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ATA draft document needs work: Manukau Mayor

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2 November 2009

ATA draft document needs work: Manukau Mayor

Manukau Mayor Len Brown says the discussion document released this afternoon by the Auckland Transitional Authority sends a mixed message.

“In terms of what I have seen so far from the documents, it appears to be a traditional design of policy and provider split and in terms of content it is a mixture of the good, the bad and the missing,” says Mr Brown.

“While the release of the documents provides greater clarity for staff, there are still areas that need to be clarified, particularly around Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) and Transport.

Mr Brown says the absence of a clear picture around CCOs and Transport is a major concern.

“I had hoped to see evidence of a much stronger link to democratic governance and the organisation, which between them are responsible for hundreds of millions of rates funding. I would be happier if there was leadership evident at the top table in terms of the social, environmental, economic and cultural wellbeings and that this was reflected in the proposed structure.

“I’m also concerned about how the new structure connects to the local boards and the communities. There is no obvious connection under the proposed structure.

“While this document is a start, there is still a lot of work to be done and there will be more input into this process over coming weeks.

“At the end of the day, most structures can work. The success will ultimately be more about the quality of leadership and getting the right culture in place as we look to new Auckland Council. We only have one chance to get it right. ” says Mr Brown.


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