There is much scrambling occurring behind the scenes after Michelle Boag’s little plan to raid the AECT consolidated fund and hand the cash to Len Brown was rumbled.
A humber of people named are now backing away from the plan, and some feel they have been mis-represented by their attendance at Kim ‘The Clown’ Campbell’s little meeting the other day.
Clearly people are frustrated at the Boagan’s old school whispering campaign and it looks and sounds like the Chamber is running a million miles away from her nationalisation/theft scheme.
One Chamber of Commerce board member writes:
I have long been a reader of your blog, and appreciate that you have a desire to put the truth out in front of your readers.
I also understand that you suspect the motives of some people, and use your blog to raise these issues into the sunlight.
I know that you accept that you don’t always get it right, and have, in the past, been happy to acknowledge this, and apologise accordingly.
Your recent attack on Michael Barnett and the Chamber of Commerce is one of those errors.
I am not a neutral bystander in this, and write as someone who chose to be a Director of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce. This choice was made through years of watching the way the Chamber, and Michael work.
The Chamber is the rational voice of business within Auckland. An organisation which works to make sure that the physical and political landscape is shaped to serve the interests of Auckland, by ensuring that the business environment is the best it can be.
This is not an easy task, and for many years the Chamber has worked away to ensure that business has a rational and respected voice.
Michael has been a voice promoting initially the need for significant transport projects in Auckland, and then promoting the debate on where the funding will come from. Auckland faces a dramatic shortfall in funding for transport projects whether or not the Central Rail Link is built.
Government has accepted the Central Rail Link case, and has said that it will provide funding when certain conditions are met, and after a certain date if they are not.
The debate that needs to happen is for Auckland City to determine where it will source its funding, and how it will achieve that.
The only way for this to happen fairly is to bring all of the options on to the table, and work out which ones are available for use. Read more »