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Christine Rose Will Work to Reverse Auckland Transport Waste

[Update 14/8: Auckland Transport clarifies ‘Just 48 staff earn over $150k']

Christine Rose Will Work to Reverse Auckland Transport Waste and Empire Building

“Unaccountable and out of control.” That’s what Christine Rose, Council candidate for Waitakere Ward says about Auckland Transport, the Council Controlled Organisation responsible for roads and public transport in the region.

Christine Rose, who was Chair of the Auckland Region’s Land Transport Committee from 2007-2010, is warning that the lack of oversight and cost blow-outs in Auckland Transport, which have come to pass as a direct result of its forced corporatization, have affected all Aucklanders including here in the West. Ms Rose’s concerns about this erosion of democracy has been on the public record since it was first proposed as part of the Supercity debate.

“Not only are Aucklanders suffering a reduction in basic services such as berm mowing and road repairs, but public transport fares are increasing while use declines. Even very recently there has been mismanagement as in the case of the election signs by-law, and even corruption, with revelations that an Auckland Transport employee is suspected of ‘serious misuse of public money’.

“Aucklanders deserve better” says Mrs Rose, “costs are going up under Auckland Transport while service quality goes down. That’s our hard-earned rates, especially impacting those on low wages and fixed incomes, and it’s the Right Wing that create these problems by favouring the bureaucracy and consulting businesses. This has to stop.”

“Over $70 million was spent on the 1100+ staff in Auckland Transport in the 2012 financial year alone. 181 Auckland Transport staff were paid over $100,000 per annum in the 2012 year, including 138 paid over $150,000. This compared with 34 staff members paid over $100,000 per annum in 2011. That’s a quantum leap by anybody’s calculation, and shows costs are out of control. Almost $2 million was spent on staff motor vehicles.”

“When elected I am going to work to reverse the way this imposed corporatized structure encourages empire-building and business backscratching, and over the longer term to return Auckland Transport to its status as Council’s Transport Committee, accountable to the public”.

ENDS


Background Info

Christine Rose is standing as Councillor representing Waitakere on the Auckland Council.

Christine Rose is a proven advocate for the West. She has 15 years local & regional government experience, including six years on the Auckland Regional Council with Mike Lee and Sandra Coney, current Auckland Councillors who fully endorse her for the Waitakere Ward Council position. Christine was Deputy Chair of the Council for a term, Chair of the Regional Transport Committee and Deputy Chair of Parks and Heritage. Christine supports more affordable and efficient transport given the West faces years of congestion on the NorthWestern Motorway & increasing travel costs. As West Auckland continues to grow, local parks, sportsfields, swimming pools and other facilities need to be provided while keeping Council costs down. Christine wants to see better control of ‘Council Controlled Organisations’, and a solution to the Ports of Auckland dispute. She supports affordable, good quality, well designed, energy efficient housing. Christine is concerned about growing poverty, and youth unemployment, and supports local clean jobs and businesses, and a Living Wage for workers. Christine supports arts and heritage and is a well-known environmentalist.


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