The Auckland City Council intends spending $87,000 of ratepayers' money on a staff-only farewell bash. The manager of the Auckland City chief executive's office, Steven Ross, said all 2500 staff would be invited to a function at the Town Hall in October.
"Light refreshments" would be provided for about $15 a head, and there would be a cash bar, with possibly one free drink for each staff member. Mr Ross said the council had not had a function for all staff since a Christmas party about nine years ago.
Last night, Mr Hide said he would be sending letters to both councils urging them not to spend money on expensive "last hurrahs". He said he could not stop them spending the money but he was going to strongly advise against it.
"There is some silly spending going on in the washup, and I'll be writing to the councils reinforcing the message that ratepayers don't expect their money to be blown in a last hurrah."
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The planned ACC farewell seems to me a perfectly appropriate and fitting expenditure. A sense of proportion is well overdue. There is nothing unreasonable about a courteous thank you for public servants who have done their job and may not all be moving on to the super city bureaucracy. This would be perfectly normal in the private sector. I am becoming less impressed with the divide between Mr Hide's actions and his words.