Central Leader - - Letters -

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

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