Michael Goudie

These Auckland Muppets should be voted out

These are the muppets who voted for Cathy Casey’s motion for Auckland Council to reject a free convention centre. They do not deserve any support and should be booted from the council including George Wood.

THE MOTION

“The governing body does not support the Government’s proposal for SkyCity to develop a convention centre in return for changes in our gambling legislation to increase gambling at the SkyCity casino.”

FOR

Cathy Casey, Sandra Coney, Alf Filipaina, Michael Goudie, Ann Hartley, Penny Hulse, Mike Lee, Richard Northey, Wayne Walker, George Wood

All of them need to go.? Read more »

C&R = Catastrophe and Ruin for the Auckland centre-right

In around 7 months, NZ will be in the thick of local body elections, the most important for the Auckland Council.

At this stage, there isn’t a declared centre-right candidate to take on Len Brown, though the rumour mill is running overtime on a couple of names.

However, Len for know is very much in the box seat, which is why Auckland needs a strong centre-right council to hold him to account.

The centre-right in Auckland Region is normally represented by the Citizens and Ratepayers ticket, who have historically done well on the former Auckland Regional Council and the old Auckland City Council.

Since the 2010 elections, when C&R did poorly in the first ever supercity elections, there has been a rebrand by C&R’s executive board and National Party hacks Alastair Bell and Mark Thomas, to try and refresh their image. But while the colours and names have changed, their political fortunes have not. ?The new C&R, now known as Communities and Residents, has barely registered in the media over the last year. The C&R caucus is badly divided, and their board ineffective. Wags have said they should have renamed themselves Catastrophe & Ruin instead.

National has all but washed their hands of C&R in the elections this year, its caucus refusing to make available any organisation to the adrift group, instead encouraging individuals to participate if they feel like it. Candidate selections that were supposed to take place in November have been deferred and deferred as people go cold on standing for an organisation heading for defeat. Big fundraising plans have turned to dust and instead, a big levy is likely to be imposed on the hapless cannon fodder that stand.? Read more »

Council fratricide on Thursday – pass it on

The streets will flow with the blood of left-wingers after this coming Thurday’s Auckland Council committee meeting on the Ports of Auckland industrial dispute.

To be discussed at the meeting will be a series of questions posed by Richard Northey and answered by Auckland Council Investments’ Gary Swift.

Also on the table will be the nutty and pathetic tablings of Local Boards (they who are so clearly not tasked with regional and investment matters) who have even had MUNZ come and whinge to them about what is happening. This is all a bit ho-hum.

What is going to really set the cat amongst the pigeons is Richard Northey’s motion as chair:

? That the Accountability and Performance Committee express to the Ports of Auckland and to the Maritime Union:

i) its strong desire for an immediate return to good faith bargaining aimed at the achievement of a fair collective agreements that further significantly improves port efficiency, and
ii) its opposition to the redundancy and contracting out of 292 port workforce positions as proposed.

This amounts to political interference amongst the management of the Ports. Should this motion pass, then the left will have massively backflipped – and in the process handing a massive humiliation to Len Brown who has said his hands are tied and he won’t interfere.

It will also be interesting to see which councillors do not turn up (like last time), or choose to abstain. This includes Len Brown, whose failure to turn up last time kicked off the cunning C&R strategy of baiting Len into a foolish and compromising position of “supporting both sides” in mid January.

Brown is now tasked with an even worse set of choices thanks to Richard Northey’s desperation to show he is a worker’s mate.

a) Don’t turn up and be called a coward
b) Turn up and vote for the motion, completely upending his council and risking central government wrath (with the wrath rumoured to include legislation that the council might not like)
c) Turn up and vote down the motion, doing the right thing but further hurting his support with the militant left

I will be counting on the votes of the 5 C&R councillors, plus independents to show that it’s NOT the business of council politicians to publicly contradict and countermand previous decisions it made to support the boards of its investment wing. (Remember than on 8 December, the council voted at this same committee to back the Ports board and Auckland Council Investments). Nominally centre-right councillors like Penny Webster, Michael Goudie, and Calum Penrose, plus centrists like Arthur Anae, Sir John Walker and Sharon Stewart will be scrutinised heavily to see if they back this hard left retrograde step to inferfere in the management of the Ports.

On top of this – the votes of the two unelected Maori Statutory Board members will be scrutinised hard too.

This is going to be the showdown of the council term – this vote may define the Len Brown and Labour-left led council in the same way the Waterfront Stadium debate of the Hubbard Council wrecked the inter-personal relationships between left-wing councillors and humiliated Dick Hubbard publicly.

Len Brown?s agenda to railroad young people revealed

Len Brown is being sneaky and furtive again. This time continuing his attempts to railroad youth into doing this his way.

