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Comment: Shine a light on these costly creations

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08.11.2018

COMMENT:

The recent announcement by the Ports of Auckland that they have achieved consent to build a 17 metre five-storey car park to host imports has rightly caused an outcry among Auckland citizens.

In a June 4 2016 Herald article by Lincoln Tan, Phil Goff, who was on the mayoral campaign trail is quoted as saying: "My commitment is to restore Aucklanders access to this prime waterfront site, so that people, rather than imported cars get to enjoy its natural beauty."

Fast forward to November 2, 2018 to another Herald article by Simon Wilson. In it Simon says Goff says "I am expressly forbidden from interfering with the commercial decision making of the Port."

The ratepayer, through Auckland Council, owns the land and the company that runs the Ports of Auckland.

The council, as elected by the citizens, also appoints - and disappoint - the 8-member board that runs the Ports of Auckland. It is as simple as that.

But wait there's more. Simon says, in this article, let's blame Roger Douglas and his reforms from the 1980s for this predicament.

He would have you believe that the Ports of Auckland have been an independent company, owned in name only by the ratepayers for 30 years. If you believe that, I'll pay for your professional assistance. In addition, laws can be........

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