Cathy Casey is right

NZ Herald

For once Cathy Casey is right. I hope the Auditor-General finds out who ordered the murky cover-up around the V8 Super Car decisions. This has all the hallmarks of the Volare dinner scandal that Len Brown tried long and hard to hide:

The Auditor-General is investigating Auckland councillor Cathy Casey’s complaint that a secret report on the V8 supercars was hidden from the council by its standalone events body.

Councillors approved $10.6 million on Thursday to ensure the return of the supercars to Pukekohe after Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (Ateed) refused to show them a report on the financial position of parties involved in the event.

Councillors and the public have also been unable to see a “detailed risk review” referred to by Ateed because Auckland Council chief executive Doug McKay said it did not exist as a single document, but as a “multi-faceted” review of the risks.

“I am dumbfounded that a council-controlled organisation can refuse to disclose to councillors a ratepayer-funded due diligence report ahead of a major decision involving $10.6 million of ratepayers’ money,” Dr Casey said in a letter to Auditor-General Lyn Provost.

“This rushed decision … was made in the absence of crucial risk and due diligence information.”


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  • ConwayCaptain

    The Mayor and the Council should make it totally clear to the Hired Help that they work for the Council and the Mayor and that if they require inoformation they shoulod get it there and then.

  • Scanner

    How it pains me to say it but the “Toxic Jock” might be right on this one, certainly looks like yet another case of Len “Suckup” Brown buying votes.
    Two in one week is certainly right over the top, as this seems to follow hard on the heels of Lens latest pathetic attempt to felate the Polynesian community.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Yes it used to be a master – servant relationship. Over the years that have turned the masters (tax payers) are now treated like servants. The servants are now the Masters.
    “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled. The assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “ The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled”
    We are going to have to disempower the peasant class before they wreck the country.

  • Phar Lap

    Sounds and reads as crooked as crooked is.Maybe the Cancerous” Greens” and Lie-bours fingerprints are all over it. Most things that lot do, is cloak and dagger interference.

  • AnonWgtn

    I never thought that I would agree with Cathy Casey on anything.
    I am wrong – well done Cathy- your toxic leader will not like it though.

  • Hagar

    One would have thought that approval would have been denied until a “detailed risk review” was produced.