A report going to Local Boards proposing models for youth engagement can be revealed after staff on Auckland Council promised it would be released four days after October 3rd. A promise made but never kept. The report was sent to members of Len Brown?s Foundation Youth Advisory Panel but kept from members of the public to stifle debate on crucial models that will affect the relationship the council has with young people.

Since Len Brown won’t be open and transparent I will be. [document pdf]

The troubled youth panel set up by Len Brown was exposed last month for its budget of $90,000 on pet projects, catered food at meetings, flights, taxi rides, petrol reimbursement for kids along with phone top ups, with almost no evidence released to the public of the report the panel was originally set up to write.

The staff member responsible, Nandita Mathur publicly promised that the report proposing options for youth engagement in Auckland would be released after 4 days from a meeting of Len?s youth panel held on October 3rd but has since refused to release it. Len Brown showed up and at least tried to listen to the concerned youth who were present, while Michael ?Pinnochio? Goudie the councilor responsible was on an ?economic development? trip funded by Italian taxpayers never mind the fact Italy is an economic crisis implementing austerity cuts.

It?s now understood Nandita Mathur has forwarded this report to a number of sources, but is refusing to release it for the youth to have say on, even though the report concerns them! Can council staff get any more deceitful?

In the last month a growing number of young people have been complaining about why the report promised to them was not released and relaying their concerns about the direction the panel is heading in, notwithstanding the fact it claims to represent them whilst being unelected, with no accountability constraints and is largely unknown. The ?Auckland Youth Caucus? has been a key forum for debate where these concerns of young people and various local board members have been raised, many coming from the left. It?s clear the council staff know about these issues but are refusing to deal with these issues professionally at all because they don?t want debate and they certainly don?t want anyone, particularly young people to speak up about the wasteful tokenism they are trying to roll out over Auckland as this report shows.

The same staff member came under fire for ?accidentally? putting up a different report as an agenda attachment on the council?s website detailing a plan that would have extended the panel?s role costing ratepayers upwards of $330,000, seeing one panel member going public concerned at the panel?s direction.

The only political agenda being rammed through is coming from staff and Michael Goudie, with young people and local boards being locked out and attacked for speaking up. Youth have had no say in the process. Moreover, it?s known they have been actively bullying members of the panel and the young people who speak up in the media and behind closed doors making false accusations of political muckraking. They have no credibility at all. Now, when they are saying they going to release the report and then simply not releasing it, they are trying to stifle debate. It?s sickening to see staff playing games with an opportunity for Auckland lead the country in youth having some say in what goes on in their communities. Panel members need to realize that representing youth, begins with standing up for them, the staff said it would be public and they lied, they set up a panel anyone barely knows about, appointed by staff that are unaccountable except to Len Brown. This needs to be cleaned up.

I’ve always sought to throw sunlight on any dark situation, particularly the sneaky and furtive activities of Len Brown and his flunkies and when the voice of young people is under attack, that makes my mission all the more important. Local boards now have the opportunity to find a real solution that doesn?t waste money but does represent youth properly to solve the problems of youth engagement that have flourished due to the actions of Michael Goudie and his staff.

In the interests of shedding some light on the issue here is the report that council staff, presumably under instruction from Len Brown’s office refuse to share despite their promises to do so.

Perhaps the most shameful aspect to all of this is the capturing of Michael Goudie by the simple means of a few chairmanships of committees and a couple of extra baubles. He has abandoned his free wheeling skateboarding ways to become a lackey of Len Brown.

It seems Len Brown and Michael Goudie are colluding because they are upset their pet project for a bunch of left wing flunkies to control the FYAP has come un-stuck.

Confidential Working Draft FYAP report to Mayor

MIA councillors cost ratepayers $1.5M

Len Brown cast the deciding vote to spend $1.5M more of ratepayers money on the Rugby World Cup:

The Auckland Council tonight voted a further $1.5 million for the Rugby World Cup in a deeply divided debate that swung on the casting vote of Mayor Len Brown.

Mr Brown said the money was necessary to take precautionary steps to continue delivering the brilliance and excellence through the back-end of the tournament, when Auckland will host six of the eight knockout matches.

That’d be the “brilliance and excellence” that de-railed the Opening Ceremony would it? Tell me this Len Brown why did you delay the LGOIMA request that will show who was responsible for all this “brilliance and excellence”?

Mr Brown was fortunate to get approval for the extra funding with the vote tied at 9-all.

He would have lost the vote if City Vision councillor Dr Cathy Casey, who opposed the extra money, did not leave the council chamber before the vote was taken.

