Len Brown

Stuart Nash on the Boagan’s plans to nick the AECT trust

Stuart Nash has written a piece on Michelle Boag’s plans to nick the AECT funds to gift to Len Brown for his train set.

It is on a little read hate speech blog run by Wrongly Wrongson, the blogger formerly known as Martyn Martin Bradbury, and so deserves wider attention.

Move forward to 2014, and John Collinge is at it once again.  Collinge, backed by another former National party president Michelle Boag, and helped by Auckland EMA CEO Kim Campbell, is trying to gather support for a scheme that would steal the shares off the people of Auckland for good.

Their miserable plan, as I have been led to believe, involves pressuring the National government to introduce legislation that would allow the shares, worth around $2.1b, to be nationalised, and then gifted back to the Auckland City Council for them to sell – to the people of Auckland and overseas buyers.

Let’s put this into perspective.  This year the AECT returned a $335 dividend to all shareholders (75.1% of whom are the people of Auckland). This is a most welcome bonus to many who are currently struggling with the extremely high costs of living in Auckland.

Vector is an incredibly progressive and innovative company and so this dividend is only going to grow.  Why sell it?  This is about ideology – and a massive disconnect by some wealthy individuals who simply have absolutely no idea at all how important $335 is to a huge number of Auckland families.  Read more »

Christmas Countdown: Boagan Dwarf Three – Michael “Dopey” Barnett

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Michael “Dopey” Barnett

There’s still six days until Christmas but the early presents for Whaleoil readers keep on coming.  Today’s gift is a cracker –  the story of Boagan dwarf number three, Michael ‘Mayoral-Wannabe’ Barnett.

Auckland readers will of course know Mr Barnett as the face of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.  If you don’t really understand what the organisation does, fear not you’re not alone. I can happily confirm their key role is to organise business lunches and breakfasts.   Kim The Clown Campbell is a regular attendant.  The Mayoral Wannabe actually celebrates his 25th anniversary at the Chamber this year.  What better way to party than to steal a cool $2.1 billion off the people of Auckland.     Read more »

Christmas Countdown: Boagan Dwarf Two – Kim “The Campbell Clown” Campbell

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There’s a bit of a change of plan.  Kim “The Campbell Clown” Campbell made such a goose of himself on Larry Williams last night we’re looking at him today rather than Michael Barnett.  But don’t worry, we will deal with all The Boagan’s friends soon enough.

For those just catching up, the story goes like this.  It looks like Michelle “The Boagan” Boag is working for someone like Hawkins to try to get Lyin’ Len’s trainset underway sooner rather than later.

The Boagan and John “The Dining Table” Collinge, now 104, have a decades-old feud with Warren Kyd and other members of the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (AECT) – the outfit that owns $2.1 billion in Vector shares in trust for the people of Auckland and South Auckland, and which pays them a Christmas dividend of $335 a house each September. Read more »

Christmas Countdown Special: EMA reaps what it sows

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EMA boss Kim “The Campbell Clown” Campbell can’t be too much longer in his job.

Members of the EMA board have called the tipline begging not to be included in the Christmas Countdown series.

They reckon they didn’t know anything about what The Campbell Clown was up to when he decided to launch a campaign to steal $2.1 billion in Vector shares from the people of Auckland and South Auckland and cancel their $335 Christmas dividend and give the shares and money to Len Brown so he can build his trainset.

They didn’t know The Campbell Clown had come under the spell of Michelle “The Boagan” Boag.

Well it may be too late for the EMA board.  Look what fell off the back of the bus:   Read more »

Big projects on back burner, but not Len’s canoe centre

Auckland Council has decided to stop spending any money on maintaining basic infrastructure to save money for Len’s pet project. This is bad news for everyone.

This comes in the wake of the Auditor-General’s report that Len Brown is quickly redacting before submitting it to Council on Thursday.

This is the most basic of functions for a council. Capital works are already paid for by residents over extensive periods of time thanks to depreciation included in our rates.

So what does Auckland Council do?

Defer capital works in a bid to save money for Len’s pet train set.

Only last month the auditor general issued a dire warning about the condition of infrastructure around New Zealand in which she says much of it will fail unless local government gets its act together and focussed on core assets.

She also issued a warning to Len that any attempt to start the train set without funding is irresponsible.

Aucklander’s should be calling for the government to do something before the city falls to bits. Local government minister Paula Bennett needs to issue a letter and publicly redress Auckland Council for the choices it is making – clearly instructing them to focus on the core services as a priority.

That’s what Councils are supposed to do. Keep the roads, sewer, potable water, stormwater and parks in tip top shape through careful management. Not ignore them to build a project it can’t afford.

