First it was the mayor catching the train while being followed by his ratepayer-funded chauffeur-driven car.
Now, Len Brown's staff have been riding in special shuttles zipping around Auckland - apparently because it's faster than the public transport they provide to ratepayers.
Council-controlled Auckland Transport has started a shuttle bus service for its staff, surprising public transport watchers.
The Herald has discovered a second shuttle at Auckland Council and plans for a third in the works.
With Auckland Transport costing its shuttle at $122,000 for a six-month trial, it could set the bill for moving council staff around Auckland close to $700,000 a year.