Justin Lester has some explaining to do and not just about his activities on the ratepayer’s dime in Hong Kong.
It seems the council, under his chairing of a key committee, has managed to magic away $8million of ratepayer cash in a corporate welfare payment to Singapore airlines…and all that exists in terms of paperwork is a Powerpoint presentation delivered after the deal was done…and a two page document that barely mentioned it.
A decision to subsidise Singapore Airlines new Wellington flights for the next decade saw virtually nothing put in writing.
Documents released by the Wellington City Council show that apart from a presentation made to councillors after the decision was made, the council generated a single two page document, which refers to the subsidy only in passing.
In January it was revealed that Wellington City Council chief executive Kevin Lavery had approved a subsidy for a new Singapore-Canberra-Wellington route from the Destination Wellington fund. The route launched on September 21.
The council has never disclosed the maximum Singapore Airlines, one of Asia’s largest airlines, could be paid, but documents suggest it could be $800,000 a year for 10 years.