This is hard to fathom. Auckland ratepayers are forking out $230,000 a year for one of Auckland Council’s employees and his family to live in London so he can work there.
Since when do councils effectively need ambassadors in other countries?
Aucklanders now have their very own man in London, at a cost to ratepayers of more than $230,000.
Auckland Council’s economic development arm has created a special contract in London for one of its senior executives, Grant Jenkins, who has moved his family to England.
His English-born wife, Kate, was homesick and had been longing to return home for several years, according to a former council staffer.
The Jenkins have set up home with their two children outside London in the village of Bourne End in Buckinghamshire.
As well as paying about $196,000 for a 12-month contract, ratepayers are picking up Mr Jenkins’ work expenses and office costs at New Zealand Tourism’s headquarters in New Zealand House near Trafalgar Square.
Ratepayers have paid an administration fee of about $15,000 for his contract and contributed $19,841 to the family’s relocation costs.
That’s very hard to justify when you’re talking about spending public money. Mind you, the council tried to save it by not giving any to the Helicopter Rescue Trust. At least their priorities are right… Read more »