Cathy Casey

My polite e-mail to the Cameron pool in Mount Roskill was blocked for Profane content

To my great surprise, my e-mail to the Cameron Pool in Mount Roskill to ask them some questions about their Muslim Women’s swimming lessons was blocked for profane content. I can only assume that Whaleoil is considered a profane word or perhaps that their profanity filter has submitted to Sharia law like their segregated swimming lessons. Have a read of my e-mail and see if you can spot the profanity.

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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 »

Useless Auckland Council’s halfwit policy on dogs


Lame Duck Mayor Len Brown and his merry band of idiots on council have decided to offer an amnesty to dangerous dog owners. As if another regulation will actually work, but it is a good excuse when it comes to not enforcing current regulations properly.

In the real world, South Auckland?s people want real action. For a moment it seemed the politicians had listened. There was a glimmer of hope after south Auckland Councillor Callum Penrose announced a high-powered group of politicians would front the media with their solution.

But by the time Thursday?s highly publicised photo-opportunity concluded, hope was lost. Read more »

Are the Centre-Right Buggering Up the Auckland Council Election?


The current Auckland Council have been woeful.

They have raised rates, driven up house prices and pandered to just about every PC cause they can think of, then created a few more.

The coming election should be a shoo-in for the centre-right, just as Banks led C&R to a majority on the old Auckland City Council in 2007 after the left, under Dick Hubbard, buggered everything up between 2004 and 2007.

Instead, from all my sources across the city, it appears?the right is shambolic and the union movement and left-wing activists are mobilising. ? Read more »

The delusions of Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson, the sacked editor of Metro, has written a column on their website defending Len Brown and the Terrible Ten.

In his column he blatantly misleads with some of his claims.

It is his attempt to lay blame on the government rather than on the idiot mayor.

The rates rises have three main drivers. One is the rising cost of services. The council is indeed responsible for managing that.

The second is the targeted transport levy. This was not the council?s choice. It wanted a user pays approach, with motorway tolls and/or some other kind of levy on those who use the roads. But that requires a law change and the government said no.

So the council had a choice: either scrap its plans for addressing the transport crisis, or load the cost onto rates.

Was scrapping the plans even a real option? Council officers warned of dire consequences for the city?s economic health if the council voted down the budget. And we already know that transport infrastructure will soon fail if funding for public transport, especially rapid transit, is not boosted.

Councillors who voted against the budget have not proposed useful alternatives, but have instead succumbed to narrow political opportunism and/or their own fears of a voter backlash.

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Time for these Auckland Councillors to be sacked


Auckland Council is stuffed. The elected representatives refuse to act either rationally or with certainty in the best interest of their ward ratepayers. It’s a total farce – and it’s a mockery of sanity, logic and all things democratic.

Yesterday it was reported that some councillors are choosing to ‘abstain’ from voting either for or against the Long Term Plan, which is the budget for running Auckland.

Cathy Casey, Ross Clow, Mike Lee, Wayne Walker and John Watson are proving themselves to be troughers. They don’t care what is best for the people who voted them in and they should go.

But they should also be joined by Penny Hulse and John Walker who are ‘absent’.

Because it’s important to take seriously the responsibility of being a Councillor and specifically to vote for the budget that will decide the expenditure of the Council over the next 10 years. ? Read more »

And they think that is going to save them? [UPDATED]

Some Auckland councillors think that abstaining from a vote means they didn’t make one and can’t be blamed for the consequences.

That’s so dumb its incomprehensible.

It’s like saying the dog ate one’s homework.

Not voting – abstaining – is still supporting the Mayor. It just comes with a bit of posturing. The result will still be a win for the Mayor’s budget.

And being scared by Stephen Town into believing that there will be dire financial consequences?

That’s even dumber.

Several Auckland councillors are expected to abstain from a budget vote this week to avoid plunging the Super City into a financial crisis.

Mayor Len Brown looks set to pass his new 10-year, $60 billion budget with less than half the votes of his council at Thursday’s governing body meeting.

He will get there after councillors were told the consequences of not passing the budget by chief executive Stephen Town and chief finance officer Sue Tindall over lunch last Thursday.

Councillors attending the lunch said the consequences were dire. ? Read more »

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd


Thanks for all the great entries and thanks to all the Local Government muppets who keep serving up the fantastic examples of monumental stupidity that make the voters hate councillors even more.

If you are running a city with a close to 10% rates rise and an angry voting population you probably should be making cuts to dumb social spending. Typically for Auckland they want to spend more on dumb social spending, starting a ?Rainbow Panel? so Auckland can be more gay friendly.

Councillor Cathy Casey will be the liaison councillor for the panel. She says the initiative is overdue.

“It’s important this part of the community feels engaged and well represented. We want to make sure we have a very colourful Rainbow panel.? ?? Read more »

Len’s signed his own political death warrant


Bad financial management is one thing. ? Lying another. ?Cheating on your long suffering wife is also not flash, and having sex on council property with council staff another poor decision.

None of that was enough to get the rate payers of Auckland upset.

But now Len and his Council have made the biggest mistake of all – hit his remaining supporters directly in the pocket. ? Read more »

Councillors oppose rates rise they voted for

Six councillors have written to Len Brown to protest the rates rise that ?four of them voted for.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has been asked to revisit an average 9.9 per cent household rates rise by a group of councillors concerned about the cost to ratepayers.

Six councillors yesterday wrote to Mr Brown, saying a transport targeted rate adds significantly to a level of rates that is already difficult for many Aucklanders to afford.

Last week, the council voted for a $114 targeted rate for every household to top up spending on transport.

The combined impact of the general rate and targeted rate for households is an average 9.9 per cent rates increase from July.

The councillors – Cathy Casey, Chris Darby, Mike Lee, John Watson, Wayne Walker and Ross Clow – believed savings could be found to reduce the targeted rate.

They produced figures from Mr Lee showing a difference in rail operating costs of $60 million to $70 million between Auckland and Wellington. “The chief executive has been directed to report back on potential savings and operating costs for rail.

“These savings could be substantial. We signal our concern at progressing with the targeted rate at the present amount until a meaningful and objective report is available on potential rail savings,” said the letter.

The councillors believed the transport targeted rate should be “revisited” at the earliest opportunity and before the new 10-year budget was completed on June 25.

Four of the six councillors – Ms Casey, Mr Darby, Mr Lee and Mr Walker – voted for the targeted rate last week.

Their four votes and the votes of seven councillors who voted against the targeted rate make up a majority on the 21-member council.

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