What the hell did we all just see last night?
I do not believe any Aucklander impacted by the worst natural disaster we have ever experienced would see that trainwreck interview by Mayor Brown and not feel incandescent with rage.
All he wanted to do was defend his incompetence and blame others.
How dare he.
His audacity is as shallow and self interested as the Civil Defence Bureaucrat who claimed they did their job while attempting to absolve himself from any responsibility.
Both he and Brown should be sacked.
My understanding is that Wayne Brown’s inexperience and lack of advisors (Hooton left 2 weeks ago) meant Brown dithered like a confused Boomer trying to update their iPhone without knowing what to do.
Most of the Auckland Bureaucracy had already left for the long weekend (Waka Kotahi’s jaw dropping decision to sign off in the middle of the disaster because they were off for the long weekend highlights the unbelievable audacity of these pricks), and no one seemed to be clear on what was happening because no one was around.
By 4pm houses were being flooded.
By 6pm a clearly unprecedented calamity was under way and was being reported on all major media. Emergency Management Centre were still sitting on their hands already trying to downplay their lack of action and seemed to simply be hoping the rain would just stop.
By 7pm the scale of rainfall was now known and still there is no clear leadership.
By 8pm the enormity of what was happening was apparent. There are mass emergency events all over the city at this stage and first responders struggle with the scale of the emergency.
By 9pm Auckland MPs including Chris Luxon and Michael Wood were calling on the Mayor to declare an emergency.
Wayne Brown finally declares the emergency at 10.30pm.
Between 6.14pm and 10.30pm the civic leadership of Auckland had total radio silence and did not tell the people of Auckland what to do or where to go.
Wayne Brown is right that the Emergency Management team were the ones to make the State of Emergency call, but that’s a technicality, Brown should have been on the phone to the Emergency Management Centre every 20minutes challenging their inaction.
But he didn’t because the Mayor’s inexperienced team didn’t know what the fuck to do.
Wayne’s incompetence alongside the Emergency Management Centre’s attempt to defend being asleep at the wheel alongside a Metservice giving poor information all conspired to rob Auckland of real leadership during the worst natural disaster we’ve ever encountered.
The quality of weather reporting from Metservice should also be investigated.
They receive over $20million each year from the Ministry of Transport for public safety forecasting services, but they also have a side hustle called ‘MetOcean Solutions’, where they provide detailed marine weather forecasting for their corporate clients.
Is there a difference between the open source forecasting they provide the public and the far more detailed one they provide corporate clients?
Politicians should ask to compare the MetOcean Solutions forecast with the public one.
In comparison to the bumbling Mr Magoo performance Brown was pulling, Chippy and Michael Wood looked like true leaders.
In the end of this train wreck interview, the deputy Mayor had to drag Wayne Brown off the stage because he was making such a dick of himself.
The Boomer King promised to ‘fix’ Auckland, and in Auckland’s most desperate hour, all he could do was act like a befuddled old clown.
The Auckland Mayor fiddled while Auckland drowned.
Where are all those boomer property speculators who elected Wayne Brown now?
This was a clusterfuck of epic proportions and they should be righteously ripped to pieces in any review of this calamity.
It is obvious to everyone who watched that interview that the Mayor is totally out of his depth and he should consider resigning.
All of us as Aucklanders were betrayed by his lack of leadership in our most dangerous moment as a city.
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