I was astonished to read com- ments made by unsuccessful City Vision candidate Michael Wood in the Central Leader, June 11.
Despite his complaints, the C&R council is keeping rates affordable while still offering progress.
But his lot of infighting City Visioners offered neither progress nor affordability – the worst of all worlds.
He was also appallingly informed or deliberately misleading in comments to your readers.
If we do approve any rates money for promoting events, arts, culture and additional cleaning services for Rugby World Cup 2011, it will be based on a business case that seeks to maximise tourist benefits and ensure a safe, clean and efficient city during this time of huge pressure.
We will also improve transport services, pedestrian and public transport access to Eden Park, and improvements to the CBD and Kingsland precincts.
These benefits won’t finish with the fi nal whistle, but be ongoing benefits to local residents.
RWC 2011 will be of huge economic benefit to Auckland.
It will create jobs, build infrastructure, showcase our city to the world and deliver ongoing benefits to Aucklanders.
That’s why the council is determined to get the most out of what will be a once-in-a-generation event.
It’s a far better deal than the crazy junkets and sister- city relationships that his City Vision colleagues loved so much. AARON BHATNAGAR
Deputy chairman finance and strategy
committee Auckland City Council