Parliament

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

 

United Future secures last minute change in local


United Future secures last minute change in local body Bill

United Future New Zealand MP, Larry Baldock, today welcomed the reporting back to Parliament of the controversial Local Government Bill, the first major reform of local body legislation since 1974.

Mr Baldock said “Throughout the select committee process on this Bill, we have been critically aware of two conflicting sets of issues.

“On the one hand, we recognise the strong calls from local government for certainty and an end to ongoing uncertainty as a result of delays in the passage of the new legislation.

“On the other hand, we acknowledge the strong concerns of the business community and ratepayers groups about the scope of the new legislation, including the introduction of new rules for Maori representation; the cost of extensive consultation requirements and; the general powers given to Councils. There are legitimate concerns about the broad nature of these new powers and their wider implications.

“United Future has been pressing these concerns on the Government extensively in recent times and we reached an agreement at the 11th hour which we believe will go a long way to addressing both sets of concerns and made it possible for us to support the Bill’s report back to Parliament.”

Mr Baldock said “Under our agreement, the Government has accepted our proposal that the Bill be amended to provide for an evaluation of the operation of this Act and the Local Electoral Act 2001 to be conducted by the Local Government Commission as soon as practicable after the local body elections in 2007.

“In addition, the Commission must report to the Minister by July 1, 2005, if it considers amendments should be made to the Act before the 2007 local body elections.”

Mr Baldock said that when the commission carries out its 2007 review, it must determine and assess

the impact of conferring on local authorities full capacity, rights, powers, and privileges and

the cost-effectiveness of consultation and planning procedures and

whether community participation in local government has increased and whether that increase is due to STV or the provisions of the local Government Act.

“This amendment meant United Future was able to support the reporting back from committee of the Local Government Bill but will vote against some clauses in the committee stage,” said Mr Baldock.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election