Talking Auckland is the Conversation and Commentary from Ben Ross of Auckland.
The blog itself started as VOAKL back in December 2011 before becoming BR:AKL last year and now Talking Auckland in 2013.
Running commentary and holding conversations has been the history of this blog and will continue well into the future. The only noticeable change will be the layout change to Talking Auckland (and of course the name). As I said commentary and conversations on all things Auckland continue.
One of Ben’s major engagement was with the Unitary Plan – recently closed off with the first round of feedback from Auckland. Ben was engaged with stakeholders,residents and other like-minded groups and individuals from across the city in assisting them with Unitary Plan information, questions and submissions. Ben through Talking Auckland also ran extensive balanced commentary from day one on the Unitary Plan. This commentary has gone noticed and picked up mentions ranging from the Deputy Mayor to Russell Brown at Public Address, to youth organisation Generation Zero.
With the Unitary Plan now in the formal notification stage and Area Plans soon to be formed, Ben and Talking Auckland will continue to be at the front line in assisting them with Unitary Plan information, questions and submissions, as well as running the leading independent commentary on these matters
The Unitary Plan is just one of many areas Talking Auckland and cover. Auckland’s transport and Auckland Transport is another area “watched” and conversations engaged in through Talking Auckland. Rates and governance in Auckland another area also watched.
As things continue to evolve and change in Auckland so does the coverage in commentary provided.
Auckland is the home city of Ben and Talking Auckland. Despite Auckland’s apparent shortcomings it is a city we all love both physically and for its social and cultural diversity as well. Talking Auckland’s mission is be a part of progressing for a Better Auckland now and into the future.
So join us in the conversation as Auckland progresses forward here and now.