Nothing strategic ever comes from a meeting of 40 people

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Auckland Council holds strategic meetings with nearly 40 people.

Back during the Auckland Plan period they had over 20 committees with as many as thirty people per committee. It was a monumental waste of money and time – that culminated in a grossly perverse Auckland Plan booklet that cost $500,000 to print.

Len lavished guests to a launch party atop the Museum and told us all it was worth the effort and that it was the blueprint for Auckland and the future Unitary Plan.

Council staff (most of the same people) promptly ignored and the notified Unitary Plan looked marginally – but really anything like the Auckland Plan.

Now they’re at it again.

How many Auckland Council staff does it to take to change a plan? About 40 when it comes to updating the blueprint for the Super City, otherwise known as the Auckland Plan.

On February 22, 37 council middle managers attended a workshop on the issue. An online search and council documents show most staff invited had the words “adviser”, “strategic” and “analyst” in their job titles.  

Auckland Plan strategy and research general manager Jacques Victor said the plan was the overarching, 30-year strategic document coming up for a six-yearly review in 2018.

An evidence-based review, he said, needed to reflect changes that had occurred since it was adopted in 2012, such as new Census data and the Auckland Housing Accord.

“This requires input from different experts across the organisation and workshops are used as the most efficient and effective way to ensure expertise is shared across the organisation,” Mr Victor said.

A senior officer who raised the matter with the Herald said “40 people to work on a document like that is just unbelievable”.

I’ve almost given up saying that Auckland Council is a bloated pig filled up with time wasting troughers.

With more than 11,000 staff they cost ratepayers enormously and yet produce nothing of value. Not a bloody thing.

The whole organisation needs to be thinned out with a blow torch.


– NZ Herald

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