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

 


Minister to charge rental on red zone land

Embargoed until 7 PM Friday April 5

Media Release - Minister to charge rental on red zone land

The Minister has consistently said that "there are to be no obstacles to the recovery in Christchurch." The Minister's latest move, Cr. Glenn Livingstone says, to charge rental on red zone land, will create an obstacle in the recovery from the Christchurch earthquakes.

CERA is going to charge anyone using red zone land rental at $27 + GST per square metre ("pro rata") per annum, with the exception of SCIRT.

"If we take the Avonside/Wainoni Methodist Church, currently sitting on red zone land as an example, where will this leave them?", Livingstone says. This church, through its trust, provides resources and advice for the community, comprising mainly elderly residents. The trust relies on community grants to keep going. Livingstone says that it would have to pass on this red zone rental to elderly people, who are on fixed incomes.

"This is an unusual move by the Minister and I am trying to work out what the agenda is here. The Burwood/Pegasus Community Board heard last Monday that CERA is going to fence off red zone land along New Brighton Road, enabling pedestrian access but preventing vehicular access. We now hear that there will be an exception to that rule for SCIRT, which not only will have unrestricted access but will have unrestricted free access."

The Methodist Church and others like it will no longer be able to hold free public meetings, such as the insurance advice meeting Livingstone organised at the Avonside/Wainoni Church recently.

"This example shows how this move by the Minister, against the advice of his officials, will fly in the face of CERA's own recovery objectives, which are the four well-beings, namely Social, Cultural, Environmental and Economic. I call on the Minister to back down from this proposal and to heed the advice of his officials", Livingstone says.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news