Lee should resign
The Herald reports:
An Auckland councillor is using money from his own back pocket to take to the airwaves and criticise the decision to drop trains to the airport.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, Councillor Mike Lee’s 30 second radio commercial aired across five stations all owned by NZME.
Lee, who sits on the board of Auckland Transport, says in the commercial that rail to the airport has long been a priority for the city with a “longstanding commitment to route protection”.
However, last month the boards of Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency voted to eliminate it as an option in favour of light rail or a bus option.
This is a disgraceful move by Lee and he should resign off the board of Auckland Transport immediately.
It is untenable to have a company director run advertisements attacking the company he is a director of.
If Lee was not on the board of Auckland Transport, then as a Councillor he can of course criticise their decisions. But as he is also on the board, he can not. If as a director you feel so strongly the board has made the wrong decision, you resign.
It is untenable to be on the board of a company and run advertisements attacking it. The Council should sack him immediately from the board.
He is simply doing what he always does within weeks of an election. He chooses a populist issue, especially one where he sound like he’s opposing Council so he can portray himself as champion of the public (hilarious I know, but effective), gets his friends in the overwhelmingly left wing media to do big write ups for him thereby gaining maximum publicity at minimal cost, and so gets re-elected. Expect to see big double page or four page editorial spreads in the Waiheke local left wing propaganda sheets backing Lee and making him sound like a hero.
Lee has done nothing for Waiheke since becoming the island’s Councillor six years ago. As a Director of Auckland Transport at a very minimum he could have put pressure on the CCO to fix the horrendous parking situation at Matiatia. Instead he has ignored the situation. In fact he has done less than nothing because he backs the current members of the Waiheke Local Board who want to rid the island of parking altogether so they can return the island to some mythical ‘Green’ past where horses were the main mode of transport.
Bill Ralston is standing against Mike Lee to be Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf. If you want Councillor who opposes Auckland Council’s culture of waste and stratospheric rates rises, Ralston’s your man.