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Sloganeering bureaucrats are out of control

Published: Sat 12 Nov 2016 04:30 PM
ACT
Sloganeering bureaucrats are out of control
ACT Leader David Seymour says it's time to put councils back in their box, after Auckland Council bureaucrats spent $500,000 coming up with the slogan "The place desired by many".
"I'm out door knocking in the Epsom electorate today and what I generally hear constituents want from Council is not a new slogan but some other things," says Mr Seymour.
"I have people caught in battles with the council to trim or remove dangerous trees, people furious about rates increases, and people concerned about housing affordability, congestion, and public safety. Those are the things Council must focus on."
Some better slogans reflecting what Aucklanders want from council might be:
"The place where my kids will afford a home before I die."
"The place where I'm not stuck in traffic all the time."
"The place where my consents get processed within the 20 day statutory requirement."
"The place where my rates bear some resemblance to services rendered."
"If the newly elected Council cannot refocus the bureaucracy on things that matter to Aucklanders, Parliament will have to clip their wings by amending the Local Government Act to do it for them," says Mr Seymour.
ENDS

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