Speaking of which, a lot of projects may well be on the back burner but one project is steadily moving ahead and that is the expensive white elephant canoe centre in Manukau.

The diggers and trucks are shifting tonnes of dirt at the moment.

Why is that project going ahead when other more important infrastructure projects are being shelved in favour of Len’s train set?

If this isn’t stopped, the rot will result in Auckland becoming a broken down wreck the the government will have to pay to fix.

And we all know how that will go?

Christmas Countdown: Boagan Dwarf One – Heather Shotter

 

Wait until I get my mitts on your cash

Wait until I get my mitts on your cash

Heather Shotter is the first of Michelle Boag’s ten dwarfs.

The Shotter’s an old, old mate of the Boagan’s, a keen gardener and a big fan of immigrants.

She was a PR flack at Sky City and moved up the ranks to become head of operations. Coincidentally, she got in a relationship and later married its CEO Evan Davies. Unfortunately the marriage didn’t last as long as it might have. Still, The Shotter’s come a long way for a girl from the Hawke’s Bay.

Now her close connections with the city’s most powerful men and women have landed her a job with the “Committee for Auckland” over which The Boagan has influence.

And now The Shotter’s signed up her “committee” to support The Boagan’s plan to take the $2.1 billion in shares off the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (AECT) and cancel the annual $335 Christmas bonus it pays to every house, flat and business in Auckland and South Auckland.

They’ve got Kim Campbell’s EMA to back the confiscation and theft as well.

The Boagan, The Shotter, and Campbell want the $2.1 billion in shares to be given to Lyin’ Len Brown’s Auckland Council.

The plan is that Lyin’ Len would then sell the $2.1 billion in shares that had been stolen from Auckland energy consumers to pay for his trainset.

You are reading this right: The Boagan, Shotter, Committee for Auckland, EMA plan is to confiscate $2.1 billion in privately owned shares, give them to Lyin’ Len and then try to get him to sell them, including to the people they stole them from.

National rising star Jami-Lee Ross puts it best: “Surprised by EMA’s stance on AECT. When was the last time a business lobbyist called for a $2 billion private asset to be nationalised??”

So who is The Shotter’s “Committee for Auckland”

Here’s the truth: it’s mainly a front for Lyin’ Len himself.   Read more »

Christmas Countdown: The Boagan Who Wants To Steal Christmas (and her Ten Dwarfs)

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Whaleoil is launching a new series today. It’s called the Christmas Countdown and we’ll be introducing you to a whole lot of Michelle Boag’s friends this side of Christmas.

It seems like the Boagan has a new client. Is it John Collinge continuing his boring feud with Warren Kyd? Or a construction company like Downer, Hawkins, Fulton Hogan or Fletchers?   Read more »

Council arrogance under Len Brown

You can’t really expect civil servants to respect ratepayers when the Mayor doesn’t.

David Seymour relates a discussion he recently held with an arrogant Auckland Transport official.

“Get a life” -Auckland Council to Mt Eden residents.

I had the most extraordinary conversation with a senior Auckland Transport staffer on Sunday afternoon. He introduced himself as a key part of the City Rail Link team and asked if I supported it (I’m very leery of it). I said:

“Well I think it’s fair to say that while everybody would love to have a train service like London or Tokyo, my constituents in Mt Eden, for example, don’t want to live in the kind of density required to support it.”

To which he replied:     Read more »

Well done Len, instead of most liveable you’ve got one of the most expensive

Len Brown constantly tells us that he wants Auckland to be the most liveable city in the world.

He has failed.

Instead all he has achieved with his never ending rates increases is turning Auckland into one of the most expensive city in the world.

Auckland has overtaken Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide to become the 16th most expensive location in the Asia Pacific for expatriates, a survey by ICA International has found.

The City of Sails is ranked 36th most expensive globally, up from last year’s 54th spot.
The South Korean capital Seoul take the honours for being the most expensive in the region and 10th in the world, overtaking Tokyo.

“Cost in New Zealand for many international assignees have increased at a faster rate than in Australia, largely due to the strength of the dollar there,” authors of the report said.

It noted that locations in Australia had risen in the ranking, with Sydney up from last years 32nd position to 29th, and Canberra in 34th place globally – ahead of Auckland.

The survey is aimed at helping companies with the calculation of cost of living allowances for their employees stationed overseas by comparing a basket of common consumer goods and services in 440 locations worldwide.    Read more »

Len’s loopy train set delayed for two years

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The councillors at Auckland Council have decided they would rather be re-elected than vote to ratchet rates up even further in order to pay for Len Brown’s loopy train set.

The Auckland Council has voted to put back a start on the City Rail Link by two years.

Mayor Len Brown told a governing body meeting today that a 2015 start was considered too much of a stretch by the Auditor-General.    Read more »