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One could sug­gest the Auck­land Coun­cil through its prop­erty di­vi­sion, coun­cil-con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion Panuku De­vel­op­ment, is try­ing to raise more cash to pay for its es­ca­lat­ing salary bill. When we hear a head­line like last week’s 52 per cent of the coun­cil’s bud­get is spent solely on its em­ploy­ees’ pay, we’ve got a prob­lem. Yes, em­ploy­ing staff costs, but not many busi­nesses salaries are more than half their bud­gets. The coun­cil is one of the big­gest busi­nesses in Auck­land, yet the dif­fer­ence is it’s pub­lic sec­tor, mean­ing it’s the peo­ple’s gov­ern­ment, ratepay­ers the share­hold­ers. Panuku has been for a long costly pe­riod been see­ing what pub­lic as­sets it can sell, to pay for other city in­fra­struc­ture. Trou­ble is, it’s not lis­ten­ing to the com­mu­ni­ties, who are say­ing they want to re­tain as­sets such as build­ings and car parks that were bought and paid for decades ago, and are still needed. To say there is no ser­vice need shows it’s not look­ing for com­mu­nity needs. (‘‘Mis­sis­sippi’’ John Hi­att, Best of Here to Stay, 2000-12) - PJ Tay­lor

OF­FICE AND EN­QUIRIES: NEWS DI­REC­TOR: CLAS­SI­FIEDS: WHAT’S ON: MAIL: to De­cem­ber 31, 2015). De­liv­ered each Wed­nes­day (RD ar­eas Thurs­day) to:

09 272 7017. 2022, de­liv­ or www.snade­liv­ 565 8638. Go to to sub­mit your event. PJ (Phil) Tay­lor 09 272 5865 or philip.tay­lor@fair­fax­me­ 09 525 09 525 2100. Jodi McMur­trie jodi.mcmur­trie@fair­fax­me­ or 027 P.O. Box 76-400, Manukau. Al­fris­ton, Ard­more, Brookby, Cleve­don, Conifer Grove, Drury town­ship, Hunua, Karaka, Karaka Lakes, Kawakawa Bay, Opa­heke, Orere Point, Pahure­hure, Pa­pakura, Ponga, Red Hill, Takanini. In­cludes Pa­pakura RD 2, 3, 4, 5. Ma­nurewa RD1. Pa­pakura RD 1 (Karaka only).

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