October 06, 2019
Free travel for kids highlight of council term
Auckland councillor Alf Filipaina says the council's introduction of free weekend public transport for under 13s is having a positive impact on whānau in his south Auckland ward.
The long serving councillor is standing for another term, and says he's trying to lift the low turnout in the area because people's votes really count.
He says there have been a number of highlights in the latest term, including targeted rates to address longstanding problems with water and environmental management, but it's the free travel that is capturing the imagination.
"That’s awesome because I know it’s being picked up by the whānau who are hopping on the train and the kids are going places they don’t normally go to. Allowing people under 13 to travel free, it allows the whole whānau to go whether it’s over to the shore, over into town, I think that’s a key one," Mr Filipaina says.
Postal ballots need to be in the mail by tomorrow to ensure they meet the October 12 deadline, or they can be dropped off at any Auckland Council library or service centre before Saturday.
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