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We have a great sense of what's fair in New Zealand and offering a fair deal to farmers and workers in developing countries is something that more and more busi- nesses and individuals in Auckland are keen to do.'' Mr Brown says the council will play its part through measures like using Fair Trade Certi- fied coffee and tea at its offices and at meetings. Sam Drumm, cam- paigner for Fair Trade Auckland, has been instrumental in leading the way to get the status. I believe we all have a part to play, fair trade is a serious issue and it's everyone's responsibility. Lots of things in life aren't fair but trade can be if we all work together and make our choices count.'' Sir Peter's museum He's thrown open the doors to what could well be the country's biggest sporting collection. And he's gifted the lot to the people of New Zea- land. Sir Peter Leitch's sports museum was officially opened last year. It has been visited by thousands of fans across the region. The museum is open on Saturdays from 11 am to 2pm at Manurewa and has just extended its hours to include Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Go online to sirpetersmuseum.co.nz for more information. Savvy local boards win battle Super city: Local boards are finally getting the powers they have been asking for after the Waiheke, Waitemata and Albert-Eden Local Boards made a stand. Worthwhile process: Local board chairwoman Faye Storer has been at the forefront of the changes that will see all boards get the powers they were promised during the transition to the super-city. Determination from a few savvy community politicians will see local boards finally gain more of the decision mak- ing duties they were promised when Auckland Council came into effect 18 months ago. When the new super-city was set up, a set of council controlled organisations, a governing body of mayor and councillors and 21 local boards were put in place to take res- ponsibility for the day-to-day running of the city. Elected members of the new local boards were given the expectation by the transition committee that they would be responsible for making decisions on matters which were deemed local rather than regional. Last June the governing body of mayor and councillors resolved to delegate most of their functions, duties and powers to the council's chief executive officer to be delegated on to council officers. This is usual practice. Six months later, local boards were then asked to del- egate all their responsibilities and powers to the CEO, to be passed on in the same way. But Waiheke Local Board made a bold move and didn't sign away its powers. Board chairwoman and for- mer Auckland City councillor Faye Storer says the board withheld its decision in an attempt to push for what it wanted -- greater involvement in local decision-making. She says the signing off on delegations to officers is a necessary tool to allow the council bureaucracy to implement governance deci- sions effectively but the board was concerned about the num- ber and type of decisions already being made at council officer level, while local boards were being bypassed. The Waitemata and Albert- Eden local boards also made this stand. The three boards deferred the request from the chief executive officer until certain conditions had been satisfied. Ms Storer says: I pointed out over 12 months ago that some council staff were doing a lot of the jobs the board should be doing. Local boards had been given a lot of local decision making activities on paper during the super city process but these hadn't always translated into prac- tice.'' She says not signing the document in December has seen council move faster towards clarifying the roles of local boards and staff with the goal of local boards making the decisions on local matters that they are legally entitled to do. This move has proved worthwhile,'' she says. Until December there were only vague assurances that work would begin to write the boards into the process, some- time in the future'. Waiheke said No, start that work now', because 14 months after amalgamation was already too long for us to wait.'' Ms Storer says the response from council has been excel- lent'', with work starting in February to draw up interim delegation protocols on activi- ties like local events, com- munity services, leases, local parks and environmental services. The chairpersons of the Waiheke, Waitemata and Albert-Eden boards have worked closely with council's local board services and departmental managers to help create acceptable protocols. The boards were able to see the full scope of what council staff had been doing without our input.'' Now the other local boards are being included in the pro- cess, and the interim protocols and final delegations will be rolled out across all 21 boards. NEW MEMBER The next Waiheke Local Board meeting is on May 17 at the Waiheke Service Centre on Belgium St. New member Paul Walden will be sworn in after he won the by- election on May 4. Public forum is at 4pm.
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