Published 22 February 2010
Around the region, councils have promoted the Auckland Transition Agency’s competition to design the new Auckland Council’s logo and designers have questioned the lack of professional input.
At Orewa, however, Rodney District mayor asked why the logo was coming ahead of fundamental business of the transition agency: “It is a surprise to hear that the transition agency has sorted out the thousands of details needed for the new Auckland Council to function and can now focus on such trivial issues such as the design of a logo.
"Last I heard, fundamental details such as the location of the various parts of the new council were still yet to be sorted. Meanwhile, the functions of the new local boards are still up in the air.
“In addition to this, the new council has no interim chief executive and is yet to begin the process of mapping staff into the new corporate structure for the new council & other council-controlled organisations. It will be several months before council staff have any certainty about their futures.”
Mrs Webster said Auckland had always been known as the city of sails, and spending ratepayers’ money as well as the transition agency’s time & focus searching for a new identity & logo at this time “is truly bizarre”.
While the logo search is on, the transition agency also advertised 25 Auckland Council jobs & 20 Auckland Transport Agency jobs at the weekend.
For the Auckland Council, they include treasurer, general counsel and the senior managerial roles. The 20 transport agency jobs are all managerial roles. Applications close Wednesday 10 March.
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Attribution: Rodney council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.