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

 


Stephen Berry Announces Council Candidacy

Stephen Berry Announces Council Candidacy

Small government advocate Stephen Berry is entering the 2013 Auckland City Council elections, standing as a candidate for Councillor of the Waitemata & Gulf ward. “Affordability is quickly becoming the number one issue in this election campaign. Affordable living, affordable housing and affordable rates are not being delivered by Len Brown and the big spending councillors who support him. Those councillors include Waitemata & Gulf incumbent, Mike Lee. ”

“The current Auckland City Council thinks that affordable living can be obtained through spending on monuments, events, swimming pools and uneconomical public transport schemes. However all the money for their spending has to come from somewhere; the increasingly frustrated ratepayer! Continuous annual rates rises coupled with hundreds of millions of dollars of borrowing are a life sentence for future ratepayers burdened with decades of interest payments for projects too crazy to attract private investment.”

Thirty year old Berry, a lifetime resident of the Auckland region is one of thousands of young Aucklanders being priced out of the housing market by policies which have the support of current Waitemata & Gulf Councillor, Mike Lee. “Mr. Lee supports policies that make Auckland living unaffordable by increasing council meddling in the lives of individuals. Mr. Lee supports restricting the supply of housing through building intensification, resulting in rapid house price increases. He advocates for rigid council regulation of land use and allowing any busy body to object to what you do on your property. He protects the arts and heritage slush fund that wastes rates on ugly sculptures and unpopular genres of music. Finally, he ensures future ratepayers will be saddled with crushing interest costs through voting for massive borrowing to fund unprofitable public transport schemes.”

“I am going into this election with the message that an affordable Auckland is the result of a council which does less, not more. A council that taxes less, spends less, borrows less and regulates less is one that will result in all Aucklanders having more in their pockets.”

Rumours are also circulating that Mr. Berry’s candidacy may not be an independent one by the start of the voting period. Stephen was one of the principle organisers of Liberty Conference 2012, which looked at a number of options for New Zealand liberals following the meltdown of Act.

“There is no doubt that at national level, there is an opening for a liberal movement providing an alternative to big government bankruptcy. The same can be said for Auckland local body politics where C&R is a shadow of its former self and some of its few remaining councillors vote regularly with Len Brown, Mike Lee and the leftist majority. All I can say at this stage is: watch this space!”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Inadequate Response To Sexual Violence Prevention

On combatting sexual violence, the government has finally begun to undo some of the problems that were of its own making. Early in March, ACC launched the Integrated Services for Sensitive Claims scheme – a package aimed at improving the attitudes of ACC staff towards sexual violence victims, and offering them more substantive support.

Hopefully, this will help to reverse the damage done with the insensitive, punitive ACC policy put in place by the incoming Key government in 2009, which in some parts of New Zealand, saw 90 per cent of sexual violence victims being turned away by ACC. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

"To Help Families Get Ahead": April 1 Changes Kick In

Prime Minister John Key says Paid Parental Leave, the parental tax credit, the minimum wage and Superannuation will increase, while average ACC levies will fall, and more people will be helped in to home ownership... More>>

ALSO:

Climate: Ministers Exclude Emissions From ‘Environment Reporting'

The National Party Government has today revealed that the national environmental report topics for this year will, incredibly, exclude New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

No Retrial: Freedom At Last For Teina Pora

The Māori Party is relieved that the Privy Council has cleared the final legal hurdle for Teina Pora who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison for 22 years. More>>

ALSO:

Germanwings Crash: Privacy Act Supports Aviation Safeguards In New Zealand

Reports that German privacy laws may have contributed to the Germanwings air crash have prompted New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner to reassure the public that the Privacy Act is no impediment to medical practitioners notifying appropriate authorities to a pilot’s health concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Taranaki Iwi Ngāruahine Settles Treaty Claims For $67.5mln

The settlement includes a $13.5 million payment the government made in June 2013, as well as land in the Taranaki region. The settlement also includes four culturally significant sites, the Waipakari Reserve, Te Kohinga Reserve, Te Ngutu o te Manu and Te Poho o Taranaki. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news