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Auckland Council allegations require inquiry

Auckland Council allegations require select committee inquiry - Jennings

Wednesday 16th Feb 2000
Owen Jennings
Media Release -- Other

The Minister for Auckland issues Judith Tizard is trying to head off a select committee inquiry into the Auckland City Council, says ACT local government spokesman Owen Jennings.

Mr Jennings has been pushing for an inquiry into allegations by residents of Hauraki Gulf islands that the Council has abused its powers under the Resource Management Act and Building Act.

Mr Jennings has a file of 159 complaints from residents regarding obstruction, harassment, victimisation and other charges.

"Last month the Minister declined an inquiry, saying the Council should go to mediation. Now she is apparently about to announce a Ministerial inquiry," Mr Jennings said.

"A select committee inquiry, which involves Members from both sides of the House, is more appropriate than a Ministerial inquiry for this issue. Is the Minister's decision an attempt to head off a bi-partisan inquiry?

"Since I called for an inquiry further evidence of abuse and interference has come to light. My phone has been running hot with new instances of the Council's heavy-handed dealings.

"The residents of Great Barrier Island are collecting signatures on a petition supporting a Parliamentary inquiry. Already a quarter of the population have signed. The matter has serious ramifications both for local government and for the Resource Management Act itself, and deserves a full select committee inquiry."

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Contact Owen Jennings025424939 or Kathryn Asare 04 4706637

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

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