Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Jackbooted Councils Need Chaining Up

Jackbooted Councils Need Chaining Up, Not Empowering

"Fascist local government thuggery" is how outraged Libertarianz Leader Peter Cresswell describes the decision by the North Shore City and Auckland Regional Councils to use the Public Works Act to force a private landowner to surrender its land for a proposed regional park. "These are the authoritarian bullies to which the Government wants to give even more power under the Local Government Act!" points out Cresswell, who says that "Sandra Lee's proposals to give local government more power will simply entrench their bullying nature, and empower even more of this thuggery."

"North Shore and Auckland Regional Councils (NSCC & ARC) are upset because after a year of negotiations, the landowner won't sell its farmland for their proposed park and they are now resorting to gangster-like threats. They seem to forget the farmer's land is private property; councils that can't get their own way should not confiscate it! When you buy land it should be YOURS to do with it as you see fit, as long as you don't interfere with others rights to do the same" said Cresswell, pointing out "it is a principle these councillors would do well to learn."

"In an absolute irony the councils claims the landowner held them to ransom, forgetting that the monthly rates bills councils impose are TRULY holding the community to ransom."

"Councillor Margaret Miles said 'the community clearly wanted the land saved from housing'. If this is true, then the 'community' should get together, form an association, and raise money to persuade the landowner to sell voluntarily rather than send in Councillor Miles to threaten him on their behalf. The 'community' could of course do this more easily if the two Councils weren't fingering everyone's bank balances for so much in rates each year," exclaimed an exasperated Cresswell.

Cresswell points out that Libertarianz would provide an easy source of funding for those in the community wanting a regional park by abolishing Infrastructure Auckland and distributing all is assets back to the ratepayers who paid for them. This would give each Aucklander over $2000 each, allowing those who want this regional park to contribute their share, and the we could really see just how much people wanted to have a park.

In addition Libertarianz would dump the Public Works Act, the tool of big planners who like to ride roughshod over individual landowners and their property rights." he concluded.

More details on the Libertarianz submission on the Local Government Act review, which proposes significant limitations on the exercise of Council powers, can be found at at: www.libertarianz.org.nz.

Submissions on Sandra Lee's Local Government Act review close TODAY. Please email your submission against increases in local government power to lgareview@dia.govt.nz.

It's enough to make you vote Libertarianz!

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…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