Excellent business practices, passion and respect
These values are at the heart of who we are as a community. The New Lynn Business Association (NLBA) 2020 Business Awards - Public Choice aim to recognise and celebrate organisations who share these values and play an important role in promoting New Lynn town centre as a great place to Live - Shop - Work - Play.
We invite members of the public to nominate a business they feel deserving of an award within the *New Lynn Business Association Business Improvement District, or any associate members.
It’s super-easy to participate: Get your official nomination form from the NLBA website at newlynnbusinessassiation.net.nz or from the NLBA Office, New Lynn Library, McDonald’s New Lynn, RSA New Lynn, Little Treats Cafe, You Travel New Lynn, Woottons Auto Accessories or The Wardroom Coffee & Kitchen.
Then submit either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, drop off at the NLBA office, 37 Totara Avenue, or mail to NLBA, PO Box 15456, New Lynn, Auckland 0604.
Entry is free, and one member of the public will win a prize, drawn from the votes for the Supreme Business Award winner.
Entries close at 4pm on Saturday 15th August 2020. Winners will be announced at 6.00pm on Monday 24th August 2020.
Best Retail Business: Businesses whose prime function is the sale of goods or services, including privately owned service-based businesses, shops or franchises.
Best Professional Services: Businesses that cover a wide range of professional services including, legal, real estate, medical and financial services.
Best Restaurant or Bar: Businesses such as restaurants and bars.
Best Café or Eatery: Businesses such as cafés, fast food outlets, takeaways, lunch bars and bakeries.
* For a list of eligible businesses see the website. LynnMall is not part of the BID, therefore are not eligible for nomination.
Whau Ward Councillor | Tracy Mulholland
Emergency Budget outcomes
At the end of July, the Auckland Council Governing Body made a decision on the rates for the coming year. This budget is an emergency response to the immediate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Auckland Council’s finances.
Councillors worked collaboratively to come to a consensus on council’s spend priorities and where budget cuts can be made. As Whau Councillor and an advocate for projects in the Whau and across Tamaki Makarau, these have not been easy decisions.
I have heard the community saying that they want to keep council services running such as transportation access, libraries, public toilets and repairs to parks and playgrounds.
I have also listened to my local board colleagues; Auckland’s twenty-one local boards were asked for their feedback on the budget, and unanimously resolved to support a 3.5 per cent rates rise.
At the time we consulted with Aucklanders, it was not known that an additional $224 million would need to be found for the city’s water infrastructure to reduce the risk of severe water restrictions, with forecasts of a dry spring and summer. Water is a vital resource and securing supply is a critical to the economic and physical wellbeing of Aucklanders. This additional investment is non-negotiable to ensure this basic service is provided.
Cuts have been made in services and investment in some infrastructure projects has been deferred, reducing spending by hundreds of millions of dollars.
If we can come out of the recession earlier and face better times, we will be in a good position moving forward from the unavoidably hard and painful decisions of this budget.
I continue to be committed to meeting with the community to hear views on matters relating to council.
Seniors Advisory Panel
As the liaison councillor for the Seniors Advisory Panel, I am proud to say that the panel member selection process is now complete, and the work of the panel will start soon. However, in light of the council's constrained economic situation, for the 2020-2021 financial year the panels will operate differently to previous years.
I am strongly of the belief that our seniors’ opinions and views are a vital contribution to council’s decision making. It was with this in mind that I established the Seniors Day High Tea when I was Chair of the Whau Local Board. Hearing what our seniors have to say is one of the aspects of my role which I'm privileged to hold, I very much enjoy.
Local Board Chair | Kay Thomas
3.5% rates rise avoids service cuts
Members of the Whau Local Board breathed a collective sigh of relief when Auckland Council’s Governing Body voted for 3.5% rates rise. We were very concerned that a lower or no increase would result in a drastic reduction of the services and facilities available to communities.
For example, a 2.5% increase would most likely have seen the closing of some community centres and greatly reduced opening hours for libraries. Environmental initiatives would have received less funding and, as a keen gardener, I know you that you can’t just stop weeding or controlling pests for a year without your previous efforts being undone.
So, on behalf of the Whau Local Board I would like to thank Councillor Mulholland and the other councillors for ensuring that we, as a board, have sufficient income from the Emergency Budget to respond to the needs of the community as much as possible.
Almost as soon as public consultation on the Emergency Budget finished, we began consulting on our draft local board plan, which outlines the direction the board will take over the next three years. The plan has six objectives which can be summarised as:
The plan was largely written prior to the Covid-19 situation and many of the initiatives we wish to undertake may be aspirational for the first year or two. Your feedback on what matters to you and what you would like us to prioritise is even more important in a time of economic uncertainty. You can find more information at https://akhaveyoursay.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/whauplan.
Consultation closes on Thursday 13th August.