Waitemata Local Board Policy

May 31, 2016 by  
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Waitemata Ward

Icon_Rail Better Public Transport
  • Reliable, frequent and affordable bus, ferry and rail services
  • Support light rail and rail through the inner-city
  • Resident only parking
 Icon_Cycling Dedicated Cycling Links
  • Safe and dedicated cycle links
  • Connecting our parks and open spaces
  • Safe cycling school routes
 Icon_CleanBeaches Clean Beaches
  • Reduce sewage and chemical runoff
  • Restore Coxs Bay Beach
Icon_Heritage Protect Heritage and Character
  • Planning rules that protect our character neighborhoods
 Icon_Events Support Our Creative Communities
  • Waterfront greenfield event space
  • Support arts, culture, local and international events
Icon_Affordable Affordable Growth
  • Agree to set rates for 3 years
  • Fix the council’s debt ceiling
  • Build more homes in Auckland

Column: Dog-friendly policy on public transport

October 4, 2013 by  
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Rob Thomas HeadshotPonsonby News – October 2013 edition – By Rob Thomas – Candidate for Waitemata & Gulf Councillor:
Dog-friendly policy on public transport

They are part of the family, loyal and sometimes referred to as “fur babies”. Across the greater Auckland region there are 85,818 dogs registered, and this adds-up to a phenomenal amount of shampooing, pet visits and dog walking.

Throughout this election I have door knocked over 6,000 homes across the inner-city and dog owners have told me their frustration with the lack of transport options. One lady mentioned the hundreds of dollars a year that she spends at the downtown carpark because her dog cannot ride on public transport to the ferry building.

The current Auckland Transport rules allow only guide dogs and guide dogs in training on buses if under supervision of their care-giver. However, for decades dogs have been allowed onto Waiheke ferries and bus services and I believe it’s time we look at extending the dog-friendly network across Auckland.

Many international cities, like San Francisco, have small dog-friendly transport policies, which say “if it’s small enough to fit on your lap it’s small enough to go on public transport”.

To make this work, there will need to be rules in place to ensure dogs are well-behaved, leashed and that people clean up any mess. Whether or not a dog can ride on a bus or train should ultimately be up to the discretion of the driver.

Pets teach children valuable life lessons like how to communicate, be empathetic, nurturing, confident and resilient to change. Dogs are an everyday part of living in Auckland and it’s time to take practice steps to have more dog-friendly transport options.

Costley Reserve Playground to be upgraded

On the final agenda of the Waitemata Local Board, the Costley Reserve playground renewal was approved in the 2013/14 local improvement budget. It has been a year and half long process but I am thrilled that this project that resident’s championed has come to fruition. After a public meeting was held at Costley Reserve on Sunday 7 April 2013, based on your feedback, the design is “getting back to basics”. The play equipment will be replaced, improved access and fixing the retaining wall at Renall Reserve. The upgrade will commence next year.

Join the celebration!

Please join me and hundreds of others as we celebrate the local government election results: 5pm Saturday, 12th October at Libertine, 37 Drake Street, Victoria Park Markets

Good luck to all the candidates.

Time to Vote!

September 30, 2013 by  
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It has been a great honour to represent our community over the last three years on the Waitemata Local Board and this election I take that next step to represent the greater ward as your Councillor. Our community needs fresh new thinking and it’s time to vote Rob Thomas.

Watch the latest campaign video to hit YouTube “let’s see how far we’ve come”, click on the video below:

Thank you to all my supporters, friends and family for your dedication throughout the election campaign. It has been a great journey covering over 6,000 homes door knocked, radio interviews, visits to Great Barrier and Waiheke Island, launching the world’s first virtual billboard and the facebook fan page reaching over 32,000 people per week.

JOIN THE CELEBRATION

Enjoy the end of the campaign party with a bang. It is not just a celebration for the end of something, but the start of something new. Please join me at:

Libertine, 37 Drake Street
5pm Saturday 12th October

Please share the event on facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/484658324962951/

Rob

6,000 homes door knocked

September 30, 2013 by  
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Rob_Thomas_door_knockingOver the last five months I have door knocked over 6,000 homes across our community. It might sound like a daunting task but it’s a hell of a lot of fun and you meet some real characters and a few semi-half-naked people.

When they first open the door, they are thinking, “are you selling something?”, “are you religious?” or “where is my pizza?”.

There are three common responses, I want to listen, I want to talk to you or they will grab your hand and show you something down the street.

