Mayor of Auckland

The Auckland Mayor leads the governing body of Auckland Council. The mayor’s job is to promote a vision for Auckland and lead the development of the council’s plans, policies and budget. The mayor appoints the deputy mayor, establishes committees for particular topics, and appoints chairs for those committees. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Auckland Council mayoral election.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

Housing and planning

Local councils are responsible for land use planning under the Resource Management Act, which affects where and how new houses are constructed, as well as the design of cities and towns. In some areas, councils also provide housing to those who need it most.

  • Direct Eke Panuku to deliver more healthy, secure and affordable housing in partnership with Kāinga Ora, iwi, NGOs and private developers.

    Support increasing council housing for vulnerable older people as part of Auckland Council's long-term Plan 2024-34.

    Support the Housing First approach for homeless Aucklanders (with sector partners and government) to access stable and secure accommodation.

  • No housing intensification in areas that don't have transport, water and stormwater facilities to cope with the increase in population.

    Consents need to be quicker. The solution: have qualified staff that live in the area to process the paperwork as they know the area well.

  • Encourage community housing, rent to buy, communal electric vehicles and long term rentals to establish stronger communities.

    Support intensification, but only on places of low biodiversity, and low character, cultural and amenity value, such as council carparks.

    Convert low-biodiversity golf courses into housing development and green spaces.

  • Remove red tape as much as possible while protecting quality.

    Aim to assist greater housing development.

    Protect heritage homes and urban character.

  • Support the current land supply strategy and zoning changes with some fine tuning permitted for neighbourhoods with special character.

    Allow intelligent expansion upwards, not outwards, and maintain pleasant neighbourhoods and urban spaces for healthy and joyful living.

    Separate building consents into two tracks – fast, simple designs satisfying the NZ building code, and complex designs that do not.

  • Cap Auckland's population at about where it is now, 1.7 million. Most problems listed here will simply go away.

    Environmentally, we must move focus away from building to maintaining, otherwise the next generation will inherit rotten homes, giant costs.

    Affordability comes from an efficient council, saving $1 billion per annum in big ticket items like gasoline purchases, means money for all.

  • Simplify the Resource Management Act and the flow on regulatory obligations, to make building or renovating a home, more affordable.

    Stop selling off council owned land and properties and begin to utilise that never to be replaced asset, and build affordable homes for the needy.

    Consider introducing a 1% of CV levy on empty homes, to create more rental or home ownership opportunities. Auckland has about 40,000 empty homes.

  • Preserve prime agriculture lands for future generations and ensure the nutritional needs of the local community are met.

    Minimise the hard surfaces to reduce run off and flooding and provide for more water retention in building and infrastructure.

    Ensure every resident has access to enough land to grow their own food – by allotments where individual sections are no longer big enough.

  • Challenge the new National Policy Statement on Urban Development and revert Auckland back to the previous unitary plan.

    Stop the sale of future green spaces including golf courses.

    Establish a civil district to replace the old CBD.

  • Renters and home-owners get every single possible rebate, reduction, refundable, from council and supporters. In as quick as possible way.

    Implement immediately weathertightness, housing zones improvements, and expansions and building consents easily, quickly, efficiently.

  • Continue Haumaru Housing Ltd joint venture partnership between Auckland Council and The Selwyn Foundation for over 65s to buy and own your own unit.

    Long term housing should not be in a motel. It is incredibly damaging to one's mental health by not having a permanent address to call home.

    Confront the housing issues and make changes to the current lack of housing in Auckland.

  • Speed up building and resource consenting processes.

    Make it easier to convert office space to apartments in the central city to bring people back and revitalise the area in a post-covid world.

    Protect heritage and character homes against central government overreach, and let local communities make their own decisions.

  • Advance plans to draw on new infrastructure funding and financing tools to get new infrastructure and more affordable housing built more quickly.

    Take urgent steps to improve the Unitary Plan to protect more of Auckland's diminishing character and heritage, including use of Neighbourhood Plans.

    Require new public performance targets for council's consents unit. Propose council contracts-out consenting if it can't improve performance.

  • Make housing a right in Auckland to stipulate the importance of homes first.

    Increase rates for empty homes to 1/4 of the property value to discourage land banking.

    Take back golf courses and build integrated papakainga and marakai designed by Māori for Māori.

