A blockage in the Auckland Council’s email flow? Nah – it’s called case management

March 1, 2013

We’ve just got to to put this delicious item on our list of “daft things that local authorities do”.

In Auckland, there’s a fuss over claims that the council chief executive and senior staff have been intercepting citizens’ email messages to their elected representatives.

The matter is to be investigated.

But who will conduct the investigation?

Answer: the very people who are accused of blocking the emails.

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Bonn gives new meaning to “meter maids” with a simple system for taxing its strumpets

September 3, 2011

Manurewa MP George Hawkins – a bit of an old fusspot who won’t be missed by Alf after the election – put a parliamentary question to the chairperson of the Local Government and Environment Committee a few weeks ago about the Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill.

This silly piece of legislation initially was aimed at ridding the streets of Manukau of harlots by banning prostitutes from some areas of south Auckland.

It was promoted by the former Manukau council to deal with problems with street workers, particularly in Papatoetoe.

If passed it would result in prostitutes being fined up to $2000 if they are caught soliciting in banned areas.

But the legislative process has been slowed by the creation of the super city of Auckland and Manukau’s absorption within it.

And now – the way Alf recalls things – it will give the Auckland Council the power to make similar by-laws throughout Auckland.

Anyway, George wanted to know when the bill will be reported back to the House, and Chris Auchinvole said it has a reporting back date of 8 September.

But before things are signed and sealed in this bill for controlling street-walkers, we should consider the merits of an idea being implemented in Bonn.

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