'Grey Power' Joins the Nomorerates.com Campaign
THE CAMPAIGN TO REPLACE THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF COUNCIL RATES WITH A FAIRER SYSTEM INCLUDING RESTRAINTS ON COUNCILS ABILITY TO INCREASE EXPENDITURE WITHOUT THE SPECIFIC APPROVAL OF THE COMMUNITY
New supporters should register their support at www.nomorerates.com
Media release 11th July 2006
‘Grey Power’ Joins the Nomorerates.com Campaign
Website Now on-Line
Grey Power has pledged its support to the NoMoreRates campaign and will rally its nationwide membership of almost 100,000 to actively participate in the drive to replace the present council rating system and to place restraints on local council’s expenditure.
Grey Power national vice-president Don Chapman has welcomed the NoMoreRates.com initiative after years of battling high rates which are causing real hardship for many members – and low income earners generally.
Mr Chapman said he would work to expand the campaign to include representatives of the rural and business sectors, “By working together we can bring huge pressure to bear on Parliament, Government and councils to bring about change and restore some sanity to local councils’ seemingly unrestrained expenditure”.
In welcoming the support of Grey Power, David Thornton, founder/organiser of NoMoreRates.com, said “The addition of Grey Power, with its coverage of the whole country, gives us a nationwide base from which to grow the campaign”.
“Meetings are now being planned with Federated Farmers and BusinessNZ as part of the drive to present a united front in demanding urgent changes to the rating system which is widely condemned by all sections of the community” said Mr Thornton
The campaigns temporary website www.NoMoreRates.com is now operating and is aimed initially to provide a contact point for community groups, individuals, businesses – in fact anyone or any group which wishes to register support for this campaign for change.
This website will expand over the next few weeks as an inter-active base for discussions on possible new systems to replace the present rating system.
The campaign is now focusing on the first target which is to encourage all supporters to lobby all MPs to support the Rating Cap Bill on First Reading in Parliament on 26th July