Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Auckland Papers Launch Campaign Against Supercity

"Bomb Parliament!" - Auckland community newspapers launch email campaign against Government's "Supercity" plans.

Auckland's major community newspapers are urging city residents to fight the "supercity" with an email campaign directed at the Government.

This week's Aucklander, a local paper delivered free with The Herald, carries the editorial "Bomb Parliament! – It's the only way we'll get democracy for Auckland".

The editorial in Fairfax's ten Auckland papers asks "Who stole our voice?"

Both editorials criticise the Government's selective approach to the recommendations of the Royal Commission's Report on Auckland Governance, the move toward a less democratic model, and the Government's failure to properly consult the cities' residents.

The Aucklander says the Government's changes amount to a total rewrite of the Commission's report.

"John Key and Rodney Hide binned that report after less than a fortnight and one two-hour Cabinet meeting. Their own study came to a staggering 34 pages.

"There was no public input. It has been suggested Mr Hide consulted only one of the region's eight elected leaders; at best his manner towards Aucklanders has been cavalier. You might be tempted to think they already had their own agenda."

The Fairfax editorial describes the Government's approach as bullying, saying "this government’s stance strips democracy from residents".

Both editorials contain Parliamentarian's email addresses, and urge residents to voice their concerns.

Read The Aucklander's editorial here

Read the editorial appearing in Fairfax papers here

Fairfax's Auckland Suburban newspaper stable includes:
• Auckland City Harbour News
• Central Leader
• East & Bays Courier
• Eastern Courier
• Manukau Courier
• North Harbour News
• North Shore Times
• Nor-West News
• Papakura Courier
Western Leader

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Ian Powell: Are we happy living in Handy's Age of Unreason?

On 19 June the Sunday Star Times published my column on the relationship between the Labour government’s stewardship of Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system and the outcome of the next general election expected to be around September-October 2023: Is the health system an electoral sword of Damocles for Labour... More>>


The First Attack On The Independents: Albanese Hobbles The Crossbench
It did not take long for the new Australian Labor government to flex its muscle foolishly in response to the large crossbench of independents and small party members of Parliament. Despite promising a new age of transparency and accountability after the election of May 21, one of the first notable acts of the Albanese government was to attack the very people who gave voice to that movement. Dangerously, old party rule, however slim, is again found boneheaded and wanting... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Predictable Monstrosities: Priti Patel Approves Assange’s Extradition
The only shock about the UK Home Secretary’s decision regarding Julian Assange was that it did not come sooner. In April, Chief Magistrate Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring expressed the view that he was “duty-bound” to send the case to Priti Patel to decide on whether to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States to face 18 charges, 17 grafted from the US Espionage Act of 1917... More>>


Dunne Speaks: Roe V. Wade Blindsides National

Momentum is everything in politics, but it is very fragile. There are times when unexpected actions can produce big shifts and changes in the political landscape. In 2017, for example, the Labour Party appeared headed for another hefty defeat in that year’s election until the abrupt decision of its then leader to step aside just weeks before the election. That decision changed the political landscape and set in train the events which led to Labour being anointed by New Zealand First to form a coalition government just a few weeks later... More>>

Digitl: Infrastructure Commission wants digital strategy
Earlier this month Te Waihanga, New Zealand’s infrastructure commission, tabled its first Infrastructure Strategy: Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa. Te Waihanga describes its document as a road map for a thriving New Zealand... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Leaking For Roe V Wade
The US Supreme Court Chief Justice was furious. For the first time in history, the raw judicial process of one of the most powerful, and opaque arms of government, had been exposed via media – at least in preliminary form. It resembled, in no negligible way, the publication by WikiLeaks of various drafts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership... More>>