The Part Time Mayor is passing the hat around:
(From Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt)
To the people of Invercargill and Southland, Christmas is a wonderful time of year – when the Kiwi tradition is for us to gather with our loved ones to celebrate, spend time together and share special meals.
I don’t like the thought of people being alone on Christmas Day – and I’m sure many of you don’t either. So this year, I and other like-minded people, are organising a Christmas lunch at the Scottish Hall for those people, who would otherwise be alone.
But we need help – and I am reaching out to you in the hope that you may be able give what you can. We need donations of food and gifts. So if you are looking for a way to contribute, this would be a great help. Your donation will ensure these people can enjoy Christmas just like your own families.
Listed in the advertisement below are the items we need. If you can assist by providing any of them, or have questions about the event, please contact the Mayoral Office on 211 1777 or by emailing email@example.com by 5pm on Friday 5 December.
I know how he could pay for this:
Airport directorship = $19,270 (at least, it’s gone up to maybe $19,700)
Mayoral salary = $107,522
There’s $126,700, not to mention the other sidelines we know (wink, wink) about, and of course his other part-time job.
Perhaps he could make a donation himself.
I say this because it seems pretty rude for a guy who has overseen some of the most profligate and unwarranted spending of other people’s money in Invercargill’s recent history to ask others to stump up for it.
He was, after all, only to happy to give his mate Murray Francis money to essentially do nothing. P’raps Muzz could rock up with a tablecloth?