finally a bit of honesty
the VRWC is famous for hiding in plain sight. :)
Oversight? Who needs it that would just slow the one man down right?
That's an accurate summary of the core principle. Auckland (currently rated one of the top cities in the world to live in, remember) could "perform better" if only it were run as a business - by the same plonkers who brought you our woefully-governed corporate sector. Good business practices in the right place, I am fine with.
elected officials having the ability to influence/fire the officials that are nominally working under them
Nominal is the word, all right. The new Transport agency and its unelected secretive directors even gets the power to set bylaws for the Council.
implications wider than just Auckland politics
Oh yes, the same changes are coming your way, along with others to the Local Govt Act. If we tolerate this type of behaviour in the local government and infrastructure portfolios, it only encourages similar disrespect in others.
Heh. It's all relative, Nick - as you note, just being a member makes you different than most of the readers here, let alone an active one in local body politics. Never even heard of any others.
"No one is probably arguing necessarily that if someone uses a small amount of marijuana that that is necessarily of itself the end of the world," Mr Key said
Decisive chap, isn't he?
when it all goes pear-shaped
The official fruit of the Republic o Devonport
Must you be such a grinch about it?
Only about the money - just strikes me as typical dishonestly-pitched corporate welfare at everyone's expense.
I'm certainly up for a buzz in our town though. Especially if funds get channeled into supporting local performers and hosts.
we'd still have elected politicians appointing directors. It's just that, if it's Brown, it's the "better" elected politician, or one on the "proper" side at least.
That's what this is really about - the Labour/Left crowd are shut out for a few years and don't like it.
Huge difference between a Minister appointing Directors and a democratically-elected Council to whom the CCO's are supposedly reporting doing so. Whoever wins the local election should have that power, not hand-picked toadies and Welli power-brokers.
And forcing Auckland local electors to use FPP in 2013 as well as 2010 is hardly a level playing field when we know that voting system favours the right. That decision shuts us all out, and its a sign of desperation.
A direct report into the Mayor's office? Good god. Brown should just get on with getting Auckland moving, instead of bothering himself with corporate governance. I mean, the faux outrage against Rodney Hide is nothing when compared to this statement.
The new structure has been designed - by Hide and others - so that the Mayor's staffed office is an important part of the governance arrangements. At the same time as they design CCO relationships to de-power the new Council.
You really think there'd be a stink about CCOs doing business in secret with unelected Directors and little linkage with the Council if that's not what is proposed in the Third Bill?
We should also note for the record that Nick is a major player for ACT in local government circles.
makes ya think they don't love us no more
Sniff. We missed youse so much we came right back. And in my case, that was despite trying to come to grips with the new demands o Twitter at the same time.
I can divulge one Foo experience easily (because it was between me and my laptop): After holding out for some time I relented on Saturday.
At the exact spot in the room where I first ever flicked the switch on a computer, I signed up for Twitter.
My old computer science teacher was still roaming somewhere nearby keeping Foo online, though probably reminiscing less about the old Apple 2c and 2e units that used to fill the small lab he set up - in what is now used as the (non-computer) games room for Foo. Emma could say more about werewolf - but you might have to buy her a drink somewhere real first.
Of course the city gains something when a few extra thousand people turn up for the weekend.
Private businesses certainly gain something. Those citizens uninterested in attending or carousing, not so much.
Oh, except a larger rates or rent bill.