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Panel will speak for
Rural voice: Franklin ward councillor Des Morrison will head a rural advisory
An advisory panel has been estab-
lished to ensure the region's rural
community has a say in Auck-
In the lead-up to the amalgama-
tion of Auckland councils in
November, many rural residents
were concerned their voice would
Mayor Len Brown has estab-
lished the panel to prevent that.
It will be chaired by Franklin
ward councillor Des Morrison.
The panel, which met for the
first time last month, is part of the
mayor's commitment to roll out
100 projects in the first hundred
days of the Auckland Council.
The panel will advise the coun-
cil on issues affecting rural
residents and ratepayers.
The rural communities will be
represented by Mr Morrison, Rod-
ney Ward councillor Penny
Webster, Rodney Local Board
chairman Bob Howard and Frank-
lin Local Board member Bill
Rural industries will also have
input with representation from
Federated Farmers, New Zealand
Forest Owners, Fonterra, New
Zealand Winegrowers, Rural Con-
tractors Federation and the
The willingness of the rural
sector to be involved is very
encouraging,'' Mr Morrison says.
Mr Brown says the Auckland
Plan will have a profound impact
on the future of Auckland's rural
It is critical that rural
viewpoints are taken into account
early in the process.''
Federated Farmers Auckland
vice-president Wendy Clark, of
Karaka, says the panel is a golden
opportunity to have a rural per-
spective involved in planning.
This is a really positive start
because people are talking to each
other at the beginning of the
spatial plan process.
We don't want to repeat the
mistakes of other regions where
the dialogue only started after
decisions had been made.
There has been a lot of good-
will and that's what is needed to
make Auckland work.
The rural industry representa-
tives have been mandated by the
Rural Industry Group to rep-
resent their sector and as land-
based businesses we have a vested
interest in getting it right.''
Chinese celebrate new year
Organisers are hoping for another
record crowd at this year's ASB
LunarFest in Manukau.
Saturday's Chinese New Year
festival will celebrate the start of
the Year of the Rabbit on Febru-
More than 40,000 people are
expected to turn out for the free
event at Manukau's TelstraClear
Pacific Events Centre.
Organiser World TV has been
preparing for the event for several
The festival runs from 3pm till
11pm and features cultural
performances, pop music, enter-
tainment, food stalls, traditional
arts and crafts and more.
Prime Minister John Key will
be on hand to watch the lion dance
The highlight will be a fire-
works display at 10pm -- it will
symbolise the expulsion of all
mishaps in 2010 and bring in good
fortune for the Year of the Rabbit.
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