From my perspective Andy Foster increasingly proves that he is unsuited to be Mayor of Wellington. Last week he called for an investigation into why a Councillor had met with a Minister which is, quite frankly, pathetic. I bet if the person who met a Minister was promoting the same policies as Foster there would be no investigation.
This sort of behaviour brings politics into disrepute. It tells the story to people that no politician can be trusted. Which is nonsense.
I remember when I was on NZTA. I was urging the Board to come and visit Christchurch after the earthquakes so that they had some understanding of what it was like down here. The Chair, the used-by-every-Government Brian ruled this out as unnecessary.
One of the NZTA Board members, a retired partner of one of the big accounting firms (that’s one of the ways the old boys club keep getting their old firms consulting contracts), came down to Canterbury for a sporting event. He came back saying that he couldn’t believe the state of the infrastructure. He urged the Chair to bring the Board down. Roche turned to him and said that the Minister did not want us near the City.
That’s how people like Mayors and Ministers like to operate. Mayor to Minister. Chair to Minister. Ensuring that the power stays at the top. Quite frankly, that’s part of why people don’t trust politicians. I have no idea about any of the politics involved with the Wellington issue, nor do I know any of the people, but politics is about getting things changed and this is a good example of political action.
Calling for an investigation is absolute rubbish. https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/wellington/124690429/wellington-mayor-wants-investigation-into-councillors-inappropriate-meeting-with-transport-minister