Dr Casey later said she left the meeting early to attend her step-daughter’s 14th birthday.

The Labour Party mayor was also visibly relieved to get the backing of Citizens & Ratepayers councillor Noelene Raffills, whose four centre-right colleagues voted against the funding package.

So labour councillors wanted a big spend up and had to rely ont eh turncoat vote of Noelene Raffill? All because one of their councillors bolted for a birthday party, and it wasn’t even her kid it was a SOCK.

What isn’t reported is that Michael Goudie and penny Webster failed to front at all for the meeting. Missing in Action and turn coat behaviour has cost the city ratepayers an extra $1.5 million. Thank you very much Len Brown and his spendthrift council.

The Secret Mayor

Len Brown is the Secret Mayor. He didn’t want anyone to know who he had dinner with and fought for 8 months all the way to the Ombudsman. He lost that fight. He wanted board appointments held in secret so he could put his mates on the board unchallenged. And now he has fought an attempt to have the business of the Maori Statutory Authority conducted with openness and transparency.

Secrecy surrounds a new funding plan for the Maori Statutory Board after Mayor Len Brown yesterday crushed a move by many councillors for an open debate on the issue.

Mr Brown, who campaigned last year on openness and transparency, did not want councillors speaking publicly about one of the biggest embarrassments of his six months in the Super City hot seat.

He gathered 11 votes, just enough to stop nine councillors who wanted to debate the council’s new negotiating position with the board in public.

Said councillor Cathy Casey: “It is time to speak out, say what you think and own your words.”

9 Councillors voted for openness. They were Cameron Brewer, Cathy Casey, Christine Fletcher, Mike Lee, Callum Penrose, Sharon Stewart, Des Morrison, John Walker and George Wood. They can hold their heads high.

The other 11 – Len Brown, Wayne Walker, Michael Goudie, Arthur Anae, Alf Filipaina, Richard Northey, Anne Hartley, Penny Webster, Sandra Coney, Penny Hulse, and Noelene Raffils need to be drummed out of the council for letting down their people.

Len Brown sat on a train and campaigned for openness and transparency. He promised “open books”. He has lied to Aucklanders. This discussion is about the budget of the?Maori Statutory Board, if that isn’t part of the books then what on earth is?

Aucklanders know now that Len Brown prefers the shadows, back-room deals and weasel words. He has the spine of a jellyfish and the gumption of a fart. It is unacceptable that discussions about spending ratepayers money are held in secret.

We deserve better.

 

Michael Goudie lets down Auckland

The day that Len Brown hiked rates by more than three times current inflation,?breaking?his election promise several councillors were absent from the critical vote. Cr. Cameron Brewer tells us who voted which way.

Michael Goudie absent from Rates voteAs you can see with the vote 8-10 including the Night-Mayor’s own vote this was a close run thing. Word has it that Len Brown was literally begging everyone to unite behind his rates hike.

Now if Penny Webster had stuck to her political roots and Michael Goudie had bothered to turn up then Len’s rate rise would have been defeated.

Michael Goudie also tweeted what he thinks about finance matters, in response to George Wood’s suggestion for a?line by line examination of the books. Michael Goudie thinks fiscal prudence it is a “waste of time”. Well I have news for Michael Goudie, I think he is a waste of time and I will spend the next three years making sure the residents of Albany know that he thinks skateboarding and “Epic” community forums are more important than rates. I think he will quickly find out that rate-payers think rather a lot more about rates than he does.

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Candidate Meeting Today – The Whale fronted and Williams wilted

Today was the first candidates meeting I attended, hosted by the nice people of the North Shore Community & Social Services Inc. Here were their four questions that you had 3 minutes to answer.

  1. What do you see is the role of the new Council in?Social Policy?
  2. Can you give us two specific examples of what you?would champion?
  3. What do you bring to the role?
  4. How will you ensure the voices of local?communities are heard in the new Auckland?Council?

There then ensued a long list of has-beens and never was losers who have a combined experience of local body governance measured in millenium and yet they have achieved precisely nothing during their tenure and now have the temerity to be wanting to continue to foist their non-solutions ont he rest of Auckland.

With the exceptions of Linda Cooper and Michael Goudie the rest were a bunch of florid, strange troughers looking for another crack at the trough.

My answers were along the lines of:

1) What do you see is the role of the new Council in Social Policy?

Social policy is the preserve of central government, and it should remain that way. Councils business is to provide affordable infrastructure to allow Auckland to grow, and to leave money in the pockets of rate payers, rather than tax them to fund luxuries.

The best way to help the poor in Auckland is to create a vibrant economy that has high, well paid employment, rather than giving them hand outs.

