Dear Simon Allen
I wish to tender my resignation as Chair of the Ports of Auckland Board.
I do so because my performance was so wholly unsatisfactory.
I took a profitable and efficient Port and lost it millions of dollars in contracts. I spent, inappropriately, substantial amounts of money on a public relations campaign against our staff that could have been spent reinvesting in the port or returning to Auckland Council.
The financial position of the Port is in a dire decline.
However, Simon, you tolerated my ineptitude. I have appreciated the support you have shown me as I run the Ports into the ground. Without your support I could not have done it.
But I must tender my resignation now. I encouraged, promoted and oversaw the Chief Executive’s and the Board’s decision to act unlawfully. The Judge’s comments yesterday were scathing. The back down was embarrassing. I tried to save face this morning. But we both know we acted unlawfully.
We should have negotiated in good faith. I should have upgraded my editions of “Employment Law for Dummies”, “Management for Dummies” and “So, You Want to Be an Economist” to reflect current thinking. To treat staff the way we have not only decreases productivity, but it loses the respect, trust and buy in necessary for a functioning Port.
Thank you for your support.
Ports of Auckland