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Feb092015

Leadfoot Festival - Mayor Claims $40,000 Well Spent!

Today's presser on the Leadfoot gave a leg-up to mult-millionaire Rod Millen's private hillclimb on his Hahei property. It appears to have been supported by 6,500 petrol-heads over the three days - that works out at $6.15 per attendee paid by rate-payers to enable Millen to publicise his Festival.

Some rate-payers may consider this good value - everything appears to work around the TV coverage. It would certainly be interesting to know just how this coverage, and the target audience benefits this district, let alone the rate-payers. It does not appear that any qualitative research has, or is being done in that regard. Certainly the exclusivity of the occasion (participation is by invitation only!) would seem to militate against there being a wide tourism based benefit, but perhaps they do have evidence to the contrary.

I for one object strongly to my rates being spent in this manner, and I imagine that there are plenty of others out there who feel the same way who are not mollified by the reassurances provided by Leach. After all - he was apparently a participant by invitation in his old Anglia (sorry - I have ben told it was a Cortina - same difference!) - great fun of course, but surely a conflict of interest situation when you consider his initiation of, and participation in the awarding of the grant by the business-controlled Economic Development Committee.  

 

 

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Reader Comments (3)

looked to me to be a Cortina - but who cares--important point is -Leachie gave a multi milionaire 40k to run what was basically a private event-- talk about conflict of interest--give the dosh then enter into the fray yourself-- great to have mates who hand out ratepayers money eh?

February 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteredal to the Metal

I agree totally. Public money should never have been used for a private and exclusive event run by a very wealthy individual who should have the integrity to front up with the cash himself and not take it out of the funding pool. What other 'community' event has lost out because he helped himself to a chuck of the funding budget? If Millen did not want to fund the total cost of it himself then he could have found other ways to fund it without taking it out of the community pool - he could have made it more inclusive and asked each of the businessess likely to benefit to contribute for example.
Shame on the council for approving it, they just lost my vote in the next election.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRubes

I agree totally. Public money should never have been used for a private and exclusive event run by a very wealthy individual who should have the integrity to front up with the cash himself and not take it out of the funding pool. What other 'community' event has lost out because he helped himself to a chuck of the funding budget? If Millen did not want to fund the total cost of it himself then he could have found other ways to fund it without taking it out of the community pool - he could have made it more inclusive and asked each of the businessess likely to benefit to contribute for example.
Shame on the council for approving it, they just lost my vote in the next election.

February 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRubes

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