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


Councils urged to think of ratepayers

Councils urged to think of ratepayers

The National Party’s challenging councils throughout the country to lay their party politics aside and think about the ratepayers they’re supposed to represent.

“Some mayors are scoffing at our concerns about the Local Government Bill, but it’s incredible how close some of those critics are to the Government,” says National Local Government spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

“The critics include Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey - the former President of the New Zealand Labour Party, Margaret Shields - Labour’s current Pukerua Bay Branch chairwoman, she’s also a former Labour MP and Minister.

“Then there’s Dunedin’s Sukhi Turner a Green Party Member and Christchurch’s Garry Moore who claims to have had a life-long association with the Labour Party.

“The National Party is again repeating its challenge to those critics to guarantee their constituents that rates will not rise over the next five years as a direct result of this ill-conceived legislation,” says Mr Brownlee.

“The National Party always expected some local authority leaders to rally against our attack on this Bill, clearly the prospect of more power is something they’re looking forward to.

“But thinking ratepayers, who’ve ever questioned council spending, should be extremely concerned.

“This Bill, being rushed through Parliament under urgency, is divisive confusing and ultimately bad news for anyone who rents or owns a property,” says Mr Brownlee.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Environment And Conservation: Changes To Our Oceans Pose Serious Concerns

New Zealand’s oceans, coasts, and marine wildlife are under growing pressure, according to the first national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand about the marine environment. More>>


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news