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2016
> The Hope of Christmas
> COMPASSION BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS

2015
> Northern Presbytery Moderator Christmas letter
> ANZAC DAWN REFLECTION
> Freedom of Speech or License to Stereotype?

2014
> Advent Hope and Interns
> 200 Years of New Zealand Christmas
> Prayer of the General Assembly 2014
> The Legal High Trade
> REFLECTION ON A JOURNEY
> Giving up for Lent - A Challenge from our Children

2013
> Christmas in the Graveyard
> FAREWELLS
> Mrs Hunters' Tea Party [Hunters Corner named ]
> PERSPECTIVE
> RISKS - HELP US GROW IN FAITH
> EMBRACING DIFFERENCE
> DOING OUR WORK
> 150years Ė We are part of this community

2012
> The Gift of Many People - Seven Years On.
> The Golden Rule - Donít Do or Do?
> WATER, WIND and FIRE
> COUNCIL FOR WORLD MISSION at ST JOHNS
> Signs of Spring
> YOUNG, MESSED UP AND ON THE GAME
> REAL WORLD - AND THE HUNGER GAMES
> The Journey to the Cross - An Easter meditation
> Can Jesus Heal Cancer
> CHRISTIAN HERITAGE in PAPATOETOE

2011
> LIGHT ON THE HILL
> LOOKING FORWARD
> GOOD WORDS
> ALCOPOPS and EXCESS DRINKING
> COMPASSION in ACTION
> Christchurch Reports
> Shattered Illusions, Faithful journeys.
> EARTHQUAKE
> The Windows, Images of Faith - Opening Day

2010
> THE CITY CAN NEVER BE THE SAME
> "The Hope that Comes from Faith"
> SPARKING SPARKIES
> ADVERTISING A NON-GOD!

2009
> PRAYING FOR THE COMMUNITY
> DATES THAT COULD DESTROY
> MERCY, JUSTICE AND LIVING IN GOD'S WORLD
> Warmth in the Frost
> GENEROUS GIVING
> Hunter's Corner - A Dilemma of Publiic Space.
> Easter customs to tell the Story
> Our Mother Tongue God is too Small
> Tragedy at Fox Glacier

2008
> THE BIRTH STORIES OF JESUS
> CONNECTING WITH - FAMILIES IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
> WELL If you want it Quiet ......
> Finding Pearls
> Of Winter fuel and things
> Disaster and Relief Work
> Prayer on hearing the News
> Conflict of Interest
> Practical Christian in the community.
> Who are these Christians?

2007
> We still keep singing the Christmas carols
> Getting our pirorities
> Travelling
> Spring flowers shout that life is not dead.!
> Focusing on the task
> Change
> Real Families
> Water - Source of conflict
> Prayer

2006
> Violence and Children
> Faith and Reason
> PEACETIME AND HOPE
> Playdough and PC
> Violence to Children
> Climbing Everest
> Celebrating the Good things
> THE GNOSTIC GOSPEL OF JUDAS
> Focusing on the Essential
> Living with other Faiths
> SuperVolcanoes and other worrying things

2005
> Advent - Saving the Earth Saving its Peoples
> Halloween - The time of the Saints
> Responding to Terror
> Time of Winter
> Noah - a Story of Conservation
> Off the Tracks
> Moving On and Looking Back
> Tsunami Prayers

2004
> Upside Down Christmas
> From Assembly - Dean Drayton address
> In the Community
> Weaving together the threads
> 150 years of History revisited
> July - Faithfulness
> Getting 150 years in perspective -
> Passion -The Film
> Letter From Niue

2003
> Christmas hope
> Maintenance and Mission
> Annual reports June 2002- June 2003
> Who will come to the Party?
> Time to Change
> Unity is Strength
> Prostitution Laws
> Gone Fishing


Minister's Minutes
November 2010

THE CITY CAN NEVER BE THE SAME

On Wednesday evening, November 3, I attended the inaugural meeting of the new Otara-Papatoetoe local Board. This is in effect our new local Council.
Congratulations to Ian McGechie from St Johns congregation, who is one of its members and to all those on the board. We are fortunate that between them they carry a lot of experience on the former Manukau city council and the community boards.

In the scriptures we are urged to pray for those who are in government and particularly for the city we live in and it is useful to know how the decisions about our city are to be made.

Of course the wider area policies are made by the Auckland council [and the mayor has huge personal powers compared with past mayors] but it is the local boards who have responsibility for our local affairs. So from all the vagueness surrounding their role I have extracted the following information

The role of local boards
Local boards will be the face of local government. They will meet regularly with the communities they represent and deal with the things concerning local people. They will consult communities formally when developing local board plans. The principle is that decision-making for all non-regulatory activities should be undertaken by local boards, unless a regional approach would better promote the well-being of Auckland communities.

Allocating activities
The act requires the Auckland Council to allocate decision-making on non-regulatory activities between the local boards and the Auckland Council depending on which aspects are local in nature and which would benefit from a regional approach.
Non-regulatory responsibilities
Non-regulatory activities tend to be activities that directly enhance the well-being of communities. It is proposed that local boards will oversee local facilities (such as community parks, halls, swimming pools, sports fields and libraries), local programmes and activities (such as local events, community arts and culture programmes, community advisory services and social housing initiatives) and local services (such as enhanced rubbish removal, graffiti control, and cleaning programmes for the local area).
They will make locally based decisions on, for example, location and design of new facilities, local service standards, maintenance programmes for local infrastructure, and local centre branding and marketing.

Regulatory responsibilities
The Auckland Council will decide what the local boards can decide but there are a number of regulatory matters which could be delegated to local boards. These include local decisions on liquor control (such as what local parks are subject to liquor bans), location and signage for commercial sex premises within local areas, and restrictions on activity within local public places (such as local street trading). Local boards can propose local bylaws to the Council.

Working with others
Council-controlled organisations have a direct relationship with local boards in seeking input to their plans and in day-to-day matters in local board areas.. Eg, Auckland Transport, manages Aucklandís local government transport network.and will be responsible for footpaths, street furniture, signage and lighting. Auckland Transport will need to engage regularly with local boards on local initiatives such as bus stop locations, safety initiatives, and speed restrictions.

Budgets and support - The money to do it!
On day one, each local board will have a budget and allocated decision-making responsibilities. These responsibilities will be significant. The local boards will represent communities larger than many district councils in New Zealand. The budgets and allocation of responsibility will be commensurate with this.

The places we live in, affect the way we relate to one another, so let us uphold those who are serving their community in this way and pray for the people of our city and our local region.

"On the margin, still they come and go
In the restless city's ebb and flow;
And we watch or we pass on the other side,
Yet these are the souls for whom Christ died.
And the city will never be the same,
For love's reborn each Easter dawn in the heart of the city."
Easter City - Colin Gibson


Rev. Margaret Anne Low

 


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