The Herald reports:
An Auckland councillor is using money from his own back pocket to take to the airwaves and criticise the decision to drop trains to the airport.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, Councillor Mike Lee’s 30 second radio commercial aired across five stations all owned by NZME.
Lee, who sits on the board of Auckland Transport, says in the commercial that rail to the airport has long been a priority for the city with a “longstanding commitment to route protection”.
However, last month the boards of Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency voted to eliminate it as an option in favour of light rail or a bus option.
This is a disgraceful move by Lee and he should resign off the board of Auckland Transport immediately.
It is untenable to have a company director run advertisements attacking the company he is a director of.
If Lee was not on the board of Auckland Transport, then as a Councillor he can of course criticise their decisions. But as he is also on the board, he can not. If as a director you feel so strongly the board has made the wrong decision, you resign.
It is untenable to be on the board of a company and run advertisements attacking it. The Council should sack him immediately from the board.