Super City’s aspiring leaders learn a lesson in politics: promises are there to be broken

Alf is chuckling at news that Rodney Hide and Steven Joyce are in the gun for failing to consult Auckland mayors on unelected directors to run most of the Super City services.

The Herald is reporting that the Cabinet approved the directors of the seven CCOs this week and Mr Hide will announce them on Monday.

Manukau Mayor Len Brown is miffed.

Mr Hide, the Local Government Minister, promised to consult the mayors on the directors for seven council-controlled organisations (CCOs) before making recommendations to the Cabinet. Mr Joyce, the Transport Minister, promised much the same about appointments to the mega transport CCO.

Manukau Mayor and Super City mayoral contender Len Brown yesterday said the ministers’ promise had, so far, failed to materialise.

It looks like Hide is treating Auckland’s mayors with the same sensitivity as he showed to his former deputy in the Act Party.

The Herald says he told them he did not think it was appropriate to consult mayors on the provisional list for CCO directors, but, in most cases, the Government had left two or three appointments on each CCO to be made by the new Auckland Council after November 1.

Auckland City Mayor John Banks, North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams and Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee have backed up Mr Brown’s claim that neither Mr Hide nor Mr Joyce had consulted them about the provisional list of directors.

A promise from politicians that has not been honoured?

If the mayors believed it was something that was bound to be kept, especially by Rodney Hide, they are much too naive to run the Super City and their confidence in the Ministers does a mischief to the credentials of those of them with mayoral aspirations.

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