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

 


"Trust Us" Council Sails Blindly Forward

Media Statement

24 May 2013

Trust us” Council Sails Blindly Forward Over the Unitary Plan Cliff

In what may prove to be Mayor Len Brown’s political epitaph, Auckland Council has rejected a Notice of Motion lodged by Cr George Wood to extend the period for public input on the pre-notification draft Unitary Plan.  The rejection has stunned Manurewa civic leaders, who described it as reckless and dangerous.

Manurewa Local Board chair Angela Dalton said the majority faction of Auckland Council are saying “trust us” on the draft Unitary Plan, but have shown little regard for either evidence or growing public anxiety about Len Brown’s blueprint for a compact city.

“49 per cent of Auckland could end up littered with apartment buildings and townhouses, piled-high in the streets and neighbourhoods of thousands of my constituents.  That is a huge change, one that requires evidence and community buy-in.  Yet the Mayor and the majority of councillors continue to push on with intensification at all cost.  It is an appalling process,” Angela Dalton said.

Manurewa-Papakura ward councillor Calum Penrose said he voted for an extension to the public consultation period because the public and local boards need more time to have their say.

“The draft Unitary Plan is more than 1,800 pages long.  It contains dozens of maps, an enormous addendum of complex policy issues, and would apply for 30 years.  I am astonished that the Mayor seems incapable of trusting Aucklanders for another fortnight.  I would sooner we take every opportunity to have a thorough and deliberative consultation process now, because the consequences of getting this wrong will be permanent,” Calum Penrose said.

Fellow Manurewa Local Board member Simeon Brown said Manurewa had lead the way in challenging the fast-track to the draft Unitary Plan, with advocacy to Environment Minister Amy Adams.

“Manurewa urged caution and a slow-down nearly a year ago when we sought Minister Adams’ agreement to reject Auckland Council’s attempt to give its draft Unitary Plan more weight at the time of notification.  12 months later, thousands of Aucklanders are coming onboard with our precautionary approach.  Only the Mayor and his few remaining council disciples, continue to ignore the plea for caution,” Simeon Brown said.

End.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Politics
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news