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UPDATE FROM AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE PENNY BRIGHT 28 AUGUST 2010

Hi folks!

It’s been FRANTIC!

If all those people who are opposed to the $UPERCITY vote Penny Bright for Mayor – the interests of the public majority will win in a landslide ‘PROTEST VOTE’ that NZ has never seen before!

It’s EXCITING!

Look at the Aussie elections!
Who would have predicted that outcome 4 weeks ago?

JUST PROVES THAT A WEEK IS A LONG TIME IN POLITICS!

One minute you’re the rooster – next minute you’re the feather duster!

I’m already polling – and don’t yet have one hoarding up!

OK FOLKS!

NEED SOME MONEY FOR THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN TO HELP GET OUT THE MESSAGE!

Money can be paid into the following account, which has been set up for the Mayoral campaign:

Kiwibank:

Account Name: P M Bright
Account Number: 38-9010-0725719-00

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PENNY BRIGHT 4 MAYOR WEBSITE!

My website http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz is completed and should be LIVE in 24 hours.

This website has key information / photos/ audio/ video/ media links that explains the work I’ve done as a ‘Public Watchdog’ and why I’m standing.

There are A4 size posters which you can download and put on your fridge / on your car window / noticeboards at your work / church/ sportclub/ local dairy / ….. the world is your oyster!

There are 4 per A4 page little posters, and my slightly more wordy ‘candidate statement’ 4 per page that can be photocopied on the back of the of the little posters.
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AUCKLAND MAYORAL CANDIDATE PENNY BRIGHT’S
‘CANDIDATE STATEMENT’ ( with a few extra words! 🙂
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IT’S TIME TO ROLLBACK ROGERNOMIC$!

This is not ‘left’ vs ‘right’.
This is ‘public’ vs ‘corporate’.

The $upercity agenda is about replacing thousands of ‘piggy in the middle’ private contractors with fewer but bigger multinational snouts into a bigger private trough. CUT OUT THE CONTRACTORS!

You didn’t vote for this Auckland $upercity and Rogernomic$ blitzkreig, to seize contol of $28 billion of Auckland public assets.

7 (corporate) Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) will grab 75% of Auckland regional rates.

Do you want unelected businesspeople controlling your interests?

These CCOs will be run like a business, by business for business – setting up for future privatisation under Public Private Partnerships
(PPPs).

Have your rates gone down since the last council amalgamations?
EVER?

The $upercity legislation legislation set up this corporate structure – it can and must be repealed.

You can make history!

Vote for the proven ‘Public Watchdog’.

Vote Penny Bright for Mayor!

wwwpennybright4mayor.org.nz

Authorised by Penny Bright 86A School Rd Kingsland
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(Haven’t yet got a facebook page for the Mayoral campaign.
Anyone want to help with that one?)

‘Ordinary’ people can do EXTRAORDINARY things!

YOU are ‘EXTRAORDINARY’!
(Maybe you just haven’t realised this yet! 🙂

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CAN YOU HELP PUT UP A4 SIZE COLOUR POSTERS IN A SHOPPING CENTRE IN YOUR AREA?

(Did this 10 years ago in the Avondale/Mt Roskill by-election in 2000
(where I got over 6200 votes – 700 less than Noelene Raffills – in a Water Pressure Group campaign which called for people to ‘back up your vote with direct action! Join the wastewater bill boycott!’

Posters up in local shops are evidence of community support, and can’t be ripped down! 🙂

(I’ve found it usually takes about an hour to get 40 -50 posters up in a shopping centre.

You just have your roll of sellotape handy and ask if you can put up a poster, and offer to put it up yourself. Just check with the shop keeper where they’d like you to put it.

I will soon be sending out a list of shopping centres within the new Auckland Council ‘ward’ areas, so we can get coverage from Franklin to Rodney in an organised ‘PEOPLE POWER’ way!
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FIGHTING WATER PRIVATISATION!

