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Wairoa District Council Should Not Be Gagging Staff

Wairoa District Council Should Not Be Gagging Staff

21 July 2014

Reacting to the Dominion Post article that the Wairoa District Council has removed council staff members' personal submissions on the Council's annual plan, Taxpayers' Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:

“Staff making personal submissions to councillors suggests internal dissent to toeing the CEO’s line. It is the height of arrogance for Fergus Power to gag staff in the annual plan process.”

“Councillors are entitled to a full range of views, as are the public. We’re calling on the Council to overrule the CEO and make the submissions available, so the public can judge for themselves."

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is an independent activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in the corridors of power. It’s here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their tax dollar.

ENDS

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