MIA councillors cost ratepayers $1.5M

Len Brown cast the deciding vote to spend $1.5M more of ratepayers money on the Rugby World Cup:

The Auckland Council tonight voted a further $1.5 million for the Rugby World Cup in a deeply divided debate that swung on the casting vote of Mayor Len Brown.

Mr Brown said the money was necessary to take precautionary steps to continue delivering the brilliance and excellence through the back-end of the tournament, when Auckland will host six of the eight knockout matches.

That’d be the “brilliance and excellence” that de-railed the Opening Ceremony would it? Tell me this Len Brown why did you delay the LGOIMA request that will show who was responsible for all this “brilliance and excellence”?

Mr Brown was fortunate to get approval for the extra funding with the vote tied at 9-all.

He would have lost the vote if City Vision councillor Dr Cathy Casey, who opposed the extra money, did not leave the council chamber before the vote was taken.

Dr Casey later said she left the meeting early to attend her step-daughter’s 14th birthday.

The Labour Party mayor was also visibly relieved to get the backing of Citizens & Ratepayers councillor Noelene Raffills, whose four centre-right colleagues voted against the funding package.

So labour councillors wanted a big spend up and had to rely ont eh turncoat vote of Noelene Raffill? All because one of their councillors bolted for a birthday party, and it wasn’t even her kid it was a SOCK.

What isn’t reported is that Michael Goudie and penny Webster failed to front at all for the meeting. Missing in Action and turn coat behaviour has cost the city ratepayers an extra $1.5 million. Thank you very much Len Brown and his spendthrift council.

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