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Auckland Mayoral candidate Penny Bright’s ‘Open Letter to Rod Oram’ re: Unitec Forum for the Future 2010

21 July 2010

Rod Oram
Unitec Forum for the Future

Dear Rod,

Unfortunately, I didn’t receive an invitation for your first forum, or else I would have attended.

“Session 1 – Why? – What’s the case for creating a super city? Why do we need to change regional governance structures to do so?

Date: Tuesday, July 20th

Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Unitec Theatre, Building 6, Entry 1, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert

Confirmed Panelists:
Chairman of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance, Peter Salmon,
Waitakere City Mayor, Bob Harvey, and
Committee for Auckland Chairman, Sir Ron Carter. ”


As a ‘Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters, I believe that I have knowledge and experience about the Auckland ‘Supercity’, and CCO model, from a ‘public’ perspective, that is unmatched.

Of course, as I am not supportive of this effective corporate takeover of the Auckland region, (CCO’s being the corporate mechanism to enable the Auckland region to be run like a business, for business, by business), my view may not be what others may want to hear.

However, there are always (at least) ‘two sides to the story’, and as an ex-tertiary tutor myself, (I have Advanced Trade in Sheetmetal Engineering; was NZ’s first CBIP (Certification Board for Inspectorate Personnel) female welding inspector; and was a welding tutor for 9 years at Manukau Institute for Technology) – I believe that it would be a positive experience for Unitech students to listen to an informed and considered opinion, albeit from another perspective.

As such, I am offering to make myself available as a panelist for your ‘Session 2’:

“Session 2 – What? – What will the new governance structures look like? What mechanisms will promote public participation, political accountability, strategic development and optimal outcomes?

Date: Tuesday, July 27th

Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm”

Whether or not you accept my offer, of course, is up to you.

However, if you choose not to accept my offer as a ‘panelist’, I am still VERY interested in attending your two remaining ‘sessions’.
Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

Kind regards,

Penny Bright

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

Auckland Mayoral candidate

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127


July 21, 2010 - Posted by | Auckland Mayoral campaign, Stop the $uper City

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