IN A MINI SERIES DEDICATED TO THE V8 DISASTER I WILL BE LOOKING AT THE SAGA THAT HAS BECOME “HOSTING THE V8 SUPER CARS IN AUCKLAND – HOW SOMEONE GOT IT SO WRONG”
The Saga Just Continues to Roll On
The Hampton Downs Revelation
In my What Do I Stand For and Believe In – For a Better Auckland page I had made this specific point:
#4 Open Governance: I believe in open governance where the public can sit in, listen and where possible discuss “matters-of-state” as much as possible with their representatives. None of this hiding behind closed doors (except for commercially sensitive material that does come up from time to time), and fessing up when you know you have stuffed up. You might find the public are more sympathetic you one acknowledges and apologies for a legitimate mistake
Well the V8 saga has failed that point rather miserably which you see by checking out my “THE V8S DISASTER – A VOAKL MINI SERIES” and Councillor Endorses Rubber-stamping post here at VOAKL. However the saga just continues roll on after Councillor George Wood dug up this little gem last night.
It seems there was a bit of chatter last night this morning around Hampton Downs acquiring Resource Consent to hold 50,000 spectators at their Raceway during major events.
From Councillor Cameron Brewer’s Facebook feed (which was in public mode)
Councillor George Wood has done well to spot this press release tonight announcing that Hampton Downs now has a resource consent for 50,000 spectators.
However last month when ATEED was pushing for the V8s to return to Pukekohe it argued:
“Hampton Downs is not the preferred venue on the basis of the regulatory environment under which a change would be required to the current resource consent condition with limits the venue to 20,000 people per day” (Strategy & Finance Committee report, “Investment Proposal from V8 Supercars Australia,” p11, 5 July 2012).
This is quite outrageous. Another letter to the Auditor General, Cr Cathy Casey?
- You and 2 others like this.
- Ben Ross And I shall blog it and continue the light shinning onto ATEED. After training course today
- Cameron Brewer Given the Auditor General’s office has seemingly washed their hands of it and said it was ATEED’s decision to make, i suspect they’ll view this latest example of mis-information to councillors as irrelevant in the scheme of things. Outrageous I know.
- Cathy Casey Hi Cameron, unfortunately the OAG is still the only independent watchdog available to us.
- Ben Ross Right time to do what blogs do best when officialdom fails, run the biggest shit stink possible and get people on your side. Officials hate been shit stunk and will often react
You can read the granting of the resource consent in this embed below:
So it seems I am going to be continuing this “shit-stinking” on ATEED’s dodgy decision-making process for the V8s for a while to come yet. Seeming ATEED and some Councillors can not follow: “Open Governance: I believe in open governance where the public can sit in, listen and where possible discuss “matters-of-state” as much as possible with their representatives. None of this hiding behind closed doors (except for commercially sensitive material that does come up from time to time), and fessing up when you know you have stuffed up. You might find the public are more sympathetic you one acknowledges and apologies for a legitimate mistake”
And remember, the V8s themselves do not bother me, it was how ATEED and certain rubber-stamping Councillors (Goudie) gave the Auckland ratepayer the spiky-fish educed bum’s rash through dodgy decision-making processes that does bother me. There was no open governance, it was all closed governance behind closed doors in secret so that the Auckland ratepayer and Councillors could not fully weigh up both options – that being Pukekohe or Hampton Downs.
VOAKL shall continue to shine the light in ATEED’s dark murky corner until it is able to carry out Point Four (#4) properly.