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Why didn’t John Banks ACT to oppose 35 year water contracts when he had the chance?

Why didn’t John Banks ACT to oppose 35 year water contracts when he had the chance?

Auckland City Council Finance and Strategy Cttee meeting : Wednesday 16 June 2010

www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/members/committeemeetings/finance/m20100616.asp

ITEM 6 (This is the key bit!)

Delivery of water services

* Support extension of the maximum term for water services contracts to 35 years
* Support removal of the prescriptive process for assessing water and sanitary services
* Support requirement for long term plans to include only proposed variations to waste and sanitary service assessments and waste management plans, not summaries of the two plans

For the Motion:

Cr Aaron Bhatnagar

Cr Mark Donnelly

Cr Paul Goldsmith

Deputy Mayor David Hay

Cr Douglas Armstrong

Against the Motion:

Cr Dr Cathy Casey

Cr Richard Northey

The motion was declared CARRIED by 5 votes to 2.

WHY DIDN’T MAYOR JOHN BANKS ATTEND THIS MEETING AND VOTE AGAINST THIS MOTION IF HE IS SO ‘NERVOUS’ ABOUT THE 35 YEAR CONTRACT PROVISIONS?????

HOW COME THIS MATTER WASN’T REFERRED TO THE FULL COUNCIL FOR RESOLUTION?

www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/members/roles/default.asp?show=council#index
Auckland City Council

The role of the elected council is to make policy on

* setting major policy (including strategic, annual and district plans, long-term financial strategies and funding policies

HOW WAS THE DECISION TO SUPPORT 35 YEAR CONTRACTS FOR WATER SERVICES NOT A ‘MAJOR’ POLICY DECISION??????

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL KNOW HOW STRONGLY AUCKLAND CITIZENS AND RATEPAYERS FEEL ABOUT THIS ISSUE!

www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/members/roles/default.asp?show=finance#index

Finance and Strategy

General manager Andrew McKenzie

Chair Councillor Armstrong

Deputy chair Councillor Goldsmith

Members

* Councillor Bhatnagar
* Councillor Casey
* Councillor Donnelly
* Councillor Northey

Delegations

* Council planning and reporting
* Corporate area
* Commercial matters
* CCO stewardship
* Monitor performance against SOI
* Review performance of boards and directors
* Appoint and remove directors

WHERE DOES THIS DELEGATED AUTHORITY EXTEND TO RECOMMENDING LEGISLATIVE CHANGE AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LEVEL?

EX-OFFICIO ROLE OF MAYOR AND VOTING RIGHTS:

www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/council/members/orders/section1.asp

1.18 Mayor and Deputy Mayor ex-officio members

1.18.1 The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Council shall be ex officio members of every Standing Committee, Sub-committee and Enterprise Board.

SO WHY DIDN’T MAYOR JOHN BANKS ATTEND THIS ABOVE-MENTIONED MEETING AND VOTE AGAINST IT?

WHAT STEPS DID MAYOR JOHN BANKS TAKE TO ENCOURAGE HIS FELLOW COUNCILLORS TO VOTE AGAINST THE MOTION:

“Support extension of the maximum term for water services contracts to 35 years”

HOW CAN YOU BELIEVE OR TRUST A WORD JOHN BANKS SAYS?

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

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August 6, 2010 - Posted by | Auckland Mayoral campaign, Fighting water privatisation in NZ, Stop the $uper City

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