Another broken promise from Len

Len Brown went to the polls in 2010 for the Super City election promising free swimming pools for all…and now his promise is broken:

Mayor Len Brown’s policy of extending free entry to children 16 and under at all Auckland Council’s 24 swimming pools means Manukau adults lose their free swims and have to pay $3.10.

This was revealed yesterday to a council forum in draft operating guidelines for the kids-free policy from April next year.

In May, Mr Brown had to ditch unpopular plans to extend the former Manukau City Council’s free swimming at five pools to those across the region. But he gained support for the 16 and unders.

Council officers reported on how the policy will be implemented to yesterday’s Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum, ahead of informing local boards.

Policy analyst Anita Coy-Macken said charges for adults 17 years and older would be based on existing charges, or the lowest equivalent charge in the council pool network where there was currently no charge, as in Manukau.

Lyin’ Len Brown breaks another promise and leaves pensioners out in the cold, they are the ones who need easy access to low impact exercise, not 16 year olds where the pools become a baby-sitting service.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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