Remember when the Supercity was introduced? John Key and Rodney Hide were running around promising big savings on local government and, through the magic of having one super-council, faster economic growth. All this at a set-up price that Hide, when pressed very very hard, described as “minuscule” even though he couldn’t put a number on it.
We called bollocks straight away. A year later, Granny Herald has woken from her long nap and started demanding some answers.
Now, we have some a number on what “minuscule” is in Hide’s book.
The Auckland City Council alone faces a $34 million bill to establish the Supercity (this is separate from the issue of the tax bill).
And for all that cost, there’s no evidence that the Supercity will be more cost efficient or boost economic growth. All we do know is that it will take the local out of local government.