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Open Letter to the People of Auckland, Tāmaki-makau-rau

Link here to Māori Language version

The Government has set up this Royal Commission to enquire into the question of Auckland’s local government and how it is working. We have been asked


Currently, the people of the Auckland region are governed by seven local authorities, and a regional council. Although nationally and internationally, we are often seen as one metropolitan community, a single city on a world stage, locally, we comprise a number of diverse communities.

To ensure a strong future for New Zealand as well as for Auckland, the issue of Auckland’s local government arrangements is of vital importance. When Auckland thrives, New Zealand thrives. It is desirable that on some matters Auckland should speak with one voice, but we also need a system that enables people to be heard and to be involved in matters of local interest.

At its simplest, the Commission’s task could be summed up in the following two questions:

We need your help to answer these questions. The future of this beautiful region of ours concerns every Aucklander and every New Zealander.

This is a project that is being undertaken for the benefit not only of Auckland’s present citizens but also of future generations. We want to bequeath to them a vibrant Pacific world-class city.

Many of you will have strong views on the question of the best local government arrangements for Auckland. So that we can hear those views we are calling for public submissions and will be holding public hearings at which people may speak in support of those submissions.

We look forward to your contribution.

Yours sincerely

 

Hon Peter Salmon QC                          Dame Margaret Bazley DNZM                   David Shand


He Reta Tuwhera ki ngā Tāngata o Tāmaki-makau-rau

Kua whakatūria e te Kāwanatanga he Kōmihana Roera kia urupounamutia te kāwanatanga ā-rohe o Tāmaki-makau-rau kei te pēhea anō tāna mahi. Ko te tono ki a mātou

I tēnei wā, e whitu rawa ngā mana ā-rohe e whakahaere nei i ngā tāngata o Tāmaki-makau-rau, me tētahi kaunihera ā-rohe. Ahakoa ki te titiro o ngā mea maha o te motu, o te ao hoki, he hapori tāone matua kotahi tātou, he tāone matua kotahi i runga i te atamira o te ao; i te wā kāinga nei ia, he tāone tātou nō ngā hapori iwi kanorau.


Hei tiaki kei te kaha tonu tō Aotearoa āmua, me tō Tāmaki-makau-rau, he take tino hirahira ngā whakaritenga kāwanatanga ā-rohe o Tāmaki-makau-rau. Ina whai hua a Tāmaki-makau-rau, ka whai hua anō a Aotearoa katoa. He mea āhuareka tonu kia kotahi te reo o Tāmaki-makau-rau mō ētahi take, engari e hiahia ana hoki tātou ki tētahi pūnaha e tuku ana kia rangona te iwi, kia whai wāhi hoki rātou ki ngā take o te wā kāinga.


Ki te whakahuatia noatia tā te Kōmihana e mea nei, ka taea te whakarāpopoto ki ēnei pātai e rua:

E hiahia ana mātou kia āwhina mai koutou ki te whakautu i ēnei pātai. E pā ana hoki te āmua o tō tātou takiwā ātaahua ki ngā tāngata katoa o Tāmaki-makau-rau, o Aotearoa anō.


He kaupapa tonu tēnei e whakahaeretia ana hei painga mō ngā whakatupuranga mō āpōpō, kāhore ia mō ngā tāngata anake o Tāmaki-makau-rau i tēnei wā. E hiahia ana tātou ki te tuku ki a rātou he tāone matua ora atu, he tāone nō te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa te rite o ngā tāone matua o te ao.


Kei ētahi mea maha o koutou ētahi whakaaro kaha tonu mō te take nei o ngā whakaritenga kāwanatanga ā-rohe pai rawa mō Tāmaki-makau-rau. Kia rangona e mātou aua whakaaro e karangatia ana e mātou he tāpaetanga ā-tuhi mai i te iwi whānui, otirā, ka whakahaeretia ētahi hui rongonga tūmatanui e taea e te tāngata te whaikupu mai hei tautoko i aua tāpaetanga.


E tāria e mātou tāu e tuku mai.

Te Hōnore Peter Salmon QC              Te Kahurangi Margaret Bazley DNZM          David Shand

 

 

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