Beaches, rivers, America's Cup, storms, forestry, oil, transport, and even a freaking heart attack. We've discussed it all, but there's been one thing - according to Mikey, anyway - that's slipped under the radar. We finally talk to His Worship about the future of the notoriously rectangular Waterfront stadium. Unfortunately, Mayor Goff couldn't attend the morning rave for this important discussion. We forgive him.
Think Auckland Council's doing a rubbish job? Phil reckons that's a rubbish opinion! The Auckland mayoral staff may have scored poorly on a recent commitment survey but His Worship insists this is a very minor thing. What's important right now? Cracking down on illegal rubbish dumping and NOT blaming immigration for poverty rates, that's for sure.
Boats have been floating on Phil's mind with the upcoming America's Cup, regional fuel tax is slowly on the rise, and there's talk of more funding for public transport to reduce the number of those pesky cars.
A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, particularly when it comes to protecting our native flora and fauna. From traipsing your dirty boots all over the roots of dieback vulnerable kauri in our forests to bemoaning tree removal that's _actually_ protecting other trees... let's all take a deep breath and do our research, shall we?
Your Worship's been making lunches all morning. Up to two-thousand 'Eat My Lunches', in fact. (...He had help.) He's also looking to gather your rates dollars to fix Auckland's sh*tty (figuratively) traffic congestion and sh*tty (literally) beach water quality problems, but everyone seems a bit reluctant to stump up. Is that fair?
Your Worship had a lovely big Waitangi Day, thank you for asking. But what about this weather? With king tides and downpours leading to tragic losses this week, what plans does Auckland have to avoid such consequences in the future?
Have a good Auckland Anniversary Weekend, did you? With Laneway Festival, the Harbour Bridge all lit up and a bunch more other events taking place, how did His Worship spend his weekend? And _what's_ hidden underneath Albert Park?