Council arrogance under Len Brown

You can’t really expect civil servants to respect ratepayers when the Mayor doesn’t.

David Seymour relates a discussion he recently held with an arrogant Auckland Transport official.

“Get a life” -Auckland Council to Mt Eden residents.

I had the most extraordinary conversation with a senior Auckland Transport staffer on Sunday afternoon. He introduced himself as a key part of the City Rail Link team and asked if I supported it (I’m very leery of it). I said:

“Well I think it’s fair to say that while everybody would love to have a train service like London or Tokyo, my constituents in Mt Eden, for example, don’t want to live in the kind of density required to support it.”

To which he replied:    

“Those people need to get a life.”

Slightly taken aback, I asked him if that is really the attitude of Auckland Council to the people of Auckland, and should I tell them that? He said yes. So here I am telling you.

The thing is, I am an elected representative. I’ve promised to speak up for my constituents. Civil servants are supposed to be just that. Granted, I’m not elected to Auckland Council, but is this what Auckland Councilors and Local Board members get from their civil servants when they express citizens’ concerns, told that their constituents should get a life?

Perhaps this is the kind of arrogance that underlies rates blow outs, fireplace bans, restricted access to mountains, and so it goes on. In any case it’s an unacceptable attitude from a Council to ratepayers.

David Seymour should name this individual…then we can start asking questions of him.


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