The Auckland City Council will be extinct after the new super city at Auckland. The council has been giving its last goodbyes and is expected to spend over $200,000 for their farewell bash which is staff only and their smaller departments. The council will also have a $120,000 book on the last 20 years of the council history.
The Weekend Herald reported that Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has proposed to speak to the council about cutting their costs to spend less of ratepayers’ money. Even the Auckland Regional Council with its district councils and its seven cities will also be throwing farewell parties at the cost of ratepayers’ money.
Manukau City's is throwing a $85,000 worth farewell party for the Manukau council. They are also expecting a letter from Rodney Hide strongly to watch party budgets.
Steven Ross of the Auckland City chief executive's office said over 2500 staff will be invited to the farewell at Town Hall with each of the smaller 32 departments throwing their own parties. The Franklin District Council has a budget of $19,900 for their party along with an expected staff funded party also. The Rodney District Council said it planned a day for staff to volunteer with community groups which would not cost ratepayers anything. The Waitakere City Council will spend $15,000 on their party.