Auckland Council

Phil Goff’s own dirty politics team busted

The Auckland Ratepayers Alliance shows up a curious chain of events:

You might have noticed in yesterday’s Herald a story about the enormous pay salaries the staff in Phil Goff’s office are being paid.  The article revealed that four staff in the Mayor’s office are being paid between $150,000 and $295,000.

Putting aside the question of whether ratepayers paying so much for the Mayor’s spin doctors and political operatives is consistent with Mr Goff’s promise to cut wasteful spending, you might be surprised to learn that the Ratepayers’ Alliance requested information about the costs of Mayoral Office salaries some four weeks ago.

Much to our surprise, the story in the Herald appeared online only 90 minutes after the Council emailed us the information (at 4:50pm), apparently in an attempt to avoid your humble advocates for prudent spending blowing the whistle.   Read more »

Goff’s office trough is deep and being filled right to the top

When you build a trough it pays to build big.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is dishing out big salaries for staff in his officeone of whom earns up to $295,000.

Goff has revealed that four staff in his office are being paid more than $150,000, but claimed in a statement he will have fewer staff than former Mayor Len Brown and spend less.

Of the 11 staff currently employed in the mayoral office, five have senior roles – chief of staff Fran Mold, finance and policy director David Wood, planning manager Rory Palmer, communications and external relations manager Mike Burgess and senior press secretary Nirupa George.

The four salary bands for staff earning more than $150,000 are:

• $275,000-$295,000
• $245,00-$265,000
• $148,00-$198,000
• $130,000-$180,000    Read more »

Goff backs out of another election promise. Same as it ever was

No surprises here, a weasel politician breaks his election promise just one month into the job.

Just one month into the new Phil Goff mayoralty and already he will be disappointing his followers with what appears to be a back down on his strong position on the hustings that he would force the Ports of Auckland to stop using the wharf for motor vehicle importation and relocate that business to North Port.

In his Letter of Expectation to the Chair and Board of Auckland Investments Limited, the Council Controlled Organisation which owns and manages the Councils investment in the Ports of Auckland, he directs ACIL to “investigate with the Ports and any other relevant parties on how the adverse impact of motor vehicles stored on the wharves can be reduced or eliminated.”   Read more »

Well now, this is refreshing. Now all Phil Goff has to do is match the rhetoric with deeds

Phil Goff is playing the tough guy.

He’s ordered council officers to do what they are told.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is laying down the law with council bodies, telling their highly paid bosses to be more open and accountable and instructing Auckland Transport to lift its game on public transport.

Goff has also told the council’s investment arm to ensure Ports of Auckland are clear there will be no further reclamation or wharf extensions into the Waitemata and the time has come to look at reducing or removing cars altogether from the waterfront wharves.

The messages to the six council-controlled organisations (CCOs), and copied to council chief executive Stephen Town, are contained in draft letters of expectation. The letters, much tougher than in the past, will be discussed by councillors at Thursday’s finance committee before being finalised.

Last night, the new mayor told the Herald that a clear message he heard on the election hustings was the term ”council-controlled organisations” was a misnomer.   Read more »

Dopey Vic Crone couldn’t even file her donation returns on time

The Mayoral donations returns have been filed…except for Vic Crones.

Phil Goff bagged a reasonable slice of cash and donations from Helen Clark and Eric Watson.

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark and rich lister Eric Watson were among the donors to Phil Goff’s successful Auckland mayoral campaign, which raised more than $700,000.

Clark and Watson each donated $5000 to Goff, who spent $410,814 on his campaign, leaving him with a “good little war chest” for another run in 2019, according to his campaign manager David Lewis.

Goff said his team worked hard at fundraising, putting the big bounty down to a lot of confidence in him and an expectation he was likely to win the election.

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We just got rid of a tax & spend mayor, welcome to the new tax & spend mayor

phil goff like len brown zipper up

Phil Goff is spending up large with just five minutes in the job.

He’s promised light rail, and now a living wage for council workers. he needs to fund that somehow, and like all Labour politicians, there is only one way to fund things…with new taxes.

