AUCKLAND COUNCILLORS, NOT EMPERORS
Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland Councillors have voted to keep their ratepayer-funded business class travel perks, and considered new rules that would have exempted councillors from Auckland City's parking charges, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: "It is staggering that Councillors would even consider making themselves exempt from City parking charges. Are they expecting ratepayers to provide porters too?"
“While Ivory Tower Auckland Councillors are travelling business class, ratepayers have to make do with the new electric trains that don’t work.”
“Auckland Transport, along with NZTA spent $356,000 of taxpayers’ money advertising these new trains – you would think that with such a large advertising bill, Councillors would have ensured that the trains worked.”