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

 

Action Group Takes Umbrage

Action Group Takes Umbrage

“WAAG takes issue with the suggestion by Mayor Harvey that to receive monies from corporate organizations is in some way devious or “foul”. As a not for profit incorporated society, deemed by the IRD to be a ‘local or regional promotion body’, WAAG relies on donations, pledges and subscriptions from its members and other organisations who share commonality of view and objective in terms of opposing the WCC plan change for the current Whenuapai Airbase to be rezoned commercial, thereby paving the way for a commercial airport operation.

WAAG believes that such statements from Mayor Harvey are examples of the breathtaking hypocrisy that has become synonymous with the WCC – a Council that has refused to exercise any degree of transparency in respect to the airport issue, the most recent example being its refusal to disclose just how much taxpayer and resident money has been spent on its pursuit of a commercial venture with private company Infratil and on the airport project per se – despite an Official Information Act request.

The sum spent by WCC is believed to be significant and has been done so in the face of strenuous opposition from the likes of Ministry of Defence, Board of Airline Representatives NZ (BARNZ), representing all airlines flying within and to NZ,, the Auckland Regional Council, Environmental Groups, The Green Party and many individuals right across the Auckland region.

As such it would appear such expenditure is fiscally irresponsible on the part of the Mayor and his vision commercially flawed. Ratepayers’ money is being spent on an activity which will primarily benefit a commercial company - Infratil



The hypocrisy continues with the Mayor of the self proclaimed ‘eco city’ inviting an activity into the region that is widely regarded as one of the greatest contributors to climate change. The adverse environmental effects of noise on a wide residential area rates highly alongside the emitting of harmful pollutants into the fragile estuarine eco system of the upper Harbour; factors that have little impact with the current low level military operations in the area. Commercial aviation is recognised as the fastest growing contributor to global warming.

It appears, whilst Mayor Harvey’s hypocritical rhetoric seemingly knows no bounds so does his perception of WAAG, as a “small ginger group”. With just under one thousand subscribed members and a host of other supporters, WAAG has members in a large number of suburbs of Auckland and even as far away as Whitianga and Waiuku. It is arguably New Zealand’s largest community lobby group representing a diverse range of interests and concerns.”


END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Our Wild West Banking Culture

David Hisco’s nine year stint as CEO of the ANZ bank (while his expense claim eccentricities went by unbothered by board oversight) has been a weird echo of the nine years of social neglect by the previous National government.

The same Sir John Key who denied there was a housing crisis in New Zealand – and who sold his own beach house to Hisco – seems to have also been living in denial in his role as ANZ’s chairman of the board. More>>

 

"Population Density": Stats NZ, Phone Companies To Track People's Movements

Stats NZ is partnering with cellphone companies to launch a new way of tracking people's movements every hour. More>>

ALSO:

QS University Rankings: NZ Ranks Well "Despite Resourcing Constraints"

New Zealand universities continue to do well in international rankings, with the release of the 2020 QS world rankings showing that all eight universities remain in the world’s top 500. More>>

ALSO:

Mosque Attacks: 21 Month Prison Sentence For Sharing Live Stream Video

A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. More>>

ALSO:

Operation Burnham Inquiry: Afghan Villagers Pull Out

The Afghan villagers involved with the inquiry into Operation Burnham say they have lost faith in the process and will no longer take part. More>>

ALSO:

Child 'Uplifts': Children’s Commissioner To Conduct Review

“At the time of the attempted uplift from Hawke’s Bay Maternity Hospital at the beginning of May, our Office shared our views on the critical importance of the mother-child relationship, and the fact that this relationship is denied to too many Māori children”, says the Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft. More>>

ALSO:

Fluro Logo, Definitely Not Racism, Activist Judges: Act Has Conference

“Finally, New Zealanders will have the right to challenge bad laws in court. If the courts find that a law hasn’t been made in accordance with the basic principles of good lawmaking, it can be declared invalid." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels