Dirty public toilets, poos on the beach but LOOK at the pretty light display


Guest Post: 

I was very impressed with the beautiful light show on the Auckland harbour bridge. It looked fantastic. Then my practical side took over and I thought ” Hold on, is the Auckland Council paying for this visual delight?  Is this the same council that was formed to reduce bureaucracy, reduce costs, get back to basics? ”

Getting back to basics was indeed the sales pitch put forward to promote the change being suggested … initially by Helen Clark, then taken over by Rodney Hide to administer. Basics, in my view, are infrastructure (obviously), street maintenance, rubbish collection, to name a few.  Street maintenance is sadly lacking with unswept streets, unmown berms, untrimmed trees and weedy roadside gardens.

An unmown berm in Auckland

Rubbish is a major problem. For some reason, the council has removed public rubbish receptacles. Do people take their rubbish home with them?  Don’t be silly  …  they throw it on the ground or out the car window.

Hatfields Beach bins for public rubbish

We used to have inorganic rubbish collections but they have been axed and if you drive out of the city limits, you will find the large mounds rubbish dumped on the roadsides.

Rubbish dumped on Baker Rd

In Auckland ,and beyond, there is a desperate shortage of well-maintained public toilets, and talking of toilets, surely a sewerage system that does not overflow into our ‘swimmable’ harbours is an ABSOLUTE BASIC.

Felicity Reid
Katrin Hahn and her daughter Lara Pojar, 4, want the public toilets in Mairangi Bay kept in a good condition.

I have a couple of suggestions for Auckland Council.

  1. Think very hard about what essentials are ( a hint, replacing perfectly good kerbing in the streets is not seen by most as essential).
  2. Look very hard at your staff numbers, and levels of remuneration ( another hint, why do you need 270-odd in PR/communication ?)

Remember who is paying for your excesses.

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