Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

ARC Rates, Fear, Paranoia & Crunchy The Clown


From the REGIONAL RATEPAYERS REBELLION

The campaign oppposing the Auckland Regional Council's rating policies

ARC RATES CONSULATION REPORTED FEAR, PARANOIA AND CRUNCHY THE CLOWN.

A document released to me under the Official Information Act clearly shows that the ARC much-vaunted 'consultation' programme on this year's rating policy and rates increase was a total farce.

The document contains reports by ARC officers and councillors on the 200 meetings which formed the backbone of the consultation process that received the approval of the Auditor-General and the Minister of Local Government.

I cannot believe that either of them actually read this document and then approved the ARC consultation process.

In the document one officer reports that a presentation to a Rotary meeting 'was like going to grown up scouts!'

And went on to report 'a gentle cynicism filled the air'

A meeting in Milford was attended by '..a large group of mainly elderly white males, General tone was slight fear and paranoia'

From a Probus meeting came the comment 'Appreciative that we informed them but should they be interested or afraid?'

ARC officers also had a jaundiced view of North Shore residents '..the residential ratepayers are revolting as they no longer have a subsidised lifestyle and must contribute equally to the wonders delivered by the ARC'

Reporting on a meeting with a North Shore City Council committee ' T. and I shared comments on the NSCC councillors (including Crunchy the Clown)'

In marked contrast are reports from Business organisations in which ARC officers say 'All in all it was a pleasant experience.'' And other meetings 'Went well' and 'It was fine'.

From a meeting with a property company .'It was fine - they would pass on rates to tenants'.

All these comments are from a report which was intended to show that the ARC consultation was extensive and far wider than any local council would undertake - and that the ARC had taken residents views into account.

In fact the report shows that there was almost no real consultation, in the way demanded in the Local Government Act, and that the ARC was simply selling its policy with no intention of changing it in response to residential ratepayers concerns.

With a new round of consultation on next year's rates about to start it is hard to accept that the ARC will listen to ratepayers concerns any more than they did on the so-called consultation on this year's rates.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election