New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending Competition

Len Brown Smack faceLen Brown seems to need the limelight, especially for doing dumb things.

Today Barry nominates him and the Auckland Council for his spectacularly silly bridge.

Waterfront Auckland wants $25 million replacement for three-year-old structure to keep up with development

The $3.7 million Te Wero drawbridge was built in 2011 to cater for Rugby World Cup visitors.

Auckland Council is considering scrapping the $3.7 million three-year-old Te Wero bridge linking the Viaduct Harbour with Wynyard Quarter and building a $25 million replacement.

Waterfront Auckland believes a new bridge is needed to cope with residential and commercial development at Wynyard Quarter, including a $200 million five-star hotel on the Team New Zealand site in Halsey St, due to be finished in 2017.

The proposal comes as the council is making the biggest budget cuts in Auckland’s history.

Len can’t build anything without wanting to tack trains on to it.

Waterfront Auckland chief executive John Dalzell yesterday said a larger bridge with provision for light rail was needed to cater for people going to and from new developments at Wynyard Quarter over the next three to five years, including the hotel and 800 apartments.

Even though Len is known to want to waste money on all sorts of things, this is not a bridge to nowhere, it is a bridge to somewhere, but hopefully Len wont get any ideas as the last thing Auckland needs is a bridge to nowhere. He is wasting enough money anyway.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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