Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Council Building Options To Be Discussed In Public

The Auckland Council CEO, and the Council Committee Chair, have agreed to my request to discuss the key issues surrounding the blow out in council building repair costs in public at tomorrow’s council committee meeting.

This was the right decision and it should be an opportunity for Aucklanders to learn what has gone wrong, where the responsibility lies and what the options are.

Key to this is understanding what has gone wrong in the process council used to buy the building.

I expect answers to the following questions:

1) How robust is the advice about the state of the building?

2) What are the range of repair options and what contribution can council seek from the previous owner?

3) What other options exist? eg. building sale

4) What went wrong with the council process used to evaluate the building?

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