All About Auckland

I talk Transport and The Southern Initiative


It has been a busy week for me as I conduct some TV interviews over some hot button issues in Auckland.

On Tuesday I was with Transport Blog’s Patrick Reynolds talking Auckland’s Transport (and Auckland Transport as well) especially in light of the Day Passes now available and Auckland Transport facing budget reductions in light of the Long Term Plan rejection by Council. You can see Dr Levy’s reaction to the Budget situation here: All About Auckland Show Episode 23 – Dr Levy gives a lesson on Tectonic Budgeting

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Today I will be back at the studio talking about the Southern Initiative which has again become a hot button issue especially with the Councillors. Those who follow Talking Auckland know that in November last year I delivered a public critique against the Southern Initiative. In May this year the Councillors initially rejected more funding towards the Southern Initiative until a few issues were cleared up first. Now my critique against The Southern Initiative has not been against the Initiative itself nor its place in the Auckland Plan. My critique has been on lack of publicly available information and a portal like Facebook and Twitter so we can see and interact with the Initiative. For heavens sake The Southern Initiative affects all of South Auckland. It would be nice if we could see some clear information (that is not in job vacancy descriptions), a chance to interact on the Initiative like we can with Shape Auckland and the regular updates that we get with the City Centre (see A Story of Downtown Auckland [Updated] for the latest).


So where and when is this show?

It is here:

All About Auckland Show

Episode 24

SkyTV Channel 83 FACETV

Monday at 7.30pm – Repeats Tuesday 12.30pm

On This Week’s Show:

  • Special Housing Areas and Housing New Zealand
  • The 10 Year Budget Rebuild and Development Pressures in the South East

As for the Transportation chat:

Next Week

Transport Matters

A New Series looking at current transport issues around Auckland.

Next week Auckland Commentator Ben Ross and Patrick Reynolds joins me in the studio.



I shall update you on the Southern Initiative shoot and when that will screen.