Waste keeps building at Auckland Council

NZ Herald

The Auckland Council is wasting money on dumb stuff…like publishing the 10 year plan…a document that most ratepayers wouldn’t give a tuppence for:

Auckland Council has spent $411,000 producing a glossy book about how it wants to create the world’s most liveable city by 2040.

The Auckland Plan has 380 pages as well as a 60-page addendum of projects, and makes much use of large colour pictures.

The production cost – working out at $41 a copy – was obtained from the council under the Official Information Act.

In response to Herald inquiries, the council said 10,000 copies were printed and made available free at council service centres and libraries.

They also went to Government agencies, other local authorities, universities, lobby groups and people who had offered comments on a 252-page draft plan late last year.

A northern ratepayer who wrote one of the 1140 submissions on the plan’s Urban Auckland growth chapter said last night she was disgusted to hear the book’s cost.

I wonder who got the contract to print it…I’ll bet good money it was a mate of Len’s.

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