Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Auckland Council Laughing all the way to the Bank!

28 January 2014

Auckland Council Laughing all the way to the Bank!

The Waiheke Local Board plans to hand over $1.4 million of ratepayer’s money to the Auckland Council to try and entice them to give Waiheke Islanda swimming pool.

“The Auckland Council must be laughing all the way to the bank,” says Internet Blogger and Ex-Deputy Chairperson of the Waiheke Local Board, Jo Holmes.

The plan by the Waiheke Local Board is outlined in the Draft Waiheke Local Board Plan currently out for submissions.

“This is a move of breathtaking ineptitude and naivety. There are no guarantees this sweetener will actually work and the Waiheke Local Board have not set any conditions around this massive payment to Auckland Council; making it basically an unconditional koha with no right of retrieval,” says Holmes.

This money was successfully won by the previous Waiheke Local Board and ear-tagged for an upgrade of the Onetangi Sports Park pavilion ($742k), community facility upgrades including refurbishing the old library space ($420k) and recreational boat ramps ($268k).

“To give this money back to the Auckland Council in the hope they will fast-track a community swimming pool for Waiheke Island is incredibly naive.

“Waiheke Island is placed at the bottom of the Auckland Council’s aquatic facilities priorities, so it is highly unlikely this koha will have any influence over Auckland Council. Even more seriously, the bigger message this will send Auckland Council is that ‘Waiheke doesn’t need all this money. Take it back.’ With the Mayor already under pressure to reduce ballooning debt he will rub his hands at the prospect of a windfall from Waiheke ratepayers,” says Holmes.

Jo Holmes, through her blog site www.joholmes.com , is calling for people to oppose the plan.

Her blog goes on to say: “The Waiheke Local Board is now run by elected members with Green Party aspirations and no governing body experience. A word of caution; every rate payer in New Zealand needs to take note of what a ‘Green’ takeover of local rates could mean for their community. The lack of basic business sense and high level of naivety is astounding”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Education: Schools Funded To Trial Innovative Approaches

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the successful applicants for a new $10 million fund to encourage innovative teaching practices. “I’m delighted with the quality of the 39 projects that have won funding in the first round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund worth a total of about $2.6 million,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Generation Zero: Skypath Granted Resource Consent

Generation Zero is delighted and relieved that the ‘Skypath’ walking and cycling addition to the Harbour Bridge has been granted resource consent. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Two New Auckland Special Housing Areas

Two new greenfield Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that will provide up to 1800 new homes in Auckland have been announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown. More>>

ALSO:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news