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

 


Napier City Council Opposes Amalgamation Proposal

March 5, 2014

Napier City Council Opposes Amalgamation Proposal

Napier City Council is against the current amalgamation proposal for Hawke’s Bay.

The Council voted not to support the Local Government Commission’s proposal saying it put forward “idealist views but with insufficient substantive data or objective analysis”.

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton, who campaigned strongly against amalgamation during last year’s elections, said the proposal would have a damaging effect across the region if it came to fruition.

“Each community of interest will lose the ability to control and manage what is important, and what is best, for its residents,” Mayor Dalton said.

“I continue to question how a small minority group feels they have the mandate to gamble with our lives and our livelihoods. There is no sense in this proposal and I’m pleased my council agrees.”

Napier City Council CEO Wayne Jack said he supported his Council’s decision.

“Under the proposal the number of councilors per head of population in Napier with increase from 4,770 to 19,080 – that’s a pretty significant loss of interface with your elected representatives.”

Mr Jack said Council’s key concerns were:
• Purported rates savings would not eventuate. Rates would in fact increase due to a need to cover the cost of amalgamation.
• Amalgamation would see either Hastings or Napier decimated through loss of jobs and industry focus.
• Communities of interest would lose focus
• Proposed Community boards would have no ability to set rates or fees
• Meaningful representation would diminish and residents would face a lack of accessibility to councilors due to their expanded coverage areas.
• The loss of an independent regulatory board (HBRC) would mean environmental risk is increased.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Day:


Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence.

The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully.

In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. More>>

 

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aged-Care Settlement

Until yesterday, a National government has always been the sworn enemy of women seeking justice in the workplace, in the face of gender-based pay discrimination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news