An email from a reader

While the Auckland Council prosecutes private businesses who use Segways they let their council staff use them around town. A reader emails about some of those council staff.

I had an excellent breakfast platter at Carls Jnr  Q St & thought I would pop over the road to top it off with the worlds best donut at Southern Maid.

These two members of the elite were taking their privilege denied to other Auckland Segway users very seriously. 

I waited a while & walked away after they would not move to let a patron out never mind any prospective ones in.

Mind boggling ignorance & arrogance.

Donut Dickheads


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  • BJ

    They should be banned full stop – got legs, just walk. They look stupid, are dangerous and give users a sense of self importance and entitlement.

  • Ignorance by Auckland City Council? Maybe. Arrogance? Definitely!

  • Sarrs

    Do…do they make their staff dress the same and wear those stupid hats all the time? They look absolutely ridiculous.

    • Patrick

      I guess OSH have a say – the employer will have an obligation to protect their staff in the workplace, therefore the hats to ward off the sun. Probably get litres of suncream as well.

      • Gazzaw

        I would have thought OSH would demand cycle helmets at the very least.

        • Patrick

          Good point – I see similar in Aus, construction hard hat incorporating a 360 degrees brim. Someone needs to manufacture cycle helmets with a sun visor, mark them up a couple of hundred % & sell to Lying Len. About the only way you will recoup your rates money.

  • Dave

    Worthy of a question to their legal and probably corporate governance sections. 1) why were thy there at all. 2) Why did they block access to clients. 3) Are they allowed Segways into shops, PRIVATE areas (off the council controlled footpaths) and what the F#*K were they doing on them at all. Get them a pair of Joggers and a small scooter

    Challenge to Auckland Council: Comment please, answer ALL the questions people post here, or are we correct in thinking, you are a law to your own entity and above your ratepaying citizens!

    PS: Please don’t tell us they were on a break, if they were on a break, its just that, they would have dismounted their ratepayer funded Segways!!

    • Mr_Blobby

      Who are you to question the mighty Super City Council. We own the footpaths and are a law under ourselves by act of Parliament, we can do whatever we want. Now if you want to continue in the vein, we have many enforcement Tools (trolls) to persecute you with, well make our day. Punk.

      • Dave

        Sounds like you have some sort of grudge Blooby. Been turned down for a Job at Mr Browns SuperCity have you, or have you just discovered the weight limit of a SegWay is 125KG ?? Enjoy the salad sandwich’s, and congrats on the weight loss!

  • Bunswalla

    Mate if you still need a donut after a Carl’s Jr breakfast, then I doubt you’d fit through that double doorway in any case – Segways or not!

  • Patrick

    Isn’t this an OSH issue – how can these folk safely operate these vehicles in a confined space? What happens if a little kid runs out behind them when they are reversing up? No mirrors?
    Disregarding all that how does the council justify spending ratepayers money on these expensive toys? If mobility is a requirement I would have thought scooters like the Posties use would be more cost effective & practical. At least you wouldn’t need to return to base every few hours to recharge the battery.

  • rockape

    All part of lying lens improvements to make Auckland a better place to be. Better if your a council employee, shit if your a ratepayer.

    • Bunswalla

      Why the hyperlink on

      • rockape

        Dont know how to do a hyperlink sorry must have pressed a wrong button!

      • Agent BallSack

        Buns, .to is a standard torrent file extension. Thanks Google ☺

        • Bunswalla

          Yep, but didn’t understand why it was there, I guess it gets added automatically.

  • cows4me

    A couple of Z nails placed discretely behind each wheel should do the job.

  • Mr_Blobby

    When did they start prosecuting and exempting themselves.

  • PlanetOrphan

    Time for a new buzz word …. “Segway Rage”

    Auckland city council need to lift their game…

    Auckland needs off footpath Segway parking!

    Get your Segway anti-theft device installed today call 0800 SegSafe today M8!

    • BJ

      The council needs to sell them all to an operator of a ‘passive sports’ company

      • PlanetOrphan

        It’s an easy fix …

        Install SegWay lanes on the footpaths and promote SegWay friendly shops! :-)

        • Dave

          PO There is no room for Segway lanes on Footpaths around Auckland, Len needs Footpaths for extra rail tracks, thereby eliminating the need for Segways as well.

          • PlanetOrphan

            That’s just not on M8, disabled people could use SegWay lanes as well, bloody discrimination M8, everyone should be driving a SegWay.
            We can build elevated tracks for the trains, some Mayor was on about that 50 years ago, bloody genius that cat M8!


    • Mr_Blobby

      On what planet do you think Auckland Council will get there shit together.

      • PlanetOrphan

        SegWay Rage planet M8!

  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    Ye Gods! If they walked they might not get fat.

    These guys are scoffing DONUTS? Surely Lyen Brown will fire them for disregarding the food police warnings about DONUTS?

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Are these Segways owned by the Council or leased?.
    Nek Minute all of the Park wombles will have one – you can get offroad Segways.
    Wait a minute ……

    • Agent BallSack

      The inventor of Segway had one. Then he drove it off a cliff and killed himself. I suggest we all chip in and buy one for Lying Len!

      • Mark

        The OWNER of the company,not the inventor.

  • BR

    Where can I get one that runs on petrol and goes FAST!