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A message from Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Published: 1 March 2019

School’s back and the new year is well and truly under way.

In March, I’ll be heading to the Auckland Arts Festival and Pasifika, two unique cultural events that show our city at its finest. I hope to see you there.

Throughout the month, OurAuckland will be focusing on Te Mauri o Te Wai / The Value of Water.

Right now, we are in the process of creating a water strategy for the next 50 years. The issues it needs to address are some of the most pressing facing Auckland. During the 10-year budget consultation, a water-quality targeted rate was overwhelmingly supported by Aucklanders. It enables an additional $452 million to clean up our harbours, beaches and streams over the next decade – 20 years faster than would have otherwise been possible.

There is a lot more work still to do. We have developed Our Water Future, discussion document to help inform our water strategy, and you can have your say on this until 19 April

Speaking of water, it’s that time of year when the weather becomes more unpredictable, so make sure you’re prepared for late-summer storms. Visit Auckland Emergency Management to make a plan for you and your family.

Until next time.

Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland


Acoustic testing of Orewa tsunami sirens

UPDATE: Auckland Emergency Management advises that the rescheduled sound test for the Orewa Tsunami sirens will take place on Monday 23 November. The sirens will be activated three times between 12pm and 12.15pm. This is just a test and the public is not required to take any action.

Get ready to drop, cover and hold during national ShakeOut

New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is taking place at 9.30am on Thursday 15 October 2020.