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TPP relocation will cost ratepayers at least $500,000

TPP relocation will cost ratepayers at least $500,000

Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer says its over-the-top Auckland Council is telling ratepayer-funded staff to stay away and ‘flexi-work’ on Thursday 4 February due to imminent protests around SkyCity next door to Auckland Council’s HQ in Federal and Albert streets.

“Auckland Council’s total wage and salary bill is over $2m a day, and given over 21% of staff work in 135 Albert Street, and that’s where our best paid operate from, half a million dollars in salaries to stay away and ‘flexi-work’ on Thursday is a very conservative guess,” says Mr Brewer.

"Council meetings have been cancelled and councillors are being sent 25kms south to the Manukau Civic Centre that day.

"It’s nothing to do with us so I'm surprised ratepayers are now being asked to fund us and many staff to relocate for the day. We should be staying put, not running away. How pathetic is that?

“Rest assured council's overly dramatic relocation for the day will cost hundreds of thousands of ratepayers dollars and wont make one bit of difference. The protestors are not after us so why are we fleeing?"

"Lets stay put and show some resolve. Thankfully the council leadership were not advising the Royal Family during the London Blitz, otherwise they would've been the first to bail to Scotland. Keep calm and carry on I say," says Cameron Brewer.


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