The rainbow people are not individuals but communities says Cllr Cathy Casey.
"We have a responsibility to represent all groups within Auckland and this is an important step in that process."
Even more illogical is that these special needs groups (isn’t everyone supposed to be ‘special’ in this PC world?) must be supported by individuals who happen to own houses. These people are called ratepayers. It is not immediately obvious why ratepayers should have some of their income forcibly extracted from them by Auckland Council to provide for some completely unspecified, unjustified ‘speciallness’ that affixes solely to rainbow people, or indeed any other group.
Why, for example, can’t the special needs rainbow people club together to provide for a their own unspecified special needs rather than extract money forcibly from a poor family of six living on the breadline but having the misfortune to won their own house, probably with a hefty mortgage.
This is the point raised by rainbow individual and mayoral candidate in next year’s Auckland Council election Stephen Berry
"It is impossible for anyone appointed to the board to represent the interests of gay people because they are all individuals with widely varying opinions and beliefs. Gay people are not one single homogeneous group and I wish bloody politicians would stop treating me like one."
You’d have thought that the recent resignation by the Chair of the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel would have given the Council some pause for thought before it rushed headlong into setting up another ‘token’ panel.
“As chair, I found that the panel is only their (sic) for token consultation and frankly a waste of ratepayers money,” he said in an email to panel members after tendering his resignation on Wednesday.
Each Advisory panel costs the ratepayer hundreds of thousands. It's just pulling the wool over people's eyes to claim that this one will only cost $56,000. That's the tip of the iceberg. By the time you add in the need for officers to advise the panel and manage its affairs and then budget for its projects the cost will be running into the hundreds of thousands.
If the Mayor and Council would stop spending ratepayers' money on wasteful ‘advisory’ panels that have nothing to do with Council’s role of providing essential infrastructure then maybe there would be money for essential services like roads, parks and rubbish collections.