WhaleOil has just received a package of documents he requested under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act, and he's discovered something interesting. On 1 August in each of the last two years, there's been a birthday celebration paid for by Manukau City ratepayers; you can even see the receipts.
Now, we're not sure whether these are Len Brown or Leigh Auton's receipts, but two questions spring to mind; why are ratepayers paying for an individual's (or in one instance, a combined) birthday celebration? It's hardly core Council business, we would have thought. And why is whoever spent this money censoring the LGOIMA request, in contravention of council policy?
There may be a totally innocent explanation for this largesse, and if that's the case, we'd love to hear it. In the absence of such an explanation, it merely confirms initial impressions that elected representatives and paid staff are rorting the ratepayers they purport to serve.