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Rates Campaign Moves Into Wellingon

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

MEDIA RELEASE 24th July 2006

Rates Campaign Moves Into Wellingon

NoMoreRates supporters have been bombarding MPs of all parties demanding that they support a first reading of Rodney Hide’s Rating Cap Bill this Wednesday.

Campaign organiser David Thornton will be in the Visitors Gallery at Parliament to witness proceedings.

David Thornton will also, tomorrow Tuesday, have preliminary talks with Federated Farmers and BusinessNZ to discuss the possibility of all ratepayer groups working together to seek alternatives to rates as the main funding source for local councils.

QUESTION; How many supporters do we have in our campaign?

ANSWER; I don’t know exactly…but…from the HUNDREDS of emails I have received I can summarise as follows..

 Hundreds of individuals who have contacted me directly, plus all the people those people have contacted
 95,000, approximately, members of the Grey Power Federation
 Many Ratepayers Associations from around the country
 And other community groups…not forgetting the first group to join us…Helensville Senior Citizens.

And so far we have been conducting an internet only campaign…..just wait until we expand into other methods of communication.

And where do our supporters come from?


From all the hundreds of emails I have received I can identify where some of our supporters live.

We are truly NATIONWIDE

Invercargill Dunedin Central Otago Oamaru St Andrews [South Canterbury]

Ashburton Christchurch Rangiora Mahana Nelson Wellington City

Lower Hutt Upper Hutt Johnsonville Porirua Whitby Plimmerton

Kapiti Coast Paraparaumu Waikanae Beach South Wairarapa Eketahuna Gisborne

Palmerston North Feilding W(h)anganui New Plymouth Napier Hastings

Dannevirke Opotiki Whakatane Western Bay of Plenty District Taupo

Mangakino Taumaranui Rotorua Tauranaga National Park, Ohakune,

Raetihi, Ohura Ongarue Papamoa Hamilton Tairua

Coromandel Waiuku Papakura Manukau City Auckland City Ponui Island

Waiheke Island Waitakere City Henderson North Shore City Rodney District Waimauku

Snells Beach Orewa Kawerau Island Wellsford Puhoi Hikurangi Whangarei


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