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

 


Tizard's Tirade Rates Pensioner


Tizard's Tirade Rates Pensioner

Auckland Issues Minister Judith Tizard exemplifies this Labour Government's arrogant attitude towards Auckland ratepayers, particularly superannuitants, Auckland-based ACT New Zealand MP Deborah Coddington said today.

"Today I spoke with Mrs Janie Farquharson - an 88-year-old widow who has lived in her Takapuna home for the past 64 years, and who last week spoke publicly about her horrific rates: a combined annual bill of $8,589," Miss Coddington said.

"Her reaction to Ms Tizard's comment in Parliament yesterday, that Aucklanders who couldn't pay should move, was, `I'll be carried out feet first'.

"Today Ms Tizard said, `There is nothing this Government can do when we are addressing Auckland's infastructure needs'.

"This offers no comfort to retired people like Mrs Farquharson. She complained to the North Shore City Council about her rates climbing from $5,877 last year to $6,587 this year, and was told not to worry if she couldn't pay - the Council would debit the rates against her property and add interest.

"Mrs Farquharson said that she may turn 89 in September, but quickly realised that this option is, in effect, mortgaging her house to the Council, who would soon own her property.

"Ms Tizard offered little sympathy for her plight in the House today when she said, `I think Mrs Farquharson and others like her have many more choices than some other people who live in Auckland'.

"Mrs Farquharson pays around $2,000 of her rates to fund public transport. She drives her own car and told me she'd never use rail - even in the unlikely event the North Shore gets a rail system - because it is not safe and she would be `pushed off the platform'.

"Under the Local Government Act 2002, Labour has given enormous powers to local bodies, who now use them to push people like Mrs Farquharson around.

"ACT would put a stop to this with Rodney Hide's Local Government (Rating Cap) Amendment Bill - drawn last week - which would protect ratepayers from the crippling demands of their local councils," Miss Coddington said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news