Len Brown

Len Brown parking madness [UPDATED]

The Ground Crew have been busy.

Our Mt Roskill correspondent reports:

Reporters on the scene at the new car park being created in Keith Hay Park, Mt Roskill have discovered that Len Brown’s plans for raising cash are in full swing.

The large public car parking area for people visiting the grounds, Tristar gym, and swimming pool is to have parking meters for every spot.

Locals are not impressed.

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[workers on site were interviewed for this news]

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Will Len Brown drop the ball on this one?

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Like Kerry Packer said, you only get one Alan Bond in your life – and Len Brown’s Alan Bond has showed up today.

Two bozos called James Brown and Simon Rowntree, who own Tournament Parking, have offered Len a mind-boggling $75 million for a scummy downtown carpark, $10 million more than the $65 million council valuation and $45 million over its $30 million book value.  They’ve even sent in a $7.5 million deposit.  The tipline is running hot with rumours that they haven’t even done due diligence and only decided to go ahead on Wednesday.

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Brown and Rowntree say the money should go to get Len’s loopy rail loop underway and are willing to be legally bound that they can’t raise prices above inflation and say they will be forced to keep operating it as a carpark until 2085.  They’re also at risk of having to pay Len’s carpark tax.

It’s an offer Len can’t refuse.   Read more »

Why is Len Brown’s council setting up a bike market?

You really do have to wonder at Len Brown’s Auckland Council.

It seems if they aren’t trying to control where you spread your ashes of loved ones and charge you for the privilege, they are trying to undermine Auckland’s bike retailers by setting up their own bike market.

I’m not kidding…look at this email:

From: Anja Vroegop (AT) <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Subject: Auckland Transport Community Bike Market
To: [redacted]

Hi [redacted]

I was wondering if you are interested in being involved in our Bike Market?

We will be running a trial ‘Bike Market’ event in Auckland. At the event the public will have access to inexpensive bikes for sale (under $500 ONLY) and free bike mechanics will be on hand to tell them of any potential issues or hazards.

We are getting the final details of the bike market sorted out now. We are planning to run it in the stadium at Mt Albert YMCA on Saturday the 12th of July. Our media schedule will be targeting Trademe and Google ads as well as local newspapers, so we plan to really generate some interest.  Read more »

Len Brown funds conference on multiple sexual relationships

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You can’t make this stuff up. So desperate is Auckland Council to spend other people’s money, they’re funding a conference to explore the practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships with the consent of all the people involved, also known as polyamory. The Taxpayers’ Union blogs:

Last month the gaynz.com website reported that among the first recipients of Auckland Council’s first ever ‘Rainbow Door Fund’ was ‘Poly Panel, Discussions around Queer Polyamory’, a one day event exploring a framework of ethical, healthy polyamory relationships. Read more »

Maybe the Greens can help Len Brown out with his little parking issue

Len Brown is antagonising people with his parking edict, an effort to replenish the coffers his profligate spending has depleted.

The problem Len Brown has is that no one talks to him anymore, he is a lame duck and so being snubbed by everyone eventually leads to a silo mentality that subsequently leads to ideas nobody supports.

Like his parking policy.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown supports a $1 hourly fee rise for central city parking, which he wants his council’s transport arm to line up against a region-wide parking strategy.

He has alarmed the Heart of the City business association by saying he supports in principle an increase proposed by Auckland Transport, and has referred the matter to the council’s infrastructure committee, which meets today.

“I am asking that Auckland Transport present a much fuller report on proposed fee changes, alignment with the [region-wide] parking strategy, and a communications plan to the infrastructure committee before any changes are implemented,” he said in a budget paper to the council last month.   Read more »

The 2014 election Labour Lolly scramble

Yesterday, Labour published this

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Immediately.

A Labour government has a number of problems before it can do that.

One, it will be in a coalition with other parties, and the final coalition agreement may not allow for Labour to start building an Auckland rail link.  It’s not because other parties don’t think the rail link should go ahead, but they may have other requirements on timing, funding and policy compromises based on their own priorities. Read more »

Coincidence?

There is always someone worse off

One of the ways a lot of people cheer themselves up when they’re in a pickle is to compare themselves to people who have been dealt a much worse hand in life.  I mean, can you really complain about your flu not going away for four weeks when your neighbour just lost the use of his arms?

Well, in that spirit Auckland, don’t feel to bad about Len Brown.  Somewhere in the world, there are even worse mayors.

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Here they come Len. This is what deliberate sabotage earns you

Len Brown needs more money.

He’s got the rate payers to a point where they are no longer willing to put up with his ridiculous rates rises.  So now he has to fiddle around the edges by introducing parking charges in all suburbs of Auckland.  And… rejigging the water charges, starting with new connections.

The [Auckland] council-owned Watercare Services this week announced it would charge an additional $2300 for each new home or apartment connecting to its network.

Housing Minister Nick Smith said the move was not helpful at a time when there was a focus on trying to make housing more affordable.

Watercare’s move takes to $12,075 the fee it will charge for new connections. It is lower than the fee charged by some councils, but the company said it still covered only 30 percent of the cost of new infrastructure.

Dr Smith said work underway by his ministry and Treasury is looking at the charging practices of network companies which service new housing areas, including water and electricity and phone networks.

He said at present, the legislation governing Watercare Services meant it was outside the reach of local government law changes, bringing in new checks on how much can be charged for new developments. Read more »

Is Auckland Council about to breach the privacy of 20,000 people?

Len Brown’s Aucklands Council had decided to close the Waitakere testing station and vacate the site….on 30 June.

Of note is that the council have chosen to tender off the assets of the station, including the customer database of some 20,000 personal records containing names, residential address and vehicle details.

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Selling this information is in violation of Principles 10 and 11 of the Privacy Act, and I can see people on the database being justifiably concerned that the Auckland Council would sell such information to a third party.

The tender has been open to a range of organisations, including parts and equipment providers so who knows where and how this personal information will be used or disseminated.

This has the potential to cause a massive breach of privacy for those 20,000 people whose details are recorded in the database.

None of these 20,000 persons gave their permission for their information to be sold by Auckland Council to a third party.  Read more »