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


People's Republic of Auckland

Fri, 11 Feb 2005

People's Republic of Auckland: You voted for it, you pay for it!

"Auckland ratepayers should be incensed at the socialist city council announcing a 9% increase in rates to pay for their pet projects" declared Libertarianz Deputy and Auckland Central Candidate Stephen Berry today.

"Aucklanders should resist being forced to pay for the socialist fantasy of Mother Hubbard and Mother Hucker, and demand a freeze in rates, if not insist on their being slashed to the bone."

The Council also intends to increase rates on resident's houses by 11% - partly to help subsidise cheap housing, and Deputy Berry wonders why the irony doesn't apparently reach the top floors of the Greys Ave Civic Building. "Why not eviscerate the council bureaucracy, put the brakes on Mother Hucker's empire building, and slash rates - which reduces the cost of all housing in Auckland?" suggests a helpful Berry. "Why force ratepayers to redevelop the art gallery when patrons of the gallery can pay themselves?" he asks, counting his coins to figure out how to pay the rent increase he'll face following the rate increase.

"What's even more nauseating is the claim the higher rates are for reducing traffic congestion, when most of the money is about paying for making buses more competitive with cars. This is working so well that despite the best efforts to hamper road users, still only 8-9% of commuters choose to use Auckland's neolithic public transport 'system.' And why should ratepayers have to subsidise bus passengers anyway? he asks."

"While Auckland city voters voted for this council, and might be said to be culpabel for their choice," notes Berry, "voters at this next national election should realise that all this empire-building by councils is the direct result of Labour's amendments to the Local Government Act, which gave councils free reign to do whatever they wish, and to charge whatever they like.

Berry affirms that Libertarianz will stop councils forcing people to pay for facilities they never use, and never would choose to pay for.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news