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

 


Minister Saddened At LGNZ Team Resignations

MONDAY 28 AUGUST Media Statement
MINISTER SADDENED AT LGNZ PRESIDENTIAL TEAM RESIGNATIONS


The Minister of Local Government Hon Sandra Lee said today she was “saddened” to learn of the resignation of the LGNZ Presidential team .

Ms Lee said while Local Government New Zealand was an independent lobby group, she believed that the outgoing LGNZ Presidential team was “a good mix of voracious advocates for local government”, comprising the North Island and South Island dynamic as well as a rural provincial component.

The Local Government Minister said she hoped that she would be able to have as meaningful a working relationship with the incoming LGNZ Presidential team as she has had with the outgoing team. She also pledged to work cooperatively with the incoming Presidential team.

“I appreciate the fact that the former LGNZ leadership, who are politicians in their own right, have been gracious enough to acknowledge that at all times ‘this was an internal employment matter and at no time did any parliamentarian give any suggestion or instruction with regard to the employment of any Local Government New Zealand staff member’,” Ms Lee said.

“I regret that highly respected local government politicians like Phil Warren - Chair of the Auckland Regional Council, Gordon Blake –Mayor of the South Waikato District Council, and Louise Rosson –Chair of the Otago Regional Council, have been lost to the LGNZ leadership,” she said. “In my view, the members of this team are as much the victims of a political media beat-up as were the Prime Minister and myself at the time the issue first arose. While I have sometimes disagreed with the outgoing Presidential team’s views, I have always appreciated their political commitment to democracy and their willingness to err on the side of the rule that says the majority should have its way.”

“What’s obvious is there are no winners from this affair: neither the Government which continues to aspire to the partnership principle between central and local government, nor Local Government New Zealand, and definitely not Carol Stigley whose professional career has been used as a ping-pong ball by the Opposition,” Ms Lee said.


Media Contact

Note: Ms Lee will not be available to make further comment this morning due to her prior commitments with Youth Parliamentarians

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news