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


Adams: Govt must help Akld ratepayers

Adams: Govt must help Akld ratepayers

North Shore-based United Future MP, Paul Adams, is calling on the Government to intervene in the Auckland rates revolt, to ease the strain on elderly people and others on fixed incomes.

"When we had the crisis with the air ambulance, the Government stepped in quickly and sorted it out because lives were at stake. This rating crisis could be the death of many of our elderly with the strain it puts on them," he said.

"A large percentage of Auckland Regional Council rates is to pay for transport infrastructure. Aucklanders, via the tax on fuel, have been paying for their transport system for years and have been seriously short-changed by the Governments of the day.

"Rating is not the fair way to pay for transport. A fuel tax is fairer and possibly the best option at present, especially if the Government heeds United Future's consistent call to stop taking so much fuel tax away for the Consolidated Fund."

Mr Adams said, "The Government should immediately instruct the ARC to remove the transport levy from the rates that have just been set, and acknowledge that they will pick up responsibility for this. This would give immediate relief.

"Longer term, a structure should then be set up to solve the Auckland transport problems independently of the councils and ARC. Most of the ground work is complete; all we need now is a small group to get the job done!

"As United Future has been pointing out, the Government is best placed to borrow at very favourable rates to fund all national roading infrastructure. That puts the burden where it belongs, with all New Zealanders, not just the ratepayers of Auckland," said Mr Adams.

© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election