I do not think it is the role of council to get involved in social engineering, and I will not vote for any motion promoting social engineering.

2) Can you give us two specific examples of what you would champion?

Better roads (this?received?a cheer from the audience) and lower rates. Both of these would have a massive economic impact, with roads improving productivity and economic growth by reducing travel times. Lower rates mean more money for people to spend or save, which will have a positive effect on the economy.

3) What do you bring to the role?

A clear understanding that ratepayers money is to be treated with respect, and not wasted on causes or liberal elite hobbies that few ratepayers want.

I favour a referendum on rates, similar to Proposition 13, where ratepayers get a chance to choose whether council funds non core services.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_13_(1978)

4) How will you ensure the voices of local communities are heard in the new Auckland Council?

Through social media. I have more than five years of experience in the social media field, and I believe social media is far more effective than turning up to meetings where a very few people attend, so you tend to get the views of the minority. Social media allows those who are too busy to turn up to meetings to communicate their views without having to listen to the vocal few.

The strange and bewildered kept interjecting, as they did to Nick Kearney. One old biddy also accosted me before the meeting and told me off for the terrible thing I did on the weekend. When I asked which one (there are many), she refused to discuss it. I eventually found out it was the photo of Kate Sutton’s email. The bewildered old bag accused me of stealing it.

Now onto the substantive nature of all these greedy old people standing there wringing their hands about various different weasel words. Weasel words like “Sustainable living”, “Public transport”,”Affordable Housing”.

What all these weasel words are though is simply waffle wrapped around a supposed issue that a council should spend money on, how much depending on the particular fancy of the speaker.

But it is always a solution for “other people”. Take George Wood for example, I have stuck up for him ove the years, and the first thing I am greeted with is a jibe about crossing over to their side of the harbour. FFS George, the Supercity is about dropping all this bullshit about us and them and working together. But no, Florid?George?just had to keep on sniping. He stupidly abused a few people at the start until I pointed out that we were going alphabetical and W was a long way down the line and what goes around comes around, especially where I’m involved.

Then there was some mad old bat called Jan O’Connor who wanted “mental people” put in institutions instead of in the community, in other words NIMBY. Oh and “other people” should pay for keeping these “mentals” from her backyard.

Grant Gillon, dear pinko loser that he is, wanted “Affordable Housing” built on council land. This of course is weasel words. His description was of a slum, small, cheap housing all lumped together on “council land”. What he really means is small, cheap housing on “other peoples” land, not close to him.

I was hoping Julia Parfitt would show up, but no, she was obviously too busy baking or something to bother with the trifle of a public meeting. Andrew Williams showed up an hour late, and sat at the back. He didn’t even speak, didn’t ask any questions, or utter a word. He must have been at some “important council business” at a bar somewhere beforehand and didn’t want to get up and let everyone know he was pickled. Actually he is a chicken and a coward.

He busily sends out press releases accusing John Banks of not fronting public meetings and debates yet when given the opportunity, several times today, he declined to even utter a word. Some?commitment?he has for the people of Albany Ward. His press release, again sent out via his Council email in contravention of the Auditor-General guidelines says;

Both “no-shows” by John Banks are a clear indication that he is not prepared to face public scrutiny up against experienced knowledgeable candidates such as myself.?This follows comments that a number of candidates out performed him at a several recent community and business meetings.

Well today, he was a “no-show”. He wouldn’t speak despite given the opportunity, he refused to face public scrutiny himself. The man is a little tosser full of pis and wind. The Whale fronted and Williams wilted.

Andrew Williams continues to flout electoral rules and guidelines, today again fluting them with a press release about his Family First rating. I think it is time for a complaint to the CEO of North Shore City and the Auditor-General. Any survey that put Williams at the top of the list for?family values is highly suspect. I wonder if it occured to Bob McCoskrie that he was lied to, or whether there was a test for hypocrisy.

The Clown of Campbells Bay gave himself a smiley face for his attitude to liquor outlets.?Obviously?no points off for public urination. Which flies in the face of his stated position to “lobby the government to clarify offensive behaviour under the Crimes Act in order to prevent parades involving nudity and/or offensive behaviour eg boobs on bikes, beach nudity.” Looks like he will lobby government to ban himself.

I note too that he is willing to “R18 exhibitions”. I hope that includes “Little Andy”.

The meeting confirmed for me just how poorly residents of Albany war have been served by their previous councillors and what a bunch of completely?ineffectual tosser they mostly are.

You won’t catch me using weasel words or talking about spending other peoples money with gay abandon. I call things how I see them, and as the new councillor for Albany Ward will continue to do so without fear or favour.

Vote Slater – Albany Ward

Vote Slater - Albany - Auckland

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