A scorned Panuku I suspect will become a more dangerous Panuku that will come back wiser and better at hiding things in the future.

 

There is a lot going on the majority of the public are unaware of, far too much in what Phil promised would be a more transparent council.

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Knot Me  has a handle on it as are an ever growing groundswell of yacht club members and particularly Marina Users Association members.

 

The dedicated work of a few particularly through the Westhaven Marina Users Association, is finding some credible targets and with future stronger battles to fight, need support through new members and a strong mandate from as many marina users as possible, not just berth holders or club members, but the waka paddlers, fishing fraternity, ramp users, dog walkers, you name it.

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Here is a link to last Tuesdays Council meeting where they spent 1.5 - 2 hours discussing marina strategies.

 

https://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/video/040918-planning-committee-item-10

Hah that made me larf

Talk about Yes Minister.

In 2004 when the deal was done to secure Westhaven back into perpetual public ownership we pushed for a over arching local body entity to deliver a strategy for the whole of the waterfront .

Crikey those council fullas are still trying to differentiate between strategic and strategy.

Now that’s what I pay my rates for.

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Seems like Wayne Walker is very much on the side of the Marina Users Association.

Hard to tell about the others.

Yes Wayne is very much on our side, be nice to that man.

 

'Our' being the public.

 

That Chris Darby is a piece of work isn't he? Fingers in every pie..

Treat with caution, he desperately wants to be Phil Goff and at times seem so far up Phils arse I'm surprised Chris hasn't suffocated. I maybe wrong but I'm sure if Phil said jump off the harbour bridge* Chris would. I have yet to decide if I trust him that much.

 

* - assuming no one has burnt it down that is :shock:  :shh:  ;) 

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Community votes overwhelmingly against marina sale, as council takes new tack

 

A proposal to sell off an Auckland marina has been "overwhelmingly rejected" by its community, as the council moves to review its policy on marina sales.

 

Ninety per cent of respondents to Panuku's public consultation on the future of Hobsonville Marina at West Harbour said they do not want to see parts of the marina sold for development.

 

Only five per cent supported the proposal, which could include 250 high-rise apartments up to 21 metres high on the waterfront.

 

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With all the elected councillors becoming aware, most only for the first time 2-3 weeks ago, of Panukus actions the big meeting they held last week ended with them telling Panuku to stop and pull their heads in while a region wide proper plan was developed. This education of the councillors was done by efforts by the Westhaven 3 Yacht Clubs along with the Westhaven Marina Users Assoc and Auckland Marina users Assoc.

 

We've won a battle but do not be fooled into thinking we have won the war, we haven't and are not even close. All we have is a delay while the councillors think of a plan but the scary part is the hold gives time for Panuku to come up with some other despicable scummy plan to shaft us all, which does seem to be one of their specialities.

 

So we battle on and in doing so we'll have some biggish news to announce shortly, next Wednesday probably.

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Panuku are as cunning as a pack of ship yard rats.

They will take this interval in their back door privatisation of public assets to regroup and emerge as slippery as ever.

No point sitting on your tuffets and having a moan folks take the time to lift a finger or two in effort and fire off a email or call to your local councillor , board member and MP.

Rattle their cages and if you bang the drum loud and hard enough you will find that they are gettable as we did with Westhaven.

Its called the democratic process.

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