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Sorry Len – think you’ll find the thinking public just don’t want CCO’s – END OF STORY.

http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/auckland-supercity-determine-fate-ccos-123520#comment-44143

Sorry Len – there is simply NO WAY you can attempt to sanitise this corporate takeover of the Auckland region.

Manukau City Mayor and supercity mayor hopeful Len Brown said the power would be exercised with caution, particularly as the council was bedded in.

“It would be inappropriate to consider firing of any of the new directors when bringing the structure together,” he said.

Mr Brown said there was nervousness about the extent of corporatisation under the new structure.

“But we will have, by November, significant structures with which to put in place corporate structures the community can be pleased with.”

There is simply NO WAY that a significant number of the concerned and thinking public of the Auckland region want a bar of CCOs – end of story.

Remember the survey results in the recent ‘People’s Referendum’ on the ‘Supercity’ process?

PRESS RELEASE
Embargoed until 6am Thursday 20 May 2010
AUCKLANDERS REJECT GOVERNMENT PROCESS ON SUPERCITY

The Our Auckland referendum results show a massive 96% of respondents do not approve of the way the Government is setting up the new Auckland Council. 95% do not think that enough attention has been paid to the wishes of Aucklanders and 94% do not think the Government has officially asked them what kind of Auckland they want.

Our Auckland spokesperson Mels Barton says that this shows how disenfranchised Aucklanders are from the decisions being made about their city. “The Government has lost the support of Aucklanders for these changes by throwing away the Royal Commission’s recommendations, ignoring submissions and bulldozing ahead with unpopular plans too quickly and without proper consultation or consideration. They have no mandate from Aucklanders for the Government model that is being proposed.”

In addition, 92% did not want traditional council services like water, transport, economic development and tourism and events to be operated by corporate, unelected CCOs, and 92% would not give their permission for CCOs to take charge of Auckland’s most important assets.
…………………..”

How about some FACTS to back the MANTRA?
Nobody has ever done any ‘cost-benefit’ analysis which confirms the ‘cost-effectiveness’ of the CCO model for the public majority.
The Royal Commission didn’t do one.
The OAG didn’t do one – even when I asked the former Auditor-General over a year ago.
The Dept of Internal Affairs didn’t so one.
Treasury didn’t do one.
None of the 8 Councils in the Auckland region has done one.

WHOSE JOB IS IT TO ENSURE ‘PRUDENT STEWARDSHIP’ AND ‘FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY’ WHEN IT COMES TO BILLION$ OF PUBLIC MONIES AND PUBLIC ASSETS???

Beware the ‘weasel words’!

The most common form of water privatisation internationally is the ‘French Model’ – the long-term LEASING of the public water services infrastructure – not the SALE of these assets.

To say that a 35 year contract IS privatisation, but a 15 year contract is NOT, is like saying a woman is pregnant at 9 months – but not at 3months.

Watercare is most definitely being set up for privatisation under the ‘French model’. It is a plan which has been over 15 years in the making – with the placing of privatisers in strategic Watercare positions.

Such as ex-privatising Mayor of Papakura, David Hawkins, who signed the commercially inept Papakura franchise in 1997 (according to an OAG Report in 1998), and was then employed by Mark Ford (ex-Watercare CEO) as Corporate Liaison Manager in 2000.

(United Water has undergone a number of ownership changes since 1997, and is now owned 100% by Veolia – the biggest (French) water multi-national company in the world.)

Note also the very sneaky appointment of Graham Wood, the ex-Managing Director of United Water South Australia, by Mark Ford (ex-Watercare CEO) in or about 2007.

Graham Wood is now the Programme Manager for the unelected Auckland Transition Agency (ATA), leading the integration of Auckland regional water services for their eventual corporate takeover by United Water.

I have yet to meet ANY Councillor in the Auckland region who knew of Graham Wood’s ‘past life’.

How ‘TRANSPARENT’ is this?

NZ is the least corrupt country in the world.

(Heaven help us…..)

Yep – that’s what 12,500 young Kiwis died for in Northern France and Belgium in WW1.

So our key infrastructure – railways – rubbish collection – and water services could be taken over by French multinational VEOLIA.

How is the Auckland ‘SUPERCITY’ nothing more than a corrupt corporate coup?

“When injustice becomes law – resistance becomes duty!”

Time to consider revolting action which can’t be ignored?

NO SAY – NO PAY?

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”

https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Auckland supercity to determine fate of CCOs
Georgina Bond | Monday May 24, 2010 – 04:34pm

Auckland’s new supercity will have the power to hire and fire directors of the new council-controlled organisations (CCO’s) from the first day it takes power.

Auckland Council will also have the right to discard the council controlled organisations, though possibly not the transport CCO.

Changes to Auckland Council’s control over the seven CCOs that will spearhead delivery of core services across the city were revealed this afternoon with the reporting back of the Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill by the Auckland governance legislation committee.

Local Government Minister Rodney Hide said the Auckland Council will have total control of the CCOs, appointing the chair and deputies of each, including Auckland Transport.

“It’s a council that is in total charge,” said Mr Hide.

“On day one the council can fire the CCO board and appoint their own board members.

“That to me makes it very clear in legislation that it’s the council that will have the future of Auckland in its own hands.”

Manukau City Mayor and supercity mayor hopeful Len Brown said the power would be exercised with caution, particularly as the council was bedded in.

“It would be inappropriate to consider firing of any of the new directors when bringing the structure together,” he said.

Mr Brown said there was nervousness about the extent of corporatisation under the new structure.

“But we will have, by November, significant structures with which to put in place corporate structures the community can be pleased with.”

Public meetings of the CCOs will now also have to be held in public.

Auckland mayor John Banks said public meetings would help ensure transparency.

“The best local government is local decisions being made in a transparent way. I’m all for having meetings in public. There’s not much in local government that is secret, given the use of ratepayers money,” he said.

The Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill is the third and final one that will complete the legislative framework for the reform of Auckland governance and will go through its remaining parliamentary stages over the next few weeks.

The changes do not allow for the privatisation of Watercare and any assets owned by Watercare would have to revert to the council if it decided it did not want Watercare to be the water and wastewater service provider after 2015.

Only Auckland Transport is being set up as a statutory CCO, requiring an act of Parliament to disband it.

Changes to Auckland Council’s control over its substantive CCO’s announced this afternoon include:
* The Auckland Council will now appoint the chair and deputy of each CCO
* It must now have a stated and public CCO accountability policy which “clearly establishes that the council has control over its CCOs.”
* CCOs are now made subject to the council’s long-term and other strategic plans
* CCOs will now be required to have their meetings open to the public and must report quarterly, rather than half-yearly.

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May 24, 2010 - Posted by | Stop the $uper City

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