Mike Lee is Captain Omni-shambles

Mike Lee is scrambling to blame the government for its supercity reforms as to why insufficient toilets, crowd control and a properly controlled atmosphere was achieved down at the waterfront in Auckland.

Yet – this is clearly a misguided and dishonest attempt to divert blame.

The supercity reforms, a massive enough task, were delivered will relatively few dramas. Rubbish continued to be collected, water continued to flow (and for most people, far more cheaply), and consents continue to be issued for construction (probably still too slowly).

All the management of these tasks were implemented properly by the transition agency and handed over in good condition on November 1 of last year.

The Supercity reforms can not be blamed for fan zone management. The RWC was won years before the Royal Commission heard people on Auckland reforms.

But there has been one constant during this time – Former ARC Chairman and current Chairman of Auckland Transport Mike Lee.

Lee, who has been ultimately responsible for transport improvements, waterfront upgrades and the Ports Ownership for much of the last 6 years has much to answer for this massive omni-shambles.

It was he who prevaricated and dithered over Queens Wharf for most of 2009 and 2010.

It was he who was responsible for the performance of rail for the last 6 years (taking credit whenever he could, so suck it up now that it failed)

It was he who presided over the pillage of the Ports of Auckland for dividends that put them to the brink of financial ruin.

It was he who has been on the the supercity council and the Auckland Transport Board for the last 10 months, focusing on pie in the sky rail projects Auckland can’t afford instead of the greatest sporting event coming to Auckland.

If there was ever a single person most responsible for the omni-shambles in downtown Auckland on Friday night it is Mike Lee.


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