Council website 'astronomical' cost The Marlborough Express - 31/10/2013
The Marlborough District Council has spent more than $400,000 on website redevelopment over the past two years, nearly three times as much as Nelson, Tasman and the West Coast put together.
Figures released by the Taxpayers' Union show that only Auckland Council has spent more than Marlborough on website upgrades since July 2011.
Councils of a similar size to Marlborough, like Kapiti Coast, Upper Hutt and Wanganui, have all spent less than $15,000.
In comparison, Dunedin City Council spent only $35,520 over the same time period.
Wellington City, which redeveloped its award winning website earlier in the year, spent almost $100,000 less than Marlborough.
Tax Payers Union eyes up first target Newstalk ZB - 30/10/2013
The newly established New Zealand Tax Payers Union has already eyed up it's first target - the Marlborough District Council.
It says since July 2011, the council has spent $410,550 on its website design and development.
In comparison, Dunedin City Council is said to have spent only $35,200 on its website.
Tax Payers Union co-founder Jordan Williams says the Marlborough Council's spent an exuberant amount of money.
"If, let's say, half the population of that district has actually been to the website, we estimate it would have actually been cheaper to have brought them all a taxi chit to physically go into the council."
Mr Williams says the union will be putting the microscope on spending across the political spectrum.
"We're not a political party and the Taxpayers Union will never become one. The success depends on us being a grassroots organisation for people that think there is too much waste and extravagance in Government."