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


Anniversary Call To Action

1 July 04

Anniversary Call To Action

"It's a year since the Auckland Regional Council voted to axe business differentials and started a rates war with the people of Auckland," said Elaine West, convener of last year's inaugural region-wide rates revolt meeting.

Ms West is also on the executive of RAM - Residents Action Movement.

"On 1 July 2003, the ARC awarded big business interests a rates holiday, which inflicted immense hardship on many homeowners across the region."

"Typically, households faced rate rises of between 100% and 300%, with some going higher than 600%."

"But ratepayers resisted with the biggest rates revolt New Zealand has ever seen."

It's thanks to the tens of thousands of ratepayers fighting back that ARC councillors voted recently to restore a business differential for this financial year."

But it's too late and too little, since it won't go anywhere near reversing last year's unjust rises."

"And to add insult to injury, 1 July 2004 is the date when the ARC charges an additional 10% on the unpaid rates of the tens of thousands still resisting."

"RAM condemns this heavy-handed economic bullying by the ARC," said Ms West. "We are demanding rates justice."

"RAM will return homeowner rates to around 2002 levels, using a fair business differential as our major tool. Putting more money into people's pockets will help small business turnover ­ and rates justice will have been served."

"That is why the Resident Action Movement urges homeowners across the region to get involved and to vote 'yes' to a RAM ticket in the looming ARC election."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election