Phil Goff

We just got rid of a tax & spend mayor, welcome to the new tax & spend mayor

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Phil Goff is spending up large with just five minutes in the job.

He’s promised light rail, and now a living wage for council workers. he needs to fund that somehow, and like all Labour politicians, there is only one way to fund things…with new taxes.

Limiting the annual increase in Auckland rates, raising $30 million from a visitor levy and introducing a fuel tax are among proposals being put forward by mayor Phil Goff.

So, he’s limiting rates so he doesn’t get hammered on that but wants you to all pay more with a fuel tax that would be way more than any rates increase. Hands up those in Auckland who want to pay more for petrol for Phil to spend on the living wage? Anyone? Anyone?

Mr Goff hopes the proposals can become key measures in Auckland Council’s 2017/18 annual budget to be adopted next June.

This included increasing rates for Auckland property owners by 2.5 per cent rather than the planned 3.5 per cent annual increase.   Read more »

Will Phil Goff say anything about his friend the anti-semitic, misogynist, Islamic hate-speech preacher?

Phill Goff and anti-semitic, misogynist, hate-speech preacher Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib

Phil Goff and anti-semitic, misogynist, hate-speech preacher Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib

I wonder what Phil Goff is going to say about this photo taken with anti-semitic, misogynist, hate-speech preacher Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

I guess when Phil Goff said he was going to be mayor for all of Auckland he also meant anti-semitic, misogynist, hate-speech preachers as well.   Read more »

Phil Goff is a tin-eared effwit

You really have to wonder about the social skills of a wanker like Phil Goff.

During a Stuff.co.nz live chat on Wednesday, Phil Goff said Auckland shouldn’t take a back seat on Government spending despite Kaikoura’s 7.8 quake which has caused devastating damage including closing State Highway 1.

When a live chat viewer asked about Kaikoura taking funding priority, Goff conceded that would likely be “partly right” – the Government would have “less money to play with” funding infrastructure.

But Goff cited figures to argue Auckland’s case, saying the city loses up to $3 billion per year in lost productivity from underdeveloped transport infrastructure.

“That’s more in congestion in one year than the entire Kaikoura [earthquake] cost. Can we afford to say ‘no, we’re looking at somewhere else now ignoring Auckland?'”

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Hooton on Goff

Matthew Hooton writes for Metro magazine about Phil Goff:

There are many Phil Goffs. There’s the long-haired student radical protesting the Vietnam War and paying his way working at the freezing works. There’s the short-back-and-sides 30-something Rogernome of the 1980s, introducing student fees and explaining why unemployed freezing workers were just part of the necessary reform process.

There’s the 90s version, certain Labour turning left was a mistake and working to undermine Helen Clark. There’s the 2000s Phil Goff, who loyally carried out her foreign policy, signed the free-trade deal with China and launched the negotiations with the United States for the Trans Pacific Partnership. And then of course there’s the version of the 2010s: first being pushed by the Labour left to front the most left-wing Labour policy programme since Norman Kirk and then — despairing of Labour’s further march to the left under David Cunliffe and Andrew Little — winning the Auckland mayoralty wearing National Party blue (while holding on to his seat in Parliament in the meantime, just in case).

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Phil Goff already reduced to begging

Having been elected on a platform to sort out Auckland Council, you’d expect a mayor to kick butt and take names.  Not so.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is recommending that councillors adopt a raft of new and improved accountability tools to significantly strengthen scrutiny of Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), including Auckland Transport (AT).

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“Strengthening the oversight of the CCOs, including AT, will result in solutions that are better aligned to the outcomes Aucklanders want. That includes easing congestion on our roads, the development of an effective and efficient public transport system and the protection and enhancement of our natural environment and communities as we bring large infrastructure projects online,” said Mayor Goff.

At Thursday’s Governing Body meeting, the Mayor will recommend that councillors no longer be automatically appointed to the AT board by virtue of their roles as elected representatives. Instead, councillors should be eligible to take part in a transparent and competitive application process that is also open to external candidates.

