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

 


Affordable City Launched – Nationwide Local Body Party

Press Release
Affordable City
Announcement

Affordable City Launched – New Zealand’s Nationwide Local Body Political Party!

New Zealand now has new force in local body politics: the Affordable City national umbrella of local body political parties. The move was announced today by party spokesman Stephen Berry, who will be standing as a candidate in the Waitemata & Gulf council ward for Affordable Auckland. “Now there is a real alternative to the rash of councils who make property ownership unaffordable through over-regulation and excessive rates..”

Currently six Affordable parties have been established throughout the country, with candidates contesting council seats in Auckland, Hutt City, Wellington, Masterton, Porirua and Invercargill. “As the local body elections approach, Affordable City will be launching local body parties in more districts and boroughs around New Zealand.”

All Affordable parties under the Affordable City umbrella share the view that the only real way to achieve affordable living in our cities and districts is through less council interference in the lives, money and property of ratepayers. Each party is committed to five key policies to achieve this:

• Lower rates
• Balanced Budgets
• Affordable Housing
• Restoring Private Property Rights
• Spending On Core Services

Stephen Berry says, “Councils around the country are making home ownership a struggle for young families and those on fixed incomes. Rates that go up every year, irresponsible spending and rampant borrowing guarantee difficulty for the ratepayers of the future. Incompetence by the big spenders in Kaipara has resulted in the entire Council being sacked, while Auckland City Council borrows over $2.5 million a day.

“Protecting the right of property owners to build on their own property, as well as reducing rates, regulations and compliance costs is the key to affordable living,” Berry concludes. “Ratepayers will only find that by voting for their local Affordable party!”

More information available at www.affordable.org.nz

--

Stephen Berry
Spokesman, Affordable City
Waitemata & Gulf Candidate, Affordable Auckland

www.affordable.org.nz

www.facebook.com/affordablecity

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ.

Cunliffe marshalled his points better, kept Key off balance and – more often than not – was in control of the general tenor of the contest. Labour supporters would have been heartened, and given some belated reassurance that maybe the change of leadership last year had been the right decision. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Politics
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news