My ‘submission’ (HATE that word!) to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee on Thursday 19 August 2010, supporting genuine ‘transparency’ ; opposing 35 year private water contracts and exposing what I believe to be corrupt practices by those pushing for this legislative change – including Local Government NZ, The Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) and NZ Council for Infrastructural Development (NZCID):

www.guerillamedia.co.nz/content/mr-news-video-penny-bright-raises-questions-super-city-transparency

THANK YOU VINNIE EASTWOOD – MR NEWS! 🙂

(NO mainstream media were there – although the issue of 35 year private water contracts is a BIG Auckland election issue!)
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WANTED! ‘ANTI-CORRUPTION’ AUDITORS TO CHECK OUT $UPERCITY /ATA CONTRACTS FOR ‘CONFLICTS OF INTEREST ‘ CORRUPT PRACTICES’ AFTER ‘PUBLIC WATCHDOG’ CANDIDATE PENNY BRIGHT IS ELECTED MAYOR IN THE ‘PROTEST VOTE FROM HELL!’

Who are the most independent, high-callibre, trustworthy, internationally regarded anti-corruption auditors – who could be employed put a ‘fine-tooth comb’ through the contracts / elected representatives/ unelected beaurocrats/ policy advisors/analysts/ checking for ‘conflicts of interest’ and corrupt practices?

I asked:

Prem Sikka
Professor of Accounting
Centre for Global Accountability
Essex Business School
University of Essex
Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ, UK
Office Tel: +44(0)1206 873773
Office Fax: +44 (01206) 873429
Mobile: 07866 139390
AABA Website: <a href="http://www.aabaglobal.orgwww.aabaglobal.org<http://www.aabaglobal.org

Dear Prem,

visar.csustan.edu/aaba/DirtyBusiness.pdf

I’m an Auckland Mayoral candidate in the Auckland NZ ‘$UPERCITY’ elections, and I am standing to STOP this latest ‘Rogernomic$ blitzkreig’, to help force the repeal of the underpinning legislation, which has set up a corporate framework for the future seizure of $28 billion worth of Auckland regional public assets.

Can you please advise me of who you think is the most independent, high-callibre, trustworthy, internationally regarded anti-corruption auditors – who could be employed put a ‘fine-tooth comb’ through the contracts / elected representatives/ unelected beaurocrats/ policy advisors/analysts/ checking for ‘conflicts of interest’ and corrupt practices?

(When I get elected Auckland Mayor in the landslide ‘PROTEST VOTE FROM HELL’ 🙂 – I want to immediately employ these anti-corruption auditors to go through the books.

At the same time – I’ll be encouraging people to follow my lead – to dispute and refuse to pay rates – to help force the repeal of the underpinning ‘$UPERCITY’ legislation which was railroaded through without our consent.

NO SAY – NO PAY!
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If you don’t know – could you please suggest who might know?

NZ is the country which spawned the ‘Rogernomic$’ devil child on an unsuspecting public, both nationally and internationally.

It is time to ROLL BACK ROGERNOMIC$!

Not spread and deepen it!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Penny Bright
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From: Sikka, Prem N
Date: Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 3:39 AM

Dear Penny,

Thank you for your note. I would not wish to endorse any major accountancy firms for your noble work as too many are involved in variety of nefarious activities. Some evidence is provided in he attached papers and more can be found on the AABA website ( http://www.aabaglobal.org ).
In many ways, accountancy firms are part of the problem as they are dependent upon corporations for their fees. ………………
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(Prem has given me names of key people to contact, who should be able to help.)
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Yes, anti-corruption audits and exposure of nasty practices will help and that could be supplemented by changes that empower people. May be the right to recall MPs, Mayors, referendums, legal changes, giving ratepayers the right to audit the books, changing corporate structures so that employees, local communities and consumers are represented on company boards, personal liability for wrongdoers in public and private office (not hiding behind corporate facades); closure of law firms, accounting firms, banks and others facilitating corrupt activities; subjecting corporations to freedom of information laws (why should they be exempt?), no public contract for any organisation that is involved in scandals, no public contracts for anyone until they publish specified information about their affairs (e.g. taxes paid, jobs created/lost, discrimination), organisations securing public contracts above $X to be subjected to a public interest audit, public ownership of all essential services, etc. might help.
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I wish you well with your campaign.

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(See attachments from Prem Sikka!)
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MEDIA COVERAGE:

TV COVERAGE:

There have now been 3 Mayoral debates that have involved myself, John Banks, Len Brown, Simon Prast, Colin Craig and Andrew Williams.

The latest was a debate on World TV (Chinese TV)
Wednesday 25 August 2010.

This will screen on:
Freeview CTV8 this Sunday 29 August at 9.00PM.

Think you’ll enjoy it!

