A knife, try a chainsaw or a big axe

This will be the size of the knife Len Brown says he will use to cut pay rate at the Council

This will be the size of the knife Len Brown says he will use to cut pay rate at the Council

Len Brown reckons he has listened to the people and he is going to take a knife to high council salaries and debt. He has of course flip-flopped from defending high salaries to now railing against them.

On top of that his promise to bring in the “living wage” is just going to add to the debt mountain his unfunded promises have already created.

Yesterday, Mr Brown said “messages” about debt and spending were very clear and he planned to address them when he presents the first cut of next year’s budget to councillors on November 17.

One issue Mr Brown has promised action on is pay for senior staff – 1500 of whom earn more than $100,000 and 113 more than $200,000.

During the election, he defended salaries of nearly $800,00 for council chief executive Doug McKay and Watercare chief Mark Ford, saying, “You have got to meet the market.”¬†

Now he is saying there will be “downward movement” on the city CEO’s salary when the council appoints a new one before Christmas.

He is also signalling an end to big pay increases after the council-controlled Watercare board approved a 10 per cent pay rise for Mr Ford when the likes of librarians and street cleaners got 1.7 per cent.

The mayor has vowed to back the living wage for city staff if a review finds it is feasible and affordable.

Doug McKay earns gets paid over $800,000, nearly twice the salary of the Prime MInister! Mark Ford does a part time job yet pulls a full time pay packet…those are just two of the excesses that Len Brown has let ¬†grow under his watch. Even if he trims a hundy off each for the headlines it makes not a zak of difference to the parlous state of Auckland’s finances under the mayoralty of a third rate immigration lawyer from South Auckland.

Auckland’s debt mountain is still set to double in the next 3 years and we are already paying over $1 million per day in interest charges.

It isn’t a knife Len Brown needs it is a chainsaw, a big ax and all those redundant mowers to trim his out of control expenses.


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  • muffinmclay


    • cows4me

      Yes but thank God he’s your C

      • Bad__Cat


  • conwaycaptain

    You are a good shot???

  • blokeintakapuna

    He’s not going to be able to pull a “Cunliffe Manoeuvre” and chop out people in existing roles as he sees fit – nor alter salaries either – unless they agree to it.
    But here lies the rub – it all sounds very “prudent” heading into another 3 years of slurping long at the rate payer teat, yet it’s all completely hollow rhetoric with zero substance.
    The only way he will reduce plenty of salaries will be through some form of coercion… and then the ERA will not only fine the Council, they’ll need to reinstate them also.
    …but at least it’s an accomplishment he can put on his CV that Cunliffe will admire.

    • “…. hollow rhetoric with zero substance.” – Ah, the stuff of politics

    • Dave

      I believe you are correct BIT Most of those on High salaries will have Watertight contracts, probably a large redundancy / severance package as well, so whilst lying Lennie can swing the redundancy hammer, no doubt the ratepayers will then PAY the enormous golden handshake’s.

      Yunno Aucklander’s, you will pay every way with Len, so simply leave your wallets out so Len can continue to pick them.

    • Bad__Cat

      The only meaningful way of seriously reducing rates is to chop whole departments, any with names including:
      – social
      – cultural
      – arts
      – living
      – community
      – amenity
      – funding
      – grants
      – civic
      – awards
      And almost forgot:
      – Te Tiriti

  • Patrick

    Len Brown is talking shit, playing to the gallery, the spending, the wastage will not stop. Orsman will be back on board the good ship MS Super Shitty will sail forth & we will all sing the praises of the Uber Mayor.

  • peterwiseman

    Being a lawyer all Len knows is how to charge, not offer value.

    • Arran Hunt

      Oy, please don’t put him in with us. We didn’t want him, that’s why he thought he’s follow his left leaning friends in to politics.

  • peterwiseman

    Also, Len is a useless cunt.

    • Roger

      LBIAUC – this will need to go another three years.

      • philbest

        Yeah, Dorklanders need a LOT more pain yet before they will learn…..

  • cows4me

    “You have got to met the market”. One of the biggest pieces of horseshit ever dreamt up and I bet it came out of the mouth of some swilling trougher.

    • Hazards001

      I actually don’t have a problem with hiring the best person for the job and paying them accordingly.

      My issue is the job!

  • Rusty B

    Fuck Len Brown. Did I hear Palino say the interest will be 2.7million by the end of the year, I hope not, but it probably will be accurate.

  • Arran Hunt

    How about they get the living wage only if they are on now other benefits, such as working for families?

  • longjohn

    Unbloodybielvable!! I can only summize that two thirds of Aucklanders are not very bright!

  • BR

    Why can’t the council just have a partial council shutdown every week just like in the US? That would mean that the road menders, the berm mowers and the rubbish collectors etc would keep on working. The bureaucrats and the overpaid under-worked executives (Brown included), would be sent home for the weekend plus two unpaid extra days. This situation could be maintained until the debt is paid. Who the hell would notice them missing anyway?


  • Bad__Cat

    The last Local Authority that readvertised all the top management positions at $20 – $30k less for the same job was Kaipara about 3-4 years ago, and didn’t that turn out well?