ACT's Auckland City coup d'état
Power of unelected boards disturbs Auckland bill critics
Unelected boards of businesspeople will control at least 75 per cent, if not 90 per cent, of existing council business under the Auckland Super City, says Rodney District councillor Suzanne Weld. She said plans for at least seven council-controlled organisations (CCOs) would be funded by Auckland ratepayers but have no accountability to them. "This is a deliberate attempt to separate and compartmentalise ordinary council business and to keep the citizens of Auckland at arm's length from their assets and their facilities." Ms Weld was speaking on the first day of hearings before a special Auckland governance select committee considering the Government's third and final piece of Super City legislation. The scale and scope of council-controlled organisations is emerging as a hot issue in the Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill, which contains much of the detail for the Super City.
After annexing Auckland under a misuse of urgency, this is the coup d'état by ACT, Council-controlled organizations is such a clever lie to sell the fact that these Organizations are not controlled by the Council AT ALL. These deceptively named 'Council-controlled organisations' are really unelected business men, appointed by Rodney Hide to run the 7 largest organizations in Auckland in secret with no public meetings, no public agendas and no public minutes.
It is a ludicrous situation and a naked attempt to seize power from the people of Auckland by hiding the inner workings of the SuperCity for unelected business men to do as they wish with total lack of public scrutiny.
Auckland Transport *
Watercare Services Ltd *
Waterfront Development Agency *
Economic Development, Tourism and Events Agency
Property Holdings and Development
Major Regional Facilities
While ACT outwardly don't seem to have much influence, that is an illusion. The Government is a National-ACT majority, Hide pledged his support immediately to National and they have enormous influence. The fact that these council-controlled organisations will not publish any details of their work to the public should make EVERY NZer deeply suspicious of this ACT initiated coup of Auckland City.