Who is in control at Auckland City?

Not Hubbard that is for sure.

Mr Hubbard said nobody liked extra costs but it was apparent at the time of the furore that there would be extra costs.

The council accepted the extra costs "to make sure we got the Queen St project right", he said.

Is that right, Dick? Then how come "the extra costs were largely a result of penalty payments to the contractor from deferring work and redesigning the street to change the location and size of tree pits, footpath alignments and balcony positions for tree canopies."? Did you plan on having that cock-up right from the get go?

He said that in hindsight the council should have been more up front withAucklanders about what was planned for the trees to avoid the additional costs and delays to the project."

Nice of him to accept the blame for the project cockup.

But to add insult to injury, they’re taking an extra $1 million from CBD ratepayers from the targetted fund for the purposes of "communications, consultation and
other costs for the central-city upgrade. " They are more than doubling the number of bureaucrats working on the CBD project.

Hubbard’s council is truly out of control.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.