mayor of auckland

Five minutes into the job and Phil Goff wants to blow a billion on a stadium

Now Phil Goff wants to build a stadium!

Now Phil Goff wants to build a stadium!

Well, we did warn you. Phil Goff has just picked up from where Len Brown left off. Now he wants to build a stadium…at a cost of more than $1 billion.

What is it with socialists and grand projects?

New Auckland Mayor Phil Goff wants to make an early start on a $1 billion stadium on railway land alongside Vector Arena.

In an interview with NewstalkZB’s Tony Veitch to be aired today, Goff said he does not want to spend an estimated $250 million on upgrading Eden Park over the next 15 years and believes the spiritual home of rugby and cricket could be sold for as much as $300m.

Goff, who has only been in the mayoral job for two weeks, stressed the council did not have up to $1b to invest in a new stadium right now but if the council did not start planning it would miss the boat.    Read more »

Is it because half of council hate her?

Council insiders say that Penny Hulse is getting demoted based on her appalling treatment of a number fellow councillors, who absolutely loathe her.

Perhaps she needs to reflect on her treatment of her perceived inferiors and work out if it has caught up with her.

New Auckland mayor Phil Goff has dumped Penny Hulse as his deputy.

An official announcement is expected later this week, but sources close to the mayor’s office said Hulse would not be getting the nod.

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Len Brown’s legagy: Sexy Times or Trains?

What will Len Brown’s legacy be?

“It’s been a helluva journey.”

In five words, Len Brown’s deputy Penny Hulse captured his six years as the first mayor of the amalgamated Auckland.

Mr Brown leaves the office with a legacy that will not be fully appreciated until the 2023 opening of the City Rail Link project which he championed.

The 3.4km twin-rail tunnels will cost around $3 billion, and took Mr Brown nearly three years to help convince the government to move from public scorn, in 2010, to Prime Ministerial agreement, in 2012, to co-fund the project.

The tunnels will create a loop under the CBD, boosting the frequency and capacity of the rail network, and are expected to trigger large commercial property developments along its route.   Read more »

One of these things is not like the others

Phil Goff continues to campaign as an independent candidate.

Unfortunately, the reality is that his claims of independence are a lie.

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What will be Len Brown’s legacy?

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Len Brown has a problem….his legacy.

Right now he looks to be washed up with nothing but problems besetting his moribund and frankly defunct mayoralty.

He should have quit when he was busted with his rooting. But the stubborn old goat still thought the public loved him, after all he’ just been re-elected.

Unfortunately they didn’t and still don’t.

But what will his legacy be?    Read more »

Face of the day

Len Brown

Len Brown

Auckland mayor Len Brown has traded verbal blows in a heated debate over how the council is making decisions about rates and financial matters.

Former Auckland City mayor Chris Fletcher has accused him of rushing through decisions without adequate information and proper procedure.

An angry Len Brown has shouted down Councillor Fletcher, saying he’s had enough of her ‘baseless’ accusations over the past four years.

He says the decisions have to be made, the information has been adequate, and no one will be entirely satisfied by the process.

It’s the latest in a string of angry outbursts from the mayor, who’s faced repeated challenges about spending plans during a two-day meeting.

On several occasions, he’s lost his temper at left and right wing councillors who have criticised proposed plans for transport and stadiums.

-NewstalkZB

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Pants Down Brown, a song, a map, and some commentary

A commenter in the the General Debate notes in relation to Len’s overnight stays in Hotels:

Len wants us to believe that he works so hard Downtown at night that he absolutely needs to book into a luxury hotel at our expense, rather than drive the 15kms back to his house in Manakau. Even though he has a car and chauffeur at his behest. That sounds fair doesn’t it? I’m happy to pay for that aren’t I? I believe Len is working at keeping my rates down aren’t I? Enough is enough!

It is actually 24.4km but the difference is tiny. Late at night or early in the morning the commute would be barely 20 minutes. Google Maps even says so. In that time Len could have had 10 roots.  Read more »

How other councils disclose trips to Hong Kong

Len Brown travelled to Hong Kong on a secret trip, purportedly paid for by the Hong Kong government. No evidence exists of this trip either in press releases or in photographs of Len Brown in any official capacity for his trip. Brown also failed to disclose the gifts of airfares, accommodation and entertainment resulting from this “official” trip as required by the Auckland Council Code of Conduct for elected members. To add further insult to injury he Mayor famously has declared that the rules and the code of conduct do not apply to him.

It is a travesty that the media have given him a free ride over the lying in LGOIMA requests, keeping his trip secret, and refusing to speak of it.

So how do they do it in Wellington.

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Local Government Roulette – come play, it’s free

Soon we’ll have to pick from a very shallow talent pool that is the bunch of dodgy misfits that are standing for Mayor in your area.  Here’s one that I found in the corner of the barrel (care of Stuff)

Wayne Young, aka Tamaki Drive Man

Wayne Young

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Young says he was made homeless after he was forced into a mortgagee sale of his leaky home, an apartment in the Auckland suburb of Parnell. Young could not afford to pay for the necessary repairs and a bailiff finally evicted him from the property in 2010. He is now sleeping in his car. It is the second time he has run for mayor and the honesty he brings to his motivations is refreshing. “To be honest the salary of a quarter of a million dollars for mayor appeals,” he says. But he has policy also. He believes the council is saddled with too many council-controlled organisations costing several hundred million dollars, and believes services can be provided cheaper. Not surprisingly given his background as a victim of the leaky home saga, he also has a focus on building and construction inspections. He says: “We remain sceptical of opponents that offer their visionary finance strategies already implemented and deeply ingrained in the media psyche. And technically the half-million-dollar candidate expenditure potentially comes from the ratepayers. I pray the majority of voters are not so easily taken advantage of under my leadership.”

Lives Homeless, lives in his car.

Big Idea To provide non-profit water, refuse collection and maintenance of sewage, footpaths and roads, and also “proper” building and construction inspections.

Biggest Mistake Losing his house in upmarket Parnell.

What you’ll find likeable Waves at motorists and holds up cheeky signs on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive each weekday morning.

What could be irritating Waves at motorists and holds up cheeky signs on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive each weekday morning.

He wants to run New Zealand’s Super City.

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