The Watchdog

Keeping citizens in the loop

PRESS RELEASE: AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE: PENNY BRIGHT: “Unelected CCOs are the corporate mechanism by which the Auckland region will be run like a business, by business – for business.”


6 July 2010

“There is simply no way that this Auckland ‘Supercity’ corporate framework, where 75% of Auckland regional rates are to be paid to 7 unelected Council-Controlled Organisations (CCOs), can be made to serve the public majority or the public interest,” says Auckland Mayoral candidate, Penny Bright.

“These unelected CCOs are the corporate mechanism by which the Auckland region will be run like a business, by business – for business,” she continued.

“Those who support CCOs support the corporate takeover of the Auckland region, which was forced upon the public without our consent.


The public majority of the Auckland region have still never had our lawful right to a binding poll on whether or not we wanted our existing Councils abolished and replaced with the one ‘Auckland Council’, with unelected CCOs proposed to to run 75% of council functions.

(See the Local Government Act 2002 s 24 Reorganisation Proposal’ Schedule 3, s49 ‘Polls must be held”.)

The public majority of the Auckland region have never had any vote or final ‘say’ on whether or not we want Auckland infrastructure /assets under the corporate CCO model.

The public majority of the Auckland region have no say in the ‘selection’ of the unelected Chairs/Deputy Chairs and Directors of the CCOs.

The public majority of the Auckland region have no say in the formulation of the ‘Statements of Intent’ which govern the relationship between the proposed Auckland Council and the CCOs.

This is on top of the rather pivotal fact that there has never been a ‘cost-benefit’ analysis of the CCO model, which confirms the ‘cost-effectiveness’ of this model for the public majority, carried out by:

The Royal Commission on Auckland Regional Governance.
The Office of the Auditor-General. (OAG)
The Department of Internal Affairs. (DIA)
The Auckland Transition Agency. (ATA)
Any of the 8 Councils in the Auckland region.
The NZ Treasury.

The corporate agenda is first CCOs then PPPs.

Remember the ‘commercialise, corporatise -privatise’ retrogression under ‘Rogernomics Mark 1’?

How billion$ of public assets held at central government level were transformed into private sector companies?

CCO (Council Controlled Organisation) is the local government equivalent of SOE (State Owned Enterprise).

But this time – the assets aren’t being set up for SALE (lock stock and barrel), but for long-term LEASE under PPPs (Public Private Partnerships).

Key questions the public should ask are:

Where is the income stream going?

Who is benefitting?

Since the last Council amalgamations in the late 1980s, since all the contracting-out of Council services and introduction of CCOs – have rates for the public majority – gone up or down?

That is why I am standing for Mayor of the Auckland Council – to help lead a Rate$ Revolt – to stop this corporate takeover of the Auckland region.

The majority of citizens and ratepayers (as electors under the Local Electoral Act 2001) must have the final say on the proposed abolition of Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere City Councils, and Papakura, Rodney and Franklin District Councils, with their proposed ‘reorganisation’ into one ‘Auckland Council’, thus the NZ House of Parliament must repeal the Local Government (Tamaki Makaurau) Reorganisation Act 2009 forthwith.

When the growing numbers of Aucklanders who object to becoming a giant ‘ca$h cow’ – ‘all pay – no say’, start taking non-violent direct financial action to uphold the fundamental principles:

‘The will of the people is the basis of the authority of government’
and “No taxation without representation!’

by disputing and witholding rates payments – then this New Zealand will see some really effective, unprecedented and historic ‘People Power’.


Auckland Mayoral candidate

Penny Bright

‘Public Watchdog’ – not ‘corporate lapdog’.

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

PH (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127


July 6, 2010 - Posted by | Auckland Mayoral campaign, Stop the $uper City


  1. Penny I admire your work on behalf of apathetic Aucklanders.
    Today I called Metrowater to please explain the service charge on my account, to be told it is just account administration costs. In all my years as an account holder of many businesses I have never heard of anything so ludicrous. Have I been given misinformation, or can it be Metrowater is so inefficient it needs to levy customers for simply holding an account?

    Comment by Kay Morris | July 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Kay!

      Metrowater SO just ‘make it up’ and are subject to SO little ‘Council control’ as a CCO – almost anything is possible.

      I suggest an OIA request to the CEO of Metrowater asking for information which confirms the lawful basis for the above-mentioned service charge, and who approved it.



      Comment by Penny Bright | July 6, 2010 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: