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

 


Mayor breaches censure motion by secretly dropping policy st

Mayor breaches censure motion by secretly dropping policy statement to media


By informing the news media of his six priorities for 2014 before even telling councillors of his intentions, Auckland Mayor Len Brown is thumbing his nose at an important resolution agreed by all councillors when they censured him on 19 December, says Auckland Councillor for Orakei Cameron Brewer.

When the Mayor was censured, all 20 Auckland Councillors resolved that they ‘require a stronger working relationship and level of accountability between the Mayor and Governing Body’.

“So yesterday the media rang councillors and asked for comments on the Mayor’s six priorities for 2014. We didn’t even know what they were, let alone know that an embargoed policy statement had already been sent out to key TV, radio and print media,” says Mr Brewer.

“Getting wind of councillors’ disbelief, the Mayor’s Office then fired out an “FYI” email to councillors at 10.33pm last night trying to explain what they’d earlier sent to media and claiming it was just an opinion piece sent to the main daily paper. But in reality the Mayor was also already locked in for TV and radio interviews the next morning. This back-tracking and deliberate obfuscation is not in the spirit of what was formally agreed, not to mention the many assurances and promises the Mayor has made publicly.”

Mr Brewer says the Mayor is clearly not interested in adhering to any requirements councillors put on him just last month. He predicts the ‘costs committee’ will also have its work cut out trying to squeeze any significant reimbursement out of him in the coming months.

“Despite a raft of well-meaning resolutions voted on just before Christmas, the Mayor is already out of control and frankly doesn’t care. He’s just carrying on as he always has.

“In the last three years councillors of all political persuasions voiced they were sick of hearing Mayoral announcements via the media. Late last year the Mayor agreed to change, to work closer and more inclusively and collaboratively with councillors and to adopt a no-surprises policy. We heard it all. But just one month on, and it’s the media that has told councillors what the Mayor’s 2014 priorities for Auckland are. Go figure!”

“The Mayor now needs to apologise to the 15 councillors who voted in good faith to support him on the condition that he change his ways. They will be disappointed that he and his Office haven’t changed one iota.

“Ratepayer-funded consultants and spin-doctors have been working for weeks on the Mayor’s re-entry strategy for January. They too will be disappointed that the Panmure Station visit and the ‘six priorities’ paper were not the circuit-breakers they’d plotted and promised. Sadly for suburban ratepayers who are funding this image overhaul, it’s back to the drawing board,” says Mr Brewer.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news