Mike Lee (New Zealand politician)
Michael (Mike) Lee
|Chairman of the Auckland Regional Council|
2004 – 31 October 2010
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Councillor, Waitemata and Gulf Ward, Auckland Council|
31 October 2010 – 2013
|Preceded by||Position created|
|Political party||City Vision|
|Alliance Party (formerly)|
|Website||Mike Lee's blog|
Michael (Mike) Lee is a councillor on the Auckland Council and the former chairman of the Auckland Regional Council, both in Auckland, New Zealand. He chairs the transport committee of Auckland Council, and sits on the board of Auckland Transport.
|2010–13||Waitemata and Gulf||Independent|
|2013–16||Waitemata and Gulf||Independent|
|2016–present||Waitemata and Gulf||Independent|
He has held the position of parks chairman (the Council operated a number of regional parks), and oversaw the acquisition of substantial further parkland by the Council during his time. He wrote his thesis on such matters as land titles on Hauraki Gulf islands.
In his time before coming to chair the Council, he was at times called a 'maverick' for opposing the more conservative elements on the Council.
He has been very critical of the form of the new Council as created by the Fifth National Government (though he supported the creation of the Council itself), and especially of the creation of large business-like council-controlled organisations (CCOs) to manage substantial parts of the Council-owned assets and services at arm's length from actual Council control.
One of his key projects in the 2000s was successfully pushing forward the electrification of Auckland's rail network, succeeded by his work on achieving a city centre rail tunnel to increase the capacity of the rail system, both projects often against strong opposition from national government.
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- Hewitson, Michele (4 December 2010). "Mike Lee". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "Cr Michael Lee Auckland Regional Council Chairman". Auckland Regional Council website. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- "Many strings pull future of historic city sanctuary". The New Zealand Herald. 10 August 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- "Ask Phoebe: Tiny isle belongs to no one". The New Zealand Herald. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
- "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place – Rodney" (PDF). Retrieved 6 July 2013.
- "Mike Lee: The Government is no longer listening". The New Zealand Herald. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
- "Lee hits back at minister over city rail". The New Zealand Herald. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
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- Hewitson, Michele (17 December 2005). "ARC chairman keeps the reindeer galloping". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
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