Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Mayor removed from reality - Jennings

Friday 18th Feb 2000
Owen Jennings
Media Release -- Governance & Constitution

Auckland Mayor Christine Fletcher's call for a review of the Resource Management Act in response to allegations against her Council shows how far removed from reality the councillors and senior staff of Auckland City Council are, says ACT local government spokesman Owen Jennings.

"The allegations of bribery, intimidation, abuse of power, interference and cover up go far beyond the Resource Management Act and 'inevitable tension between development and conservation'," Mr Jennings said.

"There are several Acts of Parliament which Council staff are allegedly abusing.

"My office has been inundated with messages of support for an investigation and further horrifying stories of the Auckland council's actions in the Hauraki Gulf islands.

"The council wants to fob off residents with half hearted investigations and compromise. Its now well beyond the time for reviews, mediation, ombudsman type remedies, out of court settlements, all managed by and answerable to the council. These issues are so serious, widespread and injurious to families and businesses that they must go to the highest court in the land- Parliament.

"It is unbelievable that the Mayor is trying to blame central Government for allegations including physical abuse, abuse of power and staff seeking sexual favours for consents.

"The Hauraki Gulf residents want a select committee inquiry and they want it now," Mr Jennings said.


Contact Owen Jennings 024 424933 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.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news