Time to shine the light in preparation for #Auckland2016
Metro Magazine ran a brilliant piece on Auckland needing a Mayor post 2016. Metro also had this to say on the Governing Body of Auckland Council:
The problem of finding good mayoral candidates for Auckland is mirrored at council level, where there is a similar dearth of talent emerging to shake things up. It runs deep, and it’s a surprise. The super-city was supposed to make Auckland such an economically and socially vibrant powerhouse, it would attract a high quality of candidates for public office. Why hasn’t that happened?
Partly, it’s because when the old fogeys hog the limelight — not just Goff but, even more incredibly, Maurice Williamson and John Banks — it’s hard to blame ambitious younger people for deciding they’d be better off going to the beach.
As people including myself (at the age of 30) do our due diligence on whether to run for Council or not the above and the below seriously weigh into our minds:
Need this to change
Watching the live stream of the Councillor conduct at Committees though is off-putting
[Francis McRae @FrankMcRae
@SilorBoy @DickQuax This is the problem with low engagement in local government. Old hacks with name recognition get voted in no matter what]
Serious who wants to listen to this at a Committee for 8 hours a day when in session:
1) Captain No Brewer
2) Chris Fletcher being Blatantly rude to the Deputy Mayor
3) Mike Lee attacking staff
4) Wayne Walker not shutting up when told
Yeah these are our leaders
Here is Chris Fletcher being out of line against the Chair and the Deputy Mayor
You can watch the streaming services of Council committees here: http://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/
The inappropriate behaviour has in my eyes has gone on long enough. If we are to attract talent and I mean actual talent to lead this City for the City and its People then we don’t need them put off by behaviour of the incumbents.
As for attendance to the Auckland Development Committee I can say that attendance was good with apologies noted for those away or late. I will be keeping tabs on the Finance Committee tomorrow.