Wayne Walker

The push back against ratbag councillors begins

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I said it would come, and so it has come to pass.

Those councillors who voted for Len Brown’s massive rates hikes are now being targeted directly by the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance.

The Ratepayers? Alliance?has today launched a “These Councillors are Rubbish”?campaign exposing two of the ?Terrible Ten? Auckland Councillors who allowed Len Brown to hike rates by 9.9% last year, and are failing to prevent changes to local?waste services which will see some households pay twice as much for domestic waste collection.

In the next 72?hours?72,000 leaflets will?be distributed in Rodney and Albany targeting Councillors Penny Webster and Wayne Walker, their voting record, and their apparent support for a new waste regime which will see their constituents pay much more for waste.

Ratepayers’ Alliance Spokesperson, Jo Holmes, says??This is the first step of our campaign to name and shame those who have supported Len Brown?s high rates, high debt agenda.” ? Read more »

Face of the day

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Auckland councillors have voted 10-9 to approve Mayor Len Brown’s new 10-year budget.

Those to vote for the budget were Mayor Len Brown, Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker, Penny Webster.

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Councillors to vote against the budget were Cameron Brewer, Cathy Casey, Ross Clow, Chris Fletcher, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood.

Time to rinse the Terrible Ten

There are at least ten councillors in Auckland who will need a strong third party campaign against them at the next election.

Auckland councillors have voted 10-9 to approve Mayor Len Brown’s new 10-year budget.

Those to vote for the budget were Mayor Len Brown, Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker, Penny Webster.

Councillors to vote against the budget were Cameron Brewer, Cathy Casey, Ross Clow, Chris Fletcher, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood.

Those ten councillors, plus many in the opposing list have enabled Len Brown’s wasteful spending and budgets over two council terms.

This vote won’t save them as we head into next year’s local body elections. ? Read more »

And they think that is going to save them? [UPDATED]

Some Auckland councillors think that abstaining from a vote means they didn’t make one and can’t be blamed for the consequences.

That’s so dumb its incomprehensible.

It’s like saying the dog ate one’s homework.

Not voting – abstaining – is still supporting the Mayor. It just comes with a bit of posturing. The result will still be a win for the Mayor’s budget.

And being scared by Stephen Town into believing that there will be dire financial consequences?

That’s even dumber.

Several Auckland councillors are expected to abstain from a budget vote this week to avoid plunging the Super City into a financial crisis.

Mayor Len Brown looks set to pass his new 10-year, $60 billion budget with less than half the votes of his council at Thursday’s governing body meeting.

He will get there after councillors were told the consequences of not passing the budget by chief executive Stephen Town and chief finance officer Sue Tindall over lunch last Thursday.

Councillors attending the lunch said the consequences were dire. ? Read more »

Len’s signed his own political death warrant

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Bad financial management is one thing. ? Lying another. ?Cheating on your long suffering wife is also not flash, and having sex on council property with council staff another poor decision.

None of that was enough to get the rate payers of Auckland upset.

But now Len and his Council have made the biggest mistake of all – hit his remaining supporters directly in the pocket. ? Read more »

Councillors oppose rates rise they voted for

Six councillors have written to Len Brown to protest the rates rise that ?four of them voted for.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has been asked to revisit an average 9.9 per cent household rates rise by a group of councillors concerned about the cost to ratepayers.

Six councillors yesterday wrote to Mr Brown, saying a transport targeted rate adds significantly to a level of rates that is already difficult for many Aucklanders to afford.

Last week, the council voted for a $114 targeted rate for every household to top up spending on transport.

The combined impact of the general rate and targeted rate for households is an average 9.9 per cent rates increase from July.

The councillors – Cathy Casey, Chris Darby, Mike Lee, John Watson, Wayne Walker and Ross Clow – believed savings could be found to reduce the targeted rate.

They produced figures from Mr Lee showing a difference in rail operating costs of $60 million to $70 million between Auckland and Wellington. “The chief executive has been directed to report back on potential savings and operating costs for rail.

“These savings could be substantial. We signal our concern at progressing with the targeted rate at the present amount until a meaningful and objective report is available on potential rail savings,” said the letter.

The councillors believed the transport targeted rate should be “revisited” at the earliest opportunity and before the new 10-year budget was completed on June 25.

Four of the six councillors – Ms Casey, Mr Darby, Mr Lee and Mr Walker – voted for the targeted rate last week.

Their four votes and the votes of seven councillors who voted against the targeted rate make up a majority on the 21-member council.

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The 15 councillors that need voting out after imposing a poll tax on Auckland

Yesterday 15 councillors and unelected Maori representatives, including Len Brown voted to increase Aucklanders rates by 9.9% despite promises from Len Brown to limit rates rises to just 2.5%.

These are the 15 who need rinsing at next year’s local body elections. They are dead to citizens of Auckland. Useless. A waste of space. If only we had recall legislation.

Mayor Len Brown, deputy mayor Penny Hulse, Penny Webster, Arthur Anae, Cathy Casey, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Chris Fletcher, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker and Maori Statutory Board members David Taipari and Glen Wilcox voted for the increase.

These people need to be voted out.

They are completely out of touch with the feelings of the ratepayers. Those ratepayers need to ensure they are never in the position to rape our pockets again.

Those who votes against should be rewarded.

Cameron Brewer, Ross Clow, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood voted against the rises.

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Len Brown breaks yet another promise, ratchets rates ever higher

Len Brown has become the lying Mayor.

Another of his election promises has gone by the wayside as his council keeps on increasing rates rather than reining in spending.

Auckland Council’s budget committee has voted 16-7 for a proposal to increase rates by 3.5 per cent for each year of a new 10-year budget.

The proposal got the backing of Mayor Len Brown, who promised voters to hold rates at 2.5 per cent this term.

This is on top of the massive rates rises of the last 3 years, some way more than 10% but capped under now expired legislation. Remember too that this is average rates rises of 3.5%, there will be some with even higher rates rises.

These are the tax, spend and hope councillors.

For a 3.5 per cent increase: Len Brown, Penny Webster, Arthur Anae, Cathy Casey, Bill Cashmore, Ross Clow, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Penny Hulse, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, John Walker, Wayne Walker and Maori Statutory Board members David Taipari and John Tamihere.

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Don’t vote for these big spending ratbags

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I love it when the unions get involved in politics, especially when they highlight the big spenders, the wastrels and the useless.

What ever you do DON’T vote for these ratbags.

  • Albert-Eden-Roskill -?Cathy Casey, Peter Haynes
  • Albany -?Wayne Walker,?John Watson
  • North Shore -?Grant Gillon, Ann Hartley ? Read more »

Brewer, Quax and Stewart already elected

The nominations for local body elections have now closed and three councillors have already been confirmed, essentially elected due to the lack of opposition.

They are Sharon Stewart and Dick Quax in Howick Ward and Cameron Brewer in Orakei. All are top performers in their wards, working tirelessly for the local community, the lack of opposition would seem to confirm this.

Congratulations.

It is perplexing to see the left wing not try to stand against them, or anyone else for that matter. Though given the lack of resources they it is probably smart to concentrate those in areas at the margins, like in Maungakiekie-Tamaki where the tired old warhorse and rifler of desk drawers Richard Northey will face a battle from the much younger and energetic Denise Krum.? Read more »

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