Only 20?

Auckland Council is ditching 20 staff in a revamp…the only question I have is why only 20?

Twenty Auckland Council staff are set to lose their jobs when five visitor information centres are closed as the result of a cost-cutting directive from Mayor Len Brown.

The council body, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (Ateed), yesterday announced plans to close five loss-making i-SITES at Orewa, Takapuna, Kumeu, Pukekohe and Bombay.

The closures will cancel a $700,000 loss by the five i-SITES visitor information centres. Another seven i-SITES are performing well or holding their own.

Ateed chief executive Brett O’Riley said it was difficult to justify the $2.7 million that the five i-SITES were expected to lose over the next four years, particularly in the current economic climate.

He said Ateed would be discussing the proposal with the 20 affected fulltime and part-time staff over the next fortnight. A final decision would be made on November 9.

There are plenty more troughers and feather bedders in the council to axe. The cost cutting that Lyin’ Len Brown is talking about here is nickel and dime rubbish.

  • http://twitter.com/hifuncblonde hifuncblonde

    I went to an ATEED business networking function earlier this year and was shocked to find free food and booze on offer. I thought the great turnouts to these events that I’d heard about were due to the business leads people were getting – yeah right.

  • Patrickm

    Funny how all the councils that were swallowed up by the Super City were able to balance their budgets – now that they are amalgamated into the super city people in these outer areas are seeing their services cut & money is diverted to Lens constituency in South Auckland. Ask people in these communities how services have improved since Lying Len took over – answer is services have deteriorated & in cases disappeared/ceased. Rates are more thievery by politicians but at least under the previous local government systems the money was spent locally.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Must be some saving now that the pohutakawas in Takapuna are not getting as much irrigation

  • sarge

    They should start by getting rid of that city manager cunt who is on about $860-000 a year

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