How to save Auckland Council a million dollars

Nigel Ward the editor of the The Post from Waiuku has written to me:

Hi Cam, just thought you might like to know that there is still some independent journos in the world. Love your site and read it religiously almost every day.

Dunno if you have trawled your way through the Auckland Council plan 2013/14 (all three volumes!) but I did. One thing that stuck in my mind was their charges for pool inspections,

Council have allocated $2 million for this. Inspecting 9338 pools annually. I did the figures, ran a story in our paper this week, and tonight offered to contract the job to Council for $1,000,000. This will save the ratepayers a million a year and allow me to retire and write my second book. I’ve written the letter to Mayor Len, and will advise you, and my readers, of the result. 

If you want to see the initial story its’ on by tomorrow morning.

I’ll let you know what Len says when (if) I get a response, but as I’ve run companies and a regional sports organisation in a previous life, I reckon I’m in the ballpark for costings. Run my figures past your guys and see if I’m wrong.

Bit of fun, anyway.



Here is his article. Does it stack up?


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