Devonport 1 – 0 Takapuna

Posted by on Mar 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

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Takapuna gets a friendly kicking from the Devonport Community Board.

The recent kafuffle over Devonport and Takapuna’s relative representation in the new super city structure should serve as a reminder to Devonportians not to rest on their laurels regarding Devonport’s status and resourcing in the future.

The behaviour of Takapuna Community Board deputy chair Fay Freeman during the process demonstrated any lack of appreciation of Devonport’s right to some kind of acknowledgement as a community in its own right.

Fortunately, the Local Government Commission has rejected Freeman’s demands for Devonport to be removed as a board, has removed the idea of a subdivision with Devonport as the minority and has boosted the number of representatives from five to six. The bottom line; Devonport could now have somewhere between nought and six reps. The most active community will triumph, in what has – thanks to the likes of Freeman – become a battle for control.

The current structural reform process associated with the Auckland Super City is providing various ne’er do wells with their own interests the opportunity to land-grab. Devonport has a considerable amount of resources and facilities that are attractive to those for whom what they have is never enough. We should all be vigilant during this time of uncertainty.

Keep an eye on the likes of Freeman, and those backing her.

1 comment

  1. Joel Jonnah says:

    I disagree with the suggestion that member Freeman was trying to remove Devonport…seems that she was simply trying to make the Board’s name slighly easier to say i.e. Takapuna Local Board rather than Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

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