It is truly the only way to understand what the common issues are and represent these issues once elected.

Thanks for all the warm welcomes and cups of tea.

Connecting with our Chinese and Korean residents

September 30, 2013 by  
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Dragon_head Rob ThomasAuckland’s inner-city community has very unique needs. With the help of my campaign interns, David and Young-Eun, we have undertaken a four month campaign to connect with the both the Chinese and Korean populations of the inner-city.

18% of the total population of our ward is Asian and it’s critical that their voice is herd and represented. We are the only campaign to publish a bi-lingual flier, website and connect through the mandarin pages newspaper.

Last weekend I attended the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival held by the Chinese Student Associations in Freeman’s Bay. It was a spectacular event with over 800 local Chinese residents watching spectacular performances from Kung-Fu to Chinese comedy and a Chinese HAKA!

Media release – Rob Thomas promises to kick commuters out of residential streets

September 9, 2013 by  
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Media release – Rob Thomas promises to kick commuters out of residential streets

Parking in the central suburbs has become a serious issue, with locals and commuters jostling for precious parking spaces.

Waitemata and Gulf Council Candidate Rob Thomas says “As the next Councillor for the Waitemata and Gulf Ward I will kick out commuters from resident streets in the inner-city and encourage people to us public transport. Our residential streets are not parking lots.”

“For five months I have been door knocking residents in Parnell, Newmarket, Grafton, Arch Hill, Freeman’s Bay and Ponsonby. Residents have told me they pay exorbident rates or rent and yet they have to park two blocks away from their house to get a carpark.”

The latest research from Auckland Transport shows there are more free carparks in Freeman’s Bay than the Civic Carpark in Aotea Square and during the working day they have more than 90% occupancy on some streets. With parking in the city becoming increasingly expensive, suburbs with free parking have seen an influx of city commuters searching for all day parking. The link buses have unfortunately exacerbated this problem; turning leafy suburbs into park and ride services into the city. Residents are struggling to access their homes and commuters are forced to compete for free parking.

“Cars hawk local neighbourhoods looking for free car parking. Wellington has had resident only parking for years and now is the time for Auckland to roll this out across the inner-city.”

As a member of the Waitemata Local Board Mr Thomas has been involved in the St Mary’s Bay resident only parking scheme for over a year now which offers a blueprint for other suburbs. An annual permit costs $70 for a single car, with subsequent permits costing slightly more. The scheme also offers guest permits, giving temporary parking for residents’ guests. The trial has successfully moved commuters off residential streets, freeing up space for residents who lack off-street parking.

“The St Mary’s Bay trial has shown that resident-only parking works and is a viable alternative to the current system which has turned suburbs into parking lots.”

Resident-only parking will also help push more commuters onto public transport. As the trains are electrified and bus services are improved commuters will have more options beyond driving. Improved public transport will offset the loss of commuter parking from these suburbs and improve traffic flows.

“For the resident only parking scheme to work we need busses turning up on time and more park-and-ride facilities at train stations and on the Northern busway.”

Watch the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWu5wDjbdEk&feature=youtu.be

Rob Thomas Resident Only Parking Zones

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Dog-friendly policy on Auckland’s Public Transport

September 3, 2013 by  
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Media release – For immediate release Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Rosie and Rob waiting at a bus stopDog-friendly policy on Auckland’s Public Transport

Auckland Council candidate Rob Thomas welcomes the discussion to allow for dog friendly public transport on Auckland’s train and bus services.

Mr Thomas says, “Many international cities have small dog-friendly transport policies. If it’s small enough to fit on your lap it’s small enough to go on public transport.”

The current Auckland Transport rules allow only guide dogs and guide dogs in training on buses if under supervision of their care-giver. Other pets are not allowed. Waiheke Island ferries and buses are the only exception to Auckland Transport’s “no pets” policy. At last count Auckland Council said there are 85,818 dogs registered and known dogs of 102,832 across the city.

“There are thousands of dog owners across Auckland that are limited by their transport options and are forced into driving. For years Aucklanders have taken dogs on Waiheke Island passenger transport and now is the time to look at extending the dog-friendly network across Auckland.”

Mr Thomas says that he has been door knocking residents across the inner-city that are frustrated with the lack of options which is costing them hundreds of dollars a year in parking and fuel while empty trains rattle past their homes.

“To make this work, there will need to be rules in place to ensure dogs are well-behaved, leashed and that people clean up any mess. Whether or not a dog can ride on a bus or train should ultimately be up to the discretion of the driver.”

