New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd

Thanks for all the nominations. The stupidity of our local government spending is pretty staggering, and it is a gift that keeps on giving.

Today’s nomination is for the Masterton District Council and Mayor Lyn Patterson.

For some reason they decided that Masterton needs a series of silly signs on the way into town to ensure that you know you have arrived in Masterton rather than the equally awful Palmerston North. These silly pre-rusted signs cost more than three times the initial estimate.

The bill for pou at Masterton’s southern and northern entrances has come in at just under $92,000, or nearly three times the initial budget.

This was revealed at a Masterton District Council committee meeting this week when councillor Brent Goodwin asked to be updated on the costs of the pou.

Confirming the amount, council spokesman Sam Rossiter-Stead said most of the cost had been incurred in crane hireage for erecting the pou that feature a collection of deliberately rusted symbols relating to life in Wairarapa. ? Read more »

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending Competition, Ctd

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The people of Christchurch have been nominating all sorts of silly spending by their council and Mayor Lianne ?Patsy? Dalziel. In the midst of a massive budget shortfall, in the vicinity of $1.2 billion dollars, the Christchurch City Council is making some very silly decisions.

Solar Powered Dunnies at $125,000 a time seem a bit expensive, but they are a lot cheaper than the exceptionally useless piece of art that you can?t even take a dump in.

ElZorrodePlata?commented:

And yet they spend $2M on …?http://www.mch.govt.nz/news-events/news/fanfare-artwork-be-installed-christchurch

It’s downright ugly and the worst thing is that in the afternoon sun, the spinny thingy’s reflect the sun, so there is quite a bit of real distraction when you are driving.

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New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd

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Following on from an earlier post we have to give a nomination for New Zealand?s Silliest Local Government Spending to the Upper Hutt City Council and Mayor Wayne Guppy.

Guppy?s council gave $32,000 to a burger restaurant in the name of ?economic development?. This is so silly it needs no explanation, but Arts, Lifestyle and Travel Blogger David Farrar has a beautiful rant about it so we are going to reproduce it here. ? Read more »

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending Competition, Ctd

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A mare and an ass talk amalgamation

Thanks to a number of eagle eyed readers who have nominated Ray Wallace, Mayor of Lower Hutt, For New Zealand?s Silliest Local Government Spending.

The ratbag mayor of Lower Hutt gets the nomination for the Silliest Local Government Spending Competition.

Ratbag is probably too kind a word to describe him with as he has pissed away $47,000 of ratepayers money trying to stop amalgamation and protect his own job.

Lower Hutt ratepayers have stumped up nearly $47,000 to fund an anti-super-city lobby group fronted by mayor Ray Wallace. ? Read more »

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