Auckland Council’s spendthrift culture

Auckland Spendthrift

That’s what they should call Auckland Council and it’s CCO’s.

Not content with existing digs and doing the best thing for ratepayer’s pockets the last of the CCO’s has secured a top shelf A-grade building for occupancy.

Watercare occupy a Manson’s built A-grade building in Remuera Road. Council has purchased the former ASB tower and is now blowing $30+ million recladding it. Now Aucklan transport is getting in on the flash corporate action.

Auckland Transport is joining business giants Fonterra, Air New Zealand, KPMG, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard at the flash VXV Precinct on the Auckland waterfront.

The ratepayer-funded transport body has signed a heads of agreement to take a lease on the Vodafone Building in Fanshawe St, which is being upgraded to provide “exceptional space for corporate occupiers”, according to a marketing brochure.  

Auckland Transport chief financial officer Richard Morris said the location would give the council body a cost-effective solution for its accommodation requirements with expected savings of close to $1 million in the first year.

Auckland Transport’s 1500 or so staff are currently spread across 19 buildings with multiple leases. About half of the staff are located in the former Waitakere City Council civic centre in Henderson, built at a cost of $39 million.

Mr Morris said the 12-year-old Vodafone Building was not expensive compared to a new building or other offices in and around the CBD.

There are no real savings to be had. The cost of occupancy (rent and OPEX) is considerably more than the current costs.

In fact the CFO Richard Morris tries to plug savings in this way:

He said Auckland Transport would be reducing overall space requirements by about 2500sq m, leading to extra savings in areas like cleaning, electricity, IT and maintenance. Other savings would be made from a productivity gain of more than 50,000 hours through staff not travelling between buildings.

Productivity gain? Auckland Transport productive? Yeah right!

And why can’t they email?

This Council has nurtured an excessive spendthrift culture.

It’s nearly broke as it taps it’s max borrowing capacity. With choices like this it’s easy to see how the combined organisation got there.

 

-NZ Herald


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