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Guest Post: Christine Fletcher – Take note Mr Key, ‘Auckland is precious and worth fighting for’

Freed from responsibilities of Auckland Transport, chairing Parks and other committees, I have had time to reflect on the queries received around accountability and CCOs and also the confusion around the centre-right during local elections. Richard Harman in the Listener and Bernard Orsman in the Herald have outlined a reasonably accurate account of the drama leading up to the election. Certainly, it wasn’t pleasant. Not because of a clever campaign from the left but rather the drive for power and the cannibalization of the vote within the centre-right. All without a coherent set of policies to an extremely confused voter base who knew that neither National or Labour over many decades have kept pace with the infrastructure Auckland requires to grow.

This election was distorted by a cunning plan hatched by a few in Wellington to gain control of local government in Auckland. It was clumsy and doomed from the start because it lacked integrity in terms of a genuine vision for Auckland. It was a simple grab for power from the right without an intelligent response to the many challenges facing Auckland. There was little understanding that Auckland is not a MMP type campaign, where a ‘brand’ based campaign may be effective. Elections in Auckland are won ward by ward, board by board, across the many villages that make up Auckland in much the same way that First Past the post campaigns used to be run right across the country. Underlying this fiasco was the uncomfortable relationship the right have with long overdue investment in Auckland infrastructure, in particular public transport. You have to wonder why the right allowed Phil Goff to have the absolute gift of the Auckland mayoralty. Without backing a strong right candidate there was little interrogation of Goff’s policies or his suitability for the role. Auckland is precious and worth fighting for.    Read more »

After 30 years representing Mt Roskill, Labour and Goff now want to actually do something

Labour have issued some new statistics about housing in Mt Roskill.

They are claiming that they are going to fix the situation.

Fewer than one in five adults under 40 in Mt Roskill own their own home according to new research, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.

“Young people simply cannot afford to buy in Mt Roskill. As in much of New Zealand, prices are rising too fast while incomes are stagnant. The typical Mt Roskill house now costs $892,000, up $273,000 in the past two years.

“The median house price in Mt Roskill has been rising at $2,300 a week since June 2014. The median wage is up just $80 in the same time. Under National, the Kiwi dream of owning your own home is slipping away.

“Not a single affordable home has been built in Special Housing Areas in Mt Roskill, according to Auckland Council.   Read more »

Greedy Goff wants taxpayers to pay for Labour’s light rail promise

Phil Goff doesn’t agree with Labour’s pork barrel promise for light rail to Mt Roskill. It isn’t that he doesn’t want it…because he really, really does…he just wants the taxpayers of Invercargill and Palmerston North to fund it.

The Labour Party cannot rely on Auckland Council to pay half of the cost of its light rail proposal for Auckland, with mayor Phil Goff questioning whether the council should have to pay anything.

Do Labour and Goff even talk anymore?

The city’s new mayor Phil Goff agreed, but questioned whether the council should have to put anything toward the network, as it could be treated as a road of national significance, and be fully funded by central government.

“It will be carrying far more passengers than many other roads around New Zealand that are funded 100 percent, so we’d want to negotiate between the Labour Party position of 50 percent funding and what would currently be paid for a road of national significance by central government, which is 100 percent,” he said.

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And you thought he was truthful campaigning on being “independent”

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So much for represent all of Auckland, so much for being independent…Phil Goff is now out there campaigning on behalf of the union weasel wanting his seat, Michael Wood. On top of that, he has hired into his office Fran Mold, his old chief press secretary.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has defended his involvement in Labour candidate Michael Wood’s campaign for the Mt Roskill by-election but said he will not help Labour campaign in the general election in 2017.

National’s candidate Parmjeet Parmar questioned Goff’s involvement in Labour candidate Wood’s campaign, saying it made a sham of Goff’s claim to be ‘independent.’

“It’s up to them how they run their campaign but Mt Roskill voters deserve to know who is funding it and if it’s the independent mayor Phil Goff or their candidate running the campaign.”   Read more »

A warning for Auckland out of Australia

 

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The SMH reports on massive public transport initiatives blowing their budgets:

Transport projects across the country have blown out in cost by at least $28 billion in the past 15 years, according to an independent think-tank.

And the main cause of the cost increases is the tendency of politicians of all persuasions to make promises about road or rail projects before they have been assessed, says the Grattan Institute report, to be released on Monday.

“When ministers and oppositions announced a new highway before a formal funding commitment, these early cost estimates often turn out to be spectacularly wrong,” said the transport program director at the Grattan Institute, Marion Terrill.

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