The proposal for a Wellington Council
by a panel lead by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, captures major
concerns with regional functionality, while keeping full
local representation at the local level", commented Regional
councillor Paul Bruce. He also welcomed the Panel's view
that Councils play an important role in facilitating
programmes and assisting organisations that contribute
directly to the wellbeing of their communities.
Cr Bruce said removing direct elections for the local mayor
would be a backward step. Cr Bruce also suggested that a
larger Council of 20 membership plus a Lord Mayor, would
provide better representation of the diverse communities in
the Wellington regions, than 11, as proposed by the Panel
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.
Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.
Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>