George Wood

More on the Auckland Future Clusterf***

Auckland Future decided to arsehole long term councillor and very, very reliable right-winger George Wood in North Shore so their hand-picked candidates could run.

So let’s look at what happened:

North Shore ward

DARBY, Chris Taking The Shore Forward 18129
HILLS, Richard A Positive Voice for the Shore 11785
GILLON, Grant, Shore Action 11714
GRANT, Danielle Auckland Future 6000
SMITHSON, Anne-Elise Shore Action 5529
FREEMAN, Fay Auckland Future 4988   Read more »

Auckland Future’s past it

The much vaunted National Party in Drag replacement for C&R has been utterly destroyed in the Auckland Council elections. Only incumbent Denise Krum won a council seat, and the half-witted decision to run two candidates against George Wood has meant that there is now a Labour councillor on the North Shore.

We pointed this out in May.

If you were running a centre right campaign would you:

a. Bully incumbent councillors to try to get them to run.

b. When they tell you to get stuffed because they think you are a pack of bullies decide to stand candidates against them so you split the vote and ensure looney lefties like Cathy Casey and Chris Darby get reelected.  Read more »

Are Auckland Future handing a North Shore Seat to Grant Gillon?

New Zealand’s favourite grandmother, Maggie Barry, has had a go at long standing right wing council stalwart George Wood, who the halfwitted Auckland Future have decided to run two candidates against.

You may fault George for being a bit boring, but he votes the right way and is a sure vote for the right, so why is Auckland Future and Maggie Barry trying to shaft him?

“I don’t want to be restricted from giving citizens of North Shore the focused attention they deserve and need. Also, I am concerned that we must first review the range and standards of service council is providing for our citizens,” Mr Wood said.

On Monday, Auckland Future announced it had selected former Takapuna community board member Fay Freeman and Kaipatiki Local Board member Danielle Grant to contest the two North Shore ward seats.

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Dear Calum Penrose, Denise Krum, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Alf Filipaina and George Wood [UPDATED]

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Dear Councillors,

You six ignored the hundreds of submissions from locals and voted to allow set nets to be reintroduced to Arkles Bay.

Today, in the middle of summer, someone did just that.

The net is unattended, right in the middle of the swimming area near a council-provided pontoon for swimmers. I hope a small child isn’t injured or drowned. I hope no dolphins are injured.   Read more »

Auckland Future’s Lack of Candidates

The nascent Auckland Future appears to have been soundly rejected by the current right wingers on council.

So far we have been able to confirm that Councillors Wood, Quax & Stewart will not be joining. Cr Krum is concerned that Auckland Future will damage her chances in a tight election, and is also concerned that they will try to force her into policies that please Nikki Kaye voters but do not please Denise Krum voters. None of the new right wing candidates I know about, declared or undeclared, are intending to join.

Chris Fletcher may join but is sitting on the fence (like she has always done) and waiting to see what is happening.

Desley “Anastasia” Simpson, running in Orakei, is going to join, and the opportunist and all round dopey bastard Calum Penrose may be signed up. Penrose is likely to do what Noelene Raffils did with C&R, refuse to contribute to their campaign fund but leverage off their brand.    Read more »

6 Councillors who are going to get challenged

Yesterday the Auckland Council’s Regulatory and Bylaws Committee decided to ignore unanimous support from local residents and instead listen to two council officials and over ride a 5 year ban on set netting in Arkles Bay.

In doing so they placed a target on their backs for a strong campaign to ensure they are replaced.

A decision made by Auckland Council’s Regulatory and Bylaws Committee today (October 13) will see the current year-round ban on set netting in Arkles Bay replaced with a summer-only ban that runs from November 1 to April 30 each year. The summer ban will be within 200 metres (seaward) of the Mean High Water Spring.

This decision flies in the face of a united front from the community, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board and Councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker who sought a continuation of the year-round ban.

The year-round ban on set netting, introduced by the former Rodney District Council in March 2007, was unique in Auckland and it was this that appeared to make it problematic for Auckland Council’s “one size fits all” approach.

Council staff offered residents an opportunity for feedback prior to today’s committee meeting, via a website, promising that all such feedback would be put before Councillors for consideration. More than 660 submissions were received in the week after that address was publicised in Hibiscus Matters’ October 1 issue.

