Lets talk about Tax baby, let’s talk about you and me…


Lecherous lascivious lyin’ Len is starting to feel the pressure of time.  He no longer has any friends in local or central government, but he still want to have his train set.

What can he do?

Try and start a groundswell of demand from the people themselves.  And this is how he started

Aucklanders are about to take part in an unprecedented debate, over whether they are happy to pay new taxes and motorway charges totalling hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Unprecedented only because they can’t force it on it any longer.  Suddenly we’re all back to being democratic and wanting to debate things openly.

The council is floating the idea in its Long Term Plan consultation, saying a list of important transport projects and initiatives, will be unaffordable without new sources of funding.

The traditional sources of property rates and fuel taxes will leave a $12 billion shortfall in paying for the list of transport projects which the council says must be built.

Included in the list needing extra funding is a busway on the northwestern motorway, new park and ride facilities, transport interchanges and additional service.

Beware the Trojan Horse!

We’ve gone from the train set being unaffordable to all transport upgrade being unaffordable.  And they’ve tied things like park and ride facilities and roading extensions as part of the big “Transport” banner.

But let’s not be fooled.  These issues didn’t exist last year, and now they do.

That’s because they are the fluff around the true objective:  to get the rail link back onto the public agenda and drive a ground-up need for central government action by paying for it all.

At the same time as that debate is running, the mayor Len Brown said he would be pushing for agreement on a new approach to funding transport in the city.

“My work at the beginning of this year is about bringing the minister, his Government, our council, NZTA, Ministry of Transport and Auckland Transport, into the same room to get a comprehensive agreement around what we want to fund, the projects we want to move forward on, and try to put something in place for next ten years.”

“In Denmark central and local government are about to form agreement or accord for ten years of funding or building an agreed transport programme,” said Mr Brown.

Auckland’s struggle to pay for its needs, underlines another issue – whether property rates can continue to be the main funding source for local government around the country.

I have to give two-minute Len some credit.  Having no respect, no family and no support from Labour or the Government, he’s hanging in there like a Terrier with lockjaw.

But it’s not going to work.   The rest of New Zealand is not going to pay for Len’s loopy train set, no matter how much Aucklanders “debate” themselves a share of the consolidated fund.



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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.