Stuff is reporting that cabinet has failed to approve the make up of the Auckland Supercity transition agency.
In case you’re out of the loop, that’s the unlected oligarchy that will now effectively govern Auckland without any democratic accountability, running roughshod over the results of the 2007 local body elections.
The prediction had been that Rodney Hide would attempt to stack the board with his cronies from the Auckland business elite. The failure to get cabinet approval suggests Key and his advisers have clicked to the political fallout this would cause and have slammed on the brakes.
What this shows us is that all the noise from the Left is putting real pressure on the Government. Stand by for the announcment of a revised board in a day or two, featuring some identity politics window dressing (a brown face, maybe a woman) but essentially the same right-wing political bias.
Mark Ford, who has run utility businesses for the Auckland region since the early 1990s, has been shoulder-tapped as the chairman to drive the super city council through its transitional phase.
NBR understands one is John Waller, a former insolvency expert at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is now chairman of Bank of New Zealand, chairman of the Eden Park Redevelopment Board and recently became a Fonterra director.
Two others are Rich Lister Chris Mace and Wayne Walden, both of whom have extensive business interests.
I can see why Key flinched.