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Goff responds to disgruntled councillors

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Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has delivered a letter in response to the nine councillors who made public a letter outlining concerns about his leadership of the country's largest city.

Of particular concern to the councillors was the $923,000 given to Auckland Regional Facilities to spend on commissioning PwC reports on a proposed downtown stadium for Auckland. They also expressed frustration that Mr Goff didn't share copies of the reports to them for over a year until the Ombudsman intervened.

Mr Goff began his response with a slap on the wrist, criticising the councillors for releasing their letter to media at midday on Wednesday.

“There are better ways to communicate than this and as you are aware my door is always open to councillors to discuss any issues of concern to you.”

So far, he has not met NBR requests for an interview on the councillors' concerns.

In his letter, Mr Goff says on becoming mayor, he asked Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) to do the work necessary to find which sites in the city centre might ultimately be acceptable for a stadium and........

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