Compact city gets the arse card after Brown flip flops

Policy Parrot says:

Going, going…….. gone!

Say goodbye and good night to the compact city as Mayor Brown pulls out of supporting the compact city by agreeing to density limits.

Mayor Brown has proven himself to be a flip flopper of the highest magnitude when he sold out his supposed convictions to smear himself grubby with a pot of the old political reversing oil and has provided the biggest backdown since Sonny Liston took a fall against Cassius Clay.

This Parrot says he should offer himself up to Aucklanders as a sacrificial lamb for failing to deliver his plan for a compact Auckland. Pull out of politics.

With density limits now in place the chances of the city compacting anywhere near the intensification targets proposed are nilch.

The plan for an intensified Auckland is in tatters. 

But wait. There is more! Just like a dodgy fitness infomercial more of Len’s promises are coming apart and the big one now looming is the CRL – Len’s train set.

Because the rail project is entirely based on estimations of suburban population density to support rail and therefore provide patronage for it to be a viable project.

That could only be achieved if no density limits permitted density along the corridor areas near the rail. Backing away from this density to limit growth in those areas means Len has just screwed his train set good and proper and because the Government money in 2020 is contingent upon a cost benefit analysis to make it stack up means its obvious that the trains are in jeopardy.

Add the housing accord and a spread out city and the only infrastructure likely to be built will be more motorways.

All because Len lacked the gumption to stick to his convictions.

This Parrot says the Mayor Brown has screwed his own plans, his own policies and what he sold to Aucklanders.

Len lured in Aucklanders on his promise to deliver a compact city.

He obviously doesn’t believe his own bullshit because Lenny doesn’t have strong convictions. He’d rather keep his job. Life outside the baubles of office is grim. This decision means he is scared of voters. Voters are unhappy with the Auckland plan to intensify. So Len’s principles and convictions are for sale and the price is pretty cheap. He’d rather be carried about in the limo drinking champers and opening parks than doing a real days work.

If this Parrot was the voting public who wanted a compact city this Parrot would feel sold out and would repay by voting for someone else.

Luckily this Parrot likes motorways and selling services to developers who like to sell overpriced handkerchiefs of land to dreamy young couples hocked to their eyeballs over Tupperware apartments (storage solutions for immigrants).


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  • Patrick

    Votes – that is what drives Len Brown, votes. Not political convictions, not doing what is right & stacking Kiwis 20 floors high is not right, but votes.

  • GazzW

    Obviously majorly concerned about the prospect of not scoring a free Xmas ham for the family on the ratepayers yet again.

  • philbest

    The problem with Auckland voters, is irrational ignorance. They like, and give politicians a mandate for, the IDEA of “a compact city” and “sustainable, congestion-easing public transport”.

    Problem is, none of those voters actually intend to use the train instead of the car themselves; they all like the sound of the entirely false “congestion reducing” premise, because they like driving, period.

    None of them also intend to actually live in apartments and none of them want apartments or even row-houses in their street.

    But unlike the redneck, bible-bashin’ gun-totin hicks of Southern USA, our ever so cool and sophisticated voters can’t see the need to “just let freakin’ development and road building crack right on wherever people are happy to buy houses and build businesses”. The result is affordable housing and booming local economies in Southern USA, and here we have a rent-seekers paradise, first home buyer hell, an absolute balls-up of a city, and a stagnating real economy.

    • Clarence

      Bingo Phil!
      What should happen in Auckland is to allow development to occur where ever there is a market by freeing up the opportunity. Controls as rules and minimum standards obfuscate the opportunities and with a lack of linear growth to offset the lack of brownfield opportunity we get unaffordable houses due to constraint.

  • sheppy

    Thank heavens this happened in an election year otherwise the pack ’em in like tinned fish / just another overcrowded city model would have stood, I still don’t trust him to backtrack if he gets in again….

    • philbest

      Yeah, but he needs to be replaced by someone with the right alternative model for Dorkland. That is, dispersed urban form, affordable housing and land for businesses, and roads, not train sets. The simple reality is that the “subsidy” to roads costs about 2 cents per person kilometer traveled, while for train sets in most cities, it is 20 cents to $1+

      So public transport is by definition going to break the public accounts, the more “successful” it is. Even in Manhattan, the subsidy is about 5 cents per km and the fare recovery is only 50% of the total cost of about 10 cents, which is about as low as it is possible to get it. Most public transport in most first world cities, costs more per person km than if everyone just used a reasonably small car; and the costs of running cars are willingly paid for by their users. In contrast, public transport riders generally contribute 25% or less, to the cost of the total system including the “vehicles”, energy cost, employees, repairs and maintenance, etc.

      “Road spending” versus “public transport spending” is a false comparison and those who initiated it should never have been allowed to get away with it.

