Congratulations Aucklanders, you are about to become the owners of a supercity. And it’s cost you just $200 million… so far.
The government embarked on a half-arsed, anti-democratic attempt to to reform Auckland in big business’s interests. They didn’t let Aucklanders have the referendum that they were entitled to and others have had to have their say on whether they support amalgamation.
The local boards are a joke. Legitimate concerns have been ignored. Communities up and down the region seeing their local democracy stripped and are being forced into a conglomerate that don’t want. Democracy was in business’s way, so the government killed it.
The government didn’t even work out the cost of the supercity before they started it (and why should they? It’s the ratepayers who foot the bill). Rodney Hide told Parliament the cost of setting up the supercity would be “minuscule” and refused to put a dollar figure on it.
Well, we’ll see how many Aucklanders think that $200 million is minuscule when it shows up in their rates bills.