Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Local board member breaks silence on troubled youth panel

Local board member breaks silence on troubled youth panel

A member of the youth panel set up by Auckland Council is speaking out about wasteful spending and the concerning direction the panel is heading in. This comes as a report is due out from the Auckland Council today which recommends local boards adopt a “youth board model” that could cost the Auckland ratepayer upwards of $330,000, this on top of a further $90,000 revealed to have been wasted by the current panel earlier this week.

“This waste is extremely unsettling, but what’s more concerning is that the Panel has had eight months to recommend a new model for youth engagement in Auckland and has failed” says Joseph Bergin.

The panel came under fire this week on social media following the release of an Official Information request by the New Zealand Young Nationals revealing that almost $90,000.00 was being spent by the current Foundation Youth Advisory Panel, on taxi rides, phone top ups, petrol reimbursements, flights and food for panel members.

Bergin, a 19-year old local board member who sits on the panel, wants the council to listen to young Aucklanders and take action on a range of problems facing the troubled panel and immediately step in to address them.

A report due out today by Council staff, which was accidently posted on the Council website last month, recommends to all 21 Local Boards the establishment of ‘youth boards’ which collectively could cost ratepayers upwards of $330,000. The members of these panels would be unelected and unaccountable.

“Despite my repeated attempts to shift the focus of the panel to these concerning issues, they have conveniently ignored the responsibilities the council trusted them with. It’s wasteful and it’s not getting us anywhere.”

“I want to see the right outcomes for the youth of Auckland, and I will work towards them. As it stands the panel is failing to achieve them.”
ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Children’s Commission Report On CYF

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect” is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news