Troughing it up large

NZ Herald

The wastrels of the Auckland Council are living it up large on the ratepayers this weekend in Queenstown of all places…right at the height of the ski and coincidentally the expensive season.

One mayor, one city – but 36 delegates from the Auckland Council will be at the Local Government NZ conference in Queenstown, costing ratepayers more than $93,000.

Six councillors, 22 local board members, three Maori Statutory Board members and five council staff fly to Queenstown tomorrow for the two-day conference.

They will stay in the “spellbinding luxury” of the Millennium and Copthorne Resort Lakefront hotels.

36 piggies in the trough.

The cost per delegate is $2600, including registration, flights and accommodation. Taxis, meals and other expenses are to be added.

Oh I can’t hardly wait for the results of all the LGOIMA requests that the council is going to be bombarded with next week for the full costs. This is easily going to crack a hundy and every receipt for expenses analysed.

 


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