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Twyford: $533,000 On Super City PR Blitz In Four Weeks

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6 May 2009 - The Government has spent $533,000 promoting its Super City plans over the past four weeks, but has kept Aucklanders in the dark about the costs of the plans, says Labour's Auckland issues spokesperson PhilTwyford.

"It's outrageous that the Government is prepared to spend an average of $133,000 a week on a publicity blitz, which has not even included the fundamental information Auckland ratepayers need to make an informed decision about the Super City - that is how much will it cost?

"The Royal Commission clearly identified both the costs of the transition to a Super City and the on-going costs associated with its proposals," Phil Twyford said.

"The Government's plan is significantly different and ratepayers are entitled to know what its price tag is, before they are pressured into signing up to it through an aggressive PR campaign which doesn't tell the full story.

"Local Government Minister Rodney Hide admitted in Parliament today that the Government had costed its plans, but he did not disclose what the costs were. Labour is now calling on Mr Hide to release the details of those costs immediately.

"Mr Hide also needs to explain why the Government has failed to disclose these details previously and why it has spent so much money on advertising and a pamphlet that it calls a "plain English decisions document" which fails to spell out the costs," Phil Twyford said.

"Cabinet papers reveal Mr Hide told his ministerial colleagues that the announcement of the plans required 'a sense of stature'.

"Is this why taxpayers have forked out over half a million dollars in a month? How much will be spent in coming months?

"The money would be better spent on a referendum which gave Aucklanders the full facts and the opportunity to decide for themselves."

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