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Inaugural meetings for the new boards will be held this week and next. Mr Brown says the first few weeks will be mostly about members getting to know each other and few decisions will be made to start with. He plans to meet with each board person- ally. I'll be working very closely with them over the next few weeks,'' he says. I've encouraged councillors to sit on the boards too.'' The mayor says west Aucklanders should not fear their voice will be lost in the new council. Local boards will still be the first port of call over libraries, swimming pools, parks and reserves.'' They will also have the power to approve re- source consent applica- tions and deal with regu- lation issues such as graffiti and liquor laws. Whau Local Board member and former Avondale Community Board chairman Duncan MacDonald doesn't want local boards to be involved in regulation. We shouldn't be there to make bylaws and tell people what they can and can't do in their backyards.'' Grand moment for the new council Turning point: Len Brown addressed the first Auckland Council meeting on Monday. It was a council meeting like no other. Mayor Len Brown and 20 councillors were sworn in on Monday amid great fanfare. The 1200 people who packed the Auckland Town Hall were treated to an hour-long welcome from Maori leaders, numerous musical num- bers on the famous town hall organ and songs performed by the Gradu- ate Choir New Zealand. Prime Minister John Key, who addressed the inaugural Auckland Council meeting, likened it to an Auckland Uni- versity graduation cer- emony he attended at the venue in 2004. The room was full of excitement and expec- tation. The emotions here are very much the same.'' Mr Brown outlined his vision for Auckland in a 15-minute speech. He repeated his elec- tion promise of moving towards building an inner city rail loop, extending rail to the air- port and across to the North Shore. And Mr Brown drew on the memory of former Auckland city mayor Sir Dove-Myer Robinson's vision for extending rail throughout the city to reinforce his point. Imagine how different Auckland would be now if Dove's plans had not been derailed. We have imagined too long. We've waited too long. We will fix Auck- land's transport system.'' he said. The former Manukau mayor says people who live in Albany should be able to get to East Tamaki for work without having to use their cars. Mr Brown also talked about working with the Auckland businesses, universities and polytechnics to generate ideas that will make the city a more prosperous place to live. We must nurture them and give them room to move.'' While he promised to do his best to keep rates down, the new mayor warned the final amalga- mation costs of combin- ing eight councils into one and contribution to the leaky homes fund aren't yet known. Mr Key told the gath- ering his government is ready to work with the new council. This is a historic turning point for all of us. We've closed the door on conflicting, ad hoc decision making. We've closed the door on con- flicting local rules, laws and strategies.'' He acknowledged there would be times when the government and the council disag- reed, but said those issues could be worked through.
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