Rob Thomas, the Waitemata Tosser

Meet Rob Thomas, a 32 year old tosser from Waitemata who claims to have spent 14 years in local government.

Auckland Council election contender Rob Thomas admits claiming incorrectly in an official candidates’ booklet that he worked 14 years for the cities of Wellington and Westminster.

He has confirmed working only two years for those cities, but says he has spent almost 14 years in local government, from joining Auckland’s former youth council in 1998 to his past three years as a Waitemata Local Board member.

A simple punctuation mistake, or a clear case of lying on your CV to the voters about what you’ve actually done? Eating free fruit at the youth council meetings doesn’t really count as local government work.

Check out his biography on his website.  

“Despite being 32 years old, I have dedicated almost half my life driving improvements in local government. I started my community service 14 years ago as the Chairperson of the Auckland City Youth Council, raising $23,000 for youth concerts.

I have worked for Auckland City Council on the Britomart Transport Interchange and Libraries, Wellington City Council implementing business improvements and at the City of Westminster in London monitoring children at risk. I was successfully elected onto the Auckland Council Waitemata Local Board in 2010 with 7,000 votes. My portfolios on the board include governance into events, parks, transport and community grants.

I represent the local board on the newly formed Eden Terrace Business Association “Uptown”. I have a proven track record of progressive success in local government: – “

He certainly likes the use of the word “I”, “my” and “me”. Over 17 uses in three paragraphs of text.

Loving the last line as well – “It is my life-long ambition to be Mayor of Auckland.”

A clear case of tosser  if ever there was.


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