Is there an advisory panel for people paying for all of this?

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  • Sailor Sam

    We can all apply for advisory asstance from the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel, because we are ALL ethnic.
    I am an ethnic Dutchman, there will be ethnic English, Scots, Welsh, Irish and a host of other people from all over the world.
    If this is a NZ outfit, we could all write to this panel asking for advice on how to deal with being an ethnic minority.

    • biscuit barrel

      Ethnic is defined as not Maori, pacific or New Zealander/european.

      • Sailor Sam

        Then I am ethnic as I am not a NZ/European.
        My children and grandchildren are though.

        • KatB

          I must be Ethnic too as I’m pure NZ, definitely not European.

  • biscuit barrel

    “The Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel was established by Auckland Council as a requirement of the Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Act 2010 (section 86).”

    You might ask Rodney Hide about who is paying for this?

  • Win

    What have these advisory panels got to do with maintaining Auckland’s infrastructure? That is ALL Auckland Council NEEDS TO DO. I would like to know why Rodney Hide was hell bent on giving socialist council officers free reign to waste ratepayers funds on nonsense ideas and pet projects.

    • shykiwibloke

      Not sure that is quite correct. I recall there was legislation passed under Helen that allowed the councils to expand into areas they were previously excluded from.
      Rodney did make it worse with super council legislation that did not reign this silly spending back in again.
      I blame the current govt, and refuse to vote for them in the coming election.

      • biscuit barrel

        The specific legislation and date is given so it was Hides Grand design for the Super city.
        Yes they could do all sorts of things on their own bat , but make it compulsory ?

      • Whitey

        The legislation you’re thinking of is the Local Government Act 2002, and yes, that Act is largely to blame for the problem we now have with out of control councils. Auckland of course is the biggest and most visible example, but there are similar problems all over the country.

  • biscuit barrel

    It seems the list of ‘panels’ is out of date
    Add these ones
    Advisory panel for Art in Public Spaces
    Heritage Advisory panel
    Rural Advisory panel

    • Raibert

      Also the expensive one – the statutory Maori advisory board?

  • John

    Today we had to prioritize our spending, high finance stuff, cheese or apples. At that level you really learn what you need. We didn’t need to decide on petrol, I need that to get to work and the pet food was also a necessity as we had already made the commitment to provide them with sufficient food when we took them on.

    When I, like so many need to make decisions on what food I will need to go without, it drives me nuts to see councils duplicate services of central government and such poor choices regards to benefit for the amount spent.

  • cows4me

    Where’s the advisory panel for all the people that pay for this crap ? What a bunch of swill troughers.

  • BR

    What has any of that got to do with drainage, street lighting and rubbish collection?


    • Superman

      The list of panels doesn’t say but from the other comments I assume they are all advising the Auckland Council and not central government. Vic Crone has promised to take a knife to waste at the council and these are prime examples. They have nothing to do with the core functions of a city council. I fear that this waste will proliferate after the upcoming election. Also what do the councillors get elected for if they need so much advice?