May 06, 2019
Homeless counts and COO review in mayoral strategy
Auckland mayor Phil Goff says his first term has brought benefits to Māori in the city.
Mr Goff is facing a challenge from Waipareira chief executive John Tamihere, who is counting on a strong Māori vote.
The mayor says what he has got going for him is the experience and skills to run a city and an unblemished track record.
He says he has supported an inclusive and diverse city, starting with tangata whenua.
He has also taken a hands on approach to issues like housing, lobbying central government for more social housing and chairing the Housing First initiative that has put more than 900 homeless people into homes over the past 20 months.
"I’ve put up in the mayoral proposal to put $5m into Auckland City Mission, and who are the peoole we are dealing with who are homeless, and I know this from the experience of going out on the homeless count, disproportionately they are Māori. That demonstrates the challenges we have in that community," Mr Goff says.
If reelected he will order a review of council controlled organisations such as Auckland Transport and Ateed.
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