Jane Aickin

It’s not kids we should be caging, it’s the mayor

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Some wag put a fake sign on a council cage and some fools fell for it and got all outraged, as people seem to do these days.

It began with an email from Andrew Clerk to our ONE News inbox.

“I was bemused”, he told us.

We couldn’t quite believe it either. A caged off area in Auckland’s Waiataura Reserve with a peculiar sign.

The sign read “Parents: Put your small children in here – and enjoy a walk around the park in peace”.

It then went on to specify a maximum 30 minute time limit, as if the idea of leaving your child locked in a cage while you roamed a park was only negligent if you were gone for any longer than half an hour.

Andrew Clerk, who’s a parent of two children, says the concept was “bizarre and outrageous”.

“It would be absolutely stupid to leave your kids in the cage” he says.     Read more »

Absentee Mayor ditches another essential council service

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While Len Brown has the painters in ahead of the disposal of his house and remains in hiding over the summer we find out that one of the council’s core services…rubbish collection…has been discontinued.

The Auckland Council has ripped out 14 rubbish bins along Okahu Bay to encourage people to take their rubbish home with them (all that’s left are the concrete pads they were sitting on).

It is being masqueraded as having been at the invitation of Ngati Whatua – which will be crap – the ACC controls the land and owned the rubbish bins.

Auckland Council and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are trialling a rubbish-free initiative at Okahu Bay this summer.

The trial sees the removal of 14 rubbish bins from the park starting from 11 January 2014   Read more »