  • Clever Harry

    What strikes me as dumb is Councils trying to stop what they term ‘unintended consequences’ and they atrotvto do this with detailed rules.
    The public buys into it and yet despite every effort our city is littered with these ‘unintended consequences’ that one thinks its really impossible to control the outcomes.
    So why bother?
    Why not just make it easy to develop anything and let the market decide what the city looks like.
    Houses are shelters monuments.

  • KarenT

    Politicians who swing wildly like Len are only in it for themselves.
    Clearly if one believes in ones ideas one would stand strong even if that is against the grain. Just like that Quax fellow did.

    • philbest

      Quax for Mayor 2016!!!

  • Harroputza

    Very woody word that, isn’t it? Gooooooone. Goooooooooone. Not tinny at all. Very woody. Goooooone.

  • richard.b

    Well said Mr Parrot.

    Quote of the day:
    “smear himself grubby with a pot of the old political reversing oil”

    • Hazards001

      Browns a lawyer. He will simply see it as “a revised position of a mendaciously injudicious jurisprudence that has impacted on the incumbents fiscal future opportunities”

      • GerardB

        He’s a conveyancing lawyer. All he ever did was rubber stamp mortgage documents and register caveats. He was a tits Magee lawyer.

        • Hazards001


  • Hazards001

    Now that’s my kind of post….nothing but good news!

  • Crank

    Let us pray:

    Dear Lord,

    We sadly farewell the recently departed compact city,
    May your spirit bless spatial growth and motorways.
    May the grace of God go with the Mayor as he leaves office to conveyance property transactions in a suburban office.

  • Hazards001

    Personally I HATE driving. I do between 40 to 50,000 km a year and
    almost of all of it is in the Auckland Region. (No not a sales rep)

    Today I drove 130km alone without leaving Auckland.

    As I went through Westmere I was watching the DSM machinery and thought I
    can’t wait for the ring route to finally be connected up. That will make
    a hell of a difference to my day.

    So would a 2nd harbour crossing, a bridge not some pansy arsed tunnel…FFS if a visitor from the other side of the world turns up you take them for a drive over the Harbour Bridge…who the fuck sez do you want to go for a quick trip
    through the Vic Park tunnels?
    On the other hand a bloody great train set will just be the biggest balls up of all time as it’s construction creates havoc not only along it’s route but into the ‘burbs it fringes on. To say nothing of the inevitable cost blowout’s that will run to around 70-80% of it’s so called budget estimation. As all f*cking tunnels do.

    • Petermas

      I am really looking forward to more motorways. I like drivingy car. No sitting next to fat smelly people. No standing in the rain waiting for a train or bus.
      No cold miserable walks from home to station.
      Just an air conditioned car, with heated leather seats, a 14 speaker Harmon Kardon stereo and twin turbos taking me quickly wherever I want to go.
      Urban bliss looks like personal transport.

      • Hazards001

        I think you may have missed my point as to why I hate driving. But I get where you’re coming from.

        • Panther

          Who wants to ride a train filled with wet people on a cold miserable Friday night? Fuck that.

          • Hazards001

            You’re not paying attention. NOT fucking me and I don’t want to see a fucking trainset. Read it again.

          • DanK

            The thing is even if one uses public transport like trains they still have to own a car. You can’t train to Piha or Taupo or Ninty Mile Beach or to my mums house with washing.

          • Dumrse

            And fucking kids with snotty noses.

  • Elvis

    When I was a kid I played with Lego and trainsets and matchbox cars like Len does. Fantasy was rife.
    I could make my own little world of promise and hope.
    Lego high rises and little trains huff puffing through them. Toot toot.

    • Mark

      Ha! Yes indeed.
      I preferred my matchbox and hot wheels cars. Trains were something to ramp jump the cars over. No kid carried a train in their pocket. We carried our favourite car though.
      Cars rock.
      If you are a man and don’t like cars you should have had a front bum.

    • Steve (North Shore)

      Elvis, I’m going to copy and paste your comment, and make it my own. Yeah man I’m stealing it

  • Elvis

    Will Len actually admit he was wrong or will his ego block him from the opportunity?

  • Steve (North Shore)

    “When I was a kid I played with Lego and trainsets and matchbox cars like Len does. Fantasy was rife.
    I could make my own little world of promise and hope.
    Lego high rises and little trains huff puffing through them. Toot toot.” Elvis.

    When we were kids we had heaps of shit to play with – mechano with electric motors!
    But who paid for it? Mum and Dad and Aunties and Uncles and Grandma and Grandad; there was no way I could afford that stuff coz I was a kid with no job.
    Uncle Len has Auckland as his payers, so he just wants and wants and wants.
    Len Brown is a child