Len’s panels not working, second member quits

One thing Len Brown used to do well was create the impression of consultation…that is one of the major reasons why he created panels like the Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel.

Of course it all came to a head, so to speak, when it was revealed that one of his appointees was also his mistress.

Now it is just useless…and people are leaving telling media that it is a complete waste of ratepayers money.

A second member has quit.

Another member of the Auckland Council Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel has resigned, and the Herald understands at least two of the nine remaining panellists are on the verge of quitting.

Kafeba Pergoleze Alvis Mundele, one of only two on the panel who also served in the previous term, tendered his resignation at the weekend.

His resignation follows that of panel chairman Feroz Ali, who quit last week saying the panel was a “token” body, had no real status and that he was unhappy about what it was costing ratepayers.  

Acting chairman Dave Tomu yesterday confirmed Mr Mundele’s resignation but would not comment further.

“I will wait until I have the meeting with the mayor, and also I need to report back to the whole group.”

Shortly after speaking to the Herald, Mr Tomu sent an email to the panel warning members not to speak to the media.

He asked them to refer all inquiries to the council’s public affairs and communications team as per the panel’s terms of reference.

Mr Mundele did not return the Herald’s calls or respond to emails yesterday.

He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is a leader of the local Congolese community.

Mr Mundele is a pastor with a background in community development and banking, and is an advocate of human rights and social justice.

“Kafeba didn’t give a specific reason for resigning, but we know he shared the same concerns as Feroz,” said a panel member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“As a pastor and someone who works with the refugees, he was very concerned about how much money the council was wasting on running this panel … which is pretty much just a joke, really.”

The member knew of two others who were considering resigning after giving their “honest feedback” to the council and the mayor.

The wheels are coming off the mayor’s trolley. These show panels are a complete waste of ratepayers money.

Time to end the charade of the lame duck mayor.

 

– NZ Herald


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