$150,000 bash for Queen St upgrade cancelled
A $150,000 ratepayer-funded party celebrating completion of the Queen St upgrade has been cancelled.
The bash was pencilled in for earlier this month but called off by the CBD Board, an advisory panel to the Auckland City Council.
This was despite council approval for an extra $50,000 from its events budget.
The plans came under fire from City Vision-Labour councillors.
Councillor Cathy Casey says the CBD board was shamed into backing down.
“I think they were embarrassed by the public outcry.”
Dr Casey says there are more important things to spend the money on.
But arts, culture and recreation committee chairman Greg Moyle says the board’s decision to cancel the party had nothing to do with the cost.
He says they decided to celebrate the upgrade in another way, yet to be decided.
Mr Moyle says the debate about the event was politically motivated.
Two-thirds of the cost of the $150,000 party was to come from central city ratepayers, with a $50,000 top-up from the council’s events budget.
Heart of the City’s Alex Swney says the $100,000 budgeted for the party will now be spent on a Christmas event.
“We’ve been through 12 months of quite dramatic disruption and we’re looking to spend this money on our most important trading month, which is December.”
– Dallas Gurney is an AUT journalism student