The Herald reports claims and lies re Auckland:
Labour MP Phil Twyford and the Greens’ Sue Kedgley yesterday claimed the agency designing the Super City was going to place control of most of Auckland’s assets into eight companies.
Mr Twyford said up to eight council-controlled organisations (CCOs) with their own boards and chief executives would run the services of transport, water, stadiums, land development and economic development.
“They are even planning to corporatise libraries and community houses. The mayor and council will be left like beached whales,” he said.
So is this true?
Mr Ford said there was no way that libraries and community services, “which lie at the heart of local government”, would be run by anything but the council.
Seems not. Any other lies?
He also disputed a claim by Mr Twyford that the CCOs would be overseen by a separate council-owned holding company with its own chief executive and board.
“CCOs will be controlled under the Auckland Council and it will be the council that is responsible for the governance and monitoring of performance,” Mr Ford said.