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Another ATEED Junket Revealed

Another ATEED Junket Revealed

Responding to the Herald on Sunday’s revelation that Auckland ratepayers forked out $57,369 for two Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) staff to attend a meeting in Dubai and the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union said:

“This agency is supposed to be advancing the economic development of Auckland. How does spending nearly 60 thousand on a meet-and-greet and fancy boat show advance the cause?

“How could thirty thousand per person be value for money? It's lunacy. To get through that amount, maybe they brought Auckland ratepayers back a boat.”

“We’re not against reasonable international travel for business purposes, but earlier in the week we learned the same Council outfit took 11 staff plus seven hangers-on to San Francisco to watch the America’s Cup.”

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