Mayor tackles queries
Sports funding, public transport levies and housing were just some of the issues raised at Len Brown's first Mayor in the Chair session for 2013.
It was held in Clendon, where a crowd of more than 30 people greeted Mr Brown.
The Gardens resident Nigel Wheeler asked the mayor about funding for a sports programme he wants to set up in South Auckland primary and intermediate schools.
"I've worked in the sports industry for a few years. The primary and intermediate schools are missing out," the former professional rugby player says.
Mr Wheeler was pleased with Mr Brown's suggestion of offering to contact Sir John Walker's Field of Dreams Trust to see what could be arranged.
Manurewa resident Kathy, who didn't want her last name used, spoke to the mayor about her concern over a proposal to cut pensioners' free access to buses after 3pm.
"Keeping pensioners active is important. Everyone I know goes to medical appointments at Middlemore Hospital on the bus or train.
"If one day people can't drive, they will be relying on that transport."
Elderly people have to pay after 3pm in other parts of the country but she says Auckland is different because it's bigger and more difficult to get around.
Patrick de Thierry asked Mr Brown's advice on how to find a home in Auckland's overcrowded housing market while he languishes on a Housing New Zealand waiting list. One of the problems is a lack of affordable one-bedroom homes across the city, he says.
Mr Brown says he gets a wide variety of inquiries at the Mayor in the Chair sessions, about all areas of Auckland Council activity, along with ideas for making Auckland and its communities better.
It's a great way to stay in touch with what Aucklanders across the region think about how the council is doing, he says.