Napier Council Ignored the Warnings of Omnishambles
Napier Council Ignored the Warnings of
Responding to Radio New Zealand’s report that Napier
City Councillors were warned that visitor number estimates
were completely wrong - but the Council went ahead with the
$18 million project anyway, Jordan Williams, Executive
Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:
“This is a
Council that is so incompetent, it built a new museum with
too little storage space to house its existing collection.
It’s squabbled with the Hastings District Council on who
knew what and when, and now instead of getting to the bottom
of what went wrong, it’s trying to sweep the problems
under the rug."
“We find it astonishing that Council
chief executive Wayne Jack told Radio New Zealand that he is
not interested in holding anyone accountable. Why not? If
NapierMuseum’s omnishambles and $2 million per year in
losses for Napier ratepayers isn’t enough for heads to
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>