03 May 2013

Youth want a say on the Unitary Plan

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By: Annabel Reid | New Zealand News

20130503 Youth want a say on the Unitary PlanMayor of Auckland, Len Brown, is trumpeting youth involvement in the Unitary Plan process, but youth themselves are reading the situation very differently.

Mayor Brown says he is delighted with the level and quality of input young Aucklanders are providing towards the draft Unitary Plan.

But Manurewa Local Board member, Simeon Brown, says they are feeling isolated.

“What we need to see is face to face engagement, where young people come together in the same room and discuss and debate the future of our city.

“That’s what I’m passionate about seeing, but it’s what I’m not seeing at the moment.”

Simeon Brown says young Aucklanders are the ones who will see the plan through, so they need to be at the forefront of the consultation.

He says young people have been isolated, and they want the mayor to listen to them.

“I’d love to have him coming and talking with young people, and actually talking face to face with them and find out what their aspirations are, what their dreams are, what their hopes are for their city.”

Simeon Brown says the main concern they have with the Unitary Plan is intensification.

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