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

 


Palino will restore berm cutting services

30 September 2013

Palino will restore berm cutting services

Auckland Mayoral candidate John Palino confirmed today that he would reinstate berm services in the old Auckland City area for a temporary period before handing over responsibility and discretional funding to local boards.

“I’m sick of travelling around the old Auckland city area and seeing untidy, overgrown grass verges and speaking to residents who are not even aware this council service has been stopped.

“Who on earth concluded that the decision to cut grass verges or not in the old Auckland City area was appropriately made by 20 regional councillors most of whom live outside the isthmus?

“With the exception of the Auckland councillors, there is no connection between the decision makers and the voters: that’s a breakdown in democracy.

“And how many people in Auckland submitted on the Annual Plan process which resulted in this decision? In fact, how many people in Auckland are even aware there is an Annual Plan process?

“This decision is symptomatic of a local governance amalgamation that has gone terribly wrong.

“We have local decisions being made at the regional level, regional decisions not being made at all and national decisions being questioned by and Auckland Council that won’t focus on its own responsibilities.

“Berms are not regionally significant. The decision to allocate rates funding to maintain them should be made at the local board level. Local boards, in turn, should have the discretionary funds available to decide whether berms, pools or other such services are subsidised.

“I’ll immediately reinstate berm services to get the old Auckland City back in shape and, as the sinking lid policy gradually reduces the overhead of running council, I’ll allocate more discretionary funding to local boards so that they can engage with their residents – the residents they are accountable to – and make the decision whether or not to cut berms, subsidise pools or spend the money elsewhere.

“That keeps politicians accountable. It keeps decisions closest to those affected by them, and it takes the responsibility away from an ever expanding bureaucracy,” said Palino.

www.palinoformayor.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news