So what were all the extra rates for? Not buses it seems

Len Brown has taxed his citizens hard…he claims his rates increases are only by the rate of inflation…but we all know that is a lie.

He claims he has managed to keep rates increases down, and he has…by borrowing billions. But what have we got for that money? Both from massive rates hikes and from massive borrowing?

Surely we have got something for it? Turns out no.

Len Brown has not built a single metre of bus lane in his first term as mayor of the Super City. 

Mr Brown, who says fixing public transport, including better bus services, is his top priority, has splurged $770 million on public transport and $1.2 billion on roads and footpaths in the past three years.

But not a cent has gone on new lanes to improve bus services, which have drawn criticism and seen a fall of 2.9 per cent in patronage over the past year, from 55.1 million bus trips to 53.5 million.

Meanwhile on the North Shore, where bus services are a major issue, Len failed to front:

Mr Brown pulled out of a mayoral debate with his main rival, John Palino, in Takapuna last night because of a bad cold.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.