Len Brown's Debt Chickens Coming Home to Roost
Len Brown's Debt Chickens Coming Home to
7 JULY 2014
the New Zealand Herald report that Auckland Council is
looking to reduce its planned spending by more than $2.8
billion over the next decade,Taxpayers' Union
Executive Director Jordan Williams says:
chickens are coming home to roost at Auckland Council.
Without substantial cost cutting, Len Brown's promises are
unaffordable unless the Council is able to find a way to tax
Aucklanders even more."
"It is not as though Auckland
Council's debt levels crept out of nowhere. As our recent Ratepayers' Report showed, Auckland Council has a higher
liabilities per ratepayer ratio than any other council. Per
ratepayer, Auckland Council owes nearly $16,000 in
liabilities to third
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked 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. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>