COUNCIL IT BLOW-OUT EYE WATERING
Responding to today’s report in the NZ Herald that Auckland Council has spend $1.24 billion on IT since it was formed in 2010, Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance spokesperson, Jo Holmes, says:
“Ratepayers will be stunned at this new level of waste and incompetence hitting them in the pockets. Per ratepayer, the amount spent on IT is almost $2,500.”
“It sets a new low in Auckland Council’s efforts to waste our money. It spent more than $1.2 billion for what ANZ bank achieved for less than a fifth of that amount. It suggests something is seriously lacking in Auckland Council’s leadership.”
“Councillor Mike Lee is rightly calling this a scandal. So where is the accountability, the thorough examination of officials and public enquiry? Councillors should be doing their jobs and holding officials to account for this ridiculous spending."
A $157 million Super City computer system has a potentially "catastrophic" risk, says Auditor General Lyn Provost.
The NewCore system, the cost of which has blown out from $71 million to $157 million, also carries an "almost certain" risk with a "major impact", she said.
Last night, the council's chief information officer Dean Kimpton said Ms Provost was commenting on information supplied in May and the computer system had improved significantly since then.
In the past few days, Ms Provost told the council's leadership and councillors the NewCore programme is an area of significant cost and risk to the council.
Is it any wonder trust in Council officers is at an all time low.