Len Brown says he isn’t worried about leaving a legacy, well neither are we. I just wish he would go already.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says he is not trying to leave a legacy and just wants to leave the city in a good shape for his successor.
The mayor appears to have achieved a major breakthrough on the City Rail Link, with the Government expected to announce this month that it will fully fund its half share of the project from the start of construction in 2018.
But while securing funding for the $2.5 billion rail tunnel has been one of Mr Brown’s top priorities as mayor, he has insisted he is not trying to make it his legacy.
“I’m always focused on the here and now, and how we can maximise the opportunity of Auckland being a united city,” he said in an interview conducted before Christmas.
“There’s a rare sense of endeavour, of the fact that Auckland has got its mojo back and we’re just getting stuff done.”
He left his legacy in the Ngati Whatua Room and on the couch of his office and in the rooms of Sky City.
The only legacy that Len Brown will finally leave us with is massive rates bills, more staff than ever before and a dysfunctional council that has achieved nothing other than blackmailing the government into pouring taxpayer dollars into a train set that will never make a return.
Mr Brown said finalising the City Rail Link and confirming government funding for other Auckland transport projects will “leave a blueprint for others to succeed on” over the next 15 to 20 years.
Driverless technology is the way of the future not a transport system locked into immovable rails.
But Mr Brown says being a mayor has been a great honour, and he has loved “every second” he has been in the job.
“I loved coming into the job, I will enjoy every minute of this last year and I [will] make sure it counts.”
Especially those 120 seconds of passion he became famous for.
Just go already. We’ve had more than enough.
– NZ Herald