Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union
Shackles of Stupidity in Dunedin
30 JUNE 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Responding to the Otago Daily Times report that Dunedin Mayor David Cull spent nearly $4,000 of ratepayers’ money on a pair of camel shackles, incorrectly thinking they were a New Zealand historical artefact, Taxpayers’ UnionExecutive Director Jordan Williams says:
“The Mayor’s shackles of stupidity provide the long-suffering Dunedin ratepayer with a smidgeon of poetic irony, but that’s little cause for celebration.”
“It’s pretty rich that the Mayor is calling on the vendor to reimburse the ratepayer for selling a genuine item. Instead of begging a vendor to reimburse the money after the Mayor’s jumped the shark, it would be better if he simply stopped playing loose with ratepayers’ money.”
In February the Taxpayers’ Union revealed that Mr Cull engaged former Labour MP Pete Hodgson, in what Mr Cull described as a ‘gentleman’s agreement’.