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

Digital Evolution: Scoop Independent News Launches "Operation Chrysalis"

From today Scoop is beginning a process of public consultation with the political, business and civil society groups it has served for the past 15 and a half years.

"It is hoped that in time - with new leadership and increased community engagement - the chrysalis will incubate a new kind of Scoop, one which can sustainably continue Scoop's Mission 'to be an agent of positive change'", says Scoop Founder, Editor and Publisher Alastair Thompson.

"As big publishing shrivels, public participation in contributing and spreading news has grown. Scoop has evolved with this wave by providing an independent platform, committed to upholding democracy, providing a voice to all, and providing the public easy access to information about decisions which affect them." More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:
- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

ALSO:

Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

ALSO:

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news