Manukau Courier : Manukau Courier November 2
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, November 2, 2010 Getting on with the job To the fore: Looking forward to their new supercity jobs are south Auckland's four councillors, from left: Manurewa-Papakura's Calum Penrose, Alf Filipaina from Manukau ward, Manurewa-Papakura councillor and Auckland Ambassador Sir John Walker and Manukau's Arthur Anae. Photo: JASON DORDAY By KAREN MANGNALL THEIR sleeves are rolled up and the southside's four Auckland council- lors are already getting down to work under the supercity. Manukau ward's Arthur Anae and Alf Filipaina and Sir John Walker and Calum Penrose from Manurewa-Papakura are back at the Auckland Town Hall today to deliver their inaugural speeches after last night's formal swearing- in.They are all thrilled with the new responsibilities assigned to them by mayor Len Brown. Being made the chairman of the council's economic forum is just brilliant'', Mr Anae says. It's the job I always wanted.'' He believes a user-friendly, can- do council'' is needed if Auckland is to develop and provide jobs. Our people have to be employed in this city and people who are affluent have to understand that it's the workers who make and buy their products. Without them they are nothing.'' He's already challenged his Manukau ward Business Improve- ment Districts to make sure every food outlet has an A grade hygiene rating in the first 100 days of the supercity. I want that to become a template across the whole of the city.'' Putting tourism on the map in Auckland's economy is another goal, along with rejuvenating the city's brownfields'' -- abandoned indus- trial areas like Otahuhu's old freez- ing works. We don't want ghettos or slums in the city. They've got to be redeveloped by bringing in new businesses and employment.'' Mr Anae's Samoan heritage will also be put to use as chairman of the Pacific Peoples advisory panel. Fellow Manukau ward councillor Alf Filipaina will be drawing on his Maori heritage and experience chairing the old Manukau City Council's Tiriti o Waitangi com- mittee for one of his new jobs. He's to be the link man'' between the mayor, councillors and the nine- member Maori statutory board named on Friday to advise the Auckland Council. Mr Filipaina will also be chair- man of the culture, arts and events forum dealing with regional events like the Rugby World Cup, the Pasifika Festival and Polyfest. I'm looking forward to it,'' he says. In his ward a priority is ironing out'' support for local boards, includ- ing Mangere-Otahuhu which still hasn't got an office in its area. Manurewa-Papakura councillor Calum Penrose will get government agencies working together in his role as the council's social policy forum delegate. It can be done, he says, citing the example of some state housing tenants who'd controlled'' several Papakura streets for decades. Police were called there up to 40 times a week. Finally the council, police and Housing NZ got together to move two families elsewhere. Now police cars patrol there maybe once a week, he says. Support role a dream for Sir John By KAREN MANGNALL Olympic champion Sir John Walker is excited and a little bemused by his new job as Auckland Ambassador. ''I don't know exactly what's involved,'' the Manurewa- Papakura councillor says. Sir John only got the call from mayor Len Brown about the special appointment a few hours before Thursday's announcement. Mr Brown says the ''absolute, stone cold legend'' will help to promote the newly unified Auckland to its people, the rest of the country and overseas. Sir John will be championing youth and recreation and working directly with the mayor on the Rugby World Cup, Mr Brown says. It's tapping into the same name recognition that has rocketed the Sir John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation to success. ''I see my role as one of support for the mayor, opening doors,'' Sir John says. His top priority will be to work with the mayor to make sure the Rugby World Cup ''gets as much publicity as possible so it goes off with a bang''. Sir John has also been asked to run events all over Auckland. One of the first events will be a revived Queen St Mile, with the race to be staged within the next six months. Sir John's also looking forward to the ''massive task'' of representing the Manurewa- Papakura ward. His main aim is to ''keep the community informed and support the local boards''. Sir John intends opening a ward office and attending meetings of both local boards along with fellow ward councillor Calum Penrose.
November 4th 2010