“Frankly a waste of ratepayers money”

More trouble for Auckland Council as chair for one of their boards quits citing serious concerns with governance of the Council organisation.

The chair of the Auckland Council Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel has resigned, saying he has serious concerns about how the council is being run.

Feroz Ali said the panel, one of about a dozen created by the mayor, had no real status and was unhappy about what it was costing ratepayers.

“As chair, I found that the panel is only their (sic) for token consultation and frankly a waste of ratepayers money,” he said in an email to panel members after tendering his resignation on Wednesday.

“Serious concerns about the governance in Auckland Council.”

Mr Ali said that he had attended five meetings since being appointed, but felt uneasy about being paid $500 for each meeting he chaired.

That is hardly a surprise to me. Auckland Council has constantly – since inception – been a useless bag of poo for Auckland.

It wastes money hand over fist and there has been no good news about the way it operates.

Trouble is – will anyone stand up and take notice?

Well the Taxpayers’ Union has:

Responding to this afternoon’s resignation of the Chair of the Auckland Council’s Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel, Feroz Ali,  and his damming comments that the Panel ‘lacks legitimacy’ and is a ‘waste of money’, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“Mr Ali’s acknowledgement that these special committees are a waste of money is significant. Councillors and local board members are elected to represent their communities. The duplication of representation, where political favourites are picked, paid and wheeled-out for photo opportunities, should stop.”

The Taxpayers’ Union is again calling on Auckland Council to disband the youth, ethnic, Pacific, seniors and rural advisory panels.

“With the exception of the disability panel, which plays an important role in highlighting the practical needs of many access-impaired members of the public, the value of these hang-on committees is questionable,” says Mr Williams.

“Rather than ramming identity politics down ratepayers’ throats, Auckland Council should focus on keeping costs down. We commend Mr Ali for his refreshing honesty.”

Good suggestions.

These sorts of boards are just about tokenism.

 

– NZ Herald


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