Web: www.wtv.co.nz
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PRINT MEDIA

Check out the latest ‘Investigate’!
(You should be able to buy a copy in your local supermarket 🙂

Mayoral candidates John Banks, Len Brown, Simon Prast, Colin Craig, Andrew Williams and myself, were all given an opportunity to explain in our own words why people should vote for us!

On the front cover of the September 2010 ‘Investigate’:

“Auckland’s Mayoral War

Why some of the six mayoral candidates believe building a supercity is a super mistake.”

MAYORAL CANDIDATE PENNY BRIGHT: My piece!

“Thank God when the Nazis invaded France – the French Resistance didn’t just wring their hands and say “Oh well – it’s too late – we can’t do anything.”

Thoughout New Zealand towns and cities, are historically significant marble monuments dedicated to those who left in their khakhi uniforms and never came home.

Is that why 12,500 ANZACs died in Northern France and Belgium?

So the income stream from operating and managing OUR key public infrastructural water services, transport and rubbish collection could be taken over by French multinational company Veolia – without OUR consent?

Without a shot being fired – this Auckland ‘$UPERCITY is a blatant corporate raid, aimed at seizing control and privatising over $28 billion worth of Auckland regional public assets.

This has been another Rogernomic$ blitzkreig, pushed by big business, in order to run the Auckland region, ‘like a business, by business, for business’.

How business will take over is through the corporate ‘Council Controlled Organisation’ (CCO) model, into which 75% of Auckland regional rates will be paid, run by boards of unelected business appointees, over which the public have no direct control.

The other Mayoral candidates who support – or are not opposed to the CCO model – therefore support this corporate takeover.

The corporate agenda is to ‘commercialise, corporatise – then PRIVATISE these public assets through long-term leases via Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). Although the infrastructure may remain in public ownership – the income stream from operating and managing the asset will flow (usually overseas) into the banks of private shareholders.

The aim of the $upercity is to replace thousands of private ‘piggy in the middle’ snouts with fewer but bigger multinational snouts – into a bigger public trough.

This political battle isn’t between ‘left’ and ‘right’.

It’s between the corporates and the public, and those who serve their interests.

I’m the only Mayoral candidate with both a ‘vision’ and a ‘plan’ to STOP THE $UPERCITY.

My vision is that the people of Auckland will rise up to STOP this corrupt corporate takeover, to defend two fundamental and underpinning principles of democracy:

“It is the will of the people that is the basis of the authority of Government.”

“There shall be no taxation without representation” – NO SAY – NO PAY!

1) Voting ‘Penny Bright for Mayor’ will give this Government the very clear message, that cannot be ignored – the people do NOT want the Auckland $upercity.

2) Consider ‘backing up your vote with direct action’ – disputing and with holding rates payments to force the repeal of the underpinning $UPERCITY legislation.

Citizens were denied our lawful right to a binding vote on the $UPERCITY as enshrined in s 24 of the Local Government Act 2002 “Reorganisational Proposal’, Schedule 3, s 49 “Polls must be held”

“a poll of electors on the proposal that that the reorganisation scheme proceed must be held in each district or region that is directly affected by the scheme.”

Since the last ‘amalgamations’ in the 1980s, when the functioning Auckland Regional Authority (ARA) and local Borough Councils were replaced with our current Councils; since ‘in-house’ Council services were replaced with the ‘contractocracy’ – since the introduction of commercialised ‘more efficient’ CCOs – HAVE YOUR RATES GONE UP OR DOWN???

SEE! YOU WERE ‘CONNED’!

Look at your face in the mirror, and ask yourself – what are YOU going to say when your grandson or granddaughter asks:

“Why is Auckland is run by multinational companies?

Why does everything cost so much money?

Why are Mummy and Daddy going to shift us over to Australia?

Why didn’t people stop this Grandma? Grandad?”

Or do you just want the public majority to be a giant ‘ca$h cow?

All pay – no say?

Help make history! Vote Penny Bright for Mayor!

“When injustice becomes law – resistance becomes duty!”

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SIGNIFICANT LATEST NEWS!
Ministers renege on vow to consult mayors on Super City boards
www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10669174

Jane Kelsey: The folly of using private companies for public services
www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10668821

Cheers!

Penny

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

https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Ph: 0011 64 9 846 9825
021 211 4 127

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August 28, 2010 - Posted by | Auckland Mayoral campaign, Fighting water privatisation in NZ, Stop the $uper City

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