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No capping of rates means that all ratepayers who own similar value properties will pay the same rates no matter where in Auckland they live. Changes to the way development contributions are collected will also go out for public consultation early next year. The fees are collected from residential developments and other land use changes to pay for community and network infrastructure, such as storm water and transport. Councillors also agreed to support the development of a new entity, Development Auckland, which will result from the merger of two CCOs (council-controlled organisations), Auckland Council Property Ltd (ACPL) and Waterfront Auckland. Other CCOs providing water services (Watercare), major events and tourism (ATEED – Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development Ltd) and major new investments (ACIL – Auckland Council Investments Ltd) will remain within their structures. However, responsibility for managing the council’s diversified financial assets portfolio will be transferred from ACIL to the council’s Treasury unit. Council’s annual budget finalised Multicultural Christmas HUMBLE SERVANT: Bishop Patrick Dunn is a regular visitor to the east side of the city, on this occasion in June 2012 to bless the mural Whetu Moana, created by Rotorua artist Henriata Nicholas, which takes pride of place in the reception of Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Howick. Times file photo Wayne Martin By BISHOP PATRICK DUNN, Catholic Bishop of Auckland WE ARE often reminded that Auckland is one of the 10 most ethnically di- verse cities in the world. In fact, it is now home to peo- ple of 150 different ethnicities. This means that we are also a city of religiously diverse people – people of many faiths. And we are also a somewhat secularised society. I’m sure that the reader- ship of the Times is a microcosm of this diversity. All religions have special feasts and celebrations. For us who are Christian, Christmas is that wonderful time when we commemorate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. And because the birth of a child is a blessed event and captures the imagination of all people, the great Christian feast of Christmas which we celebrate is also observed in our society and resonates in different ways with believers and non-believers alike. In a secularised society there is often a false opposition between reason and faith. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, a former Chief Rabbi in the United Kingdom, says faith and reason address different questions. “Reason takes things apart to see how they work. Faith puts things together to see what they mean,” he says. In fact, faith and reason are like two wings by which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth. This is the way we are wired. We are meaning-seeking human creatures. The most important question we can ask ourselves is: What is the meaning of my life? Ulti- mately, that is a faith question. So, at Christmas we gather as we have for 2000 years to celebrate what is our ultimate meaning – that with the birth of a child in the humble surround- ings of the shepherds’ caves and fields of Bethlehem, a great light came into our world. Jesus, human and divine, entered into our history to bring light into our darkness and to reveal to each one of us the mercy, the grace and the most tender love of God. My prayer for all of us this Christmas is two-fold: That we will experience the gifts of meaning, love and peace in our own lives, and that we will reach across boundaries of race and religion to share them with those around us, especially those who experience poverty, loneliness and lack of love in their lives.
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