The Auckland Council has voted to spend up large so that Pam Corkery and her bogan mates can watch taxis race around Pukekohe. The ratepayers and taxpayers take one in the chook again:
The New Zealand V8 Supercars race will move back to Auckland’s Pukekohe raceway for the first time since 2007.
Government funding of more than $2 million has helped Auckland secure the race.
New Zealand has hosted an annual round of the V8 Supercar Championship since 2001, first in Auckland at Pukekohe and as a street race in Hamilton since 2008.
But last year Audit New Zealand issued a damning report of the processes involved in Hamilton’s hosting of the event.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown recently suggested the super city would take over hosting the race again from this year.
That was confirmed after the city’s strategy and finance committee voted in favour of a proposal to host the race – at a cost of $10.5 million over five years to ratepayers.
Taxpayers will also be picking up part of the tab.
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said the Government’s Major Events Development Fund would make a one-off investment of up to $2.2m to support infrastructure upgrades in Auckland.
The money will go towards an upgrade of Pukekohe Park Raceway in time for the 2013 championship.