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Monday, 3 March 2008

CAPTURING AUCKLAND'S HEART AND SOUL

Auckland has told the Royal Commission it wants to be a 'world-class city.' But does it have world-class people running it?

An odd rumour has come in on one of those new tongue-in-cheek mobiles, to the effect that Auckland wanted a symbol with which it could go out and impress the socks off the world, something that would express its heart and soul. It followed its standard practice, allocated a half a billion dollars and hired 79,000 consultants. The first problem is that Auckland doesn't have a heart or a soul. But after countless committee meetings behind closed doors, and years of work, they finally came up with the perfect symbol. It is a sphere about 10mm in diameter, with a thin coating of orange on the outside and brown stuff on the inside. Someone thought of marketing it in boxes coloured blue and orange.

The alternative symbol was Skite Tower.