Chris Darby is one of Len’s “Terrible Ten”

Guess what he is campaigning on?

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is surprised at the hypocrisy of Councillor Chris Darby’s election signs stating that he will ‘Rein in Rates’, and is calling on Aucklanders to think carefully about what their incumbent Councillors have voted for in the past when deciding on who to vote for this election.

Spokesperson for the Ratepayers’ Alliance, Jo Holmes says:

“Chris Darby was one of the members of the “Terrible Ten” who voted for Len Brown’s 9.9% rates hike. It smacks of hypocrisy that that he is campaigning on a slogan to ‘Rein in Rates’.”

“The public have had enough of the sort of wishy-washy, swinging in the wind decision making of many of our incumbent Councillors. Many of them have failed in their role to provide strong governance, and as a result, the bureaucrats of Auckland Council have consistently seized opportunities to run their own agenda, and pay little heed to the concerns of everyday Aucklanders.”

“Ratepayers of this city will be looking to elect representatives who are prepared to take a stance, and stay committed to that stance and provide the necessary strong leadership to steer Auckland through the challenges of the next three years.”

“Under Len Brown’ s regime the bureaucracy has ruled at Council at almost every level possible. It is little wonder that only 17% of Aucklanders trust the Council to make the right decisions.”

“Only those Councillors who have signed the ‘Ratepayer Protection Pledge’ can be trusted to limit rates. It speaks volumes that Mr Darby refused to sign.”

And then he campaigns on reigning in out-of-control rates rises.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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