Looney Len and Leigh show spends on

Looney Len Brown and his toady CEO Leigh Auton are the gift that keeps on giving.

Len Brown - TrougherManukau City bosses have sent four colleagues on a six-day leadership programme to a luxury resort outside Queenstown at a cost of about $75,000, only months before their council is disbanded.

The four “leaders”, who the council has refused to name, attended the strategic leadership programme in May, advertised at $19,265.50 a head.

This includes a fee of $16,762.50 plus $2503 for accommodation and meals at Millbrook Resort, billed as a recreational paradise with one of the finest alpine golf courses in the world.

Council chief executive Leigh Auton refused to discuss the programme and cost to ratepayers, but human resources group manager Craig Morris said an arrangement with the Institute for Strategic Leadership brought the cost under the advertised price of $77,062.

I know who one of the attendees was and by all accounts s/he actually deserves a bit of council largesse, though the reports of the actual events are that apart from the cocktail party at Millbrook the rest of it was a waste of space including 98% of the attendees.

It is impossible to believe that Looney Len thinks he is remotely qualified to run a large city the size of an amalgamated Auckland when he refuses follow a simple credit card policy and let’s his council trough it up like above.

Even worse is that he thinks entertaining judges at a night of opera and celebrating new borns is the height of council business. just when will Looney Len come clean on his night at Volare?

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