  • Contain all medium-density development inside the existing Unitary Plan zones using every means the council has at its disposal

    Petition government to create an arm of the Ombudsman's Office to represent neighbours in disputes against councils to level the playing field.

    Encourage affordable home building and utilisation via multiple means including monetary incentives.

  • Direct Eke Panuku to deliver more healthy, secure and affordable housing in partnership with Kāinga Ora, iwi, NGOs and private developers.

    Support increasing council housing for vulnerable older people as part of Auckland Council's long-term Plan 2024-34.

    Support the Housing First approach for homeless Aucklanders (with sector partners and government) to access stable and secure accommodation.

  • No housing intensification in areas that don't have transport, water and stormwater facilities to cope with the increase in population.

    Consents need to be quicker. The solution: have qualified staff that live in the area to process the paperwork as they know the area well.

  • Encourage community housing, rent to buy, communal electric vehicles and long term rentals to establish stronger communities.

    Support intensification, but only on places of low biodiversity, and low character, cultural and amenity value, such as council carparks.

    Convert low-biodiversity golf courses into housing development and green spaces.

  • Remove red tape as much as possible while protecting quality.

    Aim to assist greater housing development.

    Protect heritage homes and urban character.

  • Support the current land supply strategy and zoning changes with some fine tuning permitted for neighbourhoods with special character.

    Allow intelligent expansion upwards, not outwards, and maintain pleasant neighbourhoods and urban spaces for healthy and joyful living.

    Separate building consents into two tracks – fast, simple designs satisfying the NZ building code, and complex designs that do not.

  • Cap Auckland's population at about where it is now, 1.7 million. Most problems listed here will simply go away.

    Environmentally, we must move focus away from building to maintaining, otherwise the next generation will inherit rotten homes, giant costs.

    Affordability comes from an efficient council, saving $1 billion per annum in big ticket items like gasoline purchases, means money for all.

  • Simplify the Resource Management Act and the flow on regulatory obligations, to make building or renovating a home, more affordable.

    Stop selling off council owned land and properties and begin to utilise that never to be replaced asset, and build affordable homes for the needy.

    Consider introducing a 1% of CV levy on empty homes, to create more rental or home ownership opportunities. Auckland has about 40,000 empty homes.

  • Preserve prime agriculture lands for future generations and ensure the nutritional needs of the local community are met.

    Minimise the hard surfaces to reduce run off and flooding and provide for more water retention in building and infrastructure.

    Ensure every resident has access to enough land to grow their own food – by allotments where individual sections are no longer big enough.

  • Challenge the new National Policy Statement on Urban Development and revert Auckland back to the previous unitary plan.

    Stop the sale of future green spaces including golf courses.

    Establish a civil district to replace the old CBD.

  • Renters and home-owners get every single possible rebate, reduction, refundable, from council and supporters. In as quick as possible way.

    Implement immediately weathertightness, housing zones improvements, and expansions and building consents easily, quickly, efficiently.

  • Continue Haumaru Housing Ltd joint venture partnership between Auckland Council and The Selwyn Foundation for over 65s to buy and own your own unit.

    Long term housing should not be in a motel. It is incredibly damaging to one's mental health by not having a permanent address to call home.

    Confront the housing issues and make changes to the current lack of housing in Auckland.

  • Speed up building and resource consenting processes.

    Make it easier to convert office space to apartments in the central city to bring people back and revitalise the area in a post-covid world.

    Protect heritage and character homes against central government overreach, and let local communities make their own decisions.

  • Advance plans to draw on new infrastructure funding and financing tools to get new infrastructure and more affordable housing built more quickly.

    Take urgent steps to improve the Unitary Plan to protect more of Auckland's diminishing character and heritage, including use of Neighbourhood Plans.

    Require new public performance targets for council's consents unit. Propose council contracts-out consenting if it can't improve performance.

  • Make housing a right in Auckland to stipulate the importance of homes first.

    Increase rates for empty homes to 1/4 of the property value to discourage land banking.

    Take back golf courses and build integrated papakainga and marakai designed by Māori for Māori.

  • Contain all medium-density development inside the existing Unitary Plan zones using every means the council has at its disposal

    Petition government to create an arm of the Ombudsman's Office to represent neighbours in disputes against councils to level the playing field.

    Encourage affordable home building and utilisation via multiple means including monetary incentives.

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