No role exists
I was interested to read that councillor Cathy Casey has supposedly resigned in disgust from her role as the council’s child and family advocate. That would be quite a statement if the role actually existed.
However it doesn’t, and hence why council hasn’t named another person to replace her as advocate.
As someone who has worked for Auckland City Council and currently works alongside the council, I understand from officials that under this new council no one had been appointed to be its child and family advocate.
In fact even under the previous Hubbard administration, while a Child and Family Action Plan was endorsed by a committee resolution in August 2006, no committee ever formally appointed councillor Casey as the council’s official advocate for such matters.
Her title was merely a political one.
Given there’s been a major political change at council, councillor Casey did not voluntarily resign from this post.
Rather, Auckland voters effectively rejected this role and others at the last local elections.
If councillor Casey is so passionate about social policy, the biggest political difference she could make would be as a member of parliament. CAMERON BREWER