Miccio abuses Council privileges

September 1st, 2013 at 2:05 pm by David Farrar

The Mail reports:

Nelson mayor has been found in breach of election rules and received a ticking off from the electoral officer.

A complaint was made by Gaire Thompson about how Mr Miccio obtained email addresses and why campaign material headed Miccio4mayor was sent with its mailing address as 110 Trafalgar St which is the city council’s Civic House.

The use of the Council address as his campaign address is not that serious, but is very stupid. What was he thinking.

But the more serious issue is this:

Mr Thompson said he had never opted to receive the email sent to him by the mayor’s campaign team.

However, he had given his email address at the consultation meeting held last week at the council chambers on the council’s proposed sale of Wakatu Square land for the development of a building for a new Farmers store.

He gave it so the council could send updates on the consultation.

Mr Thompson attended as he owns the Trafalgar St property of the existing Farmers store.

His wife and several others who attended the consultation also received the Miccio4mayor email, he said. …

Council staff had collected the email addresses at the Uniquely Nelson event at the council chamber in case of any follow up, said Mr Miccio.

“That week we were doing a newsletter on the Farmers proposal, I thought because of the number of questions it would be useful to get the information to those people.”

He said he was given the list and sent the newsletter to those people.

“Would I do the same thing again? I probably would,” he said.

“I don’t see it as being a major issue.

This is outrageous.  If he was a commercial operation, he would be in breach of the act. As it stands I believe Miccio and the Council are in breach of the Privacy Act as they are using private information not for the purpose it was given.

What is disturbing is the Mayor says he would do it again.

It is totally inappropriate for e-mail addresses given to the Council for a Council purpose, be given to the Mayor for him to use for his private campaign. That is appalling. It is using ratepayer resources to advantage the incumbent.

Hat Tip: Whale Oil

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7 Responses to “Miccio abuses Council privileges”

  1. Paw Prick (39 comments) says:

    Hmm.
    Marlborough’s Mayor is also using his campaign facebook page to update people on the recent earthquakes in the region.
    Also slightly questionable in my opinion.

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  2. Viking2 (11,138 comments) says:

    Oh dear spare us the outrage.
    The Greens, Labour, National et al have been doing the same for years.

    In the case of the Nats. they use the electoral role.
    I have never given them permission to spam my real mail box with Simons rubbish, but he/they do it anyway.

    Or doesn’t the fact that He uses Parliamantary paid mail to fill my mailbox with excess paper that proports to be govt. stuff
    count???

    [DPF: You're a dick. Postal addresses are public, as is the electoral roll. This is about private details given to the Council privately. Also all parties have access to the electoral roll. No one but the Mayor it seems can access the Council e-mail list for their campaign.]

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  3. Archer (170 comments) says:

    Using taxpayer funds for his campaign, would do it again if he had the chance… Sounds like he is a Labour man through and through.

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  4. Positan (383 comments) says:

    Wasn’t this the guy the Auditor-General took a look at over some sort of dodgy dealing in China?

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  5. Viking2 (11,138 comments) says:

    Council staff had collected the email addresses at the Uniquely Nelson event at the council chamber in case of any follow up, said Mr Miccio.

    “That week we were doing a newsletter on the Farmers proposal, I thought because of the number of questions it would be useful to get the information to those people.”
    ====================

    The Mayor sent to those same people his options, opinions or maybe policy relating to the very building that the meeting was about.

    Reasonable in view of the fact that he is in the middle of an election campaign. They cannot come back and say “well you never told us”.

    Tend to agree with him.

    sounds like people complaining for the sake of complaining. One doesn’t need to read these things. That’s what delete and mail sorting are for.

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  6. redeye (631 comments) says:

    Viking is missing the point. None of the other candidates had access to these email addresses.

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  7. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    Fast and loose is how Aldo likes to play…

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