Friday, February 11, 2011

One word

There is only one word to describe the debacle over the funding of the Maori Board by Lyen Brown's finance committee.
Disgraceful.
Thank goodness, at least we have some sane councillors to counter Brown's troughing appetite.
For elected representatives to act in such a cavalier manner with ratepayer's money is verging on the criminal.
Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg, as the Treaty gets its creeping revision to being a partnership.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The encouraging thing is that this troughing has been brought to a crashing halt so maybe the system is working. I wonder how Brown & Bro's Ltd will get around this technical hiccup?

pdm said...

Anon - has it really come to a crashing halt?

I'll bet `two bob to a pinch of goat shit' that he still wrangles at least $1m when the actual amount shoulb be zilch because there is no need for them to be there full stop.

PM of NZ said...

Exactly pdm! We will reduce their budget is the cry, but like you, the question remains why do we have race based undemocratic troughers there at all?

Anonymous said...

pdm - I did qualify it as a technical hiccup though but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable to see them squirm, even briefly, on the hook. If Brown can keep on taking these on the chin he'll need to talk to Don King.

I just got an interesting email from Uncensored that would explain a lot if even half truth. The truth is out there but I wish it wasn't so darned elusive. 2012 could be a wild ride what with every thing coming to a head and the world ending 'n all.

baxter said...

Worse still Kapiti is following Auckland's lead with virtually the same excesses promised to Maori by their Lesbian Mayor on Waitangi Day.
Kapiti rates however are to go up by 9.5% to compensate.

Anonymous said...

New Zealand is a fucked up unit with no hope.

Flashman said...

The money will still be thrown at the bro-troughers.

All it takes is for the original amount to laundered through a number of different budgets and then passed over to the well fed Volarians after being charged as "park equipment maintenance" - and other such creative accounting folderols.

Anonymous said...

"...the question remains why do we have race based undemocratic troughers there at all?"

Because ACT and National passed laws forcing Auckland Council to have a statutory Maori board (instead of cheaper elected rep's). Voting Rodney in Epsom?

This means Brown and councilors are forced to fund this board - how much is up to their discretion and common sense. I note the vote for the $5m+ was unanimous - the National and ACT councilors all voted for it...

Mad Marxist.

Anonymous said...

"...the question remains why do we have race based undemocratic troughers there at all?"

Because ACT and National passed laws forcing Auckland Council to have a statutory Maori board (instead of cheaper elected rep's). Voting Rodney in Epsom?

This means Brown and councilors are forced to fund this board - how much is up to their discretion and common sense. I note the vote for the $5m+ was unanimous - the National and ACT councilors all voted for it...

Mad Marxist.

The Veteran said...

Anon 12.43 ... suggest you listen and learn.

Yes, the legislation provided for the establishment of a Maori Advisory Board.

Yes the legislation required that the MAB be represented on the Natural Resources Committee of the Council.

No, the legislation did not require the MAB to be represented on the other 11 (I think) Committees of Council.

That was the position of the MAB and the Len Brown's 'leftie' dominated Council rushed to say 'how high' when the MAB said jump.

Fact is the Council could grant the MAB as many or as few powers/responsibilities as it liked (apart from the mandatrory representation on one committee of Council) and a budget to match.

That they decided to grant the MAB everything they asked for shows that in their lexicon the interests of the ratepayers count for zip, zero.

And it's peverse for Len Brown to cry and divert attention away from his decision by saying it's the Government's fault.

It's your fault Len. You just didn't have the balls to stand up to the MAB.

mawm said...

Because ACT and National passed laws forcing Auckland Council to....

I heard Rodney say that it was a cabinet decision ....and that he had voted against it. Give Rodney his due - he tried to prevent it but National pushed it.