Len Brown’s council and subsidiaries are out of control, but none more so than ATEED which is facing several scandals at once.
Their plans to create mini embassies around the world has met with strong opposition but now it seems they are adding corporate welfare for rich golfers to their ambit.
The Taxpayersâ Union can reveal that Auckland Councilâs economic development agency, ATEED, has gifted $50,000 of ratepayer money to the Remuera Golf Club for the Holden PGANZ Championship. Taxpayersâ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:
âAuckland Council claims to have no money, but finds $50,000 spare to give a hand-out to Aucklandâs richest golf club. They might label it âeconomic developmentâ but how is this a priority over roads, rail and housing?â
The Taxpayersâ Union was alerted to the funding through a Council social media competition offering ratepayers ten tickets to the event.
âThe ten tickets are probably all ratepayers are ever going to see of the $50,000,â says Mr Williams.
In responding to questions put by the Taxpayersâ Union, ATEED, the Councilâs economic development agency, has indicated that a project sharing agreement is in place whereby the Council receive 50% of any profits over and above $150,000 generated by the event.
âOfficials are trying to have it both ways by claiming that the grant is not a hand-out to sport, rather an âinvestmentâ. When it flops, theyâll no doubt then call it a tourism expense.â
âIf anyone really thinks this is a genuine investment that will make a good return to ratepayers, weâve got a bridge to sell you.â
The documentation released by ATEED to the Taxpayersâ Union is available atÂ taxpayers.org.nz