Yana’s Yarn—13 March 2018

Say the word ‘council’ and you’ll either zone out or the hackles will rise.

Before you zone out, I want to write about having your say. It’s not all doom and gloom, and ignorance isn’t always bliss, especially when it comes to your life and your future.

Auckland Council recently announced their 10 year budget and now they’re offering all residents the chance to have their say before March ends.
I’m the first to admit, it is a bit of a pain, unfortunately or fortunately Council don’t have the ability to read our minds, nor can they please everyone. But they have made it easy to give residents a platform to share our thoughts.

There are many things that have been discussed in the long term plan, things like a regional fuel tax, which would push fuel up by 10 cents, plus GST. Have an opinion on that? I do.

So I plan to be having my say. As many of us will know, it’s easy to be a keyboard warrior on Facebook, so I challenge you to channel that energy and use it on www.AKhaveyoursay.nz instead.

If you’re in the Waikato district, you’re not exempt. Waikato District Council have a list of current consultations online, so you can check them out on the Waikato District Council website.

For the first time, I also made a submission on a bill that’s before parliament. Add that to completing the census, and having my say and I can officially say and feel like a contributing member of society. I’m a firm believer that if you’re going to talk the talk, walk the walk too.

So grab your keyboards, your pen and paper, or show up to a public meeting and get your thoughts out there.

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