Auckland Mayor Phil Goff's campaign pledge to review the Council Controlled Organisations is a hard one to argue with. That said, we do.

An independent review may well give the agitated and "intimidating" denizens of St Heliers some solace after clashing with Auckland Transport for declaring open season on carparks and trying to paint the town black and white with more zebra crossings.

A review will also give heart to many ratepayers, and there are a good many who write letters to this newspaper each week, who believe the CCOs to be lacking any council control and quite aloof