Half of Auckland councillors send 'no confidence' letter to Mayor Goff

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff will make a formal statement this afternoon.

Almost half of Mayor Phil Goff’s councillors have said signed their names to a letter of "no confidence" in him.

Nine (of 19) councillors released the letter at midday Wednesday, expressing their apprehensions about his $923,000 given to Auckland Regional Facilities to spend on commissioning PwC reports on a proposed downtown stadium for Auckland.

The councillors write that a “significant sum” went into the reports, which far exceeded initial expectations.

"As we understand it the original quote was for a fee of 'up to $600k' for the work outlined. A further $355k in cost was then added when you [Mr Goff] personally requested more information on the funding options for a stadium.

"In light of both the cost and significance of this study, we are concerned that the two reports produced (the first of which was published in June 2017) have only just come to our attention. This in turn has only occurred in response to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act request from the media, which was subsequently appealed successfully to the Office of the Ombudsman."

In the letter, the councillors expressed frustration that Mr Goff didn't share copies of the reports to them for over a year. 

"We remind you we are duly elected members of the Auckland Council, just like you.

"You have had a copy for nearly a year but not us. Why is that?"

The councillors say after Mr Gofff was forced by the Office of the Ombudsman to release the report, the copies they received were “heavily redacted.” They say the censored form was “questionable to say the least.”

“In refusing to provide us with an unredacted copy on the same ground you have enjoyed yourself, you appear to be drawing little distinction between your elected colleagues and the public at large.”

The councillors assert if it the matter was an isolated incident they would have overlooked Mr Goff’s actions but say it is reflective of leadership style which has become “increasingly apparent” as his term has progressed.

The nine councillors who signed the letter are Mike Lee, Efeso Collins, John Watson, Wayne Walker, Greg Sayers, Cathy Casey, Daniel Newman, Sharon Stewart and Chris Fletcher.

Mr Goff will make a formal response shortly.


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Excellent. Next is for Aucklanders to have a vote of no confidence and get someone in who can control costs and live within their budget.

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Auckland will never agree to everything their Mayor does - that's the nature of politics with left and right leaning voters and the 10% in the middle who vote them all in

What Auckland does need is a Mayor who can make decisions and rightly or wrongly Goff has the balls to do just that - and not all will agree

The alternative is these same councilors pontificating on every topic and never making decisions - all well to throw stones but Auckland cannot afford to just sit back and do nothing that these liteweight councilors want.

The reality is Auckland has huge growth pains and will struggle to balance the books for the next 3 decades. A pity these goon councilors don't realise this.

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There's a huge difference between making the tough calls, and making the right calls.

Len Brown 2.0 definitely falls into the former category.

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Agree

But Goff is more strategic and structured.
We all know the open collaborative council model ends up just informing and feed8ng the knife sharpening councillors who poison progress.

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Balls to do what exactly? A career politician who has sucked off the public tit all his life. The 'liveable' wage increase he ordained was supposed to be funded out of cost savings, please identify how much these were and where they are coming from.
Also campaigned on cutting bureaucracy, cost and duplication citing a 3 to 6 percent reduction in costs in his first year - they actually went up.
Since then he has focused on bringing in a bed tax and is now seeking to implement an unworkable petrol tax - sounds exactly like the Labour party so far, tax and spend. At the same time is talking up a $1.5bn stadium. The last thing the city needs
Take your red glasses off and see him for what he is, a Labour party acolyte who couldn't hack parliament anymore so is kicking off his retirement with a mayoral stint he is clearly not up to.

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You've forgotten the $1.5 billion for the trams to the airport.

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Goff came into office saying he would control costs including staff. This was political talk to appease ratepayers. In fact, Goff has been an abysmal failure, and expenditure by the Auckland Council is out of control.

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What would be the legal position if the figure was 10 of 19 councillors (a majority) who signed a letter of no confidence in Goff?

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Had it not been for the very sad death of Councillor Dick Quax last month, you can rest assured the headline would have read.... "MORE than half of Auckland Councillors send letter of no-confidence to Mayor Goff".

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Nice - you could comfortably retire with that sort of cash. You sometimes wonder if pubic servants (underline) actually serve the interests of the rate-payers or.....?

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An awful lot of people I know, lost total confidence in *Mayor Goff* some months back, when it was revealed he was in favor of spending ratepayers money on sponsoring 'KIWIFIST'......billed on Ateed's website as, 'Auckland's biggest ever arse-play event'

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That explains an awful lot about what is going on at ATEED;
[which again promoted, at the First All Black test match, its own A= flag, rather than the people of Auckland's own Pohutukawa logo].
Lets have a vote of no confidence in the very existence of ATEED.

Then we can move on to AT, which has been busy painting AT logos on perfectly identifiable "P marked" public parks in Ponsonby.

While not forgetting Panuku Developments, which outrageously extended one of the tank farm leases out beyond 2021, continuing the endangerment of long awaited waterfront recreational and residential intensification; off with all their heads.

Ps what happens with Dick Quax's vote right now? is there a by-election?

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My name's Goff -- and I ain't leavin'.

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Another issue which is bubbling under the surface is the question of Watercare's new Water Treatment Plant. You'll remember that the shortlist opposed sites in Titirangi to sites in Oratia. It was always presented as trees versus people but was always more complicated than that. Basically, Watercare had found in Oratia an excellent site for the future production of Water. It was technically considerably better than the site in Titirangi and really would have future-proofed Auckland's water supply. But politicians of significance lived in Oratia- the former Deputy-Mayor of Waiitakere Council and the then serving Deputy Prime Minister. Goff and a couple of leading Councillors appear to have significantly bent the rules on interactions between Council and its CCOs and pressurised Watercare into using the Titirangi site which had been declared too small for this purpose by Watercare's original site principles.

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Good work JT.

The proposal to accumulate and then tip into the Harbour, under the bridge, the mixed storm water and sewage we get every time it pours down here makes no sense either. It comes down to the fact we can't afford it because there are 3 people doing the work of 1 on the AC and CCO payrolls.

They may as well turn Masefield Beach into a very visible settling pond, and then eek all the poos into the Harbour at times when no one is looking; but with the advantage of having had some treatment.

Phil can then erect a sign nearby for ratepayers, airbnb tourists and AmCup visitors saying: "Who says my 11,500 employees don't give a shit?"

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ACTION required. Beat the drum. Fuel tax must be stopped.
They will not use it wisely and it will only abuse those who are already disadvantaged barely able to make means. Who then will pick up the tab for more distribution of benefits?!
This council has plans to introduce GPS tracking of vehicles in 2023 to charge rates to anyone within transport ranges choosing not to use bus or train. For every bus stop and train station you pass by, a charge will be levied. They have a ten year plan and there seems no ceiling to their spend tricks.

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