Another reason Len Brown is a useless mayor (as if we needed more reasons)

He’s done nothing about the rest of NZ troughing it up at Auckland’s expense

Far from being a financial drain on the rest of the country, Auckland gets back less government money for each of its residents than most other regions.

Aucklanders received almost $1000 less core Crown funding in 2011-2012 than an average of $17,826 spent on each New Zealander, according to a Government-commissioned study.

The study, by the NZ Institute for Economic Research, calculated that Auckland received government goods and services worth $25.4 billion.

Although that was 32 per cent of a national spend of $79 billion, it was against Auckland’s 34 per cent share of New Zealand’s population.  

Each Aucklander received an average of just $16,839 – a figure exceeded by every region except Tasman in the South Island, where $16,555 was spent on each resident.

Instead of getting stuck into the Government for this outrageous imbalance, he’s actually shining their nobs!

Auckland Mayor Len Brown said the Government was making a substantial capital investment in the Super City, where he is up for re-election today, but that still left a major funding gap from 2016.

“So both Auckland and the Government need to look at how that gap can be filled,” he said.

All Len wants to do is spend money.

He really needs to be removed from the chance of doing so…   but unfortunately he’s getting another 3 years to do more damage.


Source:  NZ Herald


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  • Col

    You poor buggers, you have him for another few more years, and we have Lianne, happy days are here again, yea right, watch the Left get excited.

    • ConwayCaptain

      I think Lianne will be a good Mayor. It will be interesting to watch the by election in her old electorate as the Nats won the party vote when she was MP/

      • AnonWgtn

        I will watch with amusement to see Lianne talk her way out of everything.
        Well done Jim Anderson.
        She couldn’t organise a piss up in a Brewery.
        She says she is going to take on the Government – gets better when Green Labour take over next year – like the Aussie states all fighting each other when Labour were in everywhere.

      • Col

        Not one to say she won’t, but most of the hard work is done, just about what was going to be pulled down has been, now we rebuild and that’s already been planned, all Lianne needs too do is fill in the spaces with a photo of her opening a new building. We just need to get the plans approved quickly so builders can start.
        I don’t think we need to take much out of the by election, but that will give the junos something to write about.

    • AnonWgtn

      and Rotorua has got Stephanie Chadwick (sorry, she is a female called Steve) before she was kicked out of Parliament.
      Another failed Labour stronghold to try and upset the Government.
      Part of a national organised campaign – tried in UK some years ago until Maggie stopped it.

  • Never in the dark…..

    The apathy of the Auckland constituents is rather depressing.

    They’ll all moan about the rise in their rates (and by extension rents) and yet would’ve sat on their hands for this election.

  • ConwayCaptain

    Well Akl you deserve what you get. Within 3 years your debt will be doubled the troughers will be more ensconced in City Hall. your rates will be at least 10% higher and house prices through the roof.

    • Graeme

      Len said he wants to link rates to income. You could be paying a lot more than 10%.

      • ConwayCaptain

        I moved out of Akl 2 1/2 years ago and have never regretted it. Here in the S Waikato the SWDC has the LOWEST debt per head of population in NZ. Our roads are well maintained, we have good rubbish collection and that is all we need.

      • Never in the dark…..

        If that were the case, and if this year is anything to go by, bring it on……..I could be in for a payout!

    • Rates in some areas are already 43% higher and yet the fools didn’t vote. Suck it up Auckland

      • Col

        The lack of people voting shows that most are happy, and don’t have a problem with life in general?

  • Michael

    Brighten up – Richard Northey’s gone…

    • Bob Murphy

      And Hartley, so all’s not bad…..

  • GregM

    I’m so depressed I’m going back to bed……. :-(

  • Never in the dark…..

    I wonder if the housing announcement were held after this weekend whether there’d have been such a significant margin.

    Be curious to see the geographic breakdown of votes for the region.

  • Mr_Blobby

    Interesting of those who bothered to vote 48% for Len Brown 52% Not Len Brown. Probably about 15% of the total potential vote, that will be a mandate to TAX and Borrow and then TAX and Borrow some more. In a stagnant economy expect Auckland Council to be a growth industry.

  • James Growley

    My mother always said to us “cheats and liars never prosper” – so I wonder how the hell is Brown still the Mayor of Auckland?

  • Rimutaka

    Although Auckland received 42 per cent of the national pie for capital
    investment on transport and communications, including the Government’s
    share of the $1.1 billion rail electrification project, its operating
    receipts in that sector amounted to just 29 per cent.

    You forgot that bit

  • Harry B’Stard

    Obviously you don’t mind sucking it up for the rest of the country, you stupid pillocks have voted Len “the magic round-a-bout” Brown in again

  • Charlie

    I agree with your view of Len, but not with your calculations which ignore the fact that Aucklanders also use all the roads and facilities etc. in the less populated but still large areas of the country. It is obvious that the cost per person in those areas will be greater, maybe have a look at the subsidy per square kilometre instead and then think about the amount of benefit money going into Auckland as well.

    • John Q Public

      The Herald graphic published showed quite clearly it was the Northlands and the Gisbornes and several other depressed centres who were sucking all the cash.

  • RightOfGenghis

    While here in the north we’ve got a serial trougher, no commercial background but hey at least she speaks te reo and is committed to funding the arts. She’s also going to wake up tomorrow with $94 million to spend.
    Gonna be a wild ride methinks…

    • Meg

      I groaned when I saw who we got.

      • RightOfGenghis

        must have been a conservative with proven business skills and the community’s interests at heart

        • Meg

          No, a silly woman who wants to build an eyesore that will be a white elephant in years to come.

          • RightOfGenghis

            sounds like the one I’ve been blessed with

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Now that Lying Len is back in as our Nightmare, you watch Watercare Services start up with their demands and penalties and increases.
    No fewer than 5 potential Councillors told me that Watercare Services are not run by the Council, just subcontracted. They are liars, they are a Len Brown cash cow – same as Auckland Transport.
    The lefties came out in force and socked the property owners, and those renting will pay the Rate increases. Pathetic turnout realy

    • James Growley

      What I can’t understand here is that despite Helen Kelly’s best efforts to throw Len under the train (by telling all the Union minions not to tick his box) because he threw her under the bus during the wharf fiasco, the bastard still romped home……………

  • LB Insider

    None of you have the foggiest idea how Auckland Transport is run. The Council has virtually no say, it is run by the NZTA and their criteria alone. Thats why a single bus lane has not been built since AT existed.