Limiting the annual increase in Auckland rates, raising $30 million from a visitor levy and introducing a fuel tax are among proposals being put forward by mayor Phil Goff.

So, he’s limiting rates so he doesn’t get hammered on that but wants you to all pay more with a fuel tax that would be way more than any rates increase. Hands up those in Auckland who want to pay more for petrol for Phil to spend on the living wage? Anyone? Anyone?

Mr Goff hopes the proposals can become key measures in Auckland Council’s 2017/18 annual budget to be adopted next June.

This included increasing rates for Auckland property owners by 2.5 per cent rather than the planned 3.5 per cent annual increase.   Read more »

Joyless, lemon-sucking, busy-bodies want all cars removed from volcanic cones

No just joyless, lemon-sucking, busy-bodies, but unelected Maori busy-bodies.

Driving and parking up to take in the Auckland vista from volcanic cones has been an Auckland Kiwi birthright.  Get ready for the liberals and Maori to ban and ban some more.


The Tūpuna Maunga Authority has decided five more ancestral mountains will have the same restrictions put in place next year.

The changes will affect the tihi, or top, of Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill, Maungarei/Mt Wellington, Ōwairaka/Mt Albert, Puketāpapa/Mt Roskill and Takarunga/Mt Victoria.

Mr Bowden, a land surveyor, has a good understanding of Auckland’s environment.

“We’ve actually done quite significant surveys all over Auckland picking up all of the topography, the kumara pits, so it’s very much about heritage, something that should be retained and I think any kind of vehicles off the mountain would be good.”

Two Papakura residents who were also up Ōwairaka today, however, disagreed with the ban, saying they wouldn’t have half an hour free in their lunch break to walk up to the summit.

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Will Phil Goff say anything about his friend the anti-semitic, misogynist, Islamic hate-speech preacher?

Phill Goff and anti-semitic, misogynist, hate-speech preacher Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib

Phil Goff and anti-semitic, misogynist, hate-speech preacher Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib

I wonder what Phil Goff is going to say about this photo taken with anti-semitic, misogynist, hate-speech preacher Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

I guess when Phil Goff said he was going to be mayor for all of Auckland he also meant anti-semitic, misogynist, hate-speech preachers as well.   Read more »

Phil Goff is a tin-eared effwit

You really have to wonder about the social skills of a wanker like Phil Goff.

During a live chat on Wednesday, Phil Goff said Auckland shouldn’t take a back seat on Government spending despite Kaikoura’s 7.8 quake which has caused devastating damage including closing State Highway 1.

When a live chat viewer asked about Kaikoura taking funding priority, Goff conceded that would likely be “partly right” – the Government would have “less money to play with” funding infrastructure.

But Goff cited figures to argue Auckland’s case, saying the city loses up to $3 billion per year in lost productivity from underdeveloped transport infrastructure.

“That’s more in congestion in one year than the entire Kaikoura [earthquake] cost. Can we afford to say ‘no, we’re looking at somewhere else now ignoring Auckland?'”

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Hooton on Goff

Matthew Hooton writes for Metro magazine about Phil Goff:

There are many Phil Goffs. There’s the long-haired student radical protesting the Vietnam War and paying his way working at the freezing works. There’s the short-back-and-sides 30-something Rogernome of the 1980s, introducing student fees and explaining why unemployed freezing workers were just part of the necessary reform process.

There’s the 90s version, certain Labour turning left was a mistake and working to undermine Helen Clark. There’s the 2000s Phil Goff, who loyally carried out her foreign policy, signed the free-trade deal with China and launched the negotiations with the United States for the Trans Pacific Partnership. And then of course there’s the version of the 2010s: first being pushed by the Labour left to front the most left-wing Labour policy programme since Norman Kirk and then — despairing of Labour’s further march to the left under David Cunliffe and Andrew Little — winning the Auckland mayoralty wearing National Party blue (while holding on to his seat in Parliament in the meantime, just in case).

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