Troughers gunna trough

With the lax controls from the top down at Auckland Council it is no surprise that  couple of ATEED troughers scored a $57,000 trip to Monaco.

The HoS reports:

Two Auckland Council officials flew business class to a boat show in Monaco on a trip that cost ratepayers $57,000.

The fresh spending details come after revelations this week that the council’s events organisation, known as Ateed, also spent $220,000 to send 18 people – including TV3 news anchor Hilary Barry – to the America’s Cup in San Francisco.

That bill, and a further $57,369 for the two Ateed staff to attend a meeting in Dubai and the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show, is under attack from former Auckland City mayor Dick Hubbard and sitting councillor Cameron Brewer. 

Ateed should not be doing what NZ Trade & Enterprise already did well, and their targets were “weak” for the money spent, Hubbard said. “It’s a classic case of a pot of money looking for something to do.”

Brewer said sending 18 people to the Cup was too many, but Ateed had “secured some worthwhile international connections”.

No reports were available on the boat show, which ran from September 24-27.

“[We’ve] only some promise that they’re in vague discussions with a few superyachts’ owners hoping to convince them to visit Auckland,” Brewer said.

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