The Taxpayers Union has busted Len Brown’s Auckland Council spending on fashion and make-up advice.
It is small beer but shows the profligate waste going on inside Auckland Council.
The Taxpayersâ Union can reveal that Auckland ratepayers have paid for an external image consultant to provide âBrand Meâ training to back-office accounting staff inside the Auckland Council.
Taxpayersâ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: âWhile the Council is cutting services and library hours it is spending money on fashion and make-up advice for its back office accounting staff.â
It is a sadÂ irony that the very people whose job it is to keep a lid on Auckland Councilâs spending are those wasting money getting ratepayer-funded hair and make-up advice.
âImage consultants Fox & Mae were contracted to run âBrand Meâ courses designed to assist with grooming, lifting the dress standard and help accounts staff understand the meaning of casual Friday.â
Mr Williams says, âImage consultants are to help celebrities and the rich dress well. From a ratepayersâ perspective this is about as helpful as funding tango lessons for the Mayor.â
Fox & Mae charged ratepayersÂ $3,561.25 for the two training sessions and theÂ Councilâs response to the Taxpayers’ Union official information request has beenÂ posted on the Union’sÂ website.
How do contracts like this even get let?
Was this a mates deal, nudge, nudge, wink, wink?
Is this what we pay rates for? Back office staff learning how to do their make-up.