It’s the Boards that really represent their communities around Auckland. They’re the ones people see out and about and who make a difference locally. If they tell all their communities Brown’s a useless Mayor his days are numbered.
Whaleoil is more blunt and tells Brown he sucks.
Not only did he manage to alienate the majority of voters with his extra-curricular activities, but now he has managed to sufficiently annoy ALL 21 local boards to the point where they have written him a Dear Len letter, which basically says he sucks as mayor.
All of Auckland’s 21 local boards have signed a stinging letter rebuking Mayor Len Brown over his leadership.
Matters have come to a head for local boards who feel “stifled” and “ignored” by Auckland Council, the letter says.
Under the mayor’s proposed Long Term Plan, boards have been expected to significantly cut operating budgets while community projects go on hold.
The letter pulls Brown up for not living up to his promises trumpeted in previous speeches while largely delivering “cuts in funding for local priorities”.
In one 2010 address, according to the letter, Brown said he presented “a vision of an inclusive and united Auckland … A city proud of local communities … and their place as part of a metropolitan powerhouse”.
He continued in the speech: “For our … communities to flourish, we will provide them with the parks and pools to be active, the libraries to learn, and the theatres and galleries to foster the creative talents of our artists and performers.”
Local board policies to foster Brown’s vision have for “the most part [been] ignored”, the 21 board chairs said.
The letter spells-out an 11-point priority list the local boards have identified need adequate funding.
Budget cuts could force local boards to use programme budgets to fund the operating costs of local assets, slowly destroying those programmes.
The chairs are demanding priorities be reassessed and respect shown for the shared governance model.
Auckland council in consultation with the local boards should be developing and considering more funding options, they said.
Local boards letter to Auckland Mayor Len Brown by Derek Rose