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


Rating System Must Be Changed

Media Release from Paekakariki Community Board

Monday 14 August 2006

Rating System Must Be Changed

The Paekakariki Community Board wants to change a rating system that has the effect of costing superannuitants in Paekakariki up to 19% of their nett superannuation income.

“We urgently need a public enquiry by a Select Committee of Parliament to examine the unfair and disproportionate effects of the archaic property tax system and to decide how the law should be changed,” said Board Chairman Adrian Webster.

He said a Select Committee enquiry would enable the expression of all points of view and a means of examining possible alternative systems including a local income tax. “What we need is a new way of funding local government which is based on people’s ability to pay.

“It is unconscionable that people who have lived in Paekakariki for most of their lives have been or are threatened with being rated out of their homes.

“What is happening in Paekakariki is also occurring throughout the Kapiti District. Many people have lived on the coast for more than 30 years from a time when living in a bach by the beach was a cheap option for those who could not afford to live in Wellington,’ said Mr Webster.

He said it was important that the political parties did not see rates as another football to kick around. “People are hurting too much for the parties to adopt a partisan approach.

“Certainly central government has shed some responsibilities to local government but these things are only a very small part of the ballooning local government budgets funded from unfair property taxes.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news