- Papakura is selling its part-share of inner city mall, Accent Point, which houses the library and museum and buying land near central park.
- Manukau is buying more than $12 million in Auckland Airport shares. All Aucklanders will apparently benefit from the shares - and carry the debt.
- Franklin District Council has brought forward several projects worth over $20 million including completion of Pukekohe's wastewater treatment plant.
- Auckland City is buying eight properties for more than $30.2 million for a park, seven Panmure properties for $46.1 million. It has contracts to sell unspecified "surplus land" and another 12 unnamed properties for "various reasons" for $4.15 million.
- Auckland Regional Council has taken out a loan of $32 million to pay for a "train set" that previously was to be funded by a now-defunct regional tax.
But if you are looking for a bargain you need to go north, says Rodney councillor Pat Delich, who backs Mr Brown's call to stop all asset sales while uncertainty still hovers over the district's future.
The former real estate agent is concerned about the excessive number of sales "sped up" to beat the merger.
Rodney council has begrudgingly released a list of properties for sale but gave only postal addresses - some released well after the sales were completed. The council says the sales are needed to pay ballooning debt. Mr Delich is concerned about the surreptitious nature of the sales.
"All councillors are kept in the dark. They tell us it is commercially sensitive.
This is a fire sale. They're being sold for less than the purchase price at a time when the market is bad.
"You've got to make a profit when you sell these damn things."
Former councillor Elizabeth Foster says using "commercial sensitivity" to restrict information on Rodney ratepayers' belongings is a nonsense.
"Anyone selling property wants everyone to know to obtain the best price the market can offer. A secret deal with selected bidders will guarantee a lower price as the bidders are aware of limited competition."
Rodney Mayor Penny Webster and chief executive Roger Kerr-Newell were not available for comment.
The full list of decisions rubberstamped by the Auckland Transition Authority can be accessed here:
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