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  • artemis
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    Clearly many local authorities don't see themselves as running a business. And yet voters keep voting them in. Don't they care?

    Wellington City council - recent case in point. Narrowly voted to pay employees of a security firm the 'living wage' from their clearly inflated HR budget at a cost of hundred of thousands. As long as said employees work for the council and not some other organisation. And this despite formal advice from the chief executive that this is not lawful.

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  • eri
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    i realise that

    but i think council could raise the money by going back to their core activities + junking the pork

    fire all the spin drs, cut back their overseas trips, buy fewer and cheaper cars

    does every council car in a park need to be a new toyota hilux?

    do we need expensive, unelected race based boards, who seem to justify their existence by slowing and making development even more expensive?

    do we need the huge water park being built at manukau?

    a pink cycleway into the city?

    everybody can't have everything in the belief someone else will pay for it

    nz simply isn't productive enough for its biggest city to be the best in the world

    without bankrupting its ratepayers buying luxuries for its inhabitants

    if you ran a business and had an office manager who spent the entire budget on flowers and water coolers

    needing top ups for photocopy paper and toner

    you'd sack them

    sack this lot of financial mis-managers

    or at least hire someone to do more with less

    why should the head of auckland council

    get away with behaviour that would see the head of the health board sacked?
    Last edited by eri; 16-02-2016, 08:08 AM.

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  • Wayne
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    Everyone else is justpissing about.
    I you want to stop the jam you need to do something.

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  • eri
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    goff promises

    to raise rates?

    Labour MP Phil Goff has promised to make light rail a priority if he wins the Auckland mayoralty.

    Mr Goff pushed some form of road charging - a petrol tax, tolls or congestion charges - to raise revenue for transport and encourage a change of travel modes.

    "We cannot pretend that there is some magic way of funding infrastructure that doesn't impose any costs on anyone.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/n...ectid=11589994

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  • eri
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    certainly not too bothered

    by the competion

    Goff said he would resign as an MP if elected as mayor in October next year, but would balance his campaigning with his current job until then.


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  • artemis
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    Mr Goff is fairly centre. But he is a failed and rather boring leader. Still boring might be better than being too interesting on the front page.

    Wonder if Ms Crone will stand? That would throw a firecracker into the hayshed.

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  • eri
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    goff goff

    of the always almost bankrupt nz labour party

    talking the talk

    "For Auckland to succeed, it must operate effectively and efficiently.
    The Super City was supposed to eliminate waste and bureaucratic duplication.
    That will be my priority.
    Under my leadership, we will be fiscally prudent and learn to do more with less."

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=11549402

    but that's pretty much what brown said to get the job too

    still waiting for the centre right to float someone that has a proven record

    in the war against waste
    Last edited by eri; 22-11-2015, 07:25 PM.

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  • PTILoveYou
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    Originally posted by primal View Post
    Mr Brown knows that if he fights for Super city he won't win. Better to step down.
    Another reason not to contest is that if he shows up to campaign trail/meetings, he might get egg-faced.

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  • primal
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    Mr Brown knows that if he fights for Super city he won't win. Better to step down.

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  • Davo36
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    Best news ever:

    Auckland mayor Len Brown won't seek re-election

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=11541914

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  • eri
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    now brown's time is nigh

    goff needs to explain

    how he'll fund his promises

    or, as he's using len's people

    will he just rinse and repeat len's lies?

    The Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance welcomed the expected announcement from Mr Goff.

    Spokeswoman Carmel Claridge said while many members would welcome Labour replacing Mr Brown for another candidate,

    "we need to see a credible plan to end Auckland Council's high rates, high debt, trajectory".

    "Right now Auckland Council owes creditors more on a per person basis than any other council in New Zealand.

    Even Christchurch ratepayers have a smaller per capita debt burden."


    If Mr Goff is running on promises of transport spending, we just want to know how he plans to pay for it.

    After 9.9% rate hikes and with more borrowing out of the question, dipping deeper into ratepayers' pockets isn't an option,"

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11540533

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  • friendly_prawn
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    Len Brown is one big swear word.. For gods sake, please please please bring back John Banks.. I don't care if no one likes him.. I don't care if people think he is shallow.. Auckland run smoothly while he was mayor. Rates were low and no one questioned what he did..

    Where as pants down brown the clown is hell bent on destroying Aucks..

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  • Damap
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    Let's hope Future Auckland get control then :-)

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  • eri
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    2 months later

    and brown still thinks his star can shine

    "The mayor is too focused on the job at hand to be thinking about what might happen at the end of next year," a mayoral spokesman said last night.

    goff ready to carry on brown's tax + spend program

    Last night, Mr Goff told the Herald "it is likely I will put my name forward", telling voters to expect an announcement before Christmas.

    but the fiscal conservatives also have a plan

    National cabinet minister and former Auckland City councillor Paul Goldsmith has been tasked by the party to find a candidate. He has not returned calls.

    National Party figures are also behind a plan for the centre-right to gain control of the 21-strong council.

    Going under the name of Future Auckland, the plan is to funnel party resources, including funding, for candidates who would agreed to sign up to a disciplined caucs approach.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ectid=11517943

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  • PTILoveYou
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    Originally posted by Wayne View Post
    I think he will finally get the message when he has to pay for it all himself - no one will fund his campaign so he won't run.
    Yeah spending a million to get a few hundred thousand dollar job doesn't make economic sense.

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