Waste Watch – Auckland Council Youth Panel

Len Brown continues his profligate spending on un-necessary bureaucracy.

Some enterprising Young Nats sent in a LGOIMA request on the set up costs for the Foundation Youth Advisory Panel.

The documents released show that the Auckland Council spent more than $90,000 on taxi rides, phone topups, petrol reimbursements, flights and food for panel members.

To make matters worse a report by Council staff, which was accidently posted on the Council website last month, recommends to all 21 Local Boards the establishment of ‘youth boards’ which collectively could cost ratepayers upwards of $330,000. The members of these panels would be unelected and unaccountable.

Sounds very much like a repeat of the Maori Statutory Board fiasco creating extra layers of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats who do nothing other than add costs into the council structure.

Len Brown really is starting to earn his moniker of being sneaky and furtive.

Then to add insult to injury Labour party list candidate Richard Hills launched a personal attack on one of the panel members on the Facebook page set up to discuss the issues.

Labour and Len Brown are joined at the hip, more concerned with appearances and personal attacks than value for money.


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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.

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