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


Mrs Bull agrees to RAM's call for ARC debate

RAM media release 3.5.04

Mrs Bull agrees to RAM's call for ARC debate on higher business differentials

ARC chair Gwen Bull has agreed to RAM's call to table before the full council some higher business differential options than are contained in the ARC's draft plan.

A business differential means that businesses pay a higher rate in the dollar than homeowners. A differential of, say, 5 means that a business pays five times more than a homeowner on a property of the same value. Apart from Franklin, all territorial authorities across greater Auckland levy a business differential, ranging from a high of 9.35 by the North Shore City Council to a low of 1.4 by the Waitakere City Council.

Last year, the ARC's ruling faction axed the business differential, which was the major reason why homeowners' rates went through the roof. A long campaign to restore a decent differential has been waged by RAM - Residents Action Movement.

"Mrs Bull has now agreed to table for discussion at a full meeting of the ARC a range of business differentials between 4 and 6," said Grant Morgan, spokesperson for RAM.

"This is an important breakthrough. Up till now, the ARC's majority have refused to formally consider any differential above the miserly level of 1.5, which would go nowhere near reversing last year's unjust rate rises."

"Now at least there will be a full ARC debate on options which would deliver rates justice for the grassroots," said Mr Morgan.

Mrs Bull agreed to this council discussion at a public debate with RAM last Saturday, 1 May.

This debate, hosted by RAM, was attended by 40 people despite appalling weather conditions.

"I appreciate Mrs Bull making her time available for a debate with RAM, even though we continue to disagree on fundamental ARC policies," said Mr Morgan. "I also appreciate the ARC chair agreeing to a full council debate on higher differentials than are in the draft plan, even though I don't expect the ARC's corporate councillors will back the higher differentials."


© 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


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election