However, Albany Ward Councillor John Watson, who is on the Regulatory and Bylaws Committee, says those comments were not put before the committee.

“The impassioned and evidence-based views of the local community were ignored,” he says.

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And they think that is going to save them? [UPDATED]

Some Auckland councillors think that abstaining from a vote means they didn’t make one and can’t be blamed for the consequences.

That’s so dumb its incomprehensible.

It’s like saying the dog ate one’s homework.

Not voting – abstaining – is still supporting the Mayor. It just comes with a bit of posturing. The result will still be a win for the Mayor’s budget.

And being scared by Stephen Town into believing that there will be dire financial consequences?

That’s even dumber.

Several Auckland councillors are expected to abstain from a budget vote this week to avoid plunging the Super City into a financial crisis.

Mayor Len Brown looks set to pass his new 10-year, $60 billion budget with less than half the votes of his council at Thursday’s governing body meeting.

He will get there after councillors were told the consequences of not passing the budget by chief executive Stephen Town and chief finance officer Sue Tindall over lunch last Thursday.

Councillors attending the lunch said the consequences were dire.   Read more »

The 15 councillors that need voting out after imposing a poll tax on Auckland

Yesterday 15 councillors and unelected Maori representatives, including Len Brown voted to increase Aucklanders rates by 9.9% despite promises from Len Brown to limit rates rises to just 2.5%.

These are the 15 who need rinsing at next year’s local body elections. They are dead to citizens of Auckland. Useless. A waste of space. If only we had recall legislation.

Mayor Len Brown, deputy mayor Penny Hulse, Penny Webster, Arthur Anae, Cathy Casey, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Chris Fletcher, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker and Maori Statutory Board members David Taipari and Glen Wilcox voted for the increase.

These people need to be voted out.

They are completely out of touch with the feelings of the ratepayers. Those ratepayers need to ensure they are never in the position to rape our pockets again.

Those who votes against should be rewarded.

Cameron Brewer, Ross Clow, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood voted against the rises.

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Len Brown breaks yet another promise, ratchets rates ever higher

Len Brown has become the lying Mayor.

Another of his election promises has gone by the wayside as his council keeps on increasing rates rather than reining in spending.

Auckland Council’s budget committee has voted 16-7 for a proposal to increase rates by 3.5 per cent for each year of a new 10-year budget.

The proposal got the backing of Mayor Len Brown, who promised voters to hold rates at 2.5 per cent this term.

This is on top of the massive rates rises of the last 3 years, some way more than 10% but capped under now expired legislation. Remember too that this is average rates rises of 3.5%, there will be some with even higher rates rises.

These are the tax, spend and hope councillors.

For a 3.5 per cent increase: Len Brown, Penny Webster, Arthur Anae, Cathy Casey, Bill Cashmore, Ross Clow, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Penny Hulse, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, John Walker, Wayne Walker and Maori Statutory Board members David Taipari and John Tamihere.

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Nth Shore local politicians in for Ear Bashing, Ctd

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Looks like this little series of posts about North Shore local body politicians is stirring up quite a hornet’s nest.

The tip-line shows unrest fermenting amongst Bayswater residents as they see the redevelopment of a large unused carpark into the Bayswater Village Marina as a good thing.

The disinfectant of sunlight on those responsible for forcing kids from Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club to potentially man sausage sizzles for the next decade has not only flushed out Auckland Councillor Chris Darby, but former Alliance MP and double dipper trougher Grant Gillon.

Loopier than loopy leftie Gillon, recently got all uppity when North Shore MP Maggie Barry had her private members’ bill to stop people serving on two or more Auckland local boards drawn from the Parliamentary ballot.

Gillon thinks it’s quite ok to tuck Auckland ratepayers twice for serving troughing on both the Devonport-Takapuna and Kaipatiki local boards, while the kids from the local rowing club have to stand outside supermarkets in the hope someone buys a sausage and a piece of white bread in order to raise funds towards a new clubroom.

Gillon likes to grand-stand on behalf of “the community”. Problem is it’s not the community he’s representing, it’s the NIMBYS. Let’s look at the NIMBYS he’s supporting who are against the Takapuna Grammar School Rowing Club getting a new clubroom.   Read more »

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