Only 20?

Auckland Council is ditching 20 staff in a revamp…the only question I have is why only 20?

Twenty Auckland Council staff are set to lose their jobs when five visitor information centres are closed as the result of a cost-cutting directive from Mayor Len Brown.

The council body, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (Ateed), yesterday announced plans to close five loss-making i-SITES at Orewa, Takapuna, Kumeu, Pukekohe and Bombay.

The closures will cancel a $700,000 loss by the five i-SITES visitor information centres. Another seven i-SITES are performing well or holding their own.

Ateed chief executive Brett O’Riley said it was difficult to justify the $2.7 million that the five i-SITES were expected to lose over the next four years, particularly in the current economic climate.

He said Ateed would be discussing the proposal with the 20 affected fulltime and part-time staff over the next fortnight. A final decision would be made on November 9.

There are plenty more troughers and feather bedders in the council to axe. The cost cutting that Lyin’ Len Brown is talking about here is nickel and dime rubbish.

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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.

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