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Auckland Council On Life Support

Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 5:04 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland mayoral candidate Mark Thomas will establish new citizen veto powers by introducing binding referenda, move to greater on-line decision-making and dramatically boost Local Board powers. More >>

Auckland Unitary Plan No Silver Bullet

Monday, 15 August 2016, 4:30 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland mayoral candidate Mark Thomas says passage of Auckland's Unitary Plan today is an important milestone but the significant challenges of delivering affordable houses, filling our infrastructure deficit and protecting character remain. More >>

Fix Unitary Plan on Affordability, Infrastructure, Character

Monday, 8 August 2016, 4:32 pm | Mark Thomas

Mayoral candidate Mark Thomas says the Recommended Unitary Plan will not deliver the affordable housing the region needs, quickly enough. He is urging the rejection of the recommendations that deal with affordability, infrastructure and character. More >>

Goff Promises More Shadowboxing

Monday, 8 August 2016, 11:37 am | Mark Thomas

Increased water charges, a 'Len Brown' rates promise and a change of Government are at the heart of Labour MP Phil Goff's Auckland fiscal policy say mayoral candidate Mark Thomas. More >>

Thomas To Sign Ratepayer Pledge

Monday, 1 August 2016, 5:14 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland Mayoral Candidate Mark Thomas has announced he will sign the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance 2016 Ratepayer Protection Pledge. More >>

Unitary Plan Panel Delivers Growth At A Big Cost

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 1:31 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland Mayoral Candidate Mark Thomas says the just released Unitary Plan recommendations will disappoint many looking for a balanced growth plan for Auckland. The recommendations represent a massive upzoning of wide parts of Auckland, a 30% expansion of urban ... More >>

An Aggressive Unitary Plan Won't Be Enough

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 3:57 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland Mayoral Candidate Mark Thomas said unlike his opponent Labour MP Phil Goff, he had a housing action plan in place irrespective of the outcome of the Unitary Plan. The Hearings Panel recommendations are being made public tomorrow. "Even ... More >>

A new mayor for Auckland: Having the answers

Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:34 am | Mark Thomas

Len Brown and Phil Goff are similar. Both have no large, private sector experience. Both have never directly run complex organisations. In addition Phil has no experience of local government or Auckland Council. Fear not, help is at hand You can ‘check ... More >>

Goff Targets Migrants To Solve Housing Crisis

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 5:04 pm | Mark Thomas

Phil Goff’s targeting of migrants to deal with the Auckland housing crisis unfairly goes after people who aren’t to blame, says Auckland mayoral candidate Mark Thomas. More >>

National And Labour Plans Will Not Solve Housing Crisis

Monday, 11 July 2016, 9:25 am | Mark Thomas

Auckland mayoral candidate Mark Thomas says neither National nor Labour’s responses to Auckland’s housing crisis will be enough, and 8 months since his launch Labour’s mayoral candidate Phil Goff still has no housing policy. More >>

Len Brown Challenged Over Government Housing Bailout

Monday, 4 July 2016, 10:48 am | Mark Thomas

Auckland Council mayoral candidate and local board member Mark Thomas is challenging Mayor Len Brown to match the government’s commitment to unblocking house building in Auckland. “The government wouldn’t need to bail out Auckland if Len Brown ... More >>

Transport And Housing More Important Than Moving Port

Friday, 1 July 2016, 3:32 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland mayoral candidate Mark Thomas says the Port Future Study findings mean the next Auckland Council can focus on its more immediate transport and housing priorities. "The 1 year, $1 million study both recommends a new port location is established ... More >>

Thomas Won't Support Road Charging Until Budget Sorted

Wednesday, 22 June 2016, 11:18 am | Mark Thomas

Auckland mayoral candidate Mark Thomas is rejecting new road charges for Auckland until Auckland Council gets its financial house in order, and much needed transport improvements in the north, north-west and south of Auckland are confirmed. More >>

Auckland's Development Authority Needs Help

Monday, 20 June 2016, 12:42 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland Council's development authority is falling behind schedule says mayoral candidate Mark Thomas and the government creation of an urban development authority could be a welcome boost. He said this approach seems to mirror the more active approach ... More >>

Urban Development Statement No Circuit Breaker

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 3:21 pm | Mark Thomas

The Government's draft Urban Development National Policy Statement isn't the circuit breaker Auckland needs says Auckland mayoral candidate Mark Thomas. More >>

Satisfaction With Auckland Council Plummets

Monday, 30 May 2016, 10:19 am | Mark Thomas

Auckland’s elected members are the unhappiest they have been since the council began says Mayoral candidate and current local board member Mark Thomas. More >>

Budget Says Auckland Council Needs To Do More

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 5:04 pm | Mark Thomas

The just released Government budget makes it clear that Auckland Council needs to do more to help itself says Mayoral candidate Mark Thomas. More >>

Urban Limits Likely To Stay In Auckland Plan

Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:39 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland mayoral candidate Mark Thomas said there wasn't a 'snow balls chance in hell' that the Hearings Panel will recommend abandoning all urban planning limits. More >>

New Growth Policies For Auckland

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 5:20 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland Mayoral candidate Mark Thomas will establish Special Development Areas in Auckland to fast-track new housing, he will use direct council incentives to bust land banks and he will develop a new 'Hub and Spoke' Unitary Plan model under the ... More >>

Thomas Will Fix Auckland's Congestion Woes

Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 12:57 pm | Mark Thomas

Auckland Mayoral candidate Mark Thomas said the Automobile Association, NZCID and EMA transport reports that have just been released show Auckland's current transport plans are failing to keep up. He is promising to move quickly to reorganise council ... More >>



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