February 09, 2024

Ratepayers pay Dean Kimton $620,000 – the least he can do is front up on Meola Road

The Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance is slamming Auckland Transport boss Dean Kimpton for his failure to front and answer questions about the Meola Road omnishambles, despite being paid considerably more than the Prime Minister and AT spending $5million a year on communications.
Responding to this morning’s reporting in the NZ HeraldRatepayers’ Alliance spokesman, Jordan Williams, said:
“While Mayor is trying to defend the Auckland fuel tax to fund Auckland Transport, yet again AT officials are letting him down.”
“Under Dean Kimton, AT continues to show contempt for the public, and public money. AT spends $18 million a year on marketing, and another $5 million on communications. Yet they still won't front to answer questions from the City's major newspaper.”

"It seems that rather than ‘communications’, Auckland Transport is spending millions to hide its CEO from the media."
“Mayor Brown is right in his comments last week that the management at AT ‘have lost the plot’.  There needs to be a wholesale clear out of personnel and culture.”