The photo of me talking to a ratepayer meeting in Auckland is not the most flattering I've had taken but I certainly look angry enough at the continuing waste of money by Auckland Council, an anger that reflected the mood of the meeting.
Auckland Council wasted $90,000 to reveal only a tiny minority of Aucklanders are satisfied with its performance, the Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance says.
Alliance spokeswoman Jo Holmes said if the council wanted to know how unpopular it was they could have picked up a newspaper, not paid $90,000 on a Citizens Insights Monitor measuring council's trust and reputation.
The research found only 17 per cent of Aucklanders trust council to make the right decisions and only 15 per cent are satisfied with council's performance.
"Instead of wasting money on canvassing whether residents mistrust them, the council should be focused on providing good services to their local community," Holmes said.
She said those who rated the council's reputation poorly were people who voted and paid rates. Those who rated the council highly did not pay rates.
AUCKLAND COUNCIL BLOWS ALMOST $100K ON SURVEY TO SHOW THEIR INCOMPETENCY
Auckland Council wasted $90,000 on the Citizens Insights Monitor which, ironically, revealed what everyone already knew: that almost half of Aucklanders do not trust the Council to make the right decisions, and only a tiny minority (15 per cent) of Aucklanders are satisfied with the Council’s performance.
Jo Holmes, Spokesperson for the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance says:
“If the Council wanted to know how unpopular they are, they could have picked up a newspaper, not paid tens of thousands for another report. Instead of wasting money on canvassing whether residents mistrust them, the Council should be focused on providing good services to their local community.”
“It is no coincidence that the demographic who rated Council’s reputation poorly were those who voted in elections and who paid rates. Amongst the 15 per cent who rated the Council highly were those who did not pay rates.”
“This Council has failed ratepayers. That is why the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is calling on candidates to sign our Ratepayer Protection Pledge, and ensure sensible spending that provides good services.”
The figures were obtained by the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance and reveal that the $90,000 was mainly spent on project design, marketing and analytics, with the purpose of ensuring the Council can meet the needs of all Auckland residents. More information is available on our website.
It is the same on Waiheke. Without my constant daily vigilance and exposure of the shameful squandering of our money, the Waiheke community would be completely unaware of the self-serving, wasteful nature of our current local board.
As it is, there is a level of underlying anger in the community that their rates have been wasteful on vanity projects for the Chair and board members with little or no benefit to the wider community.
That can all change with the October election. It is a chance for a fresh start; a chance to vote in a responsible board who will spend our rates wisely for the lasting benefit of all. One thing ratepayers know for certain, by voting for me they will have a champion for the cause of sensible spending and reasonable rates.