Bill Cashmore

The Diary of Commissar Cashmore

Bloody tough day at the office, only saved by having a beer and a singalong with the Comrade Mayor, who was as pissed off at me at the capitalist scumbags on council who forced us to consult on 2% rates rises. Bloody capitalists. Don’t they understand that a 2% rates rise means we will have to end the salary increases for our good, hard working staff who are earning only $100,000 a year?

The bloody ratepayers will probably tell us that they want a 2% rates rise, and we will have to find some reason to fudge the numbers. Comrade Clow put in a good effort with a bait and switch, saying overall rates rises were only 2% because residential rates and business rates would net out at 2% but these capitalists are smarter than we thought when the Comrade Mayor and I jacked up the council last summer over a few beers and some good rousing union music.   Read more »

Goff gives Hulse the arse card; appoints one of his South Auckland mates as deputy

Phil Goff has replaced one of the architects of rates increases as his deputy with a member of the Terrible Ten who voted for rates increases under Len Brown.

New Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has confirmed the badly kept secret Bill Cashmore will be his deputy, while also announcing the council’s committees will be overhauled to cut down on meetings.

An official announcement on Thursday confirmed speculation National Party member Mr Cashmore would be picked for the No. 2 spot over two-time deputy mayor Penny Hulse.

Mr Goff – a former Labour Party leader – told reporters he hoped the appointment of Mr Cashmore – who ran unopposed in his largely rural Franklin seat – would send a message to Auckland’s farmers that they were still part of the super city.

“He has a reputation for getting things done. He’s a straight shooter,” Mr Goff said.

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Dear Calum Penrose, Denise Krum, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Alf Filipaina and George Wood [UPDATED]

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Dear Councillors,

You six ignored the hundreds of submissions from locals and voted to allow set nets to be reintroduced to Arkles Bay.

Today, in the middle of summer, someone did just that.

The net is unattended, right in the middle of the swimming area near a council-provided pontoon for swimmers. I hope a small child isn’t injured or drowned. I hope no dolphins are injured.   Read more »

More on the Skullduggery in Franklin

The Tip line has been running hot with more stories about the skullduggery RINO Bill Cashmore is undertaking in Franklin.

Sources are suggesting that RINO Cashmore is doing a deal with Labour to stitch up Andy Baker and ensure he does not retain the community board chair after the election.

Labour are a little skeptical of Cashmore, but think that he has voted the right way for them in the past so are giving the matter real thought.  Read more »

The Low Bastardry of Bill Cashmore

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Franklin Councillor Bill Cashmore is what is known in the US as a RINO – Republican in Name Only. He is not a genuine right wing fiscal conservative and he doesn’t mind spending vast amounts of ratepayers money. As Councillor he is a self described mover and shaker, but seems to do all his moving and shaking for the benefit of Nikki Kaye voters, not the voters in Franklin.

Cashmore sponsored the Transport Levy, which pushed up average rates to 9.9%, which is definitely not the work of a right winger. The annoying thing about the Transport Levy is it will likely be wasted on trains, cycle ways and other public transport that Cashmore is known not to use. In the mean time the traffic in Drury is now bumper to bumper from 6:30am, and the rail line from Pukekohe has yet to be electrified.

The tipline has been running hot with Cashmore’s low bastardry, as not only is he a RINO but he is also right into political fixes. Cashmore leapfrogged local board chair Andy Baker to succeed Des Morrison as Franklin’s ward councillor. Baker is a local lad from Pukekohe and is much loved at ECOLight Stadium where he called rugby matches on weekends.   Read more »

6 Councillors who are going to get challenged

Yesterday the Auckland Council’s Regulatory and Bylaws Committee decided to ignore unanimous support from local residents and instead listen to two council officials and over ride a 5 year ban on set netting in Arkles Bay.

In doing so they placed a target on their backs for a strong campaign to ensure they are replaced.

A decision made by Auckland Council’s Regulatory and Bylaws Committee today (October 13) will see the current year-round ban on set netting in Arkles Bay replaced with a summer-only ban that runs from November 1 to April 30 each year. The summer ban will be within 200 metres (seaward) of the Mean High Water Spring.

This decision flies in the face of a united front from the community, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board and Councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker who sought a continuation of the year-round ban.

The year-round ban on set netting, introduced by the former Rodney District Council in March 2007, was unique in Auckland and it was this that appeared to make it problematic for Auckland Council’s “one size fits all” approach.

Council staff offered residents an opportunity for feedback prior to today’s committee meeting, via a website, promising that all such feedback would be put before Councillors for consideration. More than 660 submissions were received in the week after that address was publicised in Hibiscus Matters’ October 1 issue.

However, Albany Ward Councillor John Watson, who is on the Regulatory and Bylaws Committee, says those comments were not put before the committee.

“The impassioned and evidence-based views of the local community were ignored,” he says.

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Face of the day

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Auckland councillors have voted 10-9 to approve Mayor Len Brown’s new 10-year budget.

Those to vote for the budget were Mayor Len Brown, Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker, Penny Webster.

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Councillors to vote against the budget were Cameron Brewer, Cathy Casey, Ross Clow, Chris Fletcher, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood.

Time to rinse the Terrible Ten

There are at least ten councillors in Auckland who will need a strong third party campaign against them at the next election.

Auckland councillors have voted 10-9 to approve Mayor Len Brown’s new 10-year budget.

Those to vote for the budget were Mayor Len Brown, Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker, Penny Webster.

Councillors to vote against the budget were Cameron Brewer, Cathy Casey, Ross Clow, Chris Fletcher, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood.

Those ten councillors, plus many in the opposing list have enabled Len Brown’s wasteful spending and budgets over two council terms.

This vote won’t save them as we head into next year’s local body elections.   Read more »

Pressure builds on the abstainers, two more cave

Pressure is building on the abstainers with two of them caving to pressure.

Two more Auckland councillors have come forward today to say they will vote on tomorrow’s final budget vote.

This follows reports that Mayor Len Brown does not appear to have a majority and is relying on four or five councillors to change their mind or abstain to pass the budget tomorrow.

Councillor Cathy Casey said she had never considered abstaining from the vote, saying in 20-plus years as a councillor she had never sat on the fence on anything.

She did not say if she would support or oppose the budget.

Ms Casey did not respond to earlier questions by the New Zealand Herald on her position.

Councillor Wayne Walker today said he would never be abstaining on the vote.

“It had been suggested to me.

But I have never abstained. I will make my decision on the day,” he said.

On Sunday, Mr Walker told the Herald “abstaining was a possibility”, saying in many respects he would like to vote against it.

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The 15 councillors that need voting out after imposing a poll tax on Auckland

Yesterday 15 councillors and unelected Maori representatives, including Len Brown voted to increase Aucklanders rates by 9.9% despite promises from Len Brown to limit rates rises to just 2.5%.

These are the 15 who need rinsing at next year’s local body elections. They are dead to citizens of Auckland. Useless. A waste of space. If only we had recall legislation.

Mayor Len Brown, deputy mayor Penny Hulse, Penny Webster, Arthur Anae, Cathy Casey, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Chris Fletcher, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker and Maori Statutory Board members David Taipari and Glen Wilcox voted for the increase.

These people need to be voted out.

They are completely out of touch with the feelings of the ratepayers. Those ratepayers need to ensure they are never in the position to rape our pockets again.

Those who votes against should be rewarded.

Cameron Brewer, Ross Clow, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood voted against the rises.

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