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

 

They look bad because they are bad, Mr Cull

The labelling of new council league tables as “selective figures” by Local Government New Zealand President Dave Cull is totally wrong and a sad snub to transparency and accountability by the head of the sector, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

“Dave Cull’s comments to media on the new edition of Ratepayers’ Report suggest he is in denial about the very real financial challenges facing both councils and their ratepayers. At a time of healthy economic growth, it is totally legitimate to ask why council debt is growing at 5% in a year, and why most of that money is going into operational spending, not infrastructure investment.”

“Contrary to Mr Cull’s claims of a ‘political agenda’ or trying to show councils in a ‘negative light’ the tables merely allow the public to access like-for-like financial figures and compare town halls. It contains more than 2,000 data points.”

“The only agenda here is to provide more transparency to ratepayers. But Mr Cull seems to hate that.”

“It’s not our fault Mr Cull’s own Council comes out so poorly. Other councils come out much better. Some councils use these figures to benchmark, report on, and improve performance.”

“Mr Cull’s comments insult the councils which have worked hard to keep costs down for ratepayers. That is a very concerning position for the sector’s leading lobbyist.”

“Frankly, rather than repeat his sad squealing the Dunedin Mayor should engage on the actual data, or better yet lead the sector to improve its performance.”

Editor’s note: Last year Dave Cull’s made up criticisms of the same report resulted in him paying us a large amount of money to settle a potential defamation claim.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>

 

America's Cup: Environment Court Grants Consents

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “I welcome today’s decision by the Environment Court to grant consent for the bases and associated infrastructure to host the 36th America’s Cup." More>>

ALSO:

Medical: New Surgical Mesh Safeguards

The Government has introduced strict new safeguards on the use of surgical mesh that are expected to limit its use in urogynaecological surgery. More>>

ALSO:

Handley Handling: Fired Chief Technology Officer Releases Communications

In the interests of drawing a line on this issue, today I am releasing a detailed timeline of events and all of the emails and texts between myself and Clare Curran, and myself and the Prime Minister about the role and my move back to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels