What's the problem? What is either not working, or could work better?
Rather than say "they should", shift to "we can" and then see what comes of it.
By shifting to the front foot, we begin to enable people and communities to provide for their economic, social, cultural & environmental well being while protecting the environment.
It's the purpose statement of the Resource Management Act.
OK, good idea. How do we begin?
While governments tend to love statistics and politicians/press anecdotes, if you are serious about enabling people and communities, you need to ask real people, your people and your community, to stand up and be counted.
For example, we are told there is a need for affordable housing.
In response, government will fund studies. The press will feature someone living in a car.
Neither puts a roof over anyone's head.
But if several hundred people say they need affordable housing, and each person is specific about how much they can pay each week (rent or mortgage), and what type of housing they need, then we not only have real data, but can align those individual needs to create purchasing power.
As an individual you are the mercy of the market.
But when hundreds of people add up their individual buying power, together
they become the market; they make it.
The talent exists on Waiheke to come up with great ideas.
The resources exist to put them into action.
The time for talk is laid down.
Time for action.
SHIFT TO THE FRONT FOOT
Revive some of the dormant community organisations...
community charitable trusts, incorporated societies, etc.
Raise money for experts and lawyers to help the community lead. Run social enterprises to do something positive.
The community knows how to raise money, it does so when on the back foot. But that is only to stop bad stuff.
Continue the money raising, but instead do so for proactive purposes that lead rather than react.
In an ideal world, this is the purpose of local government: We vote to tax ourselves to fund local needs & aspirations.
But unfortunately, there is no local government in Auckland. The supercity is a defacto state government, which creates a vacuum.
With the funding, formulate a framework, not a plan.
A framework defines the boundary conditions - what we want to achieve.
Then the community goes through a process to shape that framework into a plan that it then implements.