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


City Bureaucracy Goes After The Kids

ACT Local Government Spokesman MP Owen Jennings today challenged Wellington City Council Mayor Mark Blumsky to a debate on children's playhouses.

"What on earth is the Wellington Chief Executive and his bureaucrats doing harassing kids in their playhouses?" Owen Jennings asked.

"As if it wasn’t bad enough having bureaucrats using the RMA, the Building Act and the Local Government Act to interfere in the lives of adults, they are starting on our kids.

"Can’t kids have fun at home any more? It is nuts to attempt to eliminate risk when we desperately need our children to be stretched, enchanted - and, yes, occasionally frightened, by pushing themselves to their limits.

"The Todman Street playhouse that has to be demolished is strong, well built, and quite safe for children. It was constructed by an experienced adult. It is on private property and has given two kids a great experience.

"The Wellington City Council ought to leave kids alone and get on with doing something useful. I challenge Mark Blumsky to a debate, so he can stand up and explain why he wants to deny children their fun," Owen Jennings said.


© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news