Friday, March 4, 2011

Wayne Brown - Plonker of the week

Far North Mayor Wayne Brown has a reputation for shooting from the lip, and not being shy to poke his head above the parapet.

In his latest outburst, we see that Brown has slammed as crass, a Northland accommodation promotion that is offering stressed Cantabrians "rest and recovery" at discounted prices. 

With Air NZ offering $50 airfares from Christchurch to all domestic airports in New Zealand, Destination Northland has coordinated a promotion with accommodation providers offering free or discounted rates for quake victims. Local i-Sites are processing the bookings without charging operators their usual commission.

There are many fine examples of businesses chipping-in and contributing the best they can to those in need after the Christchurch earthquake. It is a shame that Mr Brown that has a career leeching off public funding, naturally mistrusts those that contribute with their own resources. From what we can see the offers from accommodation providers are generous, genuine and in good faith. Many of the operators are giving away accommodation for free.

We reckon that Northland accommodation providers will be judged by the public favorably for making this gesture. Wayne Brown will be judged somewhat differently.

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