This is the website for progressive candidates standing for the 2013 Auckland local body elections in the Waitakere Ranges Ward

What the Waitakere Ranges Local Board wants to say to the Government about deep sea oil drilling

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The Waitakere Ranges Local Board attended recent west coast protests against oil drilling en masse.  While we have not had the opportunity to express a view directly to the Government we thought that we should take the chance to say what we think about the proposal. 
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Oil rigs - coming to a beach near you?

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The Government has recently engaged in consultation with Auckland Council about the granting of oil exploration permits in the area west of Auckland's west coast beaches.  But the Waitakere Ranges Local Board was not included in this consultation and you have to wonder about the advisability of drilling oil wells in an environmentally fragile yet stunningly beautiful part of Auckland.

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The Great Tree Massacre coming to Titirangi soon ...

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The Local Government and Environment Committee has heard submissions on the Resource Management Reform Bill and has reported the Bill back to Parliament.  Regrettably the blanket removal of tree protection is maintained and if enacted the blanket protection of trees in Titirangi and Laingholm will be no more.

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There is funding to save Wanganui Collegiate but not Kauri

The 2013 budget contains $2 million new money so that Wanganui Collegiate can be solved but the end of funding for research into how Kauri can be saved even though research is showing promising results.  There is something wrong with these priorities.

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The Unitary Plan and Glen Eden

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The Unitary Plan has caused some consternation amongst Aucklanders in the Eastern Suburbs and on the North Shore.  But out West the response has been much more muted.  Following I offer some thoughts why this is so.

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