John Banks (Banksie to his friends) will put the ‘local’ back into Local Government.
From his time on the old Birkenhead Borough Council, John learned how small local communities work and his experience on the original Auckland Regional Authority gave him the insight on how local interests can best be represented at a regional level.
As a constituency Member of Parliament for 18 years, he dealt with people with family problems and helped them reach their goals. He learned to appreciate the needs of diverse suburban, urban, rural and ethnic communities.
John is a former Minister of Local Government and hence understands how the machinery of Wellington can be harnessed to work for a Greater Auckland.
As a former Minister of Police, he knows how to deliver you a safer city.
Banksie was an award-winning talkback host for many years.
He listens to people and cares about what they believe.
As a two term Mayor of Auckland City, he knows the opportunity that has now been given to us with the new Council for a Greater Auckland.
It is an opportunity, he reckons, to restore local decision making to true grass-root levels by empowering the new Local Boards that represent your community.
He takes this opportunity to wish the Muslim community ‘Eid Mubarak.’