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ATEED schmooze media, superyacht owners at tennis

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance can reveal that ATEED hosted 76 ‘stakeholders’ at the 2018 ASB Classic. The high-flying guests were given free tickets, and across 10 days were wined and dined by 18 ATEED staff on the taxpayer dollar.

Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson Jo Holmes says, “ATEED staff are paid large salaries to serve ratepayers, not schmooze corporates at the tennis.”

Guests included two councillors (Penny Hulse and Richard Hills,) two new investor migrants, an unnamed ‘superyacht owner’, and high-flyers from banks, SkyCity, Callaghan Innovation, the NZ Cruise Association, and more.

“The hosting costs came to $4,467.21, but presumably far more significant were the wages paid to the ATEED staff to hobnob.”

“This expense is in addition to ATEED’s sponsorship of the event itself. The total sponsorship hasn’t yet been made public, but we know they gave $175,000 to event organisers in previous years.”

“ATEED seems to think ‘economic development’ is about paying bureaucrats to grease upto chief execs and journalists. But Auckland ratepayers might see things differently.”

“Next year ATEED should just flog off their spare tickets on TradeMe – or perhaps shout some ordinary ratepayers.”

“You don’t pay your rates so the Council can shout superyacht owners tickets to the tennis. Even the fringe ratepayer-subsidised youth outfit The Spinoff had three staff get tickets. This is exactly the sort of nonsense wasteful spending Phil Goff promised to cut.”

Full list of ATEED guests:

Client/stakeholder organisationNumber of attendees
Investor or talent attraction stakeholder
New investor migrant2
Stern Yokohama Higashi Co Ltd1
Private housing consultant1
Innovation stakeholder
Callaghan Innovation1
Tourism operator
Matakana Estate1
Keppel Cove Marina1
Jet Tour1
Superyacht owner1
Tourism stakeholder
Pango Entertainment1
South Pacific Pictures1
Johnson & Laird1
Ngai Tahu1
Christchurch Airport1
Air New Zealand1
NZ Cruise Association3
Business growth
Brisbane Marketing1
Holland Partner Group2
The Newsroom3
Bauer Media2
The Spinoff3
Major events partner
Te Wananga o Aotearoa2
NZ Warriors2
Orange Productions1
NZ Breakers1
Business events partner
Auckland Advocate Alliance5
The Production & Music Agency2
International education
Education NZ2
TOTAL clients/stakeholders73
Elected members2
Guest of elected member1

The full ATEED response given to the Ratepayers' Alliance is available here (bottom of page).


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