Parliament

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

 

Liberty Belle - Thu, 03 Mar 2005

Liberty Belle - Thu, 03 Mar 2005

These lunacy sightings seem to be well received - nothing like a little light nonsense on a Friday afternoon. The stories make you want to weep with frustration at how bureaucratic this country is becoming.

This one, like last weeks' is about the Tauranga council's behaviour. A chap subdivided his agricultural land into a small housing subdivision - about 8 to 10 sections. As part of the process he had to do the usual - provide sewers, road access, etc. Fair enough but when he had the road built he asked the council about naming the road.

Not a huge problem, he thought, since the road is actually on his private land, would always be a private road even though it led off a public road. He decided to give the road his family name - for argument's sake, let's call it George Road. But the council informed him that he had to write to the local iwi to advise them of his intentions and seek their comment on his choice of name.

Good grief - he had to get permission to use his own name. In the event he never received a reply from the iwi so presumed he was honoured and privileged to be able to go ahead and use the name he was born with. Is this the meaning of 'honouring the principles of the Treaty'?

Hasn't everything gone too whanau?

I told my taxi driver this story and he wasn't surprised. He and his wife bought a section north of Wellington and when they applied for consent to build a house, a set percentage of the fee they paid automatically went to the local iwi. Is this to forestall any future objections or possible notifications of 'sites of cultural significance'? If so, it's extortion.

Speaking of the dreaded RMA (which should be shredded), Rodney District Council is another trigger happy local authority when it comes to whacking property owners. One poor woman who wrote to me is trying to build a farm shed.

She had to get a resource consent because she lives in an area described as the Muriwai Special Protection Area. "But I'm about ten minutes' drive from the beach," she said. After fighting and complaining she managed to get the cost of the consent reduced to $600 from about $1200.

The irony is that she had the shed specially designed to match her house and blend in with the landscape. As she said, "What really gets me about all this crappy nonsense is that I can own a piece of beautiful land, let it go to thistle and gorse and fill it up with car wrecks, but that's okay. Surely something like a RMA should be put in place to stop this abuse of the environment, rather than it be a vehicle to tax us poor beggars even more."

I think too many poor beggars have put up with this fascist law for too long. It's time for a revolt. It's time for a bonfire of regulations, starting with the RMA. Can anyone tell me what was wrong with the old Town & Country Planning Act that couldn't be fixed?

Yours in liberty Deborah Coddington

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election