“Pets teach children valuable life lessons like how to communicate, be empathetic, nurturing, confident and resilient to change. Dogs are an everyday part of living in Auckland and it’s time to take practice steps to have more dog-friendly transport options.”

ENDS

Column: Vote Rob Thomas for Councillor

September 1, 2013 by  
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Rob Thomas HeadshotPonsonby News – September 2013 edition – By Rob Thomas – Candidate for Waitemata & Gulf Councillor:

Vote Rob Thomas for Councillor

Every weekend for the last five months I’ve been door knocking our neighbourhoods listening to your views.

Thank you to all those people from Ponsonby, Freeman’s Bay, Grey Lynn, Arch Hill, Parnell, Newmarket and Grafton for welcoming me at your doorstep. It has been a phenomenal response to say the least. I’ve been blown away to meet so many people passionate for our city and our neighbourhoods.

As the inner-city continues to grow we are starting to see its stretch marks ripple throughout our community. There’s so much that needs to be done. Vote for me so we can build safe dedicated cycling links, roll out a resident only parking scheme to push commuters out of residential streets, have buses that turn up on time and clean out the storm water contaminates in the Cox’s Bay catchment area. At this point in time, it’s the residents in Arch Hill that face the biggest challenge with the foreshadowed BUNNINGS big box development proposal. It’s this type of activity that we want stomped out of the Auckland Unitary Plan for our area.

It has been a humbling experience and great pleasure to represent you on the Waitemata Local Board. Over the last three years I’ve been able to deliver the Coxs Bay Boardwalk for walking and cycling, I revived the regional programme for Movies in Parks, established the new business district “Uptown” in Eden Terrace and gave a stronger voice to our community by founding the Newmarket Community Association.

There’s a massive smile across my face when I think of the 3,000 people I’ve met door knocking. Door knocking is a mammoth undertaking but it’s critical to understand what people are saying and reconnect once elected. There are so many inspiring people in our community, it’s extraordinary, and we need to be doing more to connect with you in your neighborhood.

With your vote for me, as your Councillor for the Waitemata and Gulf Ward, our community can achieve so much more. We need an experienced young and non-partisan voice that can work with our community and between different political party lines at a local and central government level.

So, when the voting papers come out in September, I want you to help me change our community by ticking Rob Thomas on your ballot for Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf.

 

Rob Thomas
Waitemata and Gulf Ward Council Candidate
Let’s Talk – 021 704423 www.voterobthomas.co.nz

STAR WARS in GREY LYNN PARK

August 30, 2013 by  
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Movies_in_Park_seat_smallI’m pleased to announce that the Waitemata Local Board is supporting a second season of the regional programme for Movies in Parks.

Next year’s movie will be STAR WARS in Grey Lynn Park (date to be confirmed).

As you know the Mayor and Councillors cancelled these events last year and within four months I worked with local boards and an event group across the region to re-install these events.

This year’s programme is being delivered for almost half the price with the introduction of a regional sponsor… brilliant!

Please “like” the official page on facebook www.facebook.com/MoviesinParks 

Previouse blog posts

http://www.robthomas.co.nz/the-rocky-horror-picture-show-attracts-hundreds/

http://www.robthomas.co.nz/dates-for-movies-in-grey-lynn-park/

http://www.robthomas.co.nz/movies-in-parks-are-back/

http://www.robthomas.co.nz/movies-in-waitemata-parks/

정책

August 17, 2013 by  
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안녕하세요.
올해 10월에 있을 예정인 선거일에, 저 ROB THOMAS가Waitemata and Gulf Councillor가 될 수 있도록 투표해 주시길 바랍니다.
제가 Councilor로 당선이 되면 오클랜드 시티 (inner city) 지역 사회의 강하고 독립적인 목소리가 되어드리겠습니다.

  • 개선된 공공장소 (High Quality Public Spaces).
  • 더 나은 교통 시설 (Better Public Transport).
  • 사이클 링크 시설의 확충 (Dedicated Cycling Links).

제가 그동안 오클랜드 시티 지역의 시청 임원 (Local Board Member)으로 활동하면서 Tepid Bath오프닝과 Eden Terrace Business District 설립하는 등, 이 지역 사회의 긍정적인 발전을 위해 일을 해왔고 그것을 기쁘게 생각합니다.
다가올 선거일에 저를 투표해 주실 모든 분들께 감사드립니다.
-ROB THOMAS

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