EDS releases its summary on proposed Auckland Unitary Plan
The Environmental Defence Society is currently preparing its
submission on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.
Auckland Unitary Plan process is the largest planning
exercise ever undertaken in New Zealand. It will determine
the future of New Zealand’s largest city,” said Gary
Taylor, Chairman of EDS.
“To assist individuals and
groups, we have prepared a summary of the key issues which
will be covered in EDS’s detailed submission.
invite individuals and groups to use these key points to
inform the preparation of their own submissions.
proposed Auckland Unitary Plan is a large document but it is
important that everyone is able to have a say.
welcome any constructive feedback from community groups,
resource management professionals, or our members and
supporters on our draft. Any comments will be carefully
considered when we finalise our submission.
close on Friday 28 February,” Mr Taylor
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>