Pinkos whining that trough isn't big enough

Pinko councillors Alf Filipaina and Efu Koka, both Brown lickspittles, are having a moan, along with closet pinkos Sir John Walker and the Deputy Trough-pig Mayor Gary Troup about the remuneration for Super-city Councillor positions.

Pay Peanuts and Get MonkeysSEVERAL senior Manukau local politicians are reconsidering whether they’ll stand for the new Auckland Council because of a salary widely condemned as “unfair” and an “insult”.

They say the $80,000 a year set by the Remuneration Authority means supercity councillors will be paid less than MPs for serving larger constituencies.

Manurewa councillor Sir John Walker says the salary’s “not on” for what will be a stressful, fulltime job overseeing a significant portion of the country’s economic assets.

Like many councillors he’d expected councillors to be paid on a par with the $131,000 paid to backbench MPs.

Paying $80,000 will get part-time councillors and is “an insult to the integrity of good people who want to do a damn good job”.

“If they’re going to pay peanuts, we’re going to get the same people that you don’t really want – regurgitating ex-ministers and mayors and people who’re getting on in life a bit.

“You want to be attracting younger people with a bit of nous.”

Sir John had been intending to run for the Auckland Council “but I don’t know if I want to now”.

“I think they’re going to turn a lot of people off who should have been there and won’t do it now.

“Why would you do it?”

That’s the question now being asked by Mangere councillor and 30-year police veteran Alf Filipaina.

The remuneration’s forced him to review his decision to run on the Labour ticket with councillor Efu Koka for the 156,000-population Manukau ward.

He asks: “Who in their right mind is going to leave a job that possibly pays more than what’s a fulltime job as a councillor?” Mr Filipaina says it isn’t just about the money.

“It’s about trying to pay the bills for me and my whanau, the same as everybody, and still working for the community if you’re successful.”

Whilst their argument has some merit, for these incompetent troughers even $80k is on the high side. It can’t be a bad thing if $80,000 is low enough to get Efu Koka to re-consider standing. Even at $80,000 it would be more money than he has ever earned before, and likely to be the best job he could get but for him it still isn’t enough. Silly me thinking that these guys represented the poor of Manukau.


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