Fox selected to review the foxes in charge of the hen house



The Marlborough Express, the paper that wouldn’t publish the late night emails from “Mayor Sowman”, has announced that the Theatre Trust has appointed well known Auckland Luvvie Richard Jeffery.

The Marlborough District Council has appointed Richard Jeffrey as a consultant to look at the Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust’s management and governance of the ASB Theatre. 

Jeffrey is chief executive of the Vodafone Events Centre, which includes a theatre, conference centre and arena, and holds more than 4000 people.

He is also a board member of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development and has a background in tourism and hospitality, cultural event promotion and community engagement.

Jeffery is known around Auckland as a man who has never seen a trough he doesn’t want to stick his nose into, and has never seen an arts project that shouldn’t be funded to the hilt by ratepayers. So it is a bit like getting a fox to check the foxes in the hen house. There is no way in hell he will say “sack the useless theatre trust, make the theatre user pays, and stop wasting ratepayers money”.

The Vodafone events centre in Auckland is a perpetual building site with virtually nothing going on, so he does seem well qualified to recognise the same problems in Blenheim.

What is even worse is that sources at the Marlborough Express are saying that the Theatre Trust think they are being cunning by pushing out the delivery date on the report until after the election. That way voters won’t know exactly how bloody useless the theatre trust has been.


– The Marlborough Express

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