What Len is asking Auckland to sacrifice for his railway

Len Brown would rather have a train set than sports fields:

The new rating system is part of Mr Brown’s first long-term plan, a 10-year budget setting out how he will implement the Auckland Plan, which contains his blueprint to make Auckland the “world’s most liveable city”.

It includes a funding plan for a $2.4 billion city rail link, $123 million for events and marketing the city, but very little in the way of new spending on heritage and environment, prompting councillor Sandra Coney to call it a not too friendly budget for the environment.

Only days after cheering the All Blacks, Mr Brown has indicated there will be no extra money for sports fields in Auckland, despite a rapidly increasing demand, especially for children’s facilities.

What Len Brown hasn’t told ratepayers in Auckland about, is his shabby little deal with Labour.

Len Brown’s rail loop announcement is the result of a deal he has done with Labour. Labour will announce they are backing it on Sunday along with Len’s costings.

Add another couple of billion of spending to Labour’s already prodigious spend-a-thon for rail.

By backing Len Brown’s Rail plan Labour will now go into the election promising to toll Auckland’s roads. let’s see how that goes down in the electorate at large.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.