Fairfax even calls them “pigs at the trough“.
Auckland councillors and local board members spent more than $280,000 in the past year feeding themselves at meetings.
As election day looms some local board members, including Kaipatiki Local Board member John Gillon and Orakei Local Board chairwoman Desley Simpson, say the council needs to put a stop to the lavish spending on food.
In fact, Gillon and Simpson want council’s well paid mayor, councillors and local board members, all 154 of them, to pack lunches like ordinary workers do.
Council figures show that in the 2014-2015 financial year Auckland Council’s committees, including the Governing Body, spent nearly $130,000 catering meetings and events while Auckland’s 21 local boards spent more than $151,000. Read more »