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


Emails reveal spin-doctors ordered the extra security guards

Media release
Saturday, 22 February 2014
Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer

Emails reveal spin-doctors ordered the extra security guards for Len Brown despite his denials

Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer has released emails which contradict the absolute assurances given by Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Auckland Transport that the high security guard presence at last month’s opening of the new Panmure Station was just ‘standard operational practice’.

“When I dared to suggest that this ratepayer-funded ‘bevy of heavies’ was completely over the top and only as a result of his political embattlements and the fear of peaceful protestors, it was publicly rubbished by the Mayor and Auckland Transport. However it now turns out extra security was in fact ordered in for those very reasons,” says Mr Brewer.

“It’s very disappointing that ratepayers were not just given straight answers at the time. Instead the public was once again flannelled as fools. When the story broke, no one believed that having the Mayor surrounded by heavies was somehow business as usual, but that’s what the public was asked to believe by the Mayor himself and Auckland Transport. However we now know the extra security was over and above the original plan.

“Despite reviewing a comprehensive site and security plan days before, which already included the presence of five security guards all carrying security radios as well as 10 ambassadors mostly carrying radios, emails show Auckland Transport spin-doctors got nervous 24 hours out from the Mayor’s increasingly publicised arrival and so called for an even greater security presence to specifically cover the Mayor’s time there,” says Mr Brewer.
From the Auckland Transport communications and public affairs department the day before the opening: ‘Given tomorrow is the Mayor’s first public outing we might expect some protest etc. Can we please discuss extra security?’

Then, following an agreement between communications staff ‘to add some additional security to what we have in place’, Auckland Transport instructed First Security: ‘Very last minute but we have the Mayor speaking tomorrow at 11am. We had security from the contractors but we are now needing more as there may be protestors. Do you have two security men available from 10.00am to 1.30pm? We will be located in the plaza…’ First Security then obliged.
Mr Brewer says: “Last month, the public was categorically promised that the high level of security was ‘standard operational procedure…especially when a Government minister was present’. We now know the truth, and it has nothing to Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse. The fibs have got to stop and the public now deserves an apology from the Mayor.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Climate Talks, Immigration And Housing: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference

Prime Minister John Key began by talking about his recent attendance at the APEC and ASEAN summits. He segued neatly from the opportunities available in Vietnam to outlining his upcoming itinerary which includes Malta, Paris and Berlin. More>>


After Urgent Law Change: Beneficiaries Urged To Act Immediately

I am hoping that thousands more people will be enabled to lodge their review... people without internet, who don't even realise that this has been happening. If just a fraction of the people on facebook can help others to put in reviews tomorrow it could improve so many more peoples Christmas. More>>


Auckland: Phil Goff To Run For Mayor In 2016

Phil Goff has today announced his decision to stand as an Independent candidate for Mayor of Auckland next year... As Mayor, Phil Goff will focus on a number of issues that directly impact on the lives of Aucklanders, including tackling traffic congestion and increasing the housing supply. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Mike Moore To Step Down As US Ambassador

Yvonne and I are giving notice to MFAT that we will be leaving the Post just before Christmas on the 16th December... I am now the longest serving continuous Ambassador to the US. I didn’t seek this job but felt I should do it because great issues were at stake. The time was ripe for it. More>>


Fox Glacier: Seven Dead In Helicopter Crash

The operation to recover the victims of Saturday’s helicopter crash at Fox Glacier is a technically challenging task calling for specialist skills in an unforgiving environment, says operation commander Inspector John Canning. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news