Did Len Brown just cop a flogging from Nick Smith?

20130510041701_518cacfd0fedfThe Policy Parrot says;

Auckland Council just got stiffed good and proper by the National Government and old Nick and deservedly so.

The announcement of an ‘accord’ between Auckland Council and the National Government is a fantastic case example of why PR spin doctors can screw things up for you.

When Penny Hulse, Mayor Brown and Roger Snakely begged Amy Adams for the Unitary Plan to be given operative status on notification they were given their marching orders and told to get lost.

At the same time old Nick announces houses are bloody expensive and its time for Council to release some land.

Council panicked and with a bit of spin told media that a fast tracked unitary plan would allow Auckland to get on with it adding that they specifically want to release greenfield land.

The Council can hardly be surprised to find the Government has given them what they asked for. 

With Hulse and Brown at one point or another insisting they want to enable greenfield through a fast tracked unitary plan whilst asking for the Government to leave them alone it is of no surprise that Nick has wisely recognised the opportunity.

Alright then, if that’s what you want here it is. A fast tracked process…… for greenfield land only.

I’m sure Nick is smarting over his cunning response. I would be too. It’s genius. The unitary plan still goes the long democratic process allowing communities keep their rights. The National Government gets greenfield release to help housing affordability and Council gets a fast tracked process.


The problem is Penny and Len meant to say ‘we think our plan is perfect and we think nobody should meddle with it so let us make it operative on notification’.

They didn’t really mean to fast track greenfield. They hate greenfield.

Trying to be clever with manipulated PR spin can turn around and bite one and today’s accord proves that.

Score one to the National Government.

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